October 6th, 2011


List of Unsold Poems from October 4, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the October 4, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal, or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

"Clapboard Apparitions" -- 37 lines, $15 SOLD
From your prompt about abandoned houses, I got the free-verse poem "Clapboard Apparitions." It's a quiet, evocative exploration of forgotten structures laid against the backdrop of nature.

"Friendly Whispers" -- 17 lines, $10 (Torn World)
I decided to explore the idea of friendly ghosts in Torn World. "Friendly Whispers" is written in free verse, musing on the nature of helpful vs. harmful ghosts and the challenge of telling the difference. As with many Torn World poems, it has a mixed message and no hard answers.

"Ghost in the Screen" -- 10 lines, $5
I liked the idea of ghost images burned into a screen, which became "Ghost in the Screen," a whimsical little poem about screen burn-in. It's written in rhymed couplets.

"Hollow Eve" -- 60 lines, $20 SOLD (Monster House)
From the prompt about entertaining trick-or-treaters, I got "Hollow Eve." It takes place very early in the Monster House series, after the eviction, and explores some challenges of meshing the paranormal with the ordinary.

"Lurking" -- 72 lines, $36 (Monster House)
From the prompt about previous occupants in Monster House, I got the free-verse poem "Lurking." It introduces the lurking shadow who, while not a ghost per se, shares many of the same qualities and may be fairly considered a type of spook. The poem also deals with some subtle aspects of communal interaction and getting along with housemates, not all of whom are necessarily vocal.

"Overlooked" -- 21 lines, $10 (Monster House)
From the prompt about ghosts and guardian angels, I got the free-verse poem "Overlooked," a Monster House poem about the silly things that sighted people think they see.

"Telling Tales" -- 30 lines, $15 SOLD
From the prompts about spectral evidence and ectoplasm, I got the free-verse poem "Telling Tales," in which a dead man assists with his own murder investigation. For certain loose definitions of "assist."

"This Beaten Drum" -- 193 lines, $96.50 (Path of the Paladins)
I put this together with [info]ravan's prompt about a paladin's ghost ... and I found a follower of Gorrein who is loyal to his god, come hell or high water. Shahana and Ari want to clear the ghosts away from a battlefield, but not all of them are ready to go. Fortunately they have some unexpected help.

"Visitations" -- 37 lines, $15
I combined this with [info]clare_dragonfly's prompt about a menopausal women causing poltergeist activity. Bill and Sue know that the house is haunted ... but only when Grandma is around. "Visitations" is written in free verse.

"We've Got It Covered" -- 39 lines, $15 (Monster House)
From your prompt about the ghost in the bookstore, I got the free-verse poem "We've Got It Covered," which describes a little indie bookstore on the same street as Monster House. They have a ghost. And a dragon.

Fate in Fantasy

Here is quite an excellent discussion of Fate in fantasy fiction.

It got me thinking about Path of the Paladins.  Pretty early on, that series reveals that the world is a mess and needs some fixing up, and that Shahana and Ari are involved in a lot of the fixing.  But it's not exactly a Fate sort of situation.  There's a natural force at play which pulls things in a particular direction.  As the series moves along, it becomes clear that Gorrein has grabbed a great deal of power but is basically making a colossal botch of it.  The more he struggles to increase his influence, the worse the situation gets and the greater the tension becomes as nature tries to reorganize things into a more stable configuration.  There are forces to which even the gods are subject ... but it isn't always about fancy predetermined Fate.  Sometimes it's just the equivalent of, if you throw rocks in the air, they tend to land on your head.