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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Description of past deaths and self-destructive behavior. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. Parades. Storytelling. War stories. Nostalgia. Hand-feeding. Heroism. Public speaking. Flashbacks. Friendship. Counseling. Leaving early. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Description of past deaths and self-destructive behavior. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. Parades. Storytelling. War stories. Nostalgia. Hand-feeding. Heroism. Public speaking. Flashbacks. Friendship. Counseling. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

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[personal profile] vexed_wench made me a custom banner for making bingo in the Relationship Bingo Fest.

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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan, Peggy Carter.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Description of past deaths. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. Parades. Storytelling. War stories. Nostalgia. Hand-feeding. Heroism. Public speaking. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Skip to Part 6.

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Here is my card for Winter Fest in July.  Bingo will run from July 1st through July 31.  This month we will be celebrating all winter holidays.  (See all my 2015 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out.  I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far.  This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


Winter Fest in July Bingo Card




Shoveling snowSnow globesCandyHat / Mittens / ScarvesFeliz Navidad
Winter SolsticeBoxing Day - December 26FeastAll I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front TeethInternational Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3
Maoz TzurYule LogWILD CARDSilver and GoldRosa Parks Day - December 1
DovesChristmasFrankincense / MyrrhHolly / IvyRudolph
La BefanaCarolingJack FrostYes Virginia There Is a Santa ClausBaking / Cooking

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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Description of past deaths. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. Parades. Storytelling. Nostalgia. Hand-feeding. #coulsonlives

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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1. Skip to Part 4Part 5Part 6.

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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. #coulsonlives

I also have a list of photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, a series landing page, and anarchive of images. The perk story "Brotherlove, Brotherlust" Part 3 is still open for participation.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

Anonymous commenters: You don't have to specify exactly who you are, but it helps to have a first name or a username from some other service, so I have some idea of who's saying which and how many different "Anonymous" folks there are. You can just type some kind of identifier at the end of your comment.

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The June Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  The theme is "broken relationships."  Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration!


What I Have Written

"Broken Boughs" is today's freebie.

"That Basic, Wrenching Emotion"
Continuing to riff on my June Relationship Bingo card, I wrote the free-verse poem "That Basic, Wrenching Emotion." Amada and her sons show up on Danso's doorstep, distressed over a family upheaval.
96 lines, Buy It Now = $48

"Growing Moss"
I borrowed the forest picture to inspire the free-verse poem "Growing Moss." Constance (aka The Archivist) has trouble holding onto a romantic relationship. She copes by taking a walk in the Hoh Rainforest.
54 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Strong and Fragile"
From this I got the story "Strong and Fragile." Eric and TeJay go into town with Uncle Chris to buy supplies. There they run into some of Eric's old friends. The encounter does not go as Eric expects. There's a lot of tension, but you can really see the relationship between Eric and TeJay progressing.
1,570 words, Buy It Now = $47.10

"Down New Paths"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Down New Paths." It introduces a couple of new characters I've wanted to get to for some time now. This is actually set a few years before the nominal now for Polychrome Heroics. So Lupê Hêdonê has her superpowers, but she hasn't learned good dominatrix skills yet; and Gray hasn't even gotten his superpowers so far. What starts out as a fun scene ends very, very badly. And Gray, gods bless him, can still make astute relationship decisions while utterly wrecked. This is hardcore hurt/comfort.
304 lines, Buy It Now = $152

"The Breaking of the Shell"
From this I got the free-verse poem "The Breaking of the Shell." Gray's friend Marcus gets him into a world of trouble with a rival gang. Gray decides that he has had enough of that shit from Marcus.  Ricasso and Thriver come to the rescue.
402 lines, Buy It Now = $201

"Stronger at the Broken Places"
No longer incorporating your prompt, but directly following the earlier poems that do, is the next installment about Gray. "Stronger at the Broken Places" is free-verse about his recovery from the beating, coping with two broken arms, and his first lessons in how to control his superpower. He worries about it getting out of hand, but other than that, this is mostly fluff.
510 lines, Buy It Now = $255

