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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing and LJ user Rix_scaedu. It also fills the "mentors" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "schooling vs. education."  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  "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam"  (15 verses, Clay of Life).

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 "schooling vs. education."  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.  "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam"  belongs to the series Clay of Life 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 "schooling vs. education."  I'll be soliciting ideas for teachers, students, autodidacts, activists, experts, novices, education coaches for independent learners, people who design educational systems, librarians, coaches, presenters who teach what they know in a freestyle context, parents and grandparents, club leaders, role models, teaching, learning, asking questions, looking up answers, choosing a topic, making a lesson plan, reading, writing, learning by doing, making mistakes and learning from them, challenging assumptions, public schools, private schools, alternative school systems such as Montessori or Waldorf, universities, libraries, bookstores, coffeehouses and ice cream parlors, community centers, gymnasiums, parks, playgrounds, zoos, museums, exploratorium museums, cultural centers, historic sites, learning modes, different types of intelligence, life lessons, activity clubs, sensory toys, educational toys, 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.

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 "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam.")  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted "Cards on the Table" which shows Adalina and Ashley talking about recent events, trying to work out their relationship within the team. 
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I need more help with the recordkeeping side of my writing.  A lot of it is stuff that only I can do, but it's possible for other people to do some of the Weebly website updates, which saves me time that I can then use to write more goodies.  What I need most is help making the new entries for freshly written poems, particularly in Polychrome Heroics, but if there's another series you adore and would like to manage, that's useful too.

The basic payoff for this is that you get to see all the new stuff for whatever you are managing, even if it hasn't been published yet.  That's about a chapbook's worth of goodies per month.  If you want some other perk like getting extra poetry printed, I'm open to discussing that.

Who's interested?
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Today we picked up sticks from the patio and along the sidewalk, so that leaves may be raked up later. 

EDIT: Second round of yardening, I planted two black hollyhocks under the utility pole.

Third round of yardening, I pulled weeds from the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow.
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Some linguists rendered a legal brief in Klingon. Okay, that's cool. But then I saw this and cracked up laughing:

a California nonprofit devoted to supporting "constructed languages" — is trying to convince a court that the alien language from "Star Trek" is a real, "living" form of communication.

Guys, it's a pidgin now and has been for, gosh, probably more than a decade by this time. It didn't take long to become a household language. Over in Europe it's customary for people to learn multiple languages, and the home language is whatever two people have in common. For several couples that was Klingon, and so their kids learned it as a native language. Well, anything that's spoken live by native speakers counts as a real language. It's a pidgin, technically, because it's "borrowed" from elsewhere so kids aren't learning it from older native speakers. It's going to have carryover from English (or French, Italian, etc.) and will take a while for that to rub off. But all they really need to prove the case is convince a native speaker of Klingon to show up. Which would be awesome.

CBS and Paramount have sued, alleging that the unlicensed use of Klingon amounts to copyright infringement.

*headdesk* You cannot copyright a LANGUAGE. It is words. It is not an arrangement of specific words which is what can be copyrighted. It is not a logo or a trademark. You can copyright The Klingon Dictionary but not the language itself.  A movie is pretty obviously not a dictionary.  You also cannot copyright plain words. TSR tried copyrighting "dragon" once and lost. Words belong to everyone. You can only copyright what you do with the words.

"There would be great danger to allowing the copyright power to extend to prevent others from speaking a language," Duan wrote in a blog post Thursday.

Thank you brain-having person for pointing out the gigantic clusterfuck that would ensue from all the native peoples and their conquerors simultaneously trying to copyright the same languages.  Coyote would have so much to do, he'd have to invite all his Trickster friends from every pantheon just to cover all of that.  0_o
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The Finish It Bingo fest is running for TWO months on [community profile] allbingo, from May 1-June 30.  This is all about finishing things that are partially written or exist only as fragmentary notes.  (If you start, stop, and then restart something during the fest period that also counts.)  I made two cards, one for partials and one for notes.  I thought I had more partials than this, so if you remember any I've shown you, feel free to remind me.  Also, the center square is supposed to be a freebie that you get for making the card. :D  See all my 2016 bingo cards.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

Incomplete Pieces

"Coming in from the Cold: Tuesday""Rematch"
"All the Difference""Whirled Pieces"

Pieces from Notes

Cuoio takes Salvo dress shoppingfarm lottery in Frankenstein's villagegrassland meeting destroyed by dragons
Mr. Grenade and Hadyn practicingMade This CardShahana and Ari
"Clair de Lune"Eofor capitol destroyed by IngeldHachi capitol destroyed by Utsusemi

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Here's an interesting essay about the hierarchy of disability and how people abuse each other with it. 

