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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing and LJ user Rix_scaedu. It also fills the "mentors" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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Some linguists rendered a legal brief in Klingon. Okay, that's cool. But then I saw this and cracked up laughing:

a California nonprofit devoted to supporting "constructed languages" — is trying to convince a court that the alien language from "Star Trek" is a real, "living" form of communication.

Guys, it's a pidgin now and has been for, gosh, probably more than a decade by this time. It didn't take long to become a household language. Over in Europe it's customary for people to learn multiple languages, and the home language is whatever two people have in common. For several couples that was Klingon, and so their kids learned it as a native language. Well, anything that's spoken live by native speakers counts as a real language. It's a pidgin, technically, because it's "borrowed" from elsewhere so kids aren't learning it from older native speakers. It's going to have carryover from English (or French, Italian, etc.) and will take a while for that to rub off. But all they really need to prove the case is convince a native speaker of Klingon to show up. Which would be awesome.

CBS and Paramount have sued, alleging that the unlicensed use of Klingon amounts to copyright infringement.

*headdesk* You cannot copyright a LANGUAGE. It is words. It is not an arrangement of specific words which is what can be copyrighted. It is not a logo or a trademark. You can copyright The Klingon Dictionary but not the language itself.  A movie is pretty obviously not a dictionary.  You also cannot copyright plain words. TSR tried copyrighting "dragon" once and lost. Words belong to everyone. You can only copyright what you do with the words.

"There would be great danger to allowing the copyright power to extend to prevent others from speaking a language," Duan wrote in a blog post Thursday.

Thank you brain-having person for pointing out the gigantic clusterfuck that would ensue from all the native peoples and their conquerors simultaneously trying to copyright the same languages.  Coyote would have so much to do, he'd have to invite all his Trickster friends from every pantheon just to cover all of that.  0_o
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Traveling Storm."  Eax and Von talk with Bil about finding work for Bil to do, and about Von's upcoming hunt.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Building Storm."  It's one of two leading up to something I've sponsored, which will be appearing presently.  In this installment, Eax helps Bil deal with feelings of helplessness, confusing, and uselessness due to assorted disabilities left from Bil's earlier injuries.  It's a wonderful piece of hurt/comfort with excellent sociological aspects too.  <3   This is what science fiction should be.
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[personal profile] janetmiles has sponsored "Through Repetition of Thought."  It will be posted after the earlier poem "New Wine in Old Bottles" ($86) has been sponsored and published. 
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This poem is from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] alatefeline, and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "half-life" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "Wild Card: Enemies" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline and an anonymous comment on Dreamwidth.  It also fills the "secrets" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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 Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] mama_kestrel , there are e6 new verses in "The Door to Nowhere."  Brenda and Darrel meet up with Chris.
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The following poems from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Tornado Blew Away," "Knitting into Community," and "The Texture of Our Relationships." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever poem you request.



"As Is"
A social prompt inspired the free-verse poem "As Is." It's a look at a mixed family and the challenges that a neurotypical person faces moving into the Lacuna. Armelle is just generally having a hard time anyhow.
386 lines, Buy It Now = $193
[Available for posting after "New Wine in Old Bottles" has been sponsored and published.]

Armelle struggled to put together
a new life on Sargasso Base.

She scrounged up a dresser,
table and chairs for her room
.


"Flying in Freefall"
A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Flying in Freefall." A life support malfunction in a secret lab brings a scientist and her livestock to Supply Base Bounty 3D3N.
120 lines, Buy It Now = $60 SOLD

Router had understood the principle
of turning Supply Base Bounty 3D3N
into a farming station, but he had not
expected to receive livestock.


"Fortifications of the Future"
From this I got the free-verse poem "Fortifications of the Future." Backup finds some makeshift games, which inspire him to think about the position of the Lacuna between the Arms. Together with his crewmates, he works on new ideas to secure their future.
204 lines, Buy It Now = $102 SOLD

Sam the Gardener was busy
digging, digging, making dirt and
planting things in it, playing with
his pet worms, running plastic pipes
everywhere and punching holes
in them to hold more plants.

Backup found the whole process
boring, although he liked the salads.


