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Title: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on March 30, 2016, 08:47:56 PM
The Last Writing Contest

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6.000.000.000 A.C. by kaaaay (http://kaaaay.deviantart.com)

“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.” - Dr.Seuss

With more regret than you can imagine I have to inform you that FF doesn't have the capacities to organize these contests anymore.

THIS WILL BE THE LAST SHORT STORY WRITING CONTEST ON FF.

We can't thank you enough for all the fun, the amazing stories and the time, blood, sweat and tears you put into this. You're amazing. When (not if) you are published, don't forget to put us in the acknowledgements!

Guys and gals, the last years have been a blast and so that's what you are going to write about now! :)

Apocalypse. For real this time. And none of the conspiracy theorists saw it coming. The world is going to end in a day. What's going to happen until then?

Bonus exercise: Take a beloved character from a previous story entry and follow them through that day.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. If the world's not going to end in your story you are out.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-500 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
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. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys next to the 'youtube' symbol.

Entry will close April 30st/May 1st, 2016 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/register/). Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.

Please post your entry here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/%28apr-2016%29-the-last-contest/%28apr-2016%29-the-last-contest-submission-thread/new/#new).

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


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Got you (again), I think! ;)
Of course this is not the last contest, today's just the first of April. So instead of writing about an Apocalypse, please do a love triangle with a teenage girl, a werewolf and a vampire.
Wait, this sounds familiar.... ;D


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Dystopia

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dystopia by shadow9020 (http://shadow9020.deviantart.com/)


Apocalypse is a rad theme but as you all remember, we had it just recently in January 2013.

This month I want your story set in a dystopian world/society.

Quote from: wikipedia
A dystopia [...] is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as "not-good place"[...] [The antonym] "Utopia" is the blueprint for an ideal society with no crime or poverty. Dystopian societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in the future. Some of the most famous examples are 1984 and Brave New World. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Dystopian societies appear in many subgenres of fiction and are often used to draw attention to real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, economics, religion, psychology, ethics, science, and/or technology, which if unaddressed could potentially lead to such a dystopia-like condition.

Alternatively you can write a story set in an utopian world/society. I believe it is much harder to do so, but if you want that extra challenge, here it is. ;)

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. Setting must be a Dystopia or an Utopia.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-500 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
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. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys next to the 'youtube' symbol.

Entry will close April 30st/May 1st, 2016 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/register/). Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.

Please post your entry here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/%28apr-2016%29-the-last-contest/%28apr-2016%29-the-last-contest-submission-thread/new/#new).

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 01, 2016, 05:27:33 PM
You got me for a second >:(
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on April 01, 2016, 05:35:10 PM
Dang it. I had just come up with an idea for Apocalypse before I saw what the real topic was. That'll teach me not to scroll down before I start brainstorming.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on April 01, 2016, 05:37:13 PM
Awesome.  8) I'm so glad SB chimed in because... I'm really gullible. I mean, I only just figured out why the manager was playing tricks on the staff at the neighborhood bakery this morning.

And this.
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2. If the world's not going to end in your story you are out.

And a beloved character form a prior story gets to watch the world end?
I may have start a poll.
I will start a poll!  ;D


EDIT:
Wait. What?
Dystopia?
Shit. Now, if Rukaio hadn't chimed in, I'd have started a poll about which of characters to kill off!


Bad @xiagan (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1148). Very bad @xiagan (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1148).


EDIT2:

And hold on. This is like tailor-made for @Nora (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40237).
Is there a conspiracy at foot?  :o
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on April 01, 2016, 05:56:22 PM
With that initial description it totally should have been about dirty liars, con artists or mischief  ::)

Almost got me, the key element was the quote from Seuss, it made it sound natural and like it was really happening  ::)

Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on April 01, 2016, 06:04:46 PM
I have a vague idea for dystopia, though it's an oddball one (again...  :P).
Time to write a rough version this weekend.  :)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on April 01, 2016, 06:49:22 PM
Got you (again), I think! ;)
I didn't know you well enough last year, xiagan, but you can't fool me any more.  8)

Bonus exercise: Take a beloved character from a previous story entry and follow them through that day.
I know this wasn't part of the real theme, but I think I'm going to bring back The Merchant from my first ever contest submission (Science Fiction, Jan 2015).

What is this, you may ask? AAV reusing his characters for two months in a row? Has he no imagination? Stay tuned to find out.


Also Jmack, thanks for that post of yours. For some reason it makes me grin like an idiot.  ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 01, 2016, 10:05:57 PM
And hold on. This is like tailor-made for @Nora (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40237).
Is there a conspiracy at foot?  :o

What? Am I the house apocalyptic writer? I like Dystonian worlds enough that I've actually written all I had on them, so I guess I wouldn't mind the fresh start...

I woke up and immediately checked the new topic, and did not fall for it, not even for a second. Everything was sealed with this :

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FF doesn't have the capacities to organize these contests anymore.

