Poem: "Titanium Transformation"

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 03:38 pm
ysabetwordsmith: (Fly Free)
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This is the first freebie for today's fishbowl, prompted by [personal profile] pinkrangerv. It also fills "the cost of magic" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It contains spoilers for Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.

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I have three prompts to go on my Giraffe Call, after which the Giraffe-Call discounted rate (1 cent/word) will be closed until the next Giraffe Call.



Tips currently stand at $14 from the commission-a-piece-of-art level.

AND

The September Theme Poll will close Thursday the 4th at noon EDT. If you want a vote, you have to be a be a Patreon Patron at the $5 level or higher or donate (or have donated in August) $5 or more via paypal.

Want to kill 2 birds with one stone? Commission a piece of fiction from the Giraffe Call, get a vote, AND gets some nice, cheap fiction!



YsabetWordsmith's Poetry Fishbowl Open (#promptcall)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 04:32 pm
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Today's theme is "healing & growth."

The call is here.

Leave a prompt (or several) and Ysabet will write a poem to your prompt.

Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 12:41 pm
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Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "healing & growth."  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.

Click to read the linkback poem "The Face of a Hero" (Polychrome Heroics, 17 verses available).


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 "healing & growth."  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, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted.  "The Face of a Hero" belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and has 17 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 get a half-price sale for one week in one series.  Everyone will get to vote on which series to feature in the sale, out of those with extra poems available.


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 "healing & growth."  I'll be soliciting ideas for herbalists, healers, counselors, clients, teachers, students, farmers, fields, offices, helping people, actions leading to personal growth, stages of recovery, growth phases, hitting rock bottom, plot twists, safety equipment, self-help materials, herbs, 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 Lewis Turco's The New 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 "The Face of a Hero.") The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

Ladies' Bingo Card

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 01:25 pm
aldersprig: (Genique)
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This is my [community profile] ladiesbingo card!

[community profile] ladiesbingo is a challenge for fanworks about relationships between women.

Please feel free to leave me suggestions for any square (either extant characters/settings or generic prompts); I'll italicize squares that have suggestions and link completed stories.
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Edited to add: this list of (some of) my named female characters might help.
aldersprig: (Aldersprig Leaves Raining)
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2 continuations were anonymously paid for; this is [personal profile] alexseanchai's requested continuation of the "Samurai" thread
Gonna be a Samurai
Gonna Learn how to be a Samurai and
Being a Samurai Takes Work
.

First Year

“Dancing is a good idea, Austin, Sianna. It teaches balance, rhythm, and a sense of where your body is n relation to your partner.”

It turned out that almost everything was useful to learning how to be a samurai, at least to hear Miss Ascha tell it. But the weird thing was, everything was also useful to learning how to be a dancer, like Sienna - even swords-training - or a teacher, like Ethelwin wanted to be - even the meditation exercises - or even a bounty hunter, which is what Sweetbriar wanted to be this week.

Austin wasn't sure if Miss Ascha was right; he wasn't even sure if she was being honest or if she was just encouraging them to learn their math and dancing and meditation. But Professor Inazuma and Principal Doomsday agreed with Miss Ascha, yes. Dancing was useful for being a samurai. Addition and subtraction were useful for being a samurai. And science and history were very very useful.

They were his teachers, and Austin was going to have to listen to them if he wanted to be a samurai.
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After And We Are Not Monsters.

The girl called Rohanna did not take well to the collar.

Viatrix had sympathy for that. Nobody in their house had ever taken well to submission and, to the girl, they were the enemy. They had stolen her from her crew at hawthorn-point.

What she did not have was tolerance. "No." She knew she was getting sharp, and could not manage to soften her tone. "No, what did I say?"

Rohanna snarled. "If I washed the floor I didn't have to wash the dishes."

"Try again, little mage."
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Taughannock Creek, 8/24/14 (or so)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 09:17 am
aldersprig: (Stormclouds)
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Our creek is full of water this year, what with all the rain.

