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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you all for your time and attention.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! Today's theme is "heras and villainesses." 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.

Watch for the linkbacks perk to go live. Click to read "Zee" (Monster House) or notify [personal profile] aldersprig of linkbacks to reveal more verses.

NOTES: As there is already a mid-month fishbowl slated for January, the $200 perk this time is a piece of background material, a cast list for Fiorenza the Wisewoman (currently just over 5 pages long).

We're also discussing the possibility of poetry ebooks from the fishbowl project.


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 "heras and villainesses." 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 new feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated. At $150 you get a free series poem; at $200 you get a piece of background material.


0 raised, $150 to first goal, $200 to second goal

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. The Twitter hashtag is #poetryfishbowl. 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. [personal profile] aldersprig has volunteered to post the verses this month, so you'll need to notify her of your linkbacks in a comment to her post, in order for them to count. "Zee" belongs to the Monster House series and has 17 verses.


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 $150+ by Friday evening then I'll post an extra series poem after the Poetry Fishbowl. Everyone will get to vote which series gets a new poem. (If it's one that already has unpublished poetry, you'll get to pick from that. Otherwise, I'll write something new, and December donors will get to offer me prompts.) If donations reach $200, you get a guide to the characters in Fiorenza the Wisewoman.


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 "heras and villainesses." I'll be soliciting ideas for female protagonists, female antagonists, unexpectedly relevant women, women behaving badly, women who make history, men who are taken horribly unawares by women with agency, magical or technological artifacts that choose female bearers, adventures that appeal to women readers, challenges particular to female characters, plots that would be interesting if formerly male characters were replaced with females, nurseries and battlefields and other places where women may be found, harems and other places where women are kept, the war of the sexes, hijinks resulting from having two heras or a hera and a villainess and no man in sight, sensible armor, 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, an extra series poem if donations reach $150+, and a series bonus if donations reach $200. Linkbacks reveal verses of "Zee.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

various prompts

Date: 2012-01-03 07:48 pm (UTC)
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
-the woman in the blue dress
-the princess who must compete in three tasks to win her prince
-the crone who is the 'hera'
-the one where CLEANING ALL THE THINGS really is a matter of life and death
-a femme androgyne who works magic - literally - with hir wardrobe

Re: Poem

Date: 2012-01-04 12:19 am (UTC)
jjhunter: Watercolor of daisy with blue dots zooming around it like Bohr model electrons (Default)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
Oh, that sounds very cool...

some prompts

Date: 2012-01-03 10:42 pm (UTC)
serpentine: (Default)
From: [personal profile] serpentine
- the "dark lord" is really a woman
- an inversion of fairy tales: it's the evil princess that tries to injure or scary away the older queen
- the frog princess and the other princess
- a woman who can't help but be different despite all the efforts to the contrary

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