ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "pursuit of happiness" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by an anonymous donation. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the June 3, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ users Moriwen1 and my_partner_doug. It fills the "betrayal" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest, and the "Conflicting Obligations / Oaths" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, filling the "fantasies" square in the Solo Celebration Bingo public card. It has been sponsored by an anonymous donation. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics that may not be to the taste of all viewers. The warnings contain spoilers; highlight to reveal. There are erotic fantasies, unresolved sexual tension, an untimely erection, cruel laughter and extreme humiliation, plans for revenge, teen boy masturbation, and other challenges. If this is touchy stuff for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.

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This sounds fun, but I doubt I'd last ten minutes before running off to go write. 
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "drowning" square in my 6-10-13 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It's a sequel to "The Family Business" featuring Coby and Lily, in the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was inspired by discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "FREE    SPACE: coming out (of the closet)" square in my 1-2-14 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense material, and some of the warnings are spoilers; highlight to read them. There are good intentions turning out badly, verbal abuse, hostility toward people with superpowers, crappy relationship skills (and some good ones too), self-consciousness, fluff and angst, public rejection, and other touchy topics. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether you want to read onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer (on scouting) and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht (on rape culture), who have contributed a great deal to the development of this and other threads in Polychrome Heroics. It also fills the "Won't fall in love ... oops. In love." square in my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING:  This poem contains sexism, vulgar behavior, canon-typical violence resulting in minor injury, identity and orientation confusion, angst, and other challenges.  Consider your headspace before clicking through.



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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] lynnoconnacht has sponsored the poem "Love Shouldn't Hurt" in Polychrome Heroics. This one has prerequisites, so it won't appear quite yet, but you'll get to see it after the others post.
By now you have probably figured out that Lawrence's home life sucks. Stan finds out the hard way. Lawrence does not respond at all well.

I have posted the last several verses of "Look at Me."  That and "Pulling Pigtails" are earlier installments in this storyline, introducing Antimatter / Lawrence Cunningham and Stalwart Stan / Stanley Wood with their entertaining love-hate relationship.

In case anyone is planning to buy poetry on sale, but hasn't finalized a selection yet, this is an opportunity to get even more bang for your buck.  The prerequisites are "Dare Not Speak" ($73.50) and "Pride and Shame" ($67.50).  Totaled they cost $141 at the regular half-off level, or $70.50 with the extra discount for spending $100+.  If you're thinking about that $100 sale, you could buy both of these, which unlocks the already-sponsored poem, AND still have room to pick another $60 worth of half-off poetry (which would discount down to the $30 needed to make up the $100 donation).

Not sure how much you like this storyline yet because only a tiny bit has been revealed?  It's what I wrote after watching Lex and Clark, Erik and Charles, and all the other mainstream bad boy/good boy pairings that end horribly; and thinking "Oh my gods I knew guys like this  in junior high and high school, somebody please take them behind the barn and give them a copy of The Joy of Gay Sex;" and then wondering what it would really take to move a relationship from messed-up conflict to something healthier.  The wider story arc launched with "Pulling Pigtails" is an exploration of what happens when young people take the rapetastic advice they get from society and try to use that in actual relationships, and how much more of a mess it makes when those kids have superpowers.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
There are four new verses in "Look at Me."  You can still reveal new ones by linking to the unsold poetry list or a favorite poem from this fishbowl. 
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was inspired by the "high and low" square on my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It was originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer as the linkback perk for the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

All 20 verses have been posted.  New verses may be revealed by linking to the unsold poetry page or a favorite poem published from this month's fishbowl.  Linkers include: [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] thnidu, [personal profile] helgatwb, and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht.  

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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, "Faeder Way" is now complete.  Find out how the shifting human relationships affect their interaction with the fifers.

"Not the Absence of Fear" and "When the Road Is Bent" have also been fully funded.  I'll get the remaining verses of those posted later.
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This poem came out of the June 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "backstory" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cats playing with goldfish (fishbowl)
The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your enthusiasm.

Starting now, the bonus Poetry Fishbowl is open!  This is the perk for recent fishbowls meeting the $250 goal.  Today's theme is "Frankenstein's Family."  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.

Keep in mind that this series has its roots in historic horror, gothic, and dark science fiction but has evolved in a much more positive direction.  Feel free to explore that tonal shift by re-imagining dark motifs in a lighter way.


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 "Frankenstein's Family." 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.


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 "Frankenstein's Family."  I'll be soliciting ideas for Victor, Igor, Adam, the villagers, the bat vampires, other gothic character types, mad science devices, historic clothing, torches and pitchforks, monologues, castles, graveyards, churches or cathedrals, mansions, mysterious forests, science labs, making discoveries, parenting, teaching and learning, fixing up the home, saving the day, queerplatonic love, sex/gender issues, madness, body horror, things man was not meant to know, 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.
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your enthusiasm. Starting now, the bonus Poetry Fishbowl is open!  This is the perk for recent fishbowls meeting the $250 goal.  Today's theme is "Frankenstein's Family."  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.

Keep in mind that this series has its roots in historic horror, gothic, and dark science fiction but has evolved in a much more positive direction.  Feel free to explore that tonal shift by re-imagining dark motifs in a lighter way.


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 "Frankenstein's Family."  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.


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 "Frankenstein's Family."  I'll be soliciting ideas for Victor, Igor, Adam, the villagers, the bat vampires, other gothic character types, mad science devices, historic clothing, torches and pitchforks, monologues, castles, graveyards, churches or cathedrals, mansions, mysterious forests, science labs, making discoveries, parenting, teaching and learning, fixing up the home, saving the day, queerplatonic love, sex/gender issues, madness, body horror, things man was not meant to know, 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.
ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
You can now read my poem "Indoor Men and Outdoor Men" on Torn World, visible to everyone.
Tetefii likes all different kinds of men.

If you like this poem and want to see more like it, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options. Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.
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The June 3, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl met its $250 goal, so there will be a bonus fishbowl session on Tuesday, June 17.  The audience poll has selected Frankenstein's Family as the featured series, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.
ysabetwordsmith: Paranormal detective Brenda in a wheelchair (PIE)
This poem is from the November 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] jeshyr who wanted to address the issue of bystander pity and curiosity, and mobility devices as empowerment. Several poems in P.I.E. have come directly out of requests or comments from people with disabilities, which has really added a lot to the complexity and verisimilitude.  It also fills the "curiosity" square in my 8-13-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  This poem is posted as the free epic for the June 3, 2014 fishbowl reaching the $200 goal, selected in an audience poll, and I'm amused you did that right after "Going Places" was posted. Point and counterpoint at your convenience; tell ALL the stories!

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ysabetwordsmith: (Schrodinger's Heroes)
This poem was a commission for [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and is presented here in barter for her poem "Childish and Foolish." It fills the "waterboarding" square on my 6-10-13 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest and the "first kiss" square on my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project. It is a prequel to the story "Don't Try This at Home."

WARNING: The following poem contains intense topics which may disturb some viewers. Highlight to read the warnings, which are also spoilers. A happy interracial relationship is interrupted by bigoted hazing. Teen boys emulate waterboarding which they have seen on TV. Unsurprisingly this results in PTSD.   If you're not sure whether you want to read this poem, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is willing to discuss it without spoilers so you can make a more informed decision.

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This poem is from the June 3, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles.  It also fills the "friends to lovers / friends with benefits" square in my 1-2-14 card for the Trope Bingo fest.

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Today we went to see X-Men: Days of Future Past. It was largely enjoyable overall, with excellent effects, a pretty good storyline, and entertaining performance. More detailed thoughts, including spoilers, lie below the cut ...

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