What counts as games and toys? Pretty much anything you play or play with: sports, board games, computer/video games, roleplaying games, stuffed animals, dolls, etc. Adult toys and sex games are also okay if you want nonworksafe poetry; that can always be posted behind a cut.
Since we've got some new folks, and holiday season puts heavy demand on people's budgets, I'd like to remind folks of something: You don't have to give me money. Yes, donations are precious, but they aren't the only things of value here. Leaving prompts is helpful whether you sponsor the resulting poem(s) or not. I get good poems, and somebody else might decide to sponsor them; there are several donors who routinely sponsor stuff they didn't inspire. If you feel like you're not contributing fair value for what I give in a fishbowl, there are non-cash methods of support such as linking or commenting. Yes, those really are important parts of the crowdfunding business model, and I say that both as a creator and a supporter. If you link, I might get new donors or readers that way, both of which I value. If you comment, then I know more about what my readers like, and sometimes that leads to new poems. The stuff I post for free? I can afford to give that away. I have poetry out the wazoo; sharing some for free encourages audience participation and makes the crowdfunding world go 'round. So read, enjoy, participate if you feel inclined and don't angst over the cashflow. Poetry is meant to be loved and shared, not stuffed away in a treasure chest next to Smaug's favorite cup.
dreamwriters will host the linkback poem, "Secondary Feathers" (18 verses, Fledgling Grace).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you may leave advance prompts.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
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.
I'm going to host a Poetry Fishbowl on my blog on Tuesday, December 4. I'll be soliciting ideas for thematic characters, objects, plots, settings, and poetic forms in particular. Chances are I'll spend a good chunk of the day, from afternoon to evening or more, alternating between this site and doing stuff offline so my back doesn't weld itself to the chair.
Perks: I will post at least one of the resulting fishbowl poems on the blog for everyone to enjoy, and an extra one if there's at least one new prompter or donor. The rest will be available for audience members to buy, and whatever's left over will go into my archive for magazine submission.
If donations total $100 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, I'll post a piece of bonus material; I'm working on a guide to the bird species of Fledgling Grace.
I want to promote linkbacks pointing people to the "Fishbowl Open" post on Tuesday. I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of "Secondary Feathers" (Fledgling Grace). One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.
(See the complete list of current perks.)
If you enjoy my poetry -- or if you just love poetry in general, or want to promote interest in playthings and playing -- please mark the fishbowl date on your calendar. Drop by and give me some ideas, comment on the posted poetry, encourage people to come look, whatever tickles your fancy. I hope to see you then!