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

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "That's not a mistake!"  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.

Among my more relevant series:
An Army of One, Frankenstein's Family, Hart's Farm, The Moon Door, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, The Steamsmith, and Tripping into the Future.
Polychrome Heroics focuses so much on choices that most threads and many individual characters relate to this theme. Some good examples include Antimatter and Stalwart Stan, Berettaflies, Calliope, Officer Pink, and Shiv.

Currently eligible bingo card(s) for donors wishing to sponsor a square:
Untranslatable Words

Click to read the linkback poem "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey" (10 verses, standalone).

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 "That's not a mistake!"  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.  "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey" has 10 verses and stands alone.     

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 piece of bonus material.

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 "That's not a mistake!"  I'll be soliciting ideas for parents, children, teens, friends, adventurers, gaming groups, clergy, counselors, best enemies, superheroes, supervillains, entertainers, runaways, rebels, gangs, consultants, soldiers, refugees, trauma survivors, the whole QUILTBAG, other people who make inconvenient choices or clean up after them, making decisions, sticking to choices that other people think are mistakes, discovering yourself, making friends, supporting each other through hard times, traveling, fighting, struggling to survive, counseling, coming of age, exploring the world, discovering problems, troubleshooting, finding creative solutions, changing your mind, recovering from setbacks, confronting deception, asking questions, trying new techniques, learning what you can (and can't) do, laboratories, artist studios, battlegrounds, group homes or thematic housing, neighborhoods, parks, community centers, churches or temples, counseling centers, courtrooms, government seats, other places where people make decisions and mistakes, free will, decision-making skills, self-confidence, the difference between mistakes and choices, the decisions and mistakes that define your life, the engineering problem-solving method, a friend in need is a friend indeed, activism, imprint vulnerability, personal growth, frustration, determination, unforseen circumstances, art is knowing which ones to keep, rites of passage, superpower manifestation, 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 "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for future use.

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Date: 2019-01-08 06:02 pm (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Shiv and the Finns after Christmas. Shiv gets confused; the Finns iron it out, as they do. (Sequel from 6 Dec fishbowl)

Fernweh and lifeboat calls. No idea what you were going to do with that, but I had it pinned as a prompt from yesterday... Bard's call.

Also, I miss Maryam! There are plenty of opportunities for her to trip up the MEN in her world... get the _steam_ coming out of their ears.. ;)

Larry and Stan fix a misconception.

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Date: 2019-01-08 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lone_cat
This is likely sideways from the theme, but how does Lawrence feel about being called "Larry"?

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Date: 2019-01-08 06:14 pm (UTC)
peoriapeoriawhereart: Pre-Serum Steve Rogers, shirt and suspenders (Sad Steve)
From: [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart

In the right place at the wrong time.

Obscure Form of your choice (especially if it's close to another's broken rule)

Something like that playground shaggy dog story song that plays with context mattering (where the last word/first word has a syllable that's naughty or hyphenated fine)


Try this

Date: 2019-01-08 06:30 pm (UTC)
ng_moonmoth: The Moon-Moth (Default)
From: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth
A Conflagration of Dragons: Someone cooks up a plan that they think has a chance to kill or drive off a dragon. They will need buy-in from others to make it work -- if it actually will work. And it sure looks like a mistake when they talk with others about it.

ETA: Signal boosted here and on Discord.
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Date: 2019-01-08 07:32 pm (UTC)
kyleri: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kyleri
From personal experience -- how about Keras, Marmalade & Smokey dealing with some jerkwad who sneers 'Don't you know you're supposed to walk DOGS on leashes?'

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Date: 2019-01-08 08:10 pm (UTC)
siliconshaman: black cat against the moon (Default)
From: [personal profile] siliconshaman
*prods* What we discussed before!

Lawrence plans a surprise for Stan [when is his birthday?!] but it looks like it's all going wrong... which is all according to plan!

Shiv gets into trouble...and it's not his fault for once.

