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Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The November theme was "humor & whimsy."  One prompt came early, then a pause, then most of the prompts arrived in a big blob.  A few appeared later in the day.  A total of 14 people sent prompts, which is on the low side.  There were 99 comments including mine.  I worked from 1:20 PM to 11:40 PM, so about 8 hours and 20 minutes, allowing for breaks.  I wrote 17 poems.  Many were free verse, though I did some short forms (limerick and triolet), some quatrains, and one in haiku verses.  There were plenty of short and medium poems this time, with a handful of long and epic ones.

There were no new participants this time, all regulars.  Special thanks to minor_architect for running the linkbacks perk this time.  I've reposted "Winter Apples" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman) on my blog.  It's not completed yet, so I'm letting folks continue to reveal verses by linking to favorite poems for this fishbowl.  Now that I've posted the unsold poetry, you can also pimp that for linkback love.  Now complete! Thanks to my_partner_doug for handling the ticker during the fishbowl.

We've reached the $150 goal for a free series poem.  I'll need to check what's available and eligible so you can vote on which series. We're currently $38 from the second goal for an extra fishbowl. The free poem is "Opening the Gate" from Path of the Paladins.

[EDIT 11/9/11] This fishbowl has sold out! You can read ALL the poems.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"All You Can Eat"
"Dancing in Rain and Sun"
"The Four Humours" (NEW series: The Steamsmith)
"The Funny Farm"
"In Good Cause" (The Ocracies)
"Hothouse Hijinks"
"How Skycat Got Her Name"
"Jest in Fun"
"The Other Truck" (Monster House)
"Overdrive" (rude limerick)
"Pranks and Shenanigans"
"The Steamsmith" (NEW series: The Steamsmith)
"Third Road Signs"
"A Topsy-Turvy World"
"Uplifted"
"wadding" (The Origami Mage)
"The Wizard Who Did Windows" (NEW series: Practical Magics)

Also, both open epics -- "Igor's Creature" and "Will Not" -- have been fully funded, so you can read them in complete form now.

Notice that there are two new series!  The Steamsmith series is brand-new this month, beginning with two poems.  It is steampunk set in an otherworldly London, featuring a black hera who is an expert with steamworks, and while the principles  of scientific method hold true, the information  revealed differs greatly from the physics and biology of our world.  Steampunk is a genre that I rarely write, so I'm excited about exploring new territory; please forward widely to steampunk fans, because they probably haven't seen my work before.  

Practical Magics is following up on a character introduced in an earlier fishbowl, Jenina, who does low magic for everyday purposes.  She invents spells in the "hearth witch" or "kitchen witch" field.  Sometimes it's the littlest things that make the biggest difference.  So if you're sick of stories where the gee-whiz magic distracts from the characters and events, look here.  This series still has its first poem available for sale, "Wipeout." 


Buy Some Poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the list of unsold poems from November 1, 2011.  That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.
SOLD OUT!

All currently sponsored poems have been posted.  Prompters have been sent private copies of their unsold poems.  I still need to write a perk-post for donors. The donor perk-post is "Reinventing History."  The general fund contains $5 so far, and after I tally the total donations Friday evening, I will post a generally sponsored poetry poll. The general fund revealed two new verses in the open epic "Will Not" (Path of the Paladins).

Thus far the November donors include: the_vulture, marina_bonomi, rix_scaedu, janetmiles, aldersprig, and laffingkat.  Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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