November 8th, 2012


Unsold Poetry for November

The following poems from the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available.  Poems 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.

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a landing page with full details about the project.

"Behind a Great Woman" -- 141 lines, $141 SOLD (The Steamsmith)
I combined several of your prompts about Maryam and great women.  The result is "Behind a Great Woman," in which Maryam attends a garden party at Chiswick and gets a discreet jump up the social ladder.

"Gifts of Simplicity" -- Available after "The Demon in the Bottle" is sponsored.  SOLD  (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)
The prompt about a grandmotherly woman helping Shaeth led to the free-verse poem "Gifts of Simplicity."  It deals with the importance of establishing a comfortable home and some basic skills, when trying to build a decent life.

"The Saga of Eriksdottir" -- 60 lines, $60 (The Asgard Eddas)
From your prompt about Freydis Eriksdottir I got the poem "The Saga of Eriksdottir," belonging to The Asgard Eddas.  When the men of her settlement falter under an alien attack, she takes up arms to defend it herself.  This poem is written in unrhymed quatrains with the central caesura that essentially doubles each verse, so I'm pricing it at $1/line.

"The Voyage to Vaucouleurs" -- 84 lines, $84 (The Arc of Joan)
The prompt about Joan of Arc led to the free-verse poem "The Voyage to Vaucouleurs."  It's the second in the series The Arc of Joan, set in nether-England like The Steamsmith but earlier in time.  It even lays some background for Maryam's experiences.  Anyhow, this poem tells how Jeanne d'Arc leaves home and deals with the hassle of people who just want to get in her way, before she can make progress.


Poll: Free Epic

We're past the $200 goal for a free epic poem from the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  I'm going to to ahead and post the poll for this now, because it will facilitate some other stuff later regarding the general fund.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open at least until Friday evening.  If there's a clear winner then, I'll close it; otherwise I may keep it open a while longer.

Two of the November epics, "Gifts of Simplicity" and "The Voyage to Vaucouleurs," depend on other poems being published first before they'll become available.  So for the free epic, you get to choose one of those earlier poems.  Your options are:

"The Demon in the Bottle" -- 98 lines, $49 (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)
Shaeth encounters further difficulties in dealing with Trobby's drinking problem. 
Posting this will make "Gifts of Simplicity" available for sponsorship.

"Listening to God" -- 94 lines, $94 (The Arc of Joan)
Jeanne d'Arc has a vision of three saints who advise her to learn the arts of war.  This series takes place in nether-Earth at an earlier time than The Steamsmith, and lays some subtle background for some of Maryam's experiences.
Posting this will make "The Voyage to Vaucouleurs" available for sponsorship.

Poll #1877662 Free Epic for the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.

Which free epic do you prefer to publish?

"The Demon in the Bottle"
"Listening to God"

Poem: "Sisters, Brothers, Soldiers"

This poem came out of the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by minor_architect and thesilentpoet.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  You can read about Huā Mùlán, Joan of Arc, Deborah Sampson, Dorothy Lawrence, and other wartime cross-dressers online.

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Poem: "Leading the Followers"

This poem came out of the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from thesilentpoet.  It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  This poem belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman, and you can read more about that on the Serial Poetry page.

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Read "A Nap Under the Stars"

If you are a Torn World supporter, you can now read my poem "A Nap Under the Stars."
Eqar teaches a lesson on stargazing.

If you like this poem 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.

Watch "Wreck It Ralph"

Today we went to see the movie Wreck It Ralph.  It's an animated movie about a bad guy who gets tired of being bad, and wants to become a hero.  (You can see why that sold me just from the premise in the trailer.)  It's also the most diverse compilation of animation styles that I've seen since Who Framed Roger Rabbit?  There are so many eastereggs referring to the history of video games, it's basically a souffle.  It's funny, and dramatic, and generally spectacular.  Most highly recommended.