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Spies Card

Jan. 31st, 2016 11:50 pm
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I did not come remotely close to making bingo this month. I only got five fills on my Spies card. None of them are even posted yet. But here is what I wrote...

N2: "Trash Day" (nonviolent confrontation) in Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan
N5: "The Exercise of Ingenuity" (gizmos and gadgets) in Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan

G2: "Blackwork" (Keep It Safe from Them) in Polychrome Heroics: Shiv

O3: "Renewing a Sense of Community" (prisoners) in Polychrome Heroics: Shiv
O5: "On the Axle of Mindless Aggression" (self-destruct) in Polychrome Heroics
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This year the Valentine's Day Bingo fest over in [community profile] allbingo is using 3x3 cards in several different categories. I have decided to play the Romantic and Platonic ones. The fest runs from February 1-29. People can make cards and start writing early, but posting doesn't begin until February 1. (See all my 2016 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.


ROMANTIC CARD

Such a gentlemanFirst kissCandlelight
Love Without LimitsROMANTICTaking It Slow
Separation & reunionOdd coupleOur Special Place



PLATONIC CARD

Nonsexual TouchNurture Self-WorthSurrender
Sleeping with a comfort objectPLATONICSomeone reads a story to you
Talk with a FriendQueerplatonicAsexual / Demi Species

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 There will be a sale of native prairie plants in Bloomington, IL on May 21.  I would love to catch this; their tentative list of plants for sale is ... basically everything I ever wanted in prairie landscaping. <3
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Below is my card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This fest features fundamental motifs that will be familiar to most readers. It encourages writers to analyze storylines and characters, then reinterpret them in new ways. It is open to all fandoms and to original work; and open to fiction, poetry, art, and all other media. Read the rules. See the list of tropes. They're trying something new with a divided list this time, so pay attention to that. Request a card of your own. All fanworks and original works are allowed, including poetry; poems can be any size, while fiction should be 500+ words. (See all my bingo cards for 2016.)

Original works and poetry allowed
500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry

Dates for Round Six:
Jan 1: Signups open
Jan 15: Bingo posting begins
April 15: Last day to request a first card
April 31: Last day to request a second card
April 31: Last day to post bingos for This round
May 1: Amnesty beings
June 1: discussion period begins
June 31: Amnesty ends
June 31: discussion period ends
July 1: Next round begins

I'm hoping to attract some new readers through this fest. People are starting to show interest in specific prompts. 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 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. Any other ideas for monetizing this? Let me know.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


TROPE BINGO CARD

POOR
COMMUNICATION
SKILLS
CROSS DRESSING/
COSTUMES
SOUL BOUNDING/
SOULMATES
UNEXPECTED
FRIENDSHIP
CANNON FODDER
ROAD TRIPMATCHMAKERART INITIATES LIFEMEET THE
PARENTS/FAMILY
SECRET TWIN/
DOPPELGANGER
HANDCUFFED/
BOUND TOGETHER
HURT COMFORTFREE SPACETALL TALEFORK IN
THE ROAD
TRAPPED
IN A DREAM
MARRIAGEIN ANOTHER
MANS SHOES
SHARING A BEDAGAINST
ALL ODDS
FIRST TIME/
LAST TIME
CHOSEN FAMILYDEAL WITH
THE DEVIL
PERSPECTIVE FLIPBREAKING THE
FOURTH WALL

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Here is my card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir fest on [community profile] allbingo. It will run from January 1-31.  It features all kinds of espionage and subterfuge.  For a comparison with my current work: An Army of One started out with mostly secret outposts (and we still haven't found that one with the lab animals in it), Frankenstein's Family has the creepy hunter organization sneaking around, the grandmother of Monster House is hiding advanced tech, P.I.E. focuses on a private detective, Polychrome Heroics has a serious spook problem, and the protagonist of Tripping into the Future is hiding from the only other humans around.  (See all my 2016 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.


SPIES, SECRET AGENTS, AND NOIR

cover identityspies in a vanthe molespy catsuithoney trap
Everything changed when she found out that she was pregnant in the middle of an incredibly delicate assassination situation.janitor impersonation infiltrationnonviolent confrontationKeep It Safe from Thembrainwashing
dangerous territorytracking device"Is that all you've got?"Out of Ammoprisoners
He elected to use his brain rather than his fists to exit the situation.mission accomplishedShe/he hardly seemed to know the difference between right and wrong any more.injurycovert group with mundane front
mugged for disguisesecretsgizmos and gadgetsTaken into protection by a spy organizationself-destruct

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See my bingo fests from 2013 and 2014.

