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Thanks to a donation from LJ user Kestrels_nest, there are 6 new verses in "Save the City."  Nathaniel reconnects with his grandmother.
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This poem came out of the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rosieknight, LJ users My_partner_doug, Zianuray, and Kelkyag. It also fills the "getting away from it all" square in my 2-1-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It belongs to the series Monster House.

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This is the freebie for the November Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It fills the "genetics" square in the Science Bingo Fest public card. This poem belongs to the project Nine for the Nebula's Heart.

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The November Crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  Our theme is "salvaging and repairing people or ideas."  Come give us prompts, or claim prompts to inspire your own work! 


From My Prompts:

"Homesick Day" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer offers a bittersweet story about emotional first aid for homesickness, set in Onion City of Terramagne.

"Road Repair" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written about stopping street harassment.  This is another Onion City story, featuring the return of her construction workers Rudy and Gideon, plus Amada Durante from my storyline about Danso's family.

"Learning to Correct Yourself" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer presents an adorable fluff story about a little boy trying to figure out the complex etiquette of asking adults about their personal relationships.  It's another Polychrome Heroics story, set out on the west coast this time, featuring her Finn family.

"A Good Mistake" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer made another piece related to the Finns, this time told from the perspective of family friends Jules and Mariset as they try to untangle an ugly bit of professional chicanery.

"Chaotic, Not Evil" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer wrote this oddly charming piece about an assassin rescuing a superkid.  (Warning for child exploitation.)

"White Cats Are Evil" -- [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written a crossover between Polychrome Heroics and Schrodinger's Heroes which directly follows "Chaotic, Not Evil."  This story has been continued, so look for the later installments in the thread on the Creative Jam post and in her DW journal.


What I Have Written:

"Mending Spirals" -- this session's freebie, about genetic ethics in Nine for the Nebula's Heart.

"In Dublin's Fair City" -- 224 lines, $112 (Polychrome Heroics)
Your chaotic prompt inspired the free-verse poem "In Dublin's Fair City." Instead of a Scottish referendum, Terramagne had an Irish one, and Backdraft got dragged into providing fire suppression service for the occasion.  
  
"My Greatest Source of Achievement" -- 168 lines, $84 (Polychrome Heroics)
From this I got the free-verse poem "My Greatest Source of Achievement." Danso deals with an unsupportive teacher, and Hannah suggests exploring church groups. 

"Wolf-Wind" -- 86 lines, $43 (Hart's Farm)
For an extended family, I wrote the free-verse poem "Wolf-Wind." Everyone in Hart's Farm pitches in to take care of the children -- even when there is an unexpected arrival. 

"Clipped" -- 387 lines, $193.50 (Polychrome Heroics)
This inspired the free-verse poem "Clipped."  When a runaway just turned 18 comes to SPOON for refuge, Groundhog struggles to deal with the challenges.  Then Granny Whammy drags Danso into the situation, hoping that he can help.

"Stretched" -- 232 lines, $116 (Polychrome Heroics)
"Stretched" is a free-verse poem that picks up after "Clipped." It shows what happens when Danso gets home after the fiasco at SPOON. Heavy duty hurt/comfort.
(Available for publication after "Clipped"  has been sponsored and posted.)

"Settled" -- 320 lines, $160 (Polychrome Heroics)
The third in this set is the free-verse poem "Settled." It picks up the morning after "Stretched" and shows how Danso feels in the aftermath, along with what Hannah and other folks have been doing to protect him. 
(Available for publication after "Clipped" and "Stretched"  have been sponsored and posted.)


See Also:

"Finding the God in the Gate" -- a Blueshift Troupers story by [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah  inspired by conversation between myself and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  A traveler wants to meet God by passing through a jumpgate.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has a post about universal motifs in storytelling, with an excellent example aspecting across variations on birth.
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Browse a detailed explanation of testicle attacks from a self-defense trainer who is also an EMT, helpfully illustrated by many agonizing videos courtesy of Mixed Martial Arts tournaments. 

This reference is useful for writing as well as personal protection.  Fortressa has a running experiment about how much more effective this is while wearing a battlesuit, and Buttons is trying to replicate her results barehanded.  Yes, you can break someone's pelvis with a groin strike, that's in one of the videos.
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The November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl met its $300 goal, so there will be a half-price sale running Nov. 17-23.  Based on an audience poll, the featured series will be Frankenstein's Family.
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This poem came out of the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock.  It also fills the "masters and students" square in my 1-31-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal.  It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai[personal profile] stardreamer[personal profile] zeeth_kyrah[personal profile] technoshaman, and LJ user My_partner_doug.  It also fills the "mathematics" square in the public card for the Science Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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The general fund poll is open in my LiveJournal; you get to open an epic for microfunding.  If you're not on LJ, you may vote in a comment, and this is a checkbox poll so it's okay to vote for multiple favorites.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer  and Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "evening the odds" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Shaeth is drunk (one god)
This poem is spillover from the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Kelkyag. It also fills the "gravity" square of my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest. This poem is the second freebie courtesy of new prompter [personal profile] madgastronomer. It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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This poem came out of the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] alexseanchai.  It also fills the "memories" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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 "Underfoot" is the linkback perk for today's fishbowl, now fully posted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  Go enjoy a fluffy kitten poem.
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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and LJ user Je_reviens. It also fills the "mathematics" square in the Science Bingo Fest public card. It belongs to the Torn World project.

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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED for prompts.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Poem thumbnails may continue to appear.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "winning without defeating anyone."  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.

Click to read the linkback poem "Underfoot" (Hart's Farm, 17 verses available).


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 "winning without defeating anyone."  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.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.



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.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted.  "Underfoot" belongs to the series Hart's Farm and has 17 verses available. 


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.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, you get a half-price sale for one week in one series.  Everyone will get to vote on which series to feature in the sale, out of those with extra poems available.


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 "winning without defeating anyone."  I'll be soliciting ideas for friends, family, best enemies, friendly opponents, good sportsmen and gamesters, fighting fair, playing by the rules, turning enemies into allies/friends/lovers, agreeing to fight for a common cause, thinking outside the box, conflicts, old arguments, rules of engagement, cooperation, teamwork skills, playgrounds, sporting fields, battlegrounds, board rooms, cooperative games, different goals, game boards and pieces, 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, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "Underfoot.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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I have completed posting all the poems from the Polychrome Heroics half-price sale.  Use the links on the sale page to read any of those poems you may have missed earlier.  Some of these have multiple cosponsors listed where you can see the sequencing of who bought what started to tangle.

Due to my schedule having fallen into the trash compactor and getting eaten by the garbage kraken, several people wanting to sponsor the same poems at the same time, and my anti-knack at math, I was unable to figure out exactly  how the bookkeeping worked out.  My apologies for that.  So I have also finished out both of the open epics, "Climbing Rocks" and "The Lotus Warriors."  (This means any epic in Tuesday's fishbowl will be eligible for microfunding, yay!)  Hopefully this will suffice; if you're a donor and not satisfied, contact me backchannel and we'll discuss some other way to make it right.

On the bright side ...
Daffodils = DONE
Last Llewellyn submission = DONE
Samhain ritual = DONE

I still have catchup to do, and may in fact never get all the way caught up, but at least several of the major time-critical demands on my time have been completed and will not continue to eat hours like a box of cheap chocolates.

Thank you all for your patience, enthusiasm, and generous support.  Go enjoy the poetry!
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "being silly" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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