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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the second Crowdfunding Creative Jam!  This session will run Sunday, November 20-Monday, November 21.  The theme is "Inner Worlds."  (See also the corresponding post on Dreamwidth.)

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.  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.


Open Playground: "Schrodinger's Heroes"

Everyone is welcome to play with Schrodinger's Heroes. This is an imaginary fandom for an apocryphal television show. A team of heroes practice quantum physics and other hijinks to protect Earth against invaders from other dimensions. The team is racially, sexually, and culturally diverse. Because the subject naturally deals with alternate realities, it lends itself well to crossovers and alternate-universe interpretations; you can use my version or make up your own.

The background material and some sample stories, poems, and scripts are linked from the menu post. If you do play with this, I'd love to know; I'll link to other people's contributions if I know where they are.


Image Prompts:

Title Prompts:
"The Nautilus Within"
"Fractal Incursions"
"Implosions of Body and Soul"

Text Prompts:
hollow geodes
life within a drop of water
sensory deprivation turns the self inward

Re: Prompts

I have used this last prompt as a jumping off point for writing a story about the finding of Lichenwold at Torn World! I'm about 1000 words in, and probably have another 1000 words to go. :)

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A draft of Senseless came in a little longer than I expected at 3500 words, and will be $35 to sponsor. Reqem and Raldori have a very long, very dark walk through a tunnel that they aren't sure will ever end...

I will send you an advance copy - it will need some revision before I submit it to the canon board!


The classic "inner world" in science fiction is the human body. Race around the blood vessels?

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In response to your prompt about the human body, a photograph entitled Portal.

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Inner Worlds and Anomalies is a Torn World poem about how scientists see souls and spirits. 14 lines, $5 to sponsor. (Which may be done via my webpage) I will send you a sneak peek at it! Sponsored, it will be posted publicly, un-sponsored, it will be reserved for subscribers at Torn World - once it has passed the canon board.


Dreams, both the nocturnal variety and daydreams.

The worlds we create for our fiction, our games, and our other creative pastimes.

Lies, and the truths that hide within them.

What happens if two people who are closely tied in the outer world find that their inner truths are not compatible?

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From the prompt about incompatible truths I got the free-verse poem "The Shear Torment of Inner Truths." That's not a typo, but rather a reference to the shear of continental plates along fault lines; the poem is written in geographic metaphors.

24 lines, Buy It Now = $10

Sandbox to Play In: Torn World

Torn World is a science fantasy shared world available for writing and creating in. Sea monsters! Giant furred unicorns! Crystals that control time!

For more information about the setting, start here! For specific information about submitting your work to our world continuity, rights and allowances, please see our contributor's rules. We have a space for sharing non-canon work on our site, so don't be shy about jumping in, even if you aren't familiar with the setting yet!


Sounds fun! I'll give a prompt for now, and participate later as a creator if I have time.

How about... aliens posing as human.

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I just realized the theme was "inner worlds" but I suppose that sort of counts! The facade of humanity and the reality within...

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From the prompt about aliens posing a facade of humanity, I got the free-verse poem "The Inescapable Agony of Being." It combines shapeshifting, religion, and the quest for enlightenment.

46 lines, Buy It Now = $20

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Wonderful! I've contributed a small amount and will pimp it on my LJ with your permission :)

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Thank you! By all means, please boost the signal for this poem. I will post a call for cosponsors on my journals too.

I'll go ahead and post the first verse.

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And here is the link for the beginning of "The Inescapable Agony of Being."

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Hide Inside the World is a short story (just shy of 500 words) on this topic. Read it in full at my journal (for a limited time): http://ellenmillion.livejournal.com/1247696.html

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I quite liked your story!


"It was all just a dream" is a common story method - but often leaves a reader feeling cheated. I'd like to see a good twist on this.

Opinions best kept to oneself

A Dyson Sphere: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyson_sphere

An 'inner' world, could also be an underground world - caves, underground cities, or sewer systems!

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The Dyson Sphere prompt led to the free-verse poem "Big Black Marble." It contrasts the outer and inner appearance of the structure.

12 lines, Buy It Now = $10