It's only a matter of having dedicated members putting up topics, and SB has been doing it just fine these last months, can't imagine running short of volunteering staff, and besides Xiagan turned our crazy ideas often enough by telling us he's got years worth of themes lined up.  :P

However I definitely enjoyed the scramble of those who were caught in the April fool  ;D

@Rukaio_Alter (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40087) : Can I petition you to please take that quote in your signature out of spoilers? Not only does it deserve to see the light of day, but I've already clicked it thrice this morning thinking it was a discussion spoiler, it's very confusing  :o  ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on April 01, 2016, 10:27:11 PM
You got me for a second >:(


Snap - good one xiagan :o
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 01, 2016, 10:30:25 PM
You got me for a second >:(


Snap - good one xiagan :o

totally.

i'm not going to lie -- i was all hand-wavey-wtf?!? until i remembered it was april fools and decided i could read on.

/sigh
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on April 01, 2016, 10:40:14 PM
And here I was all excited for the apocalypse. :(  Hate April Fools.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on April 02, 2016, 01:54:57 AM
Apropos to the original thread. Never gets old.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jK-NcRmVcw[/youtube]
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 02, 2016, 10:30:56 AM
I'm excited for this one. I've entered the last three contests since January, but this is the first one where I feel my idea will follow a more traditional story format.
I plan to spend all month polishing this one up. If I don't get lazy and toss in my rough draft  ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 03, 2016, 12:01:36 AM
I'm actually struggling to come up with an idea... It's a broad topic, where you could go biopunk, cyberpunk, steampunk, post apocalyptic, anything so long as it's bad and in the future.

So here you go @Eclipse (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=9661), found you a poe based one to tune up to my standards :


(http://i.imgur.com/ypYM0Zf.jpg)

 :D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 03, 2016, 01:02:36 AM
I was about to freak out. I just got here and what? I really was about to get upset, waiting for this one because I couldn't come up with an idea for the last one. You got me. Time to start brainstorming!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on April 03, 2016, 02:52:25 AM
I was about to freak out. I just got here and what? I really was about to get upset, waiting for this one because I couldn't come up with an idea for the last one. You got me. Time to start brainstorming!

It's great to have new members for the writing contest!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Eclipse on April 03, 2016, 09:13:06 AM
I'm actually struggling to come up with an idea... It's a broad topic, where you could go biopunk, cyberpunk, steampunk, post apocalyptic, anything so long as it's bad and in the future.

So here you go @Eclipse (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=9661), found you a poe based one to tune up to my standards :


(http://i.imgur.com/ypYM0Zf.jpg)

 :D

It's good to see the balance restored in the world  ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on April 04, 2016, 09:02:04 AM
Nearing the end of my entry now and I feel it has strayed a bit far from the subject. Maybe if you bend your mind a bit, you can say it's somehow very negative/distopian. Oh, and it's totally not scifi or fantasy...
Maybe I need to review my entry/have it reviewed before I actually enter :P
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 04, 2016, 09:11:18 AM
Nearing the end of my entry now and I feel it has strayed a bit far from the subject. Maybe if you bend your mind a bit, you can say it's somehow very negative/distopian. Oh, and it's totally not scifi or fantasy...
Maybe I need to review my entry/have it reviewed before I actually enter :P
Yes, maybe ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 04, 2016, 09:34:41 AM
Well, this contest isn't only SF/F is it? We often submit things that are more under the realm of the wider "speculative fiction", no?
I mean, nightmare for example had stories that were fantasy (like the first one) and other purely speculative, like my own...
Title: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on April 04, 2016, 10:03:24 AM
The division into (sub)genres is helpful for marketing and for recommendations, but never for writers.
So if the contest theme isn't specifically a genre (SF, grimdark, ...), you are free to write what your inspiration makes you write. If it is way too far away from F/SF, the voters will let you know. ;)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on April 04, 2016, 10:15:53 AM
The division into (sub)genres is helpful for marketing and for recommendations, but never for writers.
So if the contest theme isn't specifically a genre (SF, grimdark, ...), you are free to write what your inspiration makes you write. If it is way too far away from F/SF, the voters will let you know. ;)

Awesomesauce, going for the finish line in that case.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on April 04, 2016, 05:42:26 PM
Double post, but hey *cheers* I'm in.
It's a hell weird depressing story but I like standing out from the crowd ::)
Title: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 06, 2016, 03:10:05 AM
Having a hard time making my idea seem dystopian instead of post apocalyptic. It seems like the two are so similar to one another that it comes out all wrong.

Anyone else having this issue?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 06, 2016, 03:14:15 AM
That's normal I think. Dystopian is a bad form of society. So it can be many things. It can be cyberpunk, biopunk (what I'm going for), post-apocalyptic, or pure speculative fiction... So long as you give a view of how society works and is bad, you should be in the theme. At least as far as I understand it. 
Title: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 06, 2016, 03:22:59 AM
That makes sense. I was under the assumption that to be dystopian the society was supposed to be bad  because of  pollution or government  involvement.

