ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This is the free epic for the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. Most of the poetry is currently tied up in the half-price sale, but I just wrote this one yesterday. I finally figured out why Terramagne-America has such a better housing situation compared to here. This poem fills the "complex" square in my 2-1-19 You Are card for the Valentines Bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was inspired by the story "Hello, Rachel Eastwitch" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "parent" square in my 5-1-18 Gimmicks / Roles / Characters card for the Pro Wrestling Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] bairnsidhe. This poem belongs to the Mercedes thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: The backstory includes serious abuse.

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So far the pool by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth has enough to cover the following poems:

Iron Horses:
"As Glorious Reminders"
" Whatever You Do to the Animals"
"Reaching Out to Rescue One Another"

"Cut With Our Own Dust"
"How We Correct Them"
"The Courage To Admit Them"

[personal profile] ng_moonmoth adds:
Right now, we're $40 short of being able to sponsor two more poems, "That Ability to Comfort" and "What Seems Like Surrender".  "The Reality of Cruelty" is the stretch goal if more comes in.
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This is the freebie for the February 2019 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] zianuray.

"Experience Stinks"

Growing up
is learning that

not everything which
is black-and-white
and fuzzy is a kitten.

experience stinks,

but it's still better
than ignorance.

* * * 


This image was the other inspiration for the poem.
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 Thanks to an audience poll, there are 25 new verses in "Only If It Is Embraced."  Clement takes care of Gray's minor injuries, but they argue about Keane again.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
The general fund currently contains $41. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will leave it open at least until Tuesday evening. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

There are four open epics. Here are your options:

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and needs $130.50 to be complete. Pain's Gray and Keane start cleaning each other up after the fight.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and needs $229.50 to be complete. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.

"Love Unflinching" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies" and needs $73.50 to be complete. An ethical consultant arrives in Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.

"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv and needs $102 to be complete. Heron and Shiv are comfort-cooking, and not everything goes smooth.

Poll #21359 General Fund Poll for the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishobowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27

How do you want to distribute the $41?

View Answers

ALL $41 into "Only If It Is Embraced"
12 (44.4%)

ALL $41 into "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life"
3 (11.1%)

ALL $41 into "Love Unflinching"
7 (25.9%)

ALL $41 into "So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors"
3 (11.1%)

Divide the $41 about equally among the four open epics
2 (7.4%)

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The following poems from the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," and "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey."

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If you're still shopping for poetry, now's the time to make your selections.  There are a couple of sub-epics left and one short epic, for folks with a short budget.
ysabetwordsmith: (paladins)
This poem came out of the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] eseme and [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug. It also fills the "Be Here Now" square in my 2-1-19 Platonic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] satsuma, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] kyleri, and [personal profile] edorfaus. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins Volume 2.

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ysabetwordsmith: Shaeth is drunk (one god)
This poem came out of the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] torc87, and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "reminding someone to do something important" square in my 9-5-18 card for the 1000 Words or Less fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Fiorenza)
This poem came out of the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] corvi and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "watering a plant" square in my 9-5-18 Kind and Soft card for the 1000 Words or Less bingo.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.

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This poem came out of the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth and Shirley Barrette. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to The Moon Door series.

Warning: This poem deals with predictable pain and mental impairment, and Hilla prefers that to the unpredictable kind she had before.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] fuzzyred, there are 28 new verses in "Only If It Is Embraced."  After the fight, Pain's Gray and Keane start cleaning each other up.
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[personal profile] satsuma is seeking cosponsors for "If We Had No Winter" ($154).

I can fund a third of this ($60), but you already have several open
epics...perhaps someone would like to go in on a pool?

EDIT 2/6/19:
This inspired the free-verse poem "If We Had No Winter." Shahana and Ari get asked to hold a public ritual for Spring Greening.
307 lines, Buy It Now = $154

EDIT 2/6/19: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth
I could be talked into a share. Might be willing to go as high as $50. If at least $44 gets pledged from some other source, that should make it a go. Any takers?
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 ... will finish today's linkback perk poem.  If you haven't boosted the signal for the fishbowl yet, do it and tell [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. EDIT 2/5/19: And it's complete! \o/
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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 "personal or public ritual." 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.

What is ritual? Most people think of religion, but in anthropology the definition is much wider.

Among my more relevant series:
An Army of One, Fiorenza the Wisewoman, The Moon Door, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, Path of the Paladins, The Steamsmith.
Polychrome Heroics features a wide range of ritual elements, of which the more salient examples include Calliope, Cuoio and Chiara, Dr. Infanta, the Iron Horses, Officer Pink, Pain's Gray, and Shiv.

Currently eligible bingo card(s) for donors wishing to sponsor a square:
Valentines Bingo Cards 2-1-19
Fluffbingo Card 2-5-19

Click to read the linkback poem "Unseen, the Yellow Woods" (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 "personal or public ritual." 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. "Unseen, the Yellow Woods" 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; four of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be four 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 "personal or public ritual." I'll be soliciting ideas for liturgists, clergy, celebrants, other participants, deities, neurovariant people, parents and children, adventurers, counselors, anthropologists, superheroes, supervillains, entertainers, medicine people, tribal heroes, gangs, soldiers, sailors, refugees, trauma survivors, others who rely on rituals, establishing a sequence of steps, modifying older rituals for current needs, creating connections, supporting each other through hard times, praying, counseling, coming of age, recovering from setbacks, learning what you can (and can't) do, ritually destroying an object to release the past, churches, schools, military bases, public institutions, laboratories, theaters, counseling centers, courtrooms, homes, other places where people perform rituals, reverence, haka mana, superpower activation ritual (via words, objects, etc.), free will, spirituality, religion, vestments and other regalia, sacred tools, objects of great personal significance, consecration, desecration, ritual design theory, imprint vulnerability, personal growth, frustration, determination, rites of passage, 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 "Unseen, the Yellow Woods." The rest of the poems will go into my archive for future use.

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Here is my card for [community profile] fluffbingo. Fills have a 500-word minimum, original or fanfic. (See all my 2019 bingo cards.)

Quarter One Fluff Bingo 2019

Sign up dates
January 22, 2019-Febuary 5, 2019

Posting Dates to win Bingo
February 6, 2019- February 28, 2019

Amnesty Days
March 1, 2019- March 8, 2019

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. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. 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.


ShareFireworksHeartbeatSlow DanceCouple
ChristmasSunset♥ Free Space ♥ReadyExcited
All Night LongWooEyesMealSurprise
DistanceAffectionNakedSilkJe T'aime

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In the interest of time management, I'm changing a parameter for bonus fishbowls.  Previously it took three months reaching $250 in sales to make a bonus fishbowl.  I'm raising that to four.  Likely this will mean one more half-price sale and one fewer bonus fishbowl per year.  Since the bonus fishbowls usually take more time to do than the sales, that should free up a little more time here.


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