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Poetry for Linux

May 02, 2019 — Grant Ford

So I threw out a toot on Fosstodon today sort of as a trial run to see what would happen. I said:

I'll write you a personalized sonnet for $5. 😁 No really... I only need to sell 22 sonnets to be able to buy the computer of my choice. (Yes, it's only $100+tax) #poetgrantpoetry

I thought that maybe a few people might like the idea, but to my utter surprise I was messaged either privately or publically by about 17 people within an hour. So! That got the wheels turning in my head and I decided to make it easy to distribute and collect donations by creating a GoFundMe page. I am not trying to get rich or anything, but I think it is a pretty fun idea. If this can help me raise the funds I need to really expand this project, then that would be great!

The first step in funding this project is getting a mobile device that I can write on. I have been looking into several options where I build my own laptop out of a TinkerBoard and 3D printed casing and keyboard, but after throwing all those items in a cart, it would be cheaper to just buy a laptop. So I looked around and found something that I had known of before but never really looked into.

The PineBook (11.6") is perfect for what I want to do. I would love to raise $100 for that, but more would be better so that I can expand other areas of this project, including my novel project and a few other project ideas I have in mind.

So here's how it all breaks down. I can write just about any kind of poetry you would like. I have made a life-long study of poetry over the years, including a 4 year degree with a focus on language and the use of poetry in Medieval societies.

  • $1 - you get a Haiku based on a single word of your choice
  • $5 - you get a personalized Sonnet
  • $25 - you get a longer-form poem(depends on what you prefer)
  • $250 - you get a short Epic
  • $500 - you get a long-form epic with your choice of verse styling and alliterative style

So that's it for now! If you would like details on any of those donation tiers, please message me on Fosstodon or get in touch with me on Wire(@poetgrant)!

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Poetry for Linux

So I have been writing poetry recently. I don't know why I ever stopped writing in that format because. In the last two days I have gained an immense amount of satisfaction and focus through writing in verse. For an example of my past writings you can head over to the directory in my GitLab Repo.

Since taking up the pen once again, I have found that the verse comes easier to me. I have a style heavily influenced by Pope, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shakespeare, and etc. My style is also heavily influenced by the Anglo-Saxon and Old Icelandic poetry that I have consumed over the years.

With that said, I have yet another project to divide my attention. I am going to begin working on a new style of poetry which I am dubbing "Bit Verse". I will be refining the processes and stylistic choices for Bit Verse by writing a small book of poetry that will showcase different implimentations of my new style. I have only just today initialized the GitLab repo for this project, but if you would like to go look at a skeleton of a project, head over to Bit Verse. I will be updating it as I find time.

The plan is to:

  1. write a small book of Bit Verse
  2. publish that book with an introduction explaining what Bit Poetry is
  3. write an epic of Bit Verse (tentatively called 2048 Bit Verse)
  4. publish that epic with another introduction explaining 2048 Bit Verse

Since I am now working on 5 different projects at once, I think it is safe to say that this project will take some time, but now that my website is pretty much where I want it, I think it is safe to start this project. I don't think this project will be completed this year by any means, but I will be working as hard as I can to get it canonized.

That's it for now, I'll periodically post updates about all of this, but until then, keep in touch with me on:

fosstodon profile