"Switching Out"
Ricasso calls Gray and Marcus into his office to resolve what Marcus did to Gray.  It does not go well.
478 lines, Buy It Now = $239

"How You Combine Them"
Gray deals with the aftermath of his situation, struggles with sleep disturbances, and decides to take a class on pastry cooking.  All the fluffy fluffness, with frosting on it!  And cream filling!  But they are still supervillains.
202 lines, Buy It Now = $101

"What Makes a Team Work" 
While recovering, Gray works in Ricasso's office until the casts come off.  Then he celebrates by baking chocolate macarons, and mulls over how to fit his new superpower into the gang's operations. 
212 lines, Buy It Now = $106

"No Feeling of Being Alive"
With the casts finally off, Gray is allowed back into the gym.  After that, though, Ricasso wants his help with another gang member, because Side-eye's blunted feelings make him crave intense stimulation.  Gray discovers a few other things besides pure pain that get through to him.
810 lines, Buy It Now = $405


From My Prompts

"Shaggy's Dog Story" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer features the Scooby gang as children, in which Shaggy is so shy that he uses ventriloquism to 'talk' through his puppy.

Combining several of your prompts, including both pictures, "Rebuilding Home" follows Penny's long wait in the afterlife because she refused to reclaim a gift to meet the Great Worm's demands. (2385 words) by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer 

"Mending What You Can" by [personal profile] brides_koneko is Welcome to Night Vale fanfic about replacing one broken relationship with another.  Ouchy stuff, but a sharp reminder of the risks.
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Below is my card for the 2015 [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This fest encourages the creation of boundary-pushing material that explores what happens when things go horribly wrong and people actually care about each other. Remember, things always go wrong; what matters is how you deal with that. Some of the content may be NSFW. Read the FAQ and rules first. The signup post is here. (See all my 2015 bingo cards.)

I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers. It's also useful for developing some of my more danger-prone series. 

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

My hc_bingo card )
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Here is my card for Round Seven of the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This bingo challenge encourages original or fanfic material across all formats and lengths. It's a terrific fest if you want general and/or gentle fiction, although people can interpret prompts any way they like. There are many categories, and you can choose to omit up to three. Read the rules first.  Browse the Round Seven prompt list.  Request a Round Seven card here. Prompt lists are renewed once a quarter, and you may request a new card then even without bingo on a previous card. (See all my 2015 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Round Seven: June 1, 2015-August 31, 2015.
Cards may be requested prior to August 31.
Any content, fiction or poetry, etc. fanfic or original.
Minimum of 100 words for fiction, poetry, or other text fills.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


GENPROMPT BINGO CARD

Warming / Cooling Drinks The Cost of Magic Reality is Illusion Sunshine and Blue Skies A Mystery to Investigate
Thief Mystery Formidable It Wasn't Meant to Be India
The Elephant in the Room Blood Wild CardLife Affection
Kittens and Puppies Sensory Deprivation Places of Work Autumn Memory Related
Relative values: Families Primary Colours Snowboard Old Things (Heirlooms, Antiques, Nostalgia) Science and Magic

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Look, I won a banner for making blackout on my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest!

Silver Toolbox on Black background, lower right hand corner has white pixel font reading may 2015 @ allbingo toolbox has Blackout in large letters on the top right of the toolbox, ysabetwordsmith in tiny white pixel font underneath Blackout,  and Wellness Toolbox Bingo on the bottom of the toolbox
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED for prompts.  Thank you for your enthusiasm!  I'm still writing, though, so keep an eye out for more thumbnails.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "outgrowing old idea."  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 "Learning to See" (Seeing Hearts, 17 verses available).


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 "outgrowing old ideas."  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. "Learning to See"  belongs to Seeing Hearts and has 17 verses available. 


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.