My idea has a bad society but it is distinctly lacking much society at all if that makes sense.  So it seems like I some natural  disaster caused an apocalypse because I can't figure out a reason for society to be awful. The story just  says it is awful and doesn't elaborate as to why.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 06, 2016, 03:35:19 AM
You could give inner examples.

In various Dystopian books, society is bad in more or less subtle ways : reading is forbidden, having children is forbidden, any human or animal or plant that doesn't fit the perfect image is to be killed without reproducing (that's an anti-mutant solution in a post nuclear apocalypse book), in brave new world the image of the family is seen as repulsive, kids are grown in factories, and people are drugged up for happiness, in soylent green,
people are so over packed the MC walks over dozen of them living on his appartment's stairs to get home, and the food they're fed by gvt is made out of people, dead of whatever cause but also harvested during the frenzies that occur during Soylent distrubtion
I reckon you can just pick a couple of things you think are nasty and weave them in your story?

If you don't have much of a society, it could be a return to brutal tribalism with the tough guys taking power and enforcing some nasty rules?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 06, 2016, 03:59:19 AM
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If you don't have much of a society, it could be a return to brutal tribalism with the tough guys taking power and enforcing some nasty rules?

That is pretty much what im going for....depending on if I go with an action scene or not. It just gives me an end of the world feeling. But Ill just go with it and let everyone else decide if it fits their idea of dystopia.

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Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 06, 2016, 04:17:45 AM
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If you don't have much of a society, it could be a return to brutal tribalism with the tough guys taking power and enforcing some nasty rules?

That is pretty much what im going for....depending on if I go with an action scene or not. It just gives me an end of the world feeling. But Ill just go with it and let everyone else decide if it fits their idea of dystopia.
That's the game isn't it?  :D

I'm listening to Ghost In The Shell's OST as I write, and it puts me in the best writing mood, I might be done by today. My world is very much akin to it too, cyborg heavy.
Title: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 06, 2016, 06:39:24 PM
Well my submission is in the works now and im afraid it is going to grow In to a much larger work.
As though I need more half baked projects  :-[
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 06, 2016, 06:48:26 PM
Well my submission is in the works now and im afraid it is going to grow In to a much larger work.
As though I need more half baked projects  :-[
You're not the first, hehe
Hey @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094), come and tell him what you did with the library squirrels ;)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on April 06, 2016, 06:58:41 PM
Well my submission is in the works now and im afraid it is going to grow In to a much larger work.
As though I need more half baked projects  :-[
You're not the first, hehe
Hey @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094), come and tell him what you did with the library squirrels ;)
Jmack killed them off of course  :D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 06, 2016, 07:11:03 PM
Well my submission is in the works now and im afraid it is going to grow In to a much larger work.
As though I need more half baked projects  :-[
You're not the first, hehe
Hey @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094), come and tell him what you did with the library squirrels ;)
Jmack killed them off of course  :D
>:(
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on April 06, 2016, 07:34:38 PM
Well my submission is in the works now and im afraid it is going to grow In to a much larger work.
As though I need more half baked projects  :-[
You're not the first, hehe
Hey @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094), come and tell him what you did with the library squirrels ;)

Ah, the squirrels. Goats ate them.
No, actually, Alexander, Penelope and the squirrels are very much on my mind...
unfortunately, not in too much writing... yet.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on April 06, 2016, 08:47:54 PM
Well my submission is in the works now and im afraid it is going to grow In to a much larger work.
As though I need more half baked projects  :-[

Happens a lot I think.

Write all your ideas down, then save it somewhere for later and go back to your other project(s). Forge that Iron Will!
Title: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 06, 2016, 09:24:26 PM
Yeah. Problem is when an idea catches my interest it will be the only thing on my mind for about a week or more. But since I haven't fully formed the idea, or outlined much of it, I spend that week thinking and not doing.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on April 06, 2016, 09:39:54 PM
Been there. Still there.

One of the hardest things to deal with, really. I've had my wip on my mind for a long time, and I find myself migrating to other ideas often. Especially little nuggets of ideas.

These writing contests test me, as I try to come up with ideas for that while continuing to put work elsewhere. But it's good practice.

It's hard to tell yourself "I won't think about any other ideas between the hours of X and X, only my wip!"




Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 07, 2016, 02:25:56 AM
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/75/a7/0d/75a70d23ed80b9cf96b27ee5e9edbd5c.jpg)

-Picture says "You know you're a writer when you have more half finished novels and ideas for stories than friends"
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on April 07, 2016, 12:06:19 PM
1,659 words in first draft.

It is so RELAXING! to have this much done this far before the deadline.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 07, 2016, 11:37:49 PM
ooooh!  i've got the rough outline of a story!  let's see if i can keep it under 1500 words. 

especially since i just realized how hard that will be with this dystopia thing.  you need room to lay out the worldbuilding AND the characters AND the plot.  'cause i can't really shortcut the various aspects with common tropes and/or partial worldbuilding because the theme IS the world.

*whew*

good luck everyone.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 09, 2016, 05:59:32 AM
I've got almost 900 words of what I feel could be a very intriguing story if I could just write it properly, right now what I have is decent bits strewn about in a sea of poor dialogue.

