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Poetry Fishbowl Report for June 1, 2010 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poetry Fishbowl Report for June 1, 2010
June's theme of "opposites" led to some interesting interpretations, including several aspects of eastern culture (with dynamic balance rather than opposed duality) and even one about the absence of opposites.  A surge of prompts midday dried up later; after I'd written one poem using a prompt from each person, and doubled back to some others that intrigued me, I wound up closing earlier than usual.  I worked from 11:45 AM to 9 PM, so about 7 hours 15 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks.  I wrote 17 poems, which is in my typical range despite the short timeframe.  Almost all of them were medium-short, with a couple of short, a medium-long, and a couple of long poems; there were no epics this time.  There were also no rhymed or metered poems, although the free verse ran strongly to structured verses (couplets, tercets, quatrains) and one poem used haiku-form verses.  Some came from single prompts; some combined prompts by different people.  A total of 13 people sent prompts.  Please welcome new prompters the_vulture and shadowsculptor!  You have them to thank for the extra freebie poem.  There were 46 comments including mine.

This is the summer slump, by the way.  Traffic on my LJ is considerably lower than it was a few months ago; the same trend affects how well the Poetry Fishbowl does.  *sigh*  My output remains high, but getting other folks involved is harder during the summer months.  I think people are outside or on vacation a lot more, rather than online.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the June 2010 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"The Bard's Magic Arrow"
"Diminishing Cycles"
"Dragon Candy"
"The Flashpoint of Analysis"
"Mountains and Plains"
"Restoring the Force"
"Taijitu"
"Twilight Lovers"
"The Wheel of Light"

[EDIT 6/7/10: Added new poems and updated the progress on polls and perks.]

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

Poems already sponsored have been posted.  Backchannel copies of other poems have been sent to their respective prompters.  The general donation fund looks good for this month; I'm waiting for another anticipated contribution to that before I post the generally sponsored poetry poll.  I also need to write the perk-post for donors.  The generally sponsored poetry polls are complete and those poems have been posted. The donor perk-post is also up. The June donors include: ellenmillion, marina_bonomi, shadowsculptor, and janetmiles.  Thank you for your support; you're a terrific audience and I treasure your participation.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: June 3rd, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank °you° for the opportunity. I always enjoy the Fishbowl, wish I could sponsor more poems...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 4th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

One thing I love about cyberfunded creativity is that it gives people opportunities to support the kind of material they love, so that there will be more of that in the world. I have very few patrons who buy from me every month or nearly so -- not many people can afford that -- and I deeply appreciate all of you who do. I also appreciate my regular prompters who show up at most fishbowls, whether or not they have money to spend, because they give me lots of good ideas. It works out pretty well.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: June 4th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Usually, I come across the Fishbowl long after it's closed. I was pleased to come across it early enough to participate this time. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 4th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm happy to see you here this time.

For future reference: The Fishbowl is usually on the first Tuesday of each month, occasionally later. Next date is listed on the landing page. I also post reminders one week and one day in advance. So if you want to catch them, check early and jot down the date.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: June 4th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

Thank you for the welcome! I think it's mostly a time of day issue. I'm usually working Tuesday nights, but was feeling poorly last Tuesday and had taken the night off. :p
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 4th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

>>I think it's mostly a time of day issue. I'm usually working Tuesday nights, but was feeling poorly last Tuesday and had taken the night off. <<

Hmm ... my usual schedule for a fishbowl is about noon to midnight. Sometimes I start or end a little earlier or later, but a large chunk of the day is open. How does that overlap your Tuesdays? Could you check before work? If not, watch for the Monday post; I'll let you prompt early if you know you'll be away from the computer during the activity itself.

the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: June 4th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

*chuckle* Work starts at 10:30 PM AST. I usually asleep till about 8:00 PM AST. If I happen to be up earlier, it's because I'm off doing Kung Fu or somesuch. Last Tuesday was an anomaly for me. However, I'll endeavor to get more involved with these, now that I'm more aware of the time frame. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 4th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

>> *chuckle* Work starts at 10:30 PM AST. I usually asleep till about 8:00 PM AST. <<

Hmm ... that's about 11 PM Central Time, so it's hit or miss. (Some nights I'll close around 10 or 11 PM here, if I'm not getting more prompts; other times I'll be up until 1 or 2 AM.) You're welcome to send me your prompts the day before.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: June 4th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

:) Atlantic Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Central, so I'm up at 6 PM CST and at work for 8:30 CST, but still, a small window of opportunity for me, so I'll take advantage of popping in a prompt prior to. You shoulda seen me trying to catch haikujaguar's One Card Draws, especially when I was living in England. :p
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 4th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

Oh ... I looked up "AST" and it was Alaskan Standard Time, not Atlantic. Sorry. Early prompting is still fine.

Yes, I catch about one in three or four of the One Card Draw sessions with haikujaguar but those are worth chasing.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: June 4th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

Okay, I had to look that one up. Wiki lists AST for BOTH Atlantic and Alaska Standard Time, but other sources show AKST for Alaska.
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