World Harvest keeps improving their stock of tea and spices. \o/ Regrettably the cumin and ginger bottles don't fit in our spice rack. >_< But I found some other stuff I haven't seen in a while so I'm happy. Also the food selection on the Strawberry Fields side is improving. The beef pie is a tasty little thing.
My partner Doug and I tried the gansito split at El Oasis. Gansito is a Mexican junk food similar to a chocolate-covered twinkie. I imagine it would be awful by itself, but is quite good with ice cream, either mixed in or like this, split with several scoops of ice cream in between. Chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla topped with whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry. <3
Barnes & Noble continues to grow more annoying. Twice I had someone stop and ask if I needed help finding anything. Well no, you already broke the bookstore, so you can't fix that. I need to browse by looking at a batch of similar things arranged by topic. Now that you have dispersed the new books among the old books, this is impossible, unless you want to go hand-sort the new ones for me. The cookbooks are splodged together, some by topic, others by author or title. So instead of having all the special diet books together, organized by name of their theme, which would be easy to browse, they're all scattered over a couple of bookcases. Someone actually asked me if I knew the titles I wanted. Well if I knew the titles, I'd be able to find them myself! It was yet another damning example of how the store is catering not to bookworms, but to people who don't usually go into bookstores. I guess they've been hyping electronics often enough that they're getting a lot of traffic that can't even find a help desk. 0_o It's gotten to where just being asked is an irritant, another reminder that I'm no longer their target audience. Jesus, lady, I was helping shelve library books when I was four. >_< I did find a couple of books to buy, but it's not fun like it used to be. Bah.
At Wal-Mart I found a new pair of shorts. Things that make me ridiculously happy: garments made of that silky, ventilated fabric that's almost never used on girl clothes, only guy clothes. These shorts are lined and have contrasting trim around the edges. I first got gray with pink trim to go with some tie-dye shirts I bought. Then I got the turquoise with white and tonight the black with white. I wanted the cobalt blue, but so far everyone's been out of that in my size. I'd be happier if these had pockets, but I like the fabric enough to tolerate the lack. They're really comfortable and really, really genderfucking awesome. :D
My favorites include Maya Angelou, Robert Hayden, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, and Phillis Wheatley.
If you want to poke a bigot in the eye, you can go shopping for things made by black writers or crafters, or you can buy multicultural-themed material from any author. I've got a fluffy family dinner with multiple ethnicities in "Dinner at Donnie's" ($171) in Danso and Family.
What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?
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.
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.
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.
I had to quit early because the mosquitoes were eating me alive. That was ten minutes ago and I still have pink imprints of my hand on my thighs. I can actually count the fingers on one. The other slap marks have mostly faded.
EDIT 8/14/17: I went back out and picked up a bucket of sticks from the house back toward the eastern edge, then dumped that in the firepit.
Unsold Poems from the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Poetry Fishbowl Report for August 1, 2017
Nudibranchs on YouTube
Moment of Silence: Glen Campbell
Poem: "Find Yourself in the Garden"
Poem: "A Series of Transitions"
Poem: "Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
Moment of Silence: Haruo Nakajima
Poem: "Look at Me with Fresh Eyes"
There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, August 15 with a theme of "anything goes." Check your notes for whatever you wanted to prompt that hasn't matched a theme. Check your worthy causes and special interests for stuff I haven't covered yet that you would like to request. If you don't have ideas waiting, you can review your favorites and just name a character, setting, or storyline that you'd like to see more of -- I can supply more details from elsewhere. And I hope to see you tomorrow!
Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies. Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack. "The Order of Their Stars" is now complete. Astin and V visit a sex shop. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Pips gets worried about Jules and drops by for a visit. "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going after the gaybashers, and feels uneasy over his own reactions.
Weather has been variously cool or mild. We've gotten a lot of yardwork done! Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, rose campion, some yellow thing in the wildflower garden, butterfly milkweed, thistle. Yellow coneflowers and naked ladies are almost done.
EDIT 8/13/17: Thanks to a donation from zianuray this poem is now complete! \o/
EDIT 8/13/17: bairnsidhe sent a donation and we're discussing which poem to open for microfunding. :D
Participation was good, with 16 comments on LiveJournal and 58 on Dreamwidth. There were no new prompters.
Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"All a Man Can Do"
"Approaching the Faerie Ring"
"The Fool at the Threshold"
"The Four Gates"
"Look at Me with Fresh Eyes"
"Passage Rites and Rights of Passage"
"Shopping for Privileges"
"Rewriting the Narrative" (May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Big Brother and the Cyberbully" (Polychrome Heroics, June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"A Series of Transitions" (Polychrome Heroics: Calliope, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Find Yourself in the Garden" (Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan, July 4, 2017)
"Taking Care of Things" (Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"The Speakers" (Diminished Expectations, September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam)
"Rooted in Place" (Diminished Expectations, September 2013 Crowdfunding Creative Jam)
"The Higher a Monkey Climbs" (Polychrome Heroics, commission)
Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for August 1, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.
Currently sponsored poems have been posted. This time donors include: daisiesrockalot, dialecticdreamer, janetmiles, Rook from Antisocialites, technoshaman, Anthony & Shirley Barrette.
The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Big Brother and the Cyberbully" is the free epic. It also make the $250 goal, so that's one tally toward a bonus fishbowl.
The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
EDIT 8/12/17: We went back out and picked up several more piles of grass in the savanna. I got about half a trolley of sticks.
As it is getting dark, we are done for the day.
We have three open epics. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $308 to be fully funded. "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One and needs $83 to be fully funded. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $161 to be fully funded. You may route the funds into one poem or divide it among them.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22
How do you want to distribute the $73?
ALL $73 into "The Inner Transition"
ALL $73 into "The Order of Their Stars"
ALL $73 into "The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
Divide the $73 about equally among ALL THREE poems