These are my bingo fests from 2015:


[community profile] trope_bingo 
Card requests: until April 15 (first card) or April 30 (later cards)
Bingo posting: January 15-April 30 for Round 4
Round 4 Amnesty: May 1-June 30
Original works and poetry allowed
500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry

1-3-15


Valentine's Day Bingo Fest
1-31-15


Pi(e) Bingo Fest
3-2-15


[community profile] genprompt_bingo 

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

This fest offers prompts that work for general content rather than sex/romance, spread across diverse categories.

Card 3-16-15

Card 6-10-15

Card 9-4-15


Wellness Toolbox Bingo Fest
This fest focuses on self-care activities, whether mental or physical.

Card 5-2-15 -- blackout on 5-20-15!  This is the first time I managed blackout within a monthly fest, and I think my fastest ever.

Card 5-20-15


[community profile] origfic_bingo 
Card requests: anyone can get a card during the first week of each month.
Original content only; all media/formats and lengths are welcome.
You may call bingo after creating the necessary number of fills, even if they haven't all been posted.

This fest encourages people to create original content of any kind. The prompts are diverse and fairly general, making them easy to work with.

5-18-15


June Relationship Bingo 6-1-15
Runs June 1-30, all about marriage, honeymoon, divorce, and other relationship dynamics.


[community profile] hc_bingo 

Round Six: June 15, 2015 to January 3, 2016
Sign ups: cards can be requested anytime before January 3, 2016
Amnesty Period: Jan 3, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Minimum 500 words for fiction.

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.

Card 6-16-15


Winter Fest in July

This fest celebrates all the winter holidays when we actually have time to write about them.

Card 7-1-15


As You Like It

In this fest, you can make a new card or draw from older cards.  Any five fills will make a bingo!

Card 8-1-15


Tones Bingo Fest

This fest encourages people to try new tones and voices in their creative work.

Card 8-31-15


[community profile] trope_bingo 

Here the focus is on tropes and motifs.
Card requests: until October 15 (first card) or October 31 (later cards)
Bingo posting: July 15-October 31 for Round 5
Round 5 Amnesty: November 1-December 31
Original works and poetry allowed
500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry

Card 10-1-15


Halloween / Samhain Bingo Fest

Card 10-1-15


[community profile] ladiesbingo 

Card requests: cards can be requested anytime before March 31, 2016
Round Three: September 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 
Amnesty Period: April 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017
Any content, fiction or poetry etc, fanfic or original. 500 words minimum for fiction, 20 lines for poetry.

This is a bingo challenge celebrating the various shades of relationships amongst females. All modes are welcome here: het, slash, femslash, poly and gen.  Borderline fills (like F/F/M or genderswap) may be 1 per line or 5 per blackout.

Card 10-2-15


Disaster Bingo Fest

This fest challenges creators to solve difficult problems other than  by hitting.

Card 11-3-15

* * * 

These are my bingo fests from 2016:

Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir
This fest deals in espionage and subterfuge.

Card 1-1-16


[community profile] trope_bingo 

Here the focus is on tropes and motifs.
Card requests: until April 15 (first card) or April 31 (later cards)
Bingo posting: January 15-April 31 for Round 6
Round 6 Amnesty: May 1-June 31
Original works and poetry allowed
500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry

Card 1-4-16


Valentine's Day Bingo
This year's fest has four categories (Romantic, Erotic, Heartbroken, Platonic) each with 3x3 cards.  I am playing a Romantic card and a Platonic card.

Cards 1-23-16


I also run the [community profile] allbingo  community.  Use this to share your accomplishments for a custom-made bingo card, for old cards from other communities, or to echo your current bingo activity. 
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I have made bingo down the B column of my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character fest.  I really wanted to make blackout this month, and could've done it if I'd had the time to write more, but I had to prioritize more practical stuff.  >_< 

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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Keep an eye on this post later in the week as I am still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "weather."  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 "The Least of These" (The Ocracies, 11 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 "weather."  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. "The Least of These" belongs to The Ocracies and has 11 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 "weather."  I'll be soliciting ideas for weathermen, weathered heroes, desert crawlers, strangers blown in on a storm, rainmakers, sun princes, weather deities, Oyuki-san, empathic environment, preparing for bad weather, making predictions, controlling the weather, getting caught in a storm, praying for rain, weathering the storm, huddling against the cold, watching the world burn, rebuilding from the ashes, hostile terraforming, wastelands, any port in a storm, shipwrecks, snow caves, creepy buildings, sanctuaries, habitat foreclosurehostile weather, space weather, strange alien storms, bizarre seasons, personal raincloud, lightning revelation, demonic charcoal fog, redemption in the rain, first snow, the power of the sun, thunderbirds, 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 "The Least of These.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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Here is my card for the Defining Character fest on [community profile] allbingo. It will run from December 1-31.  The idea is to explore subtle distinctions of characterization, how they appear and may change in a story.  Because of the holidays, this is also a smaller 4x4 card without a Wild Card space in the center.  (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.

