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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the thirteenth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, October 20-Sunday October 21.  Woohoo!  this is our one-year anniversary.  The theme is "portals." (Visit the Creative Jam over on Dreamwidth.)

What are portals?  This theme covers all manner of science fiction, fantasy, or other imaginative means of transporting characters from one realm to another.  Often that results in a "fish out of water" story, but there are other options.  Much great literature uses this motif.  I set it as the theme precisely because agents and editors are dissing portal fantasy and I think that sucks.  "No portal goodies" is an idea that needs to be stabbed with pencils and beaten with merry bundles of cash.  So I'm encouraging people to make more portal goodies.  Don't like, don't read, and please don't pick on anyone.

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.

Open Playground: "Torn World"

Not the usual kind of portal, but I'll count it for purposes of this theme: During the Sundered Time, the land was shattered into many individual shards. When those barriers fall, people can explore new lands, and adventures happen.

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!


Image Prompts:
Demonic doorway
Door of two moons
Bridge portal
Multiple portals
Cyber portal

Title Prompts:
"Home Again, Home Again"
"From Zero to Infinity"
"The Mobius Gate"
"Twisty Little Passages"
"Screen Door on a Submarine"

Text Prompts:
* A locksmith guarding the way to many worlds.
* A door that only lost people can find
* Only sentient ships can jump through hyperspace, and they won't if they don't like you.
* Demons can only land in churches.
* When getting violently ripped from the only place you've ever known is the best thing that could possibly happen to you.

Re: Prompts

A story written for your prompt 'a door only lost people can find': http://kajones-writing.livejournal.com/157084.html.

Re: Prompts

I love this story, especially the idea of a door rescuing a lost child. Man, if someone could control that, they'd get rich even if they sold the keys at bargain rates, because every parent would want one.

Re: Prompts

A story has been writen for your picture prompt: door of two moons: http://kajones-writing.livejournal.com/158043.html.
Having just skimmed through a friend's anatomy book, my immediate thought was portal vein.

ETA: Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are both well-known portal fiction.

Edited at 2012-11-17 07:49 pm (UTC)


From your prompt I got the poem "This Inward Gate," which I've posted as today's freebie. Creepy piece.

Edited at 2012-11-17 10:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Poem

Cool! Only slightly creepy.

Re: Poem

Thank you! I'm glad you like it.
Large, ornate iron hinges

invisible portals

secret passwords


He logs in, writing the words
With a long fingernail
On the mirror's surface.

Like a stone dropped into
A pool of mercury.

He steps through.

Re: Passageword

Ooo, I like that one! I like mirror travel in general, but that's beautifully rendered.

You should submit this for the Dwarf Stars Award in short-short speculative poetry next year.

Re: Passageword

*grins* Thank you! First poem I've written in months, if not years; I don't do it all that often.

The effect is memorably rendered in Cocteau's movie Orpheus.

Re: Passageword

Then I am happy to see you writing! It's good when a project like this inspires people.

Re: Passageword


Thank you.


Your prompt about invisible portals inspired the poem "Shyderwebs," also based on the World Walkers collection by kajones_writing. It's posted free as fanfic for that series.

Re: Poem

A follow-on story about the Shyders: http://kajones-writing.livejournal.com/158431.html.

Re: Poem

I love this story. Your expansion on the shyders is exciting!
A story has been written for your prompt: secret passwords: http://kajones-writing.livejournal.com/158742.html.
I once, in my youth, tried to create a magical world gate in my bedroom. I realized that having such a thing inside my house, and inside my shields, might not be a great idea. But before I did, things got... strange.

Portals in unfortunate or poorly thought out places.


I liked the idea of portals in unfortunate places. In "Fluid Displacement," Ditzwell the Wonderous creates a portal in his bathroom. Awkwardness ensues.

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