Tales from the Wishing WellIntroduction
A couple of weeks ago, I invited all of you to give me writing prompts: one prompt per letter in the alphabet, in keeping with the Alphabet Meme going around Livejournal at the time. Originally, I planned to mix my responses to the meme, either writing a journal entry or a short essay or doing something more creative, however the mood struck me. My more creative responses could encompass flash fiction (up to 750 words), poetry, photography, or jewelry-crafting.
After pondering my current situation, however, I have decided that every reply to the Alphabet Meme-- or every installment in Tales from the Wishing Well
, as the project is now called-- will be creative. Some installments may have a visual component (either photography or jewelry), but all
installments will have a written component (mainly flash fiction and poetry, with forays into song-writing and essays possible).
My reasons for doing this are several. First, I'd like to encourage myself to start producing creatively to a schedule (no matter how busy I am otherwise). In addition to this, I'd also like to generate more interest in my writing. On the business side of things, I'd like to experiment with cyber-funded creativity. Finally, on a personal note, I am sadly in dire financial straits. Schedule
As of 01/01/2009, the schedule is now once monthly to appear on the 15th of every month. Topics, As Provided By You( behind the cut )Donations, or The Cyber-Funded Part
Each installment in Tales from the Wishing Well
will have a Paypal Donate button located at the bottom of the post. This is a tip jar, an up-turned top hat, an open guitar case. It is not a bill, an invoice, or a demand.
I ask only that, if you enjoy the fruits of my labor, that you consider throwing a bill or two into the jar.
Those who do donate, however, will have first crack at purchasing any jewelry made for this project. Or window-box prints of my photographs, with the photo surmounting the text of the accompanying installment. There may be other incentives to come over the next couple of months! Coming Up Soon
On Friday, you'll get a short flash fiction piece inspired by afterimage
's prompt: Abaddon. Come back and read the story entitled "In Extremis" (or "Lady of Locusts" as it's been rattling around in my head). Brought to you by the phrases "place of destruction," "land of the dead" and "where the damned lay half in fire and half in ice." I hope to subvert your expectations. My Plea
If you know some people who enjoy free short fiction and poetry, would you mind directing them here? They can check out the first installment of Tales from the Wishing Well
this Friday (and read some other free fiction and poetry on my site
) and decide if they'd like to hang around for the whole carnival.
(I would be remiss if I did not mention the local trailblazers in cyberfunded creativity: ysabetwordsmith
, and shadesong