romantic settings, dashing heroes and heras, damsels and gentlemen in distress, love life complications, things that make you go "awww!" and poetic forms in particular. If you want to give your sweetie something really special for Valentine's Day, consider dropping me a prompt. Love poetry is very traditional, and no, you don't have to make your own any more than you have to make the truffles or grow the roses!
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, February 10. I'll be soliciting ideas forromantic settings, dashing heroes and heras, damsels and gentlemen in distress, love life complications, things that make you go "awww!" 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. I will post at least one of the resulting fishbowl poems on the blog for everyone to enjoy. The rest will be available for audience members to buy, and whatever's left over will go into my archive for magazine submission.
If you enjoy my poetry -- or if you just love poetry in general, or want to promote interest in romantic poetry -- 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!