January 7th, 2012

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Serial Poetry Poll for the January 3, 2012 Fishbowl

At closing time, the donation tally was $253.  Thank you all for your support!  You are made of so much WIN.

The $150 goal was for a free series poem.  The $200 goal was for a piece of background material, a character guide to Fiorenza the Wisewoman.  I added an impromptu $250 goal, a second series poem.  So now you get to vote on what serial poetry you want.  Look on the Serial Poetry page for an overview of the series and and unsponsored poems written previously.

These series currently have this many poems available:
The Clockwork War (2)
Fiorenza the Wisewoman (2)
Monster House (7)
The Odd Trio (1)
Path of the Paladins (4)
Poems About Phobic Starships (1)
Queen Choufa and the Rebel Drones (3)

First, decide whether you want to publish two free poems from the same series, or one poem in each of two different series.  Then choose which series you want.  I'll check this poll Saturday evening, and close it if there's a clear winner; if not, I may let it run a little longer.  After you pick the series, I'll post a followup poll if necessary to select specific poems if the series has extras.

Poll #1808910 Serial Poetry Poll for the January 2012 Fishbowl
This poll is closed.

Where do you want the two serial poems?

Both in the same series.
1(7.1%)
One in each of two different series.
13(92.9%)

If both poems come from the same series, which should it be?

The Clockwork War
1(7.1%)
Fiorenza the Wisewoman
2(14.3%)
Monster House
7(50.0%)
Path of the Paladins
4(28.6%)
Queen Choufa and the Rebel Drones
0(0.0%)

If the poems come from two different series, which TWO series do you want?

The Clockwork War
2(7.1%)
Fiorenza the Wisewoman
5(17.9%)
Monster House
7(25.0%)
The Odd Trio
1(3.6%)
Path of the Paladins
10(35.7%)
Poems About Phobic Starships
2(7.1%)
Queen Choufa and the Rebel Drones
1(3.6%)
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Generally Sponsored Poetry Poll for January 3, 2012

You have $55 to spend.  There is one $10 poem left: "Bittersweet Preserves" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman).  There is one $15 poem: "Pandora's Gift."  There is one $20 poem: "Princess in Shadows" (The Ocracies).  You can cover all THREE of these shorter poems and still have $10 left over for microfunding!  There are two epics left: "Bringing Down the Blaggards" for $88 and "Grit and Grace" for $48 (Path of the Paladins). 

There are also two poems currently in microfunding.  "The Inescapable Agony of Being" is science fiction about aliens passing as human; it needs $12 to be fully funded.  "The Morose Mascot" belongs to the fantasy series The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia, in which Amaia Thornestele's familiar runs away from home.  It needs $53 to be fully funded.

First, decide how you want to divide the funds across whole poems and microfunding.  Then decide the specifics for the microfunding.  I will check this poll Saturday evening, and close it if there's a clear winner; if not, I may leave it open a bit longer.

Poll #1808915 Generally Sponsored Poetry Poll for the January 3, 2012 Fishbowl
This poll is closed.

How do you want to distribute the $55?

Publish all THREE shorter poems AND put $10 into microfunding.
13(81.2%)
Put ALL $55 into microfunding.
3(18.8%)

If $10 goes into microfunding, how do you want to distribute it?

All $10 toward "Bringing Down the Blaggards"
2(12.5%)
All $10 toward "Grit and Grace"
2(12.5%)
All $10 toward "The Inescapable Agony of Being"
5(31.2%)
All $10 toward "The Morose Mascot"
4(25.0%)
$5 toward "The Inescapable Agony of Being" and $5 toward "The Morose Mascot"
0(0.0%)
$5 toward "Bringing Down the Blaggards" and $5 toward "The Inescapable Agony of Being"
0(0.0%)
$5 toward "Grit and Grace" and $5 toward "The Morose Mascot"
3(18.8%)

If $55 goes into microfunding, how do you want to distribute it?

$12 to "The Inescapable Agony of Being" AND $43 into "The Morose Mascot"
3(20.0%)
$53 into "The Morose Mascot" AND $2 into "The Inescapable Agony of Being"
3(20.0%)
$12 into "The Inescapable Agony of Being," $23 into "The Morose Mascot," AND $20 into "Bringing Down the Blaggards"
3(20.0%)
$12 into "The Inescapable Agony of Being," $23 into "The Morose Mascot," AND $20 into "Grit and Grace"
6(40.0%)
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Small Art by Ankewehner

 [personal profile] anke has posted an update about Free Small Art 2.  This session was much more successful than the last, with more prompters and donations.  Very early sketches are visible, along with details about the perk thresholds.

