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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED!  Thank you all for your support.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "Clay of Life."  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.

Today is the last day of Pesach (Passover). Pesach Sameach  to my Jewish fans!   This fishbowl will remain open until after sunset, for anyone who's observing the offline rule during Pesach.  (I usually close it during the wee hours of the morning.)

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 "Clay of Life."  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.

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 "Clay of Life."  I'll be soliciting ideas for Menachem, Yossele, other Jewish characters, figures from Jewish folklore, outcasts, the misunderstood, fish out of water, abuse survivors, refugees, hermits, others on the fringes of society, wandering, hiding, helping each other, expecting the unexpected, speaking heritage languages, surviving oppression, upstanding, speaking truth to power, punching up, synagogues, Jewish homes, famous Jewish places, cities, classrooms, offices, Pesach / Passover, other Jewish holidays, Jewish customs, self-sacrifice, disruptions, poorskills, humility, humiliation, appreciation, debate, the Torah, 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.  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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Saturday will be my birthday.  I tend to spend it hiding at home to avoid the obnoxious behavior.  This year, I found a meme that fits, which I have modified for my uses:

As April first is Saturday, I hereby pledge not to post any pranks, jokes, false links, or screamers. Nothing originating on this blog will be a prank or deliberately incorrect. If I re-post or link to other people’s pranks, which I rarely do, they will be clearly marked so you don't click on them and think they're real.

No direct links to howling horribleness, and no alternative facts baldfaced lies, will ever purposefully appear on this blog unless to be mocked as barbarism. If one does, it's a hack or something changed, or I messed up; please let me know immediately so I can fix it.

Stay safe out there, my dears! We non-pranksters have got your back

Feel free to copy this and join the resistance.
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This poem is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] callibr8 and [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "be here now" square in my 2-1-17 Platonic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the LIFC series. You have new prompter [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke to thank for the second freebie.

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These are my cards for the Valentines Bingo fest over in [community profile] allbingo. It has several different categories. I have decided to play in Romantic, Platonic, and Love Songs. The fest runs from February 1-28. (See all my 2017 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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[livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug and I are continuing the assembly of the Yellow Submarine.

Let's play with Legos! )
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[livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug and I have been assembling the Yellow Submarine model from Lego, which was among his birthday presents.

Let's play with Legos! )
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I've started posting pictures of our project to assemble the Yellow Submarine model from Lego. 
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It's early, but this piece of news crossed my desk and I wanted to share it:

Governor Rauner declares May 2017 to be Monarch Butterfly Month in
Illinois 2016-324 Monarch Butterfly Month

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We saw the new White Cheesecake M&Ms and had to try them. That inspired this cookie recipe. If you want to make these, do it now, because the main ingredient will only be available for a month or so.

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Keeping track of stuff I like or want is easier if I make a place for it through the year, rather than trying to do it at the last minute. This worked great in the past, so I'm continuing the practice.  See my wishlists from 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Here Lies Butch daylily
Purple, pink, and pale green flowers with frilly petals.  If the shipping is high and it's a flat price, I'm also interested in the Groundcover daylilies.

The Monsters' Rhapsody: Disability, Culture, & Identity by Ann Magill
A poetry collection about characters with disabilities.

Defying Doomsday edited by Tsana Dolichva & Holly Kench
An anthology about disabled survivors after an apocalypse.

Science Rockstars T-shirts
Megan Lee is my favorite T-shirt artist.  <3 science!  My size is Large.  I am currently in want of:
Anning on brown
Brahe on royal blue
Lamarr on burgundy
Fibonacci on royal blue
Wegener on royal blue

"Nevertheless, She Persisted"
Scent from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
I'm also interested in a t-shirt (size Large) of this new feminist phrase.

Join the Resistance General Organa t-shirt (size Large)

Dormammu, I've Come to Bargain sweatshirt (size Large) on royal blue
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It is much easier to keep an accurate tally if I do it during the year rather than trying to backtrack after the fact. See my crowdfunding activities from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

I serve as a maintainer of the Crowdfunding communities on LiveJournal and on Dreamwidth.


