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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the seventh Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, May 26-Sunday, May 27. The theme is "food."  (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!

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:
James Bond wedding cake -- tell the story as if this cake illustrated an iconic event in the relationship.
Heritage tomatoes.
Whole spit-roasted pig.
Men feeding each other.
Girl cooking.

Title Prompts:
"Food For Thought"
"Eaten Alive"
"Jonah and the Whale Blubber Ice Cream"
"Attack of the Tomato Killers"
"The Unbelievable T-Rex Diet"

Text Prompts:
* An encounter with aliens who consider sharing food to be intimate but having sex to be casual.
* What if "locavore" meant "location eater" ...?
* Feeding as an act of intimacy.
* A grandmother who can't cook.
* Food from the perspective of someone who almost starved to death once.

Re: Prompts

"Location eater"? While that put me in the mind of one who eats dimensional space... Galactus also fits that bill. :)
The Gully dwarves have an all-purpose proverb, "Life like stew." What about life-like stew?

Taste the rainbow?

Traditional meals for greeting newcomers? For celebrations?


From your prompt about tasting the rainbow, I got the poem "Synaesthesia Feast," which is today's freebie.


* Communal cooking or baking as (main part of) a party
* Eating a favourite dish again after a long time
* Foraging in the wild
* Prank food (e.g. jelly doughnut filled with mustard instead of jelly)

Re: Prompts

On Dinner Impossible, once, the challenge was to make food that plays a magic trick. What they came up with is food that looks like one thing, but is actually something else. The food I remember best from that was the hot dogs which were actually strawberry ice cream.

Re: Prompts

We've made Drazi Green and Drazi Purple jellos before. They really do freak people out.
Some spirits are said to eat things that aren't food: incense, dirt and bark, excrement... but where does this inclination come from?

Speaking of spirits, what about a different kind: alcohol-soaked food. For example, rum-soaked pears, or alcoholic custard tarts.


The prompt about alcohol and food led to the poem "Spirits of Fire and Water." It's a litany of alcoholic foods written in unrhymed tercets.

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Food for travelling



The prompt about travelling food inspired the poem "Packing for the Long Haul." It's a Torn World piece about Amirel preparing for the summer gather.

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