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Hi all! Chanter of the orange!verse series of the Schrodinger's Heroes project here, among other things. I've got a specific need that I'd love to have filled by a fellow crowdfunding-connected person. Before I get into that, mods, if this is entirely inappropriate for the comm, feel free to delete this post or tell me to delete it, whichever you'd rather.

Beta reading possibility back here. )

... Um? If anyone is interested in any of that lot, feel free to comment or send a message. *does not end that sentence with a question mark!*
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 [personal profile] purplecat has announced that new rounds are open for [community profile] ladiesbingo and [community profile] genprompt_bingo.  I have found both of these fests to work great for inspiring crowdfunded material -- I like to combine a bingo prompt with a fan prompt.  [community profile] ladiesbingo is all about relationships between women, which may be sexual/romantic, familial, professional, or whatever.  [community profile] genprompt_bingo focuses on topics outside the sex/romance range, for folks who want to write about something else, although it is acceptable to write sex/romance for that fest if you wish.
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Our theme this month was "science and math."  I worked from 12:30 PM to 12 AM, so twelve hours and thirty minutes, allowing for breaks.  I wrote 17 poems, almost all of them medium; there were only 2 epics.  Also unusual, the majority were stand-alones, with only 4 series poems.  Everything was free verse.

Participation was lower.  There were 33 comments on LJ and another 22 on DW.  A total of 19 people sent prompts.  There were no new prompters this month.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Dreams of Glass and Magic"
"An Equation for Conscience"
"Hard and Soft Mindcandy"
"In Which the Universe Was Written"
"Infinite Dimensions"
"Kitchen Equations"
"The Matilda Effect"
"A Nose for Trouble"
"Of Alchemy and Quantum Physics"
"Purity and Madness"
"The Real Geek Girls"
"Room at the Bottom"

"Out of His Head" (Frankenstein's Family, outside fishbowl)
"A Strange and Gentle Contagion" (The Bat Vampires, outside fishbowl)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the unsold poetry list from May 6. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. There are still several verses of "A Strange and Gentle Contagion" remaining, which you can reveal by linking to the unsold poetry list or a favorite poem from the May fishbowl.

All currently sponsored poems have been posted, and prompter copies sent for the rest.  Per the $200 goal, "Out of His Head" is the free epic.  Per the $250 goal, that's a second tally toward a bonus fishbowl.  Per the $300 goal, there will be a half-price sale in several small series from May 19-25.

The donor perk-post is "The Science of Poetry." Donors this month include [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.  There were no new donors.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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The first issue of Plunge magazine is up, featuring "Women in Mythology." Enjoy poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art about women loving women.
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This month's theme was "influential women." I worked from 12:30 PM to 3 AM on Tuesday, so about 12 hours 30 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I worked a little more on Wednesday. A surge of prompts arrived early, with more trickling in later. I wrote 21 poems on Tuesday and another 4 on Wednesday. A majority were free verse, but I had several form poems this time. I also wrote a lot that combined multiple prompts.

A couple other things I noticed: There were more typos than average, so if you spot any that I haven't fixed yet, please point them out. Some of the poems tended toward a journalistic tone, because I was often working from articles about figures not already familiar to me personally.

Activity was high this month. A total of 25 people sent prompts. There were 74 comments on LiveJournal and another 5 on Dreamwidth. Please welcome new prompters [personal profile] laurarey, [personal profile] technoshaman, and Dreamwidth user primeideal. You have them to thank for the second freebie.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the September 2012 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Birthshaking Changes"
"First and Foremost"
"Counting Their Contributions"
"Gifts of Simplicity" (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)
"Grandmothers of the Heart" (Hart's Farm)
"Her Burgundy Robe"
"Her Infinite Faces"
"How the Wordsmith Works"
"In Whose Strength Is Beauty"
"The Lady of Fantasy"
"The Languagewoman"
"Leading the Followers" (Fiorenza the Wisewoman)
"On Whose Shoulders"
"The Only Woman"
"The Queen of Thrones"
"A Quiet Fame" (50 comments!)
"Rarely Well Behaved"
"Say Something for the Suffragettes"
"Sisters, Brothers, Soldiers"
"Tea Service"
"Unspoken Influences"
"Unwritten License" (Torn World)

"The Demon in the Bottle" from October 2-3, 2012 (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)
"The Four Maras" from October 2-3, 2012 (Kung Fu Robots)
"Listening to God" from July 3, 2012 (The Arc of Joan)
See also "The Hand on the Loom" by [personal profile] marina_bonomi, written in response to "Rarely Well Behaved."

Buy Some Poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, read the list of unsold poems from November. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems have been posted. Backchannel copies have been sent to the various prompters. Per the $200 goal, "Listening to God" is the free epic. Per the $250 goal, that's one tally toward a bonus fishbowl. Per the $300 goal, there will be a half-price sale in the Fledgling Grace series from November 19-25.

