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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and enthusiasm.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "love."  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 "Spirit of Truth" (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, 19 verses).

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 "love."  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, Digg, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl, #promptcall, and #crowdfunding.  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. "Spirit of Truth" belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis and has 19 verses. 

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 to be selected in an audience poll.

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 "love."  I'll be soliciting ideas for lovers, spice, zucchini, siblings, parents and children, other loving relationships, falling in love, falling out of love, making up, breaking up, searching for someone special, plot twists, romantic restaurants, balconies, beaches, living rooms, bedrooms, other places where people express love, romance around the world, courting gifts, romantic customs, our song, unusual romantic configurations, intimate promises, nonsexual forms of intimacy or love, 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 Lewis Turco's The New Book of Forms 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 "Spirit of Truth.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-04 06:59 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
broccoli test

El Dia de la Rosa / El Dia del Llibre

"If you really loved me, you would [do X for me]." "If you really loved me, you would never ask me to do that."

Choosing between the welfare / happiness / life of a loved one and the welfare / happiness / lives of a significantly sized population, and what the loved one thinks about the situation.

Re: Surprise!

Date: 2014-02-05 03:38 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai

I haven't read it yet, sorry. No DW access at work except via email notifs, which means no reading new posts. I'm just glad it's posted. :)

Re: Surprise!

Date: 2014-02-05 03:43 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai

I can wait a couple hours, it's no worry.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-04 07:10 pm (UTC)
sharpeningthebones: timepunching at DW and LJ (Default)
From: [personal profile] sharpeningthebones
If love is the question, then time's going to give you the answer.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-04 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I've linked to this on twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/thriceandonce/status/430800020909355008

Prompt: I was re-reading Infernal Passion ( http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/9137669.html) recently and got to wondering at how the story continued. I'd rather love to read something about Scott and the incubus living together and sort of rather accidentally growing to love each other.

Prompt: the love a god feels for their followers. Maybe someone like Aphrodite, or a god who's followers are all the lost, the forgotten, the ignored by society & the other gods. (I'm... fairly certain Shaeth falls under this latter category? But perhaps I'm confusing him with another of your characters! Wouldn't be the first time.)


(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-04 08:54 pm (UTC)
chordatesrock: The Punishment of Loki by Louis Huard (detail) (Default)
From: [personal profile] chordatesrock
Love's not all you need. Affection isn't the same thing as a willingness to do what's best for someone, and even if it were, being willing to do right by someone doesn't mean knowing how. So for various reasons, just because someone shows someone else affection doesn't mean the relationship is good.

Not to mention loving the imaginary better version of someone you have in your head, which I bet some of the Lacunites have experienced.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-05 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Here are two. Hopefully I'm not too late.

Schrodinger's Heroes: Quinn and... I'm not sure who, sensual but nonsexual care

Fledgling Grace: They that loves not knows not god, for God is love.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-05 02:06 am (UTC)
peoriapeoriawhereart: Steve in khaki, Peggy foreground (Behind Woman)
From: [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart
Foot/hand massage

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-05 02:08 am (UTC)
thnidu: our cat (Ista)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
loving your pet
(he writes, with a heavy lapful of purr)

memory of love / loving a memory

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-05 02:48 am (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
An aromantic person trying to figure out what love means in the context of a new relationship.

"Computer lover" as a slur against someone in a relationship with an AI.

(no subject)

Date: 2014-02-05 04:13 pm (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
Prompt - Sometimes, 'either/or' aren't the only choices with the guys, but 'and' works out for her, for a while. Read more it's the guys who get the option.

More Schrodinger's Heroes, please! :)

Re: Poem

Date: 2014-02-06 02:35 pm (UTC)
librarygeek: cute cartoon fox with nose in book (Default)
From: [personal profile] librarygeek
Sent a donation before I have even read it. I'm just so excited at having someone write, for me, and people I like, as prompted. :)

My husband has been working on a fantasy story for years. He used telling his story to help distract me during labor. This is the only thing I can compare how I feel at the moment. :D.


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