My Crowdfunded Projects
Crowdfunding is a business model in which a bunch of people contribute small amounts of money to make something happen. This page introduces a number of crowdfunded projects by Elizabeth Barrette, who has been active in cyberfunded creativity for several years.
The Poetry Fishbowl
See poetry created live online each month! This fishbowl takes place in The Wordsmith's Forge on LiveJournal, usually on the first Tuesday of the month. Audience prompts lead to poems which can be sponsored for publication, with at least one new poem posted for free. Papercrafted versions of these or other poems can be commissioned, suitable for framing or scrapbooking. Check out the Serial Poetry page. Further details appear on the Poetry Fishbowl landing page.
This project involves taking a batch of photos, posting some samples, and then offering more for sponsorship. Extra photos cost $.50 each to sponsor. Watch the "Photography" tag in The Wordsmith's Forge on LiveJournal for opportunities. Most images involve nature in Illinois, such as flowers, insects, animal tracks, or sunsets. For example, see these pictures of snow and ice.
Torn World by Ellen Million & Other Contributors
Torn World is a science fantasy shared world created by Ellen Million. Imagine a place where time itself forms the basis of technology. The Ancients abused their power and broke the world, shattering it into "time shards" where cultures and wildlife developed differently. Centuries later, the world is healing and people face new challenges. Read fiction, poetry, and worldbuilding articles by Elizabeth Barrette. Registered members may earn karma points, leave comments, adopt characters, and enjoy other perks. Supporters may spend credits on favorite works or contributors, and have access to some material that is reserved for supporters only. Support what you like!
Want to See More Material Like This?
To the left is your folding vote. If you feed the Bard, you get more goodies! Some projects have individual items that can be sponsored. Some projects encourage audience input. Pretty much everything is open to influence from people who want to see more of a particular project. The more popular something becomes, and the more money it brings in, the more time gets devoted to it and the higher its priority ranks in comparison to everything else clamoring for attention. You may use the permanent PayPal button on the LiveJournal profile page, or ask about other arrangements.