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Poetry Fishbowl Open!
The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your support.  Keep an eye on this page, as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "a glitch in the matrix."  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 "An Unprecedented Duel with Nature" (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 "a glitch in the matrix." 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.  "An Unprecedented Duel with Nature" has 17 verses available 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 bonus piece 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 "a glitch in the matrix." I'll be soliciting ideas for computer programmers, artificial intelligence, time travelers, the misunderstood, fish out of water, outcasts, The Man, troubled relationships, expecting the unexpected, seeing things, fleeing in terror, resisting oppression, facing your demons, spotting patterns, debugging the system, computers, virtual reality, lairs, alleys, liminal zones, the system, government buildings, déjà vu, outliers, computer virus issues, bugs, no it's not a bug it's a feature, disruptions, expectations, unusual vulnerabilities, radical transformation, the inescapable, the indestructable, hubris, humility, humiliation, snags, 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 "An Unprecedented Duel with Nature."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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paantha From: paantha Date: January 3rd, 2017 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, my! I'm finally off work on a Tuesday evening and able to get to this! <3

Troubled relationships sounds like Calli and Vagary all over.

Lairs leads me to request something about Turq's cohort - either Turq thinking some more about them or something actually about one of his cohort.
siliconshaman From: siliconshaman Date: January 3rd, 2017 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hacking and debugging society, making small changes to make big ones.

Qwerty and her Nemasis, hacking their relationship...

Something involving a techno-shaman?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2017 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)

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Your elaborate discussion of Qwerty and Dvorak contributed to the poem "Beyond Their Failures." Blue Law listens sympathetically while Qwerty bemoans her lack of efficacy against Dvorak. He points out some important ethical points, and suggests some useful things for Qwerty to explore ... but he's underestimating both of the girls, in different ways.

209 lines, Buy It Now = $105
siliconshaman From: siliconshaman Date: January 5th, 2017 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Oof.. yeah, Dvorak is one BAMF! super-villain, and Qwerty is doing good just to [almost] keep up with her. Off the top of my head, I can't think of anyone who could actually stop her. The Ring Mistress wouldn't have objections to messing with her head, but she wouldn't want to stop her, and she's physically weak.

Dr Infanta might be able to nail her...maybe... but getting her to turn her cape isn't her style I think. Blue Blaze and Ilyana also might stand a chance.. maybe.. Blue's got the speed certainly. But I can't think why they'd get involved, not unless she stole something dangerously nuclear. And Ilyana's way of stopping super-villains is rather final.

Dvorak is kind of the anti-batman... her powers aren't world-class, but she makes up for that in ingenuity, witness the ways she took down the Primaries. She's a freaking swiss-army super-villain. [is omini-competency a super-power? Because it should be.] Hence, I'm not at all certain she couldn't come up with a way to stop anyone.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2017 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

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>> Oof.. yeah, Dvorak is one BAMF! super-villain, <<

*nod* Super-Intellects are among the hardest to stop, because they can simply out-think and avoid most other people. Super-Gizmologists are almost as challenging; in order to stop them you have to separate them from their gear, or in some cases, most forms of technology. Dvorak is a super-smart nanotechnologist. Most people won't even slow her down.

>> and Qwerty is doing good just to [almost] keep up with her. <<

Yep. Qwerty has advantages that nobody else does: she and Dvorak got into cape stuff around the same time, which means they had opportunities to grow with each other; and they know each other really well. A more subtle result is that Dvorak will give her own nemesis just a little more slack than she does with anyone else. They really, really have a "sisters" vibe going and it drives them nuts when other people see that, because they don't want it to be true. It's like the "we are NOT dating!" trope, only in sibling flavor.

>> Off the top of my head, I can't think of anyone who could actually stop her. The Ring Mistress wouldn't have objections to messing with her head, but she wouldn't want to stop her, and she's physically weak. <<

Yeah, that's not very helpful. A lot of the people who could put the brakes on Dvorak are on the same side. And while Dvorak is an increasing pain in the tail for superheroes, she's rather popular among supervillains -- especially the men.

>>Dr Infanta might be able to nail her...maybe... but getting her to turn her cape isn't her style I think. <<

Dr. Infanta could stop Dvorak, but would not. While Dvorak is a criminal, many of her crimes are not violent and are useful to other supervillains. Espionage, theft, productive seductions, that sort of thing. Okay, she's a ninja who sometimes whacks people and sets things on fire as a distraction. But Dvorak has nerfed her ninja abilities down to pattycake in most cases. She's entirely capable of killing people; she doesn't. One reason for the super-gizmology is modifying normally dangerous weapons to do other useful things.

Aidan probably has the power, but for reasons Blue Law mentioned, would be disinclined to use the heavier options. And Dvorak wouldn't be much inclined to stop for less. "Oh, you're making the sad face? Boo hoo. I make boys cry every day, honeybunch."

