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Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The poetry fishbowl got off to a slow start -- it was about an hour before the first prompts arrived -- and toward the end I lost a lot of time because the Net connection kept going down. So I worked from 12:30 PM to 2:30 AM, minus meal breaks and connection dysfunctions, for a total of 10 hours productive labor. I wrote a total of 11 poems, all of them medium or long. The first poem of the day was an epic, making me late for lunch, and I got 3 more after that, so 4 epics in one day; about a third of my output. Out of the 11 poems, 5 had rhyme and meter, most of those ballads of some sort; the rest were free verse.

Now here are two oddities, and I'm pretty sure this is the first time for each: 1) Every poem used one and only one prompt; no combinations. 2) I used one and only one prompt from each person. Some folks gave me a lot of great prompts that I wanted to use, but between the epics and the technological struggles, I didn't have time for anything more. Much of this is probably due to the topic, since folk tales are narratives already and they tend to run long; that's okay. Last month ran to medium and short poems.

This month, 11 people sent prompts, including first-time prompter dormouse_in_tea. There were 43 comments including mine.

The following fishbowl poems have been published:

"The Bindweed Blues"
"Bothering Baba Yaga's House"
"Come Midwinter at Carterhall"
"The Cuckoo's Song"
"The Moon in a Silver Cup"
"The Mullah Goes to Chelm"

Another poem, "The Cuckoo's Song," is partially sponsored and seeking cosponsors. I have updated it to include all the funded verses, so there are now 14. A tally of donations appears with the poem.

The general fund currently contains $5 but there were no short poems this month (and the single $10 poem has since been sponsored). I've contacted that donor to discuss what to do. Meanwhile, however, there are two $15 poems remaining so if anyone wants to chip in $10 you could vote between "The Call of the Cwn Annwn" or "Electronic Arcana."

This month's donors are: ellenmillion, marina_bonomi, janetmiles, minor_architect, asakiyume, and first-time donor dormouse_in_tea. I'll get a donor perk-post written ... er, when I can cram it into my schedule. (I have activities planned every day from now through Monday. O_O ) Thank you all very much for your support.

The permanent landing page for this project is here.

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marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: September 11th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahem,looks like you forgot a donor...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: September 11th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)


SO sorry about that. I am just running around like crazy today, forgetting bits of everything. I have added you to the donors list above and double-checked to make sure you are on the Donors custom list too.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: September 11th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Oops!

No problem, don't worry!
I've a lot of practice at running around like a pinball's ball, if not for reminders I'll forget my head at home sometimes...
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