I do have to say that I'm absolutely loving the theme this month   :D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 11, 2016, 06:26:23 AM
Missed submitting on my bday, but this is close enough!  :P
Can't believe I'm second on the 11th. I guess everyone is polishing their work still, it's a tough topic.

Really liked it once I found a good subject, but I completely overdosed on Ghost in the Shell's OST. Made me feel good, as I spent 5 hours today sitting down re-writting and polishing. Filled my quota for the day, time to go out and soak the last rays of sun.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on April 11, 2016, 07:06:11 AM
Missed submitting on my bday, but this is close enough!  :P
Can't believe I'm second on the 11th. I guess everyone is polishing their work still, it's a tough topic.

Really liked it once I found a good subject, but I completely overdosed on Ghost in the Shell's OST. Made me feel good, as I spent 5 hours today sitting down re-writting and polishing. Filled my quota for the day, time to go out and soak the last rays of sun.
Ow grats man, I'll have to stop calling you the last-in of the writing contest now. (Which wasn't true anyway but yer  :P)
Enjoy the last sun, I'll enjoy the first!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Peat on April 11, 2016, 08:45:22 AM
Well my submission is in the works now and im afraid it is going to grow In to a much larger work.
As though I need more half baked projects  :-[
You're not the first, hehe
Hey @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094), come and tell him what you did with the library squirrels ;)

Ah, the squirrels. Goats ate them.
No, actually, Alexander, Penelope and the squirrels are very much on my mind...
unfortunately, not in too much writing... yet.

Hmm. Does squirrels fighting goats count as a utopia, or a dystopia? I'm really not sure.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 11, 2016, 08:55:21 AM
Hmm. Does squirrels fighting goats count as a utopia, or a dystopia? I'm really not sure.
If you're writing about an animal kingdom Redwall-type, that could totally count as dystopia and valid entry - don't forget though, goats=evil ones (unless they're cute babies) ;D
Squirrels are the rebels, fighting Atku and his minions 8)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on April 12, 2016, 02:18:06 PM
I feel like I'm slacking off. Normally I'd have my story done already, but I've been dealing with three successive colds/sickness/plagues (the little one tends to get sick for a day or two, weaponize it, and then get my wife and I sick for weeks) and trying not to lose too much progress on my current WIP. Soon.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 12, 2016, 02:21:07 PM
I like your use of 'weaponise' ;D
The virus keeps them down for a couple of days, but the big ones get ill for weeks - just think, they'll be the survivors in a dystopian world, use that as inspiration ;)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 12, 2016, 02:22:34 PM
I feel like I'm slacking off. Normally I'd have my story done already, but I've been dealing with three successive colds/sickness/plagues (the little one tends to get sick for a day or two, weaponize it, and then get my wife and I sick for weeks) and trying not to lose too much progress on my current WIP. Soon.

as a dad, with two young boys, i totally feel for you.

me, i'm feeling like i'm slacking off because i just spent 5 days in san antonio, texas for a wedding.  i was hoping to get some writing done, but all i managed is a beat sheet on the plane ride out there.  the rest of the time was socializing in the old stomping ground.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 12, 2016, 02:30:20 PM
Hahaaha, @tebakutis (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=31262), just do the world set years after the funny horror movie Cooties happened :

[youtube]G_he1HiLy0A[/youtube]
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Peat on April 14, 2016, 08:59:25 PM
Hmm. Does squirrels fighting goats count as a utopia, or a dystopia? I'm really not sure.
If you're writing about an animal kingdom Redwall-type, that could totally count as dystopia and valid entry - don't forget though, goats=evil ones (unless they're cute babies) ;D
Squirrels are the rebels, fighting Atku and his minions 8)

...

Well, now I have two ideas, and that's no good.
Title: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 14, 2016, 11:44:30 PM
For over a week I haven't worked on my story or indeed any writing at all....it may be tough to get this one done and polished up in time
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on April 15, 2016, 01:49:11 PM
Hmm. Does squirrels fighting goats count as a utopia, or a dystopia? I'm really not sure.
If you're writing about an animal kingdom Redwall-type, that could totally count as dystopia and valid entry - don't forget though, goats=evil ones (unless they're cute babies) ;D
Squirrels are the rebels, fighting Atku and his minions 8)

...

Well, now I have two ideas, and that's no good.

Hey @Peat (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=41189), if you really want to know about Atku God of Goats, here is where to go: http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/general-discussion/the-forum-birthday-cycle/msg101326/#msg101326 (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/general-discussion/the-forum-birthday-cycle/msg101326/#msg101326)  ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 18, 2016, 09:04:53 PM
I think my dystopia turned out to be post apocalyptic instead...supervolcanoes don't really leave enough people in one area to build much more than a small group.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 18, 2016, 11:12:59 PM
I think my dystopia turned out to be post apocalyptic instead...supervolcanoes don't really leave enough people in one area to build much more than a small group.
I had that problem as well,  but as long as life sucks for your characters it apparently is close enough.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 19, 2016, 12:50:53 AM
I think my dystopia turned out to be post apocalyptic instead...supervolcanoes don't really leave enough people in one area to build much more than a small group.
I had that problem as well,  but as long as life sucks for your characters it apparently is close enough.

