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Ysabetwordsmith has the Poetry Fishbowl today here, so go and feed the fish!

My prompts:
1) From a friend of mine, that I already set on your works:

"Open call to the hive mind: please tell me about books that you have read and enjoyed by LGBTQIA+ authors, authors of color, and/or genderqueer/non-binary authors. The further an author can get from cis heterosexual white male, the better." A classic author appreciated by my Goth friend is Jane Austen.

So I will pass back ANYTHING that gets those characters too.

2) Ambrose now has a truth from Shiv, an epiphany, about WHY soup powers and supervillains exist. Have him go speak this truth to power, definitely punching up. ;-)

3) Facing your demons and cleaning up this mess

4) Small courage in Army of One, because the hardest thing after another meltdown sometimes is going BACK into a seemingly simple task, even if you have a plan. Make the plan work, please?

5) First responders, lovers, abuse survivors, and soup care - yes, all together...

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Hiya! Go give a friend a prompt on the limits of villainy here:

This was my prompt:

The Midas baby, and his Guardian from Dr. Infanta. His Guardian is definitely a super villain with limits. How are they doing in the Islands? If they aren't yours, feel free to run with some of your characters meeting them, if you wish.

Sleepy from thyroid flare. Hey, super villain does minimal damage for goal just because she's too sleepy to do more.

Hopefully vague enough!
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Yes, I'm taking one. As a further incentive to finish the coursework, I'm going to post each week's work here. You have been warned!

I Am a Writer

I find it hard to think of myself as a writer. I am an intelligent and hardworking student, but I have always had difficulties with writing, both the execution in handwriting and organization of my thoughts into a concise and understandable narrative. In elementary school, I had poor handwriting grades and difficulties with completing book reports. In freshman year of high school, I was diagnosed with dysgraphia, and permitted the use of a computer for many assignments. I still panicked about submitting my senior English paper on Tolkien and class issues shown in his writing, even though I wrote it on the computer and had my mother check it. I have had many distance learning and online college classes, but the effort of writing and organizing my thoughts is still a major issue for me. I had taken CLEP tests for most of my freshman requirements, but the university I am working on my Bachelor of Science in Information and Library Science does not accept the specific English and science tests I took. Now I’m trying to relearn my academic writing and discipline skills to take an acceptable test and pass. I have taken and passed with As my higher level English classes needed for my degree, but that was several years ago, before my chronic illnesses had some flares.

Since stopping working on my BS degree, my work writing had consisted of writing up presentations for the library board towards a social media presence and notes to be given towards those who have asked for my reference help at the library.

My child also switched to a public cyber charter school because of the financial and policy issues of our local school board and administration. As a parent and the home facilitator, I have had to fill out the applications for both the school, and the switch to the gifted program, notes to teachers, and reviewing and repeating the requirements on all papers and essays.

Answer: I admire your honesty and share your problems with thinking critically and creatively.  I am using this class to also leave my comfort zone and restart my academic skills. 

I am delighted that you won that essay contest and could find out how the USA differs from the TV and movie displays. I have worked at a public library in a diverse community which also has a HBC holding some classes within city limits. Homesickness is our word for that lonely feeling away from family, friends, and even your own country. I have some of it here, because I live in a different state now than the one where I was born, my parents and grandparents were raised, and the smell and sound of the ocean is too far way.

I loved traveling in Great Britain where I also enjoyed the ease of public transportation to get to all the sites I wanted to visit as a tourist, without having to rent a car.

What do I do to get ready to write?

I have some different quirks and rituals to get ready to write. To get ready to write, at the moment I go and check my child’s language arts classes for writing essay strategies that I can use. I know of my writing related learning differences and can utilize any that make sense to me. I mentioned CSQT as one strategy on a forum response to the “I am a writer” prompt. Now, I am using RAPS. First, restate the question. Second, answer the question. Third, prove your answer. Last, sum up your answer and its proof.

Also, being ready to write means for me to have another very different class or topic open at the same time as my incentive to work through my nervousness and hesitation about my writing abilities. This class time, I am also taking Fundamentals of Audio and Music Engineering, and I am alternating my video lectures for each class.

To sum up, I first find an appropriate writing strategy for a given assignment from my child’s lessons, because I need to have a plan to work on a pre-draft. Then, I already open my selected reward for working on a topic that makes me nervous. Then, I am ready to write!
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Poetry Fishbowl today! Have a glitch in the matrix? Does bibliotherapy help? Leave a prompt at this link and you can get EVERYONE more stories!

My prompts are:

1) Can we toss someone like Dylann Roof to Ambrose? He objects to psychology as a Jewish invention, and I think the Jewish psychologists I know each learned Silence from a Society of Friends member. I think it falls under fish out of water, the Man, troubled relationships, disruptions, and others along there... Redeem him or not, as you will, I just want him to SEE his flaws certainly.

