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This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "water" square in my 9-1-18 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest.

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Starting now, the bonus Poetry Fishbowl is open!  This is the perk for the Poetry Fishbowl meeting the $250 goal three times.  Today's theme is "The Big One."  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.


Advance Preparations:
Prior to the Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, please visit my post about The Big One. That's not nearly all my notes, which are over 300 pages (maps take up a lot of space) now, but it contains most of the stuff needed for effective prompting. If you just want to skim until you find a scene you like and then stop, that's fine. Special thanks to my West Coast consultants including DW user Technoshaman (air support), DW user Ng_moonmoth, DW user Starbit (Bay Area, California), DW user Kengr (Portland, Oregon), and DW user Dialecticdreamer.

I highly recommend reading the first two Big One poems, "The Oldest Associations" and "The Sustaining Bonds." However, those are really intense, so I'll understand if not everyone wants to read them. I can write across the entire range from fluff to doom, so feel free to request a mood or intensity level in your prompts.

I have sketched out information about characters, locations, intensity of damage, and some events. If anyone else wants to write about the Cascadia Cataclysm, and you need references to make sure you don't step on what I'm doing, let me know who or where and I'll send you the relevant notes. Once I've written about a location so you can see what the earthquake looks like there, it opens up for fans who want to do demifiction -- public announcements, letters to the editor, lost person flyers, notes stuck on a wall, the usual post-disaster stuff. So far that's San Bernardino, but more will open soon. We had a blast with this in Berettaflies and I'd love to do it again. Just make sure I get a copy and a link so I can connect things. Also, I'm trying to date entries more carefully, so do that too. See the 2016 calendar.


Stacking:
You can prompt for characters, settings, events, or whatever you want to see. I've listed a lot of the scenes that I already know about. Anyone can request those straight from The Big One post, or second someone else's prompts, if you don't want to write out your own. I will write as many poems as I can, but I may not get to everyone this time if complex prompts (like X and Y at City plus dangers) spread out over a lot of long plotty poems that don't combine well. Prompts that get seconded by more people are more likely to get written.

Brief generic prompts (like "traumatic stress" or "landslide") are easy to stack with other prompts and may get used repeatedly. If you're stuck for ideas, grab any of the prompts off the list of suggestions above, or use either of the emotion lists from the Bingo Card Generator to produce a single prompt. This is a good option for anyone who feels overwhelmed by information or choices.


Characters:
Drafting new characters takes time. The more of that I need to do, the slower the writing goes. So if you want to make it go faster, focusing on established characters is one way to do that.  The Big One lists a number of main characters with their locations and activities for starters.


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 "The Big One."  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.



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, 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.


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.


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 "The Big One."  I'll be soliciting ideas for superheroes, supervillains, gray capes, nonhuman soups, blue-plate specials, naries, first responders, citizen responders, hapless victims, Pacific Northwest and Californian tribes, scientists and other folks specializing in seismic or related issues, military forces, clergy, traveling, taking cover, running for your life, searching for survivors, rescuing people, counseling, troubleshooting, discovering problems, finding creative solutions, asking questions, learning what you can do, fault lines, earthquake shelters, cities in ruins, smashed landmarks, liminal zones, old-growth forests, beaches, sandspits, marshes, tsunami inundation zones, deserts, mountains, roads in various states of repair and disrepair, buildings, airports, harbors and bays, docks, ships, inner space, the subconscious, churches or temples, triage areas, counseling centers, alarms, photogenic megaquakes, tsunamis, landslides, liquefication, fires, floods, earthquake-resistant furniture, unforseen circumstances, emergency tools and supplies, physical first aid, emotional first aid, self-help, personal growth, different schools of therapy, therapeutic tools, trauma, fear, grief, horror, helplessness, traumatic, stress, when the whole world changes out from under you, superpower manifestation, things that can be detected and/or fixed with superpowers that are difficult or impossible to address without them, 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 first edition of Lewis Turco's The 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.) The rest of the poems will go into my archive for later use.</form>

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As plastic breaks down into tiny particles, it affects smaller species.  If it chains down to zooplankton, then the oceans could die; and if the oceans die, we die.  Because this is one earth, one water, one air.

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 I wondered when science would get around to recognizing this.

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A new study has identified clusters of four personality types.  That doesn't mean these are the only ones, just that they're common enough to show up as clusters.  I'm not a close match for any of them.

