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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "dragons."  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 "Lawless, Winged, and Unconfined" (Fledgling Grace, 18 verses).


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 "dragons."  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, Digg, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl, #promptcall, and #crowdfunding.  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. "Lawless, Winged, and Unconfined" belongs to the series Fledgling Grace and has 18 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 $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 to be selected in an audience poll.


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 "dragons."  I'll be soliciting ideas for dragons, dragonslayers, dragonriders, dragon sacrifices, hoard building, flying around setting things on fire, eating people, dispensing the wisdom of the ages, plot twists, mountains, volcanoes, dungeons, skies, other places where dragons might be found, cursed treasure, enchanted weapons, dragon pearls, unusual breath weapons, dragon biology, 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 Lewis Turco's The New 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, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Lawless, Winged, and Unconfined.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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Date: 2014-03-04 06:57 pm (UTC)
chordatesrock: The Punishment of Loki by Louis Huard (detail) (Default)
From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
Are there dragons in the world of Path of the Paladins?

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Date: 2014-03-04 07:31 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
You know how people have declared the dragon a feminist symbol? Do something with that.

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed." --G K Chesterton

Dragons who hoard knowledge! For values of 'hoard' that basically come down to 'librarian'.

Dragons from the East meet dragons from the West.

Dragons cook their meat. What else did you think breathing fire was for?

If you can do something with this... :-)

Date: 2014-03-04 07:36 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Loiosh)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Loiosh, here, is my familiar, my assistant conscience and associate memory (or vice versa).

He sometimes rides on my shoulder, especially at fannish events. I used to have a photo of that, but since I lost my website I can't find it.

Physically, he's a "Beanie Baby" type, now in his fourth body IIRC. They and many others were made as promotional items for Dragon Systems, Inc., where I worked for ten good years.
("Well, boss, reincarnation like that is one upside of being non-biological.")
He's usually a smartass, but that was perfectly reasonable.
("As if you—"
"Shut up, Loiosh.")

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Date: 2014-03-04 07:55 pm (UTC)
jjhunter: closeup of library dragon balancing book on its head (library dragon 2)
From: [personal profile] jjhunter
I have an old but good one from a fantasy adventure prompt set that seems tailor-made for this fishbowl:
Dragonback Airways Offers Complementary Marshmallows

(Keeping a highly intelligent, easily bored lizard of burden entertained during long commercial flights takes some creativity.)

My icon for this comment may also be considered a prompt if you wish. :o)

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Date: 2014-03-04 08:09 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Seconding dragon-as-librarian. The fabled wisdom of dragons needs not to be hoarded, but to be shared, for understanding breeds understanding, but gold does nothing to expand itself.

The dragon whose breath carries sleep, and whose eyes hold a spell of forgetting.

What if paleontologists dug up a dragon? Fossilized or not, it's your call. Dinosaur and dragon have more overlap than not. Microraptor gui makes everything cooler.

Can you draw out Leviathan with a hook, or wrap a noose around its jaws?

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Date: 2014-03-04 09:07 pm (UTC)
corvi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] corvi
I like the legends where people who love gold too much become dragons, like Fáfnir in the Volsung saga. Can you do some kind of story about hoarding (gold, or books, or whatever) turning one into a dragon?

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Date: 2014-03-05 12:50 am (UTC)
rosieknight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosieknight
A dragon that guards - rather than hoards - something (spellbooks? alien technology? a city?) until someone(s) capable of respecting and valuing what's guarded.

Internet dragon. (Since there are fire, water, air/sky, and earth dragons...)

Something about the radiator dragon from Monster House.

Dragons who would "steal" people not to eat or anything, but to educate them. Since tutors and universities were often restricted to upper-class men.

Dragons in SPAAAAAACE!

Mother-in-law

Date: 2014-03-05 02:29 am (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
Trope, insult, now make it a compliment:

When the mother-in-law really IS a dragon... ;) My husband and I both get along with each other's moms & I think the joke needs to be turned on its head! Shapeshifter is occurring to me... :)

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Date: 2014-03-05 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
I can't believe I'm so late! And a dragons prompt... I *have* to get in on this one, and my apologies for the tardiness.

Monster House: Since you've got something in the works about the radiator dragon, what about Melinda's boot-riding lizard?

Walking the Beat: Someone has a dragon figurine in their window, visible from the street. I'm going for it having the appearance of a house/apartment/whichever home protector, and that appearance being accurate. Who says easily movable little dragon statues can't be friendly household guardians?

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