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Poetry Fishbowl Open!
The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED. Thank you for your support and enthusiasm.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "dragons."  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 "Lawless, Winged, and Unconfined" (Fledgling Grace, 18 verses).


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 "dragons." 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, Digg, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl#promptcall, and #crowdfunding.  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. "Lawless, Winged, and Unconfined" belongs to the series Fledgling Grace and has 18 verses.


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 to be selected in an audience poll.


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 "dragons."  I'll be soliciting ideas for dragons, dragonslayers, dragonriders, dragon sacrifices, hoard building, flying around setting things on fire, eating people, dispensing the wisdom of the ages, plot twists, mountains, volcanoes, dungeons, skies, other places where dragons might be found, cursed treasure, enchanted weapons, dragon pearls, unusual breath weapons, dragon biology, 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 Lewis Turco's The New Book of Forms 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 "Lawless, Winged, and Unconfined.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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ellenmillion From: ellenmillion Date: March 4th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ice dragon

Why do dragons love treasure?

Dragon-whiskers
From: rhodielady_47 Date: March 5th, 2014 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Do the whiskers of a baby dragon indicate its future size just as the whiskers on a kitten do? What about the size of its paws?
:)

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

See above "Dragon Whiskers."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

"Dragon Whiskers" is a free-verse poem about baby dragons.

10 lines, Buy It Now = $5
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 9th, 2014 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

From the treasure prompt I got the free-verse poem "Testing the Metal." A young dragon hungers for rare elements.

86 lines, Buy It Now = $43
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 4th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Anthony & Shirley Barrette inspired the free-verse poem "The Island Dragons," about Komodo dragons.

23 lines, Buy It Now = $10
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: March 4th, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maps used to say "here there be dragons". Were there?

Is Dragon related in some way to dragoon?

I'd love to hear more about the dragon "in a pristine guard uniform" at the Temple of Golden Light.

What is gourmet cuisine for dragons?

Are Asian dragons and European dragons different species, or different breeds within a species?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 4th, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

From your prompt about maps, I got the free-verse poem "Here There Be ..." which explains the purpose of marginal dragons.

10 lines, Buy It Now = $5
siliconshaman From: siliconshaman Date: March 4th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
What happened to the dragons, and what would happen if they came back?

Picture prompt.

Dragons of the mind/spirt...Otherkin...meet dragons of flesh.

links posted to my DW & LJ journals.

Edited at 2014-03-04 07:56 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 4th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

I liked the picture prompt, which inspired the free-verse poem "The Dragon Nebula." A space dragon checks her egg.

9 lines, Buy It Now = $5
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

From your disability prompt I got the free-verse poem "Dragonforge." A dwarven smith has a dragon to heat her forge.

82 lines, Buy It Now = $41
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: March 4th, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sentient dragons take over our world. What changes? What doesn't change?



When a dragon dies, what does it leave behind?

House of the Dragon.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: March 4th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh ooh ooh

This was my fiction/RP/etc theme for an entire year:

"Sometimes the maiden is safer with the dragon."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

For the maiden prompt, see below "Saving the Maidens."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

The prompt about a dragon's death led to the free-verse poem "Bones of Light and Fire." Dead dragons hold the potential for beautiful gems. This poem belongs to the series A Conflagration of Dragons.

33 lines, Buy It Now = $15
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 4th, 2014 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Of Restful Inclination." Shahana and Ari find a village destroyed by a dragon, and go looking for the dragon, but not for the usual reasons.

128 lines, Buy It Now = $64
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: March 4th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
What's this staking-virgins-out-for-marauding-dragon thing and what do dragons think about it?

Dragons: an intelligent species or beasts?

Dragon digestive diseases.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

From your staking prompt came the free-verse poem "Saving the Maidens." Dragons aren't interested in young women for the reasons that everyone thinks.

48 lines, Buy It Now = $20
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 4th, 2014 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

From Dreamwidth, I loved the idea of a dragon bringing sleep and forgetting. That seemed like a perfect way to treat PTSD. This led to the free-verse poem "The Treasures of Her Keeping."

58 lines, Buy It Now = $20
lb_lee From: lb_lee Date: March 4th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sea dragons! (As in the real life seahorsey kind.) And them getting mistaken for the big bruiser firebreather kind.

--Rogan
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Weedy Specimen," in which a somewhat confused henchman attempts to interest his overlord in a weedy seadragon.

27 lines, Buy It Now = $15
moonwolf1988 From: moonwolf1988 Date: March 4th, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
An asexual dragon.

The origin of the radiator dragon.

Who was the first dragon and where did they come from/how were they born or created?

The age of the Dragon.

