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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the third Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, January 14-Sunday, January 15. The theme is "Disabled People (visibly and invisibly disabled)" and there's a previous post with resources on disabled characters. (See also the corresponding jam post on Dreamwidth.)

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This weekend has a bunch of other activities going on. Cross-traffic is encouraged. Make a tour, leave prompts, fill prompts, mix and match, whatever.
Giraffe Call on "In the City" by aldersprig
January Muse Fusion on torn_world
Garden of Prose: Paths by clare_dragonfly

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.


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.


Current Events
The MV-1 is a vehicle designed -- not modified -- for wheelchair users. I think it would be awesome to have a picture of a cherry red MV-1 with a hot handicapped girl and guy in sexy swimwear draped over the hood, the way car ads so often imply that mobility is power and power is sex.

Talking food -- the Braille burger and other foods that incorporate messages for blind people.
I'm also interested in all forms of adaptive communication such as sign languages and touchboards.

Jobs for Disabled Veterans
President Obama signed the Hire Heroes Act to encourage employers to hire disabled veterans. Doesn't that make you think of superheroes or soldiers of fortune?

From the Dark
Juan Varela does illusion for blind audiences in a magic show called "From the Dark."

These are some famous historic figures with a disability. I would love period-historic or alternate-history stuff featuring them.

Black Coyote (deaf; he was killed in the massacre at Wounded Knee)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (poliomyelitis; he used a wheelchair)
Harriet Tubman (brain damage from a head injury; effects variously described as narcolepsy or epilepsy)
Hellen Keller (blind and deaf)
Kunta Kinte (lame, after slave hunters cut off half of his foot to discourage him from escaping)
Ludwig van Beethoven (deaf)
Wilma Mankiller (muscular dystrophy)

diagnostic criteria for normalcy

why autistics make good friends

an academically successful dyslexic

something from the perspective of a character whose senses are atypical in some way

a disability that becomes an advantage

Prompt Filled

Your prompt stuck to some other stuff I've read about autistic people and varied expressions of friendship. "Why Autistics Make Good Friends" has been posted as my freebie for this session:
(I can't follow the titling guidelines because LJ removed the comment title field.)

Related to one of Meeks' prompts: something from the perspective of someone with a hypersensitive sense of smell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7tgwuj3gzM - ballet performance by a one-armed woman and a one-legged man

Prompt Filled

Your prompt about smell inspired a Monster House poem of a walk through a scented garden. "A Bouquet of Fragrance" is written in free verse.

23 lines, Buy It Now = $10


These are some favorite fictional characters with a disability. I'd enjoy fanfic/fanart of them.

Charles Xavier / Professor X from X-Men (mobility injury; uses a wheelchair)
Creb / Mog-ur from The Clan of the Cave Bear (missing one eye and part of one arm, with a crippled leg)
John Watson from Sherlock Holmes (assorted combat damage; effects include erratic limping and tremors, probable PTSD; varies across retellings)
Kevin Girardi from Joan of Arcadia (mobility injury; uses a wheelchair)
Rache from The Last of the Renshai (mobility injury; rides a specially trained warhorse)
Raistlin Majere from Dragonlance (generally frail, weak lungs prone to coughing blood)
Taylor from Touched by an Angel (Down's Syndrome)
Tess Kaufman from Reasonable Doubts (deaf; also female, Jewish, and a lawyer)
Vincent Freeman (congenital heart defect) and Jerome Eugene Morrow (mobility injury; uses a wheelchair) from Gattaca

Torn World

Illustrations of my Torn World characters Rai (owned by me, blind) and Ularki (adoptable, mentally disabled) would be welcome. There's also the warsailor Brelig (missing a hand) from "Without Fail."

I think this photo would make a great model picture for a warsailor family. (Warsailors fight sea monsters, often getting injured or killed in the line of duty. Many warsailors are Duurludirj, some of whom are dwarfed in stature. Note that this form of dwarfism is not a handicap unto itself, whereas the Northern disease Amukiiron often is.)


My song, Wheelin', is my answer to ``I can walk, damnit! What do I need a wheelchair for?'' as asked by a friend with an invisible disability.

(Note: I've also left this prompt over on Dreamwidth.)

Don't know if this is allowed but...

I've got two disabled original characters that I've been developing for a writing project of mine. I'd love some prompts to write to help me flesh them out!

Christian Sayer is a quartermaster working for a covert special project run by the British military. He uses a wheelchair due to partial severing of the nerves between vertebrae L4 and L5 caused by an IED explosion while he was on duty in Afghanistan. He's slowly working his way into a relationship with one of the project's combat medics, a Czech woman named Tash, who happens to be an empath. She's very cautious about letting people in, but Christian is patient, and they are very good for each other, complimenting strengths and weaknesses in ways that support without being co-dependent.

The other disabled character I'm working in developing is a civilian cryptographer named Devon Rhys Pierce. Devon is profoundly deaf, with damage to done to his inner ear by a viral infection when he was very young. Because of the type of damage which was done, Devon is not a candidate for cochlear implants, the new technology that's giving so many deaf people the ability to regain hearing after a fashion. Devon's recently been brought to work at the same project as Christian and Tash because they need to have a bunch of coded computer programming decrypted. His joining the project has caused some friction among the unit as an ex-girlfriend of his, McKenna Emerson, happens to be the project's weapons development expert. But Devon has grown a lot in the decade since he and McKenna parted ways. And while McKenna is now in a stable marriage, Devon is eager to show her that he's changed his ways and to try to become friends now that they're both older and wiser.

Re: Don't know if this is allowed but...

1) I've heard repeated complaints about wheelchair repair companies taking absurdly long to complete repairs, or even losing track of a customer's wheelchair. How would a quartermaster, skilled in management of resources/people, deal with that nonsense?

2) Sign language has different 'phonemes' than spoken languages, and linguists are just beginning to explore that. Does paying attention to hand shape and motion cause a cryptographer to think differently about funny-looking symbols on a page?


The advantages of being short when fighting sea monsters (in Torn World or your world)

Something from the perspective of a color blind character

The difficulty of being ambiguously (or contradictorily) gendered in a society that sees only two, clearly separate, genders

Not being able to recognize faces (propopagnosia)

Severe allergies

Autoimmune disease

The problems caused when the things that are obvious to you are not obvious to other people, and the things that are obvious to them are total mysteries to you.

I'd love a portrait of Kalitelm, one of our Torn World snow-unicorn riders. She is a healer and suffers from a form of dwarfism similar to diastrophic dysplasia. More information is here: http://www.tornworld.net/members/cisdisplay.php?id=31

I would also love a picture of Ferelye, who we would call intersex, though the Empire's term is "no-gender". More information about Ferelye is in this story: http://www.tornworld.net/storypageview.php?id=290

The same story also includes a scene of the aftermath of a fight between a ship and her warsailors and a sea monster that I'd love to see depicted in ink or paint.

Invitation - visitors welcome to the Muse Fusion

Torn World's Muse Fusion is today, and we have some few prompts over there too. We welcome visitors, to leave prompts or questions, or to make use of the prompts either for a Torn World story or a story set in your own world.

I'm thinking about making use of some prompts from here and there--if so, I'll share whatever I make with all prompters privately, even if the story won't be public on Torn World until sponsored or if it's to be submitted to a market that won't accept reprints.

If you're interested in becoming a Torn World creator, there's a link to the guidelines in our Muse Fusion post: http://torn-world.livejournal.com/96649.html, however, visitors are very welcome too!