July 7th, 2012


Read "Dusting Off the Green Speech" Part 2

If you're a Torn World supporter, you can now read my story "Dusting Off the Green Speech" Part 2.  (Begin with Part 1.)
Unafari helps plan the costumes for a Trefoil Dance performance.

Part 2 can be sponsored for $42.20 or 42 Torn World Credits.

If you like this story and want to see more like it, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options.  Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.

Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 3, 2012

The July theme was "alternate history."  A surge of prompts arrived early, with a few more trickling in through the day.  I worked from 12:15 PM to 3:15 AM, so roughly 13 hours 15 minutes, allowing for breaks.  Length varied, mostly medium with a handful of epics and one short poem.  A majority used single prompts but a few combined prompts.  Form poems included an indriso, haiku verses, a blended form, and some other stuff. 

A total of 16 people sent prompts.  You have new prompters tomtac and DW user thnidu to thank for the second freebie poem, and thnidu sent a donation too.  Yay!  Also there was a lot of crosstalk among prompters this month, some of which spawned new poems.  It's always fun when the audience turns the fishbowl into a house party.  You also did an awesome job of requesting history from around the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe all got tapped.  6 out of 7 continents, rah-rah educated readers! 

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the June 2012 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Chromatic Shrift" (Schrodinger's Heroes)
"Di Yus of Im Tel"
"The Divided States of America"
"A Harmony of Hominids"
"The Lost and Found Legion" (The Silk Road Allies)
"Manifest Diversity"
"Matters of Business"
"The Migration at Wounded Knee"
"Nuptial Agreements"
"People of the Longboat"
"Port Kennedy"
"Revising History"
"Shards of a Different Past" (Torn World)
"Slow and Steady"
"The Treasures of Marco Polo" (The Silk Road Allies)
"The Voyage of Columbus"
"the war engine" (Lacquerware)

"The Charlady's Tale" (The Steamsmith) 4/3/12
"A Hole in the Blanket" (6/22/12 outside fishbowl)

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

I have sent backchannel copies to the prompters, and all sponsored poems have been posted.  All perks are qualified.  Per the $200 goal, there is a poll for the free epic series and individual poem.  Per the $250 goal, that's one tally toward a bonus fishbowl.  Per the $300 goal, I'll post a piece of bonus material for a poetic series.    The generally sponsored poetry poll is open through Saturday evening.

The call for themes is still open.  Come request your favorite topics that you'd like to see featured in a fishbowl!  I'll gather the suggestions and post a poll, probably on Monday.  The most popular items will get slotted into my calendar for future fishbowls.

Remember that there will be a half-price poetry sale running July 16-22, featuring the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

The donor perk this month is "Linchpins and Ripple Points."  Donors for July include marina_bonomi, je_reviens, Stephen Laird, morrigans_eve, DW user thnidu, Anthony & Shirley Barrette, rix_scaedu, zianuray, and the_vulture.  Please welcome new donor thnidu.  Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.

For those of you who frequent my website, I have reorganized some stuff.  The Serial Poetry page now appears under the tab My WorkThe Silk Road Allies appears under My Work > Shared Worlds.  So far the contributors to The Silk Road Allies include me, thesilentpoet, and marina_bonomi; all poems now, but we expect to add other things eventually.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

Poll: Series for Free Epic from July 2012 Fishbowl

The July 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl met the $200 goal for a free epic poem.  Vote on which poetic series should get the free epic.  (There will be a followup poll to determine which of the available epics to publish.)  Everyone is welcome to vote in this poll.  I will leave it open until at least Sunday afternoon.  If there's a clear winner then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a while longer. 

The Asgard Eddas -- 2 epics available
Fiorenza the Wisewoman -- 3
Hart's Farm -- 6
Path of the Paladins -- 3

Poll #1852425 Series for Free Epic July 2012
This poll is closed.

Which series should get the free epic?

The Asgard Eddas
Fiorenza the Wisewoman
Hart's Farm
Path of the Paladins


my_partner_doug tipped me to this article about the short "Paperman" that will be appearing before the animated movie "Wreck-It Ralph."  We are really looking forward to the release.  I'm pleased to see people pushing the envelope, and also paying attention to 2D animation and drafting, not just CGI.