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
"That Is the Question
"Won True Way
" (An Army of One
"The Voyage to Vaucouleurs
" (11/6/12, The Arc of Joan)
" (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: LiveJournal users Laffingkat, Zianuray, rix_scaedu
, and technoshaman
. The donor perk-post is "Wordplay
The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page