Does being a forager in an abandoned city who has to climb three stories into windows living off left behind water bottles and stale chips from thirty years ago count? Yeah, that was a very long sentence.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 19, 2016, 02:05:37 AM
It counts if your person goes back to a society, and the setting of that society is unfair or downright cruel. Or sucks.
Like a place where talking about the past is forbidden, or reproduction regulated, basically people forbidden basic rights or forced into things. Think big brother, brave new world, Fahrenheit, etc. 
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 19, 2016, 02:20:54 AM
Might be able to do that. I don't suppose it's allowed to ask someone to read my so far 200 words and help me bounce ideas?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 19, 2016, 02:53:18 AM
Don't know if it's allowed or not, but I don't think it's done. Usually you make your story and eventually run it by a couple of willing people who might correct it or tell you everything is alright.

Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 19, 2016, 03:08:11 AM
It counts if your person goes back to a society, and the setting of that society is unfair or downright cruel. Or sucks.
Like a place where talking about the past is forbidden, or reproduction regulated, basically people forbidden basic rights or forced into things. Think big brother, brave new world, Fahrenheit, etc.

Okay then...time to make a list of ideas.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 19, 2016, 09:13:14 PM
Sorry to ask another question, but we did say we could just mention the society correct? Because I don't think I have enough room to show it, because they're living outside it and that would make it way more complex than we have room for.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 19, 2016, 09:21:06 PM
Sorry to ask another question, but we did say we could just mention the society correct? Because I don't think I have enough room to show it, because they're living outside it and that would make it way more complex than we have room for.

i would imagine the answer to that is "depends".  i've noticed in the 11(!) contests i've participated in now, that folks judging have a fairly sliding scale on what counts as "following the rules".

that being said -- i feel your pain.  holy cow.  laying out a dystopian society, explaining it, introducing characters you care about, and getting some action in there?  1500 words is HARD.  i tend to under-write, but even my entry looks to come in
a couple hundred words over the limit.

drastic slashing incoming!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 19, 2016, 09:55:47 PM
Of course this is the one I decide to make my debut with.

Edit: On another note. I just read through the replies to see what everyone else is doing, and it seems me and Blackthorn are going for the same idea. I swear I didn't copy you. XD
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 19, 2016, 10:27:52 PM
Of course this is the one I decide to make my debut with.

Edit: On another note. I just read through the replies to see what everyone else is doing, and it seems me and Blackthorn are going for the same idea. I swear I didn't copy you. XD
Yeah I'm starting to be concerned it's going to be the same  ;D  but I'm not sure if that's the direction I'm going to continue with. It isn't flowing as well as I'd like it to, and while I think it shows dystopia better I may do something with the same world but more action.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 20, 2016, 12:30:02 AM
I think you should read the four entries that are already in. In my eyes (and he knows he's playing with fire) Henry is a bit outside the theme, because his character could be having an individual problem, and the references to society's faults are few. Still like it though.
All three others fall well into the theme, I believe–sorry to include myself so arrogantly–because all three depict an action sequence happening in a rotten society. The society is never "described" explicitely, but you could read with a notepad at hand and list the stuff that seems wrong as you read, because they become obvious, even if not explained.

Like my cyborg MC, seeing a child that "doesn't register" to her eyes, and immediately thinking he didn't have his chip removed but most likely never had a chip, and must be an illegal child. In one sentence as a character afterthought, I imply that everyone has chips in their skin (to be tracked easily, you can guess), and that children must be made with authorisation.

That's an example of worldbuilding done in the shadows, where I let you imagine for yourself what is going wrong.
It's a lot more subtle than going "society is like this and that" and is a lot less space consuming.

I think that's the type of worldbuilding that you'll need if you're short for space @shadowkat678 (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=41140)

But, at the end of the day, look at Henry as well. He did his own thing the way he likes it, the cheeky fellow knows he's borderline and doesn't care. You can totally do the same as well.
If you're totally out of theme, you'll probably get some likes and compliments but few votes. At the end of the day, it's your first participation, nobody expects you to steal the show or anything, just write something you enjoy, as close to theme as possible, and you'll have time to get reviews and opinion while you prepare for next month's story as well :P
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on April 20, 2016, 12:56:36 AM
Totally what Nora said, in all respects. The key is to have fun and learn, and then try to win if you feel like it.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 20, 2016, 01:09:01 AM
Alright then. I'm five hundred words in and I think I'll just go with it then. I mentioned something that might count as a take over group, so might work that in.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 21, 2016, 04:47:29 AM
I really hate to miss out, but I don't know if I'm going to be able to pull this one off in time.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 21, 2016, 03:05:15 PM
I really hate to miss out, but I don't know if I'm going to be able to pull this one off in time.