>> Blue Blaze and Ilyana also might stand a chance.. maybe.. Blue's got the speed certainly. <<

Speedsters are difficult to thwart because they get so many more moves than everyone else. This is useful right up until they confront someone who can think ten or twelve moves ahead and has, for example, covered the entire bank floor with slowsand. 0_o

>> But I can't think why they'd get involved, not unless she stole something dangerously nuclear. And Ilyana's way of stopping super-villains is rather final.<<

Dvorak isn't a terrorist. The only reason I can think of her being interested in anything nuclear would be as a fuel source or other material component, and even then she's smart enough 1) to take proper safety precautions and 2) she probably would not get caught.
siliconshaman From: siliconshaman Date: January 5th, 2017 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Again, I think this it's the case that the 'bad guys' have the 'good guys' somewhat out-classed in terms of powers. Although, as you pointed out, numbers would make up for that a bit. But, I can't think of any one hero who'd be able to stop her, and no 'bad guy' would.

A thought though... Dvorak isn't a terrorist, but might she not be stealing something nuclear for someone who is? Granted, she might have been lied to about it's end use, and not realise that the buyer intends to weaponise it...

Which is plausible, but only just and it's really, really stretching it. So maybe not. Which is a bit of a pity, because it would be fun to write... Ilyana plays a lot of chess, and is plenty smart and as you say, Blaze would be doing half a dozen moves to her one. Which would give them half a chance at least.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2017 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)

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>> Again, I think this it's the case that the 'bad guys' have the 'good guys' somewhat out-classed in terms of powers. <<

This is often true. :D It makes life interesting.

>> Although, as you pointed out, numbers would make up for that a bit. But, I can't think of any one hero who'd be able to stop her, and no 'bad guy' would. <<

There are a few, but as mentioned, most wouldn't do it, even among the good guys.

>>A thought though... Dvorak isn't a terrorist, but might she not be stealing something nuclear for someone who is? Granted, she might have been lied to about it's end use, and not realise that the buyer intends to weaponise it...<<

Dvorak gives the would-be terrorists a dry look and says, "No thanks. I prefer living in a world that doesn't glow in the dark."

>> Which is plausible, but only just and it's really, really stretching it. So maybe not. Which is a bit of a pity, because it would be fun to write... Ilyana plays a lot of chess, and is plenty smart and as you say, Blaze would be doing half a dozen moves to her one. Which would give them half a chance at least.<<

The two of them together might make some interesting opposition for Dvorak.
siliconshaman From: siliconshaman Date: January 6th, 2017 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)

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Yeahh... I've not written much about them working together as a team...and I suppose Ilyana isn't above taking on side jobs, even though she is a bit narrow focus. [Although, if Dvorak makes them look foolish, well, then it becomes personal!]

I shall have to think about it...unless you want to borrow them and have at it?!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2017 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

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>>Yeahh... I've not written much about them working together as a team...<<

More of that would be good to see. The glimpses you've written have been lovely.

>>and I suppose Ilyana isn't above taking on side jobs, even though she is a bit narrow focus.<<

Possibly, although her focus makes a lot of sense. Another option is simply that most superheroes will intervene if a supervillain starts raising hell right in front of them. It's how several people have gotten involved with Dvorak.

>> [Although, if Dvorak makes them look foolish, well, then it becomes personal!] <<

Dvorak makes everyone look foolish, from what I've seen.

>> I shall have to think about it...unless you want to borrow them and have at it?! <<

I'll keep it in mind in case it comes up. A lot depends on what prompts I get, and right now I'm swamped.
siliconshaman From: siliconshaman Date: January 6th, 2017 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Yeah, I've been meaning to write more about them, I've got the beginnings of a story "Cheyne Reaction" but it's lacking a few things, like a middle and an end! It not only covers teamwork between the two, plus relationship dynamics, but addresses a couple of Ilyana's greatest fears!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 7th, 2017 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)

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That sounds brilliant and scary.
siliconshaman From: siliconshaman Date: January 7th, 2017 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)

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and sadly incomplete... that's been sitting in my hard drive for nearly a year now!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 7th, 2017 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

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I would still enjoy seeing it. You should finish it! :D
siliconshaman From: siliconshaman Date: January 7th, 2017 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)

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I'll give it another shot, but it's missing something to give it that spark, if you know what I mean... at the moment it's like Frankenstein's monster before Igor went brain shopping. A loose collection of lifeless parts roughly sewn together, lacking a rather important bit or two and that vital spark that'll make it sit up and go terrorise people... ok, that metaphor went a bit off the rails but you take my meaning.

I'll move it back into my work in progress folder though..and who knows, maybe I'll make some progress!
siliconshaman From: siliconshaman Date: January 6th, 2017 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Another option is simply that most superheroes will intervene if a supervillain starts raising hell right in front of them.

Otherwise they're not really 'heroes' are they? Thing is, Ilyana doesn't think of herself as a hero, she's just doing her job. Which is not to say that Blaze wouldn't drag her in, because she damn well does think that [of both of them]. I'm just imagining Dvorak running away from Blaze, only to run into Ilyana. [which if taken literally would be like hitting a lead-shot filled sandbag.]
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 7th, 2017 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)

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>> Otherwise they're not really 'heroes' are they? <<

That depends on the type of hero they are. Some are about fixing all kinds of problems. Others have a narrow focus and aren't much use outside it, which is fine, we need specialists too -- and they should know when not to get involved.

>> Thing is, Ilyana doesn't think of herself as a hero, she's just doing her job.<<

It's okay to be a blue-plate special. I think that's part of why she understood Fortressa so well. ("Will pay extra for damaged pride.") The world needs more than just heroes in order to integrate superpowers fully into society.

>> Which is not to say that Blaze wouldn't drag her in, because she damn well does think that [of both of them].<<

:D That's a fun difference of opinion.

>> I'm just imagining Dvorak running away from Blaze, only to run into Ilyana. [which if taken literally would be like hitting a lead-shot filled sandbag.] <<

LOL yes. That would be amusing.
siliconshaman From: siliconshaman Date: January 7th, 2017 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)

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Ilyana is a blue-plate special kinda.. it's just her job that's so damn heroic! :)

Blue Blaze however, grew up on Marine Corp ethos...which is pretty nearly the same thing as classic super-hero ethos. She's trying to be a hero, and recognises that Ilyana is, although she herself doesn't think so. [but then, that's not unusual. I'd imagine imposter syndrome is an occupational hazard for heroes.]
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2017 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

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>> Dvorak is kind of the anti-batman... her powers aren't world-class, <<

LOL yes. That is a brilliant summary. She has all kinds of gizmos and super-gizmos.

>> but she makes up for that in ingenuity, witness the ways she took down the Primaries. <<

Heh, yeah. :D

On the other hoof, one way to deal with Dvorak is to pit her against a good team. If Stalwart Stan and Antimatter were a little older, they'd be a great call.

>> She's a freaking swiss-army super-villain. <<

*laugh* Well said. I have a handful of other characters with really versatile powers -- Antimatter, Danso, Aubrey the Alabaster.

>> [is omini-competency a super-power? Because it should be.] Hence, I'm not at all certain she couldn't come up with a way to stop anyone.<<

I don't think I have omni-competence currently attached to a character as a superpower. Activity Scout is a mini-version of it though: the character can do anything they have a badge for, which is a huge range of stuff, but under that skill they can use the ability only at basic level. The closest I have in action is Danso, because he can copy Qualities as well as Powers. He could do anything, if he can find a good template for it.

*chuckle* Did you ever see that animated movie where Batman had made contingency plans to stop all the superheroes, and somebody stole them to use? Like that.

In a classic case of cardboard prison, some people could probably get the drop on Dvorak once if they took her by surprise so she didn't know who was coming after her. But once she had time to think about it, she could escape, and would be prepared for future encounters.
siliconshaman From: siliconshaman Date: January 5th, 2017 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

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You know, that would be one hell of a super-power. To be competent at everything you did! [as long as it's actually physically possible]

I didn't see the animated film, but I've read a similar scenario as a comic. Batman as a super'nary can kick just about anyone's ass... which really, really makes the whole business with him NOT stopping the Joker permanently look reallllly iffy. I mean, Arkham might as well have revolving doors on the cells, and yet Batman keeps putting the villains in there as a "solution"?

Of course, I suppose Dvorak might be cocky if she's used to always getting away with it... and boy, would it serve her right to nabbed by Qwerty.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2017 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

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>> You know, that would be one hell of a super-power. To be competent at everything you did! [as long as it's actually physically possible] <<

Yep.

>> I didn't see the animated film, but I've read a similar scenario as a comic. Batman as a super'nary can kick just about anyone's ass... <<

Agreed.

>> which really, really makes the whole business with him NOT stopping the Joker permanently look reallllly iffy. I mean, Arkham might as well have revolving doors on the cells, and yet Batman keeps putting the villains in there as a "solution"? <<

The cardboard prison trope is plausible when you consider that naries have a very hard time dealing with soups. They are chronically outclassed. So it's possible to jail supervillains temporarily, but over the long term it becomes difficult and ruinously expensive.

T-America realized this, and also realized that prison is a poor way of fixing broken people. So they are exploring other methods of problem solving. They haven't got it all worked out yet, but they're way ahead of us, and hell, we're way ahead of Marvelverse or DC.

>>Of course, I suppose Dvorak might be cocky if she's used to always getting away with it... <<

Nailed it.

