View Full Version : The town we built - Blue Rock

03-25-2008, 10:26 PM
Here are the links that started it all.

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35194&highlight=blue+rock (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35194&highlight=blue+rock)

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35212 (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35212)

03-25-2008, 10:27 PM
I still think we should publish this. There's a lot of top notch work in here.

03-25-2008, 10:28 PM
The most meaningful writing I've been privileged to be part of.

03-25-2008, 10:31 PM
Each piece of work was an individual effort, but it was such a a wonderful group project, that even the writing WHILE writing didn't feel individual, did it?

I enjoyed looking back not only on the completed "clean version" but the thread where we posted the poems originally - you could really see the building going on there.

03-26-2008, 12:57 AM
I still think we should publish this. There's a lot of top notch work in here.

From what i understand, AW is setting up the servers to host Blue Rock on a web page. The domains have been purchased. :)

03-26-2008, 02:18 AM
Good lawd, that's awesome.


03-26-2008, 02:19 AM
I enjoyed exploring Blue Rock with you people. I feel like I've been there.

03-26-2008, 02:20 AM
ArrowQueen gave us #43. (and it's wonderful and quirky)

03-26-2008, 03:17 AM
Ah! I had forgotten all about that! ArrowQueen did give us Bill Brewster, didn't she!

Sweet Irene helped build Blue Rock.

03-26-2008, 04:17 AM
From what i understand, AW is setting up the servers to host Blue Rock on a web page. The domains have been purchased. :)Oh that's cool. Very neat.

William Haskins
04-04-2008, 06:05 PM
thanks for posting this, stew.

04-04-2008, 07:45 PM
Thanks for creating it, William.

Lyra Jean
04-04-2008, 08:39 PM
I loved helping to build Blue Rock. It made me feel like a part of something. :)

04-04-2008, 09:34 PM
I enjoyed exploring Blue Rock with you people. I feel like I've been there.Me too. The people of Blue Rock are like old friends and neighbors.

Stew, thanks for posting the links. I enjoyed the trip back there immensely.

04-08-2008, 10:55 AM
The server is now prepped to host the website - we've got bluerockanthology.com and .net


I've got to redirect the DNS and start building, if you have mad skillz, desperately want to help, or have photos or other contributions, PM me.

Old Hack
04-20-2008, 12:08 PM
Oh, my.

How come I'd never heard of Blue Rock?

The poetry is wonderful, and I really want to read it ALL, but always prefer a printed copy. Is there any chance of a Lulu version?

04-20-2008, 05:19 PM
I was reading some of the Blue Rock Poems and came across this.

Made me smile:

The Town Founder, by Arrowqueen

In the middle of the court-house square
an old bronze statue stands
of a noble man, with a lofty brow,
and a book and a quill in his hands.

Some say it's old Abe Lincoln,
but saying don't mean it's true.
and it's not a mistake that the old folks make,.
just the strangers who're passing through.

For 'William Haskins - Poet'
is what it reads on the plaque.
Some say he was a genius.
Some say he was a hack.

Some claim that he was a kindly man.
with a soul as white as snow -
but others claim he outran the law
when he murdered his daughter's beau.

But whether all - or none - of it's true,
there's nobody left to tell.
Or whether he went to glory.
Or whether he went to hell.

But one thing the townsfolk all agree -
if you're passing, you'd best not mock.
Better tip your hat (or they'll knock you flat)
to the founder of ol' Blue Rock.

04-20-2008, 06:17 PM
That's wonderful. She was so good.

I would definitely love to see Blue Rock in book form. It was kind of an amazing project and brought about some really excellent poetry. It was interesting how I was affected having the topic as an external suggestion. Write a poem about _________ was never something I had done before. Now I know I can if I want to.

Was very cool.

04-20-2008, 06:32 PM
I'd buy it.

04-20-2008, 06:35 PM
Me too! I think we should. I know it was looked into a little. Was there a question of consent?

04-20-2008, 06:38 PM
If we could all give consent it would be fairly easy to round up a few volunteers to get it into Lulu shape. I wonder if we could do that and have a charity to aim for assisting in the process?? In ArrowQueen's name.

