January 27th, 2013


When Not to Use Kickstarter

[personal profile] burger_eater has written an essay of ruthless self-examination about when not to use Kickstarter, and why. Sometimes you have to decide between writing projects, and where you want your writing career to go.  That means taking a good hard look at what's working and what's not working.  Most of the time, when fans clamor for something, it's worth listening to them.  But ... not quite always, and here's a detailed example of that.

Poem: "The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars"

This poem came out of the January 22, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from kelkyag.  It also fills the "deals" square on my Dark Fantasy Bingo Card.  It has been sponsored out of the general fund.  This poem belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.  You can read more about the villanelle form online.

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Poem: "Di Mezzo il Mare"

This poem came out of the January 22, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from rix_scaedu, siliconshaman, ellenmillion, marina_bonomi, and Dreamwidth user Cadenzamuse.  Special thanks to marina_bonomi for cultural fact-checking.  This poem belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.  It has been selected in an audience poll for sponsorship.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on  my profile page,   or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses
So far sponsors include: general fund, Shirley Barrette

222 lines, Buy It Now = $111
Amount donated = $35
Verses posted = 13 of 45

Amount remaining to fund fully = $76
Amount needed to fund next verse = $2.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2

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Poetry Fishbowl Report for January 22, 2013

The featured series for this bonus session was Fiorenza the Wisewoman.  I worked from 12:45 PM to 1:45 AM, so about 11 hours 30 minutes, allowing for the usual breaks.  Prompts trickled in throughout much of the day.  I wrote 10 poems on Tuesday and another later. 

The length ran long, just over half epics, with several long poems and one medium-short.  Most were free verse, with a single villanelle.  Most combined multiple prompts.  I also filled a few squares on my Dark Fantasy Bingo Card.

Activity was low, as it often is in the mid-month fishbowls.  There were 30 comments on LiveJournal and another 7 on Dreamwidth.  A total of 13 people sent prompts.  There were no new prompters or donors, though.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the January 22, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Di Mezzo il Mare"
"Fagioli del Papa"
"The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars"
"A Touch of Comfort"
"When Griffins Nest"

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 January 22, 2013. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems have been posted.  Backchannel copies of the rest have been sent to their respective prompters.  The general fund poll has concluded.  The series page for Fiorenza the Wisewoman has been updated to list the new poems, with links to the published ones.

Donors for this session included laffingkat, the_vulture, rix_scaedu, and janetmiles.  Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.