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Poetry Fishbowl Open!
The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Keep an eye on this post as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "anything goes."  You can ask for whatever you want.  Favorite settings, characters, storylines, themes, etc. are encouraged.  You may also request things you've wanted that I haven't done yet.  If you have been saving any prompts that haven't matched a theme yet, now is the time to post those.

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.

Stuck for ideas?  You can find prompts by ...
* picking some from the Bingo Generator prompt lists.
* browsing my Serial Poetry page or QUILTBAG list for favorites.
* looking up fun things on TV Tropes.
* plugging a favorite topic into your search engine and choosing a picture that looks interesting.


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 "anything goes." 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.



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, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  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.


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.


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 "anything goes."  I'll be soliciting ideas for ... anything at all!  Favorite characters, ideas for new ones, plot twists, stop-trope repairs, strange settings, whatever tickles your fancy.   Now's the time to bring out all your cool ideas that haven't quite fit a previous prompt call. 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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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 22nd, 2016 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Shirley Barrette inspired the free-verse poem "A Kind of Memory in Nature." It's about different types of squirrels.

Hold for original prompter.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 23rd, 2016 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "What You Think You Know." It's an exploration of Callista adapting to her dizzy spells. I finally got around to writing the introvert party scene. \o/

294 lines, Buy It Now = $147
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 23rd, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

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A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Solo Chorus." Ninepin like to duplicate herself for musical performances.

30 lines, Buy It Now = $15
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 24th, 2016 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Most Serious Occupation of Manhood." Boss White meets Dr. G in person for the first time at Blues Moon, and they talk with Shiv about how he's doing after his release.

532 lines, Buy It Now = $266
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 24th, 2016 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)

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A DW prompt about library staff inspired the free-verse poem "The Most Important Asset of Any Library." When Haboob is attacking libraries, and librarians are upset as a result, it is Aston who knows how to deal with the overload.

110 lines, Buy It Now = $55
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 25th, 2016 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Other Options." Spalling and V talk about gender identity and paperwork.

60 lines, Buy It Now = $20
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 27th, 2016 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your dancing prompt inspired two poems about Cuoio, Chiara, and Salvo.

"An Extension of the Personality" features Cuoio, Chiara, and Salvo dressing up for a community dance.
116 lines, Buy It Now = $58

"Small Beautiful Bones" follows Cuoio, Chiara, and Salvo as they go dancing. Cuoio meets the bully who made Salvo's early life miserable, and minor mayhem ensues.
360 lines, Buy It Now = $180
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 29th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A Mallory prompt from technoshaman on DW inspired the free-verse poem "The Best Place for Us to Be Now." Mallory and Heron talk about their respective futures.

412 lines, Buy It Now = $206
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