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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, July 3 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, July 3
This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Xenolinguistics and Lost Languages." I'll be soliciting ideas for linguists, polyglots, translators, adventurers, archaeologists, anthropologists, sailors, police, firefighters, clergy, superheroes, aliens, uncontacted tribes, minorities, conlang mavens, other people who deal with exotic languages, translating, listening, reading, speaking, writing, constructing languages, reviving lost languages, following other languages into dark alleys and rifling their pockets for loose grammar, traveling, learning a new language, troubleshooting, discovering problems, finding creative solutions, confronting deception, asking questions, exploring new techniques, classrooms, libraries, archaeological digs, remote villages, exoplanets, outerspace, ships, the glory road, offices, churches or temples, magical laboratories, trading posts, other places of unusual linguistic activity, dead/dormant languages, rare/dying languages, heritage languages, constructed languages, alien/fantasy languages, linguistic genocide, language nests, heritage-language newspapers, untranslated/untranslatable documents or concepts, isolate languages, first contact, unforseen circumstances, when the whole world changes out from under you, cape fights, alien invasions, rare phonemes, atypical grammar, English is as pure as a cribhouse whore, and poetic forms in particular.

Some of my series play into this.  Frankenstein's Family has the werewolves speaking Dacian.  Polychrome Heroics has Dr. Infanta speaking Basque, Aidan speaking a version of Proto-Indo-European, Pips (secretly) and Walden (openly) speaking Pictish, lots of people speaking Native American heritage languages, and Roger the Pirate speaking who knows what else.  The Blueshift Troupers have a different derivative of Proto-Indo-European.

I have a linkback poem, "Wings, Dragons" (16 verses, A Conflagration of Dragons). 

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 3. 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 "Wings, Dragons" (A Conflagration of Dragons).  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Twitter or LiveJournal, rather than all on Dreamwidth.

(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 languages -- 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!

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