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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the twenty-second Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, September 14-Sunday, September 15. The theme is "Emotions." (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.

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:
I'm not shy. I'm studying my prey.
Facepalm. You erased the entire supernormal database?!
I laugh at your attempt to terrify me. You are the least scary monster in the history of ever.

Title Prompts:
"Bluebird of Happiness, Blackbird of Rage"
"Invisible Feelings"
"The Scent of Despair"

Text Prompts:
* An artificial intelligence goes on a quest to gain emotions -- or remove them.
* Faeries laugh at funerals, cry at weddings, and often have other opposite reactions. Don't hit them anyway.
* A discussion about what emotions are universal across species.

See lists of emotions.

Read about plot and emotion.

Here's a tutorial on emotional expressions for furry characters.
Emotional dampening

Emotion often follows weather - what if that was a literal fact or magical curse?

Emotional investment


From your prompt about emotional weather, I got the poem "Five Things That Fall from the Sky" which I have posted as the freebie for this session.


Emotional dampening appears in "Feel the Rainbow." Two women who can hardly sense their emotions manage to fall in love anyhow.

147 lines, Buy It Now = $73.50
Based on your prompt (emotional dampening) and satinroseironthorns's prompt over on DW (after an accident, a character has trouble feeling emotions at all), I wrote Not A Thing, about one character's emotional deadening after trauma. (I should point out that, while I have plenty of stories showcasing human resilience and portraying healing and the dynamic nature of reaction to trauma... this isn't one of them. It's just grindingly hopeless.) 320 words, $9.


It's a sad topic, but yeah, that can happen. Emotions can be cripped just like the body can.


"The Thief of Her Heart" is another emotional dampening story, but with a totally different context. Here the cause is magical, and causes a nasty rebound once released. Delbar rescues Cassia from captivity and helps her ride out the aftermath. Worth mentioning is that Delbar is demisexual -- I haven't written many of those.

243 lines, Buy It Now = $121.50