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Welcome to the fifty-eighth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, January 14-Sunday, January 15. The theme is "Laughter." Visit the Creative Jam over on LiveJournal.


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Filled: "The Silent Laughter Of Her Hands"

Date: 2017-01-14 06:01 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Also to your text prompt "The difference between 'laughing with' and 'laughing at'." Freebie.



Kay sits at her desk before class, flipping her owl pendant around and around and around its chain. Two desks away, three classmates gather: Demetrius and Ted and Mary, who's pretty but Kay has never worked up the nerve to speak to her.

Ted is loudly telling a story he found on the Internet, about three kingdoms' armies and their squires. "The squire of the high pot and noose," he finishes, "is equal to the sum of the squires of the other two sides."

Demetrius bursts out laughing. Mary groans and starts hitting Ted lightly with her notebook. Kay flaps happy flaps, grinning.

"Hey," says Demetrius. "Look at the freak."

Mary and Ted turn Kay's way. Ted imitates the flapping of Kay's hands. Mary starts laughing too.

Kay's grin disappears and so do her happy flaps. She clutches her owl pendant, beginning to rock back and forth.

"UGH," says Jen loudly, coming up the aisle. She deposits her backpack at the desk directly between Kay's and Ted's. "Some comedian you're gonna be, Ted, if your response to someone laughing at your routine is to laugh at her." She drops into the desk chair, facing Kay. "So I was out at a bar last night with a couple friends, and you know how much more expensive beer is than soda, right?"

Kay doesn't, actually, but she nods anyway, cautiously, still rocking.

"So I ordered a root beer, and I brought a square cup to pour it into. And then I had a beer."

Kay blinks twice, smiles, and, despite herself—Mary and Ted and Demetrius are still staring—starts flapping with the hand not clinging to her owl pendant.

"Don't drink and derive," Jen adds, smiling herself, and Kay flaps harder.

"Don't encourage her, Jen," says Mary.

Jen shakes her head. "Don't mind the jackasses, Kay."

Kay gets out paper and pencil and scribbles an equation she's memorized, then passes the page to Jen.

equation described by below limerick

"Oh, I know this one," says Jen. "A dozen, a gross, and a score—"

"Plus three times the square root of four—" Kay continues.

"Divided by seven—"

"Plus five times eleven—"

And together they say, "Is nine squared and not a bit more!"

Kay flaps so hard she almost falls over. Jen laughs aloud. "You into poetry, too?" she asks, and Kay nods. She takes back the equation page, adds a line, and hands it back.

Jen glances at the page, then at the professor who's just entered. "I'll email you after class," she says, folding the page with Kay's email address and sticking it in her purse.

(Mary nudges Demetrius and sniggers, before turning her attention to the front of the classroom. Kay...finds she doesn't care.)

Re: Filled: "The Silent Laughter Of Her Hands"

Date: 2017-01-18 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mashfanficchick
I love this! I can't explain why, because there are too many things I like about it, so it overwhelms my ability to explain it, so I'll just say I love everything about it (which is true, if not specific). :)

Re: Filled: "The Silent Laughter Of Her Hands"

Date: 2017-01-18 01:47 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Wooo! Glad you enjoyed!

prompts

Date: 2017-01-14 05:13 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
laughter is the best medicine

the story of Iambe making Demeter laugh

the last laugh

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Date: 2017-01-15 06:50 am (UTC)
thnidu: plus sign (plus)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Oh YEAH!!!!

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Date: 2017-01-16 01:22 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Working on a snippet from my Living Trees sf-setting-in-progress, based on this prompt: "Laughter Across Species." Will post when either first-rough-draft or second-rough-draft completed, or by next week as-is if I get stuck. Here's a sample sentence.

"Felines laugh silently with just the right position of whiskers at a perfect stalk-and-pounce, and birds laugh them to the skies with the whirring of wings as they evade anyway and rise up singing."

Re: Wow!

Date: 2017-01-16 03:30 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Eeeeeee! I'm so glad you liked it!

Can you, would you, tell me what made it work for you?

Re: Wow!

Date: 2017-01-16 04:04 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Thank you. I will keep writing. <3

Re: Wow!

Date: 2017-01-16 04:17 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Write now, cat toys later. :)

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Date: 2017-01-16 04:31 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Here's another piece. I'm just writing this for the fun of it. And that's okay.

Canine laughter. Joyful barks of ‘yes, now, please’ and yips squeaks and wags and full-body bounces and the tongue hanging out in a floppy grin - is it perhaps a furry fox softly stepping a few feet into the house of domestication? Or is it the wise wolf we call dog, who paced out the lines and circles of that house when it was a hide tent, a cave, a lean-to, a flickering little campfire in the endless glacial plain. Who corralled the cattle and guarded the grain and braved the blizzard and sailed the sea on all the long journeys; every journey is long when you can’t run back home. Who domesticated humans and didn’t abandon them when they went feral.

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Date: 2017-01-18 02:07 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Dogs are generally good dogs. Better at being dogs generally than most humans are at being humans. Better, period. Was trying to get at that; don't think it worked as well as the first mini-excerpt, but hey, I have to make words to have something to reflect on and edit. Yay words! (And yay you. I loved your story.)

applauding alliteration

Date: 2017-02-12 07:05 am (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
Really like this entire piece, but especially the use of alliteration here:

>> Who corralled the cattle and guarded the grain and braved the blizzard and sailed the sea on all the long journeys <<

That just ... sings!

>> every journey is long when you can’t run back home <<

This line really resonates for me ... especially when it's true because "home", as you knew it, no longer exists.

On a lighter note, as for cats chasing, birds escaping: it's one of many fun bits of the Echo's Children song, I Meant To Do That.

Re: applauding alliteration

Date: 2017-02-12 07:22 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Thanks for the link!

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