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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Keep an eye out as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "families of choice."  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 "The Marble and the Sculptor" (17 verses, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis). 


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 "families of choice."  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.  "The Marble and the Sculptor" has 17 verses available and belongs to One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.   
 

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 Sunday 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 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 "families of choice."  I'll be soliciting ideas for friends, work partners, relatives, lovers, zucchini, acefolk, polyfolk, other sex/romance orientations, nemeses, problem-solvers, troubled relationships, high-conflict personalities, supervillains, superheroes, peacemakers, loving each other, finding family, leaving family, picking on people, finding flaws, creating new traditions, discussing what it means to be family, adding people to a family of choice, homes, sharehouses, intentional communities, businesses, parks, romantic locations, other places where people hang out, nonsexual intimacies, commitment, adoption, estrangement, nonmarriage bonding ceremonies, family skills, skin hunger, 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 "The Marble and the Sculptor."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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Date: 2016-11-08 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron
Prompt the first: Turq! Family!

Prompt the second: The Finns choose people who fit into their family surprisingly well. (How do they consistently manage this?!) Any of the chosen family are welcome: Dave, Bethan, Mallory (and somewhat Damask), Cash, Shiv... the list goes on.

Prompt the third: Ambrose and Garry are wonderful.

Prompt the fourth: Skin hunger can't be easy for werewolves (in either Moon Door or Frankenstein's Family, at that).

Prompt the last, at least for now: families in the Lacuna don't have the easiest time, but they manage.

Families of choice

Date: 2016-11-08 07:27 pm (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
1) Can Lawrence's mom get some help, that she can accept and suits her? Can Stan's mom find a way to give her more family options? She sounded tired, and had little options. If she's really NOT GOOD at the caregiver role, can Stan and family find something she can connect with her son?

2) Lacuna - Army of One: MORE on children within the Lacuna, and being taught in ways that suit neurodifferent kids. HEY, are there any seniors to make their way into the Lacuna? My grandmother was my best resource for seeing I had some appropriate scripts and medical treatments for the physical needs.

3) Frankenstein's Family: You did a winter holidays thread. I can't remember if there's anything about harvest festivals, and hearing from/flashbacks of families of birth contrasting the family of choice. More Americans travel for Thanksgiving than they do for Xmas.

Didn't you say some sort of bonus for voting? I voted, #824 at my polling place and then helped people find the right line and door for A-O, P-Z for hours until I was hoarse.

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I voted! and Prompts

Date: 2016-11-08 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Just got back from voting, made conversation with a lovely woman as we were leaving the polls (it is a gorgeous crisp day where we are! and she had on the most LOVELY pair of shoes.)

TURQ!!!

also Mallory and Damask and her dorm family :)

and TURQ

(no subject)

Date: 2016-11-08 09:05 pm (UTC)
sweet_sparrow: Picture of two cats lying back-to-back with two black spots connecting to make a heart. (E: Heart)
From: [personal profile] sweet_sparrow
Thirding Turq! Anything with Turq and his family!

Also seeing Lawrence get more experience as a big brother figure and/or a good conversation with Stan's father. Or a family situation which Lawrence is, perhaps unexpectedly, more suited to handle than Stan.

Or how about a return to Hart's Farm? I don't think you've written any in that series for a while.

Or navigating a plush.

Oh! How's Cassandra doing?

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Date: 2016-11-08 09:23 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Mallory and Heron (and surrounding folk) make some decisions in light of her impending due date...

Fourthing Turq!

Thanksgiving in Waxahatchie, ft. Eric and Tee-Jay. This could go both for the leaving and for the creating ends.

(no subject)

Date: 2016-11-08 09:37 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Does Kraken have a commitment ceremony? What about the Ebonies and Ivories?

"You're my nemesis. Only I get to defeat you."

(no subject)

Date: 2016-11-08 10:29 pm (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
Step-families that work better than bio-families.

Found families being recognized as legitimate.

Turq.

(no subject)

Date: 2016-11-08 11:08 pm (UTC)
callibr8: (Rainbow-of-Roses)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
>> Found families being recognized as legitimate. <<

OOOOOOOOOOoooooooo! Yes, please! Wanna see this.

(no subject)

Date: 2016-11-08 11:06 pm (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
Okay, here's a trio of prompts for you. I'm eager to see what they inspire!

[1] Turq's reunion with the Liang family

[2] Ashley's meeting with her team after she reaches her secret/safe place, having eluded the kidnapping attempt by the Ringmistress' minions.

[3] Aidan mentoring Heidi on her developing superpower.

PS - Made a "check this out" post on my DW account, which is set to crosspost to my LJ account. Nice to have a *healthy* alternative to electoral insanity to suggest for people to contemplate!
Edited (Added post-script.) Date: 2016-11-08 11:21 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2016-11-08 11:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] nsfwords.wordpress.com
1) Misfit Friendsgiving - my tradition each year is to hostess a Thanksgiving for all my friends who don't have anywhere else to go for that holiday and would end up skipping it otherwise. Would this fit in any of your story-verses?

2) The word "framily" was used by Sprint in their ads a while back, and fills a need to express how people beyond blood relatives can be essential to our lives. We really need words beyond "friend" to express some of these relationships. What words would your characters use to define their special non-relative relationships when "friend" simply isn't good enough to explain their importance?

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Date: 2016-11-09 12:01 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] nsfwords.wordpress.com
Also, shared on Facebook, not sure that counts...

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(no subject)

Date: 2016-11-09 12:24 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm reminded of Norse myth here, actually.

(I'm sure you can guess who this is, but I'm too lazy to log in right now just for one comment.)

Prompts and a vote!

Date: 2016-11-09 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
First off, I voted! Voter 2364, which is frankly mind-boggling in an excellent way, in my ward at 6 PM CST. :)

Second, prompts!

Prompt the first, Walking The Beat: Erin, Will, Kelly, Dale, and possibly the pair of ace ladies who appeared a while back? kicking up a ruckus for a good reason.

Prompt the second, Polychrome Heroics: Nathaniel, his grandmother, and the rest of the found family interacting. I'd love another warm fuzzy meeting between Abigail (?) and the five kids, and possibly Hannah.

(no subject)

Date: 2016-11-09 05:14 am (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
LJ
DW

Turq!

An Army of One.

Walking The Beat.
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I need help

Date: 2016-11-09 08:18 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Please, please, please write something in the LIFC 'verse. I mean it when I say that I NEED you to do this if you can; that I am crying out for help that you can provide. You write a world where people live and care about each other, but that is familiar enough to ours for me to believe that such caring is possible here, too. So: please.

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Date: 2016-11-09 08:21 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Sorry, that was me, MASHFanficChick, failing to sign in as usual. Also, when I said "live and care" what I meant to type was "love and care".

And, I'm sorry if my request came across as rude. I didn't mean it to. I just have no qualms about begging right now. I am so, so SCARED. I need to know people--even fictional people--can be good.

Late to the Party - Again

Date: 2016-11-09 09:39 am (UTC)
shiori_makiba: Makiba Shiori in Kanji and Roman Letters (Default)
From: [personal profile] shiori_makiba
Late again. Sorry, was rather distracted by all the goings on (and my cynical / pessimistic numbers growing by a factor of three at least).

So something good and happy, where everyone is shown and demostrated that everyone in their family (ies) of choice is loved, heard, and valued. No matter how different the rest of society thinks the whole family or its individual members are.

Boosted here of DW.

(no subject)

Date: 2016-11-11 07:25 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
So sad I missed this one. Will look into sending some moneys later anyway. Great great prompt topic, I do hope you repeat it eventually.

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