ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Paantha and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "trusting" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest, and the "vampires" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Warning: Although the tone of this poem is largely sweet, it is also quite intense and contains some things that not everyone enjoys. Highlight to see the details, some of which are spoilers. Two sections explore relations between Igor and Victor, then Csilla with Dénes and Dorottya. There are messy medical details, radical trust, deep intimacy, emotional surrender, some internal and interpersonal angst, demisexual challenges, vampire feeding, and other interesting stuff. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is running Magpie Monday today with a theme of "disaster or opportunity."  Drop by and leave her some prompts!  Donations are also encouraged, as she has some major ongoing medical expenses to cope with.
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "nonsexual touch" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Astin thread in An Army of One.

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This poem is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [personal profile] kelkyag. It also fills the "self-sufficient" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Godship Wanderers series, visible on the Serial Poetry page.

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This poem is spillover from the November 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing,[personal profile] janetmiles, LJ users Ng_moonmoth and Book_worm5. One of those prompts was for the song "Somebody Will" by Ada Palmer. This poem also fills the "WILD CARD: sense of wonder" square in my 8-31-15 card for the Tones Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to The Blueshift Troupers series.

Warning: Hankie alert! Songs about space exploration make me cry sometimes, and this is the kind that does that. So if you're the same way, then be prepared.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, and is posted here as barter for [personal profile] dialecticdreamer posting "Workshop Progress" so you can read Part 1 of her story already. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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 My partner Doug tipped me to this comic, mostly for the awesome trigger warnings on the cover.  The inside is that good too.  :D
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This poem came out of the November 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] thnidu, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] ellenmillion, and [personal profile] gingicat. It also fills the "growing old together" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest, and the "failing to plan ahead" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. Based on an audience poll, this poem was sponsored by the general fund.

WARNING: This poem contains motifs that many readers may find upsetting. Highlight to read more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes major character death, loss of a loving relationship. grief, loneliness, immortality, depression, and other emotional mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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This poem came out of the November 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by an image prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "kinetic energy" square in my 10-2-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest.  Based on an audience poll, this poem has been sponsored from the general fund.


"Woolgathering Galaxies"


This is the future of which I dream:

floating weightless in a long habitat,
of Herland, watching the clouds drift past
as farms and lakes roll around me,

watching the other women work,
their nimble hands assembling
habitats and starships and
all the things that men said
could never be done,

admiring the engines that dance
with the kinetic energy which
harnesses the power of
infinite, invisible horses,

gazing out the portholes and
woolgathering galaxies to spin
into stubborn, unbreakable days

in which anything is possible.

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This poem came out of the November 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

Warning: It's all about the challenges of disrupted expectations, which are especially distressing to neurovariant people. Consider your tastes and headspace accordingly.

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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] redsixwing, LJ user My_partner_doug, and Book_worm5. It's based on Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, which was a wonderful movie right up until it turned out that the shining future had never actually been completed, a bait-and-switch distastefully parallel to losses in our current timeline. So I fixed it.  This poem also fills the "happy ending" square in my 10-1-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.


"I Want My Tomorrow Back"


Imagine the future
you want to see real.

Reach for the stars,
even if other people are
trying to take them away from you.

Pin your hopes to the vision
of a seat held open for you.

Wade through wheat and water
into the land of tomorrow.

There will be obstacles;
there will be enemies;
overcome them all.

Use your head.
Use your hands.
Be the future that
you want to become.

When you get there
(and you will  get there)
the future will unfold at
your feet, whole and
shining with promise.

Step into it and find
your flying car, your jetpack
your rocket ride to the Moon.

If you want your tomorrow back,
then reach out and take it.

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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Keep an eye on this post, as I have more to write.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "I want my future back!"  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.

I have a linkback poem, "Full of Grace" (14 verses, Fledgling Grace).  NOTE: Today is a voting day in some states.  If you vote today, comment "I voted!" under the linkback poem to reveal a verse.


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 "I want my future back!"  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 "I want my future back!"  I'll be soliciting ideas for explorers, astronauts, time travelers, people who have survived major changes, support crew, futurists, adventuring, exploring outer space, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, inventing new things, starships, NASA, distant planets, laboratories, other dimensions, first contact, replicators, jump gates, xenolinguistics, peaceful aliens, sense of wonder, problems that can't be solved by hitting, souvenirs, endings and beginnings, other major life changes,  and poetic forms in particular.  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.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Full of Grace."
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I am fascinated by this essay.  While the plot connections are interpretive, the move-by-move comparisons of Jar-Jar to a Drunken Master, and to various Jedi Masters, are exquisitely precise.  Whether you agree with it or not, this hypothesis should make the movies a lot more entertaining to watch.  Especially under the influence of copious caffeine.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "I Want My Future Back." I'll be soliciting ideas for explorers, astronauts, time travelers, people who have survived major changes, support crew, futurists, adventuring, exploring outer space, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, inventing new things, starships, NASA, distant planets, laboratories, other dimensions, first contact, replicators, jump gates, xenolinguistics, peaceful aliens, sense of wonder, problems that can't be solved by hitting, souvenirs, endings and beginnings, other major life changes, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Full of Grace" (14 verses, Fledgling Grace).

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 Thanks to a donation from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, "These Tiny Little Steps" is now complete.  Find out how Victor convinces Adam not to run off again.
ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This poem came out of the October 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, LJ user Book_worm5, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "Frankenstein" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo fest, the "secret identity discovered" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "sharing a bed" square in my 10-1-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Warning: This poem contains some intense and intimate topics that some readers may find distasteful. Highlight for details, some of which are spoilers. It features graphic description of menstruation and related gender dysphoria, extremely miserable symptoms including cramps and mood swings, inadvertent outing of Victor's trans nature because the werewolves can smell sex markers, Victor freaking out over all of that, and other angst. But the people around him are actually quite supportive and trying to help as best they can. So there is fluff in the end. Please consider your taste and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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