doh!  good point.

i just looked at the calendar and it's telling me to get my ass into gear.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on April 21, 2016, 03:15:36 PM
I'm quite curious as to what you guys will all pull off this month with this theme. (Same for nightmares to be fair)
Loving what's in so far for sure ^^
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 21, 2016, 03:16:10 PM
You guys are alright, you have more than a week. Plenty of time to brew your last minute submissions.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 21, 2016, 04:52:47 PM
Unless you're a college student with finals.  :(
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 21, 2016, 04:55:17 PM
*phew*

just dropped the first draft.  1800 words.

time to CHOP, CHOP, CHOP!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 21, 2016, 04:59:26 PM
*phew*

just dropped the first draft.  1800 words.

time to CHOP, CHOP, CHOP!

I just did that, then realized I couldn't and had to start a large part of it over.
Title: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 21, 2016, 05:00:40 PM
It's not only time but as much as I like the subject I'm just not feeling it lately.  I don't want to force myself to write.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on April 21, 2016, 05:10:04 PM
I don't want to force myself to write.
Sometimes nothing else makes you write.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Peat on April 22, 2016, 04:18:14 AM
Hmm. Does squirrels fighting goats count as a utopia, or a dystopia? I'm really not sure.
If you're writing about an animal kingdom Redwall-type, that could totally count as dystopia and valid entry - don't forget though, goats=evil ones (unless they're cute babies) ;D
Squirrels are the rebels, fighting Atku and his minions 8)

...

Well, now I have two ideas, and that's no good.

Hey @Peat (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=41189), if you really want to know about Atku God of Goats, here is where to go: http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/general-discussion/the-forum-birthday-cycle/msg101326/#msg101326 (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/general-discussion/the-forum-birthday-cycle/msg101326/#msg101326)  ;D

PRAISE BE TO AKTU! All hail the goat that will consume our sanity!

Not that this affects whether I'll be contributing (main issue is the word count, feels both too short and too long), but are we allowed to post our stories elsewhere after entering? Thought it would be cool to stick it up on my blog and talk about process/feedback and what not. Assuming I do one. Come on little brain, fight the Call of Aktu...
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 22, 2016, 04:30:39 AM
Don't see why you can't? I put mine on my FB articles, to have them close at hand. A permanent depressing reminder that none of my close contacts give a shred of a damn that I write stuff. I think I've had maybe 4 or 5 people noticing. The two people I physically know who read and complimented me were both writers in their own field.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 22, 2016, 05:16:41 AM
um.  yeah.

i hope so.

i have already posted them all over the place:
http://www.topherchapman.com/stories/toc/
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Peat on April 22, 2016, 11:33:08 AM
Grand so. Ta youse.

Oh buggeration, Nora had my idea first. Back to the drawing board.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 22, 2016, 11:52:46 AM
What do you mean, your idea? A bio punk cross between a meditative rumble through a slum and a human chase, with characters inspired by cyberpunk and biopunk works including ghost in the shell? All the way to the techniques the MC uses and the fate of her target?

Come on man, if you're not wiring a copy cat plot AND a copy cat setting, there is no worries with having either a similar plot, or a similar world. If your characters have different personalities and goals, why worry?
Look at the February stories. It was fanfic and there were like 5 stories using Connan as a character!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 22, 2016, 12:43:43 PM
1 week to have more than just 4 entries!
I know you won't let us down :)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Mr.J on April 22, 2016, 04:08:42 PM
1 week to have more than just 4 entries!
I know you won't let us down :)
Oh crap only a week left in April? Blimey this year going so quickly :(

I wrote my story ages ago but haven't been back to edit it yet, so don't worry it'll get submitted. It's a bit weird though...
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 22, 2016, 06:15:19 PM
after a brutal exercise in economy of words, i've pared mine down to the bone this morning.  i'm still in the polishing phase, but it's looking like the final product is going to have a pace that ZOOMS because of the new word count.

it could very, very easily be twice the length and still pretty speedy.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on April 22, 2016, 08:40:56 PM
I still don't have any ideas. Still wish this was apocalypse and not dystopia. I've been trying to visualize something, anything, but it just won't come.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 23, 2016, 12:09:15 AM
boom!  i think it's ready to go.  1496 words.  just gotta get sign-off from the wife.  make sure it's not ridiculous.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 23, 2016, 12:37:00 AM
What is this married-person-seal-of-approval thing? I don't understand it. I've never sought approval for a single story so far, never thinking I'd unknowingly write something ridiculous, and I thought everyone did the same.
I'm confused, do you think your sanity is questionable m3m? Or is it a way to keep your wife in the loop of your writing adventures?

Speaking of couple coordination, where is @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840) gone? Haven't read a thing from you guys since the dawn of times.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 23, 2016, 01:07:45 AM
What is this married-person-seal-of-approval thing? I don't understand it. I've never sought approval for a single story so far, never thinking I'd unknowingly write something ridiculous, and I thought everyone did the same.
I'm confused, do you think your sanity is questionable m3m? Or is it a way to keep your wife in the loop of your writing adventures?

