The August 2012 Nonfiction Fishbowl resulted in 2 prompters, 15 prompts, and 6 fills. PDFs are off to the prompters. Thank you all who made the fishbowl a success!
Titles and snippets of all pieces written for prompts in the Nonfiction Fishbowl are below.
Prompt #1: The Interdependence of Mythos and Culture (for writers)^
Mythos, as the entire body of a culture's traditional literature is called, is the rich patina about the edges of an aged cultural tradition. It speaks to what the people believe, what they still believe and think they have outgrown, and what they no longer believe but look back upon wistfully. The ideas and concepts undergirding a given mythos continue to undergird the cultural subconscious and germinate new ideas and concepts. To change a people, you must change its mythos.
504 words | Free Post
Prompt #7: The Way I Do Tea^
But when I wanted that home-brewed blend, my options were slim: use one a tea ball infuser or spoon or brew an entire pot and strain it. I never could find an infuser with small enough holes and the entire teapot was often too much work. When I began to experiment with creating spice tea blends, I discovered a new problem: spice turns to paste and gunks up the strainer, thus losing your tea. Frustrated, tired of expending so much effort on getting my daily cup, and wanting something simpler, imagine my surprise when I saw the MiniMinit One-Cup Filters at my favorite grocery store. Suitable for coffee, they would doubtless be able to handle my spice tea recipes. I purchased them.
MiniMinit One-Cup Filters have changed the way I do tea.
704 words | Niche article with target publication. Reserved.
Prompt #9: The One Tea You Should Drink^
If I was to recommend for a non-tea drinker to try making any one tea a part of your life, there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. It is difficult to know whether to call a tea blend a single tea, but I shall, simply due to the synergestic properties of this blend that neither tea carries on its own.
896 words | Sponsor = $17.92 | Buy = $44.80
Prompt #11: The Path of Poetry: Finding Your Own Way^
Begin as any writer must. Read. I advise you to stay away from the how-to books for a time, the grammars lecturing on the tools and metatools of poetry, though you may and should read freely through such other grammars as apply to prose. Master the rules of your language that you may break them. Consider the comma, the dash, the ignominious semicolon; consider their function and learn their ways. Study sentences and work and rework them. Never settle for anything less than what is pleasing to your ear.
770 words | Sponsor = $15.40 | Buy = $38.50
Prompt #13. Worldbuilding a Literary and Oral Heritage for a Science Fiction or Fantasy Culture^
It's a monster. Expect a couple more articles on this prompt. You will receive a PDF copy of this in your email at the end of the fishbowl. Snippet:
A cultural heritage of myth, legend, and literature generally begins from the simplest of starting points: oral history. Histories predate writing, and the preservation of them was given to the storytellers and the bards. When building this sort of heritage for your own science fiction or fantasy culture, first consider the history of your people.
Myths come from origins. Legends come from heroes. Fairy tales come from superstitions. Folk tales come from values and bedtime stories.
687 words | Sponsor = $13.74 | Buy = $34.35
Prompt #15. 5 Steps to Creating a Button, Badge, Icon or Avatar^
When deciding how your button or icon needs to look, consider what you will use it for. Your purpose can be anything from promote my blog to identify who I am. No matter what you plan to use it for, remember that any graphic used consistently in relation to your online presence is a part of your internet brand. People will see it and see you.
913 words | Sponsor = $18.26 | Buy = $45.65
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