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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the fourth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, February 18-Sunday, February 19. The theme is "alternative sexualities / QUILTBAG."  (You may be interested in a recent post, "Poke a Bigot in the Eye: Romance Writers Association," about the exclusion of same-sex romances.)  All forms of sex and gender dynamics are welcome.  Explicit or otherwise NSFW material is also okay, but it's polite to put that behind a cut with a brief summary of the contents above the cutlink.  (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.

Edited at 2012-02-18 07:12 am (UTC)


Image Prompts
Foursome in a tent
Two women kissing
Older gay couple
The first transgender pride flag

Title Prompts:
* My Three Dads
* Dragons and Unicorns, and Even Odder Couples
* Time-Traveling Trannies
* Mars Needs Lesbians (But Won't Admit It)

Text Prompts:
* Magic works, but has the interesting drawback of randomly shifting the user's sex.
* A cosmic accident renders Earth's women incapable of pregnancy. Helpful aliens offer to make it possible for Earth's men to become pregnant.
* Weird sex spores intoxicate all the sexuals. Asexuals must save the day.
* Jesus returns, and is still poor and brown, and also gay. American soldiers put women's underwear over his head and lock him in a cell. Who will rescue him?


Would it be appropriate to post something I was already writing as part of a larger piece in response to one of the visual prompts?
I read the prompt and went "Hang on that's-"

Re: Question

Sure, go for it! Synchronicity is fun.

Synchronus response: older gay couple

When I read the title of this prompt I immediately thought "Hang on, that's-" in a small portion of something else I was already writing. I have posted the portion on my LJ account because I thought it was too large to go here as a comment. It is at http://rix-scaedu.livejournal.com/56500.html.
I hope you enjoy it.

Re: Synchronus response: older gay couple

That's sweet! Thank you for sharing.

You get bonus points for the big age difference, which is something else that society frowns on.
A rural family lives in a jumble of people, filling two smallish houses and working the fields. Is it a commune, a kibbutz, or something else? Does anyone care who's in which bed as long as the work gets done?

Prompt Filled

I have posted "Welcome to Hart's Farm" on my LJ.


aura55 left more prompts for this series on my LJ:

Hmm, I'd like to know more about the relationships. I don't particularly mind which people you write about, honestly, though the carpenter sounds intriguing.

As for a prompt. What about 'sunshine in the palms of my hands'? It's from a song by The Ark, it's my favourite line.

"In the Palms of My Hands" is a free-verse poem about Arnvid the carpenter and his work, his little girl Astrid, and some of his lovers. It's essentially his view of the same day described in "Welcome to Hart's Farm" only this time in first-person present tense. I used 'sunlight' and 'hands' throughout the poem as connecting metaphors for life and community.

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Trying to come up with prompts, but the only thing I can think of is that I'd like to see more longer works that don't have the obligatory romance/sex, but put a friendship front and centre.


I have an idea for a Torn World story which focuses on friendship and queerplatonic relationships, although there is a romance present as well. I've been fiddling around with bits of this during the weekend, and just wanted to let you know.


* queerplatonic

* Someone in a relationship with a noncorporeal entity

Edited at 2012-02-18 05:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Prompts

From your queerplatonic prompt I got the free-verse poem "Why Ash Loves Quinn." This is from Schrodinger's Heroes and shows how Quinn (who will try darn near anything) protects Ash (who is asexual) from the sex-related mayhem as much as possible. There are actually a lot of queerplatontic ties in this team, given how tight-knit they are and everybody's different orientations.

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Kids whose parents are QUILTBAG characters, one way or another.

Going to the Pride Parade

How do you describe your relationship if your lover is from an alien species whose genders don't properly map onto male and female? (Some examples of such alien biology would be fun too!)

Daydreams and Dream Lovers

When you're glad you're not attracted to someone.

Later, hopefully, I'll have time to play. Right now I should be practicing music.
Thanks to your prompt about non-human-mappable alien genders, I finally realized what it would take to have a triple-helix genetic code: three lines of double-tipped chemicals wrapped around a connecting "pole" which (for each layer) is a molecule with two half-bonds available at each of its tri-symmetric tips. The whole would twist in long strands, and be harder to bend than DNA due to its bulk -- but there is potentially a lot more information that can be encoded per length (almost as much as the difference between x^2 and x^3, where x is each multi-letter "word" of a genome).

No cross-breeding there!!!

So, now, what are you going to do with this idea?
Evolve it, of course. ;)

More seriously, a creature never evolves in a vacuum. If I want to use this idea as the basis for a being, I want to have an idea of what it can produce. At the very least, I'd have to come up with a means of reproduction (cultures can be built on almost any idea, but reproduction has much stricter rules).


I'm with you on the lack of vacuum. Can I turn this into another prompt? Because I am really, really into alien sex/gender oddities where the author explains how that is an advantage in the local environment. Best example I've seen is Dark Water's Embrace by Stephen Leigh.

That gets me thinking, extra DNA and sexes are kind of expensive biologically, so there needs to be a strong reason. They can carry more info, so it would be easier to have a shapeshifter or a long-lived species with strong memory. Extra strands are more resistant to mutation if they carry plenty of redundancy. Extra sexes can aid control of trait transmission or easier breeding among widely separated individuals. These factors imply that a harsh environment is more likely to produce such variations.

Re: evolving species

Can I turn this into another prompt?

Of course. :)

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!
In addition to the general prompts I left earlier, I have a few ideas for specifically Torn World stories for the Jam:

Are there lesbian sea-monster fighters?

Gay breeders of butterflies?

Glifai children (neither male nor female yet, if ever) dreaming of unicorns and making paper-and-glue horns for their ponies and puppies (not realizing that any actual unicorns exist in their world)?

Prompt Filled

From your prompt about Glifai children I got the poem "The Unicorn Surprise." It's written in quatrains, and it tells how children imagine that Unicorn brings the changes of puberty (much like our story of the Stork bringing babies).

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Re: Prompt Filled

How wonderful!