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General Fund Poll for the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl

This begins polling for the general fund of the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  Depending on how things go, there may be more polling later.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I'll keep it open until at least midday on Sunday.  If there's a clear winner then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may keep it open a little longer.


You have $105.50 to spend.  There is one open epic, "The Demon in the Bottle," with $29 remaining to be funded fully.  There are four poems left from this fishbowl, all epics:

"Behind a Great Woman" -- 141 lines, $141 (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; 102 lines, $51  (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.

First, decide whether you want to fund a poem in full.  If you sponsor the remainder of "The Demon in the Bottle" and all of "Gifts of Simplicity," you'll have $25.50 left over for other poetry.  If you sponsor "The Saga of Eriksdottir," you'll have $45.50 left over.  If you sponsor "The Voyage to Vaucouleurs," you'll have $21.50 left over.

Your other options will be to put all the money into "Behind a Great Woman," or to split it across different poems.

Poll #1878025 General Fund Poll for the November 6, 2012 Fishbowl
This poll is closed.

Do you want to fund a poem in full?

Yes
6(75.0%)
No
2(25.0%)

If a poem is funded in full, which should it be?

Finish "Demon" and fully fund "Gifts"
4(66.7%)
Fund "The Saga of Eriksdottir"
2(33.3%)
Fund "The Voyage to Vaucouleurs"
0(0.0%)

If a poem is NOT funded in full, how do you want to distribute the $105.50?

All $105.50 into "Behind a Great Woman"
3(37.5%)
$50.50 into "Saga" and $55 into "Great Woman"
0(0.0%)
$50.50 into "Voyage" and $55 into "Great Woman"
0(0.0%)
$20 into "Demon" and $85.50 into "Great Woman"
2(25.0%)
$25 into "Demon" and $80.50 into "Voyage"
2(25.0%)
$50.50 into "Saga" and $55 into "Voyage"
1(12.5%)

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marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: November 10th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Actually...

My option of choice would be funding in full 'The Demon in the Bottle' and putting the remainder into 'Behind a Great Woman', I went for the nearest combination.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 11th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Actually...

Sorry about that. People have complained about choice paralysis, so I try to keep things down to a reasonable number of options.
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