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

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  This is the perk for the main August fishbowl meeting the $200 goal.  Today's theme is "Monster House."  (If you're new to this series, you can read the previous poems on the serial poetry page.)  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 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 "Monster House." 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) 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.

3) 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"

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) 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 "Monster House."  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.  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 magazine submission.

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zianuray From: zianuray Date: August 16th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seems I can't comment from my Droid -- apologies if this shows up again!

You know how most houses seem to have little critters that move things from where you KNOW you put it, then when you look the SAME PLACE ten minutes later, there it is? Does Monster House have those, or did the bogeyman eat them? (Or the Radiator Dragon, or....)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 17th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)


Scroll up to see the thumbnail for "House Rules" under a comment by kelkyag.
From: siliconshaman Date: August 16th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder... is the house itself a Monster?

I mean, I was looking at the pictures of decaying houses in Detroit and couldn't help thinking of living houses gone bad [because you know old houses have a life of their own]... feral buildings, lurking in what used to be leafy suburbs... undead residences, quietly feeding on the still living communities, sapping the life from them.. even zombie houses that ought to be dead, but somehow still stagger on despite seeming to be on the verge of collapse.

and I wondered.. what happens when someone reanimates such a house? Occupies it and breathes new life into it. How does it feel about it..?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 17th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)


From the prompt about the house as a monster, plus one from eseme, I got the free-verse poem "The Picket Fence Committee." Not every house is meant to look like the American dream, and unwanted visitors sometimes get a rough welcome ...

73 lines, Buy It Now = $36.50
laffingkat From: laffingkat Date: August 16th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not unusual for a teen to borrow the family car and get into trouble, so I'm thinking that a girl with access to a time machine (and whatever else she may have found in Grandma's lab) could get into some interesting situations.

I'd like to hear more about the relationships between the female members of this family. But we haven't heard very much about the father's family, so it would be nice to learn about that side of the family too. Do they visit much? Do the two families get along well?
thesilentpoet From: thesilentpoet Date: August 17th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)

If it's not too late - I'd love to see a follow up with the cow-tail family next door, or if not that, something with the daughter in school.

If it is too late, well. Suggestions for the future?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 17th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Done for the night!

Okay, I'm closing the fishbowl now. Thank you all for your support.
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