[sticky entry] Sticky: sponsorable fic list

Jan. 1st, 2016 07:23 am
chanter_greenie: a lilac tree in bloom (Wisconsin spring: lilac season)
I actually have one of these, now! I'm amazed I got this far. Fics available for funding by donation are listed below. I'm borrowing from the ever-marvelous [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith here by listing the name of the person who prompted the story. I've also learned about rate calculations by following her examples and links. For information on the orange!verse, and the Schrodinger's Heroes project that spawned it, see her menu page.

Just for my own sake, if a person donates for one of these fics, could they please send a private message or drop a comment or... something of that sort? I've never done this from the writerly side before, and I have no idea if PayPal will send a message of its own when a donation comes in. Edited to add: It does send a message! I still have no objections to people dropping a line, though. I don't often equate usernames with real names, especially if I don't know you RL.

Miller's Speculation
prompted by [personal profile] thnidu, with a hat tip to Professor Virgil Miller, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Sponsored by R. A. Olivero, a very old RL friend
Original ficlet. The quirkiest cautionary tale/moment of ironic justice you ever did see.

"Meteor Scatter"
prompted by < [personal profile] perfectworry, Sponsored by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Orange!verse. Quinn has nothing at all against other people's stars.

Tuning Up
Backdated several years before the events of "Adjacent Universe Splatter". Rebroadcasts to the northern States started first.
Orange!verse, $40.

Autumn On The Oak Savannah
prompted and sponsored by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Original ficlet. The scent of newly-harvested fields in the fall... and quite a bit more besides.

Spring Is Honest
Written in trade with [personal profile] helgatwb, who asked for a piece about early spring. I obliged, with Wisconsin in late March.

Musical Gift
Prompted by [personal profile] siliconshaman, sponsored by W. Blondeau, an RL friend
Orange!verse. "Someone's got to speak up. I'm having fun while I do it." Meet Eric.

Dual Path Echo
prompted in a roundabout way by [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith, sponsored by W. Blondeau
Orange!verse. To Helen, love is verb, noun and natural state of being.

Halo
Orange!verse. Il est bien, sa bon, even when it ain't. Meet Doc and Sister.

In The Clear
sponsored by R. A. Olivero, an RL friend
Orange!verse, immediately post Open Carrier and Carrier Wave (both still in progress). Dat is niet alleen uit vanavond. Eric meets a refugee.

Outbander
sponsored by W. Blondeau
Orange!verse, set just before Cat's In The Cradle. "It's for my girlfriend." A trans* citizen of America (recurring character) gets by.

Thy Father And...
There are two sides to what Kendra's inherited.
Orange!verse, $5.

Signal Strength
sponsored by W. Blondeau
Orange!verse. Concurrent with the events of Cat's In The Cradle. At eighteen, Kendra gets an education by radio.

Keeping A Logbook
sponsored by W. Blondeau
Orange!verse. These are the things Sandy carries.

Jammed Transmissions
Every refugee has a story of their own.
Orange!verse, $41.

Clandestine Stations
What makes the local Waxahachie team help with rebroadcasts to the southern States?
Orange!verse, $10.50.

Ragchew
Just what gets written in safehouse fridge notes, anyway?
Orange!verse, $25.

QRM
Sharing space in Canadian safehouses is far from uneventful.
Orange!verse, $46.

Legal ID
Prompted by [personal profile] ellenmillion. Carlos doesn't envy the lawyers one bit, but...
Orange!verse, $11.50.

Modulation
"We're geese, not coyotes." Carlos and Quinn make a run to Detroit.
Orange!verse, $28

Parliament Hill's Reply
In Brampton, Leigh muses on Lady Liberty's inscription and the people who cross the border.
Orange!verse, $7.

Essential Components
Which items are vital at the safehouse in Brampton, and why?
Orange!verse, $39.

Open Carrier Part 1
Kendra makes a decision.
Orange!verse, $12.

Open Carrier Part 2
Kendra gets rolling.
Orange!verse, $5.

