October 4th, 2012


Poetry Fishbowl Update

I've finished writing.  I wrote 21 poems on Tuesday and another 5 on Wednesday; prompter copies have been sent.  I'm extending the sponsorship period so that funds count through Saturday evening.  The general fund currently contains $20.  I have an article to finish tonight, and some minispells due by Monday, but I'll try to keep up with the fishbowl stuff as best I can.  With luck I may get to the unsold poetry list tonight, and there are several verses left on the linkback poem.

Poem: "To Attend a Ball"

This is the linkback perk poem for the October 2, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  dreamwriters hosted it here during the fishbowl.  Linkers include: dreamwriters, aldersprig, marina_bonomi, rix_scaedu, janetmiles, DW user jjhuntercatsittingstillmdlbear

This poem belongs to the series The Steamsmith, and you can find the other poems via the Serial Poetry page.  It also fills the "Ball/Dance/Prom" square on my first Cottoncandy_bingo card.  All 20 verses have been posted.  You can reveal more verses by linking to a favorite poem from the October fishbowl.

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Unsold Poetry from the October 2-3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the October 2-3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available.  Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on

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<p><i>The following poems from the&nbsp;October 2-3,&nbsp;2012 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available.&nbsp;&nbsp;Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there&#39;s a permanent donation button on<span </span><a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/profile">my LiveJournal profile</a><span </span>page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a<span class="Apple-converted-space" </span><a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/730515.html">landing page</a><span </span>with full details about the project.

The linkback perk poem &quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2520905.html">To Attend a Ball</a>&quot; is now complete.&nbsp; <strike>You can now reveal verses by linking to this list of unsold poetry</strike></i>.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2591021.html" target="_blank">After the Departure</a>&quot;</strong> -- <strike>Available after &quot;Moulting&quot; is sponsored</strike> <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOLD</b> Fledgling Grace)
The&nbsp;&quot;Fallen Angel&quot; picture inspired the poem &quot;After the Departure.&quot;&nbsp; It&#39;s a direct sequel to &quot;Moulting&quot; and shows other denizens of Hell responding to what happened.&nbsp; It is written in unrhymed quatrains.</p><p>
<b>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2523091.html">Bleeding Light</a>&quot;</b> -- 76 lines, <strike>$38</strike> (Monster House) &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
Followup to the cloud battle is the free-verse poem &quot;Bleeding Light.&quot; &nbsp;This also pulls in some of the discussion from the previous poem, ideas about the relationship between the boy and his cloud. &nbsp;It&#39;s a different perspective, a different flavor of creepy.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2522671.html">The Cybernetic Sorcerers</a>&quot;</strong> -- 25 lines <strike>$10</strike> &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
I used&nbsp;the prompt about mailer-daemons to create the free-verse poem &quot;The Cybernetic Sorcerers.&quot;&nbsp; The higher speed in computing really came from summoning infernal servants.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2574028.html">The Demon in the Bottle</a>&quot;</strong> -- 98 lines,<strike> 49</strike <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOL </b>(One God&#39;s Story of Mid-Life Crisis)&nbsp;
The prompt about battling demons led to the free-verse poem &quot;The Demon in the Bottle.&quot;&nbsp; Shaeth discovers that separating Trobby from the influence of alcohol is not as simple a process as he thought it would be.&nbsp; And he wasn&#39;t expecting the demon at all.&nbsp; This is a darker, creepier poem than the earlier ones in this series.</p><p><strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2712782.html" target="_blank">The Demon in the Clockwork</a>&quot;</strong> -- 213 lines <strike>$106.50</strike> (P.I.E.) <span style="color:#008000;"><b> OLD</b></span>
This&nbsp;prompt became the title of a new P.I.E. poem &quot;The Demon in the Clockwork.&quot;&nbsp; This is a free-verse poem about a demon rebelling against time and order.&nbsp; Brenda is called to figure out what&#39;s wrong with the clock tower.&nbsp; An immaterial fight breaks out and complicated solutions ensue.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2523644.html">Denial</a>&quot;</strong> -- 33 lines <strike>$15</strike> &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
I combined&nbsp;the prompt about emotional demons with <lj user="ellenmillion" />&#39;s &quot;Strange Portrait&quot; prompt and something that Aoifes_aisle said on Dreamwidth about psychological demons.&nbsp; The result is &quot;Denial,&quot; a poem about creating and banishing demons of the mind and heart.&nbsp; Creeeeepy.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2522587.html">Deviltry on Steroids</a>&quot;</strong> -- 33 lines <strike>$15</strike> &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
Deals with Devil led to &quot;Deviltry on Steroids.&quot;&nbsp; Written in unrhymed tercets, this poem explains how athletes learned to abuse substances to enhance performance, with a little infernal assistance.