Speaking of couple coordination, where is @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840) gone? Haven't read a thing from you guys since the dawn of times.

heh.  no, no.  it's not an approval thing.

she's not really into fantasy (she reads literally EVERYTHING else from einstein bios to trashy patterson novels to oprah picks -- and she's one of those irritating people who can finish a 400pp novel on a plane ride.  keeping her in books is expensive.) but she's a great sounding board to make sure i don't skip things that are in my head.  i tend to under-write, so it's nice to have someone look stuff over to make sure the picture in my head matches what's on the page.

she's caught a couple things in my stories where she didn't understand something because i totally skipped over it.

edit:  oh.  and yeah -- where on earth did rap-a-saurs go?!  they're probably too busy becoming professional foodies.  mmmm...  food.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Raptori on April 23, 2016, 02:05:29 AM
(http://49.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ma05etU3vc1qbxi45o1_500.gif)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Saurus on April 23, 2016, 02:05:36 AM
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-IjZrZcKVFrI/VLZ-3S_gWfI/AAAAAAAAD8Y/FkQDqBGwe8w/w704-h426/peek%2Ba%2Bboo%2Bkitten.gif)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on April 23, 2016, 02:12:39 AM
Raptori and Saurus, been missing you, glad you're still reading even if you're busy. Saurus, finally joined Instagram to follow my kids' overseas trip and found all Saurus food up to date - congratulations it's lovely. ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Saurus on April 23, 2016, 02:25:35 AM
Raptori and Saurus, been missing you, glad you're still reading even if you're busy. Saurus, finally joined Instagram to follow my kids' overseas trip and found all Saurus food up to date - congratulations it's lovely. ;D

Yay! :D Thank you! Though I haven't actually been on Instagram much for the past few weeks - far too busy D: I also haven't had time to upload any new recipes on the blog, but I'll get around to it at some point ^_^

We miss you too, and we think you should come to the grim gathering (assuming they ever settle on a date)! Not like it's THAT far, right? ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on April 23, 2016, 05:57:41 AM
I still don't have any ideas. Still wish this was apocalypse and not dystopia. I've been trying to visualize something, anything, but it just won't come.

Same here. Again. I actually had a pretty good idea these days, but I think it's Sci-Fi, not Dystopia.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 23, 2016, 06:01:58 AM
We miss you too, and we think you should come to the grim gathering (assuming they ever settle on a date)! Not like it's THAT far, right? ;D

that's one of the best things i've read in a while.  i wholeheartedly agree.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 23, 2016, 06:58:15 AM
I still don't have any ideas. Still wish this was apocalypse and not dystopia. I've been trying to visualize something, anything, but it just won't come.

Same here. Again. I actually had a pretty good idea these days, but I think it's Sci-Fi, not Dystopia.

Hummm... What's your definition of Dystopia? There is nothing that prevents you from writing a dystopian sci fi. Dystopia is a possible future where society sucks. It can very well be a future where we settled on the moon and society sucks.
My own story is sci fi... So long as your good idea includes a bad society, I think you can submit without fear. Or did you mean that there is no dystopian favour in your idea at all?
Can you not shoehorn some in?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Mr.J on April 23, 2016, 10:52:04 AM
I still don't have any ideas. Still wish this was apocalypse and not dystopia. I've been trying to visualize something, anything, but it just won't come.

Same here. Again. I actually had a pretty good idea these days, but I think it's Sci-Fi, not Dystopia.

Hummm... What's your definition of Dystopia? There is nothing that prevents you from writing a dystopian sci fi. Dystopia is a possible future where society sucks. It can very well be a future where we settled on the moon and society sucks.
My own story is sci fi... So long as your good idea includes a bad society, I think you can submit without fear. Or did you mean that there is no dystopian favour in your idea at all?
Can you not shoehorn some in?
One could argue Brave New World fits under Dystopian Sci-Fi I think?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 23, 2016, 11:10:19 AM
Yes, agreed. I think it's the very definition of cyberpunk as well. It's dystopian near future sf, isn't it?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 23, 2016, 12:00:34 PM
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-IjZrZcKVFrI/VLZ-3S_gWfI/AAAAAAAAD8Y/FkQDqBGwe8w/w704-h426/peek%2Ba%2Bboo%2Bkitten.gif)
Totally off topic, but I caught this program on Portuguese TV the other day that made me think of you guys.
It's called 'Too cute kittens' and it's all about showing baby (really tiny) kittens just playing and discovering and doing whatever. Even for a non-cat person it was really 'too cute' ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Saurus on April 23, 2016, 02:01:44 PM
Totally off topic, but I caught this program on Portuguese TV the other day that made me think of you guys.
It's called 'Too cute kittens' and it's all about showing baby (really tiny) kittens just playing and discovering and doing whatever. Even for a non-cat person it was really 'too cute' ;D

I think the purpose of life may actually be kittens.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-q7MK-FAZKgw/VdbB7WLVnYI/AAAAAAAAQUs/ySWG2rWF0Hs/w506-h750/e3d7ff8303207c09b9a169523ab7c9f7.gif)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Ryan Stonepeak on April 23, 2016, 04:38:45 PM
NOT COOL!!!!!!

