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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, August 16
This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  The extra series fishbowl comes as a perk from the August 2 fishbowl reaching the $200 goal.  An audience poll selected "Monster House" as the poetic series to be featured.  I'll be soliciting ideas for family members, their monster housemates, in-laws, other people who interact with them, household items, magical artifacts, quirks about the house, other preternatural locations in the area, personal conflicts or challenges, side scenes from previous events, everyday issues transmuted into urban fantasy versions, and poetic forms in particular.

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  This fishbowl is open to everyone, but I'm not actively  promoting it away from my blog, because I think it will make more sense to people who are already familiar with Monster House and the fishbowl project in general.

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.

I'm going to host a Poetry Fishbowl on my blog on Tuesday, August 16. I'll be soliciting ideas for thematic characters, objects, plots, settings, and poetic forms in particular. Chances are I'll spend about half the day, from early afternoon to evening, alternating between this site and doing stuff offline so my back doesn't weld itself to the chair.

Perks: I will post at least one of the resulting fishbowl poems on the blog for everyone to enjoy, and an extra one if there's at least one new prompter or donor. The rest will be available for audience members to buy, and whatever's left over will go into my archive for magazine submission.  I'm not running the whole perk stack since this fishbowl is itself a perk, but you still get those two.

If you enjoy my poetry -- or if you just love poetry in general, or want to promote interest in Monster House -- please mark the fishbowl date on your calendar. Drop by and give me some ideas, comment on the posted poetry, encourage people to come look, whatever tickles your fancy. I hope to see you then!

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jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: August 9th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope my one-card-draw on the 15th is successful so I can turn around and spend a healthy chunk of it on Monster House poetry the next day! :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 9th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)


That would be an awesome recycling of crowdfunded momentum. Goodies for everyone! I do hope your one-card-draw goes well. I like the motif.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: August 10th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Great Fun!

You just kicked my imagination into OVERDRIVE. By this time tomorrow I will have invented the entire Monsterhouse Neighborhood.
I just came up with 3 family members who live in Monsterhouse too.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 10th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Great Fun!

Write down the ideas. Post them on Tuesday. I'll use what I can.

*laugh* I haven't zoomed out much, have I? Most of the stories happen in the house. But suddenly a title popped into my head, The House on Hollow Oak Drive. So now I know the street name.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: August 11th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Great Fun!

Just you wait--I'll have the entire neighborhood worked out...complete with gardeners, cooks, butlers, etc.
BTW: Just how monsterish do you want it to get? Are you aiming for "funny ghouls" or something slightly darker but with a funny edge?
I think you have a book's worth if you use everything I send you.
Including the Little Witches Academy of the Arcane Arts and Ye Olde Familiars' Pet Shop.
And let's not forget Reverend Howle and his Goodwife Harryetta.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 11th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Great Fun!

>> Just how monsterish do you want it to get? Are you aiming for "funny ghouls" or something slightly darker but with a funny edge?<<

It varies. Some of the poems are primarily funny or sweet. Others definitely have a darker edge.
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