An invisible dragon.

Dragonflies.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your dragonfly prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Their Deadly Names," about different dragonfly species.

11 lines, Buy It Now = $10
siege From: siege Date: March 4th, 2014 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why dragons?

How would dragons fit into the "Army of One" setting?

The Kung Fu robots ponder dragons and dragon Kung Fu.

The origami and kirigami mages encounter a dragon.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your kung fu prompt led to the free-verse poem "Opening the Dragon's Fist," in which the kung fu robots contemplate dragon kung fu.

28 lines, Buy It Now = $15
my_partner_doug From: my_partner_doug Date: March 5th, 2014 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Riffing off of two earlier prompts: a miniature ice dragon, the polar (pun intended) opposite of Monster House's radiator dragon. Living in a pre-refrigeration era "ice box" used to keep things cold, without the need for having ice delivered every day. Off-grid Monster House?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Here by popular acclaim is a poem about the radiator dragon and an ice box dragon. The family of Monster House encounters an interesting critter while camping in a cabin. "The Antique Icebox" is written in free verse.

42 lines, Buy It Now = $20
zianuray From: zianuray Date: March 5th, 2014 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
A dragon which plays chess

more about the Radiator Dragon at Monster House

A REAL dragon shows up at a small midwest RenFaire

a dragon and a dachshund becoming friends

a were-dragon as a police officer
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

For the radiator dragon, see above "The Antique Icebox."
laffingkat From: laffingkat Date: March 5th, 2014 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I was just swinging by to say hello, because I haven't caught a Poetry Fishbowl in quite a while. But then I started to wonder... do dragon and human hoarders have some commonalities?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This prompt turned into the free-verse poem "Sharing Features," about common ground between dragons and their mostly-human descendants in regard to hoarding things.

22 lines, Buy It Now = $10
From: rhodielady_47 Date: March 5th, 2014 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you ever suspect that a human hoarder might not, in fact, be a human?
A dragon in disguise is still, after all, a dragon. The shape may change but not the temper or the nature...of the dragon.
:^)


Edited at 2014-03-05 07:02 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

That's kind of the direction I went, dragon-descendants.
From: rhodielady_47 Date: March 5th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Great minds think alike...
;)
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: March 5th, 2014 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Melinda and the radiator dragon -- or any other interesting reptiles in her life.

Nib and Brod encounter a dragon. Or maybe something people think or are being told is a dragon.

Any dragons in residence at the Happily Ever After Bed & Breakfast?

Paper dragons made by the origami or kirigami mages.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

For the radiator dragon, see above "The Antique Icebox."
wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: March 5th, 2014 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
dragons in rainbow colors

longevity

hunger

wisdom?

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

For rainbow dragons, see below "Clockwyrms."
mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: March 5th, 2014 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
The joy of flight.

Clockwork dragons.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

The prompt about clockwork dragons inspired the free-verse poem "Clockwyrms." Maryam Smith finds a display of tiny mechanical dragons, and has trouble picking a favorite.

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From: technoshaman Date: March 5th, 2014 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Maiden saving the dragon from the knight...

A town adopts a dragon to guard its castle/treasure/princess
From: technoshaman Date: March 5th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)
And seconded on the joy of flight....

Also, I know dragons have been done in the Napoleonic Wars... how about dragons in WWI? I could just see somebody in a leather jacket and helmet and long silk scarf mounting up... and a big damn red dragon with an extra set of wings...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your WWI prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Sky Freedom," about dragonriders and what they fight for.

21 lines, Buy It Now = $10
From: rhodielady_47 Date: March 5th, 2014 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Miniature dragons seems to be something I'm stuck on at the moment....
I can just see the havoc caused when a WILD dragon fly gets loose in the house chasing after a cockroach.
What's life like as a breeder of miniature dragons?
I can imagine sheer HELL breaking loose if one of them got into the garden during mockingbird nesting season and stole an egg!

I can see frost dragons coming slowly south in late fall, coating everything in frost as winter sets in. Storm dragons fighting one another during thunder storms.
Easter dragons leaving Easter Eggs?
:)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Done for the night!

I've written a lot and I'm getting tired. I plan to pick up what I've missed tomorrow.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Plush Dragons," about the minor but powerful dragonkind.

23 lines, Buy It Now = $10
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A Dreamwidth prompt led to the free-verse poem "After the Happily Ever." Fairytales can pass down some peculiar family dynamics.

33 lines, Buy It Now = $15
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 5th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A figurine prompt on Dreamwidth inspired the free-verse poem "The House Dragon." Dale is curious about a knickknack, and won't ask, but Kelly will.

41 lines, Buy It Now = $20
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