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 "outgrowing old ideas."  I'll be soliciting ideas for scientists, devout empiricists, youth coming of age, coming out, adults in mid-life crisis, elders entering their wisdom years, folks dealing with a new ability, people who get a clue, people who don't  get a clue, three with a new song's measure, abandoning an old ideology, being torn up over changes, finding a new ideology, deciding to help someone, asking for help and getting it, getting in over your head, proving yourself, researching new possibilities, how to change ideas you've decided you don't want to follow anymore, foxholes, dungeons, bars or taverns, colleges, counseling offices, other places that tend to rupture people's reality tunnels, and of course reality tunnels themselves, epiphanies, books, horrible realizations, painful psychological ruptures, decompensation, endings and beginnings, solution-caused problems, ethical dilemmas, Objects of Change Alignment, other reality-tunnel wrecking balls, 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, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Learning to See.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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Here is my card for the June Bingo Fest on the theme of Wedding | Honeymoon | Divorce.  Bingo will run from June 1st until June 30th.  This month we will be celebrating all things wedding. When I say all things I mean all things, proposals, wedding, honeymoon and or divorce. (See all my 2015 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out.  I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far.  This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


June Bingo Wedding | Honeymoon | Divorce

FearWorryCake FailVows or PromisesCuriosity
Consent is sexyorientationSurprise pregnancySuch a gentlemanSuperpowers
LacePanic AttackWILD CARDringsFriendzoned
SeclusionDramatic proposalTrustmutationSex on the beach
Do You Feel What I Feel?I think we should separate for a whileAlexithymia (Obscured Emotions)Polyamoryexperimentation

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Our theme this month was "gentlemen in distress." I worked from 12:30 PM to to 4:30 AM, so about 14 hours accounting for breaks. I wrote 9 poems on Tuesday and another 19 later.

There was good participation, with 49 comments on LiveJournal and 43 on Dreamwidth. A total of 22 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompters [personal profile] liliane and LJ user Starcat_jewel. You have them to thank for the second freebie.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"All Mingle Their Waters"
"Attainable Goals"
"A Cultural Control Problem"
"A Gentleman in Distress"
"If You Do Not Change Direction"
"The Nature of the Season"
"Riding from the Rescue"
"Scrambling for Crumbs"
"Surviving Hell's Kitchen"
"These Tiny Little Steps"
"Tomato Pie and Ice Cream"
"The Whole Universe Surrenders"

"Dangerous Refuges" (A Conflagration of Dragons, 6/14/14 Creative Jam)
"Heard for Himself" (Clay of Life, 4/3/15 Poetry Fishbowl)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for May 5, 2015. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All of the sponsored poems from May have been posted. Backchannel copies of the rest have been sent to the prompters. Per the $200 goal, "Heard for Himself" was the free epic. Per the $250 goal, that's one tally toward a bonus fishbowl. Per the $300 goal, "Quiet Rooms" is the bonus material. This month's donors included [personal profile] rix_scaedu, Anonymous gifting to [personal profile] stardreamer and [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] gingicat, LJ user Clockworklady, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] redsixwing, LJ user Starcat_jewel, [personal profile] lone_cat, [personal profile] mdlbear, and Anthony & Shirley Barrette. Please welcome new donor LJ user Clockworklady.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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Here is my second card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, held in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. This fest focuses on taking good care of yourself.  See all my 2015 bingo cards.

Theme: Wellness Toolbox Bingo
Dates: May 2nd - June 1st
Public Card: Yes
Open Card/Amnesty: Yes
Fills: Anything goes. Remember to use your content warnings!
Prizes: banners will be available at the end of the month and beyond.

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.



