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Poetry Fishbowl Report for May 7, 2013 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poetry Fishbowl Report for May 7, 2013
This month's theme was "homonyms, puns, and wordplay."  I worked from 1 PM to midnight, so about 9 hours allowing for lunch and supper breaks.  There were a few prompts early on, a trickle later, but far less than usual.  I only wrote 13 poems.

Participation was so low, I actually didn't write enough to activate all the perks, although people could've covered those with general donations.  Remember, it takes prompts to make the fishbowl work.  I got some extra activity by doubling up on people who sent multiples, but there's a limit to how well that works. 

I've had fishbowls tank before; it happens once or twice a year.  I suspect it was due to the theme.  It was popular in the poll but then people didn't prompt much; they may have found the topic hard to work with.  I kind of expected it to be a challenge for me but was willing to give it a try.  Sometimes those kinds of themes have turned out really well.  But after this, I'm likely to be more selective about what goes into a poll or what I accept from the voting results, and weed out themes that I think might be harder to work with. 

Most of the poems were free verse.  Some used single prompts while others stacked a bunch together.  I finished out the Rainbowfic Sunlight list.  Length ran shorter this time: a lot of medium, some short and long, only three epics.

Activity was low.  There were 41 comments on LiveJournal and none on Dreamwidth.  A total of 11 people sent prompts.  There were no new prompters or donors.

Read some poetry!
The following poems from the February 2013 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Balance and Tangle"
"Command Line Errors"
"The Geometry of Language"
"Greetings and Solicitations"
"Irony of Eight" (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)
"Ohm's Lawyers"
"Spathic Personalities"
"That Is the Question"
"Whole Loops"
"Won True Way" (An Army of One)

"The Voyage to Vaucouleurs" (11/6/12, The Arc of Joan)
"Scotch Hobby" (12/4/12, The Steamsmith)

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 May. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. The linkback poem "The Voyage to Vaucouleurs" (The Arc of Joan) currently has 12 of 16 verses posted.  You can reveal more by linking to the unsold poetry post, or to your favorite poems from this fishbowl. 

All currently sponsored poems have been posted.  Per the $200 goal, "Scotch Hobby" is the free epic.  The other perks did not activate this month.  We do have a carryover from previous activity, however.  There will be a half-price sale running May 20-26.  I'm doing something a little different this time, offering the unsold stuff from the Rainbowfic Vellum list, which consists of 9 poems and 1 short story, spanning several different series.

Donors this month include: laffingkat, rix_scaedu, janetmiles, technoshaman, and zianuray.  The donor perk-post is "Wordplay."

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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rowyn From: rowyn Date: May 22nd, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes -- I didn't like this month's theme, although I managed to come up with a prompt anyway. Mostly because my favorite characters are generally the less-known ones so I want to prompt to get something written for them. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 23rd, 2013 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)


>>Yes -- I didn't like this month's theme,<<

Sorry about that. It did well in the poll. I was a little dubious, but I've been that before and it turned out fine.

>> although I managed to come up with a prompt anyway. <<

I really appreciate that.

>> Mostly because my favorite characters are generally the less-known ones so I want to prompt to get something written for them. :) <<

This is awesome. It's nice to have the variety.
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