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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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Date: 2017-08-15 05:16 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai

sky's the limit / "when you reach for the stars, all you get is the stars, but I've got a whole new spin: when you reach for the heavens, you get the stars thrown in"

code twelve

Date: 2017-08-15 05:42 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
Here's a doozy for you: Code 12, as it relates to Christine Collins. Apologies for the website's annoying behavior re popups and cookies. :-( I'm only using it because it was the most succinct reference I've found, to the relevant material.

Re: code twelve

Date: 2017-08-15 05:55 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
Concise and not-too-sensationalist further background on the Wineville situation: part1, part2, part3.

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Date: 2017-08-15 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] readera
Something for Shaeth from the god's midlife crisis or the Frankenstien family.

Quiet protests & Small ways to fight back.

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Date: 2017-08-16 12:12 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
+1 on the second line

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Date: 2017-08-15 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lone_cat
Given that the Schrodinger's Heroes universe and Terramagne are connected, and given what's been said in SH about dimensions with no Alex, it seems to follow that Terramagne would have an Alex. So where is she and what is she like?

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Date: 2017-08-15 06:50 pm (UTC)
bairnsidhe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bairnsidhe
Ooh, seconding this one!

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on derangement, and entitlement

Date: 2017-08-15 06:34 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
I can see several possible angles of approach for the subject matter of Leopold and Loeb, both in its original historical context and as a lesson for our times. I have every confidence that our "local" poet laureate will come up with something worthy.

Meanwhile, I'll be looking for the brain bleach; I've spent far too much time this morning reading with grim fascination about violence and atrocities committed by native-born U.S. citizens.

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Date: 2017-08-15 06:51 pm (UTC)
janetmiles: Cartoon avatar (Default)
From: [personal profile] janetmiles
Anything goes, and some things should go right out the airlock . . .




Expanding the monkeysphere, on a personal, societal, or global level

Sleep paralysis and/or hypnagogic dreams

having a fangirl moment

Date: 2017-08-15 08:09 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
May I just say that I love both the specific prompts, and your "setup" presentation of them?


Re: having a fangirl moment

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Date: 2017-08-15 06:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bairnsidhe
I'd kind of like to see a direct comparisons of how your two evil/formerly evil gods (Shaeth from One God's Midlife Crisis and Gorrein from Path of the Paladins) dealt with nobody liking them being evil. Because I see connections there, Shaeth dealt with the problem by switching domains, and Gorein dealt with it by /adding/ domains he stole from others. It seems like in this case, less really IS more. Or, if you feel like doing a cross-over, what if Gorrein and Shaeth met? I'd imagine Shaeth could give some GREAT advice.

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Date: 2017-08-15 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] readera
Seconding this one!

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Date: 2017-08-15 07:47 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Ansel's parent's farm, and Turq.

Bexley finding a piece of freedom with Falconwing, reclaiming something that had been forbidden.

Defeating homegrown terrorism.

Kenzie moving forward.

brain typo, sort of...

Date: 2017-08-15 08:11 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
I misread the first of [personal profile] alatefeline's prompts as: "Ansel's parent farm", and thought what a nifty idea *that* would be. Maybe he and Joshua could team up to run such a place; goodness knows we need all the *quality*, organically grown parents we can get!

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Date: 2017-08-15 07:59 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
Anything goes? Right *cracks knuckles* Try these for size:

Ragnarok, any setting. [bonus points if it's Path of the Paladins]

Deep Time, [polychrome heroics setting]

Schrodinger's Heroes do Gotham City... [because Harley Quinn really needs someone to get her out of that abusive relationship and far, far away from that universe.]

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Date: 2017-08-15 08:46 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: (warm_puppy)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Okay, obviously, several of these prompts are calling for an ass-whuppin'. And I agree with that, and will happily crunch down the results.

But after that we need a palate cleanser.

FLUFF! Schmoop. Oatmeal. (i.e. getting mushy.) Maybe something HAWT, or maybe just *happymeltypuddlesighcuddlepile*. ([personal profile] alatefeline, I am thinking of you, Mx. Cuddles! hoping that's okay.... ) Bard's call as to 'verse, though I was thinking Kelly/Dale, Hart's Farm, or Schrodinger's.... oooh, maybe Victor/Igor? Maybe with the vampires? If you don't use that last one, save it for Samhain... 'cause that'd be one helluva plot twist, schmoopie vampyrs...

