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I'm selling a number of 3000-word (and potentially longer!) short science fiction/fantasy stories or scenes, inspired by prompts, for $30 each. These funded scenes will become part of the Shared Worlds canon, and the first ten purchased scenes will each be accompanied by a sketch by Oakland-area artist Davin Yant. The purchaser will receive the original sketch on a postcard.

This will raise funds for the Foundations educational system, a San Francisco Bay Area group focused on community-building, personal development, education, and safety within the Alternative Sexuality and Diverse Genders and Sexualities communities.

Read more and purchase a prompt here!

I had a lot of fun with the Shared Worlds prompt call when I did it, and I'm looking forward to what will come from this fundraiser.
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Hello, all!

For the next few days, I'm doing a prompt call at my journal. Free snippets of fiction for prompting, and flash fiction/scenes of potential longer stories for donations.

As an added bonus, stories written for donations will become part of my Shared Worlds project, which aims to create a body of work that encourages transformative works and supports authors who want to write them commercially.
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I have opened up feedback on my two potential upcoming serials:

Working-joke-title Steam!Goats (A steampunk setting in a universe featuring goats as a primary mode of transportation) - A boarding-school story involving steam, magic, and teenagers.
Question post here.

Working-joke-title With a Gladiator on Top (A kink setting still very up in the air)
Question Post here

The questions, in short:
What are the top three things you'd like to see in such a serial?

What would you LEAST want to see in that story?

What setting would you like for such a story?
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Official word is that the Rhysling Award now accepts nominations of crowdfunded or self-published poetry. (In several previous years, staff ruled out crowdfunded poetry as being self-published. Then it was rediscovered that some previous Rhysling winners were self-published poems, so the rules were clarified to allow self-published poems. I asked about crowdfunding specifically and it's eligible!)

The Rhysling Award is run by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. SFPA members have the right to nominate and vote in the Rhysling Award, and also receive a copy of the annual voting anthology, which is an excellent source of top speculative poems. If you enjoy crowdfunded poetry, consider nominating/voting for your favorite examples so as to raise awareness of crowdfunding as a successful venue for poetry.
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 Strange Horizons is having a fundraiser.  This weekly speculative fiction magazine is largely crowdfunded in this fashion. Donors get prizes -- things like books and artwork by the authors and artists of Strange Horizons.  I've had several poems published in this magazine, though nothing recently.
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 Paul Jessup is crowdfunding a novel to be serialized. See the Kickstarter page for Spiral Suns. Donor perks include bookmarks, ebooks, signed hardcopies, getting to name a character, and other fun stuff.
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 The August 2011 Muse Fusion is now open. Come leave us some prompts, sponsor material, or just hang out and watch the fun. If you're not familiar with Torn World, generic prompts (like "first snow" or "hope") are fine too. If you'd like to explore our science fantasy shared-world setting, "Start Here."
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Two actors have been chosen to compete for a character role in the steampunk show Aether Dancer.  Read about Ryan Fischer and Luke Marty on the blog.  You can show your support for one or the other by making a donation on the IndieGoGo page; one dollar counts as one vote.  Vote early, vote often!  (The project has 11 days left.)  The actor who earns the most for the show will get the role, thus letting fans indicate who they really want to see more of.
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 The July Muse Fusion is now live over in LJ-Torn-World.  Please drop by and give us some prompts. Not sure what to suggest? Try browsing characters or cultures on the Torn World site. Note that this Muse Fusion will be running all the way through Monday, and closing on Tuesday morning, in hopes of catching some spillover traffic from the LiveJournal Spotlight on LJ-Crowdfunding which starts July 18. You've got a little extra time to stretch your creativity this month.
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  SQUEE! [personal profile] meeks (who is meeksp on LiveJournal) has posted the rough sketch for my poem "Shine On." This is a poem about a paladin meeting a peasant girl; the scene shows Shahana the Paladin holding a fallen star. I love the contrast of light and shadow, and check out the tiny rays of starlight fanning upwards.

View the sketch on LiveJournal or on Dreamwidth, and comment where you prefer. Feedback is welcome, and if enough people comment, this sketch will get another round of work done on it. Comments to the artist also put you into a draw for a free icon. Donations can also activate more work on a sketch, and help support the artist. (Look at the cute white hat -- with ears! -- in the tip button.) Linkbacks are another way to show your support: there's a monthly contest where the sketch with the most linkbacks will get worked on more.

