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Poem: "All the Colors" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "All the Colors"
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pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: August 14th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Yep, that's me. I'll look to see whether I can find it in my email; I probably did read it but I want to go through it again.

I'd be happy to open a different epic, if I've already got that one. I just don't want to open something I've already read -- there are too many that I haven't, and want to see! (You've developed a mildly sadistic business model, m'lady, in that it is all perfectly calculated to make your customers go mildly mad until they scratch the itch by paying for a poem. But it probably is very effective!)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 14th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>> Yep, that's me. I'll look to see whether I can find it in my email; I probably did read it but I want to go through it again. <<

Okay.

>> I'd be happy to open a different epic, if I've already got that one. I just don't want to open something I've already read -- there are too many that I haven't, and want to see! <<

You're not alone. janetmiles sometimes sponsors things that she prompted (and therefore gets a prompter copy of) but very frequently picks things that someone else prompted so she can see !even!more!poems! I have a handful of other donors who do that fairly often, and most people have done it at least once. Others will more consistently sponsor stuff they prompted, especially if they are aiming to support a specific motif or characters. I like watching the different strategies that people employ.

Let's see, who-all are you following? "Straight as an Arrow" is the newest Stan & Lawrence piece, fluffy introspection of them processing what they said during "A Walk in the Park." Damask is all caught up, and Danso's family is except for stuff you've already seen. "Nancy Stories" is all new characters but several folks voted for that in the poll, though the general fund wound up split between the open epics.

>> (You've developed a mildly sadistic business model, m'lady, in that it is all perfectly calculated to make your customers go mildly mad until they scratch the itch by paying for a poem. But it probably is very effective!) <<

It is effective! I think it's been, hmm, a year and a half or so since the Poetry Fishbowl officially became my highest-paying project. It's a bit maddening too, but the steady flow of free or otherwise sponsored poetry helps a lot. If you want poetry you can see some, it's just that sponsors get to pick which poems more effectively. Cliffhangers help in the open epics -- we got a good one in "The Impractical Cat" again -- but that's pure chance based on how the donations come in. Some folks who are heavily supporting a series with comments will get a backchannel peek at things, because it helps me develop the storyline.

I aim to make the fishbowl a bit like goal-setting in general: the goodies should be within reach, if you stretch for them; neither too easy to get, nor hopelessly hard.

Edited at 2014-08-14 02:34 am (UTC)
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: August 14th, 2014 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I;m basically at this point trying to read everything in the Polychrome Heroes line, but my favorites are Danso and his family; Stan and Lawrence; and Steel and Moderato. The more you write about Danso, especially his developing relationship with Noah, the happier I'll be. :)

I've been meaning to ask: 1) do you mind other people roleplaying in your universe, and 2) if we end up writing fanfic in it (either individually or as the result of an IM-played RPG scene), do you want to see it, or would you rather not risk getting tripped up by it? Also, 3) is there any way other than prompting in the fishbowl that somebody can have a deliberate influence (commissions or whatever) on which topics/characters/threads you write next?

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 14th, 2014 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>> I;m basically at this point trying to read everything in the Polychrome Heroes line, <<

Yay!

>> but my favorites are Danso and his family; Stan and Lawrence; and Steel and Moderato. <<

I have a lot of notes on Stan and Lawrence, some on Danso and family, and a few more ideas for Steel and Moderato. Today I'm working on the next Stan and Lawrence poem.

>> The more you write about Danso, especially his developing relationship with Noah, the happier I'll be. :) <<

Yep, that's a thread I want to develop.

>> I've been meaning to ask: 1) do you mind other people roleplaying in your universe, <<

I do not mind. I highly recommend Truth & Justice, which is what I used as a framework for building the characters, so it should play very conveniently with Terramagne. But if you already have a game system you like, it should be possible to adapt accordingly. I mashed Hallelaine into AD&D in highschool, because that was what we had.

>> and 2) if we end up writing fanfic in it (either individually or as the result of an IM-played RPG scene), do you want to see it, or would you rather not risk getting tripped up by it? <<

I would love to see that! I like sharing inspiration back and forth. My only rule is that, if people are using my stuff, I reserve the right to use things they base on my stuff, because there is a really high chance of overlap.

On which note it would be prudent to warn your other players that my worlds and characters can be very, hmm, forward so don't be surprised if exotic things happen.

Anyhow, if you post anything that's visible online, please let me know so I can link it in the "extras" section. Some things stay fanfic. Some get declared canon.
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: August 14th, 2014 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Cool; thanks! I am absolutely OK with your stealing concepts from anything we write and share with you -- I'd only ask you not to steal specific wording without asking our consent first. And that's mostly for the sake of my gaming partner, who might be slightly weirded out by having her words pop up someplace she didn't know about.

