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Poem: "Secondhand Sight"
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kestrels_nest From: kestrels_nest Date: February 9th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love these!

It also strikes me that they're the start of a story in poetry form. There are so many possibilities - a toddler amused by a leprechaun juggling on the corner of his crib, a treed kitten rescued and returned by the resident dryad, or the gnome who rearranges the neighbor's landscaping when he gets bored.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 9th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>I love these! <<

I'm happy to hear this.

>> It also strikes me that they're the start of a story in poetry form. There are so many possibilities - a toddler amused by a leprechaun juggling on the corner of his crib, a treed kitten rescued and returned by the resident dryad, or the gnome who rearranges the neighbor's landscaping when he gets bored.<<

Essentially, yes. Where ideas are flexible enough to be told in verse or prose, I am now leaning more towards verse. It writes faster and sells better for me. I wrote two series poems that sold this month, "Secondhand Sight" and "unfolding wings," both in active series. Another looped back to a story arc that has some poems and some fiction fragments; dunno if "This Sudden Sight" will sell or not.

With "series" poems, they're very organic things. They start with a prompt, become a single poem, and then catch the eye of my reader(s). Someone requests a sequel with a particular tangent ... and then sometimes another and another, till it winds up with some kind of storyline. I think this is pretty cool. It's not common so there's very little competition and a lot of fresh territory to work in.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: February 9th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
or the gnome who rearranges the neighbor's landscaping when he gets bored

*giggles delightedly at the image*
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 9th, 2017 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)

a world of possibilities, indeed

>> There are so many possibilities - a toddler amused by a leprechaun juggling on the corner of his crib, a treed kitten rescued and returned by the resident dryad, or the gnome who rearranges the neighbor's landscaping when he gets bored. <<

I'd love to see any or all of these three ideas developed. Have they been, or should I put them in queue to be applied to an appropriate prompting opportunity?

The middle prompt brought to mind "Dryad's Promise" by Betsy Tinney, which can be found on the Pegasus Awards website (ovff . org)

-- Callibr8
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 10th, 2017 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: a world of possibilities, indeed

>> There are so many possibilities - a toddler amused by a leprechaun juggling on the corner of his crib, a treed kitten rescued and returned by the resident dryad, or the gnome who rearranges the neighbor's landscaping when he gets bored.

I'd love to see any or all of these three ideas developed. Have they been, or should I put them in queue to be applied to an appropriate prompting opportunity? <<

I don't think they have been written yet. Feel free to prompt for them if you wish.
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