The Allbingo community on Dreamwidth is always open for people to play creative bingo, and it is crowdfunding-friendly.  Some people use bingo cards to inspire their crowdfunded projects, or in prompt calls, etc.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam on  [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding or on the Dreamwidth community Crowdfunding
A two-day event where anyone can leave prompts on the current theme, or create anything based on prompts.  Some material is usually shared free and some is available for sponsorship.

Sketch Fest hosted by   [livejournal.com profile] ellenmillion
Leave prompts for artists to sketch (in any medium) with a one-hour limit on each sketch during Sketch Fest proper.  Sketches may be finished later.  They are often offered for sale.  Sponsors of Sketch Fest get to leave up to 15 prompts instead of the 5 that everyone else gets.

Torn World Muse Fusion on  [livejournal.com profile] torn_world
Leave prompts and create stuff related to the science fantasy setting Torn World. Some writing and art usually gets posted free to the main Torn World site, while most requires sponsorship -- unsponsored material is often posted for subscribers only.

Projects I Sponsored

Harp Twins
They play rock music on electric and concert harps.  Their music and instruments are audience supported.

"Monthly Monday Muse Bait" by [livejournal.com profile] siliconshaman
On the first Monday of the month, the author posts a call for prompts on a theme, then writes ficlets based on those idea.  Ficlets may be extended via donations.

Technically not crowdfunding, but very similar in concept: [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug and I pooled funds to buy a future voucher from Card-Shark to help the company rebuild after their warehouse fire.

Other Projects I Supported as a Fan

Alex Conall Creating Poetry
This Patreon project features speculative and other poems.

Wordless Lullabyes for the Sleepless
This is a set of commissioned songs to soothe insomnia.

My Own Projects

I have a permanent "Feed the Bard" donation button on my LiveJournal profile page.  You can use that to support any of my projects, just make sure you tell me what the donation is for.

The Blueshift Troupers (sporadic)
This is science fiction about a team of shapeshifters who travel the galaxy solving problems.  So far it has a bit of background material and a couple of poems.  I'd like to find time to script the pilot episode.

The Poetry Fishbowl (monthly)
Live poetry activity where people give me prompts on a theme and I write poems based on whatever I get. Minimum of one free poem posted, and others available for sponsorship. Lots of different perks.  Fishbowl Open posts have a donation button.  The regular session is on the first Tuesday of each month.  Sometimes there is a bonus session or a sale mid-month.

Schrodinger's Heroes  (sporadic)
This project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom.  It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world.  The cast of characters is sexually and ethnically diverse.  Content includes fiction, poetry, LOL_HEROES (LOLCATS images of characters who are cats, or have gotten changed into cats), and other goodies.  I write for this project during the Poetry Fishbowl, Crowdfunding Creative Jam, bingo fests, and sundry other occasions.

The Silk Road Allies (sporadic)
Imagine if China and Italy became friends; that's the theme of this alternative history shared world.  I write for it along with  [livejournal.com profile] thesilentpoet and [livejournal.com profile] marina_bonomi.  It features primarily poetry but there is also a bit of art, and other goodies may emerge over time.

Nineforthenebulasheart is based on several of my Creative Jam prompts bundled by Dreamwidth user Alexconall into a feminist mythpunk science fantasy project. It's a collaborative fandom with multiple participants creating poetry, fiction, and other goodies, licensed via Creative Commons.

The Ursulan Cycle is a genderbent rendition of the Arthurian Cycle.  It's an open source fandom with multiple contributors making poetry, fiction, and other stuff.
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Each year, I think about what I have accomplished and what I want to do next. I have a point system for encouraging progress. These are some of my goals for 2017:

* Actually look at this list of goals, at least once a month, before the end of the year in hopes of meeting more of them and not trying to cram in December. [4/3/17, 4/13/17]

* Place one new book-length project on the market, either by writing a book proposal or by writing a complete book manuscript.

