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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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This month's theme was "language shaping thought." I worked from 12:30 PM to 4:30 AM, so about 14 hours 30 minutes, allowing for breaks. I wrote 15 poems on Tuesday and another 9 later.

Participation was good, with 27 prompters on LiveJournal and 50 on Dreamwidth. A total of 20 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompters [personal profile] moongoddessgirl and [personal profile] kiramaru7. You have them to thank for the second freebie.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"100,000 and 1"
"Borrowed Thyme"
"Cobble's Stones"
"The Color of Her Eyes"
"haiku in English"
"His Fearsome Horse"
"Imperialist Linguistics"
"More Anxious to Agree"
"Never Carry Them Forward"
"Othering In"
"Realia"
"A Reflection of Your Energy"
"The Rosetta Code"
"The Seeds of Meaning"
"The Shaper-Worf Hypothesis"
"shining wind whispers"
"Speaking of Shields"
"(Un)Truths"

"Silken Dreams" (Dragonsilk, 1/6/15 Fishbowl)
"The Uruk Uncertainty" (The Time Towers, 2/3/15 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 April 7, 2015. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from April have been posted, and backchannel copies sent to the prompters of the rest. Per the $200 goal, "The Uruk Uncertainty" was the free epic. Per the $250 goal, there will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, May 19. Per the $300 goal, there was a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.

This month's donors included [personal profile] technoshaman, Anonymous, [personal profile] marina_bonomi, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] librarygeek, Anthony & Shirley Barrette, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. There were no new donors.


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

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

Be Here NowWalkingGood NutritionTalk with a FriendHobbies
Set Attainable GoalsForgiveSocializeVolunteeringTalk with a Counselor
Enjoy Some Private TimeBreathing ExercisesWILD CARDGo to the MoviesEnjoy Nature
Emotional First AidReadingSurrenderYogaRespect Limits
LaughterHealthy Touch
(HOLD)
SportsWatch TelevisionFamily Traditions
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The April 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam is open on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  Our theme this month is "Impossible."  Come give us prompts, or claim prompts for your own creative pleasure!


What I Have Written

"Sinews" -- a Polychrome Heroics poem about Sendoff practicing her weapon skills.

"Logical Impossibilities"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Logical Impossibilities." It explores some oddities of nature and how science is always learning more.
18 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Straws and Stars"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Straws and Stars" about hunting for the Nebula's Heart like a needle in a haystack.
10 lines, Buy It Now = $5

"Think Like a Bird"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Think Like a Bird." Merle goes to Tanzania to study birds and African mythology about them.
33 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Worshipping the Sun"
Your prompt about Blaze and Ilyana inspired the free-verse poem "Worshipping the Sun." Love can't conquer everything, but sometimes it can help find a way about the obstacles... 
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20


From My Prompts

"Impossible Skies" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer introduces Eunan's family when he is a boy, and shows how Piotr and Aidan help him cope with his fears.

"Possibilities" by [personal profile] brides_koneko is a Heliodrax poem about how nothing is really impossible.

"Conversations and Choices" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer 

"Things that G-d wants not to happen aren't forbidden, they're impossible," helped shape the story, "Conversations and Choices," which would post in two parts due to length (2900 words plus notes) Any amount over $1 (to account for Paypal fees) will post it entirely. The donation button is on [personal profile] dialecticdreamer's profile page.

"Storm-Tossed" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer (also partly based on my incessant wheedling for more of this storyline, and I routed my $5 donation for this series here)
The prompt "Impossible just means "no one has done it yet," has helped prompt the story "Storm-Tossed." You helped shape "Storm-Tossed." Sequel to “Storm-Brought . ” Wonderful symmetry, since the first story was from the Sept 2014 Creative Jam, while this was inspired by the April 2015 Creative Jam. Your private copy was sent via two private messages. For anyone who wants this published immediately, any donation to my Paypal (the link is on my profile page) over $1 will see immediate results. All funds are earmarked for medical bills.

"Opportunities in Science" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is steampunk in a new series, featuring a female scholar in want of work.
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your enthusiasm.  If I have time later in the week, I'll write more, so keep an eye on this post.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "language shaping thought."  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 "Silken Dreams" (Dragonsilk, 25 verses available).

NOTE: I'm available today, but probably not tomorrow and later in the week is iffy.  So if you want to leave me plotty prompts, that's okay, but it would help to include some simple ones too, just a word or phrase on the topic at hand.  That'll make it easier for me to get to everyone.  Donors are guaranteed at least one poem written to their prompting; everyone else is catch-as-catch-can.


