November 3rd, 2011


Schrodinger's Heroes: Chaotic Neutral Schrodinger

Schrodinger's Heroes  is an apocryphal television show about quantum physics and keeping the Earth safe from alternate dimensions.  If you're not familiar with it, you can browse the menu page.  The following images may make more sense if you have read the descriptions for Melannen's characters and my characters.  LOL_Heroes is a branch of LOL picspam inspired by Schrodinger's Heroes.

Core!Schrodinger is a black cat of good alignment, and his alter evil!Schrodinger is white.  Chaotic Neutral Schrodinger is gray.  He lacks the driving moral force of the other two, and just does things for the hell of it.  Or not. For full-size images, see the LJ gallery of Chaotic Neutral Schrodinger.

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List of Unsold Poems from the November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

[EDIT 11/9/11] This fishbowl has SOLD OUT! Woohoo!

"All You Can Eat" -- 37 lines, $15 SOLD
The result of your pr0n thread is the free-verse poem "All You Can Eat," in which a connection between shrimp and prawns and pr0n -- and the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico -- all come to the attention of Yemaya. You can imagine how well that is going to go over.

"Hothouse Hijinks" -- 15 lines, $10 SOLD
From your prompt about plants growing animals, I got "Hothouse Hijinks." This free-verse poem relates the mayhem to be had after fairies get into the greenhouse.

"How Skycat Got Her Name" -- 81 lines, $40.50 (Torn World) SOLD
From your prompt about "Torn World's Skycat" I got the free-verse poem "How Skycat Got Her Name." She wasn't always spotted, and she couldn't always soar through the air ... but she was always a very clever cat with a fondness for hunting butterflies.

"Overdrive" -- 5 lines, $5 SOLD
Per request for a rude limerick, I've written "Overdrive." A sex-powered starship picks up the wrong passenger and crashes into a planet. Oops.

"Pranks and Shenanigans" -- 16 lines, $10 (Waterjewel) SOLD
From the comment about alt.shenanigans, I got the free-verse poem "Pranks and Shenanigans," about cultural differences and linguistic overlaps between bandit culture and Waterjewel culture in the Whispering Sands desert.

"A Topsy-Turvy World" -- 8 lines, $5 SOLD
I turned a prompt into a title with "A Topsy-Turvy World," which is a triolet about a place where everything is somehow upside-down or backwards. It has a trippy little rhythm the way humorous children's poetry often does.

"Uplifted" (Path of the Paladins) SOLD
To your prompt about paladins and practical jokes, I added a bunch of other ideas from other folks dealing with the constructive and destructive uses of humor. The result is the free-verse poem "Uplifted," in which Shahana and Ari meet a priest of Talaton, god of balance. Things are shifting in the world...
This poem will become available after "Will Not" is fully funded.

Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The November theme was "humor & whimsy."  One prompt came early, then a pause, then most of the prompts arrived in a big blob.  A few appeared later in the day.  A total of 14 people sent prompts, which is on the low side.  There were 99 comments including mine.  I worked from 1:20 PM to 11:40 PM, so about 8 hours and 20 minutes, allowing for breaks.  I wrote 17 poems.  Many were free verse, though I did some short forms (limerick and triolet), some quatrains, and one in haiku verses.  There were plenty of short and medium poems this time, with a handful of long and epic ones.

There were no new participants this time, all regulars.  Special thanks to minor_architect for running the linkbacks perk this time.  I've reposted "Winter Apples" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman) on my blog.  It's not completed yet, so I'm letting folks continue to reveal verses by linking to favorite poems for this fishbowl.  Now that I've posted the unsold poetry, you can also pimp that for linkback love.  Now complete! Thanks to my_partner_doug for handling the ticker during the fishbowl.

We've reached the $150 goal for a free series poem.  I'll need to check what's available and eligible so you can vote on which series. We're currently $38 from the second goal for an extra fishbowl. The free poem is "Opening the Gate" from Path of the Paladins.

[EDIT 11/9/11] This fishbowl has sold out! You can read ALL the poems.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"All You Can Eat"
"Dancing in Rain and Sun"
"The Four Humours" (NEW series: The Steamsmith)
"The Funny Farm"
"In Good Cause" (The Ocracies)
"Hothouse Hijinks"
"How Skycat Got Her Name"
"Jest in Fun"
"The Other Truck" (Monster House)
"Overdrive" (rude limerick)
"Pranks and Shenanigans"
"The Steamsmith" (NEW series: The Steamsmith)
"Third Road Signs"
"A Topsy-Turvy World"
"wadding" (The Origami Mage)
"The Wizard Who Did Windows" (NEW series: Practical Magics)

Also, both open epics -- "Igor's Creature" and "Will Not" -- have been fully funded, so you can read them in complete form now.

Notice that there are two new series!  The Steamsmith series is brand-new this month, beginning with two poems.  It is steampunk set in an otherworldly London, featuring a black hera who is an expert with steamworks, and while the principles  of scientific method hold true, the information  revealed differs greatly from the physics and biology of our world.  Steampunk is a genre that I rarely write, so I'm excited about exploring new territory; please forward widely to steampunk fans, because they probably haven't seen my work before.  

Practical Magics is following up on a character introduced in an earlier fishbowl, Jenina, who does low magic for everyday purposes.  She invents spells in the "hearth witch" or "kitchen witch" field.  Sometimes it's the littlest things that make the biggest difference.  So if you're sick of stories where the gee-whiz magic distracts from the characters and events, look here.  This series still has its first poem available for sale, "Wipeout." 

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 November 1, 2011.  That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems have been posted.  Prompters have been sent private copies of their unsold poems.  I still need to write a perk-post for donors. The donor perk-post is "Reinventing History."  The general fund contains $5 so far, and after I tally the total donations Friday evening, I will post a generally sponsored poetry poll. The general fund revealed two new verses in the open epic "Will Not" (Path of the Paladins).

Thus far the November donors include: the_vulture, marina_bonomi, rix_scaedu, janetmiles, aldersprig, and laffingkat.  Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Poem: "A Topsy-Turvy World"

This poem came out of the November 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was prompted by wyld_dandelyon and sponsored by laffingkat.  This is a triolet, an interlocking/repeating form that lends itself well to humorous topics.

A Topsy-Turvy World
-- a triolet

There once was a world that was built upside-down
With people as strange as you ever did see --
Why, they spoke through their toes and walked on their crown!
There once was a world that was built upside-down
With its rocks colored green and its plants all brown.
It had fish on the wing and birds in the sea.
There once was a world that was built upside-down;
People spoke through their toes and walked on their crown!