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Poetry Fishbowl Open!
The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank  you for your time and attention.  Please watch this post as I am still writing.


Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "Outlandish Occupations."  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 "The Open Gyre" (12 verses, standalone).


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 "outlandish occupations." 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, 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.

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.  "The Open Gyre" has 12 verses and stands alone. 


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 piece of bonus material in one series.


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 "outlandish occupations." I'll be soliciting ideas for employees, employers, employment counselors, volunteers, assistants, mentors, apprentices, customers or clients, outcasts, unlikely coworkers, good/bad bosses, antagonists, black sheep, scapegoats, aliens, superheroes, supervillains, blue-plate specials, other heroes/villains, beat partners, other work relationships, working, othering, creating your own job, consulting, facing thresholds, belonging, learning on the job, questioning, debating labels, quitting, dropping out, learning what you can do, coming out, telling your own story, discovering new relationships, building a career network, mentoring novices, office buildings, mobile offices, classrooms, counseling offices, neighborhoods, plazas and other public places, alien planets, work ethic, employment, unemployment, self-employment, unions, other work-related organizations, promotions and demotions, oddjobs, genius is not public property, talent does not dictate profession, self-discovery, self-awareness, erasure, alienation, rejection, oppression, job skills, challenges of getting a job, sexual harassment, legal rights, 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 The New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco 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 "The Open Gyre."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 7th, 2017 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A Moon Door prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Waxing Strong." Several members of the pack can now return to work or school.

29 lines, Buy It Now = $15
rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: November 7th, 2017 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Prompts:

Monster fibre/fur/wool picker/sorter/grader
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 7th, 2017 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This inspired the free-verse poem "Not Your Grandmother's Monster Hunter." The folks from Monster House meet someone who gathers and sorts monster hair.

24 lines, Buy It Now = $10
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 7th, 2017 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Anthony Barrette inspired the free-verse poem "Tending the Wind." Progress continues as the Maldives develops artificial islands and windmills.

Hold for original prompter.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 7th, 2017 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A DW prompt combined with a prompt from Shirley Barrette to inspire the free-verse poem "Lateral Moves." At first, Fireheart isn't impressed with the guy who knocked up his sister. But Logan kind of grows on him.

Hold for other prompter.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 8th, 2017 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Dale Beaver inspired the free-verse poem "Seeing the World Through Colored Glasses." Maryam Smith befriends a goggle crafter.

91 lines, Buy It Now = $91
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 8th, 2017 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your sensitivity prompt inspired the free-verse poem "People in Extreme Circumstances." Counseling supervillains isn't easy, but if more people did a better job of it, there would be fewer supervillains.

227 lines, Buy It Now = $114
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 8th, 2017 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

I had a backchannel prompt that fit well with Shiv, so I'm using that part of the prompt. This isn't about smithing, but it does involve Shiv thinking about constructive things he can do. "The Willingness to Learn" is written in free verse.

162 lines, Buy It Now = $81
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 8th, 2017 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Continuing with Shiv's adventure, "The Archetype of the Beauty" introduces him to higher math in the form of crochet. He has no head for math, but he can grasp the sculptures just fine. This poem is written in free verse.

624 lines, Buy It Now = $312
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 8th, 2017 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A DW prompt about unique skill inspired the free-verse poem "The Greatest Legacy." A seal carver flees China and takes refuge in the Maldives ... and leaves an incredible mark on his new country.

189 lines, Buy It Now = $95
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 8th, 2017 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Done for the night!

Still have prompts left, but need sleep now.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 9th, 2017 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Many prompts combined to inspire the free-verse poem "Odd Jobs for Odd People." Vagary peruses the want ads at Kraken.

154 lines, Buy It Now = $77
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 9th, 2017 07:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This inspired the free-verse poem "Stretched by New Experiences." Lots of people in the Lacuna have had to adapt their jobs or switch to new ones.

87 lines, Buy It Now = $44
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 10th, 2017 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your EFA prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Smallest Act of Caring." Romy learns emotional first aid as a way of coping with his own feelings.

171 lines, Buy It Now = $86
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 11th, 2017 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Shirley Barrette inspired the free-verse poem "The Crookedness of the Serpent." It's about snake hunters in the Everglades.

Hold for original prompter.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 11th, 2017 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Anthony Barrette inspired the free-verse poem "What Polar Bears Require." It explores the work of polar bear tour guides.

Hold for original prompter.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 11th, 2017 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your Turq prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Long, Colorful Bracelet." It explores some of Turq's activities as he tries to get back in touch with society.

255 lines, Buy It Now = $128
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 17th, 2017 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Actually, I got a set of two from your interior design prompt.

"Always Ready to Receive" shows Calliope turning to her friend Dolorita for help with a superkid.
210 lines, Buy It Now = $105

"Among the Colors" features Alberto looking for work and Vagary making an offer.
176 lines, Buy It Now = $88
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 17th, 2017 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This inspired the free-verse poem "Retreading a New Trail." Traumatic manifestation of superpowers bring new challenges and opportunities.

68 lines, Buy It Now = $34
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 17th, 2017 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your cat cuddler prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Purr Little Things." It relates the founding of one of T-America's most popular charities.

116 lines, Buy It Now = $58
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 18th, 2017 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This inspired the free-verse poem "A Fabric of Our Own Making." Not everyone can afford to dress entirely in materials that will accommodate their superpowers, and some soups have differently shaped bodies. Seamstress to the rescue!

174 lines, Buy It Now = $87
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 27th, 2017 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This actually split into two related poems:

"Severance Pay" -- Captured after a cape fight gone horribly wrong, Skink gets an unexpected offer.
324 lines, Buy It Now = $162

"A Way to Make Right" -- Skink takes a chance to try out a new line of work by helping someone after a cape fight.
666 lines, Buy It Now = $333
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