Giraffe Call Open: Swords and Sorcery!

It’s time for a Giraffe Call, fine gentlefolk!

The theme of today’s Giraffe Call is Swords and Sorcery, sword-fighters and sorceresses.

(There’ve been a lot of calls for this sort of story, lately, and I’m out of ideas)

Leave one or many prompts, and I will write (over the next month) at least one microfic (150-500 words) to each prompter (prompts may be combined)

Prompts can be related to one of my extant settings (See my landing page-landing page) or they can be for something completely different.

Prompting is free! But Donations are always welcome.

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

Donations are earmarked towards our foyer right now: It’s currently stripped-down drywall. I want to make a new bench, a storage area, and a slippers-for-guests arrangement. It’s an 8×4 space; budget is $300.

If I get two new prompters or one new donator, I will write a setting piece (setting chosen by poll) explaining something about one of my universes.

At $20 in donations, I will buy the awesome mug featured here, fill it with doctored hot cocoa, and post our recipe for such with a picture.

At $40 in donations, everyone who donated will get an additional microfic written to their prompts. I will choose 1 non-donater at random to receive an additional microfic as well.

At $50, anyone who donated $7.50 or more will have a copy of “Alder by Post” mailed to them if they wish.

At $50, I will buy the hardwood boards for the front of the storage area and post my plans for such.

For every $50 donated, I will do a one-hour livewrite on Etherpad or googledocs during the next month.

At $80, I will write two extra 500-word continuations – chosen by prompters picked by random number generator.

At $100, I’ll buy the accessories for the storage area. And post pictures!

At $120, everyone who donated will get an additional (3rd) microfic written to their prompts. I will choose 2 more non-donaters at random to receive an additional microfic as well.

If we get to $120, I will take suggestions for further incentives!

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

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0 thoughts on “Giraffe Call Open: Swords and Sorcery!

  1. Prompts: Usually the swordsperson is a slab of muscles and the sorceress is in diaphanous or otherwise seductive clothing with a body to match – what if it’s the other way round? Swordplay or sorcery, a philosophical choice of approach. How do you know when you’re in a swords and sorcery story?

  2. Some cultures believe that there are souls in swords. So.. write about a sword with a soul. Maybe how it got in there? Or giving grief or aid to a sorceror?

  3. Aud and Sage working together. The enchanted / spirit-containing swords that’ve turned up in a couple of pieces in the world Rin and Girey live in. Something in the storyline with Az and Kel in Junie’s backpack, and that terrible mess. Or maybe something on Az’s stint in a WWII G.I.’s backpack? Bayonets and gremlin mischief? An image of a sword in one of the stained glass windows in the church in Fairy Town. Dealing with the poachers going after the Smith kids. What happens when a mad scientist tries to make a magic sword? Or just a really cool one? (Science!)

  4. I keep envisioning a sword soling a problem very quickly (one well placed cut) and sorcery taking a long time (casting spells, etc). I think I’d lik eot see the opposite. Also, I have possibly had too much coffee.

  5. I haven’t posted prompts yet? Surely some foul sorcery is at work! * The Wild West and a Sword & Sorcery universe intersect. * A weapon with a will and standards of its own (inspired by a piece I’m stuck on) * When magic goes wild * Elvis, The King of Graceland, and Sword Singer * Fantasy folk entertaining themselves with a game based on our world (inspired by a cartoon in one of the 1st Edition AD&D books) * Life in the castle while all the trouble-making knights and lords are off at war.

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