2) the Minotaur in Army of One, more on how he sees his lair and the other misunderstood Lacuna, possibly could have some features instead of bugs. ;-)

3) Frankenstein's Family - the priest knows Victor's secret, and has enough humility that he chooses to serve God's children in love in all of their shapes. The priest HAS humility.

4) The Moon Door - the werecats are FOUND, but see the new werewolf pack as both glitches AND possibilities...

5) time travelers, somewhere unexpected. :-D

Ysabetwordsmith's them paragraph:

Today's theme is "a glitch in the matrix." I'll be soliciting ideas for computer programmers, artificial intelligence, time travelers, the misunderstood, fish out of water, outcasts, The Man, troubled relationships, expecting the unexpected, seeing things, fleeing in terror, resisting oppression, facing your demons, spotting patterns, debugging the system, computers, virtual reality, lairs, alleys, liminal zones, the system, government buildings, déjà vu, outliers, computer virus issues, bugs, no it's not a bug it's a feature, disruptions, expectations, unusual vulnerabilities, radical transformation, the inescapable, the indestructable, hubris, humility, humiliation, snags, and poetic forms in particular.

Or check it out on Dreamwidth here
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I light my candle in memory of all who have passed away this past year.

I light my candle that hatred passes with the end of this year.

I light my candle and banish darkness, of the night and the heart.

I light my candle in hope that the Grinch finds a heart.

I light my candle praying that the children of Abraham can come together, that Ishmael and Isaac do NOT need the death of Abraham to come together to grieve.

I light my candle that all may be cared for and loved.

I light my candle with a wish that our leaders learn the love of peace, and the peace of love.

I light my candle in love, that Love is love is love is love is love is love is love.

I light my candles in love, to welcome the light!
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HEY WORLD! You can make ME happy by prompting for new poetry here, or better yet tossing a few dollars into the Fishbowl. You know we need to light some candles right now.

If you don't have a Dreamwidth or LiveJournal account, you can still post. Tell her LibraryGeek sent you.

Theme of the month is "All the news is dark, so light a candle." I'll be soliciting ideas for journalists, reporters, radio hams, creatures of the night, demons, villains, heroes, angels, lovable monsters, the misunderstood, outcasts, nemeses, oppressors, troubled relationships, monster hunters, activists, torchbearers, leaders, explorers, lighting a candle, burning the candle at both ends, candlemaking, fleeing in terror, resisting oppression, facing your demons, passing the torch, instilling hope, tikkun olam, the dark, the chandlery, the Valley of the Shadow, newsrooms, garrets, liminal zones, mad science labs, The Tower, deep forests, other places of light and shadow, torches, candles, bioluminescence, glowing weapons, a ray of hope, the darkest hour is just before dawn, radical transformation, beeswax, Chanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, the moon, cthonic symbolism, good, evil, radio, newspapers, magazines, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have The New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco which covers most common and many obscure forms.
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Do you hear the breaking glass?

Do you hear the jackboots marching?

Have you read of the children being bullied to tears for being different?

Have you watched the videos of disabled people being beaten up?

Would you really let me have the abortions for my failed miscarriages?

Would you really stand in front of those trying to take me away?

When they come for you, will there be anyone left to speak for you?

This is the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht. It seems HORRIBLY fitting.
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I am going to be posting more on my page on this because I need to BOTH write out somewhere all the mixed up feelings and write down the memories for the bride now pregnant widow and their child, my cousin's only child. :-(

I bought the plane tickets, my sister came with, we stayed at my cousin's stepmother's house, whom we were calling Aunt by the end of the 2 days. She's much more involved with her stepchildren than my dad's new wife, who barely lets us talk with him. No, my dad didn't make it to the funeral, claiming illness. If he was, at least staying home away from the pregnant woman was a relative kindness.

I have never lost a contemporary before, even though we had lost all our mutual grandparents, my mom his aunt, and his parents my aunt and uncle since the birth of my child. This sucks.

The timing before the Jewish High Holidays, made for a crisis of faith as well. How can I ask Deity to forgive any vows I cannot keep even when I have tried, when I am actually enraged at a Deity who could make my cousin forsworn to his vows to wife, and implicit promises to unborn child? I am NOT precisely angry now, after Yizkor, memorial service on Tom Kippur, but I couldn't bring myself to attend the services with the Kol Nidre, All Vows prayer for the first time since I was a small child. I don't know what I feel now, besides grief, and tired. So, I will be copying this over to my blog to remember to update.

