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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Please keep an eye on this post as I am still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "This is NOT what I signed up for!"  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 "An Innocence Reclaimed" (9 verses, Yellow Unicorns).

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 "This is NOT what I signed up for!"  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 Dreamwidth, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, 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.  "An Innocence Reclaimed" has 9 verses and belongs to the Yellow Unicorns.     

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 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 "This is NOT what I signed up for!"  I'll be soliciting ideas for adventurers, soldiers, sailors, police, firefighters, civil servants, clergy, superheroes, aliens, employees, minions, lawyers, other people who deal with contracts, traveling, troubleshooting, serving a boss, discovering problems, finding creative solutions, confronting deception, asking questions, exploring new techniques, discovering yourself, learning what you can do, battlefields, ships, the glory road, offices, courtrooms, churches or temples, magical laboratories, dungeons, other places where things go awry, contracts, terms of service, escape clauses, bait and switch, unforseen circumstances, when the whole world changes out from under you, cape fights, alien invasions, schools of magic, 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 "An Innocence Reclaimed."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.


Date: 2018-06-05 06:17 pm (UTC)
heartsinger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heartsinger
"I wasn't notified that my vacation/administrative leave was at an end. When this lifetime's over I'm filing a complaint."

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Date: 2018-06-05 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron
What happens if someone chooses to leave Kraken? I think SPOON's made it clear what their position on the matter of leaving is.

What's Victor's least favorite part of being the mazil?

(no subject)

Date: 2018-06-05 07:17 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Heidi flickers more, begins to realise what her superpower is, freaks... and realises she has Adain's info on speed dial...

The God of Drunks gets thrown a curve ball...

Fiddlesticks wakes up. (He definitely did NOT sign up for getting hit by a bus...)

Ooooh! Shiv's ex-warden? finally has his court date come up.

(no subject)

Date: 2018-06-05 07:20 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Seconding for exiting Kraken.

The persistent wish for an escape clause to this dimension.

(no subject)

Date: 2018-06-05 07:48 pm (UTC)
gingicat: woman in a green dress and cloak holding a rose, looking up at snow falling down on her (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Realizing that raising disabled kids actually is what you signed up for, though it seemed impossible at first. (Maybe one of Elisabeth Finn’s patients? Or someone Ansel knows?)

(no subject)

Date: 2018-06-05 07:49 pm (UTC)
mirrorofsmoke: The words "We are Groot" and a picture of Baby Groot on an icon with a swirly galaxy background. (Default)
From: [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke
Oh, great prompt. Let's see what we can come up with.
• Damask wind up having to train someone who is either multiple or has all their super powers at once, and it isn't easy.
• I want to see Shiv somehow stuck in a classroom.
• An AI person difinds that freedom isn't quite what they expected and gets overwhelmed.
• Someone wishes so hard that they could go to another world that they finally do and it's not what they expected.

(no subject)

Date: 2018-06-05 08:05 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: eye-shaped patterns on birch trunk (birch eyes)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
Rory rather than Farasat becomes a stumbling block with a woman Maryam is courting.

Fiorenza is presented with a problem she would rather not solve.

The bogeyman didn't sign up for any of this, but seems to have discretion about some parts of his job/role/being, but not others. (He seems to be summonable, for one, though not necessarily obliged to whatever he was nominally summoned for.) What obligation might he prefer to avoid?

(no subject)

Date: 2018-06-05 09:56 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
A Reluctant Hero... a soup who discovers that volunteering sometimes comes with complications way beyond the ordinary.

An AYES who (somehow) winds up with custody of a human child.

A teen helping out with a kindergarten field trip unexpectedly winds up in charge, during a storm...

Back channel prompt sent

Date: 2018-06-05 10:22 pm (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
On being a minion, clergy, traveling, lawyers, terms of service, learning what you can do, when the whole world changes out from under you, and sailing ships actually. :-)

Pooooolychrome ...

Date: 2018-06-05 11:35 pm (UTC)
curiosity: The lake is framed by dark branches on the top and a thick trunk on the left. Honeysuckle fills the bottom. (Picto: Lake Frame)
From: [personal profile] curiosity
Cuoio's team is sent on a simple mission in collaboration with a group that isn't Family that goes pear-shaped as soon as undisclosed details come to light.

People helping soups flee from hostile countries have a network, but that isn't always enough.

Ragno discovers who sent the chayne into the prison.

Adventure on land and water

Date: 2018-06-06 12:29 am (UTC)
ng_moonmoth: The Moon-Moth (Default)
From: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth
A monstrous creature, of the sort that preys on the local livestock (and possibly the local population, too) and attracts wandering adventurers who wish to make their name and/or fortune by dispatching the beast, is also quite effective at controlling the local crop-munching prey species. Guess who's going to have to be convinced to clean up the ecological damage caused by removing an apex predator from the neighborhood? And how are they going to do it? Capture another one and bring it back?

If that doesn't appeal, perhaps you'd pull out whatever notes you might have from our conversation about Shiv and the river pirates. I bet the poor kid hasn't had any meaningful experience with water or watercraft, and I don't know whether Boss White thinks he might be up to handling a junior management position (= team lead) yet.

(no subject)

Date: 2018-06-06 01:06 am (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
Where's the line in friendship? How far will you go and why?

How about this is literally not what I signed up for? Going to the wrong lecture hall in college, or finding out the class you wanted to take isn't available, and they just shoved you in another without letting you know(happened to me in high school, actually). Or any other situation where you signed up for something, and there was a mistake.

an Augean tale

Date: 2018-06-06 02:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] callibr8
Without reading other prompts, but perfectly open to having this one combined with them. This is a real life "not what I signed up for" experience from my recent past: I somehow went from helping a soon-to-be-homeless Facebook friend by doing laundry for her in our machines, for free, rather than her having to struggle to get it up and down stairs to the coin machines at her complex, to masterminding getting ALL her goods and gear moved from the 600 sq ft apartment... not realizing that I was dealing with a level six hoarder. Exhausting and educational, but at least, across three days (two of which were brutally long), we *did* get the apartment cleared, and all of its contents except about two carloads worth (which went to the house of the friend where she's currently couch-surfing), into one 10x20 storage unit plus a 5x10 storage unit. Over a thousand boxes, at least half unlabeled, and probably at least 10 cockroaches for every. single. box. *SHUDDER* ...

I'll probably still have waking nightmares about that odyssey, decades from now. But it sure makes a helluva good "triumph of will and ingenuity over steep odds, vendors failing to deliver equipment, etc."


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Date: 2018-06-06 03:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mama_kestrel
You would have to include lawyers as an example, wouldn't you?

Because so many go into law because they believe in Justice, in fairness, and Truth, because they see it as a way to make things better, because they hate bullies and want the power to make them stand down...

And find that what they end up doing is arguing over keychains.

ETA: donation made
Edited Date: 2018-06-06 03:12 am (UTC)

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Date: 2018-06-06 03:55 am (UTC)
readera: A tree on a animated background of snow falling (Default)
From: [personal profile] readera
Getting something at the store but realizing it is not what you thought you were buying.


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