I have seen some other studies of personality types.  I've looked at all kinds of quizzes.  Most don't fit me at all.  Astrology is embarassingly accurate.  ColorCode is quite accurate, if you throw out the idiotic idea that only the highest-scoring color counts and instead treat them as percentages.  

I think, if people are going to use any personality test for more than idle entertainment, it should be tested for accuracy.  This is especially important given that corporations have gotten tired of using real interviews for job selection and are resorting to personality tests as a hiring filter.  If the tests are bogus, then people are being denied a livelihood on spurious grounds, which is not a good thing at all.

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Our theme this time was "self-discovery." I wrote from 1:15 PM to 7:30 AM, so about 16 hours 15 minutes, allowing for breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and 11 more later on.

Participation was modest this time, with 16 comments on LiveJournal and another 57 on Dreamwidth. There were no new prompters.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the September 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Learning to Cha-Cha"
"Raining Leaves"
"A World Possibly Not Born"
"You Have Already Proved It"

"A Lively Feast" (Feathered Nests, July 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl spillover) (linkback perk)
"The Price of Freedom" (Polychrome Heroics, August 7, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl) (free epic)


All poems sponsored in the September 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted. Sponsors this time include [personal profile] satsuma, [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] janetmiles, and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "The Price of Freedom" is the free epic. There is no tally toward a bonus fishbowl.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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I have made a thread page for The Big One

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This is the linkback perk for the September 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Today's Adventures
Poem: "The Price of Freedom"
Poem: "Lemon-Lime"
Emotional Intimacy Question: Something You Like
Sleeve Engineering
Hard Things


The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam ran this weekend with a theme of "darkness and light." See what I've written.

There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, September 18 with a theme of "Polychrome Heroics: The Big One."  Mark your calendars accordingly, and I hope to see you then!


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are three open epics. We're full until at least one of these concludes.

"Energy, Made Visible" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Now Shiv flibbers over being unable to earn ALL the pretty colors at once.

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask. In which a supervillain and a cop argue over donuts.

"In the Depths of Your Grief" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink and has 10 new verses. Kedric and Turq discuss emotional support after trauma.


The weather has been warmer here. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: sparrows and house finches. In bloom: marigolds, gazania, zinnias, salvia, cleome, petunia, million bells, snapdragons, lantana, dianthus, morning glory, sedum, hosta, and goldenrod. Crabapples, apples, and pears have green fruit.

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 Possibly a useful tool, although in practice users typically have no rights.  Getting almost anything off the internet requires giving up rights.  You don't have to agree to that; people will just do it to you.

EDIT 9/17/18: [personal profile] technoshaman has volunteered to help anyone interested in obtaining less-rights-grabby software.

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 ... has apparently been measurable for thousands of years.  0_o

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Deepwater fish.

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We went up to the farmer's market this morning.  The main goal was to buy ingredients for making a big batch of spaghetti sauce tomorrow, which we did.  Mostly heirloom tomatoes of assorted styles.  One vendor had pawpaws, but alas, they were pathetically small and green so I didn't buy any.  We did find someone with carnival squash, which we love, and got one of those.  And there were ginger gold apples!  :D 3q3q3q!!!  I haven't had any of those in several years, so I bought enough to make a pie.  <3 

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This poem came out of the August 7, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "blood" square in my 6-4-18 Dark Fantasy card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure fest. Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the September 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: This poem contains reference to a past injury from a bicycle mishap.  Despite copious amounts of blood, nobody was seriously hurt.

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Based on an audience poll, there are 10 new verses of "In the Depths of Your Grief." Kedric and Turq talk about Kedric's vocation.

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This is the freebie for the September Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "lemon" square in my 9-5-18 card for the 1000 Words or Less Bingo fest.


"Lemon-Lime"


The lemon is yellow,
the lime is green.

They are the light
and the darkness.

They grow apart,
yet they go together.

The light and the darkness
are not enemies but complements.

Taste the lemon-lime awakening and see
that binary thinking is bullshit.


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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "darkness and light."   Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own use.


What I Have Written 


"Lemon-Lime" is the freebie.

"The House Behind the Gate"
A city street is caught between day above and night below.
15 lines, Buy It Now = $10


From My Prompts


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 Done with calcium.

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 If it's plastic, it's probably bad for you.

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The free epic poll is now up in Dreamwidth.  So is the general fund poll.

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