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Alex Conall, social justice bard ([personal profile] alexconall) wrote2013-07-04 01:10 pm

Fiction Fishbowl July: colors and rainbows

The fishbowl is CLOSED. Stories available for sponsorship.

Most of the time, writing is a solo activity. A writing fishbowl (as [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith shows) is writing in public: 'under glass', as Harlan Ellison has been known to do, sitting in a bookstore window and writing an idea provided by an audience member.

This is my bookstore window.

The theme of this month's fishbowl is colors and rainbows. Please leave prompts about characters, settings, plot elements, and such related to that theme. I will write poems and short stories based on your prompts.

This is an exercise in crowdfunded creativity. An excellent way to inspire me to do a thing is to pay me to do it; if you like what you see and you want to see more, feed the storyteller.

There are several options for feeding the storyteller:

1) Sponsor the fishbowl. I have a Paypal button for donations. The recommended minimum donation is $1, because Paypal takes a fee from every transaction. Any Dreamwidth user who donates (make sure you mention your username) will be on my access list (where I post at-least-weekly excerpts from my works in progress) for two months. Anonymous donations are of course welcome, but cannot get that bonus.

If donations reach $50—keep an eye on the ticker—I will post a two-thousand-word prose short story; this month it will be "Dragon Phoenix Match", based on "Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight".

2) Sponsor a story. Each story will have a price tag, using the same semi-pro rate as above, rounded down to the nearest dollar. A two-hundred-word prose story will cost $5, a two-thousand-word story $50, comparable to what Duotrope Digest assures me I would make by selling the story to a semiprofessional market. Similarly, a poem of up to ten lines will cost $5, of up to twenty-five lines $10, of up to forty lines $15, of up to sixty lines $20, and a longer poem, we'll talk. When you sponsor a story (prose or poetry), tell me which story you want to sponsor—every time I complete a story for the fishbowl, I will comment to the prompter with the title, the medium, a brief summary, and the price—and I will immediately post it publicly to this journal, with your username listed as sponsor.

3) Spread the word. Link to this post from any social media, suggest that people come and leave prompts, and leave a comment saying you did so. If you link back and you leave prompts, I will use one of those prompts. If I see a new prompter or donor—and this is my first fishbowl, so y'all all new—I will post a free story; "The Food of Love", based on Andersen's "The Little Mermaid", is in final edits in anticipation. "The Food of Love" is posted.

Whenever I write a story to one of your prompts, I will send you a private copy of the story, via Dreamwidth PM to logged-in prompters or email to anonymous prompters who give their email (anonymous prompters who do not leave contact information cannot get private copies of stories). Please do not share it with anyone.

At least one of the stories resulting from the fishbowl will be posted for free, so y'all have a better idea of what you're getting into.

At the end of the fishbowl, I will post a list of all the unsold stories, to simplify life for anyone looking to see if you might want to sponsor something.

This fishbowl will last until the evening of Sunday, July 7.

Leave your prompts here! This month's theme is colors and rainbows.

Prompt #1

(Anonymous) 2013-07-04 05:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Different-colored flowers on the same bush.
sharpeningthebones: timepunching at DW and LJ (Default)

[personal profile] sharpeningthebones 2013-07-04 05:30 pm (UTC)(link)
- Bruises blooming from a fight worth having.
- I see your eyes darken and I know I'm in trouble.
- The colors of the sky after a storm.
- Rainbows wrap around her hands, pulling her down into the darkness of Fairyland.
Edited 2013-07-04 17:31 (UTC)
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[personal profile] serpentine 2013-07-04 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
- Magic and fabric dyeing
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith 2013-07-04 06:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Rainbow tornado.

Cephalopod aliens find humanity's racism so freakishly offensive that they seed the atmosphere with nanites causing everyone's skin to start changing colors. And then a few people learn to control theirs ...

Ghosts visible only in rain and sun, like rainbows.
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Re: Prompt Filled

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith 2013-07-06 07:12 am (UTC)(link)
This is such a beautiful story!
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[identity profile] 2013-07-04 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
A spy who can chance appearance at will (skin color, hair color, etc.), a human chameleon.
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)

[personal profile] jjhunter 2013-07-04 06:59 pm (UTC)(link)
From the recent Diction's Dicty Delights anon poll, have a list of awesome color words to use as a collective (or individual) prompt(s):
User #8 -- fuschia (sort of a dark pink)
User #1 -- ecru (pale beige)
User #5 -- vermillion (red)
User #3 -- Vermillion (red, oward orange)
User #2 -- Cosmic Latte (the color of the entire universe)
User #4 -- magnolia (cream)
User #6 -- helio blue (a bright green-blue also known as phthalo blue)
User #7 -- Puce (brownish purple)
User #9 -- Famous (a sort of dark teal)
jjhunter: Drawing of human J.J. in red and brown inks with steampunk goggle glasses (red J.J. inked)

[personal profile] jjhunter 2013-07-08 03:20 pm (UTC)(link)
For a spin-off prompt: a society / world in which these colors are sentient being (human or otherwise) skin colors.
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[personal profile] quoththeravyn 2013-07-04 08:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Distinguishing colors in the dark.
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[personal profile] aldersprig 2013-07-04 10:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Trying again actually logged in, sorry!


"Her favorite color is chrome" (lyrics) (mine are denim and saddle leather)

The way a grey day makes colors pop.

Here via YsabetWordsmith; if you twitter, we've been using #promptcall over there for such things.
chanter_greenie: a Pringles can with the words 'you can't write just one' written across it (drabbles are like pringles)

[personal profile] chanter_greenie 2013-07-05 02:06 am (UTC)(link)
Popped over here via [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith. Hi there! This prompt immediately sprang into my head when I saw the listed theme. I well admit I'm being a bit literal here, but I just could not help myself.

one time the color indigo is not overlooked, ignored or brushed off, but instead gets positive attention
perfectworry: it's a good life in the happily ever after last page of the very last chapter (crayola skies)

[personal profile] perfectworry 2013-07-05 08:57 am (UTC)(link)
• LGBTQIA&* women of color
hearing colors

(I tweeted a link here under the #crowdfunding and #promptcall tags, too.)