In related news, I have written three more poems in the "Path of the Paladins" series, based on prompts from my donors. They are currently voting on which one to show you. (The extras will get listed on the serial poetry page, and become available for sponsorship.) The new poem will probably appear Wednesday evening.
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 The July Poetry Fishbowl is now open in my LiveJournal. Come give me prompts about low fantasy. I'll be writing poetry all day.
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  This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, July 5 2011 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "low fantasy." I'll be soliciting ideas for characters of minor heroes, antiheroes, sidekicks and second fiddles, ordinary villagers, henchmen, characters in that grey area between hero and villain, broken or mismade magical artifacts, unusual adventuring gear, ordinary items used to save the day, small-scale conflicts, side scenes from epic events, ways in which epics affect ordinary people, scenes that show off the gritty tone of low fantasy, solutions that don't involve magic, places where something important happened long ago, classic low-fantasy settings such as sleepy villages or deep forests, and poetic forms in particular. 

What is "low fantasy" anyway?  It's usually contrasted with high fantasy, and can mean: small-scale rather than large-scale events, minor rather than major heroes, less rather than more magic, also sometimes stories set in a close analog of our world rather than an obviously different fantasy world, ambiguous rather than polarized morality, and/or a tone more gritty than glowing.  Low fantasy is about saving a village rather than a country or a world, about getting one or two people's lives to work halfway decently, about solving problems with the gear on your back rather than an army's worth, and dealing with problems that don't really have good solutions.  In the rain.  So for instance, the Fiorenza series mainly concerns life in a quiet little village, with occasional preternatural problems that get solved more by wit than magic.

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.


Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration. 

I'm going to host a Poetry Fishbowl on my blog on Tuesday, July 5.  I'll be soliciting ideas for thematic characters, objects, plots, settings, and poetic forms in particular. Chances are I'll spend a good chunk of the day, from afternoon to evening or more, alternating between this site and doing stuff offline so my back doesn't weld itself to the chair. 

Perks: I will post at least one of the resulting fishbowl poems on the blog for everyone to enjoy, and an extra one if there's at least one new prompter or donor. The rest will be available for audience members to buy, and whatever's left over will go into my archive for magazine submission. If donations total $150+ then I'll write an extra series poem after the Poetry Fishbowl, and post it for free. Everyone will get to vote which series gets a new poem. This month's donors will get some kind of input into the poem's content, such as prompts.

If you enjoy my poetry -- or if you just love poetry in general, or want to promote interest in low fantasy -- please mark the fishbowl date on your calendar. Drop by and give me some ideas, comment on the posted poetry, encourage people to come look, whatever tickles your fancy. I hope to see you then!

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 The June Muse Fusion is now open over in Torn World! Come leave prompts or get ideas for art/writing.
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 This Kickstarter project is raising money to produce the next Triangulations anthology. The sponsoring editor recently passed away, leaving the anthology in need of additional support. This anthology series is a good source of speculative fiction.
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[personal profile] meeks  has posted an update of her illustration for my story "Without Fail." The ship is far more detailed, Brelig is more refined, and just check out that malevolent glare in the deathfin's remaining eye. This sketch will be submitted to the Canon Board and should appear with the story on the main Torn World site later. Yay! There's a donation button on the sketch page; please tip the artist if you can afford to. Also, thank you all for commenting enough to get this sketch refined -- the discussion and comments have been very astute.

The LiveJournal sketch page is here.

A previous sketch of my poem "unfolding wings" is here.
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 [personal profile] haikujaguar is crowdfunding a collection of short stories, Clays Beneath the Skies. This will contain 7 short stories plus illustrations featuring the Jokka, a race of aliens with three sexes (male, female, and neuter). I've read many of the Jokka stories, and I love them. The Jokka have two puberties and can change sex at either or both, which may or may not affect their gender identity or their interest in sexual partners. A lot of different combinations have appeared across the fiction. Sex shapes the characters' lives because the females are very fragile, the males in-between, and the neuters are durable ... and the world is suffering climate change that just makes life harder.

These stories are among the best sociological science fiction and gender fiction that I've ever read. Go throw money if you have it to spare and you like this sort of stuff. It will totally be worth your while.
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 *fanfare* *confetti*

The first Torn World anthology is now available, Family Ties & Torn Skies. The PDF ebook is available now; the print copy can be preordered now and is expected to ship in mid-June. Preordering a hardcopy also gets you a free ebook copy! This anthology is a great place to get started with Torn World if you haven't ventured onto the main site yet. It includes fiction, poetry, and artwork about both the northern and southern cultures, focused on the different ways people define and practice family. I have 12 items in this book.  Ellen Million wrote a post about the anthology too.
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  Xjenavivex has posted a call for sponsors of my poem "Igor's Creature."  This is a new approach for the Poetry Fishbowl because it's not starting with a donation, but with a description of the poem's appeal in hopes of attracting sponsors.  I've certainly boosted signal for things I couldn't afford to sponsor myself, in hopes that other folks would.  So, let's see if this works; I'm open to the experiment and would be delighted to see this poem published.

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