* Experiment with self-publishing a chapbook in ebook and/or home-printed format.
draggon-flye.livejournal.com has volunteered to help with this.

* Finish compiling the manuscript for The Origami Mage collection. Add supporting materials as necessary. Submit completed manuscript to Hunt Press.

* Write at least 400 poems.

* Continue holding one Poetry Fishbowl per month. [1/3/17, 1/24/17, 2/7/17, 3/7/17, 4/4/17]

* Collate at least three more poetic series into collection files.

* Create more supporting materials for poetic series as necessary, such as character cast lists or scientific notes.

* Supervise reorganization of the Polychrome Heroics material.

* Make more pages for individual threads in the Polychrome Heroics series.  [Created page for Standalone Poetry in March]

* Launch at least one new poetic series.

* Sell poetry to at least 3 new markets.

* Sell at least one poem of 10 or fewer lines, eligible for the Dwarf Stars Award.

* Sell at least one poem of 50+ lines, eligible for the Rhysling Award long category.

* Write at least 3 stories. Take more care not to let fiction engine idle until things spurt out sideways at inopportune times. Ideally, write at least one story advancing the main Fala/Rai storyline in Torn World; and at least one story in some other setting.

* Finish at least one story that was partly written and then abandoned.

* Finish at least one poem that was partly written and then abandoned.

* Edit at least one story that has already been written, and put it on the market.

* Submit all unsold stories to markets.

* Sell at least one story to a standard market.

* Participate in at least one bingo fest. [DONE Origfic_bingo card 4/3/17]

* Continue expanding my connections with intentional community; write at least one article for Communities magazine.

* Run the Rose & Bay Awards for 2016. [DONE 3/15/17]

* Keep up with writing records better, updating at least weekly.

* Complete at least one significant outdoor project, such as replanting the forest garden to replace plants lost to drought. [DONE 4/13/17: filled hollows around septic cap]

* Go through closet to remove clothes that no longer fit, and take them to a charity.

* Keep track of my crowdfunding activity as the year goes on.

* Keep track of things I would like to receive as gifts.

* Fill in the blank: __________. This slot is left open because, during any given year, I usually pick up some "surprise" goals. This time I want to give myself credit for that.
** Registered our yard as a Certified Wildlife Habitat 4/3/17]

What are some of your goals for 2017?

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I have reviewed my goals for 2016.  Out of 31 goals, I met 16, so about half.  That's not bad!
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See my bingo fests from 2013,  2014, and 2015.

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

Villain Bingo
This fest deals with antagonists and their traits.

Card 2-29-16

Archetypal Characters Bingo 
This fest features classic character types.

Card 4-1-16

[community profile] genprompt_bingo  

Card 4-19-16

Solo Celebration Bingo
Enjoying things that can be done alone.

Card 5-1-16

Finish It Bingo Fest

Cards 5-1-16 

Cottoncandy Bingo Fest

Card 6-1-16

[community profile] trope_bingo 
In this fest, we celebrate the common motifs of writing.  Play them straight or twist them into pretzels.

All fanworks and original works are allowed, including poetry; poems can be any size, while fiction should be 500+ words. Original works and poetry allowed 500+ words for fiction, no size requirement for poetry
Dates for Round Seven:
July 1: Signups open
July 15: Bingo posting begins
Oct 15: Last day to request a first card
Oct 31: Last day to request a second card
Oct 31: Last day to post bingos for this round


Winter Fest in July
This fest celebrates winter and all its holidays, in summer.

Card 7-1-16

[community profile] hc_bingo 
Round Seven: June 18, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Sign ups: cards can be requested anytime before January 5, 2017
Amnesty Period: Jan 5, 2017 to June 1, 2017
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 7-16-16

Group Dynamics and Character-Building Bingo

This is actually part of the setup for fests in September and October, for which [personal profile] magibrain has created two new prompt list and posted a couple of public cards.  I couldn't wait.  :D  The idea is to flesh out characters and their interactions.

