Poem: "Dreams into Space"

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 02:33 am
ysabetwordsmith: Jump gate showing diamond ring of light (blueshift)
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This is the freebie for the September Crowdfunding Creative Jam.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion.  It also fills the "beautiful" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest and the "space travel" square on my Wordsmith Bingo card.  This poem belongs to The Blueshift Troupers project.

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Poem: "City of Sun and Rain"

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 11:56 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Paranormal detective Brenda in a wheelchair (PIE)
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This poem came out of the September 16, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from DW user [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart[personal profile] zianuray, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "afternoon" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series P.I.E.

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New verses in "Pitfalls"

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 04:23 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Paranormal detective Brenda in a wheelchair (PIE)
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 Thanks to a donation from LJ user Kestrels_nest, there are 5 new verses in "Pitfalls."  See what resources Brenda finds.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 02:48 pm
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The September Crowdfunding Creative Jam is open on Dreamwidth and on LiveJournal.  This month's theme is "new ideas in old problems."  Come give us prompts, or claim ideas for your own inspiration!

From My Prompts

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written to my prompt about an alien helping an injured man.  Click to read an excerpt now, and watch for more to appear on her website later.  So far this looks like pretty awesome science fiction.

What I Have Written

"Dreams into Space" -- this session's freebie.

"An Inconvenient Proposal" -- 132 lines, $66
This inspired the free-verse poem "An Inconvenient Proposal." Victor has never been good at dissuading unwanted suits, but he's not alone anymore. 

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 02:21 pm
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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 LiveJournal.)

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.

Poem: "Halfway to Heaven"

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 02:16 am
ysabetwordsmith: Paranormal detective Brenda in a wheelchair (PIE)
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This poem came out of the September 16, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by DW users [personal profile] mdlbear[personal profile] jazzyjj, and LJ user Zianuray.  It also fills the "physical imperfections" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the series P.I.E.

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"Straight as an Arrow" is now complete!

Friday, September 19th, 2014 11:28 pm
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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, "Straight as an Arrow" is now complete. Stan and Lawrence talk about their feelings for each other and their relationship.

This unlocks "Before the Fever Breaks" (628 lines, Buy It Now = $314) which is now eligible for sponsorship or microfunding.

A beginning of a basic overview of starting a webserial

Friday, September 19th, 2014 12:28 pm
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I've posted a bit of a "this is how I'm starting a webserial" here - http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/813232.html

I'm open to feedback, steps I've missed, things you do differently, etc.

A beginning of a basic overview of starting a webserial

Friday, September 19th, 2014 12:27 pm
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I am in the process of starting two new webserials - Angry Aetherist (Edally Academy) and Jumping Rings (Inner Circle) - and thought the steps I go through might be useful for someone else.

This is by no means comprehensive, but it's a base list to start from.
  1. Have a serial idea, title, and a buffer. At least a month's worth of material to post is a good rule of thumb.
    1. No, really, have a buffer.
    2. Know when and how often you'll post and stick to it. Once a week regularly is better than "three times a week" that turns into "when I can make it."
    3. It helps to google the title - something I wish I'd done with Inner Circle - to see if it's already in use.

  2. If you can, have a dedicated site with an easy-to-remember/type URl.
      Things that help to have on the site:
    1. Links to your other fiction
    2. A table of contents or
    3. Readily visible link to your starting page & easy navigation buttons

  3. You have a site up? Good! Start posting your story. Make sure your posting schedule is visible on the site and stick to it.
  4. Once you have 3-4 installments up, start promoting yourself:
    1. http://webfictionguide.com/
    2. http://muses-success.info/
    3. http://www.epiguide.com/forums/local_links.php
    4. [community profile] crowdfunding and [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding
    5. http://www.projectwonderful.com/ (although ads are a subject all in themself)
    6. Twitter - esp. the #weblit hashtag. Promote each installment, but be careful not to overspam people.
    7. Link to your serial from other sites - your writing blog, if you have one, other serials you've written... you get the idea.

  5. Continue to post on your posting schedule.
  6. If you've linked to your serial at sites like Web Fiction Guide, it doesn't hurt to ask your readers for a review; the reviews put your story on the front page, which drives traffic.
  7. Speaking of readers: Engage, but don't fight. Chat in the comments but don't yell at people.

I know I'm missing steps, but this is a beginning, at least.

Can you think of anything obvious I've missed?

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Friday, September 19th, 2014 12:15 pm
jjhunter: Watercolor of daisy with blue dots zooming around it like Bohr model electrons (science flower)
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.


Signal-boosting much appreciated!

The Week In Alder

Friday, September 19th, 2014 10:39 am
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The Highlights

Edally Academy has its own website!
Coming Soon! "What Follows," an anthology of the End Times - coming out next Friday!

Some Stories
The Haircut - Patreon theme story
Insult Atop Injury - Reiassan, for Thimbleful Thursday
Icon Flash: Order - a tiny story of Stranded World

Edally Web Page: I Still need your help!

My Serials
Edally Academy Chapter 10: May Our Failures be Small, Educational, and Overlooked by our Enemies
Interlude: From the Stables to the Home
Interlude: A New Look at History

Other People
Fallen From Grace, written to my prompt by K Orion Fray

The Rest of the Week )

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