March 12th, 2009


Fiction Goal 1/3 Complete

This morning (that is, Wednesday morning, though it's after midnight so this post will have a Thursday timestamp) I woke up with a story in my head. It happened to be a fairy tale, and for me those usually run about 1000 words. So despite having a ton of other things to do today, I sat down and wrote it first. This applies toward my goal of writing at least three short stories this year. The story is "The Girl Who Spoke Toads" (that is not a typo) and it's about a princess who drops toads and snakes from her mouth when she speaks.

Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, March 10

Tuesday's poetry fishbowl was a lively one. I got a bunch of prompts early on, and a few more later. I started at 11:30 AM, and stopped working at 8:30 PM when a storm blew in; when I came back there were no new prompts so I just declared the session closed. So that's about 7 hours accounting for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 16 poems, all short or medium; nothing over $15 this month. Some were based on single prompts, but others combined several. Only one was a rhymed, metered form but several were structured free verse. 15 people sent prompts, a nice strong showing, and there were 41 comments including mine.

[EDIT 4/22/09 adding poems]

These are the fishbowl poems that have already been published:
"The Absent-Bodied Professor"
"Family Curses"
"The Ghosts of Alexandria"
"The Hands That Hold the World"
"Socked Away"
"The Things Between"
"Vandervecken's Fleet"

A discussion is going about "The Ghosts of Alexandria," particularly the last verse and whether it should be either expanded or deleted.

This month's donors are: ellenmillion, dakiwiboid, dulcinbradbury, janetmiles, minor_architect, and ladyqkat. Later there will be a donor perk post, and polling to determine the generally sponsored poems to be posted. Thanks to everyone for your support and enthusiasm.

Generally Sponsored Poetry Poll #1 for March 2009

There are two $15 poems, several $10 poems, and one $5 poem ("The Dance of Angels"). The first poll, therefore, is to determine the package shape because all the variables won't fit into a single poll.

Poll #1364674 Generally Sponsored Poetry Poll #1 for March 2009 Fishbowl

Which combination do you like the best?

Two $10 poems AND one $5 poem
One $10 poem AND one $15 poem