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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, July 7

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "the end of the world as we know it." I'll be soliciting ideas for survivors, refugees, Omnicidal Maniacs, warlords, mad scientists, Enemy Mine, people with disabilities, orphans, innocent bystanders, Postapocalyptic Dog, "I am become Death," getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, losing everything, pushing the button, watching the world burn, rebuilding from the ashes, becoming an orphan, questing for survival resources, ground zero, ruins, wastelands, irradiated zones, monuments that attempt to warn people away from dangerous places, creepy buildings, sanctuaries, Cozy Catastrophe, garbage mines, battlefields, Scavenger World, seed banks, oasis libraries, weapons of mass destruction, explosions, decrepit remnants of technology, habitat foreclosure, dire prophecies, endings and beginnings, divorce, other major life changes, and poetic forms in particular.

Note: This theme has several subsidiary branches along a spectrum of scale: the destruction of the world altogether (planetary, universal, or planar immolation), the fall of civilization, or the total disruption of an individual life.  Or as Aughra put it: "End, begin, all the same. Big change. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad. [...] Another Great Conjunction coming up! Anything could happen! Whole WORLD might burn up!"  Similarly you can time your prompts just before, during, or after the cataclysmic event.

Drawing a blank?  The bingo card generator has a prompt list for the End of the World.  You might also get some mileage out of the lists for Hurt/Comfort, Death, Desperate Situations, Emotions, or Negative Coping Techniques.  And feel free to populate our apocafic with People With Disabilities!  Because that was awesome, let's do more of that.  Grab your adaptive equipment and go save/destroy the world!  TV Tropes also has some great ideas about The End of the World As We Know It.

I have a linkback poem, "Growing Moss" (13 verses, Polychrome Heroics). 

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 can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  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, July 7. I'll be soliciting ideas for thematic characters, plots, settings, objects, 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, there will be a half-price sale in one series. 

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 "Growing Moss" (Polychrome Heroics).  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 apocafic -- 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!

Tags: cyberfunded creativity, fishbowl, poetry, reading, weblit, writing
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