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posted by [personal profile] janetmiles at 02:47pm on 04/08/2015
Originally posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem "Qui Gatti Ci Cova" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman, 15 verses available).


What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.


Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.



3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted. "Qui Gatti Ci Cova" belongs to Fiorenza the Wisewoman, and has 15 verses available). 


Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, there will be a half-price sale in one series.


Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "friendship, kinship, and families of choice."  I'll be soliciting ideas for friends, frenemies, nemesis, spice, parents and children, zucchini, other relatives, making friends, arguing, making up, falling in love, growing a family, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, enemy mine, enemies to friends, enemies to lovers, friendship benches, home, school, workplaces, playgrounds, bars, other places important to human relationships, friendship tokens, wedding rings, baby handprints, photo albums, souvenirs, our song, people skills, emotional first aid, endings and beginnings, marriage, divorce, other major life changes, 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 first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Qui Gatti Ci Cova.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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Originally posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at Unsold Poems from the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poem "Learning to See."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.



"An Eye Toward the Future"
This inspired the free-verse poem "An Eye Toward the Future."  It is basically a celebration of the evolution of the eyeball.
30 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Hacking Perceptions"
I wove in a lot of this to make the free-verse poem "Hacking Perceptions."  Astin travels to Cascabel, making observations about xyr own identity and the aftermath of the war and the importance of making changes if any peace is to be had whatsoever.
196 lines, Buy It Now = $98
(Available after "Who Is Devoid of the Power" has been sponsored and posted.)

Astin's trip to Cascabel held hope and dread
in equal proportions: hope of establishing
a new portal planet for the trade network that
xe was weaving throughout the Lacuna,
and dread of leaving the shelter of
a culture that respected xyr identity
.

"Jarred"
A backchannel prompt from DW user Lynnoconnacht about Shiv inspired the free-verse poem "Jarred." Getting out of prison shakes him up more than he wants to admit, but he has a few coping skills now -- and an unexpected source of support.
180 lines, Buy It Now = $90
(Available after "Never Laid Open" and "As We Grasp Them" have been sponsored and posted.)

When Shiv got out of prison,
the first thing he did was
to look for a gas station.

He didn't need gas;
he could get home on a bus.

He needed comfort food.


"Rebound Relations"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Rebound Relations." Shaeth is not pleased to find one of his evil cultists draped over the temple threshold. But sometimes, once you've picked people up, they really don't want you to put them down again ...
86 lines, Buy It Now = $43

Shaeth thought that his old life
was over and done with, except that
bits of it kept washing up in his new life
when he least expected it.

He stared at the evil cultist
passed out on the temple threshold
and wondered what to do
.


"Some Ancient Urge"
Your prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "Some Ancient Urge."  Cuoio and Chiara enjoy a trip to the beach, further discussion about professional and cultural dynamics, some lovely Sicilian scenery ... and the next step forward.
450 lines, Buy It Now = $225
(Available after "Poleaxed" and "Reveal Everything Mysterious" have been sponsored and posted.)

"Want to do a couples exercise
for our third date?" Chiara said,
her breath tickling warm
over Cuoio's ear.

"Okay," he said.
He had no idea what
she was talking about,
but he was eager to find out.


"To Keep Growing"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "To Keep Growing."  It follows Cassandra when she first starts staying with Groundhog, particularly once she regains enough energy to explore the Skylark Apartment Building.  A little angst given their respective challenges, but mostly fluff about the lovely little community there.
536 lines, Buy It Now = $268

It was a struggle for Cassandra
to let Aidan help her, but the choices
were either that or live with the wreck
that the clipper had left of her superpower
and the rest of herself around it
.

 

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Originally posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at Unsold Poems from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poem "Silken Dreams."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.