Open Carrier Part 3
Kendra spends her first day and night on the road.
Orange!verse, $7.

Open Carrier Part 4
Kendra makes it to Detroit.
Orange!verse, $6.

Lighted Display
This little light of--wait just a second.
Orange!verse, $7.50.

Heaven Is Subjective
sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman
Orange!verse. "People still hate up here," Sandy says.

Arco Iris
Free verse poem, not part of any specific universe. Someone asks a soundmage for a magical rainbow. She provides as only she can. This poem was the un-posted inspiration of a rainbow/color challenge a while ago.
Original, $5

Summer To The Winter Country
Prompted and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. Original. Summer might be sand.

The Senses Of Same
Prompted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith. Hope, wonder and hunched shoulders.
Original, $9.50.

Bring Back The Wonder
Sponsored by McSushi, an RL friend. Original. Just what would it take?
This is as close as I can get to how this series runs, chronological order-wise. It's a fair suggested reading order too, although several of these can stand alone if so desired. The first two pieces diverge from the rest, but not as far as you might think. Works without linked titles are available for sponsorship, or incomplete and being worked on if noted.

Update: I now have a character list posted for the orange!verse. Be forewarned, some of the details in that list are spoilers for as-yet unreleased pieces. Read with caution if inclined to avoid info you'd sooner find out in stories as they appear.

Adjacent Universe Splatter
Pat and Scarlett get a signal they aren't expecting. Scarlet!verse.

Taking The Long Path
The team tune in the station Pat caught. Scarlet!verse.

Tuning Up
Backdated several years before the events of "Adjacent Universe Splatter". Rebroadcasts to the northern States started first. Orange!verse.

Musical Gift
Someone's got to speak up. I'm having fun while I do it. Meet Eric. Orange!verse.

Dual Path Echo
To Helen, love is verb, noun and natural state of being. Orange!verse.

Keeping A Logbook
These are the things Sandy carries. Orange!verse.

Halo
Il est bien, sa bon, even when it ain't. Meet Doc and Sister. Orange!verse.

Essential Components
Which items are most important at the safehouse in Brampton, and why? Orange!verse.

Ragchew
Just what gets written on safehouse refrigerator doors? Orange!verse.

Jij Bent Zo
You're like that, and I wouldn't have you any other way. Meet Kendra. Orange!verse.

Handles and Callsigns (in progress)
Cell members have all kinds of ways they identify themselves on the radio. Orange!verse.

QRM
Sharing space in Canadian safehouses is far from uneventful. Orange!verse.

Heaven Is Subjective
"People do still hate up here," Sandy says. Orange!verse

The First Rule of Pirate Radio (in progress)
Not everybody's squeaky clean, whichever side of the border they're from or on. Orange!verse.

Legal ID
Carlos doesn't envy the lawyers one bit, but... Orange!verse.

Local Interference
(backdated four years prior to Jij Bent Zo)
Sometimes you just gotta stand. How Kendra got that black eye. Orange!verse.

Cat's In The Cradle
The little Boy Blue and the man on the moon. Michael watches his daughter with his gifts. Orange!verse.

Thy Father And...
There are two sides to what Kendra's inherited. Orange!verse.

Signal Strength
(post Jij Bent Zo, concurrent with the earlier two thirds of Cat's In The Cradle)
At eighteen, Kendra gets an education by radio. Orange!verse.

Jammed Transmissions
Every refugee has a story of their own. Orange!verse.

Meteor Scatter
(backdated roughly three years prior to the end of Cat's In The Cradle)
Quinn has nothing against other people's stars. Orange!verse.

Outbander
(concurrent with Cat's In The Cradle)
"It's for my girlfriend." A trans* citizen of America gets by. Orange!verse.

Modulation
"We're geese, not coyotes." Carlos and Quinn make a run to Detroit. Orange!verse.

Parliament Hill's Reply
In Brampton, Leigh muses on Lady Liberty's inscription and the people who cross the border. Orange!verse.

