November 27th, 2012

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Poem: "Hrafn's Nest"

This poem came out of the September 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LiveJournal user siege. It also fills the "Four seasons (one or all)" square on my first card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. You can read other poems in the series Hart's Farm by visiting the Serial Poetry page for links.

This poem is posted here as the participation perk for Winterfaire 2012. All of these activities will reveal a new verse each time someone does them:
* link to this Winterfaire page to boost the signal
* comment posting a Booth of your wares/services in the Winterfaire
* buy something from a vendor listed in the Winterfaire
* host a similar holiday market in your own blog or other venue
Notifications from LJ and DW are being patchy, so please TELL ME what you're doing in order to get credit for it
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There are 16 of 19 verses posted. Participants so far include: ladysisyphus, baaing_tree, pseudonymeter, alycewilson, minor_architect, janetmiles[personal profile] rowangolightly[personal profile] itsamellama[personal profile] moonwolf[personal profile] kyleri[personal profile] ellenmillion 

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Winterfaire 2012 update

Participation is lively in Winterfaire 2012, where you can vend or find creative goods and services for the holiday season. Several completely new folks have shown up to post booths, so thank you to all the people who have boosted the signal; it seems to be working.  

The first perk poem, "With Its Head Cut Off" (Path of the Paladins), is now complete.  The second poem is "Hrafn's Nest" (19 verses, Hart's Farm), a cozy little glimpse into the bookkeeper's office.
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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, December 4

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "games & toys." I'll be soliciting ideas for players, toymakers, referees and other gaming judges, game pieces, toys, famous playthings, foreign playthings, playgrounds, game rooms, places where games and toys are made, the history of playthings, playing with games or toys, interference or other mishaps during play, cheating, teamwork, breaking or repairing toys, gaming strategies, special occasions associated with games or toys, funny names for playthings, and poetic forms in particular. 

What counts as games and toys?  Pretty much anything you play or play with: sports, board games, computer/video games, roleplaying games, stuffed animals, dolls, etc.  Adult toys and sex games are also okay if you want nonworksafe poetry; that can always be posted behind a cut.

Since we've got some new folks, and holiday season puts heavy demand on people's budgets, I'd like to remind folks of something: You don't have to give me money.  Yes, donations are precious, but they aren't the only things of value here.  Leaving prompts is helpful whether you sponsor the resulting poem(s) or not.  I get good poems, and somebody else might decide to sponsor them; there are several donors who routinely sponsor stuff they didn't inspire.  If you feel like you're not contributing fair value for what I give in a fishbowl, there are non-cash methods of support such as linking or commenting.  Yes, those really are important parts of the crowdfunding business model, and I say that both as a creator and a supporter.  If you link, I might get new donors or readers that way, both of which I value.  If you comment, then I know more about what my readers like, and sometimes that leads to new poems.  The stuff I post for free?  I can afford  to give that away.  I have poetry out the wazoo; sharing some for free encourages audience participation and makes the crowdfunding world go 'round.  So read, enjoy, participate if you feel inclined and don't angst over the cashflow.  Poetry is meant to be loved and shared, not stuffed away in a treasure chest next to Smaug's favorite cup.

dreamwriters will host the linkback poem, "Secondary Feathers" (18 verses, Fledgling Grace).

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you may leave advance prompts.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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