This is up above all the falls, where there's no gorge sides & a much more mellow creek.

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Signal Boost: LB-Lee's Writeathon #promptcall

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 07:21 am
aldersprig: (BookGlasses)
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[livejournal.com profile] lb_lee is hosting a call for prompts on the theme of "service and servitude" here.

Prompting is free; stories can be sponsored to be posted.

Photography

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 04:12 am
ysabetwordsmith: Cats playing with goldfish (Default)
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 Plague doctor costume, along with a savvy explanation of why it made some sense.

Call for Prompts

Monday, September 1st, 2014 09:56 pm
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 LJ user Lb_lee is hosting a call for prompts on the theme of "service and servitude."  There will be some fiction posted and you can donate to see more.

Genprompt Bingo Card 9-1-14

Monday, September 1st, 2014 03:17 pm
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Here is my second card for Round Four of the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This bingo challenge encourages original or fanfic material across all formats and lengths. It's a terrific fest if you want general and/or gentle fiction, although people can interpret prompts any way they like. There are many categories, and you can choose to omit up to three. Read the rules first.  Browse the Round Four prompt list.  Request a Round Four card here. Prompt lists are renewed once a quarter, and you may request a new card then even without bingo on a previous card. (See all my 2014 bingo cards.)

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.

Round Three: September 1-November 30, 2014.
Cards may be requested prior to November 30.
Any content, fiction or poetry, etc. fanfic or original.
Minimum of 100 words for fiction, poetry, or other text fills.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


GENPROMPT BINGO CARD

Regret Playing Cards Vulnerable Women Being Awesome Mobile / Carnivorous Plants
Croatia Laboratory Beautiful Afternoon Primary Colours
We're all going to die! Introspection Wild CardBeing Silly Confessions
Partnership Revelations and Concealments Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold Gardening Reality is Illusion
Injury The Cost of Magic Character transformed into an animal Ritual Marks and Body Decorations International Speak Like a Pirate Day

Ladiesbingo Card 9-1-14

Monday, September 1st, 2014 01:50 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Cats playing with goldfish (Default)
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Here is my card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This bingo challenge celebrates the various shades of relationships amongst female characters. It's intended to raise the amount of female-centric literature available. All modes are welcome here: het, slash, femslash, poly and gen. All media/formats are welcome, including poetry; fanfic and original material are both acceptable. Some of the content may be NSFW. Read the FAQ and rules first. The signup post is here. Anyone tired of womenless mainstream entertainment, but not sure what to make? Get a card for inspiration.  (See all my bingo cards for 2014.)

I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers. It's also useful for developing some of my series with female leads or other characters as a prevailing feature. Consider The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia, Hart's FarmPath of the PaladinsSchrodinger's Heroes, and Walking the Beat. In other series such as An Army of OneFledgling Grace, and Monster House there's at least one F&F or F/F relationship amongst a more widely scattered cast and plot.  Polychrome Heroics is kind of a unique case because 2/6 of Damask (Mira and Maze) are female; and of course it has other kick-ass superheras.

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'll 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.


Flirting Physical imperfections Tragedy Love without Hope Dystopias
Character Death Mutation / Transformation Fate Small Vices Smell
Summertime (and the Livin' is Easy) A New Start Wild CardThe Shopping Mall Ritual Marks and Body Decorations
Spring Feudal Ties / Master and Servant Funerals and Wakes Internet / Social Media It all depends on this one choice
Five Things Women Being Awesome The Tower Amnesia Opposite Sides of the Track

Card, please!

Monday, September 1st, 2014 01:47 pm
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 [personal profile] purplecat has announced that new rounds are open for [community profile] ladiesbingo and [community profile] genprompt_bingo.  I have found both of these fests to work great for inspiring crowdfunded material -- I like to combine a bingo prompt with a fan prompt.  [community profile] ladiesbingo is all about relationships between women, which may be sexual/romantic, familial, professional, or whatever.  [community profile] genprompt_bingo focuses on topics outside the sex/romance range, for folks who want to write about something else, although it is acceptable to write sex/romance for that fest if you wish. 

