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Feb. 2nd, 2016

Leaf

aldersprig

Check out my ongoing Groundhog Day story!

Fran wakes up in a small post-apocalyptic town. Something's wrong, and the townspeople are antsy. But is there more wrong than just the wolf at the door?


Part One: Dreamwidth ~ Live Journal
The sun rose. Fran woke to the dim glare coming in through curtains that would never rot...

Part Two: Dreamwidth ~ Live Journal
Fran woke before the sun to the distinctive creak of polyester bedding. She pried herself up onto an elbow... ugly curtains from the 80's...

Part Three: Dreamwidth ~ Live Journal
Fran woke with a start. The world was too soft...

Part Four: Dreamwidth ~ Live Journal
Fran forced herself awake early. The night was still dark, but she could feel that the leaves she'd gone to sleep in had already transformed themselves into a cheap motel bed.

There's a tip jar at the bottom, and I'll be posting new iterations every couple hours throughout the day.

Though this is me writing, the story will remain PG-rated, with some implied violence off-stage and no sexual content.
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Feb. 1st, 2016

Rose-Bay

ysabetwordsmith

2016 Rose & Bay Award Voting: Patron

Voting is now open for the   Patron   category of the Rose and Bay Awards. These awards honor excellence in cyberfunded creativity (aka crowdfunding), and this category recognizes exceptional supporters. Everyone is encouraged to vote. Please read the complete details below, and then make your vote in the following poll. For more information about this award, visit the 2016 landing page.

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Rose-Bay

ysabetwordsmith

2016 Rose & Bay Award Voting: Other Project

Voting is now open for the   Other Project   category of the Rose and Bay Awards. These awards honor excellence in cyberfunded creativity (aka crowdfunding), and this category recognizes exceptional creators of eclectic content. Everyone is encouraged to vote. Please read the complete details below, and then make your vote in the following poll. For more information about this award, visit the 2016 landing page.

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ysabetwordsmith

2016 Rose & Bay Award Voting: Webcomic

Voting is now open for the   Webcomic   category of the Rose and Bay Awards. These awards honor excellence in cyberfunded creativity (aka crowdfunding), and this category recognizes exceptional comic creators. Everyone is encouraged to vote. Please read the complete details below, and then make your vote in the following poll. For more information about this award, visit the 2016 landing page.

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Rose-Bay

ysabetwordsmith

2016 Rose & Bay Award Voting: Poetry

Voting is now open for the   Poetry   category of the Rose and Bay Awards. These awards honor excellence in cyberfunded creativity (aka crowdfunding), and this category recognizes exceptional poets. Everyone is encouraged to vote. Please read the complete details below, and then make your vote in the following poll. For more information about this award, visit the 2016 landing page.

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ysabetwordsmith

2016 Rose & Bay Voting: Fiction

Voting is now open for the   Fiction   category of the Rose and Bay Awards. These awards honor excellence in cyberfunded creativity (aka crowdfunding), and this category recognizes exceptional writers. Everyone is encouraged to vote. Please read the complete details below, and then make your vote in the following poll. For more information about this award, visit the 2016 landing page.

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ysabetwordsmith

2016 Rose & Bay Voting: Art

Voting is now open for the   Art   category of the Rose and Bay Awards. These awards honor excellence in cyberfunded creativity (aka crowdfunding), and this category recognizes exceptional artists. Everyone is encouraged to vote. Please read the complete details below, and then make your vote in the following poll. For more information about this award, visit the 2016 landing page.

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Jan. 25th, 2016

Creative Joyous Cat

wyld_dandelyon

I'm still open for readings for this weekend's One Card Draw

Over here: Snow Moon Card Draw

Everyone is welcome.

Jan. 18th, 2016


moonwolf1988

An Update

It's been a while since I updated here, so I thought it was about time I did. 2015 was a difficult year in many ways, and it wasn't until the end of the year I really started thinking about how to make changes for the better, which is what I ended up doing a lot of. EU VAT is still an issue for me. Being in the EU makes it more worrying, and that meant finding way to work around it that worked for me as a writer. Fortunately I've come to several conclusions about the way I write the best that mean this year should, I hope, be a lot better.

My plans for this year include finishing stories I've already started, because I have far too many of them. If you have any specific stories you want to see finished toss something into the tip jar and it will go to the top of the list. So far I have three finished, I'm working on several others, and so it seems to be going well. My reward system does help - for every two stories I complete I permit myself to start something new, although with this I always make certain that's a finished story. At my personal journal I've talked a lot about how each story is a chapter in something bigger.

From February I plan on restarting work on the Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments. When I originally started it the entire story was meant to be 40,000 words long, because I hadn't planned on the characters taking over as much as they have. This month I'm going to be working on splitting the story into more parts, in order to make it simpler for me and for anyone who's reading it, as I'm already far about the 40,000 word target and I know I still have a lot to go.

Finally I've updated my sponsorships page. As I'm not going to be posting anything unfinished this year I wanted the sponsorships to reflect that, so instead of using word count I've changed it to stories. This does mean each one is more expensive, but I'm aiming for someone who, for example, sponsors me for a year writing one story a month to have 36,000 words of story written for them, in order for the stories to be their natural length. When I'm writing like that some are naturally shorter and some are naturally longer.

The goal for this year, currently, is £300 a month earned from the original fiction I post at the website. I'm hoping that having more finished stories will make that a simpler process. Once I'm a little more sorted I'm planning on going back to having prompt session, which will be working differently to the ones before, and focusing again on what's important to me.

Jan. 16th, 2016

Crowdfunding butterfly ship

ysabetwordsmith

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the forty-seventh Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, January 16-Sunday, January 17. The theme is "Art and Artisans." 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.

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