The donor perk is "Women in Poetry." Donors this month include [profile] kestrels_nest, [personal profile] laurarey, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] marina_bonomi, [personal profile] the_vulture, [personal profile] janetmiles, [profile] laffingkat, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, [personal profile] thesilentpoet, Stephen Laird, Anthony and Shirley Barrette. We passed the previous record of donations by a large margin. The bonus material for that is "Meals in Nether-England." Thank you all so much. You are made of 24-karat WIN!

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.


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Welcome to the ninth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, July 21-Sunday, July 22. The theme is "women in sensible armor."  If you like visual prompts, there's a Tumblr on this topic.  (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.
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Plunge Magazine is now OPEN for submissions!  Issue 1 will feature queer women in mythology.  All flavors of queer (lesbian, bisexual, asexual, genderqueer, etc.) are welcome.  Send us fiction, poetry, or nonfiction.  Please read thesubmission guidelines for details.  Share the news with anyone you think might be interested.
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I found "Bareback Ink" through a post over on LJ-asexuality which really excites me because it means folks are talking about crowdfunding in other venues, and more importantly, they are catching on to how crowdfunding can help creative people connect with niche markets serving topics that the mainstream ignores.

This play is about the relationship that develops between an asexual tattoo artist and a client. Okay, I have thousands of books in my house and I have not read this story before; I've seen very little that is even remotely like it. Allow me to gush about how incredibly awesome it is to find a story that new, that different. I don't care that it's a play and I'll probably never see it. I just care that somebody out there is breaking seriously new ground, and I want to encourage that.
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I'm going to do a bonus poetry fishbowl on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.  The featured series is Hart's Farm, a historic fantasy series set on a farm in Sweden, with a focus on community life and a wide diversity of sexual preferences.  (The current period corresponds to something like 1850-1920).  You can read the poems via the Serial Poetry page.

I'll be soliciting ideas for any previous Hart's Farm characters you'd like to see again, new people on Hart's Farm, neighbors and villagers, alternative sexuality/gender identity, family history, family dynamics, everyday tools, objects associated with Swedish or Irish culture, challenges based on gender or sexuality, interpersonal problem-solving, milestones of life, side scenes from previous events, life in community, farming, Hart's Farm buildings, local fields and forest and waterfront, linguistic tidbits (Swedish, Norwegian, Irish, English), oral tradition, Swedish or Irish folklore, local cuisine and culture, nonsexual intimacies, and poetic forms in particular.

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  This fishbowl is open to everyone, and you may share the announcement with anyone interested in the motifs that Hart's Farm incorporates.

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )
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Plunge  magazine will present genre literature about queer women.  Visit the Kickstarter page to support this project.
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The next Crowdfunding Creative Jam will run from Saturday, February 18-Sunday, February 19 with a theme of "alternative sexualities / QUILTBAG." Everyone is welcome to leave prompts or claim prompts for writing/art/whatever. Are you tired of all straight creative arts? Want to poke the Romance Writers Association in the eye? Bring your muse and/or a bit of spending money this weekend!
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Romance Writers Association has officially come out as homophobic and discriminatory, banning same-sex romances from their contest.  Okay, anyone who makes a contest can make up the rules for it.  But it's more than a little counterproductive for a genre  based organization to cut out part of its own content, just because it makes some people "uncomfortable."  You know what makes me uncomfortable?  Bigotry.  That's as romantic as a knee in the crotch.

A good way to express such disapproval is with a boycott and a round of Poke a Bigot in the Eye.  Instead of writing and reading a het romance, write or read a queer one instead.  Instead of giving money to RWA for dues or anything else, take the same amount and put it somewhere queer.  

Maybe drop something into the fundraiser for Plunge, a webzine dedicated to queer women in genre literature.  Fund a few verses of my poem "The Morose Mascot," where two lesbians help a porcupine escape his evil mistress.  [personal profile] kajones_writing has Nadia, a vampire who prefers female partners; in this project characters may be adopted, stories requested, stories sponsored, etc.  ("Morgan - First Feed Part 1" is a Nadia story waiting for sponsorship to become public.)  Looking for a sweet male romance?  Check out "The Less Than Epic Adventures of T.J. and Amal," currently in the running for a Rose & Bay Award in the Webcomic category.  Over in Torn World we have various options including the adorable series about Dini and Lalya by [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon (most of which are public, one waiting for sponsorship) and my story "Owlheart" about Tekura and Osro (also waiting for sponsorship).  There's plenty of romance in alllll combinations in the crowdsource fandom Schrodinger's Heroes. Feel free to play with any of the characters.  "French Military Victories" has male/male romance; it's a crossover fanfic and thus not fundable, but you can read it and giggle.  [personal profile] wonder_city has all kinds of queer characters spanning various superhero soap opera plot threads.

