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My Crowdfunding Activities in 2015

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 2014 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

Icons by djinni
Icon Day invites people to request an icon of themselves or their character.  There are perks for donations.  You can see the beautiful results of this project all over LiveJournal.

"Endless Poetry" by Satori Films
This Kickstarter project supports a poetic documentary on Alejandro Jodorowsky, a poet originally from Chile.  I'm into supporting poetry, crowdfunding, and multicultural creativity.  Triple score!

Lightworks and Soundbytes by DW user Thebonesofferalletters
I sponsored the ficlet "See the World" in this new superhero fantasy series.

Magpie Monday by DW user Dialecticdreamer, including the Storm series.
I sponsored the story "Storm-Tossed" which I've been eagerly awaiting as a sequel to "Storm-Brought."  Very nice science fiction about first contact, from the alien perspective.  Donation was sent during the first Magpie Monday although the story actually appeared as part of the April 2015 Creative Jam.
5/13/15: I sponsored the third story in the Storm series, "Inner Storm."

Scaggs Woods Funding
A local organization, Grand Prairie Friends, held a fundraiser to buy a large parcel of woods adjacent to two others they already own, to protect Illinois species vulnerable to habitate fragmentation.

"Write It Down" by DW user Alexconall
This poem was done for the March 2015 Creative Jam, about women who write.

Raising Dion by Dennis Liu
Includes a comic book and trailer about a single mother of color, who does not have superpowers, raising a son who does.
See my post for details and links.

Other Projects I Supported as a Fan

Castles in the Sky / Castillos en el aire
An anthology of influential stories from Spanish speculative fiction, translated into English.

Empathize This
This webcomic illustrates stories told by the audience about their experiences of oppression for many different traits.  It is crowdfunded via Patreon.

Here's a beautiful webcomic that makes brilliant use of spot color and thoughtful social ideas.  You can support it through Patreon.

The Young Protectors
This full-color superhero webcomic features a sexually and ethnically diverse cast, adorable characterization, and gorgeous artwork.  A core plot point is the romantic tension between Red Hot (superhero) and the Annihilator (supervillain).  Standard update is weekly, but donations can earn extra pages.

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.

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

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