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Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the thirty-third Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, September 20-Sunday, September 21. The theme is "New Ideas in Old Problems." (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!

Edited at 2014-09-20 07:23 pm (UTC)


Image Prompts:
Man puzzling over blackboard equations
Flat tire on a futuristic car
That awkward moment when your mage says "oops"

Title Prompts:
"The Lonely Villain"
"All the Wrong Answers"
"The Dragon's Dilemma"

Text Prompts:
Problems with complex parts that have to be solved one piece at a time.
When someone from a different culture looks at a 'difficult' problem and says, "Oh that's easy, you just do X," and it works.
"And a little child shall lead them."


Getting (self or goods) from point a to point b is a very old problem - I'd like to see some creative (maybe futuristic) transportation solutions.

The wording of the theme makes me think of a file card "New Ideas" accidentally filed in "Old Problems." I have file cards on the brain.

A creative solution to an overdue tax.

Re: Prompts

For futuristic travel, see today's freebie, "Dreams into Space."


Technological/magical solutions to the problem: Pregnant. Does not want to be pregnant for another 9 days, let alone 9 months. Does not want child. Considers abortion wrong.

Re: Prompts:

This is actually from the prompt you left elsewhere about Mallory.

Damask interface between their housemates and Mallory, offering her at least a temporary place to stay, and suggesting ways to fill in the gaps of what she's missing in her life. "Part of Your New Life" is written in free verse.

290 lines, Buy It Now = $145

Re: Prompts:

I know. But I figured out that the poetry fishbowl and the crowdfunding jam were two different things after I posted it, and so tried to make it fit the event that was actually running. I gather the attempted correction was more annoying that the original error. I'm sorry.

Re: Prompts:

It's okay. I'm pretty loose about prompts. I don't think I've ever bounced anything for being off-topic, although given a list I'll usually go for things on-topic rather than off. For Mallory, positive coping skills, asking for help and getting it, and having friends who are actually useful -- those are all new ideas for old problems. And a lot better than her last attempt to deal with a major life challenge by herself, which is how she became a supervillain in the first place.

I can usually figure out how to match a cool idea with a current topic.