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Need Fishbowl Themes
This is now CLOSED for new themes.  I'm going to make a poll.  Thank you all for your enthusiasm!

The last of the previously scheduled themes is "military science fiction" set for January 8.  So I need new ideas for 2013.  What topics would you like to see featured in a Poetry Fishbowl?  Here are a few of my ideas ...

* unlikely heroes & implausible villains
* mythical beasts
* things best left forgotten
* robots
* young adult literature
* revenge & forgiveness
* worthy causes

I'll gather the possible themes together and post a poll eventually to select specific ones.

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haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: December 11th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I vote for "Old Adult" fiction. Stories of interest to people growing older or transitioning into Elder roles.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 11th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ooo...

That's a great idea. We have an eldering population in America and very little constructive social discussion of that. I see that this is a popular topic from other people's comments!
catsittingstill From: catsittingstill Date: December 11th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the "old adult" idea too.

And how about:
weather
phase changes
tools

Edited at 2012-12-11 08:53 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 11th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Those are good ideas.
ellenmillion From: ellenmillion Date: December 11th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Natural disasters
Fabric and clothing
Modes of transportation

(I also like weather and growing old from above!)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 11th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

Natural disasters, that's a good one; the focus is often more on manmade ones.
From: minor_architect Date: December 11th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
How about the attraction of opposites? This could include such topics as friendships, romantic relationships, business partnerships, heroes & sidekicks, villains & minions - plus some basic laws of physics! :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 11th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cool!

I could make plenty hay with that.
siege From: siege Date: December 11th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
rocks and rockets
fuel
becoming and unbecoming
sleep and dreams
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 11th, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

*laugh*

That first one is a funny combination.

I've done "dreams" before but I'm willing to reprise that if enough folks are interested. It was a very successful topic.
paka From: paka Date: December 11th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

military sci fi ideas

PTSD caused by drone warfare; the pilot "jacks in" to control a huge number of drones throughout the battlefield, but while she herself is never at risk, the experience of "her" bodies being endangered and destroyed is more psychologically damaging than if she'd waded into combat herself.

Isolated surveillance bases kept mostly "dark" to communications, and what it would be like to serve on one.

Popular pilot anthropomorphizing of onboard AIs - these haven't been designed as holistic machines, and maybe they don't function as such, but it's a popular belief.

Something I still want to work into a sci-fi game; a space "sargasso sea" at a LaGrange point.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 12th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: military sci fi ideas

Printed and stuck in my datebook.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: December 11th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
theft and honesty
currents and tides
moonbeams and madness
scents and flavors
apples and oranges
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 12th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Ooo...

Those sound fascinating.
my_partner_doug From: my_partner_doug Date: December 11th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Former "truths" - things that once were believed, almost universally, that simply weren't (or at least aren't any longer)so. Examples would include 'The Earth is flat'; 'Leeches cure illness'; 'The stars revolve around the Earth'.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 12th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

This one has a cool history in speculative fiction, having given us things like Discworld and A World of Difference.
From: Dell Jacko Date: December 11th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
salt (whether related to the sea, a salt mine, preservation of food or something a bit less literal)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 11th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ooo...

That one just goes to all kinds of different and interesting places. Man, you folks come up with theme ideas that I never would in addition to the fairly obvious cool stuff.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: December 11th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seasonal holidays (or maybe just seasons), coping with/impact of technology
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 12th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Those sound promising.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: December 12th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
How about when good and evil aren't so clearly defined? A hero having a moral dilemma or trilemma because good isn't acting so good, and evil isn't acting much different from good.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 12th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

I like the concept, but it needs to be phrased more concisely to make an effective theme.

Gray areas?
Moral ambiguity?
Moral quandaries?
thnidu From: thnidu Date: December 12th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
This wordplay probably won't work as a prompt, but it's an Evil Idea you might want to play with:

   Sherlock × Moriarty = Morlock
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 12th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

0_o

That is very disturbing.
cadenzamuse From: cadenzamuse Date: December 12th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Feet (and perhaps inches)

Food and how we relate to it

Houses and homes

Senses

Gravity

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 12th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

We've already done "food" as a theme just last December, so I'll leave that off. The others look very promising though.
ravan From: ravan Date: December 12th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
The good, the bad and the ugly, and how one may be the other

The bitter and the sweet, literally and/or figuratively.

Little changes, big effects - sometimes small changes change history
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 12th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Ooo...

I like butterfly effects.
wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: December 12th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Fantasy Homonyms, Puns, and Plays on words (rocks and rocs, etc.)

Topsy Turvy - ideas and ideals that are overturned

I also like tales of elders and older folks.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 12th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

More fun ideas.
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