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This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] rhodielady_47. It also fills the "balance" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival bingo.


"Telltails"


It's there in the instincts,
pouncing on a sudden motion
or else shying away from it.

It's there in the desires,
a yearning for sushi
or bloody-rare steak
or even wheatgrass.

It's there in the body language,
turning ears telegraphed into
a certain tilt of the head,
or tail wagging butt.

It's there in the thought patterns,
in the dynamics set to herd or pack
or solitary instead of troop.

It's there. It's there.

It's true, even if nobody else
can see it for what it is: Otherkin.

It's there in the telltails, and
it's true, even if it isn't real,
as inescapable as skin.

It takes time to find the balance
between Human and Other, and
it's not always easy, but then again,

balance is what tails are for.

* * *

Notes:

Otherkin are people who identify with a species other than Homo sapiens.  The differences can be subtle or downright dramatic.  Some Otherkin get along fine in human society, but others pass for human only because most humans think everything that looks human must be  human.  Here are some clues that someone might be Otherkin.  In my experience, the best way to handle this is to try it out.  Does treating yourself or your friend as a wolf/dragon/sidhe etc. make life easier?  If so, continue and look for more such accommodations.  If not, look for some other model that works better.

Tails are common throughout much of the animal kingdom.  They serve many purposes, including balance.

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

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "Otherkin and Other-nesses."  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.

If you're not familiar with today's theme, some relevant options include:
* Werewolves, vampires, and other "gothkin."  See Frankenstein's Family, The Moon Door, Bat Vampires, etc.
* Anthropomorphic and otherwise animal-featured characters, or aliens with a strong similarity to certain animals.  See Feathered Nests, Fledgling Grace, The Godship Wanderers, Hart's Farm (the reindeer shifter and possibly selkies), Polychrome Heroics (any of the animal or anthropomorphic soups), Schrodinger's Heroes, Starfather, etc.
* Created or modified beings, and other near-humans.  See Beneath the Family Tree, Clay of Life, Diminished Expectations, Kung Fu Robots, and Monster House.
* General experiences of othering and alienation.
* Type the theme into your favorite search engine and look for appealing images or articles.

Click to read the linkback poem "Gliding In" (9 verses, Polychrome Heroics). 


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 "Otherkin and Other-nesses."  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.  "Gliding In" has 9 verses and belongs to Polychrome Heroics.   
 

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 "Otherkin and Other-nesses."  I'll be soliciting ideas for Otherkin, furries, anthropomophs, therianthropes, fae, outcasts, unlikely allies, antagonists, black sheep, scapegoats, aliens, othering, racewashing, facing thresholds, shunning, kinmaking, belonging, questioning, debating labels, dropping out, losing everything, hiding in the closet, exploring your true nature, learning what you can do, coming out, telling your own story, discovering new relationships, building a support network, helping other people, faerie mounds, alien planets, alleys, classrooms, counseling offices, neighborhoods, plazas and other public places, bohemian hangouts, the developmental arc of identity literature, self-discovery, self-awareness, intentional neighboring, vested interest, personhood, erasure, alienation, rejection, attachment issues, oppression, challenges of getting a job, sexualization of the Other, reproductive freedom, transformation into the Other, fae family dynamics, legal rights, 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 "Gliding In."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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[personal profile] callibr8 has finished updating the landing page for Path of the Paladins.  All of the newly sponsored poems are linked accordingly.  So if you want to go back and read this series from the beginning, now is a good time.  If you want more, you'll need to prompt for it, because all the previously written stuff is now published.  \o/
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Remember the Musical Hat Draw? My poem "Starfire Rising" is one of those for which music was written, now featured in the Musical Hat Draw Music Sale. Once [personal profile] artsyhonker gets the first $10, that comes to me and I'll post the lyrics as sponsored. Remember, donations for this go to the COMPOSER not to me! There is a PayPal link on that sale page. Also there is information about all the other songs from the MHD. \o/

2. Starfire Rising, text suggested and written by Elizabeth Barrette. Again, this is fairly folk-y, maybe a bit poppy? Three verses, the third with a slightly different tune for the first half. Piano accompaniment. I need to pay Elizabeth for use of the text but she has set an extremely reasonable price, so most of the below is for my own work.
Sheet music: £60
…and a robot clarionet and piano recording: £70
…and a recording of me singing to a robot piano: £120
…and a recording of me singing AND playing: £170


I really love this project.  [personal profile] artsyhonker says it worked great for inspiration, so I am hopeful we'll see more of it.  I've only seen a handful of musical crowdfunding projects in this interactive style, as contrasted with people just raising money on IndieGoGo or wherever to launch an album.  It's something I wish to encourage.

