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    Sunday, March 30th, 2008
    2:36 pm
    This week's challenge: cleaning
    What's spring without spring cleaning? Messy, that's what. *looks sheepishly around room* Moving right along, then, this week's prompt is "cleaning." Cleaning house, cleaning weapons, cleaning up after corruption of some kind, you get the idea. :-)

    Any suggestions for next month's theme and/or any prompt suggestions?

    Fics of all length are welcome, as are art and icons. And if you don't find this prompt inspirational, past prompts are always available for inspiration as well.

    Happy creating!
    Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
    1:00 pm
    Last week's LJ-posts and this week's prompt
    Thank you to [info]dame_grise for our first IJ-only post!

    We also had a busy week on LJ:

    Title: Messages
    Author: [info]wombathouse
    Fandom: Vorkosigan
    Rating: G
    Prompt: Changing Time(s)

    Title: Pedigree Matters
    Author: [info]quietann
    Rating: none
    Character: Gregor Vorbarra (Vorkosigan fandom)
    Prompt: unromantic

    Title: Authority
    Author: [info]philomytha
    Rating/Warnings: suitable for all
    Characters: Gregor (Vorkosigan fandom)
    Prompt: mud


    This week's prompt is "new life" as in Spring is here at last! Put any spin on it you like: cryo-revival, sprouting plants, a new/fresh start in life, whatever. I'll bet you can come up with some great ideas!

    Fics of all length are welcome, as are art and icons. And if you don't find this prompt inspirational, past prompts are always available for use as well.
    12:44 pm
    Chalion drabble: Someday
    Title: Someday
    Author: [info]firefly124
    Fandom: Chalion
    Character: Royesse Iselle
    Rating: G
    Prompt: parade/procession
    Words: 100

    Someday )
    Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
    1:16 pm
    New Author, Old Prompt
    Title: Final Reunion
    Author: [info]dame_grise
    Rating/Warnings: all ages appropriate, impending character death
    Characters: Miles, Taura and a little Quinn (Vorkosigan Saga)
    Length: 414 words
    Prompt: stars

    Author's Note: I couldn't remember if the Triumph was still part of the fleet when Miles "retired."
    Monday, March 17th, 2008
    11:33 am
    Last week's LJ post and this week's prompt
    We had one fic posted last week to the LJ [info]lmb_challenge.

    Title: Last Hope
    Author: [info]philomytha
    Rating/Warnings: suitable for all
    Characters: Alys & Simon (Vorkosigan fandom)
    Prompt: changing times

    This week's prompt is "parade." Could be a military parade in Vorbarr Sultana, a Daughter's Day procession, or, really, anything you can think up for either of these worlds or the Sharing Knife-verse. Fics of all length are welcome, as are art and icons. And if you don't find this prompt inspirational, past prompts are always available for use as well. Come play if you're so inclined!
    Sunday, March 9th, 2008
    10:58 pm
    Prompt #11: changing time(s)
    This week's challenge is "changing time(s)." Obviously this is inspired by this weekend's daylight savings jump, but as I doubt any of the 'verses in question do daylight savings, the prompt is intended to be a bit broader. Could be traveling between time zones, adjusting to ship time/planetside time, or the type of thing that leaves people saying, "Wow, times, they are a-changing!"

    As always, past prompts are always available for use as well.
    Monday, March 3rd, 2008
    8:57 pm
    Last week's post on LJ and this week's prompt
    First, the post:

    Title: Not Forcing
    Author: [info]wombathouse
    Fandom: Vorkosigan
    Pairing: Ekaterin/Miles
    Prompt: out of season flowers

    And now the prompt:

    This month's theme is spring, and this week's prompt is "spring storms," by whatever interpretation you'd like to put on that phrase, in any of the Bujold fandoms. As always, past prompts are always available for use as well.
    Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
    6:02 am
    Last week's LJ post and this week's prompt
    Sorry so late! I flaked!

    We had one post last week, our first Chalion!

    Title: Untitled
    Author: [info]pgranzeau
    Rating: G
    Character: Cazaril
    Prompt: stars

    For this last week of February, the prompt is "unromantic." Take whatever pairing you like (or don't like) and do something unromantic with them. Could just be mundane, could be a fight or break-up, whatever. Have fun with it!

    Past prompts are always still available for use and can be found here.

    March's theme will be spring. If you have any spring-like prompts you'd like to see, please comment here with them!
    Sunday, February 17th, 2008
    10:40 pm
    Last week's LJ posts and this week's prompt
    We had three fics this past week! All are set in the Vorkosigan 'verse, so I won't list fandom for each.

