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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank your for your time and assistance.  I'm still writing, so keep an eye on this page.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "All the news is dark, so light a candle."  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 Golden Peaches of Peace" (18 verses, Path of the Paladins). 

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 "All the news is dark, so light a candle."  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 Golden Peaches of Peace" has 18 verses available and belongs to Path of the Paladins.

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 bonus piece 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 "All the news is dark, so light a candle."  I'll be soliciting ideas for journalists, reporters, radio hams, creatures of the night, demons, villains, heroes, angels, lovable monsters, the misunderstood, outcasts, nemeses, oppressors, troubled relationships, monster hunters, activists, torchbearers, leaders, explorers, lighting a candle, burning the candle at both ends, candlemaking, fleeing in terror, resisting oppression, facing your demons, passing the torch, instilling hope, tikkun olam, the dark, the chandlery, the Valley of the Shadow, newsrooms, garrets, liminal zones, mad science labs, The Tower, deep forests, other places of light and shadow, torches, candles, bioluminescence, glowing weapons, a ray of hope, the darkest hour is just before dawn, radical transformation, beeswax, Chanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, the moon, cthonic symbolism, good, evil, radio, newspapers, magazines, 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 Golden Peaches of Peace."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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Date: 2016-12-06 07:21 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
"But monster hunting is activism!"

"You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."

Leto and Asteria—Leto, the mother of Apollon and Artemis, and her sister Asteria, the darkness who (as the island Delos) gave Leto a safe place to birth these children of light.

Bonus points for doing a villanelle or a chant royal.

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Date: 2016-12-06 07:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleri
Sanquez & jicama. Maybe Shiv is the one who comes up with the pie idea while playing with fruit again? From one happy kid memory that had gotten buried under all the awful?

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Date: 2016-12-06 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redsixwing
The Valley of the Shadow isn't always to be feared. (The Door to the Hereafter is a heavy bugger, but put a little wax on the hinges and see what happens.)

The shadow of the forest; maybe in Fledgeling Grace?


Date: 2016-12-06 08:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] librarygeek
Can't find the meme now, but LIFC. Let's get Steve and Bucky warm, with full fat cocoa, fuzzy blankets, and family.

'Tis the season

Date: 2016-12-06 08:56 pm (UTC)
capriuni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (Default)
From: [personal profile] capriuni
... To be annoyed by common Holiday Memes

What's sticking in my throat today

1. "Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer." (Never liked that song, even as a really little kid -- first, he's bullied, and then he's used -- for his difference. And that's considered a happy ending.) So I want something with the island of Misfit Toys -- How they make their own happy holiday before being rescued. Or (plot bunny attack!) A kid who writes a letter to King Moonracer, instead of Santa Claus.

2. Krampus. I believe, before Christian Duality was stirred into the mix, Krampus and Santa were the same person (I secretly, kinda, still do; both are Chthonic wild men). So: either Santa "emancipating" Krampus, so he is no longer Santa's slave -- breaking the chains, or: the darkness of Krampus allowing the small light of a candle to be seen.

Lighting candles

Date: 2016-12-06 09:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] librarygeek

1) when in danger mode, my first instinct was the cell theory for rebellion, revolution, or Underground Railroad for fleeing in terror. I keep having Heinlein's "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" running through my head. I am cross linking like mad. One of your worlds ought to be able to run with the cell theory, whether Army of One, Polychrome Heroics, or even Path of the Paladins. Discontiguous conspiracies are SO hard to beat. ;-)

2) Torchbearers, Resisting Oppression by upstanding. I'm wearing a tichel to be in solidarity with Muslims being harassed for hijabis. I'm Reform Jewish and Renewal, but the oppressors ONLY see head coverings as red flags to bulls anyway.

3) When going through Hell, KEEP GOING.

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Date: 2016-12-06 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron
--Blue plate teleporter (or perhaps a different superpower, as you see fit) accidentally switches universes and sees how things are going on L-Earth, either now or historically

--Finn family holiday dinner, perhaps in the midst of a power outage (considering the group likely to be invited or to actually attend, that could go wonderfully or horribly).

--"Please, sir, can I have some more?" Especially in context of Cheersquad, perhaps, given how much I love him as a character?

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Date: 2016-12-06 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lone_cat
Blue plate teleporter (or perhaps a different superpower, as you see fit) accidentally switches universes and sees how things are going on L-Earth, either now or historically

Possibly Hyperspaceman (I know, not exactly a blue-plate), given that (as I understand it) he's sometimes a little vague about where he is -- or where "here" is.
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Shared on Facebook and here.

