October 1st, 2012


Successful Creative People

 ... do a ton of things that aren't directly related to creating and selling their stuff, but that do support the whole business. Seriously, if I made a list, it would be about that long.  This is why I'm always busy.  This is also why, occasionally people send me money out of the blue or hire me for projects I hadn't even heard about before I was asked.

You want to know if your creative project has a real chance of success?  Look at how much record-keeping you do and how well you can apply that to refining your output and improving your cashflow.

Cottoncandy Bingo

Below is my second card for [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo. This fest encourages people to create and share material focused on what is variously called fluff, schmoop, gentle fiction, light reading, comfort reading, positive thinking, chicken soup for the soul, or anything else that offers a fun alternative to usual run of sex, violence, and angst of modern media. It's open to all fandoms plus original content, and all kinds of material. Read the FAQ and rules here.

I had a great time filling my first card. I've written something for every square, although not quite all of them have been posted as of tonight. I've picked up at least a couple new readers and gotten some great inspiration. So I decided to continue the exercise.

And, shiny new idea! People are starting to show interest in specific prompts as the new cards have gone up. If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out.  I'll still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it.  That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

Row 1: 2 poems, 2 stories, 1 image set (World Walkers: Quiar, Schrodinger's Heroes, Torn World, Incredible Hulk, BBC Sherlock, His Dark Materials)
Row 2: 2 poems, 1 story (standalone, Hart's Farm, Schrodinger's Heroes, BBC Sherlock)
Row 3: 2 stories, 2 poems (Schrodinger's Heroes, Incredible Hulk, Smallville, Star Trek: The Original Series)
Row 4: 3 stories (Schrodinger's Heroes, BBC Sherlock, The Avengers)
Row 5: 4 poems, 1 story (P.I.E., Fledgling Grace, Schrodinger's Heroes, BBC Sherlock)

CelebrityHumorFavoriteConsummating the marriage / unionAdulthood
ForeverFightSkipping class / school / work / eventPrivate momentWindow
SafeComfortable / ContentWILD CARDReturnWithout makeup
Sunrise / SunsetAttractionSinging in the showerSecret romance novel / fanficCrush / Infatuation
Meeting the ParentsLightCliché for a reasonGifts / GiftingReluctantly accepting help / comfort

Monday Update 10-1-12

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Microfic by Rix_scaedu
Strange Horizons News
Poem: "Ad Astra Per Aspera"
New at Torn World
Poetry by Thesilentpoet
Poem: "Autumn Gathering"
Poem: "Picking Up the Signals"
Muse Fusion is open!
Up Mars Creek
Poetry Fishbowl Report for September 18, 2012
Poem: "The Beauties of the Desert"
Female Characters and Anti-Heroes
Gender Discrimination in Science

The next Poetry Fishbowl will be tomorrow with a theme of "Horror: Demons."  dreamwriteremmy has volunteered to host the linkback poem on her new dreamwriters journal.  "To Attend a Ball" (The Steamsmith) has 20 verses.  I'm hoping this will encourage more participation after last month's linkback poem languished until the mid-month session.

My latest activity is bingo fests.  I've written something for every square on my first card for Cottoncandy Bingo, gotten some excellent inspiration, and made a little money.  I have three new cards: Kink, Hurt/Comfort, and a second card for Cottoncandy.  I may mix some of these into the fishbowl again.  Also, some folks have expressed interest in specific prompts, so if you'd like to sponsor a square, let me know and we'll work something out.

Voting is now open on the "Create a Fat Female Superhero" contest. It's broken down into batches of 10 entries, one poll every day. The gallery of entries is here.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Forging of Brisingamen" belongs to The Asgard Eddas. It is being funded in sections by DW user jb_slasher.  This is mythic science fiction. 

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," (fiction) "The Urge to Fly" "Neighboring Attractions" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Breaking the Ice," (fiction), "Patterns in the Grass" "A Nap Under the Stars" (poetry). Currently in front of the canon board: "Beached Fish" "Reaching for the Moons" (fiction), "Five Red Beads" "Felting Together," "A Light in the Darkness" "Purist Rights" "Breeding the Perfect Fighter," "Autumn Gathering," "The Sound of an Argument," "The Charity Wall," "These Small Essential Pieces," "Flying in the Wind" (poetry), "Ghost Bat" "Half-Leg," (nonfiction).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" "The Museum of Mortality" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Publishers in the Empire" (nonfiction).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes" (fiction),  "The Smallest Invaders" (poetry).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "Winterheart" "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).

Weather here has been pleasant, starting to turn cool at night.  Leaves are coloring.  Last night we saw a huge ring around the moon!

Most Popular Tags 10-1-12

According to the "Manage Tags" feature, the topics most often appearing in this journal are:

Networking -- 3153 posts
Reading -- 3077
Writing -- 2905
Cyberfunded creativity -- 2560
Poetry -- 2126
Fishbowl -- 1463
News -- 1506
Fantasy -- 1325
Science fiction -- 1276
Art -- 948

Fishbowl has moved ahead of News.

Read Banned Comics

So it's Banned and Challenged Books Week.  Celebrate the freedom to read while you still can.  my_partner_doug sent me this list of banned/challenged comicsThe Watchmen  is a personal favorite of mine.  He also likes Maus, which I hated.  Tank Girl  is fun.  In the Night Kitchen  is just adorable.

What are your favored B/C books, comics, or other literature?

Update from Kajones_writing

In October, the featured setting is Donor House.  Ask for what you'd like to read!  You can also make requests for the auction stories.  The World Walkers collection is now listed at Muse's Success and has been submitted to Web Fiction Guide.  Read more about upcoming plans.  There's a site update discussion about new plugins.  Vote on November's collection to feature.  Read the big September roundup.

Worldbuilding: "36. The Elemental Birds," "37. Linda," "38. Magics of the Web."  Then "39. Quiar" is a posting of the big worldbuilding piece that I wrote, a fancy magical structure with anthropomorphic races.  "1. Characters in the Donor House Setting" lists all of the people in that series.  You can ask for your favorites to be profiled.

New fiction: "Vanessa: Travelling Back in Time" deals with time-travel ethics.  "Jason: Wish Magic" is a thoughtful discussion of learning how to handle power responsibly.