Open Carrier (in progress, now partially sponsorable)
(set post Cat's In The Cradle)
Kendra makes an attempt. Orange!verse.

Carrier Wave (in progress)
(immediately post Open Carrier)
For some refugees, the only way out is through. Orange!verse.

In The Clear
(immediately post Carrier Wave)
Dat is niet alleen uit vanavond. Eric meets a refugee. Orange!verse.

Lighted Display
This little light of--wait just a second. Orange!verse.

Clandestine Stations
What makes the local Waxahachie team help with rebroadcasts to the southern States? Orange!verse.
chanter_greenie: a slightly faded picture of a three-legged torbie kitty cat with a lot of rust coloring in her fur (supermodel kitty)
In the interest of transparency, I've edited the pricing of 'Lighted Display'. It's only a $0.50 upward tweak, but it wouldn't be fair not to disclose it.

Oh, and the edit was made because I initially forgot someone! *facepalms* Sorry, character who's now included in the poem. I <3 you, honestly. To say more would be spoilerific. :)
... Is finally, finally fixed! :D I can expand messages I've replied to now, which means I can have a proper message archive that doesn't rely on e-mailed copies. Conversational threads are go!

Hat tip to the Dreamwidth support folks for both sorting out the problem and having a clue about screenreader technology's interface with social media. That second one's a rare one, believe me. I wish I knew how they managed the fix.

*dances the uncoordinated white geeklady dance of wordy delight and relief*
chanter_greenie: Commander Seth Goddard of Space Cases fame (SC: Goddard - do the best they can)
To all my friends in the UK, I am so terribly sorry. I'm also both utterly boggled and furious, but not at any of you.

Many a blessing on the second independence referendum now brewing in Scotland. I hope it takes this time. I say this as a Scots-Irish Eurofriendly American with an atypical bent, but I still say it.
This is posted with the blessing of the lovely [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith, set in her Polychrome Heroics universe. The originating incidents, and very especially one particular situation and character, have stuck in my mind since age thirteen or so. Surprise, eh? Associated notes are at the end of this post.

TW for the events of 1692 in Massachusetts Bay Colony. These are not as graphic as they could be, but neither are they at all glossed over. Also TW for spare but vivid emotional details concerning a grieving spouse.

Stones In The River )

Notes are here:

*In our universe, Giles Corey was executed at the Salem witch trials. That first link does go into more graphic detail, be warned. In Terramagne, his descendants' educated suspicions are correct; he had both a latent regenerative ability - average (0) - and a latent phase ability - average (0) - that activated to save his life, with the former allowing the latter. Whether either ability ever activated again, alone or in combination, is not known. Whether or not Giles knew the methods of his escape for what they were is also not known.

*There really was such a thing as admissable spectral evidence at that time and place in history.

*Dell Corey identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronoun xe. Dell is not bigender, though people sometimes think xe is due to xyr presentation.

*This is the nine-patch heart that Khazella Corey both wears on her coat sleeve and displays in her window. Thanks for the link, Ysabet. Khazella's making it plenty plain that she and her shop are both a safe adult/place and openly quiltbag friendly.

*Per Ysabet, the Green Heart program designates safe people, i.e. people children/adults/whoever can turn to in a sticky situation. Ysabet, correct me if I'm wrong here, but I imagine a kid saying "Oh man, I'm lost! I'm going to look for someone with a green heart pin." The minimum age to qualify as a Green Heart is eighteen, again per Ysabet, and younger members are initially supervised. In this particular poem, Gill Corey is just shy of eighteen.

*A safe walk program can be a number of things, from a program aimed at escorting college students through areas to make sure they remain unmolested, to a method of getting kids in rougher neighborhoods safely to school. Similar idea, different people in need.

