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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the fifteenth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, February 16-Sunday, February 17.  The theme is "twisted tropes." (Visit the Creative Jam over on Dreamwidth.)

A twisted trope is any variation on a commonly played motif that makes it different from the usual in a way that comments on the underlying meaning of the theme.  You can read more about TV Tropes (which actually covers all media now), "subverted tropes," "double subversion," "zigzagging trope," and "playing with a trope" for further ideas.  There are other resources; those of you with a scholarly bent may prefer the Aarne-Thompson Index.  Is there any motif you'd love to see more of, or want to kill it dead?  Ask for it!  Create it!  Twist ALL the tropes!

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!


Image Prompts:
Slave Leo
Biking Backwards
Batman & Robin Kissing

Title Prompts:
"Stardrive to Nowhere"
"So Very Wrong"
"The Viviphagous Unicorn"

Text Prompts:
* Asexual Karma -- a twist on Sexual Karma where not throwing yourself at people magically means people don't throw themselves at you.
* The black guy is the sole survivor; the white guys die -- a twist on Black Dude Dies First. (I get tired of hearing "The white guy never dies." He totally does. Let's kill him some more.)
* "Stuffed into a Dryer" -- a twist on "stuffed into a refrigerator" in which the female protagonist's male love interest gets gorily murdered just to rile her up.

Comedic Prompt:
Rowan Atkinson's 'Hello, I'm the Devil, and welcome to Hellsketch. (PDF/text format)

Text Prompts:
A Virtual Research Center, where is no virtual and no research
A library with no books


"Becoming the Library" -- a humorous free-verse poem about my Aether Dancer character Sesha Fulbright as a teenager, and how she hit on the idea of being a walking reference library.
37 lines, Buy It Now = $15
Just an observation: twisting something makes it into a helix. So does twisting a trope make it into a heliotrope?


I have posted this as today's freebie: