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May. 22nd, 2015

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May 2015 One Card Draw!

Name of Day: May 2015 One Card Draw!

Description of Service: Leave a comment to the DW or LJ pages and I'll draw a card for you. You can ask a specific question or simply ask what the Universe wants you to pay attention to. Please note in your request if you'd like your reading screened or given in PM.

Who is Eligible: Anyone and everyone can get a card during the open window. All who request a card are eligible to win a free reading worth $15.

Date/Time Window: 0900-1700 Pacific Daylight Time [PDT] on 22 May 2015 ONLY [countdown].

Tipping? Tips/donations are welcome, but not required. Note :: Donation perks are available.

Examples: DW free reading tag & LJ free reading tag.
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May. 16th, 2015

Crowdfunding butterfly ship


Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the fortieth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, May 16-Sunday, May 17. The theme is "Hope." Visit the Creative Jam over on Dreamwidth.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Everyone is eligible to post prompts, which may be words or phrases, titles, images, etc. Prompters may request a specific creator, but everyone else may still use that prompt if they wish. Prompts may specify a particular character/world/etc. but creators may use the prompt for something else anyway and post the results. Prompters are still encouraged to post mostly prompts that anyone could use anywhere, as this maximizes the chance of having creators make something based on your prompt. Please title your comment "Prompt" or "Prompts" when providing inspiration so these are easy to find.

Prompt responses may also be treated as prompts and used for further inspiration. For example, a prompt may lead to a sketch which leads to a story, and so on. This kind of cascading inspiration is one of the most fun things about a collective jam session.

Everyone is eligible to use prompts, and everyone who wants to use a given prompt may do so, for maximum flexibility of creator choice in inspiration. You do not have to post a "Claim" reply when you decide to use a prompt, but this does help indicate what is going on so that other prompters can spread out their choice of prompts if they wish.

Creators are encouraged, but not required, to post at least one item free. Likewise, sharing a private copy of material with the prompter is encouraged but not required. Creative material resulting from prompts should be indicated in a reply to the prompt, with a link to the full content elsewhere on the creator's site (if desired); a brief excerpt and/or description of the material may be included in the reply (if desired). It helps to title your comment "Prompt Filled" or something like that so these are easy to identify. There is no time limit on responding to prompts. However, creators are encouraged to post replies sooner rather than later, as the attention of prompters will be highest during and shortly after the session.

Some items created from prompts may become available for sponsorship. Some creators may offer perks for donations, linkbacks, or other activity relating to this project. Check creator comments and links for their respective offerings.

Prompters, creators, and bystanders are expected to behave in a responsible and civil manner. If the moderators have to drag someone out of the sandbox for improper behavior, we will not be amused. Please respect other people's territory and intellectual property rights, and only play with someone else's characters/setting/etc. if you have permission. (Fanfic/fanart freebies are okay.) If you want to invite folks to play with something of yours, title the comment something like "Open Playground" so it's easy to spot. This can be a good way to attract new people to a shared world or open-source project, or just have some good non-canon fun.

Boost the signal! The more people who participate, the more fun this will be. Hopefully we'll see activity from a lot of folks who regularly mention their projects in this community, but new people are always welcome. You can link to this session post or to individual items created from prompts, whatever you think is awesome enough to recommend to your friends.

May. 12th, 2015



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My May Giraffe Call is open! The theme is "Survival".

A Giraffe Call is a prompt call for fiction - leave a prompt and I will write a short fic to that prompt.

Prompting is free, but tip, and I'll write even more words.

Proceeds over $40 go to home improvements - my house is currently short some (interior) walls. I'd like to be done looking at bare studs soon!

(Proceeds under $40 are split between takeout-for-me and commissioning a crowdfunded artist)

Check it out!

May. 11th, 2015


Gumroad Monthly Membership

For £5 (around $7.75) any buyer can access almost all the ebooks I create for the Many Worlds. There will still be some that are Patreon exclusives, unless this works out better than that does, and then I'll have to decided what I'm going to do next. I'm also going to be posting a number of stand alone stories, although these will be available separately, once I've finished catching up with the ghostwriting. Please check it out and signal boost. Every little helps to make life easier for me, as being the main earner isn't an easy thing to do.

May. 5th, 2015



Poetry Fishbowl Open!

The Poetry Fishbowl is now open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal with a theme of "gentlemen in distress." Come give me prompts and watch for the poetry to start appearing.