Cards 8-1-16

Survival Bingo
This fest focuses on danger, endurance, and survival.  No special requirements, just get your characters in trouble and see how they cope (or not).

Card 8-1-16

Worldbuilding 4x4x4 Festival
The idea is to combine four prompts into a single fill, one from each of four cards.

Cards 9-2-16

Games and Sports Bingo Fest

Card 10-4-16

Fall Festival Bingo
This fest celebrates autumn, its holidays, and related concepts.

Card 11-1-16

*  *  *  

These are my bingo fests from 2017:

Dark Fantasy Bingo Fest
This fest explores the creepy and phantasmagoric motifs in storytelling.

Card 1-1-17

Valentines Bingo Fest

The categories are Romantic, Erotic, Heartbroken, Platonic, and Love Songs.

Card 2-1-17

Disability Bingo Fest
For Disability Awareness Month, this fest features handicaps and people with disabilities.

Card 3-1-17

Month of Rainbows Bingo Fest
This fest celebrates all the colors of Crayola crayons.

Card 4-1-17

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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For those of you celebrating the Gregorian New Year, I wish you a happy one.  :D

Here are some safety tips for partying tonight

Because not everyone follows safety tips, you never know when they might need a hero.  Know the signs of alcohol poisoning and what to do for a drunk friend.  Have a designated driver if people will be drinking alcohol, collect funds to hire a ride, or keep tipsy people overnight.  Watch for sexual harassment and be prepared to intervene.  Think about holiday party hazards and be ready to provide first aid.

If you are a designated driver, party monitor, or host of a party with similar safety protocols, then you can reveal a verse in any open perk poem:
"Spirit of Truth"
"Testing the Metal"
"Dangerous Refuges"
"From Silica to Silk"
"The Marble and the Sculptor"
"Picking Up the Litter"
"The Golden Peaches of Peace"

For a peek at how people in Terramagne handle someone who's had too much to drink, see "Through the Haze" and "The World Keeps Spinning." Similarly, "Down New Paths" does not involve actual alcohol but does feature a similar level of disorientation.
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This poem is spillover from the October 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman and [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "hex" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo fest, and the "possession / mind control" square in my 6-16-15 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman and [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, and tells part of the background about how Easy City came to be.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features evil hexes, a bokor, mind control, vulgar language, sexual assault, street fighting, use of superpowers to hurt people, temporary cardiac arrest, voluntary possession, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "loss" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest, and the "Everybody Hurts" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Fest. It has been sponsored by a pool with[livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot and [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and directly follows "Centered Around Food and Family" so read that one first.

WARNING: This poem contains imagery likely to upset many readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and possibly triggers. HEED THE WARNINGS. Snatcher brings Ethan back to Ansel's place after a very bad call, covered in blood (none of it his) and thoroughly distraught, so Snatcher asks Ansel to take charge of Ethan since Ethan is not really up to taking care of himself right now. Hankie warning! There is emotional whump, quick-and-dirty discussion of consent, Ethan refusing to go to the shock room, and generally having a very iffy idea of self-care, graphic description of infant death and other mayhem from Ethan's call, gore, Ethan falling apart over that, minor inadvertent self-injury, references to family conflicts, everyone worrying about Ethan, including Turq who actually comes indoors to comfort Ethan, survivor guilt, self-blame, various people citing bad calls and horrible holiday memories they have had, so now Ethan is worried about them, but actually they're doing great at comforting each other, Turq running out of energy to stay indoors, angst, and other challenges. This is hardcore hurt/comfort. The hurt part has epic levels of emotional agony, but there's a lot of domestic fluff wrapped around it. This poem is relevant to character development for Turq and Ethan, but the gist of it is Turq's first trip upstairs and Ethan actually asking for help; if you skip this, it shouldn't leave an unbearably big hole in the plot. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether to read onward.

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