Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, October 5

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Fantastic Queerness." I'll be soliciting ideas for people in the QUILTBAG, queer activists, gender scholars, historic queers, queerplatonic partners, comares, superheroes, supervillains, counselors, other people who involved in QUILTBAG culture, studying the QUILTBAG, exploring your sexuality, creating intimacy, making friends, falling in love (or like), getting to know each other, growing closer, moving in together, formalizing a relationship, fumbling for vocabulary, starting a family, cooking together, discovering things, troubleshooting, improvising, adapting, cooperating, bartering, taking over in an emergency, discovering yourself, studying others, testing boundaries, coming of age, learning what you can (and can't) do, sharing, fixing what's broke, upsetting the status quo, changing the world, accomplishing the impossible, recovering from setbacks, gay bars, feminist bookstores, sharehouses, queer studies departments in schools, QUILTBAG clubs, quiet rooms, queer-friendly workplaces, nonhuman environments, gardens, other QUILTBAG hangouts, diverse orientations, pride flags, other symbols of QUILTBAG identity, stores carrying QUILTBAG goods, queer-owned-and-operated businesses, magical aspects of sex/romance, how superpowers can complicate sexuality, family dynamics, alternative family structures, partnerships not based on sex/romance, layered personal boundaries, emotional closeness, first contact, things other species consider queer that humans don't, interspecies relationships, trial and error, lab conditions are not field conditions, innovation, skin hunger, loneliness, problems that can't be solved by hitting, teamwork, found family, complementary strengths and weaknesses, personal growth, and poetic forms in particular.

I have several posts you may find inspiring:
QUILTBAG Characters
Romantic Orientations in My Characters
Sexual Orientations in My Characters
Genders in My Characters

See also:
The Ace-Aro Spectrum 
Nonsexual Intimacies 
Five Moments of Intimacy
A previous FMI bingo card from a fest on Allbingo

If your identity has not yet be represented, or only done badly, then by all means prompt for it and I'll do my best to fill the gap.

Among my more relevant series for the main theme:

The Blueshift Troupers span a range of sexualities, and sometimes shift gender.

Daughters of the Apocalypse has far more women than men, so lesbianism and bisexuality are considered sensible, but gay men may be seen as selfish.

Frankenstein's Family features two men in a queerplatonic relationship, and there are some other queerfolk in the series too.

Hart's Farm is a free love community with diverse bonding methods.

Monster House includes gay teens.

Path of the Paladins has asexual leads.

Polychrome Heroics has ordinary humans, supernaries, blue-plate specials, superheroes, supervillains, primal and animal soups all of whom have their own interpersonal expectations.  QUILTBAG characters include Antimatter and Stalwart Stan, Kenzie in Iron Horses, Pain's Gray, and Hefty in the Shiv thread (and Shiv is acespec).

Schrodinger's Heroes save the world from alternate dimensions, and they're a very diverse group in a very conservative area.

The Steamsmith has a genderqueer lead and some other variously queer characters.

Or you can ask for something new.

I have a linkback poem, "Summer Thunder" (9 verses).

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, October 5. 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; four of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be four 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 "Summer Thunder" (standalone). 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 the QUILTBAG -- 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!
Tags: cyberfunded creativity, event, family skills, fantasy, fishbowl, gender studies, poetry, reading, weblit, writing

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