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 "language shaping thought."  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. "Silken Dreams" belongs to Dragonsilk and has 25 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 "language shaping thought."  I'll be soliciting ideas for linguists, translators, philosophers, social engineers, making decisions, being unable to make decisions, describing ideas, debating what to do, framing options, manipulating people with words, solving problems with language, plot twists, libraries, schools, offices, halls of government, writer garrets, other places where people work with language, misconceptions, truths and falsehoods, dire warnings, inspiration, catchphrases, linguistic oppression or rebellion, invented languages, rare languages, dormant languages, vocabulary words, 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 "Silken Dreams.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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Here is my card for Round Six 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 Six prompt list.  Request a Round Six 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 Six: March 1, 2015-May 31, 2015.
Cards may be requested prior to May 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

The Company of Strangers Sensual Pleasures Dolls Reality is Illusion Kraken, Leviathans and Creatures of the Deep
A Gentle Fall of Rain Thief Life Quantum Theory Phobias
Partnership Drama Wild CardSummertime (and the Livin' is Easy) Mothers and Fathers
Self-sufficient Conflicting Obligations / Oaths Pro Patria Mori (to die for your country) The Sky at Night Tanzania
Beautiful Furnishing the Home Supernatural Elements Winners and Losers Surprise / Shock

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The March 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open, with a theme of "portents of the past and future."  Visit us on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal to leave prompts, or claim something for your own inspiration.


From My Prompts:

[personal profile] thebonesofferalletters has written the ficlet "See the World" based on my prompt.  This is superhero fantasy with genderqueer and otherwise diverse characters.  Lightworks and Soundbytes is intended as a new serial.  *happydance*

[personal profile] alexconall has done the poem "Write It Down" based on my prompt.  This is a splendid piece of feminist literature.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the ficlet "Past Ports" about Piotr and Hannah.


What I Have Written:

"Sequential Science" is today's freebie, a Torn World poem about earthquakes.

"Why the Wind Sings"
A Heliodrax prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Why the Wind Sings." Merle studies weather on the island of Nauru.
42 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Tenth Dimension"
A prompt about [community profile] nineforthenebulasheart  led to the free-verse poem "The Tenth Dimension." The Nebula's Heart declares that none of the current questers are suitable and sends them out to find another.
50 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Would-Be Sacraments"
A past and future prompt inspired the poem "Would-Be Sacraments." Terramagne has better protections for reproductive health care. This is why.
96 lines, Buy It Now = $48

" 'Til Legends Live"
This inspired the free-verse poem " 'Til Legends Live." Granny Whammy and Dr. Infanta are both living legends in their own way, bridging the past and the future. Their lives are entwined even though they're on opposite sides of the cape, and sometimes that gets interesting.
80 lines, Buy It Now = $40
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED for prompts.  I hope to keep writing for the last few prompters.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "surviving the worst."  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 "To Choose a Direction" (Heliodrax, 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 "surviving the worst."  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. "To Choose a Direction" belongs to Heliodrax 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 "surviving the worst."  I'll be soliciting ideas for urvivors, desperate people, heroes, villains, innocent bystanders, being prepared, facing challenges, solving problems, thinking outside the box, proving yourself, glorious success, abject failure, damage along the way, souvenirs and mementos, the bad part of town, dungeons, doom planets, the wilderness, that place everybody told you not to go but you did anyway, situations where the deck is stacked, shipwrecks or other transportation failures, endings and beginnings, worst case scenarios, whatever doesn't kill me had better run for its life, the end of the world as we know it, survival skills, coping skills,  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 "To Choose a Direction.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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This is my card for the Pi(e) Fest.  It's all about the food and the funny number that begins 3.14...

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.  See all my 2015 bingo cards.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

Pi(e) Bingo Card

Dream Pi(e)Humble Pi(e)A Finger in Every Pi(e)American as
Apple Pi(e)
Easy as Pi(e)
Cutie Pi(e)“Pi(e)-ku” poetry contest? (Think Haiku.)That's my Pi(e)Pi(e) EyedPi(e) means Thanksgiving and Christmas and picnics.
“Come to the nerd side we have Pi(e)”Pi(e) in the SkyImage and video hosting by TinyPicMissing Pi(e)Blue Ribbon Pi(e)
Let them eat Pi(e).Georgie Porgie, pudding and  pi(e) Pi(e) PlatePi(e) ThiefThat is not Pi(e)!
The Pi(e) CheerPi(e) a gift from the Gods.Pi(e) ThrowingThat person really knows their pi(e)."Shut your
pi(e) hole."