I will leave it in your most capable hands.

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Date: 2017-08-16 02:21 am (UTC)
we_are_spc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
Shmoopy vamps. I like. :d

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Date: 2017-08-15 08:47 pm (UTC)
antisocialite_forum: A group of small round pumpkins in a very green pumpkin patch (Pumpkin Patch)
From: [personal profile] antisocialite_forum
Signalboosted on dreamwidth.

First, Deacon's prompt for people living off the grid. He was interested in Ansel's grandparents' farm specifically, because you mentioned its potential tie-ins to Turq.
I'm interested in the Gentle Living aspects of it for people living with PTSD.

Somebody was wondering about otherkin (or people who are otherwise "other") in Terramagne and how common they were. Is it more likely for them to develop superpowers? What about people with non-human/magical bloodlines?

I was wondering how T-America (or any similarly developed countries) organizes its infrastructure. Are there any countries or cities known for their urban planning?
Is it common for complementary stores to be paired up? Ex, cafes popping up alongside bookstores, or home improvement, hardware, and garden centers being established together. It also sounds like T-America is much more friendly to small businesses, and would have more of those than chains unlike L-America, so shopping centers must look different.

Does T-America have an electoral college, and if not, did it start out with one?

- S.

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Date: 2017-08-16 12:36 am (UTC)
zeeth_kyrah: A glowing white and blue anthropomorphic horse stands before a pink and blue sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
I read an article just a few days ago about living off the grid in Hawaii, and how the Hawaiian electric co-op went with a solar farm... the people off the grid often had too much power and not enough battery at the wrong times, just like those *on* the grid, but the big company had the money to help solve that problem thanks to Tesla's battery division.

And I second the otherkin in Terremagne.

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Date: 2017-08-15 08:56 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: (happydance)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
OOOH! OOOH! I got one more.


(Remembering the end of The Avengers. Just a quiet post-whoop-ass meal. Probably Schrodinger's, but Bard's call.)

('Sfunny. When I first saw that on the big screen, I was like, WTF? The more I see it, especially at the end of the Avenger's March of Cambreadth video - which, anybody, if you have not seen, GOOGLE FOR IT, look for the (polished) version, it is AMAZING as fanvids go - the more it's like, yeah. I can TOTALLY see that.)

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Date: 2017-08-15 10:52 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Where'd the linkback go? Boosted on DW and FB....

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YAP (yet another prompt)

Date: 2017-08-15 11:02 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
Perhaps in part to make up for my inability to participate a session or two ago, I have yet another prompt: heat stroke. The website that you sent a link to says, "The children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-October 2016) have ranged in age from 5 days to 14 years. More than half of the deaths are children under 2 years of age. Below are the percentage of total (695) deaths (and the number of deaths)."

That's tragic enough - but it's inaccurate. Look at the actual data they cite, and the number for ages 0-2 isn't "more than half", it's 74%.

Edited (typo) Date: 2017-08-15 11:04 pm (UTC)


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Re: YAP (yet another prompt)

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Date: 2017-08-15 11:52 pm (UTC)
djbluejay: Man with dreds holding saxophone (Default)
From: [personal profile] djbluejay
No one ain't prompted for this. But I got a memory like it ain't nothin'.
In the comments o' "one Familiar with Self-Defense":

There were mention of Walden teachin' Simon to "Pixie-lead" bad guys and the hilarity that would insue when they done told they boss that he done...just disappeared.

So there we go: Simon pixie-leads bad guys.



Date: 2017-08-15 11:59 pm (UTC)
chanter_greenie: a starscape, including a spiral galaxy (on a quest for a jewel)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
1: Polychrome Heroics: Jordy? Geordi? The young man who had such an awful time on an airplane. You said once that his reactions hinted at the potential bandwidth, so to speak. Does he end up developing earth powers/geokinesis/something else? I really, really hope he does!

2, also Terramagne: Hanka Biala/White Hannah and Solidarity, or maybe just interactions with pro-democracy activities and activists, as the war gave way to Poland and Eastern Europe under Communism.

