July 22nd, 2011

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SLF Gulliver Travel Grant

This announcement crossed my desk today.  If you're a speculative writer in need of funds for research-related travel, check out this grant.


SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE GULLIVER TRAVEL GRANT

For Immediate Release: July 21, 2011

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) is accepting proposals for the Gulliver Travel Research Grant from July 1st 2011 until September 30th 2011.

SLF travel grants are awarded to assist writers of speculative fiction (poetry, drama, creative nonfiction) in their research. They are not currently available for academic research. We are currently offering one $800 travel grant annually, to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses.
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Testing a Ticker

Discussions over on crowdfunding (in "Reprise: Why do you donate?") indicate that patrons appreciate progress meters for various reasons.  For instance, you can see your donations ring up when you make them, see how close donations are to a given perk threshold, and/or see how a creator's progress toward their goals (financial, word count, etc.).  This can encourage people to participate more, which is good.  Some of these widgets update automatically (like ChipIn), while others must be updated manually.



This is a sample ticker such as I might use for a Poetry Fishbowl, made on TickerFactory.  If it actually works, you would be able to see progress toward the $150 goal (free series poem) and the $200 goal (extra fishbowl on poetic series).  Swim, fishie, swim!  I say "if" because I've tried these things a few times before, and they tend to crash on me.  I figured this would be a good time to try again.

If I can get such a thing to work ...

Poll #1763999 Poetry Fishbowl Ticker

Would you be interested in a Poetry Fishbowl ticker?

Yes, I want a ticker. Swim, fishie, swim!
14(73.7%)
Don't know.
1(5.3%)
Don't care.
1(5.3%)
No, I don't want a ticker. Ick.
0(0.0%)
Something else I will explain in a comment.
3(15.8%)