I think about this a lot.  I have some distinct limitations, like needing glasses.  But most of mine are obscure, and I have learned that there's rarely any benefit to be had from trying to get other people to acknowledge them.  It is simpler just to wait until the damn thing blows up in their face.  "Well of course your phone died.  I told you that I kill electronics; you handed it to me anyhow; it is now a brick." "I thought it was all in your HEAD!" "That is not my problem."  So I tend not to describe myself as disabled, that being a legal category, but I can easily describe some of the limitations I have.  

Society would be much more usable if accommodations could be more often had for the asking of them.  This is not something I can change directly.  It is something I can practice, and reward.  If you're coming to my ritual, and you need to sit down, I don't need to know WHY.  I don't care why; it's none of my business.  I especially am not going to ask if you have a card for it.  All I need to know is your maximum standing time, that if the ritual runs longer we'll need chairs, and that a seated ritual would probably work better than a dance for you.  I don't need to know what's up with you; I need to know what you want me to do about it.  Because I'd like everyone to have a good time and not faceplant at my event.  Conversely, I'm alert for restaurants that are or are not accommodating of dietary needs.  Mine, someone else in my party, the total stranger whose argument I can overhear -- doesn't matter.  If you accommodate the requests with a smile, it bumps you up my "let's eat here again" list.  Ditto places where my partner and I split something and folks bring an extra plate instead of bitching or surcharging.  Fight with me or anyone else about the food, and I will not only not come back, I will pan your slop trough restaurant to my friends who also have food issues.

You get what you permit; you get what you reward.  Use your influence -- and your folding vote -- where you can.

And don't be an asshole.  
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Here is a thoughtful explanation of how accessibility benefits everyone, in this case with keyboard shortcuts.  There are links to keyboard shortcuts for multiple programs.  

This interests me because of my anti-knack with technology.  I can't use most wireless tech.  I fry it.  I NEED the signal to be insulated from my potent energy field.  For example, a wireless mouse lasts ~2 weeks for me.  Laser mice also have  much shorter lifespan than ball mice.  This is one of many areas in which technology is evolving away from things I can use, and nobody cares because they like the other version better.  It's maddening.  So I have to keep an eye out for alternatives in case it becomes impossible to find equipment I can use.
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I found this article about the Marrakesh Treaty to improve accessibility of print materials.

Terramagne has one too, but it is somewhat different. I couldn't resist laying out some of those divergences. You can see how they're doing things a little faster and better. *chuckle* And what happens when a supervillain has reasons of enlightened self-interest to back the thing. ;)

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May. 1st, 2016 06:23 pm
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There are five blue jays around the hopper feeder.  \o/ 
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Thunder is rumbling and clapping just west of us.  Severe storms are predicted.  This often means the power goes out for a while.  So if I'm offline, don't panic, I'm probably okay and just scurrying around a dark house to light candles. 
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This is a freebie for Blogging Against Disablism Day. An audience poll has selected the poem "Void of Course" from The Moon Door as today's celebration of access and representation for people with disabilities. This poem is spillover from the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and LJ user Lb_lee. It also fills the "mutation / physical transformation" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest.

Note: There is some squabbling in this poem, because people have different opinions about how to solve problems. It's inevitable in any group, but more common in support groups where folks are perpetually low on spoons. Happily the group has ways of handling this.

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Today it is warm and moist outdoors, but not raining. We picked up the long pile of sticks at the edge of the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow. I'm hoping to get back out later and throw grass seed there.

Much of the earlier-sown clover and grass is sprouting. :D The clover appears first as tiny green dots, then the grass like green hairs. Eventually they burgeon into actual plants.


Second round of yardwork was sowing grass seed at the edge of the raspberry patch in the ritual meadow, and pulling weeds around the burn barrel and forest garden near the house.

Third round of yardwork was cutting honeysuckle shoots near the end of the house. We're trying to get that area cleaned up and regrassed.

And I'm definitely done for the day, because thunder is rumbling and clapping just west of us.
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I found this post about accommodations (from Blogging Against Disablism Day) very helpful in thinking about ways to make the arts more accessible for everyone. Not mentioned is the fact that many of these ideas would also make art more accessible for small children, who also need frequent potty breaks and want to touch everything.

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Here is my card for the Solo Celebration fest on [community profile] allbingo. It will run from May 1-31.  It features all kinds of satisfying activities and experiences that can be done alone.  Considering my work, Tripping into the Future has an isolated protagonist.  (See all my 2016 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


Self-LoveIntrovertPublic placesNonphysical PassionsIdentify a feeling you're having
Eating / drinking aloneExperimentationLearning what you likeCaught in the actSerenity
RefugeSelf-AwarenessWILD CARDMeditationBe Here Now
HappinessBody ImageGreedy / desperateSex toys / booksRandom act of kindness
Makeup / Dressing upPrivacyCuriosityAnticipationDominance & submission

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I have posted a poll for a free poem on my LiveJournal, for Blogging Against Disablism Day.  If you're not on LJ, you can vote in a comment.


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