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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the fifth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Sunday, March 18-Monday, March 19. The theme is "respect."  (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: "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!

Edited at 2012-03-18 05:25 am (UTC)

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:
full circle

Title Prompts:
"Respect Ability"
"Looking Up, Looking Down"
"Why the Moon Respects the Mudfrog"

Text Prompts:
* Finding respect where you least expect to receive it
* Discovering something to respect in someone previously disappointing
* When the aliens arrived, they were amazed that beings could treat each other so shabbily and still have anything resembling a society.

Someone acting against mainstream story tropes by actually doing what someone asks of them (e.g. run and leave them behind in danger).

Someone who thinks fear and respect are the same thing learning the difference.

Culture clash: someone acts in a way they consider respectful but someone they interact with considers an affront.

Someone in a position of power showing respect towards the people they have power over.


I loved the prompt about running when told. The result is "How They Met," posted as the freebie for this session.
I have a personal story that I tell, about the difference between fear and respect.

I met a boxer a while back, who was on disability in great part because of his boxing career. Permanently punch-drunk. He had a son, and was intent on teaching his child to fear punishment for bad behavior, in order to make sure that the boy would always be good.

But when he talked about going into the ring, he said you want your opponent to be afraid of you. You want that other person to be so afraid that they can't fight. To him, that was the way you win a boxing match: fear. So he was going to teach his boy how to never be afraid.

What happens when fear is the only thing that keeps you from doing bad things, and you learn to no longer be afraid?

Instead, I believe that you must learn to love good things, and never fear to do them. This is where respect for others truly comes from: loving others as you love yourself, and loving yourself well enough that you have no need to destroy your world with fear.


I think respect is part compassion and part admiration. Compassion encourages respect of other people's rights, and admiration encourages respect of other people's abilities. Put those together and you tend to treat people well.