Also I should probably write more lyric poetry.  I love the stuff, but I don't often get prompts for it these days.  I know a few filkers who occasionally ask if I have anything I'd like set to music.  Sure ... but it's scattered through several thousand other pieces.  0_o  Tracker newer poems would probably be a lot easier than finding older ones.
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The general fund currently contains $8. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least Monday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise, I may leave it open longer.

There are two open epics. "The Inner Transition" needs $243 to be complete.  (Finishing this one will unlock related stories by other people, along with subsequent poems of mine being available to post when sponsored.)  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" needs $101.


Poll #18889 General Fund Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21


Which of these should get the $8?

View Answers

"The Inner Transition"
14 (66.7%)

"The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
7 (33.3%)

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[personal profile] daisiesrockalot has generously sponsored all outstanding poems in the series Path of the Paladins. \o/ Many thanks! I have also finished posting the linkback poem "The Golden Peaches of Peace." The newly sponsored poems are:

"The Power of Perseverance"
"Circuits and Cycles"
"Something You Feel"
"Sprouts"
"Say Words of Healing"
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "Shahana and Ari" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Finish It Bingo fest and the "healing" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

Read more... )
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This poem is from the May 19, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "laughter" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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This poem is spillover from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kelkyag, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, and [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug. It also fills the "under pressure" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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This poem came out of the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by the "sports" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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This poem is spillover from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "meditation" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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This is my card for the Fall Festival Bingo fest hosted by [personal profile] vexed_wench and [personal profile] spiralicious  on [community profile] allbingo.  This covers everything to do with autumn, its holidays, and related motifs.  (See all my 2017 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


FALL FESTIVAL BINGO CARD

Hearth and Home16 Bosses DayFeast / Celebrate FoodSevered Limbs /
Body Parts
Machete
CreepyMonster HunterBonesBloodFrighten
AutumnCelts / PictsWILD CARDExcitementSafety
BalanceDragonsSexy CatDress up / CostumesHerbs
Liminal TimeDomestic Violence Awareness MonthBonfireVampiresWrath/Rage
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This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu, [personal profile] alatefeline, and S. from [personal profile] antisocialite_forum. It also fills the "On Grandpa's Farm" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is mostly fluff, but it has some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains references to past abuse and traumatic stress, poverty, sensory overload, veteran issues, scars, detailed discussion of PTSD with one war story, reference to panic attacks with bolting and how to handle that, limited indoor tolerance, anxiety, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, the  poem "Two Foxes" is now complete!  Blair and Ron return with an assortment of clothes for Kenzie to choose from, and help him think through gender-variant clothing options.

With this poem completed, we're down to two open epics, both in Polychrome Heroics.  That leaves a slot open for the Tuesday fishbowl.  Also, "Come Closer in Kinship" ($206) is now available for posting whenever it gets sponsored.  That will introduce Blair's parents to Kenzie.  \o/
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This month's theme was "Families of Choice." I wrote from 1 PM to 6:45 AM, so about 15 hours 45 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 10 poems on Tuesday and another 10 later in the week.

Participation was good. There were 20 comments on LiveJournal and another 88 over on Dreamwidth. There were no new prompters.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Accommodating Celebrations"
"The Choices That Make Families"
"Eddies"
"A Family of Guardians"
"The Gifts That Move"
"Learning and Growing"
"Revontulet"

"Twice-Wise Tiresias" (standalone, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"For Whose Sake" (Polychrome Heroics and Schrodinger's Heroes, August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Even For an Old Soul" (standalone, August 22, 2017)
"A Haven in a Heartless World" (Diminished Expectations, September 2013 Creative Jam)
"Can't It Just Be What It Is?" (Polychrome Heroics: Calliope, August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Fluffy" (LIFC, August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for September 5, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems from this fishbowl have been posted. This session's donors include: [personal profile] mashfanficchick, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, Anthony & Shirley Barrette, and [personal profile] redsixwing. Please welcome new donor [personal profile] mashfanficchick, whom you have to thank for the second freebie, "Fluffy." 

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "For Whose Sake" is the free epic. It also make the $250 goal, so that's two tallies toward a bonus fishbowl.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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This is the second freebie for the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, thanks to new donor [personal profile] mashfanficchick. It's spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It belongs to the series Love Is For Children.

Warning: This poem is mostly what it says on the tin, but there are a few things that might bother sensitive readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Hulk finds a litter of orphaned kittens. Warning for the aftermath of canon-typical violence, briefly indicated animal death, and Hulk's ugly past. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )
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Based on this poll, the poem "Two Foxes" now has 9 new verses. Blair and Kenzie talk about clothing suitable for two-spirits, and Smoking Breath arrives with something for Kenzie.

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