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Poetry Fishbowl Open!
The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and assistance.  Please keep an eye on this page as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "Do you believe in magic?"  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.

Among my projects that involve magic: The Ursulan Cycle, Clay of Life, A Conflagration of Dragons, Fiorenza the Wisewoman, Fledgling Grace, Gloryroad Crossing, Hart's Farm, The Inkeer, Kande's Quest, Monster House, The Ocracies, One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis, The Origami Mage, Path of the Paladins, P.I.E., Practical Magics, Seeing Hearts, and Sort Of Heroes. Polychrome Heroics has sorcery, but it's rare.

Click to read the linkback poem "Mysterious and Impermanent" (20 verses, Walking the Beat).


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 "Do you believe in magic?" 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.  "Mysterious and Impermanent" has 20 verses and belongs to Walking the Beat. 


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 half-price sale 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 "Do you believe in magic?" I'll be soliciting ideas for wizards, witches, familiars, gods and goddesses, outcasts, magical nulls, mystical creatures, spirits, other magical beings, casting spells, asking questions, reading tomes, setting up circles, facing thresholds, questing, learning what you can do, believing, disbelieving, woodstoves, temples, stone circles, hearths, the forest primeval, the dark, bottle shops, sacred groves, stages other places where magic happens, artifacts, magical books, wands and staves, enchanted jewelry, spells, curses, protection, stage magic, schools of magic, kitchen witching vs. altar witching, household supplies, regalia, equality and inequality, self-discovery, self-awareness, alienation, rejection, privacy, auras, energy, 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 "Mysterious and Impermanent."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

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rix_scaedu From: rix_scaedu Date: January 2nd, 2018 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why does someone believe in magic?

Why does someone not believe in magic?

When magic isn't the best solution.

Magical outliers.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 3rd, 2018 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Before They Are Easy." In a nation that hates superpowers, sometimes magic slips by unnoticed.

88 lines, Buy It Now = $44
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 2nd, 2018 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Shirley Barrette inspired the poem "In a Green Cathedral." Walk among the redwoods.

Hold for original prompter.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 2nd, 2018 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your street magician prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Curve That Sets Everything Straight." Elonso has a miserable time in Italy, until he doesn't anymore.

190 lines, Buy It Now = $95
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 3rd, 2018 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt about kissing inspired the acrostic poem "BLUSH." It's about young love.

5 lines, Buy It Now = $5
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 3rd, 2018 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A Dreamwidth prompt inspired not just a poem, but a new series. The free-verse poem "Imps of the Marginalia" is the first in Acrostic Magery, and relates how magic and humanity began to converse with the advent of writing.

36 lines, Buy It Now = $15
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 3rd, 2018 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

In the next installment of Acrostic Magery, the Crafters among Druids and Vikings discover how to make magical artifacts. "Crimson Inscriptions" is written in free verse.

56 lines, Buy It Now = $20
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 3rd, 2018 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A couple of DW prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Strength and Power." Rowan O'Boyle blows up her life and puts it back together again, with new improved music. This is the next poem in Acrostic Magery.

187 lines, Buy It Now = $94
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 3rd, 2018 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Inconvenient Princess." When Yancie reports that Princess Mazelina has been kidnapped, Aldornia and Zenobia ride to the rescue.

128 lines, Buy It Now = $64
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 3rd, 2018 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This inspired the free-verse poem "That Iron String." It talks about how to escape gaslighting.

65 lines, Buy It Now = $33
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 3rd, 2018 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Done!

I still have things to write, but I need sleep now.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2018 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

A backchannel prompt from Anthony Barrette inspired the free-verse poem "Unicorn Sign." It describes a magical walk after a rainstorm.

Hold for original prompter.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2018 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your Monster House prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Dragon and the Manticore." It's about the hidden beasts in town.

25 lines, Buy It Now = $10
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2018 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

This inspired the free-verse poem "Of Portals and Magic Potions." Schrodinger's Heroes deal with an incursion of Unicorns.

66 lines, Buy It Now = $33
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2018 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your electronic prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Blue Smoke and Mirrors." A Super-Gizmologist learns the tricks of his trade.

116 lines, Buy It Now = $58
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 11th, 2018 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your healer prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Where You Begin to Heal." Dr. G takes Riley to a healer to discuss options.

359 lines, Buy It Now = $180
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 18th, 2018 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

The poem "The Determination of Tulips" is the second freebie.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 18th, 2018 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

Your Kande prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Words of the Elders." Kande searches for the door to the underworld, but she's going to need some help.

90 lines, Buy It Now = $45
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 25th, 2018 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

I finally managed to finish "Desperate Measures," the sequel to "Bitter Ice." This poem is written in free verse and features the crew waking up from suspended animation.

664 lines, Buy It Now = $332
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