What next?

Chatterbox: Crowd Sorcery

What next?

What next?

Everybuggy at Cricket has been thrilled with the success of Crowd-Sorcery. It’s been amazing to see how Fred and Emily have worked with your great ideas to imagine “The Girl Who Writes the Future.” 

We’d love to hear your ideas about what Crowd-Sorcery should do next. What should stay the same and what should change? Should we try a different genre (e.g., historical fiction) or stick with fantasy? Should we ask Chatterboxers to do something other than create characters? Were the prompts for creating the characters about right or too long? Who would be on your dream list of authors or illustrators to work with?

This is your opportunity to help us write the future with Crowd-Sorcery II! We’re happy to hear any ideas.



submitted by Admin
(November 11, 2014 - 2:09 pm)

Hey everybuggy! The weirdo that submits five-hundred million words to crowd-sorcery talking. I think it would be a ton of fun to leave all the threads open to everyone to submit fantasy characters villains, words, etc. and just leave it out there for other chatterboxers to discus about and to give story ideas for the character for words.

submitted by Will T., age 14, GA
(November 11, 2014 - 10:35 pm)

This is my first time, so I wouldn't know. I think a cool thread would be for Fable to discover a loophole that I thought of: She loses her talent/gift/curse when she writes the final prophecy and you know, doesn't die. What do you think?

submitted by Viola.V, age 13, New York
(March 5, 2015 - 8:29 pm)

I think we should use all the different times fantasy words and as many hero/heroins villains and sidekicks. 

submitted by Lyra T., age 11, Lubbock TX
(November 12, 2014 - 12:48 pm)

Personally, I think a SciFi version of Crowd Sorcery woud be pretty rad. I mean, I guess it's sort of a subgenre of fantasy, but I think it'd be cool to incoroporate science and everything.

submitted by The Ninja, age 13, Everywhere
(November 13, 2014 - 6:07 pm)

I think Sci-Fi would be cool, but I'd like it if we still had this Crowd Scorcery open. 

If we did Sci-Fi, I think Dystopian would be fun. Or, instead of Sci-Fi, we could do Steampunk. I LOVE steampunk.  

submitted by Indigo
(November 14, 2014 - 8:28 pm)

Indigo, hang on to your hat! (Or should I say, hang on to your telescoping goggles?!) IF the editors approve, I think there's a tiny bit of steampunk that will show up in "The Girl Who Writes the Future," along about Part 4!

submitted by Fred D., Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
(November 15, 2014 - 2:24 am)


submitted by Sarah
(December 31, 2014 - 12:57 pm)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE STEAMPUNK! Have you read Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger? It's steampunk.

submitted by Sarah
(December 31, 2014 - 12:56 pm)

I love Etiquette and Espionage!! I'm reading the sequel right now! It's really good, and it's the first steampunk book I'd ever read.

submitted by Junia, age 13, Seattle
(January 15, 2015 - 7:14 pm)

That would be a cool idea. That way we could design a whole new setting and allow others to pitch in ideas that didn't get to before. Plus, taking this further, we could do every off-branch of fantasy there is and get to experience them all!

submitted by Book is Life, age 12, Washington
(March 28, 2015 - 9:41 am)

I think we should keep Crowd Sorcery structured, like with deadlines and an author who's eventually going to write it, versus just keeping the current crowd sorcery open and having people continue posting. I think it's a little more fun if there's a contest.


I also agree it would be cool to do another genre like sci-fi. Sci-fi rocks! And we could do so much worldbuilding! 

submitted by Air
(November 22, 2014 - 10:42 am)

I would definitely be interested in another Crowd-Sorcery project! I think that many elements of this project were good ideas and should be repeated – I like the fantasy dictionary, the prompts for creating the characters were just right, and I think fantasy is the perfect genre for this kind of project. However, I do have an idea for something to add – I think it might be fun to have illustrations submitted by Cricket readers as a part of the story. To make this possible, the author of the story could post descriptions of the scenes to be illustrated.

submitted by Marigold
(November 29, 2014 - 6:40 pm)

Hello, guys!

I, along with many others, have really enjoyed Crowd Sorcery! I think a cool thing to try for Crowd Sorcery II would be to maybe have an outline of what should be included in the plot, and have parts that us kids could actually help take part in writing. After we each submit a short part, we could have a vote -- similar to what we did with the characters -- to pick which submission would actually become a part of the story. Once that happens, Fred or whoever else is helping could take it and edit or fine tune that. Once that is done, the cycle would repeat again -- and this time the next part would have to correllate with the previous parts, etc. It may take a little longer, but I think it would be fun and it is something ongoing (you could feature the chosen parts in the magazine each month). And the authors could help by giving us tips or things that we should include, like I said before.

If you guys think this is a good idea but don't want to use it specifically for Crowd Sorcery, I think it might be cool if we could maybe start a different [small] section of the magazine labeled "Never-Ending Story". We could vote on the plot, and once that is chosen, people could just go to town writing! The admins / editors could feature all of the entries in the magazine, and I think it could be a really cool feature! :-)

Those are just some of my initial ideas! I will definitely be checking back here often!

Thanks again so much!

~ Madeline T. 

submitted by Madeline T., age 13y, 356d
(November 30, 2014 - 2:09 pm)

We might/could have another crowd sorcery contest where the kids write the story.?.

submitted by Will T. (again), age 14, GA
(November 30, 2014 - 4:56 pm)

I love the "Never-Ending Story" Idea! That sound so cool!

submitted by Sarah, A flying dirigible
(December 31, 2014 - 1:03 pm)