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Here is my lovely banner from the Valentine's Fest, courtesy of [personal profile] vexed_wench.

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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED for prompts.  Thank you for your time and enthusiasm!  Watch for more thumbnails later.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "What makes a wo/man?"  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 Friendship Bench" (Polychrome Heroics, 25 verses available).

Note: Themes have to be concise in phrasing, but not in application.  This one came in monogendered and I broadened it to those two.  But really it's about sex/gender identity, roles, and expression in general.  What makes a man, woman, neutrois, agender, two-spirit, galatur ... whatever else you can think of?  Feel free to bring anything you want to the party.

Among my extant series that touch on sex/gender identity and roles are An Army of One, Fiorenza the Wisewoman, Fledgling Grace, Frankenstein's Family, Hart's Farm, Kung Fu Robots, The Ocracies, Polychrome Heroics, The Steamsmith, Walking the Beat, The Blueshift Troupers, and Schrodinger's Heroes.  See my QUILTBAG list for more ideas.  You can ask for more of any of those or something new.


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 "What makes a wo/man?" 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 Friendship Bench" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 25 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 Sunday 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 get a piece of bonus material, since there's already an extra fishbowl session scheduled for mid-month.


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 "What makes a wo/man?"  I'll be soliciting ideas for women, men, transfolk, genderqueer people, sex/gender activists, horrible relatives, *phobic terrorists, supportive friends, innocent bystanders, supportive health care providers, gender counselors/coaches, aliens or deities with unusual sex/gender dynamics, discovering gender identity/role, accepting yourself, coming out, celebrating your identity/role, transitioning, challenging social expectations, contrasting sex/gender concepts across cultures, proving yourself, rebuilding cultural concepts that don't work, bedrooms, bathrooms, dressing/locker rooms, dance halls, sports teams, other places where sex/gender matters, societies that don't even think this is a thing it's all good yay everyone, situations where the deck is stacked, manhood, womanhood, whateverelsehood, icons or symbols of a sex/gender, gendered clothing/accessories, academic theories, body parts, brain patterns, endings and beginnings, mementos, love polygons, laws, magical sex changes, rites of passage, 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 Friendship Bench.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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This card is for the Valentine's Day and Anti-Valentine's Day Bingo Fest over on [community profile] allbingo hosted by [personal profile] vexed_wench. The opposite of a Great Truth is another Great Truth -- "Love is great!" and "Love sucks!" -- so here we go. I really liked a bunch of prompts on both lists, but knew I'd have trouble making bingo on two separate cards. Therefore I mixed them into a single card.

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.  See all my 2015 bingo cards.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


Valentine's Day Bingo Card

Platonic loveJust found out allergic to (food or flowers etc)They never look like their profileI can't stop thinking about you when we're apartContraceptive mishap
Have a nice life. Ahh who am I kidding I hope you get hit by a moving truck.You make my world a better placeI'm thankful for youYou complete meYou are my strength
JewelryFeb 15th cheap chocolates dayWILD CARDYou're the best thing that ever happened to meSweat/Yoga Pants
You bring happiness to rainy daysYou give love a bad nameYou give me wings to flyI want a lifetime with youI worship you
Candle lit dinner for oneYou are a blessing in disguiseYou are my worldDefective aphrodisiacYou are my treasure

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The January 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  [personal profile] dialecticdreamer plans to write a fill for each prompter.  Come give us prompts, or watch to see cool things appearing!


What I Have Written

"Coffee Solves All These Problems" is about making a place for homeless veterans.

From this I got the free-verse poem "Windsight." A young Heliodrax named Merle makes lir First Flight.
42 lines, Buy It Now = $20

From this I got the free-verse poem "Dying by Fire." Nakahara remembers killing someone with her fire magic.
18 lines, Buy It Now = $10

Your prompt about stealing dreams inspired the free-verse poem "The Thief of Tomorrowmorrow." Timmy faces a stern principal and a beautiful, mysterious box.
198 lines, Buy It Now = $99

Timmy tiptoed into the principal's office.
Mr. Brown was on the phone, and
Timmy was trying to be quiet,
so as not to get into any more trouble
than he was already in.

