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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your support.  Keep an eye on this page, as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "a glitch in the matrix."  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 "An Unprecedented Duel with Nature" (17 verses, standalone). 


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 "a glitch in the matrix."  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.  "An Unprecedented Duel with Nature" has 17 verses available and stands alone.
 

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 bonus piece 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 "a glitch in the matrix."  I'll be soliciting ideas for computer programmers, artificial intelligence, time travelers, the misunderstood, fish out of water, outcasts, The Man, troubled relationships, expecting the unexpected, seeing things, fleeing in terror, resisting oppression, facing your demons, spotting patterns, debugging the system, computers, virtual reality, lairs, alleys, liminal zones, the system, government buildings, déjà vu, outliers, computer virus issues, bugs, no it's not a bug it's a feature, disruptions, expectations, unusual vulnerabilities, radical transformation, the inescapable, the indestructable, hubris, humility, humiliation, snags, 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 "An Unprecedented Duel with Nature."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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Date: 2017-01-03 07:36 pm (UTC)
gingicat: drawing of me based on wedding photo (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Here are some things that always seem to be glitches for me:

- driving in the dark, or in odd weather, because landmarks are different.
- people who don't want to be seen, or don't realize they can't be seen; dark clothes where there is no light, leaving headlights off in bad weather and dim light, hanging out in a person's blind spot, inadvertent "stealth mode" issues (my husband and son both have that)
- my brain isn't functioning the way I want it to. I'm catastrophizing, or forgetting, or angry for no reason, or happy for no reason, or unable to keep myself off of social media at work, or... This is really painful to watch in my daughter, who has great trouble managing her moods, and has a mood disorder diagnosis.
- why on earth did that person do that thing that hurt them? or, how did they escape it hurting them?
- how many accidents have to happen before street signals go in?

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Date: 2017-01-03 08:31 pm (UTC)
corvi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] corvi
Could you do something about those prrophecies that are foiled by glitches and technicalities?

I'm having trouble thinking of the name and Google isn't helping, but there was someone in Celtic mythology who was enchanted so that he could not be killed on sea or on land, during the day or at night, and eventually he was killed at sunset while climbing into a bath, with one foot on the ground and one in the water.

Or for a simpler version, the Witch-King of Angmar in Tolkien's works. It is said "not by the hand of man shall he fall." A woman kills him.

Could you write something about a hero who has to do something that is enchanted or prophecied to be impossible, and has to find the loopholes or glitches? I love those stories!

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Date: 2017-01-03 08:43 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Pythia spots a black swan. (This kind.) That would probably puts her in the Cassandra Club, given most people's response to warnings of the seemingly-impossible...

But boy, would it be great to see someone listen to Cassandra, for once.

Facing down demons. Extra points for the demon having its own troubles.

Really big, hairy, juicy bugs. Software gore. Here lies Ozymandias, King of Kings...

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Date: 2017-01-03 08:47 pm (UTC)
kyleri: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kyleri
Glitches in the matrix make me think of (autistic/HSP/non-neurotypical) meltdowns, which makes me think of the Lacuna, but perhaps Armelle, who's so very NOT used to living in a society where people like her _aren't_ the default, is having many more glitches in the matrix than usual?

But living in said society, where most everyone _is_ used to having meltdowns, she's likely to get help that's actually _helpful_...

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Date: 2017-01-03 08:50 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Seeing through the bullshit everyone else seems to believe.

Fishbowl matrix prompts

Date: 2017-01-03 08:52 pm (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek


1) Can we toss someone like Dylann Roof to Ambrose? He objects to psychology as a Jewish invention, and I think the Jewish psychologists I know each learned Silence from a Society of Friends member. I think it falls under fish out of water, the Man, troubled relationships, disruptions, and others along there... Redeem him or not, as you will, I just want him to SEE his flaws certainly. http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/01/us/dylann-roof-execution-defense-charleston-church-shooting.html?smid=tw-share

2) the Minotaur in Army of One, more on how he sees his lair and the other misunderstood Lacuna, possibly could have some features instead of bugs. ;-)

3) Frankenstein's Family - the priest knows Victor's secret, and has enough humility that he chooses to serve God's children in love in all of their shapes. The priest HAS humility.

4) The Moon Door - the werecats are FOUND, but see the new werewolf pack as both glitches AND possibilities...

5) time travelers, somewhere unexpected. :-D

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Date: 2017-01-03 08:56 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
Signal boost posted to DW and LJ.

Prompt: "That's not a bug, it's a feature!"

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Date: 2017-01-03 09:35 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
Second prompt: Bexley and Falconwing encounter a conundrum which takes their combined logic to untangle.

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Date: 2017-01-03 09:53 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Does the Tef ever drop one of the team somewhere else? what could make it glitch that way?

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Date: 2017-01-03 10:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] technoshaman
"Maisie" glitches in front of Mallory and Heron, realises what they've done, and takes a deep breath....

Part of Boss White's lair is a jazz club. Shiv catches a show, and the inevitable case of impostor syndrome.