Troubleshooting in Mad! Science! [or rather Mad! Engineering!]
capri0mni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (Default)
From: [personal profile] capri0mni
Prompt one: Someone new moving into town, sometime after Easy City has become infamous, over the objections of their friends and family back home.

Prompt two: Someone adopts one of the monster puppies from "The Whip of His Own Remorse."

Signal boosted on my journal (and I've also donated)


Date: 2019-01-08 08:59 pm (UTC)
fuzzyred: Me wearing my fuzzy red bathrobe. (Default)
From: [personal profile] fuzzyred
Stylet explaining one of his more bizarre creations that looks like a mistake to everyone else but actually has a well thought out reason behind it.

Or maybe Benton (I don't know if I have the right name, the soup mentor that is working with Adeline(???) and Ashley and has the compound bug eyes) being concerned about Stylet's interaction with Ashley and Stylet trying to convince him it's not a mistake, with some help from his advocate.

Kraken helping a runaway get settled somewhere neutral or grey because while the runaway is grateful for Kraken's help, they don't want to be a supervillain.

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Date: 2019-01-08 09:30 pm (UTC)
iamnotgod: Many lines curving off into the distance and entangling, shaded in colors from yellow to purple (Default)
From: [personal profile] iamnotgod
General theme (though I don't have a preference for which 'verse it should go in): 'typos' made on purpose! Particularly obvious ones, like yuo or teh. Bonus points if the word misspelled isn't English in the first place, and the person pointing it out knows that.

Also, boosting this on plurk!

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Date: 2019-01-08 10:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pantha
(Apologies if this has already been written about, I've not quite caught up on all the published poems yet.)

There's (rightfully) lots of exploration about helping Shiv after the Chyou incident. However, I'm fairly certain Gray needs some serious patching-up too. Probably on his own before he and Shiv can start to sort things out together (if they do). Can we see some of that? Specifically, these prompts seem potentially relevant: people who make inconvenient choices or clean up after them, supporting each other through hard times, recovering from setbacks, personal growth, frustration, determination.

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Date: 2019-01-09 12:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bairnsidhe
Oh, good I didn't miss it! Shiv and learning about kink in prison, please! (from the comment thread about that on Holiday in Handcuffs)

Sorry I'm so late, today was a bit of a cluster of mistakes and oopses.


Date: 2019-01-09 12:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] librarygeek
Clergy, struggling to survive, recovering from setbacks, counseling, learning what you can or can't do.

This was a RANT, but it wasn't a mistake. Better to just lance the old poison triggers by ranting somewhere it wouldn't hurt others rather than keep swallowing it down, again. Basically, I had the hurt, can I have some comfort, please?


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Date: 2019-01-09 12:46 am (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
Thank goodness I didn’t miss it!

Communication - when is it deliberately winding someone up, and when is it really not hearing oneself?

There was an incident I just heard about:
— newly-frail grandmother sees child careening toward her in a narrow space, puts hand firmly out to block being bowled over
— oblivious child caroms off of the hand and off of the nearest table and says “Grandma pushed me! She’s trying to attack me!”

I haven't prompted in a while

Date: 2019-01-09 12:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eseme
I am finally caught up on your poems! I mostly read on my phone, which makes commenting difficult. At this time last year I think I was at April of 2017, so that was a lot of catching up.

I'd like more about Keane,. I've prompted for him before, he gets the short end of the stick in the system, and his help is often overlooked.

If anyone has any advice on how to get caught up on other people's Polychrome Heroics stuff, I would love to hear it. No one has any kind of up to date landing pages or story lists, tags are inconsistent. I can't tell how several things in Berettaflied played out, and SiliconShaman does not have a tag for Ashley. DialecticDreamer's pages are out of date - I can't find all the stuff about Mallory, the Finn family page doesn't include anything on what prompted Pipps to show up, and now one of the Finn family's friends is staying in Italy and has changed gender and there is no explanation (just a really nice poem about them picking out clothes). The setting is awesome, I can't find anything to read because no one organized it. Even trying to reread poem series off of the Penultimate Productions website doesn't work, a lot of stuff is not listed.