New Bingo Rounds

Monday, September 1st, 2014 01:43 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Cats playing with goldfish (Default)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith posting in [community profile] crowdfunding
 [personal profile] purplecat has announced that new rounds are open for [community profile] ladiesbingo and [community profile] genprompt_bingo.  I have found both of these fests to work great for inspiring crowdfunded material -- I like to combine a bingo prompt with a fan prompt.  [community profile] ladiesbingo is all about relationships between women, which may be sexual/romantic, familial, professional, or whatever.  [community profile] genprompt_bingo focuses on topics outside the sex/romance range, for folks who want to write about something else, although it is acceptable to write sex/romance for that fest if you wish.
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To [livejournal.com profile] eseme's prompt

The Grandmothers, as Aunt Eva tended to call them, had been on Beryl's case recently about The Cat.

They didn't all have the Spark, they didn't all know first-hand what The Damned Cat was, but they all knew, and they all seemed to think that, since Beryl could talk to (or hear) the Cat, then it was her sacred duty to do whatever it was they wanted her to do about the Cat.

She's stopped listening after a while, and when that had gotten her full-name-scolded (and reminded that she was not currently the Aunt, no matter what the cards seemed to hold, and would thus be respectful, thank-you-very-much), she had tried dodging questions.

When that hadn't worked, she'd decided to take the problem to the source and ask Radar and Lam what she should do.

Lam was, predictably, no help at all. "Bite them." The tiny Siamese kitten groomed herself between answers. "Then growl and hiss until they go away."

Radar, more surprisingly, gave the matter some thought. "They want to know what I am, and why Lam exists, yes?"

"What you want, yes, and 'why you made Lam.'" Beryl petted Radar behind the ear, where he best liked being petted. "They don't listen when I say that you didn't make her."

"They wouldn't want to. It means someone else is doing something they've forgotten how to do." The orange tabby (today, at least, he was an orange tabby) sighed, an angry huff. "Well, child-kitten, I suppose we're going to have to go into the attic."

"Aunt Eva's attic?" Aunt Eva's attic was a terrifying place.

"No." At least this time, he didn't sound as if she was being stupid. "Aunt Bea's attic. I'd suggest you bring gloves."



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Oil & Water, a microfic for Thimbleful Thursday

Monday, September 1st, 2014 09:45 am
aldersprig: (Aldersprig Leaves Raining)
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Thimbleful Thursday is a new microfic prompt site (mine!). This week's prompt was "Oil & Water" and the word limit was 200 (180-200).

I barely made it in at 220.


"You have to understand." The cultural attaché was using the high-pitched voice that meant that not only did Tyre have to understand, but that she was failing at this simple task.

Tyre was used to this from cultural-attaché-sorts, and did not take it personally. "I am trying, I promise you. Please continue."

As always, the slightly baffled look served to soothe. "The Sureare and the Unbling, they are like - like oil and water. They do not work together, they do not talk together, they do not sit together for a fancy dinner, no matter who we are 'honoring.'" The attaché managed to making "honoring" sound like a perversion.

Perhaps in their culture, it was. But Tyre had a job to do, and she was going to do it. "Oil and water, hrrm?"

"That is what I said, Ambassador."

"Let us see, then. Oil and water need mustard. Somebody tangy and a little astringent who can rub up against the 'oil.' Would you say the 'oil' is the Sureare?" Tyre didn't wait for a response. "So, that would be... the Adlyma. Invite a group of five Adlyma, say, their chiefs. And we'll need an agitator. Pavlin Ajanae should do well. Don't forget to limit the entourage to four." Tyre smiled brightly at the attaché. "Or do I still not understand?"

A Week in Alder

Monday, September 1st, 2014 09:12 am

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