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My Crowdfunding Activities in 2014

It is much easier to keep an accurate tally if I do it during the year rather than trying to backtrack after the fact. See my 2013 crowdfunding activities.

I serve as a maintainer of the Crowdfunding communities on LiveJournal and on Dreamwidth.


The Allbingo community on Dreamwidth is always open for people to play creative bingo, and it is crowdfunding-friendly.  Some people use bingo cards to inspire their crowdfunded projects, or in prompt calls, etc.

Crowdfunding Creative Jam on  crowdfunding or on the Dreamwidth community Crowdfunding
A two-day event where anyone can leave prompts on the current theme, or create anything based on prompts.  Some material is usually shared free and some is available for sponsorship.

Sketch Fest hosted by   ellenmillion
Leave prompts for artists to sketch (in any medium) with a one-hour limit on each sketch during Sketch Fest proper.  Sketches may be finished later.  They are often offered for sale.  Sponsors of Sketch Fest get to leave up to 15 prompts instead of the 5 that everyone else gets.

Torn World Muse Fusion on  torn_world
Leave prompts and create stuff related to the science fantasy setting Torn World. Some writing and art usually gets posted free to the main Torn World site, while most requires sponsorship -- unsponsored material is often posted for subscribers only.

Projects I Sponsored

Bingo Card Generator by Magibrain
A clever bit of programming makes it possible to make creative bingo cards with the touch of a button.  Choose from a bunch of premade lists or input your own prompts.  Get a bingo card complete with image and code.  This is a good way to get cards for the Allbingo community on Dreamwidth.

Fishing by Hand by Dreamwidth user Chanter_greenie
I sponsored the story "Meteor Scatter," a lovely character study and travelogue in a dark, neoconservative dimension in the Schrodinger's Heroes  project.

Icon Day by djinni
I sponsor an icon of my characters every time I can catch this event.  One of the ones I got this year was for Victor in Frankenstein's Family.

Icon Day by itsamellama aka Dreamwidth user Itsamellama
I sponsored an icon of Dale & Kelly from Walking the Beat during Icon Day 04.  Mel's Icon Day offers a free icon in sketch mode to prompters.  There are individual and collective perks for inked and colored icons, depending on how donations go.

Inspiration Birdcage by Dreamwidth user Finch
This prompt call results in drabbles and poetic verses, with a sample posted for free which may be continued by donations.  I've sponsored an extension for "Standing Out."  Let there be more diversity in superheroes.

Shared Worlds by Dreamwidth user Magistrate
This is an archive of materials featuring different settings which are available for use under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.  I sponsored the story "Lessons of Flesh and Water," a story that began as snippets based on my prompt.

The Ursulan Cycle is a genderbent rendition of the Arthurian Cycle, which I drafted and then Dreamwidth user Clare_dragonfly started writing, so I have donated toward her fiction.  Read "Fatherhood."

Other Projects I Supported as a Fan

Angela Hunt Photography
This page on Patreon supports an ongoing photography project by Angela Hunt.  Fine art photos delivered through the month.

A fantasy game where the magic works like computer code, Codemancer teaches the basics of programming.  The setting is gender-neutral and the protagonist is female.

Humon Comics
A wide assortment of art and comics including a series about sexual diversity in animals (also for sale in book form), some analysis of human interactions, a series about a kinky household, and assorted bits of fey mythology.

Manly Guys Doing Manly Things
A webcomic with rather awesome gender awareness.

This will be a journal for queer poets of color.

Oya: Rise of the Orisha
This crowdfunded movie draws inspiration from the African Diaspora to tell a modern superhero story.  It began in February 2013 with an IndieGoGo project (goal $7,500 raised $6,600).  As of March 2014 there is a short trailer; the idea is to make a short version of the movie to attract support and later make a full-length feature.  See also the movie's website.

Rise Again
This is a sequel to the famous songbook Rise Up Singing.

Strawbees Construction Toy
Little plastic tabs offer a way to connect ordinary straws and cardboard, encouraging people to learn about geometry and engineering.  The use of found materials rather than proprietary pieces makes this toy green and cheap.  See an article about Strawbees.

My Own Projects

I have a permanent "Feed the Bard" donation button on my LiveJournal profile page.  You can use that to support any of my projects, just make sure you tell me what the donation is for.

The Blueshift Troupers (sporadic)
This is science fiction about a team of shapeshifters who travel the galaxy solving problems.  So far it has a bit of background material and a couple of poems.  I'd like to find time to script the pilot episode.

The Poetry Fishbowl (monthly)
Live poetry activity where people give me prompts on a theme and I write poems based on whatever I get. Minimum of one free poem posted, and others available for sponsorship. Lots of different perks.  Fishbowl Open posts have a donation button.  The regular session is on the first Tuesday of each month.  Sometimes there is a bonus session or a sale mid-month.

Schrodinger's Heroes  (sporadic)
This project features an apocryphal television show supported by an imaginary fandom.  It's science fiction about quantum physics and saving the world.  The cast of characters is sexually and ethnically diverse.  Content includes fiction, poetry, LOL_HEROES (LOLCATS images of characters who are cats, or have gotten changed into cats), and other goodies.  I write for this project during the Poetry Fishbowl, Crowdfunding Creative Jam, bingo fests, and sundry other occasions.

The Silk Road Allies (sporadic)
Imagine if China and Italy became friends; that's the theme of this alternative history shared world.  I write for it along with  thesilentpoet and marina_bonomi.  It features primarily poetry but there is also a bit of art, and other goodies may emerge over time.

"Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal" (updates Mondays & Wednesdays)
Set in the Southern Empire of Torn World, this novelette consists of short journal entries posted twice weekly.  It follows a young girl, Nleimen, as she discovers a love of science through breeding fancy pet mice.

Nineforthenebulasheart is new this year, based on several of my Creative Jam prompts bundled by Dreamwidth user Alexconall into a feminist mythpunk science fantasy project. It's a collaborative fandom with multiple participants creating poetry, fiction, and other goodies, licensed via Creative Commons.

The Ursulan Cycle is also new, a genderbent rendition of the Arthurian Cycle.  It's an open source fandom with multiple contributors making poetry, fiction, and other stuff.

Tags: cyberfunded creativity, holiday, personal, projects, writing

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