ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "caroling" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Android holding out a palm; text says Kung Fu Robots (kung fu)
This poem is from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Kung Fu Robots. It also fills the "robots" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the July 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "begging" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo 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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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

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ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
This poem is from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Ice Fishing"


In summer, the lake
is blue and fluid,
traversible only by boat.

In winter, the lake
is white and solid
enough to hike on.

So you walk on water,
and you cut a little hole
in the pale floor of the world.

You build a hut there,
with a brazier of coals
to help keep you warm.

For hours you may sit
on the little wooden stool,
dangling a hook into cold water.

But when the fish come,
they are stupid with cold,
and the biggest ones bite hard.

You can catch enough in a day
to clean and cook for a week,
for the Christmas feast.

* * *

Notes:

Fishing is a fun hobby with many benefits.

Ice fishing involves cutting a hole in a frozen body of water to catch fish in winter.  Here are some basic instructions.

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Here is today's freebie. It has been inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, and LJ user Moonwolf1988.  It takes place in Quiar, a setting that I designed for K.A. Webb.


"Kin to the Shadows"


I am one who goes between
the night and the day,
the shape and the soul.

Kin to the shadows am I,
like tree-stripes in tall grass.

I wear my power as a cloak of dusk,
hiding my true form from hostile eyes.

When I take up arms, my enemies
see only what I would have them see:
I become large, elephantine, and
then they give me respect.

In that shape I can protect those
who are unable to protect themselves,
lift up burdens beyond my normal strength.

Death is lighter than a feather,
duty heavier than a mountain;
this is the secret of my endurance.

No one needs to know my hidden nature,
my hame of origin, that I am a tiger in truth,

for me to do a tiger's duty to the world.

* * *

Notes:

In Quiar, tigers are anthropomorphic thylacines.  Most of them possess a lot of magic, and many are shapeshifters.  They use cryptic abilities to survive in a world where two whole continents have tried to wipe them out.


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

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "anything goes."  You can ask for whatever you want.  Favorite settings, characters, storylines, themes, etc. are encouraged.  You may also request things you've wanted that I haven't done yet.  If you have been saving any prompts that haven't matched a theme yet, now is the time to post those.

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.

Stuck for ideas?  You can find prompts by ...
* picking some from the Bingo Generator prompt lists.
* browsing my Serial Poetry page or QUILTBAG list for favorites.
* looking up fun things on TV Tropes.
* plugging a favorite topic into your search engine and choosing a picture that looks interesting.


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 "anything goes." 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.



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 "anything goes."  I'll be soliciting ideas for ... anything at all!  Favorite characters, ideas for new ones, plot twists, stop-trope repairs, strange settings, whatever tickles your fancy.   Now's the time to bring out all your cool ideas that haven't quite fit a previous prompt call. 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.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "social gathering" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This is the linkback perk from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It's spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "yes" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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I have sent out prompter copies from the July 5 fishbowl and from the Creative Jam this past weekend.  If you haven't got yours, please let me know and I'll resend.  At least a couple of them went astray this time, which happens periodically. 
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 Thanks to a donation from LJ user Lone_cat, there are 3 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  This is why it's a bad idea to provoke a traumatized superwhale.
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The poll for themes is up on LiveJournal.  If you're not on LJ, you may vote in a comment. 
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] thnidu, there are 4 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  The Japanese whalers make their situation worse yet again.  Cliffhanger!  This donation gives the setup but most of the response is still over the horizon.
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This is the freebie for the July 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba.


"Where All Tears End"


Evil is an action, not an object.

It has no substance unto itself,
only direction once set in motion.

Evil is what you do, not who you are.

No one is born evil, only becomes
that way through a series of choices.

It is like pure water falling from the sky,
to turn muddy running over dry earth,
and then to become bitter salt when
it joins the ocean where all tears end.

For evil does not begin in hostility,
but in sorrow, and it flows from grief
to rage to hate like a flood picking up
flotsam and jetsam along the way,
ravaging down slopes into the ocean.

So evil ends as it begins,
in tears.



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Below is my card for the Round 7, 2016 [community profile] hc_bingo fest. 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. Read the FAQ and rules first. The signup post is here. (See all my 2016 bingo cards.)

I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers. It's also useful for developing some of my more danger-prone series. 

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. 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.

My hc_bingo card )
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] zianuray, there are 5 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  The Japanese do a new stupid thing, and this time Moderato responds.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] alatefeline, there are 5 new verses in "A Hope and a Promise."  Aidan and Saraphina wrap up their exploration of the Wood Room.
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The July 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal. This month's theme is "Good and Evil." Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written

"Under Her Coat"
Your wing prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Under Her Coat." A strange woman appears in Bluehill, and Turq doesn't know what to make of her.
130 lines, Buy It Now = $65

A prompt about evil as action inspired the free-verse poem "Where All Tears End," posted as today's freebie.

"In the Darkness of the Soul"
The prompt about your own good inspired the free-verse poem "In the Darkness of the Soul." Turq struggles with nightmares from his past.
152 lines, Buy It Now = $76

"An Ugly Shadow Cast by Myself"
Your spectrum prompt inspired the free-verse poem "An Ugly Shadow Cast by Myself." Aquariana and Irene talk to Steel in the aftermath of the trial, regarding the last of the Japanese whalers. Steel has a lot of survivor guilt to work through.
180 lines, Buy It Now = $90

"A Shadow the Length of a Lifetime"
This inspired the free-verse poem "A Shadow the Length of a Lifetime." No matter how old Alicia is, some damage never really heals. (Warning for graphic child molestation.)
124 lines, Buy It Now = $62


From My Prompts

Your title prompt "All That Is Necessary for Evil", with additional inspiration from your prompts "Good people cleaning up the mess after evil people" and "Neutrality can do a lot more damage than evil", spawned a poem of that title, sponsored by my Patreon patrons.


ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to an audience poll, there are 22 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  The trial gets underway, the Japanese whalers try to eel out of the charges, and Steel makes his first very pointed counterargument.  It's a bad idea to piss off a traumatized superwhale.

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