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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the eleventh Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, September 15-Sunday September 16. The theme is "characters of color." (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.


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.

Open Playground: "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! People of changing gender, or no gender!

For more information about the setting, prompters should start here and contributors should 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!

Re: Open Playground: "Torn World"

I've written a Torn World poem on the general creative jam topic called 'Colors of People' that I will post later. :)

Re: Open Playground: "Torn World"

I really look forward to seeing that. One thing I like about Torn World is that its races don't parallel Terran races exactly. Like the Northerners have golden skin and dark hair, but light eyes; while the Duurludirj have light hair and eyes but skin in shades of tan. It just makes things interesting.


Image Prompts:
Black man kissing
Chinese woman astronaut
Lakota couple

Title Prompts:
"Maria and the Narcocorridos"
"Colorwashing History"
"When the Aliens Landed in Zambia"

Text Prompts:
Where the Tibetans really hid Shambhala.
How to keep Pele from pouring lava over your new house.
What if someone discovered a way to prevent cancer ... but it turned everyone's skin black?

Re: Prompts


Why would a soccer player fro the 80s pour lava on a house? ;-p
My Sixty-Four Squared series, right now featuring 'The Scholar's Mate' and 'the prequel-companion 'Eye of the Oracle', both feature non-white characters. Specifically, Charlie Thai is Chinese, Ryan Linari is Black, Miles Viera is Hispanic, and Lior Sha'ir is Middle Eastern (specifically, she's half-Iranian, born in Israel). (all four is The Scholar's Mate). In Eye of the Oracle, Cameron and Chandler Grace are half-Japanese.

I'd be happy to write short stories or background about any of these characters. Please see the linked landing page for posted chapters so far.

Edited at 2012-09-16 03:29 pm (UTC)


* Ryan has a mystical chance to banish his migraines forever, but only at high cost to someone else. What will he choose?

* Charlie discovers that someone has been cooking the books, but the perpetrator is another Chinese man and the victim is a white bigot. Will he reveal the accounting scheme, or not?

* Miles finds a cursed talisman of Aztec origin that allows time travel. Reid really, really wants it. Miles wants to make sure that nobody's internal organs get ripped out of their body and the universe doesn't implode. Will it cost her all hope of any kind of relationship with Reid?

* A gang of Middle Eastern men ambush Lior and beat her up for not wearing a veil. (You should see the other truck.) Then the police show up and arrest everyone on suspicion of terrorism. How does Gilbert get Lior back, and who's left standing when the dust settles?

Re: Okay...

I will definitely be playing with 2 of these, if not all of themm in the days to come.

Re: Okay...

Yay! That will be fun to see.