I'm trying to convince her to read, and then play in, the Polychrome Heroes universe. She and I have had a lot of good runs with superhero worlds already, so it's a good fit for our usual modes of thought (we don't really use a game system; it's more like a kids' game of make-believe). and I have wanted for a long time a world in which, although they might be bullied and discriminated against, supers aren't automatically regarded as nonhumans, enslaved, stripped of all civil rights, herded into camps, or stuff on that level. You handed me one, complete with a lot of specific powers I hadn't thought of and some of which I'd like to use (although whether I use them by playing your character or I use them by making up a new character with a closely related power will vary). So I'm hoping I can show my friend enough to interest her in the game.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 18th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>> Cool; thanks! I am absolutely OK with your stealing concepts from anything we write and share with you -- I'd only ask you not to steal specific wording without asking our consent first. And that's mostly for the sake of my gaming partner, who might be slightly weirded out by having her words pop up someplace she didn't know about. <<

I'll try to keep that in mind, thanks.

>> I'm trying to convince her to read, and then play in, the Polychrome Heroes universe. <<

That would be so awesome.

>> She and I have had a lot of good runs with superhero worlds already, so it's a good fit for our usual modes of thought (we don't really use a game system; it's more like a kids' game of make-believe). and I have wanted for a long time a world in which, although they might be bullied and discriminated against, supers aren't automatically regarded as nonhumans, enslaved, stripped of all civil rights, herded into camps, or stuff on that level. <<

Sooth. I do have a list of the best and worst countries for people with superpowers. A few of them do strip rights or kill soups ... but those are places like Somalia and Haiti that basically suck for everyone. Their bad examples help convince more civilized nations that such behavior is inadvisable, because not only is it immoral to chop people to bits with a machete, one of them might explode in your face. As for the best places, the Republic of the Maldives is still in a class of its own, but there are some other really nice countries too.

>> You handed me one, complete with a lot of specific powers I hadn't thought of and some of which I'd like to use (although whether I use them by playing your character or I use them by making up a new character with a closely related power will vary). <<

Yay! Feel free to play around with the powers, or even the characters. I think I've written out enough about my major characters that you should be able to run them as NPCs. Most of the character sheets are online. I like exploring really unusual powers, in addition to standard stuff like telepathy or super-strength that appear in every superverse. Then there's weird shit like the Mandible's flensing power. 0_o

>> So I'm hoping I can show my friend enough to interest her in the game. <<

I hope so too.

By the way, I finished another poem about Stalwart Stan & Antimatter if you want to hear about it.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 14th, 2014 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>> Also, 3) is there any way other than prompting in the fishbowl that somebody can have a deliberate influence (commissions or whatever) on which topics/characters/threads you write next? <<

Yes. Prompts, donations, and comments are all possible means of influence. I count which series or characters are most popular based on all that, and I give those more development time. I've got a ton of background info for Terramagne beyond what's published -- I really did sit down and make out the federal budget.

If you want something specific, you can commission me outside the fishbowls. DW user Dialecticdreamer has been doing that, some freestyle, some grabbing bingo squares and matching them to a setting or character. The bingo thing is working out great. So for instance I have a Hurt/Comfort card and a Birthday Bingo card that are mostly open. You could pick, say, "counseling" and pair it to Danso's family. "Adoption" is on the Birthday Bingo. I've got "courtship rituals" on Fanbingo that would suit Danso/Noah. Or you can ask for something completely original, especially if you want to riff off something I've already written, like "Why was Noah in a teen parents meeting?"

Length is kind of a challenge. Imagine that I have manual steering with my talent. It's decent but not great. I've been taking some $20 commissions and aiming for 667 words. Haven't gotten it perfect yet, I keep running over, but it's good practice and I've written several very satisfying stories. Poetry gets into epic range pretty fast if I start with a big idea, but it's hard to tell *in advance* what poems will get that big, which makes the 500-word-minimum bingo fests really pesky. Plus it's different when I'm storytelling like this compared to some other types of commissioned poetry I've done, like wedding poetry, where it's easy to pick a size and base the content on that by choosing symbolic flowers. Though of course, if you pick a form that has a specific number of lines, that will work; then the challenge is finding a topic that suits it really well. One thing I've considered is making the donation a deposit -- you'd get $20 worth of whatever I write, which might be the whole thing, or might be an excerpt with the rest available for microfunding.

Basically if you want to fund specific characters/storylines, you can. We'll talk over details and figure out something that will work. Crowdfunding is a work in progress, and sometimes I find new things to do with it, depending on what my current fans want.
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