December 31st, 2011

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New Crowdfunding Project: "Run On Sentence CSM"

My friend Mishie tipped me to this fascinating project. There's a blog post, "Music for the New Year," and a Kickstarter project page, "Run On Sentence CSM."  There are videos of a different songs so that you can get an idea of what the music is like.

The CSM stands for Community Supported Music, inspired by Community Supported Agriculture. A $10 basic membership gets you a new, previously unreleased song delivered to your email each month -- cheaper than most albums. Higher donation levels get extra goodies.  Currently the project is at $2,073 pledged of its $2,500 goal, with 17 days left. It seems likely to make its goal, so we should get an example of this crowdfunding model in action. That would be both awesome and useful.

I'm deeply intrigued by this adaptation of the CSA model to creative endeavors.  In this version, it's using online access to attract a wide audience, which is fine; that has great potential for other crowdfunders who have an established audience and might like to experiment with this kind of share structure.  However, I suspect that it could also be done locally -- people in a given town supporting local bands, maybe even artists or poets or other creative folks.  

What would it be like if you could get a copy of the live recording from each local performance, or a discount on a performance at your place once a year, backstage passes, maybe a meet-the-musician party?  What would it be like if you could get copies of all the poems written about your town, its people and businesses, and the chance to have a custom poem written once a year, and see your poet livewriting at the county fair, and go to a poetry reading followed by a discussion in your local bookstore?  What would it be like if you could get screensaver images of a local artist's paintings of your town and neighbors, a discount on portraits, a chance to win a free original, invitations to an artist jam in a nearby park?  I think this has lots of opportunity to get people involved in local activities and facetime interactions between creative folks and audiences.
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Read the Advent Story by K.A. Jones

The advent story by kajones_writing is now complete. It's a pretty cool setup in which several focal characters consider the situation in Thear, a world where three different races are squabbling over their differences in heritage and religion. (Despite human claims, the deities are not amused by this.) Each installment is approximately 1000 words. Here are links to the first installment by each character, in order of their appearance:
Trey
Aisling
Genevieve
Orla
Conall

I think Conall's first installment is my favorite, due to the interaction between him and a blind girl named Sophia. To see all the installments, just go to kajones_writing and scroll through. Put together, they add up to about 25,000 words and give a comprehensive look at the major conflicts in this setting. I find this an effective way to tell a story that is very complex and spread over a wide area with a lot of people involved. You can follow what's happening to each character yet also see how their experiences intersect. So far, Thear hasn't been one of my top favorite series, but this story did pull me into it a little more and it introduced Sophia, whom I really like. I'll probably keep an eye out for more about her. This story is worth reading for its interesting structure.