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Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The January theme was "heras and villainesses."  A surprise guest topic was Greek mythology, appearing in several poems.  Most of the prompts arrived early, but a few more trickled in through the day.  A total of 19 people sent prompts, including the ones on Dreamwidth or backchannel.  There were 67 comments on LJ, 7 on DW, counting mine.  I worked from 1 PM to 1 AM, which means about 10 hours at the keyboard after accounting for breaks. 

I wrote 15 poems on Tuesday, then added 2 more later.  The number is on the low side of average for me, because the poems ran long this month.  There were 4 epics, most of the rest were long or medium-long, and no short poems at all.  As my_partner_doug pointed out, "Heras don't lend themselves to short  stories."  Many were free-verse but I also wrote some in quatrains or tercets, one in tanka verses, and one sonnet.  Also worth noting is the prevalence of series poems: 8 of the poems belonged to a series or established setting.  Some used only a single prompt but there were several poems that stacked a whole bunch of prompts together to create the plot; that was fun.

There was one new prompter this time, DW user Serpentine, who's responsible for the second freebie.  Special thanks to aldersprig for handling the linkback perk poem, "Zee."  It's all finished now.  Thanks also to my_partner_doug for managing the donation ticker.

Donations were enthusiastic this month.  We met the $150 goal for a free series poem and the $200 goal for bonus material.  I also added an extra series poem for donations reaching $250.  So you can now read "Bonus Material: Cast list for Fiorenza the Wisewoman."  Voting is still open for the individual series poems in Monster House and Path of the Paladins; I expect to close that and post the poems later tonight.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the January 3, 2012 fishbowl have been posted:
"All the Things" (Practical Magics)
"Bittersweet Preserves" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman)
"The Crackerjack Princess"
"Dark as Night, Bright as Day"
"Imalye Fotolyi" (Torn World)
"Klytaimēstra's Kestos"
"The Morose Mascot" (The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia)
"Pandora's Gift"
"Paper and Tiger" (The Origami Mage)
"Princess in the Shadows" (The Ocracies)
"Sisters in Venom"
"Stillpoint of the Spinning Wheel" (Monster House)
"What Makes a Woman"
"When Themis Peeks"
"El Zócalo"

"alien aquarium" (Monster House)
"Chamomile and Honeycrack" (Path of the Paladins)
"The Girl He Brought Home" (Monster House)
"Zee" (Monster House)


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 January 3, 2012.  That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.  Wow, you bought everything but some of the epics!  "The Morose Mascot" is now in microfunding.  The previous microfunded poem, "The Inescapable Agony of Being," is just $2 from full sponsorship.

All currently sponsored poems have been posted.  Backchannel copies have been sent to the various prompters.  The generally sponsored poetry poll is already complete and the selected poems have been posted too.

The donor perk-post is "Addressing Evil in Poetry."  The January donors include: kelkyag, marina_bonomi, minor_architect, zianuray, rix_scaedu, janetmiles, laffingkat, the_vulture, Shirley Barrette, and Anthony Barrette.  Thank you all for your encouragement! 

If you haven't already seen these, there is a list of poetry fishbowl perks for 2012 and a discussion of poetry ebooks from the fishbowl.  Donors can read the full list of scheduled themes for early 2012.


For complete details on this project, see the Poetry Fishbowl Landing Page.

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 9th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
There is a small but significant error in your coding: "The January donors include: kelkyag, [Unknown LJ tag], minor_architect"
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 9th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Fixed!

Thanks for catching that.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 9th, 2012 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Fixed!

You're welcome.
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