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This awesome new project involves commissioning composers (including our own [personal profile] artsyhonker) to create new, wordless lullabies to be sung by Megan Ihnen. I gather the intent is something akin to scat singing.  This project is at $3,923 pledged of $5,650 goal, with 78 backers, and 4 days to go.  It's an all-or-nothing project so it only funds if it meets the goal.

For my friends with insomnia or anxiety, think about whether such a recording might help you sleep or relax.  A pledge of $25 gets you a downloadable copy of the digital album upon completion.  For anyone else with such friends, note that a pledge of $15 gets you listed as a backer in the liner notes, while a pledge of $85 allows you to dedicate a song to someone you know. I'm waffling between the $15 and the $25 levels, and wishing that I'd heard of this darn thing a week ago when people were asking what I wanted for my birthday!

This project just seems like a fantastic way to support people with the invisible disabilities of insomnia and anxiety.  It's a practical aid that should work for many people, given the popularity of extant soothing music, and it's a nifty new idea.  It alos offers an opportunity to support the arts.  If you wish you were in Terramagne-America, this is the kind of project often sponsored by their awesome public art grants, but people do these as crowdfunding too.
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[personal profile] siliconshaman is taking prompts on the theme of "The Resistance." Pricing for sponsorship is £1 per 500 words. Signal boosting earns you a free 500 words.  \o/
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The Harp Twins are crowdfunding new harps. (Remember, they need two of everything. Yikes.) At the concert we saw, they had acoustic pedal harps, and electic lever harps. Now they're saving for electroacoustic pedal harps, which will have special effects pedals along with the usual ones for changing the pitch. Pay close attention to the status: $13,615 of $6,000 goal.  $6000 was the amount they were short of the downpayment for having the harps made, after saving money on their own.  The overage all goes toward the monthly payments, which are also large.  So the more, the merrier.  If you've got a few bucks to spare, chip in and let there be more harping!

I have to say, my farmemory makes this all the more squeeworthy.  Concert harps were exciting enough -- the classic harps could only be repitched with a tuning key.  Special effects pedals?  My historic and futuristic aspects are both geeking out at the same time, and that almost never happens.  :D
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[personal profile] siliconshaman is launching a new crowdfunding project, "Monthly Monday Muse Bait."  The first session is calling for theme suggestions as well as ficlet prompts.  You can ask for established settings -- he's one of the folks writing in Terramagne -- or something new.  Donations may be used to extend your or someone else's ficlet, or get another prompt written.
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[livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug and I are continuing the assembly of the Yellow Submarine.

Let's play with Legos! )
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[livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug and I have been assembling the Yellow Submarine model from Lego, which was among his birthday presents.

Let's play with Legos! )
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I've started posting pictures of our project to assemble the Yellow Submarine model from Lego. 
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A group of people are working to launch an artist colony in Cambodia.  They have thoughtfully laid it out in stages of development.   
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This looks interesting:

Zenith ~ a post-apocalyptic islamic futures adventure about the phases of the moon, jackals, and learning to assert your identity ~

29 pages / B&W / PDF

ALL proceeds through the rest of 2016 will be donated directly to the ACLU + Muslim community centers in Florida.
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 "Reading While Cooking" invites readers to submit a request for a type of fiction and a type of recipe.  The first installment suggests non-European fantasy and foods that combine peppercorns with pomegranates.  This project is crowdfunded via Patreon.
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[personal profile] alexseanchai is raising money to make a divination set using Greek letters stamped onto copper disks.   This sounds like an interesting item for folks who use and/or collect divination tools -- especially if you work with Aphrodite, that's her metal. EDIT 5/21/15: Now with more perks in a wider range of prices from $5-50!
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July has no theme.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 113th continuation) has Quiar and Peric talking about the nature of souls.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 114th continuation) shows Lucille and Bertram discussing the fae.

The World Walkers: Athare: Riordan: Making Worlds? (part 3) is about Emrys and Riordan talking about the fate of the worlds.
The World Walkers: Athare: Electra: Meeting a Rabbit (part 6) has Electra helping the life clay creatures.
The World Walkers: Athare: Lucille: Becoming a World Walker (part 2) is about Lucille getting her last tattoo.

The Donor House: Melody: Becoming a Vampire (part 3) shows Rex and Melody talking about the Donor House.
The Donor House: Ethan: One Careful Owner (part 2) features Ethan talking with other captive donors.
The Donor House: Katie: The Offer of a Vampire Loan Shark (part 2) is about trying to find a way out of a desperate situation.
The Donor House: Linnea: Living with a Vampire? (part 3) has Linnea and Gage discussing whether they can live together.
The Donor House: Taryn: Rescued? (part 3) shows Silver and Taryn trying to form a plan to stay safe.


Other Fiction: The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Joel: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Matt: Arriving (part 6)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Luna: The Book Portal (part 5)
The World Walkers: Taithmarin: Siobhan: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Mab: Mab’s Story (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Bronwen: Plans
The World Walkers: Athare: Bryn: Talking to Emrys
The World Walkers: Athare: Oscar: Talking to Emrys
The World Walkers: Athare: Ianto: Talking to Mab (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Piaras: Talking with Mairin (part 3)
The World Walkers: Athare: Sibeal: Looking Back
The World Walkers: Athare: Lorelei: Travelling Through Time (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Frane: An Uncomfortable Landing (part 3)
The World Walkers: Athare: Glyn: A Door to an Unexpected Place (part 2)
The World Walkers: Athare: Jetta: Saved by Cough Medicine (part 3)
The World Walkers: Kankirin: Elodie: Recording Souls (part 2)

The Fae World: Eorith: Luke: The First Arrival (part 2)
The Fae World: Eorith: Kristen: Waking Up (part 6)


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July has no theme. Read the June 2014 Round-Up for author news. Word Count July 2014 has the tallies to date per collection and total. Zowie, that's a lot.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 109th continuation) has Quiar telling Peric a story about Quiarans on another world.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 110th continuation) features Lucille explaining some things about Moonjumpers and the Web.

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