"Circuits and Cycles"
I used one of my bingo squares, sports, to spark the free-verse poem "Circuits and Cycles." Shahana and Johan watch their novices play a game of circuitball.
55 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Golden Peaches of Peace"
Based on a DW prompt, "The Golden Peaches of Peace" is a free-verse poem about Shahana and Ari celebrating midsummer with a sacred confection.
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Power of Perseverance"
A DW whetstone prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Power of Perseverence." Shahana teaches Ari a new meditation.
30 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Something You Feel"
A quarterboard prompt provided part of the background for the free-verse poem "Something You Feel." Gorrein clings to the drummer boy who is darn near the only person even still speaking to him. And then Gorrein's parents come home and life really begins to suck.
114 lines, Buy It Now = $57

The drummer boy turned out to be
not entirely inept at strategy,
which surprised Gorrein at first,
but thinking further it made sense
that he would attract followers with
that sort of knack, regardless of age.

"Sprouts"
Based on a DW prompt, "Sprouts" is a free-verse poem in which Larn and Dalka teach the children how to plant a garden.
52 lines, Buy It Now = $20
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Originally posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at Unsold Poems from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poem "Silken Dreams."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.



"About the Wind"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Against the Wind." The Analyst takes an interest in how bridges and superpowers interact, and asks Calliope for help. Then a car goes off the bridge ...
180 lines, Buy It Now = $90

When the Analyst first began to suspect
a data cluster concerning bridges and superpowers,
she put together some preliminary ideas. Bridges,
it turned out, had been designed to accommodate
vehicles, wind, water, earthquakes, ice, and
even jumpers ... but not superpowers
.
"Dust Motes Rising"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Dust Motes Rising." Hannah has to deal with Nathaniel's complaints of monsters under the bed, and with Aidan being stressed.
326 lines, Buy It Now = $163

Nathaniel was whining about monsters again,
and if Hannah couldn't figure out why,
she felt pretty sure that she'd wind up
dealing with Howl again.

"Okay, show me these monsters," she said.

"Under the bed," he said, pointing
.
"the nature of the season"
A DW prompt for the paper mages inspired the poem "the nature of the season." Every one of its haiku verses contains a kigu for summer. Origami Mage and Kirigami Mage save a town from fire.
42 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"That Links Your True Family"
Your prompt about Wrex inspired the free-verse poem "That Links Your True Family." Derreck and Blitz explore their growing bond, and some new modules in the quarantine unit. Wrex struggles with the unexpected changes in his life, and get some comfort from friends.
324 lines, Buy It Now = $162

By the third morning, the people
exposed to the zetetic substances
had begun to regain their energy.

Derreck clambered out of bed
and attended to morning necessities.

The dog park module had arrived,
complete with astroturf on the floor,
holographic projectors on the walls
to display urban or rural scenes, and
a water fountain. A fire hydrant
and a tree trunk provided options
suitable for scent marking
.
"Who is Devoid of the Power"
Your Army of One prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Who Is Devoid of the Power." Astin meets with the Carinan trader Knox and learns about his cousin Bowie on Cascabel. But the conversation turns out to be more stressful than either of them really anticipated ...
178 lines, Buy It Now = $89

It was Operetta who told Astin
of another trader running a loop
from Carinan space, a fellow
by the name of Knox who
supposedly had connections
through the old military supply lines
.
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posted by [personal profile] janetmiles at 01:51pm on 05/05/2015
Originally posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "gentlemen in distress."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Note: The point is to reverse the "damsel in distress" trope.  Therefore, any male or equivalent character counts, not just noblemen.  In the case of alternate sex/gender paradigms, the usually-dominant trait should be in distress.

Click to read the linkback poem, "Dangerous Refuges" (14 verses, A Conflagration of Dragons).


What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "gentlemen in distress."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.


Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.



3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted. "Dangerous Refuges" belongs to A Conflagration of Dragons and has 14 verses available. 


Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, you'll get a piece of bonus material.


Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "gentlemen in distress."  I'll be soliciting ideas for strong women, the role of the hera as female protagonist, men in need of rescue, the role of the heronet as male love-interest and plot complication, folks of other genders on either side of this equation, gender police antagonists, innocent bystanders, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, proving yourself, heroic ladyfeats, epic failures of manhood, dungeons, creepy buildings, bedrooms that someone does not want to be in, gendered spaces, tertiary sexual characteristics, gendered artifacts, endings and beginnings, love polygons, hero teams, the challenges of not being a macho hero, the challenges of not being a delicate heroine,  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 first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Dangerous Refuges." The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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Originally posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at Unsold Poems from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poem "Silken Dreams."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.



