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[Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:00:44 AM »
This time we're trying something a bit different!
I'm going to give you two characters and your story has to be about/include one of them to qualify.


Old playing cards - wikipedia


Jake
has a unique ability. He sometimes answers questions before they are asked - not knowing what he will say until he has said it. Often things he couldn't really have known. This ability has proven disastrous more often than not, keeping him constantly on the move.
He has just arrived at a new city, hoping to manage a longer stay than in the last. Keeping a low profile would help, but his money's nearly spent and he's in desperate need of a job.


Lynn has an equally unique ability. Maybe disability is a better word though. She's unable to lie and so are people in close proximity to her. Since lies, and even more so white lies, are the grease our social world needs to work properly, she's not a person people like to have around. But she can't help it. She has to stay in the city and her job requires her to be among people.


Nothing about age, looks, personality or profession here. It's up to you to craft believable and/or entertaining characters. Bring them to life!

Rules:

1. This must be prose.
2. The story must contain (at least) one of the two characters. Not necessarily POV but not only mentioned in a half sentence either.
4. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.

Entry will close April 30st 2014 and voting will begin May 1st 2014.*

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website in June 2014.

Please post your entry here.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!

*I seem to never be home around the end of month, so please excuse if I'm not always on time (which is hard in an international contest with all the time zones anyways. ;))
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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2014, 10:35:04 AM »
Oooh, this looks interesting! :D

One question: do the names have to be exactly 'Jake' and "Lynn', or can they be twisted a little?
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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2014, 11:11:02 AM »
One question: do the names have to be exactly 'Jake' and "Lynn', or can they be twisted a little?
Well, they're named Jake and Lynn, so I don't want to read about Hansel and Gretel. ;) But if his name is Jakanarondis and his friends call him Jake or something like that, it's okay. So with your words, "twisted a little" is absolutely okay. :)
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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2014, 11:27:43 AM »
This sounds really cool. Great idea Xiagan!

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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2014, 11:32:00 AM »
One question: do the names have to be exactly 'Jake' and "Lynn', or can they be twisted a little?
Well, they're named Jake and Lynn, so I don't want to read about Hansel and Gretel. ;) But if his name is Jakanarondis and his friends call him Jake or something like that, it's okay. So with your words, "twisted a little" is absolutely okay. :)

Yep, that's exactly the kind of thing I was thinking! Awesome.
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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2014, 08:24:11 PM »
Can this be any branch of fantasy? I've got ideas for an urban fantasy using one, or both, of these characters and was wondering if that would be acceptable for this contest.

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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2014, 08:45:44 PM »
Can this be any branch of fantasy? I've got ideas for an urban fantasy using one, or both, of these characters and was wondering if that would be acceptable for this contest.
Yep, every kind of fantasy is allowed. I was intentionally unspecific. :)
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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2014, 09:00:06 PM »
Yep, every kind of fantasy is allowed. I was intentionally unspecific. :)

Awesome! That makes this more fun then!  ;D

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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2014, 10:44:12 AM »
Somehow, a story sprang to my mind immediately after reading the descriptions of the characters. It will be hard fitting it into the word limit, but I guess that's one of the points of the contest, as well. I'll see if I can put something readable together!  :)
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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2014, 12:09:56 PM »
I can feel a comedy coming on...

I may have a go at writting a bit of a chick flick, now that really would be a test...

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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2014, 10:33:44 PM »
I agree, comedy could be a nice way to go for this. Lynn reminds me of the movie Liar Liar with Jim Carey, Jake looks a bit more complicated, I might just have to jump at the challenge! Need to get started on ideas earlier in the month this time, the days just sneak away from me. Great theme though, it's a clever one :)
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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2014, 11:19:56 PM »
Just out of curiosity...any reason for choosing the names Jake and Lynn?....the names on the cards pictured are David and Heliene  :)

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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2014, 10:13:22 AM »
Just out of curiosity...any reason for choosing the names Jake and Lynn?....the names on the cards pictured are David and Heliene  :)
No reason. The names came first, then the rest. :) The picture for the starting topic comes last and it's always hard to find a fitting one with creative commons rights.

Where are your stories, guys? Is the theme too hard or too boring for you? ;)
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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2014, 03:09:44 PM »
I'd like to give this a go, might stray outside my usual tropes.  I had a possible sci-fi angle on it.  However, it all depends on time - lots going on at the moment- all of it important and urgent. :(

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Re: [Apr 2014] - Write about Jake/Lynn! - Discussion Thread
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2014, 04:50:29 PM »

No reason. The names came first, then the rest. :) The picture for the starting topic comes last and it's always hard to find a fitting one with creative commons rights.

Where are your stories, guys? Is the theme too hard or too boring for you? ;)

Mine is on the way! It's just making sure I don't become too Sci-Fi with it.