I even did stay home on Halloween, thinking more Samhain suited me more this year. We watched Clue, a good geeky classic of a movie, and my cousin and I would play Clue together, our handicap against our younger siblings that WE couldn't use the notebook or take any notes. :-D

The sound of the dial-up modem making its handshake, computer games like Ultima and C'est La Vie, board games, and the crazy and kooky Halloween costumes he made, including last year a working lightbulb for Uncle Fester as his then fiancee went as Wednesday Addams, all are so tied in my head to him.

Let those memories lighten grief. (Darkover series, MZB)
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Making this a post here so I can edit and add more as needed.

I attended the funeral of my first cousin, died suddenly, the night after his only child's baby shower, and with a thereby very pregnant wife being the one to find him and realize the CPAP machine sounded wrong. First cousin, twice over, by relationship and birth order, because he was born first and I next. His widow, at the funeral, when another relative was trying to introduce us because I hadn't made it to their wedding in March, burst out in tears with, "I know who you are, you're his twin cousin!" His wife spoke, one of his younger brothers spoke, and I spoke at the funeral.

I have never lost a contemporary before, and that sucked. Grandparents, Mom, aunt and uncle, have all died in just the mutual relations between J and I, but not someone only 15 months older than I.
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I prompted towards "The Day of Our Calamity". When this gets sponsored and posted, I have a poem from one of the Israeli soldiers about these events.

Sharing, more for "Tour Guides For All of Knowledge" please, here and on Facebook.
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First this morning, I get an email and find out a maternal British cousin we called Uncle had passed away last Tuesday, and it's already the last day of Shiva there. Many thanks to [personal profile] siliconshaman for helping me research what he could, and I didn't know British sources. We didn't even have his proper address! We kept in touch by email and visits when possible.

Second, my brother calls and my paternal first cousin, the one who taught me about BBSes and gaming, had passed away suddenly last night. We have already lost all grandparents, his parents our aunt and uncle, and my mother. He had just gotten married this year and his wife is expecting their son in 40 days.

I am a wreck, but making plans to get to his services.
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Hi! Have a pet peeve? Want someone writing interesting things in a superhero, PolyChrome Heroics, or an Autistic rebellion in space, Army of One? My favorite author is having a Poetry Fishbowl again! If you don't have a Dreamwidth or LiveJournal account, give yourself a nickname and tell her LibraryGeek sent you. :-D
Here's today's information. Today's theme is "pet peeves." I'll be soliciting ideas for nemeses, rivals, jerks, bullies, upstanders, fussbudgets, touch-dominant people, problem-solvers, troubled relationships, brats, high-conflict personalities, supervillains, superheroes, psycho bosses, neatniks, picking on people, finding flaws, laying blame, failure analysis, quality control, schools, businesses, government buildings, households, athletic venues, other areas prone to conflicts, vermin, lack of habituation to stimuli, the stupid it burns like hydrogen, hypersensitivity, touch aversion, allergens, bullshit, dissatisfaction, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have The New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco which covers most common and many obscure forms.
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Yes, another fishbowl, hooray!

My prompts:

Libraries and their staff - I was hoping either the Winged Graces world or more about the Order of Hypatia in Terramagne. Something cheering, for when having a neurodiverse staff WORKS!

Hey, does the Lacuna have a librarian yet? :-D A good librarian can figure out the right questions to ASK, which helps with all the personal databases available in the Lacuna. Maybe the librarian compiles the database of skillsets?

New books for Victor and Igor!

Another for Fortressa beating up someone emotionally, WITHOUT having to do so physically, when the male has INSISTED on offending. (Hey, lesser amounts of bystander violence for the win! The Swedish guys who stopped that jerk of a rapist sounded like they took TONS of emotional damage AND had no recourse for justice there. One was in tears while reporting to the officers. :-( )

Get the local police officer with telepathic bond to his K-9 officer working in the community, Derreck and Blitz, helping with discrimination or this from Capriuni: Pokemon Go is getting articles about officers using it to connect to kids in the community, AND autistic kids are socializing because so many are sharing their focii right now.
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What themes would you like to read? Check this page and help with ideas!

My ideas:

1) Games, games in society. (Like Why Pokemon Go is such a comfort to so many people, helping socialize, get out of the house, and why others feel the need to disparage it so badly)

2) All the news is dark, so light a candle

3) Vengeance, punishment, or teshuvah - repair society

4) Laws, rules, and culture - law keepers, law givers, enforcement, clergy, psychology

For the linkback poem, wasn't there another one with the librarians? An Order was mentioned, and Pythia? I can't find it now, and I feel a need to reread what I could of it again. Last week was HARD on those serving as Information advocates! Found it! Tour Guides for All of Knowledge,
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Ysabet Wordsmith is posting here for the Poetry Fishbowl today.