    Title: Hearts A-Flutter
    Author: [info]wombathouse
    Rating: G
    Characters: Martya, Kareen
    Prompt: hearts

    Title: Wretched Matter
    Author: [info]katealaurel
    Rating: G
    Character: Miles (Miles/Ekaterin)
    Prompt: bad poetry

    Title: Surrounded by Roses
    Author: [info]quietann
    Rating: PG-13
    Characters: Miles/Gregor (A Deeper Season AU)
    Prompt: bad poetry

    This week's prompt is "out of season flowers." What's with roses in February, right? Doesn't have to be roses though. Could be any flower, and it doesn't have to be forced hothouse style. It could be, or it could be a sign of a miracle (Chalion) or of something to do with the land magic in the Wide Green World. It also doesn't have to be winter, and it doesn't have to be romantic, just something to do with flowers blooming when they would normally have no business doing so.

    Previous prompts are always available to be written/drawn/iconed/whatever and can be found here.
    Sunday, February 10th, 2008
    9:51 am
    Last week's posts on LJ and this week's prompt: bad poetry
    Last week we had two fics from [info]quietann on LJ:

    Title: Ordinary Hearts
    Fandom: Vorkosigan
    Character: Gregor
    Rating: PG
    Prompt: hearts


    Title: The Mire
    Fandom: Vorkosigan
    Characters: Gregor and friends
    Rating: G
    Prompt: mud

    Still none over here though. Are the prompts just not grabbing people? Because it seemed like there was some interest at the start.

    This week's prompt is "bad poetry." Could be a lovelorn character trying to compose something (and trying to come up with rhymes for mucopolysaccharide or whatever it was!), something found in a box of old papers, or a deliberately bad poem about any pair (or more - even in canon there's the one TSK triad!) of involved characters.

    Past prompts are always still available for use, and can be found here.

    If you have any other suggestions for romance prompts for February, please do comment to this post with them!
    Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
    9:02 am
    Last week's post, this month's theme, and this week's prompt
    We had one taker for the "mud" prompt over on LJ last week:

    Title: Untitled Drabble
    Author: wombathouse
    Rating: G
    Characters/Pairing: Miles/Ekaterin

    The theme that was suggested for this month is VorValentines. But since I'm hoping at some point we'll see some Chalion and Sharing Knife offerings also, I'll broaden that to Romance.

    This week's prompt, then, is "hearts." Use it metaphorically, romantically, or, if that's how the inspiration strikes, medically.

    Past prompts are always still available for use and can be found here.

    If you're new to IJ or just new to posting to communities, here is the IJ FAQ on how to do it. You do need to be a member to post, which I probably should have clarified earlier. I chose that setting so that we'd be less likely to get hit by spammers.

    Also, I imagine romance may lend itself to the occasional steamy bit of writing. That's absolutely fine! Just please do place it under a cut.
    Sunday, January 27th, 2008
    1:27 pm
    Prompt #5 - mud
    This week's prompt is "mud." The more obvious ways to use that would be in the Sharing Knife 'verse, dealing with mudmen and/or malices, but I'll bet you can come up with plenty of other possibilities!

    Past prompts are always still available for use, and can be found here.

    Next week we'll be into February, so I'm looking for ideas about what sort of theme people would like to the prompts and any specific prompts for that matter. Please comment with anything, no matter how random, that you'd like to read, write, or draw, that you think might tempt people's muses.

    Saturday, January 26th, 2008
    11:07 pm
    Making Waves
    Title: Making Waves
    Author: [info]firefly124
    Fandom: Vorkosigan
    Characters: Ivan, Miles & kids
    Rating: G
    Prompt: waves

    Making Waves )
    Sunday, January 20th, 2008
    12:35 pm
    Prompt #4 - waves
    This week's prompt is "waves." Take that any way you like: ocean waves, radio waves, waves of change.

    Past prompts are always still available here.

    We had two fic submissions on LJ last week by quietann: Final Exam and Breathe Deeply of Freedom, both Vorkosigan fics focused on Gregor, rated G.

    Happy writing/drawing/iconing!
    Sunday, January 13th, 2008
    10:36 am
    Past prompts post
    Archive of prompts used. )
    10:32 am
    This week's prompt: snowstorm
    We've apparently got a doozy of a snowstorm coming here tonight, so when I think "natural environment," that's where my head is!

    Previous prompts are "stars," and "air," and they're still available to be written/drawn/whatever. There will be a post following this one that I'll use in the future as a link-back to show all the prior prompts. I'd backdate it to avoid cluttering people's flists, but I don't think you can backdate community posts.

    We had one ficlet posted on LJ last week: Ward by ljgeoff, Vorkosigan, Aral/Cordelia, G.
    Sunday, January 6th, 2008
    10:13 pm
    Prompt #2 - air
    And our first Sunday prompt is "air." It could be a storm in the air, a ship running low on oxygen, or a metaphorical "breath of fresh air." Let your imagination run wild!

