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Muse Fusion for March

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!
All closed up now! Join us next month!

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 also 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 contest running to May 1: The theme is travel, and each entry must have a written portion and some artwork - pair up with other creators, or create your own work independently! You can write fiction, poetry or metafiction - or even create a character! Illustrate some action, do a portrait, or a field sketch! There's a lot of flexibility for this contest, see the details here: http://www.tornworld.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=1127

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. Additionally, registered readers who give prompts that result in finished work will be listed as 'inspiration' at our site and have access to those supporters-only pieces that they've spawned!

Chat: 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!

4 / 20 comments towards a bonus episode (and/or piece of artwork) next Friday... Make it happen with comments on any artwork, poetry or fiction at the site. Please take a moment to make the day of an artist or author and leave them a few words of appreciation or feedback.


An embarrassing mistake

Prints in the snow

Following clues

Something with Draiden! ... oh, I'd love to see an Olarali and Draiden interaction.


Climbing the Pyramid Tree

A tired bear


From "prints" I got the free-verse poem "Spruce Deer" about Amarv, Jeruq, and friends exploring the new territory.

65 lines, Buy It Now = $16.25

Edited at 2013-03-25 12:36 am (UTC)

A start

Travel! Getting lost! Getting found! Finding Love!

Re: A start

Travel and Finding Love have been combined into a 110 (!) line poem further inspired by your tales of Lalya and Dini... this is the story of how they met, if you approve of it. I am sending you a copy now!

Re: A start

The lost prompt led to the free-verse poem "Avorel's Adventure," about a girl swept away by a flood.

90 lines, Buy It Now = $22.50


Image Prompts:
Hiker in snow
Beach hiking
Seashell souvenirs

Title Prompts:
The Way It Goes
Beyond the Old Boundary
Never Come Home Again

Text Prompts:
A Northern story about people who left and were never heard from again.
Intimacy inspired by traveling together.
A Southern travel agency under investigation for allegations of license fraud.

Edited at 2013-03-22 08:08 pm (UTC)

I don't have it in a story yet

and it isn't approved as canon until the canon board approves it, but to your second prompt here is a new bit of Torn World lore:

Flower Owls

The best-known flower owls are in the Rainbow Rainforest. These are small owls with bright green feathers except around the head, shoulders, and eyes. In those areas, they have frilly feathers in shades of bright red, orange, yellow, white, lavender, or pink clumped in circles, with either the eyes or dark down in the center. These are referred to as “flower tufts” or individually as “petal feathers” They also have a number of extra-long down feathers that grow in untidy-looking tufts on the body and wings. When they sit still, they strongly resemble a flowering plant. In the Rainbow Rainforest, these owls can be found sitting on the ground, on rocks, and in trees that are flowering or are hosting flowering vines. There are four or five species, in the Rainbow Rainforrest, ranging from a tiny owl just a finger’s length tall to a variety the size of a human’s forearm.

Great Flower Owls feature in the stories of the Rainbow Rainforest, but none survived there into modern days. They do survive in The Waterfalls, though only Rraneffa’s people know that at the present time. Great Flower Owls have only an occasional extra-long down tufts in their dark green or brownish green body and wing feathers, and the head and shoulder flower tufts are typically darker, ranging from purple to red or blue. They also have a smaller flower tuft at each knee. The knee tufts are greener and not as open, resembling flower buds.

There is also a species of flower owls in the shard where the Moon Mother’s People live. The Empire classes them as Pale Flower Owls, since their foliage is a greenish tan or greenish grey and the flower tufts are white, pale yellow, or pale pink. The Moon Mother’s People, however, call them Mushroom Owls, as they resemble a colony of the edible mushrooms that grow on dead trees and dead or dying branches in their original shard. Since this species of owl nests in trees that have hollows and often have associated dead branches still attached, mushroom hunting in this area requires a type of care not normally associated with that pursuit.

Re: I don't have it in a story yet

I love these so much.

Re: I don't have it in a story yet

Thank you!


From your prompt "Something red, something blue" I got the poem "Thus It Was Written" which is today's freebie.