Hey, it's that time again! If you have ideas the WordSmith wants to make them into poems. Want to help? Prompt about feelings, emotions, words, emotional intelligence, therapists, having problems with understanding feelings, you get the idea... :-)

My prompt: I have waited for this one... :-D Cymru am byth!
Date: 2016-07-05 07:25 pm (UTC)

Hiraeth - In a form the Cymry would recognize, please, but still in English, at least mostly:, or Yes, this was my first self taught language to any extant. Any skill with cynghanedd? :-D

I am Jewish, with ancestry of English Jews from Queen Elizabeth's time, German, and the Pale of Settlement so hurt by the Shoah, but if I need to do historical reenactment, it's Wales I turn to and feel as my home. :-)

Something for that Japanese one of the bubbly feeling of the moment of falling in love, suitable for a gifted 11 year old otaku, set in Polychrome Heroics.

Set Gezelligheid against all those rude implications of the Dutch in America, Dutch treat, Dutch uncle, and how Gezelligheid still defines Dutch descended Americans so many centuries after New Amsterdam became New York City. Yup, my husband. :-)
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Prompt for poetry! This Poetry Fishbowl is for "The Moon Door", using lycanthropy as an alternative to living with chronic conditions.

This is the link for LiveJournal:

Or you can go here, if you have a Dreamwidth account. New prompters or donors get a new freebie poem for everyone!

My Prompts: 1) My mom dealt with all the havoc gastric cancer did to her because she insisted she was going to play with her first grandchild. I was 6 months pregnant, Mom wasn't supposed to make it to my delivery. She lasted almost 2 years, having lost almost half her weight, and letting her grandbaby rest her head against her Nana's chemo port.

2) Related, still tough grandmothers: If the Facebook link doesn't work here, I tagged you on Facebook with it.

I am seriously convinced a pack of grandma werewolves would be amazing. :-)
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Poetry Fishbowl today on the topic of weather! If you have a LiveJournal or Dreamwidth account, you get a free copy of what your prompt becomes, transformed. If you don't have an account, you may have to wait until it's sponsored. Seriously, if you have an account, give a try!

My prompt as an example: Weather prompt
Date: 2015-12-02 12:01 am (UTC)
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Hurricane Sandy, Polychrome Heroics, and especially the image of the roller coaster in this:

Whether (homonym meant) a soup helps with Sandy, or is triggered because of this, or the response to NOT enough help, fast enough, any possibility. But this image still makes me and others from the Jersey Shore cry.

Also, Hurricane Sandy had Doctors Without Borders acting on USA soil for the first time because of how devastating the medical consequences were, especially in retirement communities. Could have old retired fisher families develop weather powers from latent to activate...
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This article appeared in the New Orleans Clarion-Picayune, the evening edition after the poem by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith entitled, “Berettaflies” found here,

Letter to the Editor and Public Announcement:

The Monroe Library at Loyola University will host a round table discussion on the appropriate taxonomic classification of the insects called "Berettaflies" by their creator. Announcements and flyers are being posted in the usual media and public spaces, and here for the initial discussion of the newly identified organism's possible identification. This discussion is open to all students, faculty, and the general public.

Cautions for those with concerns:

1) The students who are in the hospital have the option of joining by vidchat. Screens will be set up if they choose to send images. These may be graphic shots of injuries.

2) The soup first responder is being invited to attend, either by vidchat or in person, and does not have a fully humanoid appearance. Offensive nicknames or descriptions will not be tolerated and is grounds for immediate dismissal from the discussion. If this is a hardship for you, please avail yourself of the live audio feed alone which will be a separate link.

3) The creator of these "Berettaflies" is invited as thon may have important information towards how to properly identify these creatures and their relevant characteristics. Cooperation and full disclosure is being considered by the authorities in all discussions of official charges pertaining to the release of the Berettaflies.

4) The group known as The Spectrum is NOT invited as members have shown no relevant knowledge of the creatures or of the consequences of their actions.
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Poetry fishbowl is open!

Do you want to see poetry written to your prompt? Well, if you have a LiveJournal or Dreamwidth account, go here and see what happens! This month's theme is curses. Can they be foiled again, or do you just have a foul mouth?
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It's poetry day, with a theme of "gentlemen in distress" this month! Give Ysabet a prompt, she will work it into a poem. She has a superhero world with Polychrome Heroes, An Army of One is an autistic rebellion in space, Frankenstein's Family - where Victor and Igor are DADS to Adam, a medieval commune in Hart's Farm, and even Monster House where the bogeyman is lonely and wants to play. This link gets you to the LiveJournal post, so if you have a LJ account, post there and she'll send you a copy of your poem.

If you prefer, go to with a Dreamwidth account and post there. Either way, poetry for everyone! :-)

If you do post a prompt, tell her you're a NEW prompter and we all get a free poem! Thanks.


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