February 4th, 2014

Karavai

Read "Playing the Field"

If you are a Torn World subscriber, you can now read my poem "Playing the Field."
A young Dareg plays bola-ball at the summer gather.

If you like this poem and want to see more like it, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options. Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.
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Poetry Fishbowl Open!

The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED. Thank you for your time and enthusiasm.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "love."  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 "Spirit of Truth" (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, 19 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 "love." 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. "Spirit of Truth" belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis and has 19 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 "love."  I'll be soliciting ideas for lovers, spice, zucchini, siblings, parents and children, other loving relationships, falling in love, falling out of love, making up, breaking up, searching for someone special, plot twists, romantic restaurants, balconies, beaches, living rooms, bedrooms, other places where people express love, romance around the world, courting gifts, romantic customs, our song, unusual romantic configurations, intimate promises, nonsexual forms of intimacy or love, 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 "Spirit of Truth.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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Poem: "Spirit of Truth"

Here is the linkback perk for the February 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. If you link to the fishbowl, make a comment and include the URL to reveal a verse of this poem.  If you link on different services, you can get multiple verses.

This poem came out of the January 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from kelkyag and rix_scaedu.  It also fills the "Truth serum, truth spells, and truth drugs" square in my 8-13-13 card for the Ladies Bingo fest.

8 of 19 verses have been posted. Linkers include: DW user Poetree_admin, janetmiles, technoshaman, Sylvaine,

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Poem: "Let Me Count the Days"

This is the freebie for today's Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by the "Love is..." comics for 2-3-14 and 2-4-14, prompted by my_partner_doug, and yes, this is a true story.  It also fills the "love letters" square in my 1-31-14 card for the Origfic Bingo fest.


Let Me Count the Days


When we first fell in love,
you sent me cards
and brought me chocolates,
and that was sweet.

Then when I spent a year
in various stages of move,
you sent me a love letter every day
just to let me know you were there for me
even though we couldn't be in same place.

This is how I knew that you loved me
not with the brief spark of paper hearts
but with the slow burn of oak.

Love isn't meant to be
a flash in the night,
but a hearth to warm your hands
for always and forever.

How do I love thee?
Let me count the days.

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Poem: "Valor's Widow"

This poem was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "obedience" square in my 1-31-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by LiveJournal user Baaing_tree. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: Sensitive readers are advised to have kleenex ready. The following poem contains terrorist threats, violence, main character death, and emotional whump. If these are touchy topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.

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