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Date: 2019-01-09 02:35 am (UTC)
fuzzyred: Me wearing my fuzzy red bathrobe. (Default)
From: [personal profile] fuzzyred
I have had a similar problem. A lot of stuff is back and forth between authors so it's hard to be consistent. I think ysabet might have written the poem about Pips showing up. If you want to PM me (and give me a bit of time) I've been making a list of Polychrome stories and might be able to help you get started catching up.

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Date: 2019-01-09 01:16 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Character concept: an amazing expert cat consultant & (responsible) cat breeder ... who is blind and can tell apart cats of different colors by touching their fur ...it's *not* a superpower, she just knows her cats that well, individually and collectively. She might *consult* about super-senses and animal soups, though. Probably Polychrome Heroics.

Heron: what does a dad cook and why?

Holding one's boundaries firm against people who say you're being ridiculous ... is NOT a mistake.

A bedroom becoming a battleground is a cliche, but a lot of arguments happen in a kitchen. What does the Hearth or hearth-god have to say about it?

A different way of being defined by a mistake you made is to understand how you grew in the processing of recovering and moving on.

Kenzie: meaningful scars are not a mistake.

Children, especially children with several significant impairments and/or visible differences from their peers, who are nonverbal ... still have a lot to say. Listening is rarely a mistake.

Listening with loud hands!

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Date: 2019-01-09 03:22 am (UTC)
chanter_greenie: a blue-shaded dyed egg (not enough blue in the world)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
*Neurodiversity as a feature rather than a bug, and not simply in the 'look how useful I can be to neurotypical people!' way. Mega bonus points if at least some neurotypical people in the setting get that reality for what it is. I have no worries about you straying into inspiration porn territory; you don't do that, unless you're folding and spindling it in the process. I could add physical disability into the prompt here, but it's making me wince (too close for comfort), so...

More possibly to be added later.

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Date: 2019-01-09 03:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mama_kestrel
Tenaciously living by the values of another century (or millennium) than the current one.

A. "You'll never get on with scruples like those"
B. "I'll never try to get on without them."

Our son has been raised to be very aware and cognizant of his Native American heritage, to the best of our ability with the assistance of his birth parents. (He's not enrolled for reasons having to do with bio great-grandparents' unwillingness to be documented.) He's also been raised Jewish. None of us find it a contradiction.

Choosing a path very different from that dictated by ancestry or expectations. (Example: Chava did not think she made a mistake marrying Pavel in Fiddler. And while her father would neither speak nor look at her when she came back at the end, her mother and sisters did not abide by his decision, gathering around to embrace and welcome her.) I can see that fitting any number of places, from Polychrome to Hart's Farm to Frankenstein's Family.

Maryam going courting. Easily misconstrued, but definitely not a mistake! (and possibly complicated by the decided opinions of a certain large feline....)

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Date: 2019-01-09 04:19 am (UTC)
readera: A tree on a animated background of snow falling (Default)
From: [personal profile] readera
Dishes that look odd in process but when done cooking they come together well.

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Date: 2019-01-09 04:55 am (UTC)
satsuma: Ace flag overlayed over the bi flag to make some hella gay plaid (Default)
From: [personal profile] satsuma
Just sent you $50, something from Path of the Paladins? Or if it doesn't fit into your current plot direction for that I'll take Army of One :)

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Date: 2019-01-09 05:43 am (UTC)
curiosity: A string of multi-colored holiday lights strung with origami butterflies of different colors. (Picto: Lights and Butterflies)
From: [personal profile] curiosity
Man, all the possibilities are whirling around my brain like agitated fireflies. Hmm.

When I was a kid, every time I got my art on ... if I didn't always make the sky blue and the grass green and the people pink, I got told I did it wrong, I was stupid, or I ruined it. So maybe something along those lines? I can see that working for Shiv's pastels or Chiara's mosaics or anything Jules touches.


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