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Poem: Amazing
by shiori_makiba / Ashley Weyer

Inspired by one of capriuni's prompts on the Creative Jam.

“Amazing”

Books are amazing.
Between the covers of a book, lie many a splendid thing.
The words dance off the page and into your imagination.
One flight of fantasy, now boarding.

Within a book, you can take a journey.
It might take you to places near.
Perhaps the town you grow up, dusted with the memories of childhood.
Or the place you live now, its streets familiar yet different under the author's pen.
You might venture farther.
Making your way to a city on the other side of the country, or the planet, or the universe.
Or perhaps you might slip through the looking glass or down the rabbit-hole to another world entirely.

Within a book, you encounter new creatures.
Some are as familiar as your own furry companions.
Others are more wild but familiar citizens of your own woods, fields, mountains, and seas.
But you might also those that seem to inhabit only the world of dreams.
The fantastic beasts, scary monsters, and those who are neither or both.

With a book, you met new people.
Strangers who become dear friends and stalwart companions.
At times, you experience their joy and share in their triumphant.
Laughing and smiling with the rest of the party.
At other times, you experience their sorrow and share in their misery.
Crying tears and praying they make it through.

You can have all that and more.
Just by opening a book.
Amazing, isn't it?
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Poem: Hungry for A Story
by shiori_makiba / Ashley Weyer

Inspired by prompts from brides_koneko and 
[personal profile] capriuni  for the November Creative Jam.
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I decided to participate in ysabetwordsmith's November Creative Jam session in more than just prompts. This was my first creative jam and it was fun. I definitely plan to do so again and thinking about doing my own call for prompts event. Just have to make sure to schedule it at the right time.

What I've Written
Why We Don't Annoy the Author” – It doesn't pay to be rude to a writer.

Amazing” – Books are awesome.

Lost” – Sometimes stories become lost.

Books Are” – Exactly what it says on the tin.

Stories” – An alien discovers human books.

Hungry for a Story” – Books and food.

"Bookworms" - One of the many strange denizens of L-Space is the bookworm.

The other poems will be posted but with exception of two on that list, I let the prompters view them first.
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Why We Don't Annoy the Author
by shiori_makiba / Ashley Weyer

Inspired by a prompt made ysabetwordsmith for the Crowdfunding Creative Jam November 14-15 2015 session.
On DW: http://crowdfunding.dreamwidth.org/259631.html
On Livejournal: http://crowdfunding.livejournal.com/396558.html


“Why We Don't Annoy The Author”

It is not wise to annoy an author.
For they write books and wield words.

In their worlds, they are god.
They created it, they shape it.
And they people it.

Sometimes those they met in life inspire those people.
The fate of those who are kind to the author is equally kind.
They become the brave knights and mighty amazons out to save the world.
They become the wise woman and great sages who mentor our heroes.
They become the families, the friends, and gentle folk that enrich the heroes and their world.

Those who annoy the author do not end up so well.

They might become the squeak toy.
A being whom the author loves to stomp under their feet.
The idiot who will always fail to succeed and is hoisted by his own petard.

They might become a minion.
One of the faceless horde, an anonymous creature who exists only to be beaten by the hero.
The hapless bungler who always gets it wrong and often dies at the hands of its master.

They might become the unlikeable victim.
The person all the readers are hoping something horrible happens to.
But not in that love-to-hate sort of way but in that go-away-forever sort of way.
These are the people whom filled chamber pots are dumped onto.
These are the people who die alone with few mourners.

Anyway you slice it, people who annoy the author are setting up their avatars for an unpleasant life.
One where you are made of fail, covered in humiliation, and usually end up suffering a terrible death.

It is an awful fate but it is one easily avoided.
Just be nice to the author.
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 Like many writers, I have a legion (for they are many) of characters who part-live in my head. The rest of the time they occupy another world that I have been getting interesting glimpses of.  Some of these glimpses did not seem to belong to the same place but everyone insisted that they did. Apparently none of them realized until today that no one had informed me that while everyone was from the same WORLD, they were NOT from the same TIME period. >.< 

*head desk grumble why didn't you say so earlier?! mumble*

For any who might be curious, that world is known as Yamato. It is very inspired by my interest / love in various anime, manga, super sentai series, including the prevalence of people with hair and eyes (and skin) in every color known to crayons. It is also inspired by my growing annoyance / irritation toward the things that bug me about above (the Law of Chromatic Superiority in Super Sentai for example) and others - like the increasing lack of agency and/or ethical behavior in our "heroes." I want heroes who do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. Solutions other than hitting things to problems. That even villains should have boundaries, lines that they will not cross and view those who do so extremely poorly. Women Being Awesome. Families of Choice. Non-heterosexuals with happy, fulfilling lives. People falling in love with people who aren't abusive jerks. That the dude in the wheelchair and/or the neutral variant lady are totally capable of saving the world if they want to.

I'm still building the bridge. Hopefully once it is complete, other people will be willing to visit Yamato with me.

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 Poem that came to me as I woke up and required very little tweaking. A very rare gift from the muses that I will not turn my nose up at. I blame the Wordsmith - this is the third bit of poetry I have written since starting to read her work. She might be slowly turning me into a poet.

