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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and enthusiasm.  Please keep an eye on this space as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! Today's theme is "unexpected SCIENCE ensues" 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 "Changing Relations" (The Moon Door, 19 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 "unexpected SCIENCE ensues." 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. "Changing Relations" belongs to the series The Moon Door and has 19 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, there will be a a half-price sale in one series.

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 "unexpected SCIENCE ensues." I'll be soliciting ideas for scientists, assistants, random bystanders, curious people, first responders, robots, aliens, other explorers, *frobbing, experimenting, inventing, reading, exploring, goofing off, crossing the streams, working the problem, garages, science fairs, laboratories, classrooms, libraries, secret lairs, kitchens, outer space, starships, alien planets, theories, science kits, lectures, lab equipment, tool kits, pop bottles, time machines, 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, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations. Linkbacks reveal verses of "Changing Relations.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

(no subject)

Date: 2016-08-02 05:38 pm (UTC)
corvi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] corvi
Please write something involving science and Pando, the immortal aspen grove.

Re: Poem

Date: 2016-08-02 09:32 pm (UTC)
corvi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] corvi
Wow, that's an unexpected direction. :D Yay!


Date: 2016-08-02 05:45 pm (UTC)
shiori_makiba: Makiba Shiori in Kanji and Roman Letters (Default)
From: [personal profile] shiori_makiba
The Prompts
{1} Something happens but it gives Antimatter a chance to get his geek on.

{2} Random encounter or occurrence gives someone the change to do a spur of the moment lesson in science.

{3} Sometimes people just don't learn - a bullied kid, a bully, a robot or an object lesson in why you aren't supposed to antagonize the soups, especially the young ones.

{4} One day, thon will look back on this and laugh. One day it will be hilarious. Today, thon is a ferret and has no idea how that happened or how do change back.

Boosted here, livejournal, and wordpress.

Re: Prompts

Date: 2016-08-03 01:08 am (UTC)
shiori_makiba: Makiba Shiori in Kanji and Roman Letters (Default)
From: [personal profile] shiori_makiba
Sounds nifty. :)

(no subject)

Date: 2016-08-02 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron
-Turq and / or Shiv finding out that keeping track of emotions counts as gathering data, + unexpected reaction. (I have a feeling Shiv and Bloch could work together on this point.)

-Dr. Infanta being a child and having fun doing a school project - type science experiment.

-Lacuna children liking method and finding that science fits that need perfectly.

-Picture prompt: http://www.futuresack.com/uploads/images/Features/Mythbusters/Grappling%20Gun%2002.jpg (description: Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters fame having created a functioning grappling hook system.)

(no subject)

Date: 2016-08-02 06:15 pm (UTC)
peoriapeoriawhereart: very British officer in sweater (Brigader gets the job done)
From: [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart

Taking hostages as the control group

potato batteries

midden piles, tailings but in the future...

(no subject)

Date: 2016-08-02 07:41 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Dual uses of frob: as the verb for twiddling with something and the noun for a small miscellaneous (probably metallic) object. Frob with that frob a little more and maybe something will happen.

A problem intractable by one method may open itself to the next.

Lab glassware and other shiny things.

Molten metal. Learning by doing. Science the shit out of it.

My personal favorite: investigate things science hasn't accepted with scientific methods (not pseudoscientific, but the real stuff - the kind of thing you write about, haha.)


Date: 2016-08-02 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
*Santos-Dumont, Cartier, flight mechanics and attendant wonder. This could be Terramagne re: that marvelous watch, but your muse may vary.

*Children and/or adults experimenting with colorful, harmless dyes in combination. I'm remembering the egg-dying scenes in Love Is For Children, and Natka's shades of, among other things, smoky teal. I doubt she's the only kid or little (or adult) who's played with dye colors to great effect.

*Gizmology goes... not wrong, though this might be suspected at first. More unexpectedly right in some strange way.

*Usually, Watson and Crick get all the credit. Somewhere, somewhen and somehow, Franklin gets her own back.

(no subject)

Date: 2016-08-03 12:25 am (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
Music + science = something beautiful.

"I didn't know you were a scientist." "I'm not." "Um, yes that's science."

(no subject)

Date: 2016-08-03 01:29 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Prompts! I have them!

Any setting/character - Marine biology - fun science or mad science?

Someone in the Lacuna - content warnings for eye contact and other unexpected gifts.

Turq - textures and air currents / what it feels like to be furry and appreciate good weather.

Shiv - learning something about metal: materials science, geology, and/or history of metallurgy.

Any setting/character (but I was thinking about ‘Feathered Nests’) - a family relationship of multiple people anchored by the bond between two females. Could be a poly group, a multigenerational ‘traditional’ family, something alien, whatever.

Re: Poem

Date: 2016-08-03 01:50 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline

Re: Poem

Date: 2016-08-09 06:00 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Woo hoo!


Date: 2016-08-03 03:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] society_of_antisocialites
* The science of cooking, and troubleshooting new recipes or methods after finding one's options reduced (due to food allergy or sensitivities or something else entirely).

* Scientific method being incorporated into people's daily lives, especially RE: the Frankenstein's Family 'verse, but any storyline works.

* Applying science to study/understand magic or related phenomena, which we have heard of being done successfully but haven't found many examples of.

- Nobody


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