14 x 18/12 x12: hole in the middle (with you)

I wrote the fic linked under the cut in February, 2017, after 12 x 12. It's a character study of sorts (though I don't think I could ever write those straight). It feels like a better fit now, maybe? Thinking about world-hopping, endings that are/aren't, Kansas earth, childhood, motherhood, trauma, possession, flashbacks (the family business) and
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hello, happy birthday laughablelament--and poetry!

I wanted to say:

Hello to everyone on my f-list (or who reads this), and how are you? What are you working on/thinking about? I've been working (a lot) on non-fanspace stuff and miss being in community. But I'm caught up on SPN and hope to spend more time here now!

Happy, happy birthday to my bestie, partner-in-poetry, and co-mod over at the re-vamped SPN Poetry Challenge spn_napowrimo, laughablelament! I just re-read some of my faves of hers: April Fools (series of five poems for last year's Poetry Challenge; starts out with the boys "southbound and down" in Tennessee, ends with domestic brotherhood and plates of classic American grub--with a detour for when Baby is happiest), In the Bones (Mary has a map, and meets Missouri), and Exorcism ("back-from-the-dead smut"). No matter what mode--poetry, comedy, fluff, smut--she's working in, her slant-and-visceral use of language, soulfulness, and gut-deep instinct for these characters gets me every time (ETA: If you were into the Dean & Ketch Apocaverse dynamic in 13 x18, and you want to read some sharp-edged (!) S12 Dean/Ketch with a side of witchcraft: LL's just-posted Fancy, written for the deanwbigbang, with art by blindswandive.)

If you want to write poetry with us for National Poetry Month, sign-ups are open here. (Prose poem, found poem, erasure, haiku, drabbles, images, oddball mini-epics, casepoems, lyrical mood-boards; if you think it's poetry, it's welcome--and we really want to celebrate short-ish and/or more experimental forms of all kinds.) Even if you don't want to sign up for the challenge, come over and join/post your stuff/play anytime!

soul, seer, grace: three painful beautiful ohsam fills

After tonight's ep --[Spoiler (click to open)]am feeling very OH SAM, so I'm taking refuge in

three wonderful fills for my prompts at the ohsam < birthday H/C meme!

From indiachick, Soul,
for the prompt "soul -cleansing"-- a painful-beautiful meta (physical) take on birthday-Sam.

From saintsammy, The Seer, for the prompt, "third eye"-- a witchy piece of Sam-art that haunts all the eyes.

From swan_song21, Fall From Grace,
for the prompt "thirst for grace"--a direct hit to Sam's primal fear: powerlessness (mind the tags!)

Catching up on all the fills--thanks to the mods!