    For our first, short week, we had two fic responses on LJ:

    Title: Stars
    Author: [info]spiralsheep
    Fandom: Vorkosiverse
    Character: Ivan Vorpatril
    Rating: all ages
    Prompt: stars
    Word count: 110


    Title: Night Watch
    Author: [info]firefly124 (aka the silly mod who forgot to x-post her own fic to IJ *hangs head*)
    Fandom: Vorkosigan
    Character: Roic
    Rating: G
    Prompt: stars
    Words: 100
    Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
    2:44 pm
    Prompt #1 - stars
    The theme for January's prompts will be "natural environment." These will be kept loose enough to work on a jumpship or space station! Just because you're in a metal can doesn't mean there's no natural environment, it's just a very different one. :-)

    And the first prompt will be "stars." Think of the possibilities: Fawn pondering them while on the road at night, Cazaril stealing a Roknari star chart in an early hope of escape, or Miles as a rising (if invisibly so) star in ImpSec.

    This will be a short week. (I got only one response to the question of whether people wanted a prompt today to start the year, and it was a yes, so here it is!) There will be a new prompt on Sunday. But old prompts are always fair game, so if you don't get around to writing this until next week, please feel free to post!

    Fic can be any length, but please put anything longer than a drabble behind a cut. Art can be any medium or size, but please put anything larger than 250x250 or more than 3 icons behind a cut. If you're doing icons, please note whether or not they're "snaggable."

    Please use the "stars" tag for your fic or art, as well as tagging it fic or art, and what fandom you're writing/drawing for. Once you've posted, I'll add an author/artist tag for you, and then it'll be there for you to use on future posts.
    Monday, December 31st, 2007
    12:37 pm
    Prompt Suggestions
    So far, the polls are leaning towards monthly themes and no contests/teams/whatever, and it's an even split on single prompts versus prompts for each fandom. (On LJ, the trend is towards single, cross-fandom prompts.) It's only been a day, so that could shift, but for now, I thought we could start collecting some prompt suggestions. If it stays an even split over here and single prompt favored on LJ, I'll go the single prompt route. If it ends up that there's a substantial preference over here for separate prompts for each fandom, then the two comms will end up with different prompts for the week. In the meanwhile, I'm going to look at broad, cross-fandom prompts. We can always get more specific later.

    Prompts that will work across all three fandoms are going to be necessarily broad. Things like single words, phrases, and non-specific situations will probably work best. Here are a few off the top of my head. Please comment with more suggestions! When we have a few, I'll try to group some into a theme for January.

    seeking parental approval
    change in allegiance
    not what it looks like
    caught in the act

    Oh, and here's another question for you. I think Sunday as a "new prompt, weekly wrap-up" point will work best, given my schedule. But do you guys want to wait for this coming Sunday to get the first prompt, or do you want one for tomorrow, and just have the first week be a short week?

    Current Mood: excited
    Sunday, December 30th, 2007
    11:15 am
    This community has been created to encourage more people to write fanfiction and create fanart based on the works of Lois Mcmaster Bujold. To start with, I'm borrowing ideas from similar communities in other fandoms, such as [info]grangersnape100 and [info]still_grrr, and over time I expect this will evolve into something with its own feel.

    Here are some of the ideas and guidelines I have for us to start with:

    1. A prompt or prompts every week, probably posted on Sunday. There will be a post for making prompt suggestions.
    2. Fic can be any length, but anything longer than a drabble (100 words) and anything rated R or NC-17 should go behind an lj-cut.
    3. Art can be in any media and any size, but anything larger than 250x250, more than 3 icons, or rated R or NC-17 should go behind an lj-cut.
    4. Old prompts will always be "open" for use, since the objective is to inspire new work, not to limit your creativity.
    5. Headers should include, at a minimum, title, author, which fandom (Vorkosigan, Chalion, Wide Green World), rating and any relevant warnings, and word length.
    6. Crossovers and AU's are absolutely fine. Again, wanting inspire creativity, not limit it.

    That should be enough to cover the basics for starters. Please comment with any thoughts or suggestions on any of it.

    Next up are a few polls on how people would like some of this to work. Some communities do a single prompt, some multifandom communities do a separate prompt for each fandom. Some places do monthly themes. Some do contests of various types to increase people's motivation to participate.

    Poll #761 Prompt Structure
    Open to: All, results viewable to: All

    Would you rather have ...

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    ... one prompt for the week for all lmb fandoms?
    2 (66.7%)

    ... separate prompts for each of the lmb fandoms?
    1 (33.3%)

    Would you like to have monthly themes for the prompts?

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    2 (66.7%)

    1 (33.3%)

    Poll #762 Incentives
    Open to: All, results viewable to: All

    Would you like to have some sort of contest or incentive for participation?

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    1 (50.0%)

    1 (50.0%)

    If yes, what sort of incentive would interest you?

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    I'd like to have teams that earn points based on how much is posted for the week.
    1 (100.0%)

    I'd like weekly voting on the best stories and art.
    0 (0.0%)

    I'd like monthly participation banners for people who do all the prompts.
    0 (0.0%)

    I'd like some other thing I'll explain in the comments.
    0 (0.0%)

    Please note that if people want prize or participation banners, I'll be begging for help, as I have absolutely no ability in that area!

    I think that's enough to get us started. Please comment with any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions!
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