Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! Today's theme is "schooling vs. education." 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.
Click to read the linkback poem "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam" (15 verses, Clay of Life).
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 "schooling vs. education." I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.
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. "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam" belongs to the series Clay of Life and has 15 verses available.
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 "schooling vs. education." I'll be soliciting ideas for teachers, students, autodidacts, activists, experts, novices, education coaches for independent learners, people who design educational systems, librarians, coaches, presenters who teach what they know in a freestyle context, parents and grandparents, club leaders, role models, teaching, learning, asking questions, looking up answers, choosing a topic, making a lesson plan, reading, writing, learning by doing, making mistakes and learning from them, challenging assumptions, public schools, private schools, alternative school systems such as Montessori or Waldorf, universities, libraries, bookstores, coffeehouses and ice cream parlors, community centers, gymnasiums, parks, playgrounds, zoos, museums, exploratorium museums, cultural centers, historic sites, learning modes, different types of intelligence, life lessons, activity clubs, sensory toys, educational toys, 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. Linkbacks reveal verses of "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
The basic payoff for this is that you get to see all the new stuff for whatever you are managing, even if it hasn't been published yet. That's about a chapbook's worth of goodies per month. If you want some other perk like getting extra poetry printed, I'm open to discussing that.
Underlined prompts have been filled.
|"Coming in from the Cold: Tuesday"||"Rematch"|
|"All the Difference"||"Whirled Pieces"|
Pieces from Notes
|Cuoio takes Salvo dress shopping||farm lottery in Frankenstein's village||grassland meeting destroyed by dragons|
|Mr. Grenade and Hadyn practicing||Made This Card||Shahana and Ari|
|"Clair de Lune"||Eofor capitol destroyed by Ingeld||Hachi capitol destroyed by Utsusemi|
I think about this a lot. I have some distinct limitations, like needing glasses. But most of mine are obscure, and I have learned that there's rarely any benefit to be had from trying to get other people to acknowledge them. It is simpler just to wait until the damn thing blows up in their face. "Well of course your phone died. I told you that I kill electronics; you handed it to me anyhow; it is now a brick." "I thought it was all in your HEAD!" "That is not my problem." So I tend not to describe myself as disabled, that being a legal category, but I can easily describe some of the limitations I have.
Society would be much more usable if accommodations could be more often had for the asking of them. This is not something I can change directly. It is something I can practice, and reward. If you're coming to my ritual, and you need to sit down, I don't need to know WHY. I don't care why; it's none of my business. I especially am not going to ask if you have a card for it. All I need to know is your maximum standing time, that if the ritual runs longer we'll need chairs, and that a seated ritual would probably work better than a dance for you. I don't need to know what's up with you; I need to know what you want me to do about it. Because I'd like everyone to have a good time and not faceplant at my event. Conversely, I'm alert for restaurants that are or are not accommodating of dietary needs. Mine, someone else in my party, the total stranger whose argument I can overhear -- doesn't matter. If you accommodate the requests with a smile, it bumps you up my "let's eat here again" list. Ditto places where my partner and I split something and folks bring an extra plate instead of bitching or surcharging. Fight with me or anyone else about the food, and I will not only not come back, I will pan your slop trough restaurant to my friends who also have food issues.
You get what you permit; you get what you reward. Use your influence -- and your folding vote -- where you can.
And don't be an asshole.
Terramagne has one too, but it is somewhat different. I couldn't resist laying out some of those divergences. You can see how they're doing things a little faster and better. *chuckle* And what happens when a supervillain has reasons of enlightened self-interest to back the thing. ;)
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Note: There is some squabbling in this poem, because people have different opinions about how to solve problems. It's inevitable in any group, but more common in support groups where folks are perpetually low on spoons. Happily the group has ways of handling this.
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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.
SOLO CELEBRATION BINGO CARD
|Self-Love||Introvert||Public places||Nonphysical Passions||Identify a feeling you're having|
|Eating / drinking alone||Experimentation||Learning what you like||Caught in the act||Serenity|
|Refuge||Self-Awareness||WILD CARD||Meditation||Be Here Now|
|Happiness||Body Image||Greedy / desperate||Sex toys / books||Random act of kindness|
|Makeup / Dressing up||Privacy||Curiosity||Anticipation||Dominance & submission|
I have a linkback poem, "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam" (15 verses, Clay of Life).
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.
( New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )
There are three open epics, and you can direct the $5 into any one of them. "Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $119 to finish. "The Door to Nowhere" is a crossover between P.I.E. and Schrodinger's Heroes, which needs $36 to finish. "When Someone Is Vulnerable" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink and needs $248 to finish.
"Playing Games" focuses on Tsubasa and Ashley, when they are playing cards (with ultraviolet ink) and realize that everyone but Ashley can see the markings.
"A Pretty Good Friend" gives Tsubasa's perspective on inclusion and friendship. Aww.