<strong>&quot;For Life&#39;s Sake&quot;</strong> -- 33 lines,&nbsp;$15&nbsp; (Schrodinger&#39;s Heroes)
Of course I couldn&#39;t resist pairing Maxwell&#39;s Demon with Schrodinger.&nbsp; &quot;For Life&#39;s Sake&quot; describes how they reduce entropy and prolong life by manipulating probability.&nbsp; You just never know when a cat sleeping in a sunbeam is secretly saving the world.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2619999.html">The Formless Ones</a>&quot;</strong> -- 235 lines, <strike>$117.50</strike> <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOL </b>(Path of the Paladins)&nbsp;
Nearly the whole nightmare-demon prompt went into the text of the free-verse poem &quot;The Formless Ones.&quot;&nbsp; Our paladins hunt nightmares in the space between dreams.&nbsp; The past is a thing with teeth and claws, but that doesn&#39;t mean you have to let it win.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2564484.html">The Four Maras</a>&quot;</strong> -- 85 lines, <strike>$42.50</strike <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOLD</b> Kung Fu Robots)
From the Kung Fu Robots prompt came the free-verse poem &quot;The Four Maras.&quot;&nbsp; Beggar So explains to Caper that there are demons of wrongful thinking.</p><p><strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2527891.html">Hypercube Roots</a>&quot;</strong> -- 64 lines <strike>$32</strike>&nbsp; (Schrodinger&#39;s Heroes/Monster House)
The request for a Schrodinger&#39;s Heroes/Monster House crossover inspired the free-verse poem &quot;Hypercube Roots.&quot;&nbsp; Dopplegangers from a hell dimension are impersonating people, but most people aren&#39;t even noticing.&nbsp; What will it take to identify them and send them back?

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2523179.html">Infernal Felines</a>&quot;</strong> -- 20 lines <strike>$10</strike> &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
A prompt from Anthony &amp; Shirley Barrette inspired the free-verse poem &quot;Infernal Felines.&quot;&nbsp; All cats have a bit of the Devil in them, urging them to do nefarious things.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2523718.html">Knocking On</a>&quot;</strong> --&nbsp;54 lines,&nbsp;$20 &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
&quot;Knocking On&quot; is very rude political humor of the anti-Republican flavor, written in free verse.&nbsp; My parents started it with a prompt for Romney/Ryan in a demon-themed fishbowl.&nbsp; Then I added a prompt from DW user Jjhunter about demonic proselytizers.&nbsp; I wrote it down, but I cannot make this shit up.&nbsp; Only the insult to their educational plan and general intelligence is really mine.&nbsp; Romney and Ryan get themselves into so much trouble for so little gain.

<strong>&quot;Marks of Devotion&quot;</strong> -- Not for sale yet.&nbsp; (Kande&#39;s Quest)
From the prompt about child demons came the free-verse poem &quot;Marks of Devotion.&quot;&nbsp; It features a baby-demon out of African folklore.&nbsp; It follows&nbsp;&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2383368.html">A Hole in the Blanket</a>&quot; but skips ahead in time, so it&#39;s not for sale yet.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2589350.html">Moulting</a>&quot;</strong> -- 188 lines, <strike>$94</strike>&nbsp <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOLD</b> Fledgling Grace)
Your prompt about demonic unbecoming led to the poem &quot;Moulting.&quot;&nbsp; A devil inexplicably begins to sprout feathers, and tries to hide it, but winds up finding help in an unexpected place.&nbsp; This poem is written in unrhymed quatrains.</p><p><strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2634096.html" target="_blank">Not One Soul Be Lost</a>&quot;</strong> -- 52 lines <strike>$20</strike> &nbsp;<span style="color:#008000;"><b>SOLD</b></span>
While researching for another poem, I came across a description of Lucifer&#39;s rebellion, which reminded me of <lj user="haikujaguar" />&#39;s rendition of Lucifer, which matched very closely with the one I&#39;ve always had.&nbsp; Because what&#39;s the bigger sacrifice: putting up with humans being horrid for a small span of mortal life, or putting up with them <em>forever</em> &nbsp;so that they will, by Hell and not by Heaven, never be alone and have somewhere to go no matter what?&nbsp; The result is the free-verse poem &quot;Not One Soul Be Lost.&quot;

<b>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2525566.html">Promises to Keep</a>&quot;</b> -- 8 lines, <strike>$5</strike> &nbsp;<b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); ">SOLD</b>
This is an indriso about global warming and sea monsters.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2524123.html">The Seven Fatal Malfunctions</a>&quot;</strong> -- 70 lines <strike>$70</strike>&nbsp; (The Steamsmith) &nbsp;<span style="color:#008000;"><b>SOLD</b></span>
The idea of demons in the Steamsmith setting led to the poem &quot;The Seven Fatal Malfunctions.&quot;&nbsp; It explores the seven deadly sins in free verse, with attention to how they cause problems in alchemy.&nbsp; So it&#39;s another example of philosophical demons -- but mixed with this science, they can have very physical effects.

<strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2522346.html">The Shadows in the Valley</a>&quot;</strong> -- 24 lines, <strike>$10</strike>&nbsp <span style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0); "><b>SOLD</b></span>
From your prompt about the only way out came the free-verse poem &quot;The Shadows in the Valley.&quot;&nbsp; Demons pursue a soul on the way to judgement.</p><p><strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/2589130.html">Wild Hearts Can&#39;t Be Spoken</a>&quot;</strong> -- 48 lines <strike>$20</strike <b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOLD</b> Fledgling Grace)
I followed the idea of forbidden love to a circle of Hell where all is silent.&nbsp; No tears to cry, no voice to scream.&nbsp; And that&#39;s what it takes for some people to find each other.&nbsp; &quot;Wild Hearts Can&#39;t Be Spoken&quot; is written in free verse </p><p><strong>&quot;<a href="http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/6866115.html">With Its Head Cut Off</a>&quot;</strong> -- 168 lines <strike>$8 </strike><b style="color: rgb(0, 128, 0);">SOLD</b> Path of the Paladins)
I&#39;m happy to revisit Radd.&nbsp; I found him stumbling through a frozen forest with a severed head in his hands.&nbsp; And that&#39;s the good part of the tale.&nbsp; Yes, really.</p>