Want more queer romance?  Ask for it in any prompt call where it seems to fit.  (See a list of February crowdfunding projects.)  The February Creative Jam here has a theme of alternative sexualities / QUILTBAG -- my, how timely!  Bring your prompts, your muse, and your money.  Torn World Muse Fusions are always wide open.  [community profile] asexual_fandom is running an asexual romance fest for Valentine's Day, spanning Feb. 7-21; if you like queer romance for its own sake, without expectation of sex, there's an opportunity to celebrate it.  My Poetry Fishbowl this month has a theme of "wild animals" and I'm open to covering any of the thousand or so species that are homoactive.  

Do you run a crowdfunded project?  Consider setting "queer romance" as a theme, or touching on this topic in your ongoing work.

You could also look through the Rose & Bay Award nominees to see which ones have queer content; there are several.

I've thrown out a handful of examples here, stuff I've written or read regularly or remember off the top of my head.  If you write, draw, filk, or otherwise portray queer romance and want to promote your project then please describe it in a comment.  

Romance is for everyone.  In crowdfunding, nobody has to take "you can't play" for an answer.  So let's give the dirty laundry a good steam-cleaning!
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 "Sins Invalid" is a film project documenting performers with disabilities. It also works with queer people and people of color. 

$11,122 PLEDGED OF $15,000 GOAL
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The Arkh Project is building a video game featuring queer people and people of color as characters and designers. It has met the first funding goal for character design and is extending that campaign goal to keep the momentum going. JOB CREATOR!

This is a credible threat to the whitewashed gaming industry. Consequently someone complained about the campaign being discriminatory because it aimed to hire queer people and people of color. I find it very frustrating when advantaged people try to butt in to the very few places that are focused on less advantaged people.

If you are similarly displeased by this attack on job creation in the queer/chromatic community, consider protesting with a donation and/or signal boost for the Arkh Project. Let's make it clear that hiring project-relevant experts, and putting jobs into areas where people often can't find jobs, is a GOOD thing.
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The Kickstarter page is now up for Plunge  Magazine.  [personal profile] ailelie seeks to raise $2000 to fund the first two issues.  (See adetailed budget.)  Plunge  will focus on queer (lesbian, bisexual, asexual, etc.) in genre fiction, all kinds of different genres and themes.  The main website features more information about Plunge.

JOB CREATOR -- my job, actually!  If this project gets funded, I'll be the Line Editor for the magazine.

Please chip in and/or boost the signal.
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I just came across The Arkh Project on IndieGoGo.

They're planning to prove the videogame industry wrong on their idea that only games with white, straight characters sell. I thought some people here might be interested.
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While hunting for resources for this weekend's Crowdfunding Creative Jam with its "Disabled Characters" theme, I stumbled across a splendid new crowdfunding project. "Hellwatch" by Larime Taylor is a supernatural horror novella series, initially crowdfunded through Kickstarter. The structure resembles that of a television series, which is a cool approach for serial fiction. The first episode can be downloaded free; the next two, funded by the Kickstarter project, will appear in January and February. More are planned.

What makes this awesome? The characters. I fell in love with them just from the descriptions, and tracked down the story based on that. They are Ester Vasquez, a hacker-come-demon hunter in a wheelchair; and Sammy Lutui, her live-in care provider and assistant demon hunter. Ester's ancestors came from Chile and Sammy is Samoan. Sammy is also gay. Together they kick much ass. They have guns and knives and metaphysical science. Illustrations are in the article, and they are vividly evocative. Accurate characterization is guaranteed on account of the author/artist being in a wheelchair (with a more severe version of Ester's condition) and living with other disabled folks.

I really enjoyed the pilot episode. It's a bit slow to start, as the first couple pages of the story introduce the characters and a lot of background information. (You know how the first few minutes of a pilot go.) Once the conflict is introduced -- a demon possessing a young boy -- both the pacing and the tension pick up considerably. The author makes good use of the novella length, laying out a vigorous double-peaked plot with a major confrontation first in Mexico and then again at home. The description is detailed and gripping. I particularly admire the rendition of demonic entities: ruthless, suave, devastating, atavistic, and generally creeptastic. The hairs on the back of my neck gave them a standing ovation. Highly recommended.

So, go read the scary story with the awesome heroes. See the nifty art. If you can spare it, send a donation -- details for that are on the art FAQ page.
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 The January 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl is now open.  Come give me prompts about "heras and villainesses."
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As the giraffe sale continues, [personal profile] aldersprig is requesting prompts about sexuality/gender for writing microfic.  Do you have a favorite orientation or motif that rarely gets much coverage?  Ask for it!  Also, tips get your prompts more length.  This is a favorite theme of mine, and a writer whose work I enjoy, so I'm really looking forward to seeing the results.


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