>>and boy, would it serve her right to nabbed by Qwerty.<<

The point at which this happens is the point at which Qwerty has leveled up but Dvorak doesn't realize it yet. Which is about to happen again.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2017 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Your troubled relationship prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Day You Start to Move Forward." Calliope and Vagary have an awkward but productive therapy session, then visit a city park.

305 lines, Buy It Now = $153
paantha From: paantha Date: January 5th, 2017 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Oooh! Sounds awesome! ^_^
tigerbright From: tigerbright Date: January 3rd, 2017 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Linked! :)

http://gingicat.dreamwidth.org/1549006.html
http://tigerbright.livejournal.com/1560670.html

(putting prompts on the DW side)

Edited at 2017-01-03 07:18 pm (UTC)
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: January 3rd, 2017 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
A place, space, or person that the rules don't cover.

Being the person who is supposed to track down, identify, and correct the problem when you see it as a desirable feature.

Under the shell it's something different.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 3rd, 2017 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Your prompt about tracking inspired the free-verse poem "Fears You Didn't Know Existed." A disappearing toddler warrants a call to SPOON.

96 lines, Buy It Now = $48
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: January 3rd, 2017 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

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I can see that that would!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2017 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)

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A Dreamwidth prompt combined with some prompts from my partner Doug about a long-ago magic show he did. "Spooked" is about a stage magician who gains real powers, but they don't work right, but that's okay.

111 lines, Buy It Now = $56
wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: January 4th, 2017 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
What happens when someone, or a conspiracy of somones, conspires to warp the matrix?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2017 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)

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This inspired the free-verse poem "Hacking Out the Answers." When a virus shuts down the ciphernet, Armelle has a meltdown. Shuttlecock knows how to handle meltdowns.

101 lines, Buy It Now = $51
ellenmillion From: ellenmillion Date: January 4th, 2017 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Anomalies probably look like glitches in the matrix to the Empire scientists.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2017 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

For today's freebie, see "Anomalous Test Results."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2017 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)

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A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Loopholes and Destinies." It explains why there are always loopholes in the thread of fate.

24 lines, Buy It Now = $10
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2017 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)

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A DW prompt about the Blueshift Troupers inspired the free-verse poem "A Glitch in the System." Both humans and jumpgates perceive a glitch in the system, and they're even looking at the same situation, but they don't see it in the same way at all.

47 lines, Buy It Now = $20
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: January 4th, 2017 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Jamais vu

Tip of the tongue phenomenon

The red one in the upper left

Not relevant, but a related favorite

When is it fog, and when is it a cloud? Oh, wait, the word in the list was humility, not humidity. Or was that a glitch in the Matrix *grin*?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Several of these combined to inspire the free-verse poem "Heisenbugs." It's a bit of alphanumeric humor about wetware and software gone haywire.

27 lines, Buy It Now = $15
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: January 7th, 2017 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Oooh! That's kind of, um, creepier than I expected, but very very cool. I'll be sponsoring that for sure.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 7th, 2017 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Woohoo!

Today I've been working on posting Mom's mega-epic about Turq reuniting with his family. Also we're defrosting the freezer while it's cold enough outside to keep the food safe in the car.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2017 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)

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A backchannel prompt from Shirley Barrette inspired the free-verse poem "Copy-Paste Errors." It looks at disease as a glitch in the system.

Hold for original prompter.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2017 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Done for the night!

Still have stuff to write, but need sleep now.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2017 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)

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A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "So Much Worse in Its Consequences." Cho-Cho Glow begins to realize how much mouthing off has cost him.

129 lines, Buy It Now = $65
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2017 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)

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A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Together We Have It All." Turq meets with his foster parents at Ansel's house.

782 lines, Buy It Now = $391
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 7th, 2017 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)

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A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Spontaneous Vacations." Chris used to freak out over getting flung across the multiverse. Now he doesn't. It's funny what you can get used to.

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 9th, 2017 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)

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From a DW prompt I wrote "How to Get It Out." Shiv quietly freaks when invited to jam with a band, even though it's after hours.

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 10th, 2017 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)

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A DW prompt inspired the poem "The Beginning of Great Enterprises." V and Spalling discuss the future of the Lacuna and what it means for them.

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 16th, 2017 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)

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A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Your Heart and Your Trust." Turq comes to Ansel for help dealing with Mr. Dipper.

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 22nd, 2017 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

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A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Realm of One's Being." After Nathaniel turns three, Hannah takes him to a sensory therapist.

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 1st, 2017 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)

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A DW prompt about Haboob inspired two poems:

"Insha'Allah" features Buraq receiving a mission from Allah to deliver a miracle to Haboob.
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"Uncertain Miracles" follows Buraq and his companions as they track down Haboob and deliver the miracle.
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