WELLNESS TOOLBOX BINGO CARD

ForgiveRelabelingSocializeDancingYardwork or Gardening
Make New FriendsCuddle with a Friend or Pet or PillowMeditationPositive AffirmationsNurture Self-Worth
HousecleaningFlexibilityWILD CARDLearn Something NewOrganizing
HugsRandom Act of KindnessIdentify a Feeling You're HavingSurrenderEat Something Delicious and/or Healthy
Go OutsideGet Enough SleepWalkingSwimmingHealthy Touch

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Here is my new card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This bingo challenge encourages original material across all formats and lengths. It's a terrific fest if you want gen and/or gentle fiction. There are Gen, Romance, and Kink cards available or you can mix those categories. Read the rules first. A signup post appears the first week of each month, when anyone can request a card whether you've completed a bingo or not. (See all my 2015 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out.  I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far.  This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

This fest allows bingo claims for fills that have been written but not posted yet. The card below is Gen/Romance.


BINGO
first timewishingforbiddenseductionoutnumbered
underdoggrowing old togetherunwelcome guestwarfriendship
peacelesser evilFREE SPACEbeautyhigh and low
marketunder pressuremeasuresperfectmasks
silenceworryingblessingcutting edge
HOLD
desperate
 
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The May 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "Hope."  Come give us prompts, or claim ideas for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Pinpoints of Light"
"Pinpoints of Light" is a free-verse poem in which the Blueshift Troupers visit an alien planet, run into trouble, and find unexpected allies.
170 lines, Buy It Now = $85

"If You Could Bottle It"
Your bottle prompt inspired the free-verse poem "If You Could Bottle It." Bruno used to be an enforcer until mad science torture left him with nerve damage and a new superpower. Sometimes, hope is a thing you can't find, until you give it away.
106 lines, Buy It Now = $53

"Searching by Starlight
Today's freebie features pop culture research set in [community profile] nineforthenebulasheart.

"Moving Pictures"
Your prompt about innermost hearts inspired the free-verse poem "Moving Pictures." Merle likes to study humanity by watching movies.
26 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Touching Scenes"
It takes months before Eric and TeJay can touch each other in a comfortable way.  This story belongs to the Don't Try This at Home series of the Schrodinger's Heroes project.  It has been partially sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and will be posted once it's fully funded.
1,422 words

"Reveal Everything Mysterious"
Cuoio and Chiara go on a double date with Ruggiero and Olympia, so that Cuoio can learn more about how this kind of relationship is supposed to work.
534 lines, Buy It Now = $267


From My Prompts

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the short story "Hope" based on my beach prompt, and featuring Dr. Infanta during the Victorian period.

[personal profile] alexconall has written "A Half-Whispered Prayer" based on my prompt about dragons, in which a young girl goes seeking help, and gives as much as she finds.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the story "Hope in a Bottle" which features Kristen and her foster mothers.  This one will be posted as a freebie later.
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED for prompts.  Thank you for your enthusiasm!  Keep an eye on this post as I'll be adding new poem thumbnails later in the week.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "gentlemen in distress."  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.

Note: The point is to reverse the "damsel in distress" trope.  Therefore, any male or equivalent character counts, not just noblemen.  In the case of alternate sex/gender paradigms, the usually-dominant trait should be in distress.

Click to read the linkback poem, "Dangerous Refuges" (14 verses, A Conflagration of Dragons).


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 "gentlemen in distress."  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. "Dangerous Refuges" belongs to A Conflagration of Dragons and has 14 verses available. 


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, you'll get a piece of bonus material.


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 "gentlemen in distress."  I'll be soliciting ideas for strong women, the role of the hera as female protagonist, men in need of rescue, the role of the heronet as male love-interest and plot complication, folks of other genders on either side of this equation, gender police antagonists, innocent bystanders, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, proving yourself, heroic ladyfeats, epic failures of manhood, dungeons, creepy buildings, bedrooms that someone does not want to be in, gendered spaces, tertiary sexual characteristics, gendered artifacts, endings and beginnings, love polygons, hero teams, the challenges of not being a macho hero, the challenges of not being a delicate heroine,  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, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Dangerous Refuges" The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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