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 [personal profile] balsamandash is offering a free two-card draw for anyone who wants a brief Tarot reading.
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[personal profile] kengr has sponsored the opening of "Mask of the White Demon" in Kande's Quest.  Kande needs a dangerous tool in order to pursue the demons who have kidnapped her brother.
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This poem is spillover from the April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "healthy" square in my 4-1-18 card for the Spring Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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I have contracts for the 144 Witchy Tips in the 2020 Witches' Datebook, and an article on "Entropic Magic" for the 2020 Magical Almanac
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This is the latest in a crowdfunded deck, Tarot Apocalyptica: The Devil.  It's currently at $262 of $3000.  Check out the pictures on the page, they are awesome.  :D
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This month's theme was "Magical Art." I wrote from 1 PM to 6:30 AM, so about 14 hours 30 minutes, allowing for breaks. I wrote 10 poems on Tuesday and 11 later.

Participation was way up. There were 32 comments on LiveJournal and another 74 on Dreamwidth. A total of 27 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompter LJ user elenbarathi.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"The Dream Coat"
"Knitting at the Ready"
"The Leaves of the Manuka Tree"
"Looking at Things for a Long Time"
"Minoan Dreams"
"Pointing Toward Power"
"A Question of Credentials"
"Whatever Is Freckled"

"Cleaning Achnai's Oven" (standalone, March 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (linkback poem)
"Superproofing" (Polychrome Heroics, December 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl) (free epic)


Currently sponsored poems have been posted. Donors this month included [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] lone_cat, Anthony & Shirley Barrette, [personal profile] janetmiles, and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Superproofing" is the free epic. It also made 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 poem came out of the April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "sweet" square in my 1-31-18 "You Are" card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot.

Warning: This poem includes some controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It has references to domestic violence, and the implied use of magic to kill people. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )
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Here are some savage curses against people who steal books

I have, in fact, written a few into some of my books.  (What can I say, it's a permed skill.)  Have you?
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This poem came out of the April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe and [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "native" square in my 4-1-18 card for the Spring Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.


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Here is today's freebie, inspired by Starbit. It also fills the "intense" square in my 4-1-18 card for the Spring Fest bingo. It belongs to the series Love Is For Children, and skips ahead in the timeline.

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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'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "Magical Art."  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  "Cleaning Achnai's Oven" (17 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 "Magical Art."  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.  "Cleaning Achnai's Oven" has 17 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 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 "Magical Art."  I'll be soliciting ideas for artists, art collectors, gallery owners, other people who work with art, stage magicians, wizards, clerics, other magical folks, painting, drawing, sculpting, carving, spellcasting, enchanting artifacts, asking questions, exploring new techniques, discovering yourself, learning what you can do, studios, art supply shops, galleries, museums, temples, magical laboratories, synagogues, dungeons, stages, other places where magic and art happen, paint, pencils, chisels, magical ways of making art, famous pieces of art, magical artifacts, stage magic props, representations of stage magicians, schools of magic, styles of art, art as evidence of sapience, the nature 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 "Cleaning Achnai's Oven."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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This session featured the Yellow Unicorns. I wrote from 1:30 PM to 12:45 AM, so about 9 hours 15 minutes, allowing for breaks. I wrote 13 poems, all sub-epics, so I managed to cover all the prompters on Tuesday. \o/

Participation was slow, with 14 comments on LiveJournal and 41 on Dreamwidth. A total of 12 people sent prompts.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the March 20, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"A Dangerous Crusade"
"The Day of the Night"
"Gryphons and Their Pearls"
"The Heart's Garden"
"Religion vs. Spirituality"


Buy some poetry!


See the unsold poems list.  Currently sponsored poems have been posted. Donors this time included [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] janetmiles, and E.  


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Magical Art." I'll be soliciting ideas for artists, art collectors, gallery owners, other people who work with art, wizards, clerics, other magical folks, painting, drawing, sculpting, carving, spellcasting, enchanting artifacts, asking questions, exploring new techniques, discovering yourself, learning what you can do, studios, art supply shops, galleries, museums, temples, magical laboratories, synagogues, dungeons, other places where magic and art happen, paint, pencils, chisels, magical ways of making art, famous pieces of art, magical artifacts, stage magic props, representations of stage magicians, schools of magic, styles of art, art as evidence of sapience, the nature of magic, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Cleaning Achnai's Oven" (17 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 
 

New to the fishbowl?� Read all about it! )

 

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by [personal profile] marina_bonomi. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. It belongs to the Origami Mage series.


"senbazuru"


origami,
kirigami --
both are made from
the same paper

fingers, scissors --
both are tools of
the same magic
quickening life

between them blooms
a strange new art,
one page cut to
fold several forms

new growth sprouts from
their common ground;
they have become
equal masters

the school is filled
with children
their voices like
the cries of birds

no more rivals,
no more running,
only delight
unfolding now

cut, crease, release:
in the courtyard
one thousand cranes
take to the sky

* * *

Notes:

Everything Origami by Matthew Gardiner. Hinkler Books, 2008. p. 4
Senbazuru -- A paper craft in which a single square of paper is cut to make multiple squares joined at the corners; the name senbazuru means "one thousand cranes."

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. It belongs to the Origami Mage series.


"Advice from the Heavenly Empress"


Mazu looks down from
her throne and takes pity on
origami mage:

"You and your rival
have such a long history --
now throw it away."

origami mage
whispers, "I do not know how,
Heavenly Empress."

Mazu says to her,
"You must find something you both
value more than spite."

Thousand Miles Eye
says, "You both love the paper
with which you make things."

With-the-Wind-Ear says,
"Both of you love the magic
with which you were born."

origami mage
looks at the three of them, all
standing together

"I will share with her
the pearls of your wisdom," vows
origami mage

* * *

Notes:

Mazu is a Chinese goddess of the sea.  Among her servants are Qianliyan ("Thousand-Mile Eye") and Shunfeng'er ("With-the-Wind Ear").

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This month's theme was "Rare Orientations." I wrote from 12:45 PM to 1:30 AM, so about 10 hours 45 minutes, allowing for breaks. I wrote 8 poems on Tuesday and another 8 later.

Participation was up, with 18 comments on LiveJournal and another 82 on Dreamwidth. A total of 28 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompter [personal profile] erulisse whom you have to thank for the second freebie.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the February 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Dinner for Four: A Sedoretu Romance"
"Looking In, Looking Out"
"Pied-à-Ciel"
"Primary Relationship"
"Sex Objects"
"Sexual Orienteering"
"The Stimulation Den"
"Surviving Difficult Times"
"Time to See What I Can Do"

"The Attack of the Dragon Shrimp" (Yellow Unicorns, January 2018 Creative Jam) (linkback poem)
"One Call Away" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv, September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl spillover) (free epic)
"Before They Are Easy" (Polychrome Heroics, January 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl)
"The Ground Is My Ocean" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink, December 17, 2017 outside prompt calls)


Currently sponsored poems from this session have all been sponsored. The free epic hasn't gone up yet. Donors this month include: [personal profile] erulisse, [personal profile] pocketnaomi, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] freshbakedlady, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. Please welcome new donor [personal profile] erulisse, whom you have to thank for the second freebie.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "One Call Away" will be the free epic. It also made the $250 goal, so that's a third tally and there will be a bonus fishbowl in mid-March.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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