clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: Garden of Prose)
Okay, I've now done herbs, fences & gates, and paths, and I have a long list still of other garden-related themes. But I can't decide, so I'm asking you to help me pick the next theme!

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


What should the next theme be?

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fruits & vegetables
2 (22.2%)

flowers
0 (0.0%)

ground cover
0 (0.0%)

fountains, statues, & gazing balls
5 (55.6%)

insects & spiders
3 (33.3%)

seeds & planting
1 (11.1%)

rain & drought
1 (11.1%)

dirt, mud, & fertilizer
1 (11.1%)



Feel free to suggest other ideas in the comments as well.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
Most importantly: "Harvest Day" won the poll for the anonymous donation, so I've revised it very slightly and added a little more than 300 words. Read it here!

For the theme poll, "fences & gates" is tied with "paths," so unless one of those get more votes before the next Garden of Prose (currently unscheduled), I'll pick one of them.

I also remembered a couple of things I wanted to talk about regarding this Garden of Prose but forgot in the last post ::facepalm:: One is that I'm probably going to leave the prompting open for 48 hours or more next time. Part of that is to give people more time to think and signal boost, and part of that is in hopes of making it more friendly to new people--all the prompters this time around were people I knew already!

What do you think, readers? Also, is there a particular time of week that you would prefer for prompting?

The other thing is a little more personal about my writing. I noticed that I wrote differently depending on what the wordcount I had to work with was. For example, in Magic Dough I left out a lot of emotional details that I would have normally included in order to keep it close to 350 words, and in Some Guys Just Can't Hold Their Nightshade I skipped over a lot of context and backstory. I know this is affected by how long I thought it would take me to get to the part of the story relevant to the prompt, since Gathering Herbs is also quite short but I didn't deliberately leave out any details.

For this Garden of Prose, the way I worked was to basically write the guaranteed wordcount for each prompt (sometimes I wrote a little beyond if I was inspired), post it, and go on to the next one. I wonder if I would write more fully-realized characters and stories if I just wrote the whole story, as it came to me, and then posted the first few paragraphs regardless of whether that reached the relevant part. In that case I could give a bit more of a summary in the notes, as well, which might help guide people on whether they wanted to see more. Posting would be a bit slower, but probably not much slower in most cases than it was last time, since I'll time it for when I have more reliable internet!

Any opinions on that? Did you notice the difference in depth of description? Would you be disappointed if the posted section of your prompt response didn't include what you mentioned in the prompt?

Any other feedback on the Garden of Prose is still welcome as well!
clare_dragonfly: drawing of a man in a brown turtleneck, looking away, text: time for a hundred visions and revisions (Writing: visions and revisions)
The herb-themed Garden of Prose is over: the prompting period has ended and I've posted all the prompted pieces, though I still have more I plan to write on several of them! I think this call for prompts was a success, if only because I got a bunch of prompts I really enjoyed writing to. If you missed the list of posted pieces, it's here.

There are several things I'd like to do differently next time. The first two are things I intended to do this time, but forgot (I was distracted with writing!): doing the drawing for the signal-booster winner of the character name right away, and linking to each piece in a comment response to the original prompt as I post it. There's also a couple of behind-the-scenes things I want to do for myself, like keeping better track of my time. I think I'm going to stick with the same perk thresholds next time--15 prompters and $25 in donations--because I didn't fall too shy of them this time, and I think they're good goals for next time. Oh, and I want to get a Garden of Prose icon!

I'm also considering a perk for comments--maybe adding a certain number of words to the piece that gets the most comments? Feedback on that, and any other comments or suggestions you have, are welcome.

Finally, a poll! This poll has two parts: first, voting on the next garden-related theme, and second, voting on which story the mystery donation should go to, to add 300 words. (I've tried to contact the donator to no avail. Thanks, mystery person!)

If you don't have a Dreamwidth account, I've set comments to screened, and OpenID as well as anonymous commenting is allowed, so feel free to vote by comment. (Let me know if you do or do not want your comment unscreened.)

Poll #8182 Garden of Prose poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 6

What should the next theme be?

vegetables
0 (0.0%)

fruit
2 (33.3%)

flowers
1 (16.7%)

fences & gates
5 (83.3%)

ground cover
1 (16.7%)

paths
5 (83.3%)

fountains, statues, & gazing balls
2 (33.3%)

insects & spiders
1 (16.7%)

Which story should the $3 donation go to?

A Conversation of Thought & Mind
1 (20.0%)

A Sea Garden
1 (20.0%)

Harvest Day
2 (40.0%)

The Test
0 (0.0%)

Gathering Herbs
1 (20.0%)

Steam Therapy
0 (0.0%)

Magic Dough
0 (0.0%)

Some Guys Just Can't Hold Their Nightshade
0 (0.0%)

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