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Watch for more about Stan and Lawrence, as the next four poems will be going up over the next several days as I have time to post them.
I am still in the process of posting stuff, and for this poem, figuring who's helping cosponsor it because there were some overlaps in requests to sponsor other stuff. But new verses! Yay!
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This poem came out of the September 16, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from DW user peoriapeoriawhereart, zianuray, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "afternoon" square in my 9-1-14 card for the genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series P.I.E.( Read more... )
This poem came out of the September 16, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by DW users mdlbear, jazzyjj, and LJ user Zianuray. It also fills the "physical imperfections" square in my 9-1-14 card for the ladiesbingo fest and the "loss of limb / limb function" square in my 7-31-14 card for the hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series P.I.E.( Read more... )
This unlocks "Before the Fever Breaks" (628 lines, Buy It Now = $314) which is now eligible for sponsorship or microfunding.
At the moment, "Pitfalls" is open for microfunding, which means you can chip in toward that or the following poems may be bought whole.
"Born of Land and Sea" -- 300 lines,
I actually needed a beach for a selkie prompt, which inspired the free-verse "Born of Land and Sea." A young woman seeks help regarding her surprisingly-mobile baby, leading to a search for the father and some pleasant time on beaches.
"City of Sun and Rain" -- 206 lines,
Your obstacles prompt combined with one about San Diego, inspiring the free-verse poem "City of Sun and Rain." Brenda and Darrel relax in the city after closing a case, where they enjoy the shops and a trip to the zoo.
"Climbing Rocks" -- 178 lines, $89
This combined with some other prompts to inspire the free-verse poem "Climbing Rocks." Brenda and Darrel have to deal with a rock monster -- but first they have to get to it.
"The Door to Nowhere" -- 252 lines, $126
Dreamwidth prompts inspired the free-verse poem "The Door to Nowhere." A call from the university, a mysterious flickering outline, and a white cat make for an unplanned trip. This crosses over with Schrodinger's Heroes.
"Halfway to Heaven" -- 180 lines,
This combined with a couple other prompts to inspired the free-verse poem "Halfway to Heaven." It's an explanation of why Brenda makes a point of helping other people when she can, and it looks back to a time closer to her accident when life was pretty rough for her.
This is the second freebie from the bonus fishbowl, courtesy of new prompters jazzyjj and Deb1789 and new donor Debra Ames. It was inspired by prompts from lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "courtship rituals" square in my 6-11-14 card for the fanbingo fest. This poem belongs to the series P.I.E.
Darrel had made it quite clear
that he didn't want Brenda
to meet his parents, but
they ran into each other
one day at the police station.
With a sigh, Darrel gave in
to the inevitable and made introductions.
Within minutes, Brenda silently admitted
that Darrel had been right all along.
Mrs. Finn simpered and fluttered,
leaning on the arm of Brenda's wheelchair
and occasionally groping for handles that weren't there.
Mr. Finn simply pretended that she did not exist.
It was always a challenge to keep people
from manhandling her hardware
in crowded places, but it was
all the more annoying when they did it
without even that excuse.
Rick was just as bad;
Brenda suspected that
being a construction boss
made him interested in
how things were made.
He had a hard time
keeping his hands off
her spokes and nuts,
and couldn't keep his
mouth shut if you taped it.
Nate, on the other hand,
tended to drop things in her lap
without looking to make sure
they landed securely, and he
wouldn't sit down to speak with her
but preferred to remain standing.
It was little comfort that he used
the same silly dominance tricks
with everyone else, and it made Brenda
wonder if he was compensating for something.
She usually had to work
at maintaining her boundary lines,
to keep a little bubble of space around herself,
and then again to make people notice her.
She used her hands and arms
in expansive gestures, and
sometimes tapped a foot
even though it startled people.
With Darrel, though, Brenda
didn't have to do any of that.
He flowed around her like wind,
like water, neither hesitating
nor presuming to touch.
Brenda liked that about him,
the way he fit himself into her life
and invited her into his,
their boundaries slowly but surely
beginning to blend together.
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The human brain can incorporate a wheelchair into its self-image, so it counts as part of someone's personal space. Understand the etiquette for wheelchair users and other people with disabilities.
Body language is complicated by such things as gender and social rank. There are ways to use expansive body language to your advantage.
Personal boundaries include several types. Know how to establish and adjust your boundaries to keep people from bothering you.
Starting now, the bonus Poetry Fishbowl is open! This is the perk for recent fishbowls meeting the $250 goal. Today's theme is "P.I.E." 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 also want to browse recent discussions about disability in F&SF and the vocabulary of disability on my blogs.
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 "P.I.E." 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) 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 "P.I.E." I'll be soliciting ideas for Brenda, Darrel, Nate, Rick, their friends and family, private investigators, people with disabilities, creatures of urban fantasy, adaptive equipment, interesting weapons, tools of the trade, clothes that are designed to look good while seated, adventures on wheels, bizarre things that happen in cities, urban legends, offices and office buildings, wheelchair-friendly places, mobility-challenging places, romantic spots, life on wheels, things able-bodied people rarely notice, saving the day, annoying things that unwelcome suitors do, side scenes from previous events, 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 Lewis Turco's The New 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.