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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the first Crowdfunding Creative Jam!  This session will run Monday, October 17-Tuesday, October 18.  The theme is "misfits."  (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 prompter attention 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, inkbacks, 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:
Without Connection
Alone on Alpha Centauri One
Like a Sore Thumbclaw
The Little Lamb Who Would Not Go Along
Dreaming of Colorless Green Ideas
The Fairy Who Hated Magic

Text Prompts:
Pluto stages a revolt among the "minor planets."
A dwarf riding a hangglider.
The only mage without an aura.
A spell to change sexual orientation.
"When Jonathan moved out the Sol System to get away from humanity, he never expected to find this."
In which a black-and-white world begins to bleed color.

Prompt Filled

I have written a story based on your title prompt 'Without Connection' here: http://kajones-writing.livejournal.com/33162.html.
A door that's always ajar.

Dada and the surrealist victory over an absurd world

Why are anime heroes so often misfits or social outcasts?

The "handedness" of smileys in various cultures (:

"English" measurements in an increasingly metric world

Quote prompt: "Subcultures rarely fall on their own."

Humor, enlightenment, shock, and surprise: the common element is the one that doesn't fit expectations. Are there other experiences which require a misfit?

Prompt Filled

I put together one prompt from everyone who has posted so far to create the free-verse poem "Door Ajar." It explores the challenges of opening a portal between dimensions, and not being able to close it again. Read the whole poem here:

Prompt Filled

I've written a story for your prompt 'a door that's always ajar' here: http://kajones-writing.livejournal.com/33783.html.


Fallen Angels

Guest at a (to them) alien holiday celebration.

Why is [pick something] a swearword, anyway?

Language barrier
Oof! Wretched timing for me personally, but here are some prompts:

A society with a common version of magic (telepathy/foresight, etc.) that one person lacks... which may turn out to be an advantage.

A person who feels out of step with the political regime... but is a major part of it.

A princess who doesn't want to wait to be rescued.

What about a princess who rescues dragons?


I really like this.

Re: Cool!

Thank you kindly!

Prompt Filled

I've written a story to your prompt 'a princess who doesn't wait to be rescued' here: http://kajones-writing.livejournal.com/33441.html.
With Halloween approaching, how about some misfit monsters?

A vampire who tries to break his addiction to blood via Buddhism.

A mummy of a worker who thinks working the fields (even in paradise) isn't much of an afterlife.

A weresheep in wolf's clothing.

A woman who gives up witchery to be a chef, but has a hard time not making magic in the kitchen.

A jack'o'lantern that wanted to stay a pumpkin.

A troll that keeps goats.

A vegetarian ghoul.

Pumpkin prompt

Breaking Down

Warning for....torture? Kind of?

Re: Pumpkin prompt

0_o That is a very disturbing story. Well done!

Re: Pumpkin prompt

Yeah, after writing that,I kind of felt better about never really doing Jack O 'Lanterns.

Re: Pumpkin prompt

Seriously creepy

Re: Pumpkin prompt

Thank you* smiles* I'm glad it worked well.

Prompt Filled

"The Goatherd Troll" is a free-verse pastoral poem about a better way of living than mugging travelers.

12 lines, Buy It Now = $10

Re: Prompt Filled

I couldn't find a paypal button, so I wrote a rondeau in response instead. :)


Re: Prompt Filled

Sorry I forgot to mention -- there is a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page so I don't have to put buttons on every individual poem. I'm very happy with your rondeau, though! I went ahead and posted "The Goatherd Troll" with a link to "Horns and Hooves."

Re: Prompt Filled

Aha. I checked there, but it didn't show up on my phone browser. It had me seriously puzzled, since I remembered seeing the button before. :D

Re: Prompt Filled

Huh ... it still shows on my computer, no idea why it would disappear on a phone browser. Anyhow, if you ever want to send me money and aren't sure how, just contact me and we'll discuss arrangements.
Instead of misfit monsters, how about well-fitted monsters (in tailored clothing)?




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