April 19th, 2021


Poem: "The Nexus of Choice and Persuasion"

Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic from the April 6, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl making its $200 goal. It was spillover from the March 6, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] fuzzyred. It also fills the "Let's Misbehave" square in my 2-1-21 "Romance Book Titles" card for the Valentine's Bingo fest.

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Tyrannosaur Packs

Tyrannosaurs may have hunted in packs, like wolves.  So the velociraptors may have been more fact than fiction.

Thinking about it, many tyrannosaur species were huge, but they lived alongside even more gigantic herbivores.  So a pack of pack of tyrannosaurs may have been comparable in size to their prey as a pack of wolves attacking a moose.  The prey has to be small enough for the predator(s) to bring down, but big enough to feed all of them.  A pack can reliably bring down bigger prey than a solitary predator.

Also I'm totally up for writing this if anyone wants to ask for it during a relevant prompt call. :D

Monday Update 4-19-21

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "The Transmigration of Soulmarks"
Poem: "Breathing Through Eternity"
Poem: "Empty Like a Bowl"
Read "Humans Are Weird"
Recipe: "Mango Chicken with Baby Corn Stir-Fry"
Poem: "Flood Gifts"
How to Lower Your Property Value
American Infrastructure
California Homes (42 comments)
Deflecting Asteroids
Godzilla vs. Kong
Luxury as Slavery
Coping Skills: Bath
Cuddle Party

There will be a Bonus Fishbowl on Tuesday, April 20 with a theme of "Daughters of the Apocalypse." Start thinking about prompts, and I hope to see you all then!

The 100th [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam on Good vs. Bad this past weekend was quite a success! :D See what I have written. At least one other writer contributed, and I've got someone else writing a piece for me too.

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.

"The Hobbomak" launches the Bear Tunnels series. Emma and Jesse discover an unusual chamber underground.

"A Celebration and a Consolation" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Keira comforts her mother after the breakup.

The weather has been mostly mild and blustery. We got some rain here and there. We're doing lots of yardwork. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a large flock of mourning doves (including courtship behavior), a large flock of grackles, a few robins, several house finches who are draining the thistle sock, a pair of cardinals, a Bewick's wren, a brown thrasher, a squirrel, and two rabbits.  I also saw a single red-winged blackbird in the yard.  Currently blooming: daffodils, blue grape hyacinths, forsythia, violets, tulips, cherries, gold currants, bluebells, lilacs, yellow bellflower, white trillium.


Today is partly sunny, windy, and cool.

I fed the birds.  Today I've seen a large flock of grackles, a house finch, and a few doves.

We trimmed brush in the forest  yard, behind the row we'd been working from the driveway side, and cleared a wheelbarrow full of trimmings. 

EDIT 4/19/21 -- I trimmed more brush in the forest yard to clear mow paths.

EDIT 4/19/21 -- I picked up sticks in the south lot as far as the birdgift tree.  Progress!

EDIT 4/19/21 --  I trimmed more brush in the forest yard to clear mow paths.

Unsold Poems for the April 6, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the April 6, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Arc of the Mental Universe," "Everything That Blooms," "In the Shade of the Mighty Oak," "Let the Children Lead Us," "Autumn's Palette," "Pumpkin Spice Prosperity," "Delight in Another," and "A Sense of Weather Changes."

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Poetry Fishbowl Report for April 6, 2021

Our theme this time was "Because Science!" I wrote from 1 PM to 6:30 AM, so about 15 hours 30 minutes, accounting for breaks. I wrote 4 poems on Tuesday and 9 later in the week.

Participation was similar, with 16 comments on LiveJournal and another 71 on Dreamwidth. A total of 20 people sent prompts.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the April 6, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
Astronomy Haiku
"To Coalesce in Aesthetics"
"The Only Difference Between Screwing Around and Science"
"A Rare Sense of Elegance"
"Secret of All Triumphs"
"Shiver in Awareness"
"Spine-Tingling Technology"

"Empty Like a Bowl" (standalone, February 23, 2021) (linkback perk)
"The Nexus of Choice and Persuasion" (Polychrome Heroics: Kraken, March 2, 2021 Fishbowl) (free epic)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from April 6. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. All sponsored poems have been posted.

This month's donors include: [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. There were no new donors. With 4 tallies toward a bonus fishbowl, there will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, April 20.

The Poetry Fishbowl has a landing page.