"All eight of the GOP senators who are eligible for recall have been filed against. If you live in one of their districts, go find the petition and sign it, we've got 60 days to do this."
"if you wish to participate in the recall of any republican senators, call 608-255-5172."
This is a problem, because when the gap between rich and poor gets too wide, a society tears itself apart. History is quite clear on that point. Even before it gets that bad, social aspects break down, causing an increase in crime and other problems. So then, things that increase, or fail to alleviate, the widening income gap are actually un-American in that they reduce the chance of America surviving as a nation. It would be bitterly ironic if one of the world's greatest social experiments collapsed because people couldn't be bothered to give a rat's ass about each other. What war couldn't accomplish, greed and indifference very well might.
Geoffrey A. Landis wrote a nice post on Clevelandpoetics that points people to several of my posts about editing poetry. Yay, signal boost! I love poetry, and I want poetry editors to be fluent in their handling of it. Also, check out Clevelandpoetics in general; it looks like a good blog for poetry.
"Fleshing Out Flat Characters" explains how to add complexity to characters that will enrich your writing.
A published author shares business insights in "7 Things I've Learned So Far."
"Play-by-Play Narration" looks at the tendency to write down everything. What a story should do is condense the character's experience down to the parts that are interesting and relevant. If an activity is important, use play-by-play. If it's not, then summarize or skip it entirely. This is actually a big interest of mine because it comes up in Torn World. A shared world really invites you to skip around and write just the best scenes. But then you have to be careful not to leave too much out, or readers will get lost. It's a delicate balance, and that's a good thing to practice.
"How to Spotlight Important Prose" offers multiple tools for calling a reader's attention to key content. I remember hearing in a workshop that sentence fragments can do that -- they snag the eye and seem like the most important thing on the page.
"Writing: When It Isn't Working" examines the structural integrity of a novel, as it is being written.
If you like this poem and want to see more of these characters, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options. Same goes if you like the art; tip the artist. Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.
A total of 16 people sent prompts. We had a lot of crosstalk going in the fishbowl, which is always fun. There were two new prompters: please welcome poeticknowledge and kyleri. Woohoo! You have them to thank for the second freebie poem.
Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the March 2011 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"The Daughters of Befana" (a Fiorenza poem)
"The Flight of Free-Running Felines"
"the jade rabbit" (an Origami Mage poem)
"Paper, Scissors, Stone" (a Monster House poem)
"Pegasus Takes Flight"
"The Rainbow Layers"
"Time for Snow"
"The Truth in the Tower" (a Fiorenza poem)
"When Life Gives You Dragons"
"wings of paper, wings of lace" (an Origami Mage poem)
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 March. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. Also, "Paper, Scissors, Stone" and "The Truth in the Tower" are currently being microfunded at $.50/line. Fans on a budget should watch these -- often, a dollar or few is enough to reveal a new verse.
All of the fully sponsored poems have been posted, along with the funded verses of the two new epics. Prompters have their backchannel copies of the other poems. March's donor perk-post discusses the sonnet form.
Donors for March include: aldersprig, kyleri, the_vulture, marina_bonomi, tuftears, janetmiles, laffingkat, ladyqkat, slave2tehtink, and dulcinbradbury. Please welcome new donors tuftears and slave2tehtink, They helped bring you the extra freebie poem. You are all wonderful and I greatly appreciate your support.
The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.