The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED for prompts. Thank you for your enthusiasm. I still have a few prompters to finish, so keep an eye on this page.
Starting now, the bonus Poetry Fishbowl is open! This is the perk for the January 8, 2013 fishbowl meeting the $250 goal. Today's theme is "Path of the Paladins."
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.
Remember that this session focuses on plot progression; scroll down to the bottom to find the list of need-to-write poems that I'm inviting folks to help me develop.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 "Path of the Paladins."
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
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 "Path of the Paladins."
You can pick one of the following ideas and elaborate on it; some already have a solid concept while others are still just placeholders.
These are poems that need to be written in order to complete the story arc of Ari's novice year. They are the most important things I'd like to get done, and the most specific. If you look at the timeline, you can see that most of these will be late winter or spring poems.
Kalad joins Bodil's troop following Gorrein.
"Who Gives of Himself" DONE
Shahana and Ari meet with a gathering of saints to discuss how to repair the tattered social fabric of the world.
Johan finds himself fascinated with an image of blackberries and roses twined together. Finally he decides to have it inked onto his shoulder.
"Such Strong Needs" DONE
LJ user The_vulture says: "Ya know, I'm really looking forward to reading about the first time Ari serves as the conduit for Gailah's power. I suspect it will be dramatic and very life altering (for more than just Ari)."
Larn does the spring planting, now with more help.
"Thorny Paths" DONE
During a skirmish, Johan discovers a new talent regarding plants, and Althey struggles with his feelings about death.
Shahana takes Ari to a priest of the smith god, to have her armor fitted and a sword forged to hold the star of her service. The priest invites them to strip down to shifts in the hot smithy.
I also need some extra poems focusing on Shahana and Ari, to space those between poems about other characters. These are medium-importance, and they can be about anything as long as it features these characters and makes sense for that point in their journey. Short snippets would be especially useful, as many of the other poems in this series are long plotty ones; and upbeat topics provide leavening between the really heavy stuff.
After Kalad joining Bodil, before "Our Most Vulnerable and Powerful Selves."
Between "Knell" and "Puzzling People."
Between "Dog Tired" and "Swimming Against the Tide."
Between "No Other Teacher" and "Enlighten the Dark Corners"
Between "Hallowing" and "Winning Hands."
After Larn's spring planting, before "Thorny Paths."
Finally, think of anything else that needs to be wrapped up in this book. Are there other loose threads that you want to see tied off? Character development? Reprisal of themes? This is lower priority, but still worth collecting. I'm soliciting ideas for paladins, deities, villains, innocent bystanders, holy ground, abandoned places, battlegrounds, refuges, moments of personal growth or discovery, new accomplishments, horrible realizations, plot twists, side scenes from previous events, gaps in the storyline that need to be filled, everyday issues transmuted into fantasy versions, enchanted or holy artifacts, symbols of faith, magic, PTSD, asexuality, families of choice, perseverance, 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.