"Awakening the Sleepers"
Several DW prompts combined to inspire the free-verse poem "Awakening the Sleepers." It speaks of how languages fade, and sometimes return.
48 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"A Gentle Fall of Rain"
A backchannel prompt inspired the poem "A Gentle Fall of Rain" about how verbal self-defense works. It is written in alternating stanzas of three and two lines.
20 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Heard for Himself"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Heard for Himself." Menachem the blacksmith and Yossele the golem meet with two others Jews, who speak different everyday languages but are able to converse in Hebrew.
204 lines, Buy It Now = $102

Yossele the golem and
Menachem the blacksmith
traveled together, and on Fridays
they always stopped early so they
could prepare for Shabbat
.

"Impossible Wings"
Over on DW, a Fledgling Grace prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Impossible Wings." It went a little aside from what you suggested, but it does feature both Sudan and the mousebird, and something else quite new.
64 lines, Buy It Now = $32

In Africa, the grass follows the rain,
the cows follow the grass, and
the people follow the cows.

At the border, a Sudanese guard
eyes the couple approaching
.

"The Language of Resistance"
A DW prompt about the Godship Wanderers inspired the free-verse poem "The Language of Resistance." Two groups of escaped slaves meet in space for trade and socializing, helping each other along the way.
178 lines, Buy It Now = $89

Netta and Chung-Cha worked together
to help people communicate, splicing
the language of resistance from bits of
English and Yiddish and German
and all the rest spoken by those
who had until recently been slaves
.

"Three Times"
From this I got the poem "Three Times," written in unrhymed couplets. All I had to do was put a beginning and an end around the middle! Because of course there are a few more necessary players. :D
10 lines, Buy It Now = $5
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So Ysabet has written about a bazillion poems in the Polychrome Heroics 'verse. They started out being mostly about Damask, but new characters and settings kept showing up.

She and her volunteer editors are starting to separate out the different strands -- does a particular poem feature Antimatter and Stalwart Stan, or Acquariana, or one of the many other recurring characters?

If you like superhero comic books, this is a great series of poetry for you.
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Originally posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at Unsold Poems from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poem "To Choose a Direction."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses of that.



"Bunker Skills" (Polychrome Heroics)
Regarding the SCA, they're a valuable archive of traditional skills. This led to the free-verse poem "Bunker Skills." Mallory goes to a SCAdian event and learns about improvisational cooking.
100 lines, Buy It Now = $50 SOLD
(This is set a few months down the timeline, has already been sponsored, and will be posted after some other poems have been published.)



Mallory drifted through the faire,
borrowed skirts swishing around her ankles,
and tried to think of herself as this Maudelyn person
whom she was trying to portray.

Maudelyn was the daughter of travelers,
her parents sometimes working as traders
and other times as entertainers,
often in trouble and never knowing
what to do with themselves or their daughter
.



"The Cutting Edge" (Polychrome Heroics)
A DW prompt for Shiv inspired the free-verse poem "The Cutting Edge."  After the hospital comes the trial, and brief encounters with people concerned about Shiv.  He really doesn't deal with any of that well.
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Discontinuity of Science" (Torn World)
The Upheaval prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Discontinuity of Science." Two people who are really just low-grade observation techs get a sideline view of the disaster as their technology tears itself apart.
70 lines, Buy It Now = $35

Efeilyu made the last few
delicate connections to bring
his monitor screens active,
then signaled the lab
that everything was ready.

Teloim jittered in her seat,
checking and rechecking
equipment that was already set
.



"The Inheritor of Our Fear" (Polychrome Heroics)
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Inheritor of Our Fear."  A fork stalks Mallory because he doesn't think that soups should have kids.  Heron and Ham are outraged.
294 lines, Buy It Now = $147

Mallory caught a bus to
the Sanger Women's Center
in time for the baby class
offered for college mothers
.


