ysabetwordsmith: (gift)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "separation and reunion" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been posted as a birthday present for [personal profile] callibr8. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem is spillover from the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "vampires" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "food" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was commissioned by Rachel Sommer. It also fills the "Take It Easy" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Fest bingo. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and the threads Calliope, Officer Pink, and Antimatter & Stalwart Stan.

The Youth Villages Continuum Program provides in-home support for troubled youth and their relatives, with the goal of keeping families together while improving behavior. They use growth-oriented approaches such as Collaborate Problem-Solving rather than Applied Behavior Analysis or brute force. Similarly, Lives in the Balance focuses on teaching collaboration to defuse power struggles. This poem was commissioned in honor of an outreach specialist who used to do this work, and is now moving to a desk job in another caretaking context. It's important to cycle out of rewarding but high-stress jobs to something less stressful, so as to avoid burnout. This is like seeing a little slice of Terramagne. Even superheroes need a break sometimes.

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Thanks to a donation from Shirley Barrette, you can now read "A Haven in a Heartless World" in full.  Families form even in the unlikeliest situations.
ysabetwordsmith: (Schrodinger's Heroes)
[personal profile] chanter_greenie is holding a half-price sale for the Orange!verse stories in Schrodinger's Heroes, along with a few other items.  Prices range from $5.25 to $23, and the sale runs through September 19.  There is a PayPal button on the profile page.  It would be really great to see more of these posted.  Some are dark, others lighter, but they're all good examples of how people right against an oppressive culture.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from Shirley Barrette and [personal profile] readera. It also fills the "anchor" square in my 9-1-17 card for the Pirate Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] readera, [livejournal.com profile] freshbakedlady, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] librarygeek, and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "magical creatures" square in my 9-3-17 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been co-sponsored by [personal profile] mashfanficchick and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Moon Door series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "adrift" square in my 9-1-17 card for the Pirate Fest Bingo. This poem belongs to An Army of One series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Family and horse in front of barn (Hart's Farm)
This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mdlbear and [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "Northern / Southern Lights" square in my 9-3-17 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It belongs to the Hart's Farm series.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Fly Free)
This is today's freebie, inspired by a backchannel prompt from [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke (Rocket).

Warning: This poem contains dysfunctional family dynamics and some very bent ideas about what "family" means. But they love each other anyway, even if they don't realize it or know how to express it in healthy ways.

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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Please keep an eye on this space as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "families of choice."  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 "Twice-wise Tiresias" (8 verses, standalone). 


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 "families of choice."  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.  "Twice-wise Tiresias" has 8 verses and stands alone.   
 

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 "families of choice."  I'll be soliciting ideas for children, adolescents, elders, parents, polyfamilies, fosterlings and adoptees, best friends, zucchini, work partners, allies and antagonists, black sheep, scapegoats, clergy and other officiants, ordinary people, outcasts, facing thresholds, caregiving, kinmaking, questioning, debating labels, losing everything, hiding in the closet, coming out, telling your own story, replacing a dysfunctional family, discovering new relationships, building a support network, helping other people, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, neighborhoods, plazas and other public places, life stages, intentional neighboring, vested interest, self-discovery, self-awareness, birth, puberty, getting a job, marriage, sex, parenthood, death, rebirth, radical transformation, reproductive freedom, alien family dynamics, legal rights, definitions of family in different cultures, 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 New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco 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 "Twice-wise Tiresias."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "families of choice." I'll be soliciting ideas for children, adolescents, elders, parents, polyfamilies, fosterlings and adoptees, best friends, zucchini, work partners, allies and antagonists, black sheep, scapegoats, clergy and other officiants, ordinary people, outcasts, facing thresholds, caregiving, kinmaking, questioning, debating labels, losing everything, hiding in the closet, coming out, telling your own story, replacing a dysfunctional family, discovering new relationships, building a support network, helping other people, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, neighborhoods, plazas and other public places, life stages, intentional neighboring, vested interest, self-discovery, self-awareness, birth, puberty, getting a job, marriage, sex, parenthood, death, rebirth, radical transformation, reproductive freedom, alien family dynamics, legal rights, definitions of family in different cultures, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Twice-Wise Tiresias" (8 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl?  Read all about it! )

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This poem is from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] mdlbear, and [personal profile] callibr8. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "family portraits" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] bairnsidhe has opened "Two Foxes" for microfunding. Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going out to deal with the gaybashers, and is uneasy with his own response.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "feast" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon), [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy, and [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It also fills the "I" becomes "we" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing, Deacon, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] callibr8, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] helgatwb, and [personal profile] elf. It also fills the "taking care of somebody" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Rook from Antisocialites. It belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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