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The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
Poem: "All the Colors"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 14th, 2014 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>> Also, 3) is there any way other than prompting in the fishbowl that somebody can have a deliberate influence (commissions or whatever) on which topics/characters/threads you write next? <<

Yes. Prompts, donations, and comments are all possible means of influence. I count which series or characters are most popular based on all that, and I give those more development time. I've got a ton of background info for Terramagne beyond what's published -- I really did sit down and make out the federal budget.

If you want something specific, you can commission me outside the fishbowls. DW user Dialecticdreamer has been doing that, some freestyle, some grabbing bingo squares and matching them to a setting or character. The bingo thing is working out great. So for instance I have a Hurt/Comfort card and a Birthday Bingo card that are mostly open. You could pick, say, "counseling" and pair it to Danso's family. "Adoption" is on the Birthday Bingo. I've got "courtship rituals" on Fanbingo that would suit Danso/Noah. Or you can ask for something completely original, especially if you want to riff off something I've already written, like "Why was Noah in a teen parents meeting?"

Length is kind of a challenge. Imagine that I have manual steering with my talent. It's decent but not great. I've been taking some $20 commissions and aiming for 667 words. Haven't gotten it perfect yet, I keep running over, but it's good practice and I've written several very satisfying stories. Poetry gets into epic range pretty fast if I start with a big idea, but it's hard to tell *in advance* what poems will get that big, which makes the 500-word-minimum bingo fests really pesky. Plus it's different when I'm storytelling like this compared to some other types of commissioned poetry I've done, like wedding poetry, where it's easy to pick a size and base the content on that by choosing symbolic flowers. Though of course, if you pick a form that has a specific number of lines, that will work; then the challenge is finding a topic that suits it really well. One thing I've considered is making the donation a deposit -- you'd get $20 worth of whatever I write, which might be the whole thing, or might be an excerpt with the rest available for microfunding.

Basically if you want to fund specific characters/storylines, you can. We'll talk over details and figure out something that will work. Crowdfunding is a work in progress, and sometimes I find new things to do with it, depending on what my current fans want.
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