3, An Army of One: The refugees from Epizygis settling into the Lacuna. Not just the families with kids, but the rest, too.

4, The Blueshift Troopers: We've seen everyone's origin but one: Lane, the leader. What's his story, or at least a little of his story? What's he like? My curiosity is... a predictable thing, sometimes.

5, Fedor Way: A pair of women among the human crew best identified, eventually, with the somewhat atypical Modors who orient toward each other rather than toward Gimmels or others. How do the other humans react to the comparison? What about the aliens?

6, and sorry for the armload: Terramagne again: Abrihet Senai/Hope becoming literate in Tigrinya while learning basic Italian. So many bonus points for other refugees from all over, soup and nary. Fellow Eritreans, Ethiopian minorities and democratic activists, queerfolks from sub Saharan Africa, Muslims from the C.A.R., Somalis, Tanzanian albinos... I could go on and on.

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Date: 2017-08-16 01:23 am (UTC)
curiosity: A variety of trees fill the icon, blending greens and browns together in indistinguishable harmony. (Picto:  Forest Miniature)
From: [personal profile] curiosity
Cuoio and Chiara spar.

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Date: 2017-08-16 01:35 am (UTC)
kelkyag: A cluster of red-blushed yellow apples on a tree (apples)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Maryam Smith a'courting.

Abelie and Margherita studying with Giacinto.

The nephew of monster house finding more of his footing.

Belfegar continues to bring Shaeth issues from his old domain spilling into the new.
Edited (two more prompts) Date: 2017-08-16 01:45 am (UTC)

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Date: 2017-08-16 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Seconding your Monster House prompt! :)

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Date: 2017-08-16 02:27 am (UTC)
we_are_spc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
-Fallon: Damask. Bonus if it's she and Mallory doing something for just girls and fun
2) Schrodingers' heroes
3) I'm not sure this works, because I can't remember who Macavity really belongs with, but I'd like to see more of him.
Isaiah: Kraken handlin' kids-Specially homeless ones. How they do that?
2) Capricorn relaxin'; what's his hobbis off the clock (Is he evah?)
3) Secondin' Damask. I like them an' shit.


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Date: 2017-08-16 03:01 am (UTC)
mama_kestrel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mama_kestrel
Schrodinger's Heroes find their way through a faerie ring and under the hill. Do they remain human, or do they become Sidhe? Either way, what knowledge comes back with them?

Whatever happened to Macavity's telepathic kittens? Did they ever learn any manners?

This is frustrating. I had 5 different things in mind, and now that Tuesday is here I can't remember a single one of them. Not the first time it's happened, either - that's why I've not been prompting much lately. *sigh*

So instead I'll toss it back. If there is something you've wanted to write but no one has given you an excuse for, consider it prompted!

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Date: 2017-08-16 03:10 am (UTC)
we_are_spc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] we_are_spc
We like these! :ddd We've been wondering about the kittens, too.

-Fallon and jay~

LIFC, please!

Date: 2017-08-16 06:38 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mashfanficchick
I'm hoping the fishbowl is still open. It's been another one of those emergency-that-fortunately-fizzles out days. Anyway, hoping I can still get my prompt in (actually, prompts, because I like giving choices)

1) LIFC. "Anything goes" to me says "author's choice": do you have an idea for LIFC you haven't gotten to yet? A bingo prompt you want to use for that universe? Anything goes!

2) LIFC. Life is scary right now; I would like to combat that with soft, fluffy fic; something sweet and/or funny. To give you an idea of what I mean, something like "Splash", where most of the story is just the characters having a good time and caring about each other.

3) LIFC. Almost the opposite of the last prompt. Life is scary right now. I would like to see one or more of the "kids" dealing with big-people fears, and the other kids (with or without Uncle Phil's assistance of prompting) helping them deal with it on their own level. The fear can be about current events, or something from the character's past, or even just a dislike that borders on a phobia. I just want to see the other characters accepting the fear without question, and trying to help, whether that means learning how to avoid it, learning how to confront it, or something completely different. (Note: nothing about stinging insects, please; that's my phobia, to where I can't even always read about them.)
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