“Pencils”

the whispering voice of the wooden one

the scratching voice of the plastic one

little workers that bring your words to life

little dancers that give your pictures shape

some use their computer more often these days

but your pencils still stand ready

loyal little friends to let you create once more  


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 SOMETHING CREATIVE THIS WAY COMES

DIALECTICDREAMER

I first encountered the Dreamer while reading the comments on the posts of the Wordsmith. They were thoughtful and thought-provoking so it didn't take great effort for me to transition from reading her comments to reading her own posts. I think one of the earliest one's I've read was May 22 2014 entry “What's Said Is Said.” I don't know if that is first one I read – I do know that is the one that made me bookmark her blog so I could find it again.

Since then I have been a frequent reader but a seldom commenter. Not because the posts weren't worthy of comment, they were but because it can sometimes take a while to organize my thoughts into something understandable and by then the evil monkey in my head had played the self-doubt tape enough times to make me hesitate and ultimately decide to keep my thoughts to myself. But the few times I did comment, I found the response timely and enthusiastic. With time, that (and maybe this blog) will help take the wind out of the evil monkey's sails.

Now let's talk about the Dreamer's writing.

NON-FICTION

The Dreamer discusses her reactions and thoughts about entertainment – how it is, how it was, and how it might be improved. She also brings up other non-entertainment topics. All of these are thought and thought-provoking. She asks questions to herself and to the audience. She makes me think. Since I enjoy thinking, I enjoy those questions even when I only answer them to myself.

FICTION

Her works of fiction are roughly divided into two parts – the works for the shared worlds that she is creating and the works set in the shared worlds created by others. Of the later, these are the worlds created by the Wordsmith but we'll get to them in a moment. Let's start with her worlds.

Heliodrax – Shapeshifting dragons that have lived side-by-side with humans since the beginning. Mostly demifiction (fictional pieces written as if they were non-fiction, like the fake news stories in Iron Man) about the Heliodrax but there are some short pieces featuring these intriguing dragons. Interesting for its unique take on the shape-shifter dragon. I cannot recall anything similar to the culture and family structure of these dragons. I hope to see more and longer pieces for this as the pieces so far have been short, giving us only short glimpses into that world.

The Voices of Engines – Alternate history steampunk or clockwork (or combination). So far only small glimspes into the gaslight streets of the inhabitants of that Boston but those glimpses promise a very interesting world.

She also writes The Storm Series which I haven't read yet through it does sounds interesting. After all, it isn't often that what the winter storm drags in a small village is an alien.

As aforementioned, she also plays in the sandboxes of the Wordsmith in the Polychrome Heroics, Frankenstein's Family, and Schrodinger's Heroes in the form of demi-fiction and stories. Her stories are prose, rather than poetry, but I think they still fit nicely beside the poems.

MAGPIE MONDAY

A new feature, one Monday a month she opens her blog for writing prompts.

TO CHECK IT OUT

Here On Dreamwidth: http://dialecticdreamer.dreamwidth.org/

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 SOMETHING CREATIVE THIS WAY COMES
YSABETWORDSMITH

For my first attempt at this, I thought I'd start with the person who brought me to this website. The Wordsmith, like the name implies, works in words. In prose, in poetry, in fan fiction, in original pieces, in nonfiction, in opinions on topics, she shapes words into images, sounds, touch, taste, and feeling.

Works often include notes after them to inform and/or further expand on topics raised in the work, especially if that topic is a sensitive one. Besides being informative, those notes and her other words have often left me pondering. Often with thoughts like “that is a very good point” or “oh exactly, that has been bugging me for ages but I couldn't figure out -how- exactly or how to word it to someone else.”

I love pondering. I love good writing. I love learning new things. And besides helping me be more aware of things in IRL, I think her writing has made me more aware of things like agency, finding a third option, and diversity in the fictional world I'm trying to build and the characters who live in it. Ultimately, I believe that will make me a better writer. It has already made me a more thoughtful reader and watcher. For that, I say thank you.

Okay, fan-girling over. Let's talk about the works of the Wordsmith.

First, the piece of fan fiction that started this cascade.

LOVE IS FOR CHILDREN

Featuring the Avengers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with occasional forays into the wider Marvel Universe, largely told from the viewpoint of the World's Mightiest Handler, Agent Phil Coulson. Focused on building the team as a family and an actual team instead of a pack of squabbling people who happen to have overlapping goals.

THE SERIAL POETRY

There are too many worlds to explore here on this page. Most prominently of those is probably the Polychrome Heroics, which is a superhero setting set in a world similar but different from our own. Distinctive from other superhero stories out there in remember that having superpowers isn't what makes someone a hero or a villain or something in between or none of the above. But as I started before, there are many more worlds and characters to explore.

PROMPTS

Ysabetwordsmith gives frequent opportunities for readers to prompt in both the Poetry Fish Bowl and the Bingo – both of which are regular features.

Much of her original work is crowd-funded so if you like it, support it. (Note that doesn't have to be money – boosting the signal like this is also support).

TO CHECK IT OUT

Here on Dreamwidth: http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/

Or On LiveJournal: http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/

What are you waiting for? Go read.


(7/10 Edit: Just minor clean-up.)

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