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This poem came out of the September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] technoshaman, and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "enthused" square in my 8-31-15 card in the Tones Bingo fest, and the "thief" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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This poem is spillover from the September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, LJ users Ng_moonmoth, and My_partner_doug. It also fills the "lyrical" square in my 8-31-15 card for the Tones Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth.

Warning: This poem contains combat scenes described in moderate detail.

Note that I have used color-coding to help distinguish the threads as they are braided together, so if you can't see colors this will be harder to grasp. However! This type of poem is meant to be read aloud, and all you need to make the braid pop out in audio version is have three people read it.

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Today's second freebie is courtesy of new prompter Nsfwords, It was prompted by [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "mournful" square in my 8-31-15 card for the Tones Bingo Fest. This poem belongs to the Torn World project. It has not yet been submitted to the Canon Board for approval.


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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank your for your enthusiasm.  Watch this space for later updates, as I hope to write more later.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "yarn, thread, and string."  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.

You may interpret today's theme literally (knitting, drawstrings) or figuratively (the red thread, stringing along).  Use your imagination!  And mine.

Click to read the linkback poem "Ramping Up the Fun" (Polychrome Heroics, 22 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 "yarn, thread, and string."  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. "Ramping Up the Fun" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 22 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 "yarn, thread, and string."  I'll be soliciting ideas for spinners, weavers, other people who do fibercrafts, puppeteers, storytellers, sheep and other fiber-bearing animals, spinning, weaving, other craft activities, cutting the cord, pulling strings, following threads, being strung out, telling yarns, stringing along, tying knots, getting strung out, untangling strands, puppet theaters, fibercraft factories, sewing rooms, laboratories, craft stores, looms, Gordian knots, spinning wheels, the red thread, family ties, cosmic strings, loose threads, macrame, 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 "Ramping Up the Fun.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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Here is my card for the Tones fest on [community profile] allbingo. It will run from September 1st through 30.  The point of this month's theme is to explore tones and voices. The suggested length is 200 words or less -- or whatever "small" is in your medium if not words -- to encourage people to try new things. (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.

TONES BINGO CARD

sarcasticpeacefulfranticbraveoptimistic
desperateexhausted(hold)
encouraging
hopefulwelcoming
soothinganxiousWILD CARDsuspiciouslyrical
angrycreepyproudmournfulmiserable
sentimentalenthusedsympatheticbitterurgent

BINGO

Aug. 31st, 2015 08:33 pm
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This month I made 25 fills in the As You Like It bingo fest. 

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This month's theme was "friendship, kinship, and families of choice." I worked from 12 PM to 6:15 AM, so about 16 hours 15 minutes, accounting for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 10 poems on Tuesday and another 6 later.

Participation was a little lower, with 18 people leaving prompts. None of them were new.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the August 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"American Roots"
"American Wings"
"Carrying On"
"Muscadine Days"
"A River So Long"
"The Surface Tension of Injured Souls"
"The Trees That Came for a Wedding"
"Walking with a Friend in the Dark"
"Whakaeke"


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for August 4, 2015. That will include the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted.  There were only seven donors this time, all regulars: [personal profile] janetmiles[personal profile] mama_kestrel[personal profile] lone_cat[personal profile] dialecticdreamer, LJ user Ng_moonmoth, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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This session's theme was "anything goes," which next time I will try to clarify further: not just riffing on that phrase, but you can ask for whatever you want. I worked from 12:15 PM to 6 AM, so about 15 hours 45 minutes allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 11 later.

Participation was decent, with 20 people sending prompts. Please welcome new prompter [personal profile] shiori_makiba , whom you have to thank for the second freebie.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"By Our Limited Human Understanding"
"Coloring In"
"Come Through Your Door"
"Everything Goes"
"Hearing What Isn't Said"
"Humbug or Hope"
"Neither Automatic Nor Inevitable"
"Seeking a Happy Medium"
"silkbag"
"Silken Wings"
"Touchbacks"
"Where We Love Is Home"
"With Your Brain and Your Resourcefulness"


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for June 21, 2015. That will include the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted.  There were only four donors this time, all regulars: [personal profile] janetmiles, LJ user Ng_moonmoth, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "yarn, thread, and string."  I'll be soliciting ideas for spinners, weavers, other people who do fibercrafts, puppeteers, storytellers, sheep and other fiber-bearing animals, spinning, weaving, other craft activities, cutting the cord, pulling strings, following threads, being strung out, telling yarns, stringing along, tying knots, getting strung out, untangling strands, puppet theaters, fibercraft factories, sewing rooms, laboratories, craft stores, looms, Gordian knots, spinning wheels, the red thread, family ties, cosmic strings, loose threads, macrame, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Ramping Up the Fun" (22 verses, Polychrome Heroics). 

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. 

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This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] redsixwing and[personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "forced to rely on enemy / rival" 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 Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, this time featuring Shiv.

WARNING: This poem contains intense material which some readers may find disturbing. Highlight for more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features maladaptive thought patterns, petty rulebreaking, racist and other vulgar language, gossip, smoking, a nanotech terror weapon, flashbacks, traumatic amputation, an understandable but misguided violent response from the guards, graphic description of injuries and treatment, extreme discomfort with vulnerability, nonstandard response to pain, PTSD and acute stress reaction, and other challenges. Various people offer all kinds of support, Shiv's receptivity is patchy at best, and he is slowly improving. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether you want to read this right now.

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This poem came out of the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "socialize" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, this time featuring Cassandra and Groundhog.

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This poem came out of the June 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "torture" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "worry" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem is heavy-duty hurt/comfort with content that some readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains betrayal by a friend, interrogation by means of crude physical torture, kidnapping, nonconsensual bondage, traumatic manifestation of a superpower, uncontrolled use of a superpower which winds up hurting several people, temporary resistance to desired help, some messy medical details, a crappy non-apology, deliberate use of a superpower for harm, revenge, angst over potential drawbacks of the change in power status, and other challenges. Conversely, once the backup arrives there is some really sweet aid-and-comfort. If those are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It also fills the "families" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, somewhat inspired by conversations with [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] lone_cat.


"Light the Match"
-- a villanelle


Light the match and step away
Supervillains know the game
Live to fight another day.

Strike a pose and make them pay
See your future in the flame
Light the match and step away

Even in the hottest fray
There's no need to kill or maim
Live to fight another day

Always there's another way
Of recourse on those to blame
Light the match and step away

Let them chase you as they may
In the end it's all the same
Live to fight another day

Doesn't matter what they say
Choose your target, take your aim
Light the match and step away
Live to fight another day

* * *

Notes:

In entertainment, this pattern appears as We Will Meet Again.  In nature, it's a dominance fight.  The point is to win a conflict which grants access to desired resources, not usually to maim or kill anyone.  It's why so many superheroes and principled supervillains pull their punches, use equipment that nerfs their powers, and/or otherwise stop short of total annihilation. 

Not part of the original inspiration, but absolutely apt is the song "Black Swan Blues" as referenced by [personal profile] technoshaman.
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 Sunday is the last day of the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.  So far there's been some activity, though not as much as we hoped for.  (Due to some cashflow challenges, our budget is tight here through early November.)  If you're still thinking about buying anything from the sale, now's the time.
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This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer and [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It also fills the "respect limits" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "walking" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Cuoio and Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the August 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "do something new" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It fest. 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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A donation from [personal profile] janetmiles has added 84 (yes: eighty-four) new verses to "With Your Brain and Your Resourcefulness." Find out what Velvet does with Lawrence now that she has him in her clutches.  It does not really go as anyone planned. 

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