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Alex Conall, social justice bard ([personal profile] alexconall) wrote2014-05-10 01:09 am

Bear In Chair Prompt Call May: earth, wind, fire, water

The prompt call is CLOSED for prompts.

Your dear authorbear is reliably informed that the only dependable way to get words on the page is to plant self in chair with hands on writing implement and write. To that end, I am holding a prompt call.

The theme of this month's prompt call is earth, wind, fire, water. Please leave prompts about characters, settings, plot elements, and such related to that theme. From earthquakes, tornados, infernos, and tsunamis to rock gardens, wind chimes, candle arrays, and water features, from the four personality types to the four Watchtowers, anything that fits the theme goes.

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 bear.

There are several options for feeding the bear:

1) Sponsor the prompt call. 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 added to my access list (where I try to post at-least-weekly excerpts from my works in progress). Anonymous donations are of course welcome, but cannot get that bonus.

If donations reach $25—I'd say keep an eye on the ticker, but apparently's images are all broken—I will post a sixty-six-line narrative poem; this month it will be "The Selkie Sisters and the Dryad".

2) Sponsor a story. Each story will have a price tag, using a semi-pro per-word rate, 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 prompt call, 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, your prompts go to the top of my to-write list. If I see a new prompter or donor (anonymous people, sadly, do not count), I will post a free story; this month it will be the poem "Serenity Prayer". "Serenity Prayer is up! Thanks, [personal profile] corvi!

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 prompt call will be posted for free, so y'all have a better idea of what you're getting into.

At the end of the prompt call, 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 prompt call will last until the evening of Sunday, May 11 is CLOSED. Fills will appear as soon as I can manage.

Leave your prompts here! This month's theme is earth, wind, fire, water.
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith 2014-05-10 07:53 am (UTC)(link)
Earth: Superheroes respond to damage and casualties from a massive earthquake. How do they cope when there isn't an enemy to fight?

Wind: The touch of the wind speaks to the skin of those why fly. It is not with our eyes that we see our way, but with our entire bodies.

Water: Water is life. Without water, there can be no life and no civilization. There are no exceptions known on Earth. Yet people still do things that ruin their own water supply. Discuss.

Fire: Suppose that mammals can do fire magic because they generate their own heat, while reptiles cannot. Consequently the mammalian race tries to oppress the reptilian race. How do the reptiles fight back?

I'm linking on DW, LJ, and FB.
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[personal profile] corvi 2014-05-10 09:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Here from ysabetwordsmith. Leaving three prompts 'cause I tend to come up with pretty nerdy ones and I don't know how usable they are. :)

A fire prompt: The way that fire changes color based on the composition of the material it's burning (like the "flame test" in analytic chemistry).

An earth setting: the Khangoriin Els sand dunes in Mongolia, which make an eerie directionless humming noise when the wind is blowing. Or any other singing sand, I think there are others.

An water plot element: talking to one's Brocken-Spectre and having it answer.
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[personal profile] corvi 2014-05-12 08:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah, that is wonderful! It is quite seldom I see an idea I like so much but would not have ever thought of myself. Definitely going to follow you and hope to see more of the twisty insides of your skull.
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[personal profile] kaberett 2014-05-12 12:13 pm (UTC)(link)
For the theme entire, for reasons that are obvious: (multi-faceted) dragons.
Edited 2014-05-12 12:13 (UTC)