August 3rd, 2011

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Poem: "Stained"

This poem was inspired by prompts from ankewehner, the_vulture, and jenny_evergreen and encouraged by acclaim from a bunch of other folks who really wanted to see Path of the Paladins crossed with the "corruption and redemption" theme.  Here, then, begins the tale of Johan, a former paladin of Gailah who finds himself in trouble in front of the last person he ever wanted to see again.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50 per line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.  

So far sponsors include: the_vulture, corona_rift, ravan

FULLY FUNDED
214 lines, Buy It Now = $107 
Amount donated = $40
Verses posted = 17 of 51

Amount remaining to fund fully = $68
Amount needed to fund next verse = $3
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $4


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Poem: "Greasing the Wheels"

This is today's second freebie, courtesy of Dreamwidth user Ailelie, a new prompter.  It was inspired by a prompt from ellenmillion.  I got to thinking about baksheesh  and how Egyptians have a whole different view of bribery.  To them, it isn't corruption: it's lubrication.  It stands to reason that the Empire would see certain things the same way -- and the licensing fees may have evolved partly from this.


Greasing the Wheels


No one thinks what a millstone feels
Grinding the grain between the wheels.

No one thinks of a bureaucrat
Pushing papers so smooth and flat.

Think of what makes the world go 'round,
Keeping the wheels from making sound.

A little grease goes a long way;
So do the bribes that people pay.

It isn't fraud; it isn't graft;
It is the bureaucrat's true craft.

It's nothing but a little gain,
Greasing the wheels that grind the grain.

Origami Mage

Poem: "master of water, master of wood"

This poem was inspired and sponsored by marina_bonomi, who wondered what I might do with Cao Cao and Zhuge Liang.  In my hands they turned into historic role models for the Kirigami Mage and the Origami Mage.  And now we know where the rivalry really turned personal.  This poem belongs to the Origami Mage series, coming after "ongaeshibanashi." 

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Brief Fishbowl Followup

Okay, yesterday's Poetry Fishbowl went bonkers again.  I'm still processing what happened and why, and how to work with it.  A bunch of new poems are already up; click the "poem" tag to see them.  I didn't get through all the prompts I wanted to cover -- or even one from everybody -- so I'm going to try doing a bit more today.  Plus I have all the usual aftermath work to do.  We need to make an extra trip into town today as well.  Just keep an eye on my blog, and I'll do my best to keep you-all posted on developments.  And look at the fishie swimming!


$201.50 raised, first goal MET, second goal MET

In case I haven't mentioned it lately, my audience is made of 100% gold-plated WIN.  I love you all.
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Poem: "The Clockmaker's Country"

This poem came out of the August 2, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette and Anthony Barrette.  (Hi, Mom & Dad!  *wave*)  They wanted to read about "government by committee," which meshed neatly with The Ocracies series I have going.  I managed to find a mode of government that seemed to fit, hamarchy.  Now ordinarily, committees tend to be a lousy way to run things; but this is partly because few people have the skill to do it right.  Add in some adept social science and you get the Hamarchy of Helgi...

The Clockmaker's Country


The clockmaker's country is quiet
until something needs to be said.
It ticks along smoothly and discreetly,
then shakes the air with a crescendo of bells.

The clockmaker's country is an intricate machine
made of a million tiny parts, assembled into structures,
each structure distinct and yet all connected
into a whole far greater than the sum of its parts.

The clockmaker's country is a living thing
in which two heads are better than one
and a committee becomes a body of collective wisdom
listening for the distant sound of bells.

The clockmaker's country is given to building
for its people like to make everything from equipment to cultures
and they have the physical sciences and the social sciences
to do it right and to tidy up afterwards.

The clockmaker's country stands behinds its work
so when you turn over the whispering vestwatch
and see "Hamarchy of Helgi" engraved on the back,
you know that the action will be everything that it should be.

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Poem: "The Accidental Hero"

This poem came out of the August 2, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from janetmiles, stryck, aldersprig, and ladyqkat.  Each of those prompts provided something different: the characters, a clue, the complication, and the solution.  The result is a sequel to "The Reluctant Villain."

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50 per line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.  

So far sponsors include: ladyqkat, zianuray, general fund, janetmiles, tuftears, the_vulture

FULLY FUNDED
186 lines, Buy It Now = $93
Amount donated = $78
Verses posted = 38 of 43

Amount remaining to fund fully = $15
Amount needed to fund next verse = $2
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2


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Call for Cosponsors: "Stained" and "The Accidental Hero"

There are two new epics in microfunding.  "Stained" belongs to Path of the Paladins and introduces Johan, a former paladin of Gailah now fallen on hard times.  For all those folks who wanted to see a fallen paladin, here he is.  "The Accidental Hero" is a sequel to "The Reluctant Villain."  Mayhem ensues when one of Aldornia's relatives unexpectedly appears in the Temple of Golden Light.  Both of these fantasy poems are off to a strong start, so you can get a feel for the action.  Cosponsors are sought to help reveal the remaining verses.