Giraffe Call: Spooks, Creeps, Ghosts, and Ghouls

The call for prompts is now Closed!!

open! For the next 24 hours Until I write all the current prompts, I will taking your prompts on the theme of Spooks and Creeps, Ghosts and Ghouls.

I will write (over the next week) at least one microfic (150-300 words) to each prompter. If you donate, I will write to all of your prompts, and write at last 500 additional words for each $5 you donate, to the prompt(s) of your choice.

In addition to the donation incentives below, I have two new incentives:

For every linkback I receive, I will post another 50 words on a story (See the poll for setting here.

I will write, for the story with the most commenters by Friday morning, a piece about that setting.

And, of course, donations are always well-received:

If I reach $35 in donations, I will post an additional 1000-2000-word fic on the subject of the audience’s choice. Reached!

If I reach $65, I will write at least 2 microfics for everyone, whether or not they donated. Reached! Add a second prompt if you haven’t already!!

If I reach $95, I will write to every prompt I get in the next 24 hours – if something truly bugs me, I’ll ask you to re-prompt (or a third prompt to each prompter). At this point, please allow up to 2 weeks for the writing to be completed. REACHED!!!

If I reach $120, I will record a podcast of an audience-choice story and post it for everyone to read. Also, everyone who tipped will get double wordcount.

If I reach $150, I will release an e-book of all of the fiction written to this call and the last one. At this point, please allow up to 4 weeks for the writing to be completed.

I’m still saving up for the giraffe carpet, which will be installed the first week of October November (still can’t find a plumber)!

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118 thoughts on “Giraffe Call: Spooks, Creeps, Ghosts, and Ghouls

  1. “I don’t mean to sneak up on people, I just forget to make a sound sometimes…” revenge of the pumpkins anything in the Dragons Next Door setting

  2. Baram (I was thinking as a adult…) I also have a request for something in the Dragons Next Door. (The good gentles above requested my ideas before me. I will have to go with the explanation that we all have high intelligence and insanely good taste.) A ghost story where the ghost gets rescued.

  3. Bug Invasion (Spook) — Earth is liberally supplied with spooky things. Suppose the invading bugs come from a world that hadn’t got any, and they aren’t used to encountering such things, then once they’ve bonded with humans they can’t NOT notice Earth’s spooks. The poor things are going to freak. How do they cope? Or what happens when the unbonded bugs realize that all the bonded bugs are Seeing Things? Unicorn Factory (Creep) — The people who get assigned to manage the factory seem to be creeps. I’d enjoy seeing one of them Come To A Bad End as a direct result his creep behavior. Ghost — The ghost of a transgender murder victim decides to haunt zir murderer, who is a very mainstream straight white Christian cisgendered male. What kind of traditional (or not so traditional) ghost pranks might zie play on the murderer to teach him what it’s like to be an outsider? Ghoul — Suddenly, and for no reason anyone can discover although every army in the world is trying its ass off, the bodies of the unhallowed dead rise in search of human flesh to devour. Bodies not honored with culturally proper funeral rights are now a severe health hazard, somewhat (though not exclusively) attracted to violent humans. How does humanity respond when war and other forms of violence become a great deal riskier? Or how do they feel about the fact that it’s necessary to settle the dead with their own funerary rites? Linked on my Dreamwidth and LiveJournal blogs, and the LJ echoes onto my Facebook feed. Also, I am amused by your topical ticker.

  4. “No, I don’t mean walking through a ghost will give you a chill, or take ten years off your life, or any of that sort of nonsense. I mean it’s rude.”

  5. How about something with a ghostly giraffe? And I second third the request for Dragons Next Door…are there any undead in the neighbourhood?

  6. Any ghosts haunting Addergoole? (I’d be surprised if it never has any..) What about a haunting that isn’t a haunting..and completely by accident?

  7. I usually think of dragons as some of the scariest things around, and near-fearless. What would the Smiths (or their kids?) find spooky, creepy, or scary? (What unseen/inexplicable/…? things does their not-a-dog bark at?) When Girey isn’t sulking about his fate, plotting escape, or obsessing about Rin … does anything from the war haunt him? “If only I had …” everything might have been different? Deaths on his conscience? Or smaller things? Any skeletons in the closet in Sage or Audrey’s families?

  8. Hmm… * Would an American find anything at all familiar about Halloween in Tir na Cali? * Trying to recall if they came up in any of the stories, but are there undead or legends of such in Reiassan? * And perhaps more psychological than an actual haunting, but anyone in the Planners verse who was around for the apocalypse haunted by decisions they were responsible for? Whether just taking on such responsibility, or now feeling that they made some poor decisions.

  9. Oo, oo, would the invisible Libarian of Addergoole count? S/he certainly seems ghostly to the students there, at least. I wonder if s/he creeps out the staff too…

  10. ** “At the end of the day… people want to be scared.” ** A haunted house where the new owners are worse than any spirit could be, especially the one guarding this house. ** A tarot deck (or seer) that is possessed by demon(s), be it one demon for the whole set, a demon for the seer or demons for each and every one of the Major Arcana. ** Eat. Prey. Love – The story of a werewolf travelling the world to find what’s missing from their life. ** Love after Death – During the Zombie Apocalypse, a devoted husband/wife/SO goes hunting for their husband/wife/SO, guided by their spirit to stop their lifeless corpse from doing more damage.

  11. Oh, OKAY, I’ll leave a second prompt. 😛 How ’bout something dealing with the energy imbued into a cherished object, like a teddy bear?

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