May. 4th, 2015



Poetry Fishbowl Report for April 7, 2015

This month's theme was "language shaping thought." I worked from 12:30 PM to 4:30 AM, so about 14 hours 30 minutes, allowing for breaks. I wrote 15 poems on Tuesday and another 9 later.

Participation was good, with 27 prompters on LiveJournal and 50 on Dreamwidth. A total of 20 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompters DW user Moongoddessgirl and DW user Kiramaru7. You have them to thank for the second freebie.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"100,000 and 1"
"Borrowed Thyme"
"Cobble's Stones"
"The Color of Her Eyes"
"haiku in English"
"His Fearsome Horse"
"Imperialist Linguistics"
"More Anxious to Agree"
"Never Carry Them Forward"
"Othering In"
"A Reflection of Your Energy"
"The Rosetta Code"
"The Seeds of Meaning"
"The Shaper-Worf Hypothesis"
"shining wind whispers"
"Speaking of Shields"

"Silken Dreams" (Dragonsilk, 1/6/15 Fishbowl)
"The Uruk Uncertainty" (The Time Towers, 2/3/15 Fishbowl)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for April 7, 2015. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from April have been posted, and backchannel copies sent to the prompters of the rest. Per the $200 goal, "The Uruk Uncertainty" was the free epic. Per the $250 goal, there will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, May 19. Per the $300 goal, there was a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.

This month's donors included technoshaman, Anonymous, marina_bonomi, DW user Dialecticdreamer, DW user Librarygeek, Anthony & Shirley Barrette, janetmiles, and ng_moonmoth. There were no new donors.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
sea monster month


Sea Monster Month at Torn World, Mini-coloring book, Next Sketch Fest!

May is Sea Monster Month at Torn World!

Every year, we celebrate a month of the big ocean dwellers in this shared world platform. You have just a few more hours to join in our kick-off Muse Fusion:

Bring prompts, and our artists and writers will create something just for you! Your prompts can be generic, if you aren't familiar with the setting, or specific to the Torn World monsters:

I'm doing a personal Sea Monster crowdfunded project - a Sea Monster Mini-Coloring Book!

I'm making an 8-page half-sized coloring book (8.5 x 5.5) of sea monsters, both serious and silly. We've made our goal for getting a print copy - PDF copies start at just $2, and are included in every sponsorship package. Further stretch goals include more pages, bookmarks, and professional printing (which will ensure stock for future sales)!

I am promising sea monster sketches for the next 13 prompters at the Muse Fusion, so get those in swiftly!

And, the May Sketch Fest is on the calendar for May 14-16. Join us for 48 hours of creative sketching!

(June's Sketch Fest is tentatively scheduled for June 12-14!)

May. 1st, 2015

Crowdfunding butterfly ship


April Crowdfunding Post

What are your planned crowdfunding projects for May? What did you accomplish during April?

The May Creative Jam will be Saturday 16-Sunday 17 with a theme of "Hope." Please check in then to leave or claim prompts!

Apr. 29th, 2015

Circe (Waterhouse)


Spring Sales at SilverFlame Art

I’m holding a sale on commission work.  I’m offering “painterly,” head-and-shoulder character portraits for $30 a piece, and more elaborate illustrations  like the image below for $100 each.  These are digitally drawn and painted by hand using a Wacom tablet, and prints are available for the additional cost of print + shipping.  This sale ends on the last day of May, so hurry on over and take a look!

Click the picture to go to the site and read more.

Apr. 25th, 2015


An Update

It's been a long time since I posted to this community, because I've found myself lacking time to do anything that isn't work recently, and before that I was dealing with coming to terms with the death of my father. Then, about two weeks ago, James managed to slip a disk in his back, so I've been looking after him and working and trying to keep on top of doing everything that needs to be done. However I'm now back to crowdfunding on a more regular basis, although I can't do it the same way I once did, thanks to the new EU laws (thank you for that, EU, I really appreciate it).

So I have my Patreon account. I've posted some of my older work there, I'm going to be posting some free stories in my collections, and it's basically going to be my paywall. More of my work is going to go behind it in the near future than I will be posting free, at least until I'm making at least $400 a month there. I want, in the future, for Patreon to be able to pay my rent, instead of me having to ghostwrite, which will give me the freedom to post more for free.

For those of you more interested in my custom writing I have my Etsy shop. Money made from anything I sell here will be going to pay the rent, at least until I have that covered in some way, and then I'll be putting it towards the groceries. It's only once I've made $1200 in a month I'll be able to buy anything nice for myself or be able to put anything into savings. With this in mind I might set myself up a rent counter at the website for people to see how well I'm doing with making my own writing my main earner.

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