"New Wine in Old Bottles"
This contributed to the poem "New Wine in Old Bottles." Bottleneck is surprised when his past catches up to him. He doesn't really know how to respond, and he's not all that good with emotions, but he tries anyhow.
172 lines, Buy It Now = $86

"You have two visitors coming,"
the Minotaur informed Bottleneck.
"I just received the news from
Specialist Miles Cernan
and the OCS-397."

"Uh ... I'm not expecting
any visitors," said Bottleneck.


"No Measure of Health"
This contributed to the poem "No Measure of Health." A ship full of refugees comes to the Lacuna, all different people with the same reason for leaving a home that no longer felt safe to them.
176 lines, Buy It Now = $88 SOLD

They arrived all at once,
in a lifeboat meant to hold
twenty people for a few hours
that had held eleven for weeks,
towed behind Short John's ship.


"Thinking River Thoughts"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Thinking River Thoughts." Sam's long-distance friend sends him wild iris and videos from her home.
56 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Through Repetition of Thought"
A Dreamwidth teaching prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Through Repetition of Thought." It explores both the challenges of having children on a not-childproofed ex-military starbase, and the strengths of neurovariant people.
128 lines, Buy It Now = $64 SOLD
[Will be posted after "New Wine in Old Bottles" has been sponsored and published.]

When Embry slipped away
from her parents for 2.5 minutes
and in that time somehow managed
to get an airlock halfway open,

Armelle had a panic attack
and three more people moved
out of the "kiddie corridor."


"To See the Air"
Further discussion with DW user Kyleri inspired the free-verse poem "To See the Air." Dr. Syden Caermichael feels uneasy after her close brush with life support failure in her lab. So Case makes her some wind chimes and mobiles to show that the air vents are still working.
106 lines, Buy It Now = $53

Dr. Syden Caermichael
was not as happy as she
had expected over the news
that her lab had been repaired.
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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt form [personal profile] eseme. It also fills "The stuff of which things are made: iron / stone / clay" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED. Thank you for your time and attention.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "An Army of One."  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.


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 "An Army of One." 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 "An Army of One."  I'll be soliciting ideas for neurovariant people, neurotypical friends and allies, social engineers, veterans, QUILTBAG people, traders, AYES sapient starships, visionaries, alternative families, stimming, colonizing space, planning ahead, storytelling, identifying problems, solving problems, helping people, challenging assumptions, making discoveries, recycling/reusing things, gardening in space, peacemongering, building a new society, major communal outposts, small isolated outposts, libraries, community centers, green spaces, starships, the Sargasso derelict junkyard, Passions, neurovariant/neurotypical differences, acceptance and welcome, radical transformation, the master's tools and the master's house, teamwork, de-escalation, conflict resolution, alternative justice, space exploration, sustainability, hope, 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.  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 time and attention.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! Today's theme is "An Army of One." 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.


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 "An Army of One." 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 "An Army of One." I'll be soliciting ideas for neurovariant people, neurotypical friends and allies, social engineers, veterans, QUILTBAG people, traders, AYES sapient starships, visionaries, alternative families, stimming, colonizing space, planning ahead, storytelling, identifying problems, solving problems, helping people, challenging assumptions, making discoveries, recycling/reusing things, gardening in space, peacemongering, building a new society, major communal outposts, small isolated outposts, libraries, community centers, green spaces, starships, the Sargasso derelict junkyard, Passions, neurovariant/neurotypical differences, acceptance and welcome, radical transformation, the master's tools and the master's house, teamwork, de-escalation, conflict resolution, alternative justice, space exploration, sustainability, hope, 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. The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Hidden Storms" based on my prompt.  Bil and his alien friends discuss etiquette, taboos, reading and writing.  <3  This is what science fiction should be.
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Magpie Monday by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is now open with a theme of "ghost stories and echoes."  Leave prompts, get ficlets!  There are individual and collective perks.
ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem came out of the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] eseme, and LJ user Paantha. It also fills "The Igor" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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This is today's freebie, inspired by [personal profile] ellenmillion. I really like how ambiguous it turned out, because it highlights how tolerance, like propaganda, has both positive and negative aspects. This poem belongs to the Torn World project, and it also fills "the messenger" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest.

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Thanks to a donation from LJ user Book_worm5, there are 15 new verses in "The Door to Nowhere."  Brenda and Darrel land in the Tef. 

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