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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?
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This poem was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] zianuray.


"Tricky Treats"


Halloween
a teller opens the door
to find the pneumatic capsule
full of candy instead of actual business

and then realizes that the taffy
is actually laughing at her

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This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] callibr8.

WARNING: This poem relates a historic murder that readers may find disturbing.

Read more... )
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Keep an eye on this post as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "anything goes."  You can ask for whatever you want.  Favorite settings, characters, storylines, themes, etc. are encouraged.  You may also request things you've wanted that I haven't done yet.  If you have been saving any prompts that haven't matched a theme yet, now is the time to post those.

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.

Stuck for ideas?  You can find prompts by ...
* seconding someone else's prompt, which makes it more likely to get written.
* reminding me of something we discussed previously regarding a character or storyline.
* picking something from the Bingo Generator prompt lists.
* browsing my Serial Poetry page or QUILTBAG list for inspiration.
* naming a favorite character, setting, or storyline you'd like to see more of.
* looking up fun things on TV Tropes.
* requesting a poetic form (tanka, sonnet, etc.)
* plugging a favorite topic into your search engine and choosing a picture that looks interesting.


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 "anything goes." 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.



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.


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.


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 "anything goes."  I'll be soliciting ideas for ... anything at all!  Favorite characters, ideas for new ones, plot twists, stop-trope repairs, strange settings, whatever tickles your fancy.   Now's the time to bring out all your cool ideas that haven't quite fit a previous prompt call. 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 two editions 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.) The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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Today is mild and humid with cloud cover.  We cut several piles of weeds from around the lilac bushes, then hauled them to the grass wall or the firepit.

I had to quit early because the mosquitoes were eating me alive.  That was ten minutes ago and I still have pink imprints of my hand on my thighs.  I can actually count the fingers on one.  The other slap marks have mostly faded.

EDIT 8/14/17: I went back out and picked up a bucket of sticks from the house back toward the eastern edge, then dumped that in the firepit.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday with a theme of "Finish It."  Go ask for things you want to see wrapped up!
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
Oui Yogurt
Unsold Poems from the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Poetry Fishbowl Report for August 1, 2017
Saturday Yardening
Nudibranchs on YouTube
Moment of Silence: Glen Campbell
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Find Yourself in the Garden"
Poem: "A Series of Transitions"
Poem: "Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
Wednesday Yardening
Moment of Silence: Haruo Nakajima
Poem: "Look at Me with Fresh Eyes"
Good News

There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, August 15 with a theme of "anything goes." Check your notes for whatever you wanted to prompt that hasn't matched a theme. Check your worthy causes and special interests for stuff I haven't covered yet that you would like to request. If you don't have ideas waiting, you can review your favorites and just name a character, setting, or storyline that you'd like to see more of -- I can supply more details from elsewhere. And I hope to see you tomorrow!

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack. "The Order of Their Stars" is now complete.  Astin and V visit a sex shop.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips gets worried about Jules and drops by for a visit.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses.  Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going after the gaybashers, and feels uneasy over his own reactions.

Weather has been variously cool or mild.  We've gotten a lot of yardwork done!  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, rose campion, some yellow thing in the wildflower garden, butterfly milkweed, thistle.  Yellow coneflowers and naked ladies are almost done. 
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[personal profile] bairnsidhe has opened "Two Foxes" for microfunding. Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going out to deal with the gaybashers, and is uneasy with his own response.

New Epic

Aug. 13th, 2017 09:13 pm
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I've got a donor wanting to open a new epic for microfunding, and we're currently discussing which it will be.  *laugh*  That slot sure opened and closed quickly!  :D  So watch the feed, there should be more poetry appearing later today. 
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Thanks to a donation by [personal profile] zianuray you can now read "The Order of Their Stars" in full.  Astin and V talk on the way out of the sex shop.
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Thanks to an audience poll, there are 44 new verses in "The Order of Their Stars."  Watch V flibber around the sex shop and find some fun stuff!  Does anyone have $10 to finish this?  If so, send it along and we'll be down to two open epics, thus freeing up a slot for Tuesday's "anything goes" fishbowl.