*So far, Khazella Corey is the only soup in her generation, with average (0) teleportation as an ability. Her cousin Lansdown's gizmology is at average (0) for now, though chances are that will strengthen with time; he's roughly sixteen. A few family members were surprised (not displeased or dismayed, just a little surprised) Gill wasn't the one to soup up, but Gill himself is quite fine with the situation. the way he sees it, he's a nascent first responder with a teleporting cousin... he's good. :)

*To clarify the legacy of first name variations: Giles Corey was married three times. His first and second wives, Mary and Margaret, predeceased him. His mother's name was Elizabeth, and his daughter was named Deliverance. Gilles is the French variation, and one thread in the origin, of the name Giles. The original Latin of it would be Egidio, but that's never been used in this particular family.

*The image of logs in the eyes is paraphrased from the Bible.
chanter_greenie: a cream-colored yellow Labrador lying at the top of a staircase, one paw draped over the top step (mellow yellow)
Rest in peace, Nehemiah Hall [livejournal.com profile] singeruvsongs. Heaven has one more excellent tenor, and I hope they've got a well-stocked musical and text-based library and a load of seriously shiny assistive tech up there. I bet Bosco and Dolores have greeted you with wags, sniffs and kisses already.

Cancer /sucks/.
I have [personal profile] technoshaman to thank for sponsoring this one! :) The only warnings that apply are not particularly graphic but still present references to historical mistreatment.

Heaven Is Subjective )

Notes are thisaway:

*The title and theme of this poem both came from this Al-Jazeera story about Syrian refugees and their Canadian sponsors.

*In the orange!verse, the Vietnam War did not end until 1976. Not coincidentally, neither did Nixon's presidency.

*In our world, Gander, Newfoundland has a reputation for helping stranded airline passengers in desperate situations. It's got a similar one in the orange!verse, though in their case, that reputation's been built on several somewhat less fraught instances over a number of years. The idea is the same, though.

*Saint Lawrence, Newfoundland has its own reputation, for kind treatment of shipwreck survivors. That one *did* happen in the orange!verse. It had, for obvious reasons, ripples beyond even what it had here, and it is well remembered on both sides of the border, especially in certain circles. Warning: the above link is to a playable audio story containing some vivid and disturbing Jim Crow era details indeed.

*The name Canada comes from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, which means 'village'.
chanter_greenie: a lilac tree in bloom (Wisconsin spring: lilac season)
File this under W for whoops! Where did that come from? Also under O for ooooh, hi creativity! Please stick around a while. :)

The latest is a poem, playing off a quote I fairly recently read in an Al-Jazeera story about Syrian refugees emigrating to Canada. I'm paraphrasing until I can find the proper quote, but the general idea was "This is not heaven." Well, neither is orange!Canada, any more than the orange!States are hell, but who says either concept is objective and one size fits all?

Heaven Is Subjective is up for sponsorship. 500 words, $10.00.
chanter_greenie: a Pringles can with the words 'you can't write just one' written across it (drabbles are like pringles)
As of *checks clock, eek!* five minutes ago, there's a new orange!verse piece ready for sponsorship. It's shorter and free verse, and it could otherwise be summarized as 'Chanter is playing with light imagery and metaphor.' It's honest character exploration for all that, and I had fun with it.

The title is a reference to glowing radio frequency/signal strength/time displays. I know not all radios have these, but many do.
chanter_greenie: a starscape, including a spiral galaxy (on a quest for a jewel)
Finally! I've surprised myself with a new piece being ready for sponsorship. This one started as and, I suppose still is, a list piece, although it went lyrical as well as simultaneously detailed and spare on me. What's absolutely vital in one way or another at the safehouse in Brampton?
chanter_greenie: a Pringles can with the words 'you can't write just one' written across it (drabbles are like pringles)
This particular piece sprang from a discussion in either [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's or [personal profile] dialecticdreamer's journal, I can't honestly recall which, about just how to put the sense of wonder back in science fiction. That started me pondering, an idea or two came along and wouldn't leave me alone, and tah-dah!

This one's been sponsored by McSushi, an RL friend.

Bring Back The Wonder )

Notes are over here:

The number sequence used is a repetition of the first half dozen prime numbers. This is one possible method of indicating higher mathematical knowledge, and by that a likelihood of sentience, to other lifeforms.