Eric and TeeJay see something that gives them the heebie-jeebies. Wisely, they go running to the Heroes...

yet another prompt idea

Date: 2017-01-03 10:42 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
I was just re-reading Huposkhesis, particularly the comments section, when my brain went "LIGHT BULB!"

The specifics of the discussion about Pythia's having to deal with both human and reptilian skin, and how different overlaps where the two types meet (human over snake vs. snake over human) have different implications for her everyday life... it could perhaps be argued that the combination of two such disparate and somewhat mutually incompatible skin types is itself a "glitch in the matrix".

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Date: 2017-01-03 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lone_cat
1) Maybe Kayo and Shoestring, since both have powers that can be glitchy.

2) Facing demons... maybe Turq comes to terms with whether or not to help the the Bluehill police get Mr. Dipper.

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Date: 2017-01-03 11:40 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Boosted the signal to DW and LJ as per usual.

Prompt: Hacking computers, bare-brain, machine telepathy and 'glitches' or viruses.
A.I, Life is NOT a Glitch!
Super-villain lairs in cyberspace...

Prompt fodder!

Date: 2017-01-04 12:11 am (UTC)
chanter_greenie: a starscape, including a spiral galaxy (on a quest for a jewel)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Prompt the first: It's not a bug, it's a feature: Creativity, and specifically unsquishable creative expression, in a household of practical people. If you select this one, can I ask for a hopeful ending here...? You already know this goes straight back to yours truly.

Prompt the second, also in the realm of not a bug but a feature: Nonstandard sensory input being understood as a positive rather than a negative. This maps to the Lacuna, but it could be Terramagne, too.

Prompt the third, riffing on an SF story's plot device (name of story forgotten for the moment eek!): That single window mistakenly showing rain while all the rest show sunlight? That's not a glitch. That's a weatherchanger at work on hyperlocal applications of his power. Nothing to worry about. Unaware? You were? Oh. Oops, he must've forgotten to knock.

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Date: 2017-01-04 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] daisiesrockalot
Seems like this brought out all my idea! :D

-skin hunger and touch aversion flaring up at the same time

-programmers, geeks, and matrix fans first getting wings (Fledgling Grace)

-oh oh oh! Haboob and (Buraq?), everyone flailing over Allah wanting to help /that/ dude (glitch in personal beliefs) and Buraq eventually "insh'allah", (mentioned in comments in Bluff and Show)

-Path of the Paladins: Gorrien gains a saint who would give of themself and confusion ensues

-Stan's dad finding bad tape he thought he'd gotten rid of

-Damask finds themselves unable to switch for a while, with someone other than Maze stuck in front

-A sudden change in identity: person who only liked one gender trying to figure out how liking this one person fits with that, a telepath accidentally getting some of someone else's personality stuck to them and it integrated before they noticed, someone somehow getting stuck in a different shape (proper or improper)

-A super (disem?)power: a field effect that won't turn of that undoes/negates ANY shielding

-The Steamsmith "It's working fine, I can't figure out what has Farasat so worried!"

-JARVIS faced with concrete proof that HE is valuable to the team, not only what he does

-Dvork and Qwerty "What sort of world is it where my nemesis always makes more sense to me than anyone on my side of the cape?" -humanity doesn't have a proper rule/guidebook

-Virtual reality: "isn't it supposed to feel real?"

-A (however) long drive on a single road, how did it just take an impossibly shorter amount of time?

-body dysphoria: looking down and "but this isn't mine"

-I don't think he would, so it would have to be an AU or something, but Junket gets to tired of Granny Whammy insisting that blue plates can't exist, and since the black side of the cape tends to treat him better anyway, he decides to show everyone what it would be like if he actually did take a side

-someone who's known Aiden for a while but not a long time (long enough to feel him to be completely trustworthy and see him always try to be kind) seeing how ruthless he can be and not being able to understand how it can fit in with what they know of him

-some unprepared scientist tripping into magic, that science has no explanation for, with enough personal ethics that they can't just ignore this new data, but "can I even trust science anymore?"

-At this point, I think this might be more a story than a prompt, but here.
Someone somehow pulling Qwerty away from Dvork because she's so outclassed. Dvork suddenly causing a huge deal more trouble, because /of course/ she would never have slowed down for Qwerty, but, she was her nemesis and it just wouldn't have been polite for them to never even meet because Dvork was so far ahead, that just wouldn't do. And Qwerty ending up on BlackSheep or something, because she may have been pulled away, but she can't just /leave/, Dvork was /hers/. So Qwerty maybe gains some new knowledge and Dvork terrorizes all of the new people who try to come at her (they aren't her nemisis, why should she listen to them?) and everyone realizes that MAYBE breaking up a partnership without the consent of the people in it is a bad idea, no matter how mismatched it seems. Possible amusing scene: the first hero/a to come instead of Qwerty gets really confused when Dvork basically ignores them and doesn't engage past making sure they aren't a threat to her or her plans

Prompt

Date: 2017-01-04 01:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nsfwords
-Frankenstein's Family - Igor is still on the search for a way to be sure he's captured the right mold for the "mold cure." Maybe science gone rouge finally leads him to the correct answer! Sometimes breakthroughs require breaking things.

