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Muse Fusion for April - 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!
Closed up for this month! 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, create your own work independently, or build off of something in our archives (see the previous post for a few limitations)! 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

Also, May is Sea Monster month! Aquatic prompts are particularly welcome!

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!


Some travel contest candidates from the artwork archives:

Dreamskate Attack, by Peggy B.: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=242
Kativa ACEO by Jenny H.: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=191
A View of Affafilalo by Deirdre M.: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=134
Affavirav in the Distance by Deirdre M: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=133
Alainya by Lisa C.: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=151
Judge's Oak by Ellen: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=141
Seaside Houses in Tifijimi by Deirdre: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=130
Snowy (Pictured with Taiv) by Laura Melis: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=41
Ibabesh Bridge by Ellen: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=84
Great Northern Gate by Ellen: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=79
Bad Snowy by Ellen: http://www.tornworld.net/artpageview.php?id=36

And just a few from the writing end of things:

A Day On The Beach (poem by Deirdre - Lalya and Dini on honeymoon!) http://www.tornworld.net/storypageview.php?id=478
A Wild Wind (poem by Ellen - a windstorm catches rangers!) http://www.tornworld.net/storypageview.php?id=428
Camping on the Lost Road (poem by Elizabeth, about a road the jungle is trying to reclaim) http://www.tornworld.net/storypageview.php?id=409

Any of the South Meets North stories! http://www.tornworld.net/fiction.php?id=21

Lizard, Lizard (story by Deirdre) http://www.tornworld.net/storypageview.php?id=338

Leaves in a Bitter Wind (Itadesh fire story by Elizabeth) http://www.tornworld.net/storypageview.php?id=200


And on other topics:

A Waterlogged Tree
A Giant Turtle
___ Like a Girl
Caught in Amber

Edited at 2013-04-26 06:21 pm (UTC)


"Stinging Like Nettles" is the freebie for this session.


Image Prompts:
Smartarm attacking ships
Sea serpent reference
Hiking in Alaska
Making a birchbark canoe

Title Prompts:
"Death and the Warsailor's Daughter"
"Sketches from the Edge of the Map"
"Exploring Akovu's Crown"
"The Heat-Thief's Teeth"

Text Prompts:
* Two people leave on a journey, but only one returns.
* Studying the medicinal applications of venom from dreamskates or harpoon snails
* Homecoming when it's not the same as you left.
* Let's have some new crafts made from sea monster bits!

Re: Prompts

Sketches from the Edge of the Map is sparking an idea! I shall see where it takes me!

A few prompts

Unintended consequences
traveling insects
Laying tracks (for trains or...?)
Seed Pods in the Wind
walking holes into the soles of your shoes/boots

Someone arguing that humans wanting to settle a newly-opened shard that had no human presence before proves humans are an invasive species

Homecoming when home is _exactly_ the same as when you left--but you aren't

A new type of semiprecious stone, caused when an anomaly interacts with--perhaps with some kind of low-grade metal ore? Or something else?

Re: A few prompts

Your prompt about traveling insects led to the free-verse poem "Swift Travelers." Nleimen draws cartoons of insects.

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Re: A few prompts



wandering heights

a discovery in a tree

Norhern spring

seaweed supper

Sea Monster kill celebration

the terror of the coast

monsters of the wood

steam engine

Re: prompts

From one of your prompts I got the poem "Wandering the Heights." Lekeeth, a young girl with touch aversion, becomes more adventurous as she approaches the time when she'll join an age-set. There is also a sequence where she sympathizes with Taiv, someone I thought likely to suffer from pregnancy-caused hypersensitivity. That's not approved yet so I'll need to check with the character owner.

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Trees and sea monsters...

This poem shows an unexpected adventure for Akaalekirth and Lereterli, when a night telling outrageous stories to each other doesn't end the way they'd planned.
Building off of the discovery in a tree and Deirdre's poem, I did this sketch! Posting from my phone, so hopefully it will work.

Oh, how wonderful! I look forward to seeing more detail.

(Phone pics of art are wonderful, in terms of easy availability, but not so good in terms of image quality.)