"Right and Responsibility" (Polychrome Heroics)
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Right and Responsibility," an immediate sequel to "The Inheritor of Our Fear."  Mallory and Heron deal with the aftermath of the stalking incident.
248 lines, Buy It Now = $124

When Mallory woke up, she was
stretched out on the futon -- which was
still in couch mode, rather than bed mode --
and covered with her new peach blanket,
the fabric warm and fuzzy under her fingers
.


"Lay First the Foundation" (Polychrome Heroics)
A DW and a backchannel prompt inspired a comparison-contrast between overt and covert uses of superpowers as illustrated through events in world history.  "Lay First the Foundation" is written in free verse.
56 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Shadow of His Hand" (Polychrome Heroics)
A prompt about Hadyn inspired the free-verse poem "The Shadow of His Hand."  When Hadyn gets worried about a friend, she has to figure out what to do about it.
182 lines, Buy It Now = $91

Hadyn enjoyed art class.

Unlike math or reading, it wasn't
something you could flunk;
as long as you gave it a good try,
you got credit for the work
.



"The World Keeps Spinning" (Polychrome Heroics)
From a DW prompt I got the free-verse poem "The World Keeps Spinning."  Cassandra experiments with liquor.  It doesn't go all that well.
230 lines, Buy It Now = $115

Cassandra has survived the worst
that life could throw at her,
and she's still kicking.

She has survived growing up
with parents who think sex is dirty
and superpowers are evil
.



From the betrayal prompt came a triptych of free-verse poems in the series Frankenstein's Family. All three of these follow the story "Urgent Business" by DW user Dialecticdreamer, so first that needs to be published, and then these can be posted in order, whenever they're sponsored.

"Man's True Nature"
When Fridrik steps in a trap, Shandor brings him back to the castle for help -- but convincing Fridrik to accept it is easier said than done.
In microfunding now

Igor was feeding the chickens when
Shandor and Fridrik returned from the forest
through the slanting afternoon light.

Shandor was half-carrying Fridrik,
who left a trail of bright red blood
over the white snow
.



"Between Power and Vulnerability"
The day after the accident, Victor and Igor check to see how Fridrik is healing. An injured werewolf is a cranky creature.
346 lines, Buy It Now = $173

In the morning, Victor carefully extricated himself
from the cuddlesome pile of limbs that had
taken over his bed, leaving Igor and Csilla
entwined while he slipped into the bathroom
.


"The Noblest of All Creatures"
Victor takes Igor and Shandor down to the village in search of justice. It doesn't show very often, but Victor is really not a safe person to piss off.
482 lines, Buy It Now = $241

After breakfast, Victor went to the back of his closet
and pulled out what he privately thought of as
his "lord clothes," the gold-piped black suit and
his best white shirt with pearl buttons all down
the front placket, gold cufflinks and stickpin,
tall black boots hugging his legs, then
a top hat and frock coat over it all.

Usually he felt pretentious putting on
such a show, but today it felt different.
Today it felt like armor,  like a knight
girding himself for the battle to come
.

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posted by [personal profile] janetmiles at 03:27pm on 03/03/2015
Originally posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "surviving the worst."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem "To Choose a Direction" (Heliodrax, 17 verses available).


What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "surviving the worst."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.


Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.



3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted. "To Choose a Direction" belongs to Heliodrax and has 17 verses available. 


Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, there will be a half-price sale in one series.


Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "surviving the worst."  I'll be soliciting ideas for urvivors, desperate people, heroes, villains, innocent bystanders, being prepared, facing challenges, solving problems, thinking outside the box, proving yourself, glorious success, abject failure, damage along the way, souvenirs and mementos, the bad part of town, dungeons, doom planets, the wilderness, that place everybody told you not to go but you did anyway, situations where the deck is stacked, shipwrecks or other transportation failures, endings and beginnings, worst case scenarios, whatever doesn't kill me had better run for its life, the end of the world as we know it, survival skills, coping skills,  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 first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Unfamiliar Feelings.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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