B Column


DEFINING CHARACTER BINGO CARD

competenthonestaggressivelonely
suspicioustrustinginventivefrustrated
tentativecomfortingdepressedbubbly
craftydependablehopefuldangerous

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The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire! Enjoy the seasonal offerings on Dreamwidth or on LiveJournal.



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A close relative is currently stranded in Albequerque due to the car dying on a long trip. So [personal profile] dialecticdreamer offered to help by writing ficlets in exchange for donations to the car fund. Well, one donor asked for something from Love Is For Children, so I'm filling this prompt for Zelofheda. If any other fans of this series would like to express their appreciation, by all means chip in a few bucks with a note that it's from me and the Pay It Forward project. This story also fills the "emotional overload" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest and the "hurt/comfort" square in my 10-1-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

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," and "Coming in from the Cold: Monday: Memorial Day."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanova, Betty Ross, Bruce Banner, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, JARVIS.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor mishaps. Lingering symptoms of past abuse and neglect. Current environment is safe.
Summary: The Avengers enjoy game night. Clint and Bruce wind up playing together for much of it. Bruce gets upset easily.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family of choice. Team as family. Fluff and angst. Toys and games. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Creativity. Friendship. Cuddling. #coulsonlives

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.

I also have a list of favorite photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, partly compiled from audience requests.

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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 have more to write.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "I want my future back!"  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.

I have a linkback poem, "Full of Grace" (14 verses, Fledgling Grace).  NOTE: Today is a voting day in some states.  If you vote today, comment "I voted!" under the linkback poem to reveal a verse.


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 "I want my future back!"  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 "I want my future back!"  I'll be soliciting ideas for explorers, astronauts, time travelers, people who have survived major changes, support crew, futurists, adventuring, exploring outer space, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, inventing new things, starships, NASA, distant planets, laboratories, other dimensions, first contact, replicators, jump gates, xenolinguistics, peaceful aliens, sense of wonder, problems that can't be solved by hitting, souvenirs, endings and beginnings, other major life changes,  and poetic forms in particular.  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.) The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Full of Grace."
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Here is my card for the Disasters (No Hitting!) fest on [community profile] allbingo. It will run from November 1-31.  The challenge here is to explore things that go wrong, and how people respond well or poorly to them -- with the bullseye being problems that can't be solved by hitting.  (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.

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BINGO

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 I made bingo along Row 2 of my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo Fest.
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The October Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "Abilities & Disabilities."  Visit us on Dreamwidth or LiveJournal.  Leave prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written
"Before Breakfast" is today's freebie from Walking the Beat.

A guide dog prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Composing a Movement." Claire crosses paths with Jaimeson and Buttercup while they're exploring campus, and offer some input on solving challenges.
128 lines, Buy It Now = $64

A non-super disability prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Transform Your Experiences." Most of the people stung by berettaflies did not develop superpowers, and some of those people had lingering effects.
170 lines, Buy It Now = $85


From My Prompts
[personal profile] alexconall has written the poem "Decoupage People" based on my prompt, a lovely homage to nature and nurture.

Also from [personal profile] alexconall -- Your image prompt inspired "Fire Dancer", a vignette about a disabled girl with a slight authority problem.
100 words: Buy It Now for $6
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your support and enthusiasm.  Keep an eye on this page for more thumbnails.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "curses."  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.

You can interpret "curses" loosely from metaphysical ones to religious ones, metaphoric ones, bad things that just happen, vulgar words, and so forth.

Click here to read the linkback poem "The Thread of the Seasons" (Hart's Farm, 18 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 "curses."  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 "curses."  I'll be soliciting ideas for enemies, frenemies, nemesis, witches and wizards, soldiers, sailors, construction workers, other people who swear liberally, arguing, casting curses, breaking curses, finding hexed artifacts, learnign to swear, swearing in foreign languages, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, enemy mine, enemies to friends, enemies to lovers, blighted lands, haunted castles, magical workrooms, evil temples, ships, battlefields, construction sites, gang hangouts, supervillain lairs, cursed artifacts, types of curses, haunted dolls, hex bags, robber traps, shapeshifting, curses that cure, family curses, dictionaries of profanity, "Curses, foiled again!" and poetic forms in particular.  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.) The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "The Thread of the Seasons" (Hart's Farm).

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