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Welcome to Clare's Garden of Prose! This month's theme is fountains, statues, and gazing balls. If you're new to my fiction and would like to read some before prompting, everything posted on my DW is listed here. Results from previous Gardens are also available: herbs, fences & gates, and paths.

What is Clare's Garden of Prose? Glad you asked. It's a crowdfunded call for prompts, in which I write short fiction based on prompts offered here in comments. It's free to prompt, but in exchange for donations and promotions, I offer additional perks, including more posted fiction.

For each prompt I select, I will write and post at least 300 words; since I can never predict how a prompt will catch my imagination, those 300 words could range from being a complete flash fiction piece to being the beginning of a novelette. If the piece does not end up posted in its entirety, it will be available for sponsorship even after the call for prompts is over. I may keep some pieces from eligibility for sponsorship if I think they may be appropriate for traditional publication.

Feel free to leave as many prompts as you would like. I will guarantee a response to one prompt per commenter. Whether or not I do more depends on how the prompts catch my imagination as well as the total number of commenters.

You can also get more words guaranteed to your prompt. There are two ways to do this: donations and promotion. For every dollar you donate, I will write and post a further 100 words. For every link you post letting other people know about this call for prompts, whether it be at Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, Twitter, or elsewhere, I will write and post a further 50 words. (Links must be posted before the prompting period ends to count.) You may need to let me know in your comment if you promoted!

There are also collective perks for donations. If I raise $25 in donations during this Garden of Prose, everyone who donated or promoted will get a complete copy of their story by email, no matter how long it is. I will also extend the public version of one story by at least 500 words, with a poll so everyone can vote on which to extend. If I raise $50 in donations, everyone who prompted will get a complete copy of their story by email, and a story will be extended by at least 1000 words. Finally, if I raise $100, there will be a second Garden of Prose within the next three weeks, focusing on one of my worlds (chosen by poll).

If 15 or more different people offer prompts on this post, I will write and post an extra story about a previously established character. Commenters will help me choose whom!

For a single donation of $10 or more, you can name a character in your or someone else's prompted story. Everyone who promotes will also be entered into a drawing to name a character. I make no guarantees as to who the character will be, but it's entirely possible your character will be in future stories as well! Naming can get complicated in some of my worlds, but I will work with you to create a name with the sound and/or meaning that you choose. You could end up creating a word in one of my fictional languages!

New perk! The prosy that gets the most comments (I'll count a week after the last one is posted) will get another 300 words posted to it.

The theme for this Garden is fountains, statues, & gazing balls. Use the theme to inspire your prompts, but they can be as closely or tangentially related as you wish! Further, feel free to to specify if you'd like your story to take place in any one of my worlds, or if you'd like to see a specific kind of underrepresented character. You can also request a Torn World story.

Prompting will be open from 12:01 AM EDT Sunday, February 19 to 11:59 PM EDT Monday, February 20. If you don't have a Dreamwidth account, you can still prompt; anonymous commenting is enabled, or you can post with an OpenID.

Also, another call for prompts is currently active--the Crowdfunding Creative Jam (also on LJ). I may combine prompts from there with Garden of Prose prompts, and feel free to mix and match--combine the themes to inspire your prompts, send me to particular CCJ prompts you're interested in, or just prompt in both places!

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Date: 2012-02-19 05:25 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Fountains: on the night the full moon, the fairy fountain runs not with water but silver wine made of moonlight.

Statues: in the garden is a statue of a nude woman cloaked in moss, the only person a lonely boy has to talk with.

Gazing balls: a gazing ball made of speckled glass, mostly blue, but with a swirl of pale flecks that glow in the dark; used for astrological divination.

Re: Prompts

Date: 2012-02-19 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] pippin
fermented sunlight!

Re: Prompts

Date: 2012-02-19 06:34 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
That would be mead, actually.

Re: Prompts

Date: 2012-02-19 09:35 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] pippin
but moonlight is sunlight

Re: Prompts

Date: 2012-02-19 09:42 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] pippin
or are there graparies on the moon?

that's why parts of it go dark: they harvest and stomp on the grapes so that the juice darkens the surface

Date: 2012-02-19 06:11 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] pippin
water statues and stone fountains

when the fortune teller's pump stops

Date: 2012-02-19 11:11 am (UTC)
anke: (Default)
From: [personal profile] anke
The source of all water.

People discover what they think is the Fountain of Youth, but in fact the water does something else.

How do classic statues and garden gnomes (or pink plastic flamingos) get along in the same garden?

Why was a statue deliberately walled in an alcove or room in an old cellar?

A magpie or something/someone with the storybook-magpie cravings for shiny things trying to steal a gazing ball.

Date: 2012-02-19 04:08 pm (UTC)
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (aldersprig)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig
fountains, statues, & gazing balls

What is the statue doing in the middle of the swamp? (Warning - Oglaf)
On that line, a search for the One Fountain of Actual Water
Creepy: as per Lion, Witch, Wardrobe, being turned into a statue
Creepier: as per Criminal Minds, being turned into a doll
the gazing ball that is a trap (I seem to be in a Xanth mood) or a portal

I might suggest leaving your prompt subject at the top of the e-mail, too.

Date: 2012-02-19 06:50 pm (UTC)
aldersprig: (BookGlasses)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig
Yes, sorry, I'm failing word-choice today

Date: 2012-02-19 07:24 pm (UTC)
aldersprig: (kai-sky)
From: [personal profile] aldersprig

Date: 2012-02-20 02:17 am (UTC)
wyld_dandelyon: A cat-wizard happily writing, by Tod (wizard writing)
From: [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon
A statue of Skycat in an unlikely space

The most beautiful fountain in Affamarg

What if crystal balls were a touch-screen technology?

A Fountain of Incense

The Statue of the Invisible Light


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