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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the twentieth Crowdfunding Creative Jam!  This session will run Saturday, July 20-Sunday, July 21.  The theme is "families of choice." (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. (If you're new to this project, you can start here.) 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.

Edited at 2013-07-20 06:03 am (UTC)

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!


Image Prompts:
Family of four
Team as family
The Brady Bunch: the most famous blended family

Title Prompts:
"A Thousand Words for Mother"
"The Circles We Draw Around Ourselves"
"The Dragon's Treasure Has Naught to Do with Gold"

Text Prompts:
* How to turn a random bunch of people into a family, because you're stuck on a spaceship together and really have no other option.
* Resolving real disputes because you love each other.
* Cross-cultural challenges in family dynamics.

Re: Prompts

A Thousand Words for Mother.

Also touches upon several other prompts. Can also be found at livejournal.

Re: Prompts

Thank you! This is haunting and beautiful.
A lot of sci-fi written for teens has focused on a child who turns out to be an alien, or alien half-breed. Sometimes they get to meet these aliens, sometimes even gain family from them (or meet their birth family, or whatever). Often themes of alienation and rejection feature prominently.

That idea seems appropriate to mention, but there are so many more themes in these questions:

What makes chosen family? And why does someone choose family, rather than settling for what they already have?

Then on top of all this, let's take the Jam's theme "family of choice" and go one step further: Someone has more than one family, and must choose between them.


From your prompt about why people choose family, I got the free-verse poem "Unsettling." It explores some unpleasant reasons for breaking away from family of birth to form family of choice.

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Highly-specific prompt: hey, ysabetwordsmith, can we have Backup's father react to their family ties (disowning, emotional blackmail, knowing all of Backup's buttons, or anything else), and/or a comparison of how Backup's family reacted to him and his autism and how the other Lacunites react?

Not particularly specific prompts: would a well-adjusted young adult care more about some as-yet-unknown fairyland than about the family that raised xem and the place where xe grew up?

Extended families living in kinship structures displaced by the nuclear family and the culture of moving away as soon as possible.


Cross-species family.

Are there meaningful distinctions between close friendship, ace romantic relationships, asexually-intimate "romantic friendship" and unofficial adoptive siblingship?

Blood/birth family of choice. You figure out what that would mean.

Re: Prompts

Your very specific prompt led to the free-verse poem "Backtalk." Shortly after the secession, General Fallon makes a bid to regain the supply base by manipulating Backup. Wow, what an asshole.

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