04-20-2008, 07:04 PM
Darn thing was so addictive it even made me write a pome.

Well, not a very good one, but a pome nonetheless.

Old Hack
04-20-2008, 11:17 PM
The main problem would lie in getting permission from all the contributors. As rights were not assigned, apart from online ones, permissions would have to be gained. While many of the contributors continue to post here and could easily be contacted in order for them to assign the rights, I bet there are some who have disappeared from the board.


When I worked as an editor, all those years ago, I worked on a book which contained a whole bunch of quotes, many of which were impossible to get permission for: although all the sources were, mostly, attributed, some of the quotes came from magazines long out of print, while others came from books which had been self-published by people who were impossible to track down.

As the book was written by my publisher, I could not insist that he get the permissions himself. It was My Job.

I duly contacted everyone I could, and got the permissions that were gettable. All the others I tried to track down, but in most cases, I failed.

Consequently, I included an acknowledgements page in which I thanked all the rights-holders who had granted permission for the quotes to be used; and a para which read something like this: while every effort had been made to gain permission for all quotes used, in some cases, that had proved impossible; but that everything possible would be done to get those permissions for all future editions. And that if any permission-holders wanted to contact the publishers they could do so at 123 What Ever Road It Was.

No one ever contacted the publishers, and all was well.

If I still have a copy of the book concerned I'd be happy to give the exact wording. It was checked by the company's lawyers, and by several others too. And if I can't find it, I bet several of the writers here could provide an appropriate wording.

Old Hack
04-20-2008, 11:22 PM
Ooops. Took me so long to write that that all sorts of other people posted before me.

Is there a separate list of contributors, or will we need to plough through the whole thing to find them all? If there's a separate list then it won't take too long to get permissions for the ones who remain on the board. Google might help turn up some of the rest. And for all those remaining, some people here could still be in contact with them: it's a small world. A thread or two asking for help could make a difference.

04-21-2008, 12:25 AM
We could probably just post a thread asking all Blue Rock contributors to give their consent. Bump it a few times over the course of several days and that would cover a good few of us. (Mods could delete any superfluous posts - you know that's gonna happen.) Then we could track down the rest and employ your paragraph for the handful we can't get to.

04-21-2008, 01:31 AM
And...also, we could PM those who do not respond. They will probably get the PM in their email boxes, if they are set up to receive them that way. It is doable... I think. Maybe. And maybe if a thread is started we could make it clear in the first post that NOBODY responds unless it is to give permission. And we ask them to respond like this:

I, ____________, hereby give AW permission to use my poem, _______________, in the Blue Rock collection.

And nothing else.

Or something like that. (-;

04-21-2008, 03:24 AM
Sounds good. Shall we? Are there any objections? Poetinahat? Stew21? Somebody?

Lyra Jean
04-21-2008, 08:37 AM
That sounds great. I would love to see Blue Rock in printed format.

Old Hack
04-22-2008, 08:59 PM
A little bird told me that Mac would quite like a copy of a Blue Rock book, so if it's OK with Haskins et al, then I think we should do this.

I'll be back online tomorrow, and will see what I can sort out then.

04-24-2008, 10:09 PM
Why can't I read this? It keeps asking me for a password

04-24-2008, 10:31 PM
Why can't I read this? It keeps asking me for a password

Heya, you are having access issues because the posts are in the protected poetry forum. So just enter the password 'citrus', and you should be able to view all you like. Enjoy! There is some great stuff in there (I can't believe I'd forgotten all about Blue Rock)!



04-24-2008, 11:14 PM
Sounds good. Shall we? Are there any objections? Poetinahat? Stew21? Somebody?I'm all for putting them in print--I certainly would allow mine in it.

I seem to recall that at least one person had published his poems and was going to check about permissions (Rich?). Are there others who might be in the same boat?

Is there any more word on the BlueRockAnthology e-collection?

Old Hack
04-27-2008, 01:29 PM
My computer had a hissy fit and wouldn't start... I think it might go again soon. I need a new hard drive.

If any of the poems have since been published elsewhere, then I hope the writers involved only surrendered rights for a single use. If not, then there could be problems: either way, there would then have to be an acknowledgements page listing those publications.