ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls and fills the "I'm on Fire" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense material that many readers may find disturbing. It also contains a hefty serving of poetic justice. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is mad science, Carl Bernhardt is always a warning, graphic description of medical torture and experimentation on sapient people, centaurs produced by mad science, a distorted response that could be learned helplessness or Stockholm syndrome, references to sapient trafficking and sexual exploitation, graphic description of injuries, messy medical details, unethical employees, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It does advance the plot a bit, but a lot of the general trajectory is already established, so it's only a minor gap if you choose to skip this one.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] stardreamer. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] janetmiles, and [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth. This poem also fills the "slavefic" square in my 10-1-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem features content that is likely to disturb many readers, as it introduces the mad scientist who tortured Turq. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and possibly triggers. Warning for Nazi background, because Nazis are always a warning, psychopathy, Turq's prior captor is one sick fuck, number instead of name, animal experimentation, human experimentation, abuse of genetic engineering, abuse of fertility science, complete lack of bioethics, or any other ethics, sexual slavery, human trafficking, all hurt/no comfort, also no happy ending, and other mayhem. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It is plot-relevant, but you can probably get by without it since Turq has already talked about some of this stuff.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cats playing with goldfish (fishbowl)
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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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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Based on an audience poll, there will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, January 19 featuring the Moon Door series.  I am especially hoping that my fans with chronic health problems will chip in prompts for this series.

The Moon Door

An exploration of lycanthropy as a chronic disease which can replace other chronic diseases, and how people decide whether or not that's a trade up for them.
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This poem came out of the January 2015 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "locked in" 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 Guardians of Tomorrowmorrow series.

WARNING: This poem includes some very disturbing content, and is something I would classify as a horror story. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains child abuse, entrapment, soul violence, loss of artistic ability, which does not come back, grief, and other challenges. Years ago I wrote another story about loss of musical inspiration, shared it around, and accidentally broke a friend of mine for about a week. :( So artists and other creative people may wish to be particularly cautious. If these are sensitive areas for you, please consider your taste and headspace before deciding when you want to read it.

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Here is my card for the Halloween / Samhain fest on [community profile] allbingo. It will run from October 1st through 31.  The point of this month's theme is autumn holidays and spooky stuff.  (See all my 2015 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

Row 2


HALLOWEEN / SAMHAIN BINGO CARD

Drunk Girl/GuyAutumnSmokeEmergency Nurses / Workers DayBalance
Freak AccidentRecombinant DNAHexCreepyFrankenstein
Van Helsing / Monster HunterDia de los MuertosWILD CARDStock your car / house for emergenciesVampires
Listen to the Nerd if You Want to LiveThing in the ClosetShadowsIt Started With a Group of TeenagersGothic
I Got The Instructions off EhowMake-upShapeshifterMummyFeast / Celebrate Food

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Thanks to new prompter [personal profile] acelightning who inspired this, you get a second freebie!


"Wakewalking"


At midnight on
December 31, 1999
the world ended.

The parties rolled onward, though --
there were poppers to pop and
champagne to pour.

After the holiday, everyone
went back to work again.

The world ended,
and nobody noticed,

because you cannot awaken people
who refuse to believe they are asleep.

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This poem came out of the September 2013 Creative Jam. It was inspired by this sculpture in a series by Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

Warning: This poem contains intense material about wants and needs, body shape and disability. Also the setting is dystopic. If these are sensitive topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "loss of home / shelter" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series and happens concurrently with the events of the story "Atomic" by [personal profile] siliconshaman.

WARNING: This poem contains extreme imagery that many people would find disturbing. The warnings are spoilers and also creepy themselves. The first half of the poem concerns World War II and is frankly horror. It features one of the worst things Dr. Infanta has survived: losing all her Guardians when the Nazis tested a Sterbenfeld device that killed every living thing within its radius. So that's basically extremely ill-advised experimentation in mad science, weapons of mass destruction, mass casualties, child death, child resurrection, child abandonment, loss of home, minor despoiling of corpses, and emotional trauma. All hurt/no comfort in this part. The second half concerns contemporary time, and although it's not made explicit in the poem, the reason Dr. Infanta just grabbed all her people and bunkered down is because some whackjob serial killer is running around with a nuclear-powered weapon. Dr. Infanta very quickly heard about this, assessed the situation, decided that Ilyana Cherenkov is much better suited to handled it, and then helped by staying out of the way herself. But of course it still had repercussions because the kid has PTSD out the wazoo, hence the nightmares/intrusive memories, difficulty feeling safe even in one of the best bunkers on the planet, traumatic grief, clinginess, and other unpleasantness. However, she now has plenty of people to cuddle and reassure her, so this part is h/C.  WARN ALL THE THINGS!  Please consider your headspace and tastes carefully before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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This poem came from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "vandals" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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 [personal profile] lb_lee has written two stories from my prompts, sponsored by other folks.  Thank you, generous donors!

"A Break from People" shows what happens when a multiple wants to get away from the people in their own head.

"Acts of Kindness" shows an asexual vampire caught up in someone else's abusive manipulations.
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[personal profile] alexconall is hosting a prompt call on "ghosts and goblins, witches and werewolves" and autumn/death holidays.  Leave prompts, get ficlets; boosting the signal or donating will raise your priority in stuff being written.
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This poem is spillover from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth, [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu, [livejournal.com profile] siliconshaman, and DW user Redsixwing.  It also fills the "laboratory" square in my 9-1-14 card for the Genprompt Bingo fest, and the "dystopias" square in my 9-1-14 card for the Ladiesbingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

WARNING: This setting is a dystopia.  Highlight for the spoilery warnings.  The following poem contains a dysfunctional society, references to severe birth defects, past abuse, current oppression, difficult survival conditions, unpleasant medical needs, controversial research, awkward interpersonal dynamics, and other intense topics.  Readers are advised to use caution in deciding whether to click through.

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This poem is spillover from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu and Anthony Barrette.  It also fills the "mad scientist" square on my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

WARNING: For history being way grosser than fiction, because Nazis employed real live mad scientists.  Sensitive readers may wish to skip this one.

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 [personal profile] kissofjudas has posted a call for prompts on the theme of "ghosts & spirits."  Leave a prompt, get the beginning of a spooky story.  Donations can extend the stories, and signal boosting gets you an extra prompt.
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[community profile] allbingo is having a Halloween Bingo Fest in October.

Here is a Halloween / Horror themed card that I made.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

Doppelganger
or Evil Twin
VandalsAt the End of the RopeWerewolvesKnife in the Back
FrankensteinIt's a Trap!Lost in a Cave or MazeCostumesPumpkins
Ghost / Monster HuntersExtra-Sensory PerceptionWILD CARDWitching HourYou Are So Busted
Lost ChildMagic Wand BreaksUnexplained NoisesLocked in with MonsterCreepy Relatives
Body HorrorStumbling in the DarkAngry MobVampiresMad Scientist

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