2012 Forum Anthology Contests

Discussion in 'Writing' started by N. E. White, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Though I am not submitting, I am trying to write stories with the theme in mind. I came up with a cool tornado scenario (behold the awesome destructive power of the WIND) but then it started to sound a lot like the Wizard of Oz...so I chucked it. :(
     
  2. MrBF1V3

    MrBF1V3 aka. Stephen B5 Jones

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    What I came up with ended up being just a bunch of hot air. I will have more time later, maybe.

    B5
     
  3. CMTheAuthor

    CMTheAuthor Life is fantastic, yes?

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    Really? :p

    Come on, don't give up on us now! (I'm about halfway done with mine, and it's shaping up pretty good, in my opinion.)
     
  4. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Cute! I'll have to use that sometime...

    I only have one entry so far. Not the turn out I had hoped for, but if this keeps up, it'll make the voting process much easier! :eek:

    Okay everyone, I'm taking down the story threads from the last contest. They will be deleted permanently - as in gone without a trace. I hope you copied anything you wanted from those threads.

    Thanks and remember you can write while on vacation! :)
     
  5. JunkMonkey

    JunkMonkey Registered User

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    Aha!

    I just had a blinding revelation. The reason my current story is being such a chore to write is because I know what happens. I have a plot, and an end point. Usually I start my stories somewhere (in what turns out to be the middleish) and they expand outwards and I discover them as I write. This time though, it's all there in my head and writing it down is just one long bore of a colour-by-numbers job.

    I'll plod on. I may finish in time to enter.

    EDIT: 3K and still plodding. (Though I am enjoying all the gratuitous sex and violence that has crept in :).)
     
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    Wilson Geiger Greymane

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    I've got a story that I think will work nicely here, just need to change it up a bit and re-work some of the pieces so that it fits within the word count.
     
  7. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Great! Glad to hear you two are churning out some material. :)

    I received another entry, and I have an illustration to transition from one story to the next. What do you all think of this?

    https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B-m1ktvZl3p_bWM4UHQtM2dVb1k

    Thank the multi-talented Rob Garbin (Gkarlives) for this apt, and lovely illustration! :)
     
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    Sarunus Registered User

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    Awesome illustration!

    As for my entry, I'm electing to let it breathe after I tried to choke it out a couple weeks ago. We'll see.
     
  9. TheIELighten

    TheIELighten Magical Ninja

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    I'm going to try to enter. Force me to finish something. Don't expect to be too much competition though. :)
     
  10. JunkMonkey

    JunkMonkey Registered User

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    Three and a half thousand words (I took all the bonking out and added more story) and I still have two major scenes to write! Damn, I hate having a plot to work to. I may have to do some serious pruning here. The upper limit is still five thousand words, isn't it?
     
  11. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Sorry for the late reply, JM, but yes, the word count limits are the same as before: 2000 to 5000 words.

    FYI - we have about five or six entries (been out of town, but will check submission word counts tonight or tomorrow) so far, and we have more art to include from Rob Garbin. It is going to look (and read) so awesome! :)

    Also, a quick reminder that the deadline is noon PDT on August 15th, 2012.
     
  12. Daddy Darth

    Daddy Darth Boba Fett Lives

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    So so so want to submit something. Finally have a kernel of an idea but I feel like I am manufacturing it a little too much to fit the wind part. Still, it has me thinking which is exciting.

    Does anyone know what the deal with quoting a song lyric at the start of a story is - is it ok? I am not wedded to the idea but it feels kinda right.
     
  13. zachariah

    zachariah Speaks fluent Bawehrf

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    Can't find the article, but I remember a recent one (perhaps here? might have been one of Kat's posts but can't find it) that said they're hugely expensive to get the rights for.
     
  14. Daddy Darth

    Daddy Darth Boba Fett Lives

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    I knew there was some mention of it at some point but could not even think where to find it. I was not sure how it worked. There are some authors who seem to do it a fair bit, or have at least in the past, like King I think. Best to leave it alone and just take inspiration from it then.
     
  15. zachariah

    zachariah Speaks fluent Bawehrf

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    Daddy Darth Boba Fett Lives

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    Thanks Zach - interesting story. Sorry Doors - no quotes from you.
     
  17. G.L. Lathian

    G.L. Lathian G.L. Lathian

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    I'm between projects at the moment. I think I might have a stroll into the world of post-apocalyptic Australia.
     
  18. zachariah

    zachariah Speaks fluent Bawehrf

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    How is that different from current Australia? ;)
     
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    G.L. Lathian G.L. Lathian

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    No BBQ's :(
     
  20. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Ah, would love to get a representative story from your end of the pond, Cononomous. So far, we have Canadian, American, American, American, New Mexican, and Canadian.

    Where are the South Africans? UK citizens? Indians (from India)? Chinese? South American? Russian?

    EDIT: replace American above with United States of America. Sorry. :eek:
     
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