The Morse code --... ...-- translates to 73, which is a ham radio prosign. It's a friendly sign-off phrase that's spoken as often as it's keyed. It means something like 'take care'.

Rowan trees have a long association with bright powers and friendly magic, or bright magic and friendly powers. I'm looking at you, Nita Callahan. You too, Ms. Rowling.

Professor Nikola Tesla did make reference to trying to contact Venusian intelligences at one point.
chanter_greenie: a starscape, including a spiral galaxy (on a quest for a jewel)
I'll be offline from right about now till somewhere in the early afternoon tomorrow. Winter Field Day is calling my name. CQ CQ CQ, it says, come DX the heck out of January! And so I shall.

Let's hope this weekend, unlike much of the rest of this *bleep* month, is not fired.

KD9CZG
chanter_greenie: a house and road blanketed in snow (Wisconsin winter: buried in snay)
I'm late, and for that I'm sorry. 1638 UTC, January 28. Rest in peace, Challenger seven.
chanter_greenie: a panther being stared at by multiple other animals (this panther has been to Colorado)
Be forewarned: Below, there will be mourning and backstory from my formative years, all tangled up together. It is intensely personal and quite revealing. If you'd rather skip it, I won't object.

Cut for very personal heartache )

I called my mother with the news today, after I heard. I thought she was kidding when she said she was sorry for my loss, then found out she wasn't. Thanks, Mom. I underestimated you there, and I'm sorry. Mine is nothing, *nothing*, by comparison, but... yes, it is a loss, and it aches.
My middle sister is a married woman. Congratulations, Allie and Jordan. :)
chanter_greenie: a house and road blanketed in snow (Wisconsin winter: buried in snay)
The first half of that subject line is fairly self-explanatory. I'm still alive! I'm also grateful for a looooong New Year's weekend, the snowstorm we got on Monday, and marvelous radio folks. :)

The second part of that subject also fairly easily explains itself. Last night, I had what was pretty definitely the mellowest New Year's Eve I've had in some time. There were pasta and breadsticks, there was a shortwave pirate down on 80M playing song requests (including mine!) and there was reading up to and through the second American midnight without even realizing the clock had clicked over. Then I fell over and zonked. Works for me!

Only one definite guideline/resolution/whatever for 2016, at least that I'm willing to write down at the moment: Write and hopefully find sponsors for an armload of stories!

In that vein, if anyone's got particular characters they'd like to see more of from me, let me know? I can't say this is a genuine prompt call, as I'm not sure whether or not the muses will respond, but maybe any or all ideas given will spark something.
chanter_greenie: paratroopers Talbert and Smith in Carentan, Tab looking delighted, Smith embarrassed (BoB - Carentan: Tab and Smithy ack!)
Just letting folks know that I've made an edit to the pricing of my sponsorable piece "Tuning Up," so nobody looks at the sponsorable fic post and goes what the heck? I thought it was finished quite a while ago, but I started twiddling with it on Friday and it kind of... expanded on me. I may yet end up splitting it in two, as there's a fairly clear division in it now. *ponders*
chanter_greenie: paratroopers Talbert and Smith in Carentan, Tab looking delighted, Smith embarrassed (BoB - Carentan: Tab and Smithy ack!)
Some of the ever-lovely [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's family are stranded in Colorado mid car trip. :( I'm linking to her post, because she and they explain things concisely and well over there without my help. Signal boosts and donations greatly appreciated. I've already done the latter, now I'm doing the former. What an awful situation. :(

Ysabet's post is over here.

Edited to add: Pointer to the comments here, where [personal profile] dialecticdreamer links to her pay it forward prompt call.
chanter_greenie: paratroopers Talbert and Smith in Carentan, Tab looking delighted, Smith embarrassed (BoB - Carentan: Tab and Smithy ack!)
After a SNAFU in which, go me, I goofed and bought the wrong charger, then had to exchange it for the correct one (ohthankgod they had a compatible one), my laptop is back for real. :D

*updates everything*

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