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Muses, Start Your Engines!
The Torn World Muse Fusion is now open over on torn_world.  You can read more about Torn World on the main site.  Today we are seeking prompts to inspire art, fiction, poetry -- whatever you would like to see.  Everyone is eligible to make prompts.  Please leave your prompts as comments to the Muse Fusion post.

I plan to write poetry; I'm open to the possibility of flash fiction if a prompt inspires me in that direction.  So far I own the characters Fala (Northern), Rai (Southern), and Alko (Southern) and I can write about others if I get permission.  Today is for brainstorming and creativity; materials will be reviewed for canon consideration, and possibly revised, after the Muse Fusion. 

I plan to make at least one piece visible to the public on the Torn World site.  The rest will be visible only to Torn World supporters unless they get sponsored.  You have THREE options for sponsoring my work and revealing it to the public:

1) If you are not a registered Torn World member, you can pay in cash via check or PayPal button.

2) If you are a registered Torn World member, you can give me Karma points.

3) If you are a Torn World supporter, you can give me Credits.

Since Torn World publications are open to crowdfunding at any time, they may continue to earn me money.  Therefore I'm setting my Muse Fusion prices somewhat lower than for my Poetry Fishbowl prices.  For poetry:
0-10 lines: $3 OR 3 Torn World Credits OR 10 Torn World Karma
11-25 lines: $6 OR 6 Torn World Credits OR 20 Torn World Karma
26-40 lines: $9 OR 9 Torn World Credits OR 30 Torn World Karma
41-60 lines: $12 OR 12 Torn World Credits OR 40 Torn World Karma
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing. 
If I write any flash fiction, I'll figure out its pricing then.
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EDIT 2/9/10: So far I have...
"The Brightest Star in the Sky" flash fiction 863 words, a Northern myth, $25 or 25 TW Credits
"Blink birds" Southern poem about wildlife, 10 lines, intended to be publicly visible
"Pickled" flash fiction 872 words, a Southern story about licenses, $10 or 10 TW Credits sponsored by ellenmillion
"The Cost of Tears" Southern poem about betrayal, 16 lines, $6 or 6 TW Credits or 20 TW Karma sponsored by tonithegreat
"Odds and Ends" flash fiction 870 words, Northern story about belonging, $10 or 10 TW Credits sponsored by tonithegreat

The story prices are different because I set the first one before I saw other people's prices. I was estimating $.03/word and they were mostly going for $.01/word, so I dropped down a bit for the later stories.

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tonithegreat From: tonithegreat Date: February 10th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to see "Odds and Ends" and have 10 TW Credits I can pay for it. How do I go about transferring them to you?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 10th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

Yay, I sold a story today!

To transfer TW Credits to a contributor:
1) Go to the Creators page on the main TW site:
http://www.tornworld.net/members/memberlist.php
2) Click the contributor's name (I'm listed as Elizabeth Barrette).
3) Atop the contributor entry will be two big sea-green boxes; the one on the left is for giving Credits. Type in the number (10) and the purpose ("Odds and Ends").
4) Click "Go" and click again on the confirmation page.
5) Click something in the lefthand menu to get off the page. Don't back up or it will repeat the transaction.

The system should send me an email about the credits arriving. When I get that, I'll send you a copy of the rough draft. I have already submitted "Odds and Ends" through the TW submission page, so it should appear before the canon board and thence to publication (assuming it gets approved).
tonithegreat From: tonithegreat Date: February 10th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Transfer made!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 10th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Hmm ... it's not showing a change in the Credit balance. I'll check again later; maybe it takes a while to go through.

Anyhow, thanks for your support!
tonithegreat From: tonithegreat Date: February 10th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Ack. I see that I screwed up when I read your guidelines and replied. I was thinking karma and reading and writing credits, which are two very different things. Alas, I haven't got another $10 or 10 credits for Torn World this month. My apologies for the mistake. Maybe I can find a cosponsor for the story.
tonithegreat From: tonithegreat Date: February 11th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

I didn't feel good about halfway backing out of my sponsorship, even if making the pledge of credits instead of karma was a mistake. So I have paid up as pledged. You should see 4 new credits in Torn World now and a 6$ paypal donation.

Still excited to see the finished story!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 11th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

*hugs* Thank you so much. I will mark "Odds and Ends" as sponsored by you.

Since I got 10 Karma from you first, would you:
1) like me to transfer that back to you, or
2) like to sponsor my poem "The Cost of Tears" (which would usually be 20 Karma, but I'll gladly give it to you for 10 to make up for my not writing sufficiently clear price descriptions) ...?
tonithegreat From: tonithegreat Date: February 12th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

I would like to put the credits towards your poem! But don't worry about listing me as a sponsor of it unless you want to. I figure the karma is better off out in the world (and is deserved by someone who has created so much for TW), and if I read the general guidelines right, there's a good chance I'll get to see some of the other Torn World work that you did at some point as a Torn World sponsor. And all of your pieces looked interesting and karma worthy for sure.

Your guidelines weren't unclear. You listed karma prices only for a few short poems and everything else was in credits. My tired self just misread your post. I even thought to myself, "Wow, she's letting her stories go for way cheap." Doh!

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 12th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

>>I would like to put the credits towards your poem! But don't worry about listing me as a sponsor of it unless you want to.<<

Done. I have noted you as the sponsor. I'm glad that you are enjoying my work!

>>Your guidelines weren't unclear.<<

Okay. *ponder* It occurs to me, if I am only going to list karma prices for the poetry, while fiction costs US dollars or TW Credits, it might help for me to specify that.

>>I even thought to myself, "Wow, she's letting her stories go for way cheap." <<

We're actually discussing prices for stories. Some folks didn't have a specific plan in mind, just picked something that seemed appealing. I originally went with $.03/word and then dropped to $10/story (about $.01/word) when I saw other people using that price.

I am going to try to pay closer attention to my time use in the next Muse Fusion. This first day got pretty broken up for me. I need to be able to compare this to my fishbowl income. If can make a decent hourly rate writing short-short stories at $10/story, then I might keep doing that. If not, I'll put some more thought into this.
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