Date: 2016-12-06 09:32 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2016-12-06 10:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Shared on FB.

Also, Pain's Gray/Shiv. Light me a candle and drop me some wax! and ramp up from there!

The golem does tikkun olam.

Damask get a pointer towards help from their former nemesis, Mallory.

Candlemas. Either Victor or Fiorenza, Bard's choice. Both have good priests.

(ha ha ha my music player is being an oracle again. Mannheim Steamroller's "Return to Earth" from Fresh Aire V... few things could be more hopeful to a wandering astronaut than that big blue marble coming closer. I hope I get to see it someday.) ETA: (one notes that my icon is an impossible shot - SS1 over LonGisland... SS1 will never go there; it will be SS2, whenever they finish it...)
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Prompts ahoy!

Date: 2016-12-07 12:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Prompt the first, Terramagne: Granny Whammy meets someone (or maybe two connected someones) who, way back in the war, was/were RĂ©sistance. And the world gets just a little brighter when they start working together... Bonus if some xenophobic minor official or somebody gets their hat handed to them in the process.

Prompt the second, quoted from someone far cooler than I'll ever be: This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.

Prompt the third, any world you like: When the lights go out, trust the blind.

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Date: 2016-12-07 12:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] society_of_antisocialites
Signalboosted to Tumblr and Dreamwidth!


* Candle magic
* Self-care featuring candles, star projectors, and holiday lights (possibly decorating a cozy blanket fort or pillow nest? Those were really popular among friends a while ago, and always relaxing.)
* DIY lanterns, especially as a bonding activity or gift
* (Metaphorically or literally) Keeping the beacon lit.
* Doing research for/getting involved in a grim topic and unexpectedly coming across a hope spot, where (some) things are brighter than they seem
* Like a candle in the dark, taking comfort from small things

And I'm tempted to prompt for a poem falling into the One God's Story of a Midlife Crisis thread because it seems like it'd fit the theme so well, but I don't have anything specific in mind... :S

- Field

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Date: 2016-12-07 02:03 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Character Prompts:

Shiv taking care of a kid.

Maryam (and her cheetah?) investigating how some fire-related device works in their universe.

Bottleneck being surprisingly helpful about something to do with a person ... because it's a resource management issue when you look at it that way.

General Prompts:

Writing something in smoke.

Celebrating Diwali, or another non-European festival of lights.


Lighting the wood stove because paying for heat isn't going to happen.

Image Prompts:




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Date: 2016-12-07 03:41 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] nsfwords.wordpress.com
1) I can't remember where I heard about it, but the tradition where on the night of the solstice households would cover and put out their hearth fire and candles and in the morning when the sun had returned they'd take a flame from the ritual fire that had been kept burning over night to bring the new light into their homes - playing on this ide that sometimes you have to put out all your lights and rely on the community around you to relight you fires

2) Aquariana - Bioluminescence.

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Date: 2016-12-07 04:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mdlbear
A warm, soft, gentle, cloudy night / a cold, clear night

My icon text: "Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than to curse the darkness."

I remember a humorous fake data sheet for "dark-emitting diodes".

It must be very dark in the Lacuna. Some people probably like it that way, while others miss seeing lots of stars.


Date: 2016-12-07 06:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shiori_makiba
Boosted here on DW.

{1} Someone has been burning the candle from both ends. Someone else or several someone elses notice and offer help, pitch in, shoulder some of the load so Person A doesn't buckle under the weight.

{2} "It wasn't big and flashy. It wasn't much. But it was something zir could do and it was resistance. And for zir, any resistance was better than no resistance."

{3} As often CHARACTER could, they went into the night and looked up. Most of time because they just liked stargazing. But almost because sometimes character needed the reminder that no matter how much their day sucked that there were still beautiful and wonderful things out there. And all they had to do to see one of them was look up.

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Date: 2016-12-07 07:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] curiosity
* Well-intentioned, hard working person thinks they're the hero but they're not.

* Cuoio and Chiara help Salvo process the aftermath of Achile's unfortunate meeting with a portico - and the Family's involvement after the altercation.

* Forgive me if I missed it, but have we seen how Dr. Infanta makes amends for Fiddlesticks' knee?

* How does Steel feel when he sees justice stick?

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Date: 2016-12-07 11:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] callibr8
May you rest well, wake refreshed, and have an enjoyable and productive day of writing tomorrow.

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Date: 2016-12-07 11:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] callibr8
Pure wish fulfillment: after years of increasingly marginal un(der)employment, supernary analyst gets unexpected offer of 3/4 time troubleshooting job, with insurance benefits and one week paid vacation per year, starting immediately.


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