-Blueshift Troupers - some of the Jump Gates seem glitchy, but that's probably just limited human understanding.

Blueshift Troupers glitch poem

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Date: 2017-01-04 03:33 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Take your pick...

Polychrome Heroics

Mallory and Heron, gentleness, debugging wetware loops and changing expectations

Turq, animal transformations, unusual vulnerabilities don’t *have to* mean unusual pain, some kind of renewed connection with his family actually goes well

Shiv, surprising things that musical instruments that can do, resisting culturally-imposed oppressive thought patterns

Cassandra, sights/objects/experiences that confound common-sense expectations of physics, bicycling

Granny Whammy (and Faramundo?), clue bats and clue pillows, http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10274992.html?thread=22415792#cmt22415792

Danso & Noah, dating,
https://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10614942.html?thread=25206174#cmt25206174


An Army of One

Bexley (maybe more of Bexley’s kid side and Falconwing’s mentoring); the problems of pets, the benefits of emotional self-care, and/or the challenges of managing ethical interspecies relationships

Something fluffy and soft for Shuttlecock

The AYES consider reproduction (both AI and human) and future generations in the Lacuna, in their thoughtful way. (Besides being AI people, they might also be time travelers in a sense, depending how long they are likely to survive as individuals.)

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Date: 2017-01-04 04:31 am (UTC)
thnidu: What, me worry? MAD Magazine's Alfred E. Neuman (idiots)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
They had ONE JOB to do and they screwed it up! (See icon. Inspired by siliconshaman's post.)

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Date: 2017-01-04 04:33 am (UTC)
kelkyag: eye-shaped patterns on birch trunk (birch eyes)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
The grandmother of monster house investigating a [glitch in the matrix].

Maryam's alchemy sometimes involves gemstones. Something on working with flawed crystals, deliberately or otherwise?

Restoring an AI's damaged data from backup without wiping out its memory of being injured.

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Date: 2017-01-04 05:19 am (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Actual linear-algebra-type matrices don't have glitches, because they're linear. Once you start putting things other than numbers into them, on the other hand...

Heisenbugs (the hardest ones to locate)

"how the glitch stole..."

*puts on grungy, battered hat*

Date: 2017-01-04 06:09 am (UTC)
ng_moonmoth: The Moon-Moth (Default)
From: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth
Some text, nearly obliterated by the abuse, reads, "Subject Matter Expert".

"The Matrix" got me thinking analytics, which I will categorize as associating numeric values with characteristics and performing computations to support a decision.

Three primary failure modes for analytics stem from failing to account for:

Utility: that the numeric representation of the characteristic is actually meaningful and useful;
Accuracy: the extent to which the value, whether measured or assigned, actually represents the characteristic;
Precision: the range of actual values of a characteristic associated with a specific representation.

Insufficiency in any of these areas will rapidly overwhelm the validity of any calculations one might perform. Even when all are sufficient, the nature of the calculations themselves may cause any result one might obtain to be meaningless.

*takes hat off*

I'd enjoy seeing what kind of trouble can result from neglect of any of these considerations. If you wind up in the Lacuna, the AYES, being cybernetic, are no doubt intimately aware of them, and have developed approaches to dealing with the erosion of meaning. Having some of the AYES involved in the negotiations between the Lacuna and the Orion Arm is also probably glitching somebody's matrix fairly severely.

The Alta Familia rely heavily on analytics throughout the Orion Arm. V is not contributing any data to any of that analytics, and as a result has essentially disappeared. The time may be right for V to make that move V has been planning, and that will glitch some matrices. More on this backchannel.

Oh yeah, one more thing: cryptobiology.
Edited Date: 2017-01-04 06:24 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-01-04 06:55 am (UTC)
curiosity: Clouds and sunlight play over the ocean at Tybee Island. (Picto: Light and Beach)
From: [personal profile] curiosity
Polychrome Heroics:

+ Blocks is the only one who realizes random electronic errors across town are not random. He goes looking for help.

+ Dr. Bernhardt makes a serious mistake, has he just blown his cover? Maybe ties in with the 'Scientist' square on your Dark Fantasy Bingo card?

+ Someone has ratted out SPECTRUM. The authorities are not best pleased.

+ Edison Finn finds the cause of the annoying new click in his dad's vidwatch.

+ Coaxing super villains into hospitals to help sick kids is all well and good. But what if the super villain has been captured before he ever arrived? (Sorry I have forgotten the name of the dude working for the organization that grants sick kids' wishes, dang it.)

(no subject)

Date: 2017-01-04 10:24 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lone_cat
A follow-up to "Elbow Room". If Cho-Cho Glow isn't exactly facing his personal demons, he's definitely dealing with the results of letting them be seen so openly.

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