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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the sixth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run from Sunday, April 22 through Monday, April 23. The theme is "blood." (You can also 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.


"my own flesh and blood" - family relations by blood

A ritual using blood. (functional magic or merely symbolic)

Following a trail of blood drops - what's at the end?

The smell of blood, and reactions to it.

What if a vampire was allergic to a common blood group?

I wrote about my reactions to the taste and smell of blood in my own journal. (The post is open for all to view.)


The blood drops led to "A Thin Red Trail," a Torn World vignette about Fala tracking a shagback.

600 words, Buy It Now = $6 or 6 Torn World credits

A few prompts for all y'all

Blood has power. What might be some of the unusual powers that blood can have?

"Liberty! Egality! Fraternity!" -- Revolutions don't always have to spill blood, but sometimes that's all that will help...

Safety protocols for handling blood and bodily fluids. (They are important. Perhaps something easily remembered for teaching children?)

What happens when the blood that ties people together is only that which has been spilled?

"A fire in the blood" can be used as a phrase to indicate either an intense, poisoning pain (as from lye, for example) or perhaps intense passion and activity. What other ways do various classical elements relate to blood?

World-building exercise: What color would an alien's blood be? This is common sci-fi debate, but what if you got into the chemistry of it? Not everything has to be iron-based, and not all iron compounds are red when oxidized. And then what if you got into a fantasy setting, with magical or created species?

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!


From your prompt about classical elements, I got "The Red Humour." It's a Steamsmith poem about the nature of sanguis (blood) which relates to the element of aer (Air).

33 lines, Buy It Now = $33


I used the prompt "Revolutions don't always have to spill blood, but sometimes that's all that will help..." to write "Radical Feminism", with trigger warnings for abortion, murder, and implied suicide. ~500 words, $5.


I mentioned last week that my prompts would be related to the Holocaust, in observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was on April 19. These prompts are:

* "ties stronger than blood" Many Jewish children were hidden with non-Jewish families in an attempt to protect them from persecution. Some were discovered, anyway...and some never saw their birth parents again.

* "blood cries out for blood" Not all victims of the Holocaust went passively to their deaths. The uprisings in the Warsaw ghetto, and in the concentration camps Treblinka and Auschwitz all come to mind.

* "progress paid in blood" Not only were Holocaust victims sent to their deaths and forced to do hard labor in the concentration camps, many were used as test subjects in medical experiments. For example, some prisoners were exposed to phosgene and mustard gas in order to test possible antidotes, while a number of Jewish and Roma prisoners were sterilized in order to develop an efficient and inexpensive procedure for the mass sterilization of "genetic undesirables."
Family relations

Huge, flightless fighting birds

vampire spiders

medical tests

a heart pounding in fear or excitement
Why do pennies REALLY taste like blood? (not a literal answer, that's all sciencey, but an artistic answer)

A magic/enchanted sword... that CAN'T touch human blood.

Blood rites

Transforming blood to... paint? wine? Something else that's useful.


The prompt about turning blood into paint became "Onto Cave Walls or Canvas," a free-verse poem about red ochre and cave paintings.

28 lines, Buy It Now = $15

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 2012-05-26 04:37 am (UTC)


Open to anyone interested:

* Blood brothers

* Just why are the politicians opposing the new Good-As-Blood artificial blood source for vampires?

* Speaking of vampires: How about the vampire equivalent of a wine snob at a Blood Tasting event.

* Shared blood in a military hospital: soldiers who so recently had been trying to kill each other seizing instead the opportunity to save each other.