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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters is holding a gift-giving prompt session where you can leave a prompt and get fic or art as a present.
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 Norman Bridwell died recently.  He is known as the writer/illustrator of Clifford the Big Red Dog.
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This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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This poem is spillover from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "myth / fable" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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Here is my card for Round Five of the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This bingo challenge encourages original or fanfic material across all formats and lengths. It's a terrific fest if you want general and/or gentle fiction, although people can interpret prompts any way they like. There are many categories, and you can choose to omit up to three. Read the rules first.  Browse the Round Five prompt list.  Request a Round Five card here. Prompt lists are renewed once a quarter, and you may request a new card then even without bingo on a previous card. (See all my 2014 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Round Five: December 1, 2014-February 28, 2015.
Cards may be requested prior to February 28.
Any content, fiction or poetry, etc. fanfic or original.
Minimum of 100 words for fiction, poetry, or other text fills.

Underlined prompts have been filled.

GENPROMPT BINGO CARD

Furnishing the Home Vulnerability Be Still My Beating Heart Parody Thank God it's Friday... Again: Time Loops
Warming / Cooling Drinks Pink (Love it, Loathe it, Embrace it, Reject it) Magical Horses (Centaurs, Unicorns, Pegasi) Best Friends Indefatiguable
Confessions Fear / Terror Wild CardEvening Trade Winds
Priceless Logic and Numbers The Heart of the Jungle / Forest Butcher / Baker / Candlestickmaker: Tradesman Rich and Poor
Toys Trapped! I Have a Rendezvous with Death Warning Signs Nauru

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer just posted Part 1 of 7 for "Chance Meeting."  Mallory meets someone new on campus.  :D
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 [personal profile] brides_koneko is hosting a prompt call on the theme of "joy and connection."  A linkback guarantees something will get written for your prompt.  You can donate for more goodies too.
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This poem came out of discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "usual suspects" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. This poem belongs to the FORK thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.


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This poem came out of the November 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] madgastronomer. It also fills the "hypoglycemia / low blood sugar" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. It belongs to the FORK thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by a discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "face to face" square on my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. This poem belongs to the FORK thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, following the events of the story "Keeping Warm" and demifiction "Corporation Sues Man."

WARNING: This poem features bigotry and hateful slurs.  If these are sensitive topics for you, please consider your mindstate before deciding whether you want to read further.

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This poem came out of the November 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "ritual marks and body decorations" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. It belongs to the Backdraft thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the square in the Science Bingo Fest Public Card 10-31-14. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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 My Holiday Poetry Sale is now open over on LiveJournal.  Come buy some marked-down poems or just watch for the sponsored ones to appear.
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For you alt-history mavens, here are 20 maps that never happened.  Feel free to use any of those as prompts in a suitable prompt call.  The high-speed rail looks a bit like an early, truncated version of the robust mass-transit system that Terramagne-America enjoys.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted Part 2 of "Private Chat," now complete.  Halley's online friends help thon consider the pros and cons of graduating from high school early, and what alternative education options there are.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has a post discussing what she likes in writing, and asking what you like in writing.  My likes and dislikes are already in a comment below that post.  Yay, meta!
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This poem is spillover from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "bluffing" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Here's a post about how indie publishing can make a writer's brain kind of explode

You know how I solve this?  Most of the time, I let my fans steer.  Once in a while, I get really determined to write a particular thing.  But things the fans choose collectively have a higher chance of selling better.  They're not picking stuff at random.  My audience makes a mindful and effective  gatekeeper.  

I treasure this.  You see, my brain has always  been full of popcorn kittens.  Having a few lackadaisical editors out in the blue yonder occasionally buying things didn't help a whole lot, so mostly I relied on my own taste.  Or whim, because I'm better at starting things than finishing them.  But I've gotten better results from a dedicated audience.  Even with a whole bunch of ongoing series open at the same time, the total mass  per storyline is way way higher, and some of those have developed a robust plotline.  When people ask for more of characters they love, or particular events they want to see, or more of a favorite setting, that means the expansion is consistently driven by interest.  It's great targeting information; it teaches me how to write better.  It definitely shapes what I choose to extend or leave fallow.

You settle popcorn kittens by putting down a bowl of cat food.  I'm cool with that.

So if you're having a hard time deciding what to work on next, you honestly have a bunch of promising projects you'd love to do, and you have an established audience -- try asking them.  I've used polls myself.  I've also seen webcomics actually do it with donations where every dollar equals a vote for your favorite character, and the one with the most votes wins.
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 [personal profile] lb_lee has written two stories from my prompts, sponsored by other folks.  Thank you, generous donors!

"A Break from People" shows what happens when a multiple wants to get away from the people in their own head.

"Acts of Kindness" shows an asexual vampire caught up in someone else's abusive manipulations.

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