Poem: "Right and Responsibility"

May. 6th, 2015 03:00 pm
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This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and it's a direct sequel to "The Inheritor of Our Fear" so read that one first or this one will make no sense.

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Thanks to a gift tagged for [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] stardreamer, "The Inheritor of Our Fear" is now complete.  Find out how the emergency workers respond to the scene of assault.
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Poem: "Surviving Hell's Kitchen"

May. 5th, 2015 06:43 pm
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Thanks to new prompter [personal profile] liliane, you get a second freebie!  This also fills the "Breathing Exercises" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest.

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Poem: "Attainable Goals"

May. 5th, 2015 03:08 pm
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This is today's freebie for the Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "Set Attainable Goals" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo. This poem belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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Poetry Fishbowl Open!

May. 5th, 2015 12:34 pm
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED for prompts.  Thank you for your enthusiasm!  Keep an eye on this post as I'll be adding new poem thumbnails later in the week.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "gentlemen in distress."  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.

Note: The point is to reverse the "damsel in distress" trope.  Therefore, any male or equivalent character counts, not just noblemen.  In the case of alternate sex/gender paradigms, the usually-dominant trait should be in distress.

Click to read the linkback poem, "Dangerous Refuges" (14 verses, A Conflagration of Dragons).

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 "gentlemen in distress."  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. "Dangerous Refuges" belongs to A Conflagration of Dragons and has 14 verses available. 

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, you'll get a piece of bonus material.

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 "gentlemen in distress."  I'll be soliciting ideas for strong women, the role of the hera as female protagonist, men in need of rescue, the role of the heronet as male love-interest and plot complication, folks of other genders on either side of this equation, gender police antagonists, innocent bystanders, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, proving yourself, heroic ladyfeats, epic failures of manhood, dungeons, creepy buildings, bedrooms that someone does not want to be in, gendered spaces, tertiary sexual characteristics, gendered artifacts, endings and beginnings, love polygons, hero teams, the challenges of not being a macho hero, the challenges of not being a delicate heroine,  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 first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms 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 "Dangerous Refuges" The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
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This month's theme was "language shaping thought." I worked from 12:30 PM to 4:30 AM, so about 14 hours 30 minutes, allowing for breaks. I wrote 15 poems on Tuesday and another 9 later.

Participation was good, with 27 prompters on LiveJournal and 50 on Dreamwidth. A total of 20 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompters [personal profile] moongoddessgirl and [personal profile] kiramaru7. You have them to thank for the second freebie.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"100,000 and 1"
"Borrowed Thyme"
"Cobble's Stones"
"The Color of Her Eyes"
"haiku in English"
"His Fearsome Horse"
"Imperialist Linguistics"
"More Anxious to Agree"
"Never Carry Them Forward"
"Othering In"
"A Reflection of Your Energy"
"The Rosetta Code"
"The Seeds of Meaning"
"The Shaper-Worf Hypothesis"
"shining wind whispers"
"Speaking of Shields"

"Silken Dreams" (Dragonsilk, 1/6/15 Fishbowl)
"The Uruk Uncertainty" (The Time Towers, 2/3/15 Fishbowl)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for April 7, 2015. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from April have been posted, and backchannel copies sent to the prompters of the rest. Per the $200 goal, "The Uruk Uncertainty" was the free epic. Per the $250 goal, there will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, May 19. Per the $300 goal, there was a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.

This month's donors included [personal profile] technoshaman, Anonymous, [personal profile] marina_bonomi, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] librarygeek, Anthony & Shirley Barrette, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. There were no new donors.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Call for Prompts

May. 4th, 2015 02:20 pm
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 [personal profile] kay_brooke is hosting a prompt call with the theme of "nature."  Leave a prompt, get ~250 words.  There are perks for linkbacks and donations.

Glow Table

May. 4th, 2015 03:12 am
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 Watch someone make a table with glow-in-the-dark streaks.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lone_cat , there are 6 new verses in "The Inheritor of Our Fear."  Heron explains what he did to the man who attacked Mallory.

Bed, Dorianne Lux

May. 3rd, 2015 05:21 pm
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We fall open like windows
hinged at the hip. In our house,
in our bed. We fall apart
like walnut halves,
like sheet music,
like French doors.

Your hand is a glove of fire
on my thigh, my fingers
are torches. In our house,
in our bed, the earth breathes
beneath us, the pitched roof
snaps off and flies past
the shoulders of the sky.

Somewhere a piano unleashes
its teeth and you taste the bitters
at my cup’s chipped lip, our clothes
fall down at the foot of the bed.

In our bed rain falls, a warm
shower, birds huddle in the arms
of the cheap chandelier, lizards
leave their tails in the toes
of our shoes, in our house
where everything is allowed.

Dreamwidth Account

May. 3rd, 2015 02:43 am
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My paid account here is about to run out.  If anyone has DW points you're not using, I can put them to good use. 

Suicide Hotline for Transfolk

May. 2nd, 2015 04:37 pm
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... staffed entirely by transfolk, so callers don't have to explain why being trans in this culture makes them want to die. They can just start working the problem.

Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. For LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) contemplating suicide, the Trevor Project Lifeline can be reached at 1-866-7386. The U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 can also be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities.
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 "A Small Needful Fact" by Ross Gay is a brilliant poem about the life and death of Eric Garner.  This is why society needs poetry.

Call for Prompts

May. 2nd, 2015 01:07 pm
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[personal profile] thebonesofferalletters is hosting "Stories from the Crossroads." Leave a prompt, get a whole story posted this time. This month's theme is "unseen, unknown, otherworldy, or mistaken."

Between, Michael O'Siadhail

May. 2nd, 2015 09:09 am
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As we fall into step I ask a penny for your thoughts.
'Oh, nothing,' you say, 'well, nothing so easily bought.'

Sliding into the rhythm of your silence, I almost forget
how lonely I'd been until that autumn morning we met.

At bedtime up along my childhood's stairway, tongues
of fire cast shadows. Too earnest, too highstrung.

My desire is endless: others ended when I'd only started.
Then, there was you: so whole-hog, so wholehearted.

Think of the thousands of nights and the shadows fought.
And the mornings of light. I try to read your thought.

In the strange openness of your face, I'm powerless.
Always this love. Always this infinity between us.

Wellness Toolbox Bingo Card 5-2-15

May. 2nd, 2015 12:06 am
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Here is my card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, held in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. This fest focuses on taking good care of yourself

Theme: Wellness Toolbox Bingo
Dates: May 2nd - June 1st
Public Card: Yes
Open Card/Amnesty: Yes
Fills: Anything goes. Remember to use your content warnings!
Prizes: banners will be available at the end of the month and beyond.

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.
Underlined prompts have been filled.


Be Here NowWalkingGood NutritionTalk with a FriendHobbies
Set Attainable GoalsForgiveSocializeVolunteeringTalk with a Counselor
Enjoy Some Private TimeBreathing ExercisesWILD CARDGo to the MoviesEnjoy Nature
Emotional First AidReadingSurrenderYogaRespect Limits
LaughterHealthy Touch
SportsWatch TelevisionFamily Traditions

Maladaptive Parenting

May. 1st, 2015 08:22 pm
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I have mentioned before that some of my characters don't have a background of abuse or neglect, just a crappy home life.  Today I stumbled across one description for that kind of thing: maladaptive parenting.  For instance, the home might have high hostility and low warmth.  In other cases, parents might respond to a child's misbehavior in ways that encourage rather than discourage repetition.  It's not necessarily malicious.  It's just badly done.  Mallory is a good example of this; her parents didn't really know what to do with a child, and it shows.


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