EDIT 8/13/17: Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] zianuray this poem is now complete!  \o/

EDIT 8/13/17: [personal profile] bairnsidhe sent a donation and we're discussing which poem to open for microfunding.  :D
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Today is mild and partly cloudy.  I cut brush in the savanna. 

EDIT 8/14/17: I went back out and hauled the trimmings to the brush pile.

Oui Yogurt

Aug. 13th, 2017 05:18 pm
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Yoplait has a yogurt version that just appeared in stores near me.  Oui is a French-style yogurt in a glass jar, considerably more expensive than any of my usual selections, but sooooo good.  It is fully set with a thick, silky texture. The fruit is on the bottom, but the top layer also tastes like fruit even before stirring -- a distinct improvement over the Dannon fruit-on-the-bottom which was never any good until stirred, and nowadays the texture is gloppy and awful then, so I gave up on that version.  Also when you peel the foil off the cap, there's a happy little message on the bottom side.  Today's said "Dance in the mirror."  (Yes, I've done that.)  I love seeing little prosocial things like that.  Local-America doesn't seem to be reusing the jars, but T-America would.  First I tried the black cherry, today strawberry, both excellent.  I've seen blueberry and I think a few other flavors.  So my new rule is that I can buy one of these as a treat, along with the cheap stuff.  Yoplait Original is decent, and I love Annie's. The latter actually makes a vanilla that has flavor,  not just equivalent to plain, which I discovered by accident.  Anyway, if you like solid yogurt, try the Oui.  Tres bon!
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This time our theme was "rites / rights of passage." I wrote from 11:45 AM to 3:45 AM, so about 14 hours allowing for breaks. I wrote 14 poems on Tuesday and another 2 later in the week.

Participation was good, with 16 comments on LiveJournal and 58 on Dreamwidth. There were no new prompters.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"All a Man Can Do"
"Approaching the Faerie Ring"
"Emergent Journeys"
"The Fool at the Threshold"
"The Four Gates"
"Humanwatching"
"Look at Me with Fresh Eyes"
"Passage Rites and Rights of Passage"
"Shopping for Privileges"

"Rewriting the Narrative" (May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Big Brother and the Cyberbully" (Polychrome Heroics, June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"A Series of Transitions" (Polychrome Heroics: Calliope, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Find Yourself in the Garden" (Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan, July 4, 2017)
"Taking Care of Things" (Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"The Speakers" (Diminished Expectations, September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam)
"Rooted in Place" (Diminished Expectations, September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam)
"The Higher a Monkey Climbs" (Polychrome Heroics, commission)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for August 1, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems have been posted. This time donors include: [personal profile] daisiesrockalot, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] janetmiles, Rook from Antisocialites, [personal profile] technoshaman, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Big Brother and the Cyberbully" is the free epic. It also make the $250 goal, so that's one tally toward a bonus fishbowl.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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Today is partly sunny, mild, and breezy.  We picked up piles of grass alongside the driveway. I filled the trolley with sticks.

EDIT 8/12/17: We went back out and picked up several more piles of grass in the savanna.  I got about half a trolley of sticks.

As it is getting dark, we are done for the day.
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The general fund currently contains $73. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will leave it open until at least Sunday afternoon. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open longer.

We have three open epics. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $308 to be fully funded. "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One and needs $83 to be fully funded. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $161 to be fully funded. You may route the funds into one poem or divide it among them.

Poll #18682 General Fund for August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22


How do you want to distribute the $73?

View Answers

ALL $73 into "The Inner Transition"
3 (13.6%)

ALL $73 into "The Order of Their Stars"
9 (40.9%)

ALL $73 into "The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
3 (13.6%)

Divide the $73 about equally among ALL THREE poems
7 (31.8%)

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This is awesome.  Meanwhile, over in Terramagne, stuff like this is produced by Kraken.  Nerd science! 
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Glen Campbell has passed away. He was the singer of "Gentle on My Mind", "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Galveston", "Honey Come Back", "Witchita Lineman", "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Where's the Playground, Suzie", and countless other
pop/country crossovers.
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Today way warm earlier, but cooled off in the evening.  We broke up brush to put in the firepit.  Later I went back out and picked up two buckets of sticks. 

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