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July Muse Fusion - Go!

Comment here with prompts for our Torn World writing, arting, and creating team!

We're standing by to write and draw furiously to your prompts, starting today (now!), running through the weekend and closing on Monday at noon (Alaska time). As a prompter or a creator, you may hop in for a few moments in this window of time, or throw yourself all-out at the Fusion for the full time!
We're done for this month. Thanks for playing!

Prompts: Let us know what you want to see! Do you want to know what a character's opinion on a subject is? Want to see a particular plant or animal in action? Maybe you'd like to hear a dialogue between two characters on a particular topic! A prompt can be specific, or general. One-word prompts are welcome, as are picture prompts, or links. Cross-over fanfiction can be requested, though not all participants may be interested in creating it. The only major restriction for prompts is that they should be appropriate to Torn World. You may treat it like a Q&A session - where you get your answers in fiction, artwork and poetry instead of just a boring answer. (Though you may get a straight answer, also, and you may get links to stories or articles that already address your question.) You do not need to be a member of, or familiar with, Torn World to leave a generic prompt. Something like 'a spring day' or 'something green' is plenty specific, or you can make a general theme request like 'a body-positive story' or 'a story about lost children.' You can also ask a specific question, like 'how the heck do you groom a giant furry unicorn?'

As a reminder, we have a three-part contest running to the end of August: For fiction and poetry, the theme is 'Only In Torn World' and we're looking for material about some of the Torn World temporal specifics (Others, time crystals, the Upheaval, and Sundered Times). For artwork, illustrate any character who doesn't have a portrait yet! And for meta-fiction, we're looking for book descriptions. See all the details here: http://www.tornworld.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=1029

Feel free to leave more than one prompt; we try to ensure that everyone gets one prompt answered, and that's easier if you leave us some choices.

Drafts: Please keep in mind that rough drafts created from our Muse Fusion will be going through a review process to maintain overall world continuity - any drafts shared with you during the Muse Fusion may be changed before being posted as canon contributions. Writers are encouraged to share drafts with prompters, and post public excerpts to give a taste of what they're working on.

Chat: Also, you are welcome to join us in chat while we create, in this chat room, here. Or, join the #tornworld channel via IRC on the starchat.net server. I will be largely gone this weekend, but will drop in if I can! Use the dropdown to make a noise if you join and no one says hello - sometimes we're busy creating in another window... (The chat relies on java and unfortunately does not work in Safari. Some sounds are only available through the javachat option, not IRC.)

Ready? Set? Go!


Here I am on my kindle leaving prompts!

I would love to see Alikii in more stories esp since Ellen sketched him during Sketchfest last weekend.

Some science books tor the contest -- and some Romances!

Kid's books

Modern conveniences

Time ctystal misuse

Something fun


From your prompt about Alikii, I got the story "Finding the Holes." Alikii, Tekura, and Valoi supervise two age-sets of children as they sort through stored clothes to put them back into use.

2,500 words, Buy It Now = $25 or 25 TW credits

Prompt Filled

I have posted a bunch of new metafiction descriptions here:

This also led to a description of publishers in the Empire:


From the prompt about time crystal misuse came "A Gift of Time." This poem is written in unrhymed couplets. A man uses a time crystal to solve a personal problem to nefarious ends.

10 lines, Buy It Now = $2.50 or 3 Torn World Credits
An unusual food

Sweet words


New feelings, old feelings



I've written the poem "Old Feelings, New Feelings" and posted it as today's freebie.


Image Prompts:
Fashion colors
Potter at work
Angora rabbit
Bone beads
Ruined tower

Title Prompts:
"Jaleffi and the Giant Problem"
"In the Shadow of the Judge's Oak"
"Unicorn Boots"
"How Skycat and Waterdog Became Enemies"
"Climbing Akovu's Crown"

Text Prompts:
* Someone finds an Ancient text that contradicts contemporary beliefs.
* Teibev watches a Purist demonstration.
* What happens when the cord for binding an age-set actually breaks under testing?
* Itakith folks gather eggs on the cliffs.
* A pearl slug is discovered in a major city where it should NOT be.

Re: Prompts

I'm working on Fashion colors! :P
Moving day
Meeting new neighbors
Breaking or repairing a gift or family heirloom
Picking fruit; preserving for the winter
Helping hands
I took half of the second to the last prompt and wrote a very short poem based on preserving for the winter. (With one hand while nursing, because that's the time I get. :P)

Winter's Empty will be free, because I am not sure how much more I will get done this weekend!


Here you go.

You made that up!
Singing for death.
Fruit stains.
Pickled willow.
Urge to Fly.
Hot hoof.
Leaf weaving art.
Paper weaving.
Hot berry pudding.

Re: Prompties!

I wrote the poem "The Urge to Fly" based on one of your prompts. It's done in tercets and explores the inexplicable hazards of flight in Torn World.

27 lines, Buy It Now = $7.50 or 8 Torn World credits

Here's a Book - any suggestions as to author or publication date?

Title: Pickled Willow and other traditional Roluma Preserves
Summary: This compilation of allegedly traditional Roluma recipes alternates short illustrated versions of Roluma folktales with the recipes themselves. The folktales are mostly traditional, though in a few places details have been modified to make them more suitable for Empire families. The recipes have also been tweaked to suit modern Empire tastes and available ingredients, though there are several recipes whose use is restricted almost totally to the early parts of the Rejoining Day feast. The title recipe, pickled willow, is quite bitter and is among those recipes. More popular recipes include candied water root and rose petal jelly.
Tags: Recipes, History,
*claims the jewelry prompt*