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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.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday today with a theme of 'Ohana. Leave prompts, get ficlets! There's also a target for tips:

This month, I’m hoping to reach a total of $65 in tips. If I do, I’ll immediately post the full story “Ripple Effects.”
Aida Finn is nowhere near Jules’ class when events transpired on Thursday, but she certainly sees (and feels) the after effects. She turns to Bennett for help coping with one particular surprise. The story is four parts, a total of 5900 words plus a bit, and is ready to post now.
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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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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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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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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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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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This time our theme was "Polychrome Heroics: Shiv: The Christmas Thread" with a few prompts carried over from the January 8 fishbowl. I wrote from 1 PM to 5:15 AM, so about 14 hours 15 minutes, accounting for breaks. I'm still not really caught up, but at least I'm getting closer.

Participation was lower, with 9 comments on LiveJournal and another 43 on Dreamwidth. A total of 18 people sent prompts. Some of those stacked very nicely, so big thanks to the people who seconded other people's prompts. \o/


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the January 22, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Bedtime Rituals"
"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors"
"Waves of Emotion"

Note that "So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" has been opened for microfunding with general funds earmarked for poems from this session. It's more than a third sponsored, so if you want more poetry and can't afford a whole one, this is a great opportunity. It's mostly fluff about Shiv and Heron comfort-baking.


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from January 22. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

The sponsored poems have all been posted. Donors this time include: [personal profile] wispfox, [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] gingicat.


The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.
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Thanks to an audience poll, you can now read the start of "So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors."  Shiv and Heron are comfort-baking again, and things don't go totally smooth.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "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.

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 WisewomanThe Moon Door, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, Path of the PaladinsThe 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

I have a linkback poem, "Unseen, the Yellow Woods" (10 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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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Feathering the Nest today on the topic of nonsexual intimacies.  Leave prompts, get ficlets!  Donate to keep the writer afloat, and reveal more fiction if it reaches a threshold.
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This poem came out of the January 22, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "falling asleep" square in my 2-28-18 card for the Slice-of-Life Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with the aftermath of sexual assault and Shiv's awful past, but it is mostly cottoncandy fluff.

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Here is the freebie for the January 22, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] daisiesrockalot, [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] fuzzyred, and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "music" square in my 8-7-18 card for the Fairy Tales Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This is the second freebie from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. You have new prompter [personal profile] iamnotgod to thank for it.

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This session's theme was "That's not a mistake!" I wrote from noon to 5:45 AM, so about 15 hours 45 minutes, accounting for breaks. I wrote 9 poems on Tuesday and another 6 later. I also lost a lot of time for various reasons, so I haven't gotten through all the prompts. I'll try to catch up later if I have time.

Participation was a bit lower, with 16 comments on LiveJournal and another 52 on Dreamwidth. A total of 27 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompter [personal profile] iamnotgod.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"As the Heavens Are Higher Than the Earth"
"Fernweh"
"The Gilded Stones"
"Love Unflinching"
"Mistakes and Changes"
"The Nature of Advertising"
"Never Trusted Without a Check"
"On a Long Leash"
"When Opportunity Meets with Planning"

"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey" (December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (linkback perk)
"Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors" (Schrodinger's Heroes, December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (free epic)
"L'amore è Cieco" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman, February 6, 2018 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 from January 8. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All of the sponsored poems have been posted.  Donors this time include: [personal profile] fuzzyred[personal profile] capri0mni[personal profile] satsuma[personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.  Per the $200 goal, "Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors" is the free epic.  Per the $250 goal, that's one tally toward a bonus fishbowl.


The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] capri0mni, you can now read the opening of "Love Unflinching."  It introduces another of Stylet's oddball creatures.
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This poem was selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It came out of the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] fuzzyred and [personal profile] alatefeline. This poem also fills the "managing free time" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December Bingo fest. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes series.

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There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, January 22. It will focus on the Christmas thread of Shiv in Polychrome Heroics, which began with "Tangle" (Part 1, Part 2) by [personal profile] siliconshaman and "Confused, Screwed Up, But Here" by myself. This thread deals with sexual harassment and assault, and the aftermath. [personal profile] siliconshaman is primarily writing the stories about Chyou Quiwil. [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is covering some aspects with various Finns helping to clean up the aftermath. I'm primarily writing the ones about Shiv, Pain's Gray, and other folks in Omaha plus some with the Finns. We're sharing Luci Quiwil, who crosses over all of those.

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Messages going to who needs them instead of who they were sent to.
Something with parcels?
Namings going in unexpected directions.


I am hoping that doing more fishbowls focused on a specific thread will help cluster the prompts so I can stack several into the same poem, and reduce the sprawl without having to skip prompters. Another way to accomplish this is to give me short prompts that don't have a plot element, like an emotion or bit of scene dressing that appeals to you. Those are easy to combine with other prompts. And of course, you can still 'second' anyone else's prompt and get a backchannel copy of that poem.

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