Giraffe Call is Open!

The call for prompts is now OPEN!

I am now taking prompts on the theme of In the City

When Evangaline’s Aunt died, it fell to her to clean out the old house where her Aunt had lived and, before her Aunt Asta, her Aunt’s Aunt Ruan (family history stopped there, but Evangaline felt as if, if she tracked it back far enough, there would be an unbroken line of Aunts back into pre-history). As a childless Aunt herself, she accepted that the house would now become hers, but not that she needed to keep the piles of accumulated auntieness that filled it.

Thus began Heirlooms & Old Lace (LJ), the first story in Aunt Family (LJ) series, from a prompt of “A tarot deck (or seer) that is possessed by demon(s)” See my Landing Page (LJ) for more of my settings.

I will write (over the next week) at least one microfic (150-500 words) to each prompter.

If you have donated, I will write to every prompt you left.

In addition, for each $5 you donate, I will write an additional 500 words to the prompt(s) of your choice.

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

If I get two new commenters or one new donator, I will write a setting piece (setting chosen by poll).

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 $50, T. and I will have Indian take-out. At this level, anyone who donated $7.50 or more will have a copy of “Alder by Post” mailed to them if they wish

If I reach $65, I will write at least 2 microfics for everyone, whether or not they donated. reached!

If I reach $95, I will write at least 3 microfics for everyone, whether or not they donated. reached!

If I reach $120, I will record a podcast of an audience-choice story and post it for everyone to read. reached!

If I reach $150, I will release an e-book of all of the fiction written to this call and the last one. Also, everyone who tipped will get wordcount-and-a-half reached!

If I reach $201, I will have paid our furnace bill! I will hold a mid-month Call on a single setting of the readers’ choice. reached!

If I reach $240, we’ll get to eat delicious cake! I’ll hold an ask-the-characters chat session. reached!

If I reach $286, after our detour into furnaceland, we will reach giraffe-kingdom! The giraffe carpet will be entirely funded, and I will post a bajillion pictures of the lovely carpet and half-complete room. I will also write another encyclopedia pages for a setting of your choice. A lucky prompter will get, also, their own 1000-word special.

If we reach $300, we’ll have covered the hardware for the bedroom!

For more information on Giraffe Calls, see the landing page.

This Giraffe’s Call’s goal, $201, is to pay for my our recent emergency furnace repair bills.

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119 thoughts on “Giraffe Call is Open!

  1. Hellooo! I would like to see a story, set in any ‘verse at all, wherein the City itself is either the protagonist or tha antagonist. The city can have mystical actual agency or it can be metaphoric.

  2. Any verse: An intrepid journalist investigates the sudden appearence of a silver tower in a patch of wastland near the heart of a city. (Is that okay? Not great at prompting…)

  3. The Lost Capital (the City, as it were) has seen more than its fair share of toil and torment. She has been used, abused, neglected, lost, and yet still found. She is healing. One soul stoops to help. Ggggggo? *maybe? did I do it right?*

  4. Unicorn/Factory: A unicorn is sighted in a factory, but despite attempts, no one can catch it. Bug Invasion: Some of the bugs have a hard time with environmental pollution in cities, but it usually gets better after bonding with a human host. What’s going to happen to the bug whose host turns out to have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

  5. I’d like to know more about Smokey Knoll! How did such a diverse neighbourhood come to be in what seems to be an otherwise completely human area?

  6. From one of my all time favourite films, Big Trouble in Little China: Uncle Chu (Chao Li Chi): “China is here, Mr. Burton. The Chang Sing. The Wing Kong. They’ve been fighting for centuries.” Jack: “What does that mean? Huh? China is here? I don’t even know what the hell that means. All I know is, this Lo Pan character comes outta thin air in the middle of a goddam alley, while his buddies are flyin’ around on wires cuttin’ everybody to shreds, and he just stands there, waitin’ for me to drive my truck straight through him, with light comin’ out of his mouth?”

  7. Donated to the Call. I like audiobooks and ebooks both, so I’m pleased to see one is going to happen and I’ll cross my fingers that we reach the goal for latter too. As for a prompt, I hope you will forgive that it is rather specific and the need for sudden, condensed Danish folklore. I promise such won’t happen again ^^; We have a collection of ‘death omen animals’ called the kirkevarer (church guardians, roughly). An animal is buried alive where a church is to be built and in death it becomes the protector of the church grounds and a guide for souls. Meeting one means you or someone close to you will soon die. How would a kirkevare handle urbanisation: finding itself and its church in the middle of a city?

  8. The neighborhood the Aunts’ house is in. The project to map Lannamer. Non-human cities in the Dragons Next Door world — what sorts of communities do the various other races form when they aren’t hanging out with humans? Watching a building under construction, and seeing some of the quirks go in. An old factory building in no-longer-industrial area is reclaimed / reused / rebuilt for another purpose. The key to the city. A community garden. When conventions collide.

  9. Do the McAliens and the horses have cities, per say? Are they more, well, vegetative than ours? I’m interested in a Stranded story in a city – Autumn or Summer, I think…

  10. Prompt: Politics of a Cali city: a young noble talks to the Countess of a city, who used to Own the slave she now owns. As long as you like, I’ll cover the bill.

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