I like this project because it's a very convenient character illustration step between the free icons of Tod Wills and the full-scene illustrations of [personal profile] meeks.  At this size you can get a good detailed head-and-shoulders or head-and-torso portrait, pull back for a full body with less detail, etc.  My request was for The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia, so watch for that to emerge later.
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Read "The Sword Without a Hilt: Concepts of Evil"

I've posted my article "The Sword Without a Hilt: Concepts of Evil" on the Greenhaven Tradition website.  This is a detailed discussion about the nature of wickedness that originally appeared in PanGaia  magazine.  It features quotes from many different sources including liturgy from different religions, speculative fiction, and history.

What do you think "evil" is?
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Family Skills: "The Phone Stack"

To encourage people to favor facetime interactions over cellphone interactions, try "The Phone Stack."  You put all the phones together and the first person who answers theirs must pay a penalty, such as buying all the food if you're at a restaurant.  

It's a nice alternative to "Turn that damn thing off!"  At various times in the past, I've had serious problems with people coming to my house and then ignoring me for their phone, or even having the blasted phone go off during a ritual.  First person to answer their phone washes all the potluck feast dishes, heh heh heh ...
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Serial Poems Poll for January 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl

You have chosen two different series, Monster House and Path of the Paladins, for your free poems.  Now pick the individual poems, one from each series.

Poll #1809069 Serial Poems Poll for the January 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.

Which Monster House poem do you want to publish?

"alien aquarium"
4(30.8%)
"Family Ways"
2(15.4%)
"Nitwits"
2(15.4%)
"Overlooked"
0(0.0%)
"Running Through the House"
1(7.7%)
"Stone Knives and Bearskins"
2(15.4%)
"We've Got It Covered"
2(15.4%)

Which Path of the Paladins poem to you want to publish?

"Chamomile and Honeycrack"
8(61.5%)
"Star of Gailah"
0(0.0%)
"This Beaten Drum"
4(30.8%)
"The Weight of the Day"
1(7.7%)
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My Poetry Fishbowl Records

aldersprig asked what my Poetry Fishbowl records look like. 

It's all in MS Word because I don't work well with database format. There's a form for each month with all the stuff I track. Then there's a list of prompters and donors. Then there are donor records and addresses. At the bottom is a comparative list of things I track long-term.

At the end of the year, I compile about half-a-dozen data threads into a graph.

The blank version of the record file looks something like this:


Tuesday, Month Date, Year: "Theme"

Hours:
Poems Written:
Comments:
People Sending Prompts:
First-time Prompters:
First-time Donors:
Highest Poem Bought:

Prompters:
Sponsors:

Donations
General:
Sponsorships:
Total:
$/Hour =

Poems Posted:

* * *

Prompters
New in 2012:
Continuing:
Prompters from 2011:
Total:

Donors
New Donors in 2012:
Continuing Donors:
Donors in 2011:
Total:

* * *

Name (LJ username) <eddress>
Months:
Poems:
Fishbowl Subtotal:
Other:
Total:
Postal Address:

* * *

Longest Hours:
Most Poems Written:
Most Comments:
Most People Sending Prompts:
Most First-time Prompters:
Most People Making Donations:
Most First-time Donors:
Most cosponsors of a single poem:
Highest Poem Bought:
Most Money Made:
Most Series Launched:
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Poem: "Bittersweet Preserves"

This was a spillover poem from the January 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was prompted by minor_architect and sponsored out of the general fund.  minor_architect wondered about a magical jar for preserving things ... which there is, but it turned out differently than I expected.  This poem belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman, and you can read more about that on the Serial Poetry page.


Bittersweet Preserves
-- a sonnet


In Fiorenza's cottage is a jar
Of humble clay, its glaze the quiet blue
Of summer skies, its lid locked sound and true,
Upon the mantel where the dear things are.
No knife can scratch its surface, nor chips mar
The smoothness of its finish; naught can skew
The jar in its repose.  It stays in view,
As luminous and distant as a star.

It holds no leaf nor flower in its clasp
But memories of women dead and gone:
Carmela, Marietta in her grasp;
And others past, each one a paragon
Of driving death away from life's warm gasp;
In whose shade Fiorenza labors on.