When Mr. Brown pointed,
Timmy sat in a chair.
He was only in first grade,
so his feet did not reach the floor.
He kicked his heels against
the chair leg -- tap, tap, tap
.

This inspired the free-verse poem "Strange Aeons." When languages dream, some of those dreams are nightmares.
51 lines, Buy It Now = $20

Your waking prompts inspired the poem "Silken Dreams," written in unrhymed quatrains. A farming couple decide to take in a soldier, whenever one wakes from his enchanted sleep in the dragon's care. (This poem belongs to the series Dragonsilk.) 100 lines, 25 verses, Buy It Now = $50

The year after the soldiers
save their farm from raiders,
Mirala and her husband Yonal
go to see the dragon.

Mirala wrings her hands
as she explains why
they want to host a soldier,
whenever one hatches out.



From My Prompts

"The Oneiromancer's Manual" by [personal profile] alexseanchai is October Daye fanfic about a girl with dream powers trying to learn how they work.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer posted the first snippet of what will become a story about Aidan and the social worker Heidi.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer also said, "Your prompt for Schrodinger's Heroes led to the story "Alarm Bells." To be posted after "Salvaging" is complete."

"How to Carry Something Between Dreaming and Waking" by [personal profile] chordatesrock is a sonnet variant about manifesting your dreams.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has added, "I combined your visual prompt with another from LJ to create the story "Morning Routine." Will be posted SOON!"


More Awesomeness

[personal profile] brides_koneko wrote "Mixed Messages" about dreaming big.

[personal profile] chordatesrock did another sonnet variation about languages waking from sleep.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written "Do Languages Dream?" about natural and invented languages moving through the dreams of humans.







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In your own space, create your own challenge. What’s something you want to see more people doing in fandom? Is there something fun you’ve tried that you think other people would enjoy if they gave it a go? Dare your friends to try it out, and have fun with it. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

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In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

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In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer excels at worldbuilding and characterization. For a setting you can play in, see Heliodrax, about shapeshifting scholarly dragons. She also writes in several of my settings. Demifiction is stuff borrowed directly from another world: newspaper or magazine articles, pop songs, restaurant menus, etc. (Seriously, I am now disappointed every time I see a Tastee Freeze sign and the second word is not "Shack.") I just love the depth, diversity, and sensitivity of [personal profile] dialecticdreamer's work.

Silverlace_Vine over on AO3 has a particular knack for writing relationships. My favorite is the Perspective series, which is Tony Stark/Bruce Banner/Steve Rogers ... with a demisexual Steve, which I think really fits him well. The slow build is very gratifying.

Morgana on Noire Sensus specializes in hurt/comfort and slash. She just does an amazing job with Tolkien's elves, capturing their culture and personality with great precision. She also shares my taste for the "ratchet" effect that makes Tolkien such a grandmaster of the hurt/comfort genre, making it possible to crank the tension much higher without wearing out either the characters or the readers. "A Mortal Love" and "Dinîf en Qualen" are favorites.
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In your own space, talk about what you bring to fandom. It can be something tangible, or not. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm a writer.  I write original and fannish things.  I also make whole new worlds.  Some of those, like Schrodinger's Heroes, are explicitly intended for other people to play in.

I'm an editor.  I give feedback on friends' work.  I enjoy helping folks improve their writing.

I'm a reviewer.  I recommend cool things so more people can appreciate them.

I'm a scholar.  This helps me spot patterns, some of which are very useful, like describing the developmental arc of identity literature.  Also it's gotten me into putting reference links after my writing, so if I bring up a difficult topic, you're not left holding the bag, there are resources for dealing with it.

I'm an activist.  I use literature to show people what is possible.  Pretty much anything that is an idea or practice rather than an object or power can feasibly be transported from one universe to another.  So I look for things that can make the world a better place and bring them here.  Other times I point out the flaws in what people are doing here.  I fill in gaps where some people are not represented, or are portrayed negatively.

I am a bard by talent, vocation, and profession.  This is what I am; this is what I do.
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Nominations are currently open for the Rose & Bay Awards which recognize excellence in cyberfunded creativity.  Please drop by and nominate your favorite crowdfunding projects.
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In your own space, post a rec for fannish and/or creative resources. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

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Fandom Snowflake Challenge Day 10:

Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or check out some fanworks that are new to you. (The recs from Day 1 might be a good place to start!) Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

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