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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Draggon_flye. It also fills the "Love Without Limits" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Note: This poem is actually quite positive in tone and actions, but it contains things that not everyone enjoys reading. Highlight for the details, some of which are spoilers. Liborio and Olympia are supervillain mobsters in what amounts to a polyamorous relationship with their boss. The two of them are kinky and he is not, and everyone is okay with all of that. Liborio and Olympia also use power exchange and pain -- in this case, spanking -- to achieve other things besides sexual gratification, including access to pent-up emotions and behavior modification. This poem explores the subjective sensations and emotions of using high-impact activities for personal enrichment, and being in a very deep trusting relationship. That makes it NSFW in most contexts, even though this is actually a nonsexual poem. It may also raise issues for people who enjoy this sort of thing but currently lack the opportunity. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Also worth mentioning is that this poem features Liborio and Olympia. I couldn't very well pair them up without giving Ruggiero a turn, and Draggon_flye has reserved the companion poem "Vanilla Is a Spice" for sponsoring next week.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted Part 1 of her story "Alchemy of Spirit," in which Haruko tries to map his relationship with Abraham in retrospect.  There is a tip button at the bottom, so if you're enjoying these stories, please drop something in.
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[personal profile] shiori_makiba has written the poem "Eye of the Beholder" for my Berettaflies thread in Polychrome Heroics.  It is a beautiful and powerful statement about personal appearance.
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This poem was inspired by Stephen Hawking's talk about depression. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It belongs to The Moon Door series. In sequence, this poem comes after "Lunacy" which hasn't been posted yet, so if you prefer reading things in order then you may want to wait.

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 "Drawing It Out" is the story that sets up for my poem "Drawing Out the Feelings."  Dr. G and Shiv discuss a few different soothing and expressive activities.
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This poem is spillover from the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "fork in the road" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest, the "breathing exercises" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It fest, and the "lesser evil" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

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 "Sport" is an episode of the very NSFW comic "Oglaf."  <3
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I stumbled across this article about Stephen Hawking's views on depression, and it inspired a Moon Door poem.  It comes after "Lunacy" in the timeline.

"Neither Impossible to Escape" 
Lorina feels inspired by Stephen Hawking's views on depression, and shares her thoughts with the chronic pain support group.
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This poem is spillover from the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "transformations" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

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This poem is spillover from the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Book_worm5. It also fills the "smoke" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo fest, and the "dinner out" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

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This poem came out of the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "Alexithymia (obscured emotions)" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

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This is the set of art therapy cards that I drafted for Shiv's session in "Drawing Out the Feelings." It is posted as the bonus material for the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl making its $300 goal.

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This poem came out of the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "rainstorm" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest, and the "love without hope" square in my 10-2-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Moon Door series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense material. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There are canon-typical references to messy medical details, post-partum depression caused by new disability, difficult decisions, worrying about the future, discussions of necessary confinement, difficulty breastfeeding and bonding, dietary issues, and other challenges. On the whole, though, the tone is positive and plenty of support is available. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Note: This is the first half of a two-part piece, because the original poem was so long that divided it. "The Strength of the Wolf: Howling" is still available for sponsorship.

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This poem came out of the January 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dreamwriters, [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] beasts_and_men, and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "confused" square in my 11-3-16 card for the Disaster Bingo fest, and the "relax" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] beasts_and_men. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It comes after the story "Drawing It Out" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics. It's also got a common trigger that can be serious, but people rarely think of this one in the context of trigger warnings: past reference to bad teachers. If that's an issue for you, definitely highlight the spoilery warnings. The inside of Shiv's head is a mess, and this poem lays out more reasons why. He had some truly terrible art teachers, and other people who mistreated him for trying to express his emotions. Yes, what he feels is often scary, but that's typical of abused children, and punishing them for showing their damage just makes it massively worse. The poem also includes references to past child abuse, extremely negative self-talk and self-recrimination, fear of punishment, resignation, One True Wayism, bad tape, discussion about the meaning and purposes of art, hesitation, intense art therapy, intrusive thoughts and horrible emotions, minor mistakes, panic attacks, prolonged duress stress disorder, talking about feelings, educational suppression, past bullying, insecurity, past bad therapy, and other challenges. Current environment is supportive. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the January 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "dusk" square in my 10-2-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to The Moon Door series.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There are canon-typical discussions of messy medical details, chronic pain, lupus, emotional angst, introversion, social anxiety, exhaustion, lycanthropy, fear of persecution, disability issues, feeling useless, poor quality of life, struggling to make improvements, difficult decisions, and other challenges. While Randie isn't very good at this stuff yet, the other women are much more experienced in dealing with chronic pain and illness of all kinds. They apply appropriate coping techniques and support as needed. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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For reference, I've been trying to sequence the poems as I go along.  Here is my best guess of series chronological order so far ...

"Wolfsboon" 10-6-15

"Forgotten How to Feel" 1-19-16 (fishbowl) SOLD

"Trail Magic" 1-20-16 (fishbowl spillover) SOLD

"Opening the Door

"Stable Lunar Orbit" 1-21-16 (fishbowl spillover) SOLD

"Red Moon Waning" 1-20-16 (fishbowl spillover) SOLD

"Lupus in Fabula"  1-19-16 (fishbowl) 

"Elsewere" 1-19-16 (fishbowl)

"The Strength of the Wolf: Scenting" 1-19-16 (fishbowl) SOLD

"The Strength of the Wolf: Howling" 1-19-16 (fishbowl)

"Void of Course" 1-20-16 (fishbowl spillover)

"Lunacy" 1-20-16 (fishbowl spillover)

"Neither Impossible to Escape" 1-25-16 (outside fishbowl) SOLD

"Grandmothers Moon" 1-19-16 (fishbowl)

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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from[personal profile] rix_scaedu.  It also fills the "WILD CARD:  shapeshifting" square in my 10-2-15 card for the  [community profile] ladiesbingo fest.   I  This poem belongs to The Moon Door series, which you can find via my Serial Poetry page.

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

Starting now, the bonus Poetry Fishbowl is open!  This is the perk for Poetry Fishbowl meeting the $250 goal three times.  Today's theme is "The Moon Door," which you can find on my Serial Poetry page.  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.


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 "The Moon Door."  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) 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.

3) 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"

4) 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 "The Moon Door."  I'll be soliciting ideas for werewolves, strong women, caregivers, people with chronic illness (mental or physical), innocent bystanders, antagonists, parks, homes, forests, safe rooms, moments of personal growth or discovery, learning life skills, horrible realizations, taking care of people, plot twists, chronic conditions, adaptive equipment, coping skills, therapy sessions, support groups, families of choice, survival, everyday issues transmuted into fantasy versions,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.) The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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