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Poetry Fishbowl Report for April 17, 2008 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poetry Fishbowl Report for April 17, 2008
Yesterday's Poetry Fishbowl was interesting on several counts. I wrote a total of 11 poems, on the lowish side -- but more of them than usual were rhymed, metered pieces, including several ballads. At least 10 people provided prompts. There were 26 comments total on the main fishbowl post, including my replies.

There were another 16 on the separate post for the freebie poem, "Sir Rosalind Rides," which proved hugely popular. Check out the illustration contributed by haikujaguar! (It has been suggested that this poem would make an excellent song or animation. I'm open to the possibility if anyone is interested in developing either.) So that turned out very well.

Another interesting point is that almost all the poems were inspired by solitary prompts, rather than pairs or trios. I suspect this is due to the topic: many of the prompts were based on historical personages or events, so they tended to be self-contained. Most of them had a serious or even cautionary note, although I did get one very light-hearted piece, "The Tree Cozy."

So far I have made a total of $22 on this fishbowl. Two people have promised to send contributions on Monday, one of whom is also contemplating a scrapbook page, which would be another first if it comes together. Current sponsors of the April fishbowl are: haikujaguar, arielstarshadow, and janetmiles. (If you're planning to send a donation or buy something related to this fishbowl, please let me know when you do that, so I can add you to the "Donors" filter. Then you'll be able to see the perk post.) I'll be uploading the perk post for the sponsors soon. Thank you all for your generosity.

endlesssearch06 is the first known person to model a fishbowl off mine, in this case trawling for fiction prompts. I was hoping this would happen, and am duly pleased. If anyone else does likewise, please let me know and I'll link to your fishbowl too.

Thanks to the audience at large for some great inspiration. You're a treasure.

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tabard From: tabard Date: April 18th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if maybe it'd be possible to work something out with haikujaguar where she could provide a small print or some reproduction of her illo for Rosalind to be used in a scrapbook page commissioned from you...

I *really* enjoyed the lady knight's story, and that'd be a heck of a way to contribute to two great creative minds at once :)

haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: April 19th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am willing!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 19th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am also willing, if that's what someone wants. For that I'd need the print, some storm-patterned background paper, and grey paper for the text.

I think the most elegant method, however, would be to make the arrangement with digital scrapping and then print out the result on the mongo art printer. Basically, copy and paste the upper portion of the painting to create a full page of the clouded background, and on another page, copy and paste the upper portion to fill the remaining page. It's likely to take 3 pages total, because the original poem is just over 2 pages (which could be snugged in) plus the picture (which needs more room).

Next, blank out the center portion of each page, leaving room for the text, with the cloud pattern as a frame. The center portion could be made pale grey, very faint cloud pattern, or pure white. Then choose the fonts for the text -- I'd suggest Times New Roman for the main body and something calligraphic for the title -- and paste that in.
haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: April 19th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yee, definitely more than I have time for... O_O
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 19th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Then that loops us back to the mini-print that I could work with, if someone wants to go that route.
tabard From: tabard Date: April 19th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure how comfortable you'd be with this option, but if you'd be willing to provide the starting file, I'm fairly confident I could do the digital prep for what Elizabeth is suggesting here. But I'm completely fine with a mini print if you'd rather not :)
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