Also, I'm totally going to do an apocalypse story instead of a dystopia one.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 23, 2016, 05:40:30 PM
despite the attempt of adorbs kittens trying to distract me, i am now officially entered!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on April 23, 2016, 07:38:29 PM
I have an idea! It's nothing original, but oh well. I'm going out on a limb here and trying 1st person present tense. As if dystopia wasn't hard enough already.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 23, 2016, 07:44:22 PM
Loving the new entries and the promises :D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on April 23, 2016, 11:17:21 PM
I still don't have any ideas. Still wish this was apocalypse and not dystopia. I've been trying to visualize something, anything, but it just won't come.

Same here. Again. I actually had a pretty good idea these days, but I think it's Sci-Fi, not Dystopia.

Hummm... What's your definition of Dystopia? There is nothing that prevents you from writing a dystopian sci fi. Dystopia is a possible future where society sucks. It can very well be a future where we settled on the moon and society sucks.
My own story is sci fi... So long as your good idea includes a bad society, I think you can submit without fear. Or did you mean that there is no dystopian favour in your idea at all?
Can you not shoehorn some in?

I think the dystopian flavour is in, but it's very light. I thought of a certain technology changing daily life, and while it can change human behavior in a very bad way, it also brought some huge benefits that possibly can overshadow the former.
Hm, now that I'm thinking about it I could just move forward in time to show the bad parts dominating, while the promised benefits were barely implemented or never at all.

Or seeing all this kitten pictures, maybe I should just write a future of evil cats dominating the world.
After millenniums trying to understand and communicate with our beloved pets, humans succeeded in developing a way to do that, but also ended up making all cats psychic beings with human reasoning.
Since they are much more mischievous and are all tyrants in the becoming, we are enslaved, monthly brought to Human Shops to be bathed, shaved and breed. The dogs are the only ones immune to their evil hypnotic powers and for decades we are forced to create tech to mercilessly hunt down their archenemies under the orders of their supreme leader: Kitler.

(http://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/kitler-1__605.jpg)

Now which story do I write  ::)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 26, 2016, 07:46:53 AM
Come on people, only 5 days left to add your story to the meagre 4 entered so far!!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 26, 2016, 03:25:21 PM
Come on people, only 5 days left to add your story to the meagre 4 entered so far!!

*ahem*

five entries, ma'am.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on April 26, 2016, 07:31:12 PM
Speaking of which, where is Mr. @Rukaio_Alter (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40087) in all this? What is it, sir? You cannot make a dystopia comedic? Your God King of the Writing Contest status hangs in the balance!

Seriously though, writing dystopia is fun. I'd love to see what more people do with it!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 26, 2016, 09:03:24 PM
Wow, no pressure tebakutis. We can't mind an easier month now, can we?  :P
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 26, 2016, 09:04:52 PM
May is the month of flowers.
Just saying.
No hints or influence or anything.
 ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on April 26, 2016, 09:17:43 PM
May is the month of flowers.
Just saying.
No hints or influence or anything.
 ;D
Theme's 'herbal lore', but don't tell anybody.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Peat on April 27, 2016, 08:57:14 AM
I did actually come up with a really silly idea involving cats and what do I see what I get in here... eh, I'll probably finish it up and post it anyway. Won't be great, but makes me giggle a little.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on April 27, 2016, 10:27:40 AM
Come on people, only 5 days left to add your story to the meagre 4 entered so far!!

*ahem*

five entries, ma'am.
Shame on you Nora, how could you forget m3m's meagre entry?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 27, 2016, 11:55:39 AM
Four or five, were still far away from our months with 13 entries. We're missing Raptori/Saurus and Elfi in our regulars. Also sad to not see @OnlyOneHighlander (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=35404) enter, seems like his kind of topic.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 27, 2016, 07:55:31 PM
Four or five, were still far away from our months with 13 entries. We're missing Raptori/Saurus and Elfi in our regulars. Also sad to not see @OnlyOneHighlander (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=35404) enter, seems like his kind of topic.

that's a great question.  where did all our writers go?  we were hummin' last fall.  topping 20 entries at times.

...especially with such a crunchy theme.



Come on people, only 5 days left to add your story to the meagre 4 entered so far!!

*ahem*

five entries, ma'am.
Shame on you Nora, how could you forget m3m's meagre entry?

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/spa/h3vqkvstcrbx6lq/qa_75v2h.png)

wow.  perfect word.  all the way around, even!

it's almost like you know me!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Mr.J on April 27, 2016, 08:11:50 PM
I'm busyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy writing my WiP :P

Tell you what I'll edit my story and get up in this evening. Then you can not-read it at your hearts content ;) (I don't think it's very good but it's all I have)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on April 27, 2016, 08:51:46 PM
Still haven't got anything in. It's been a crazy week and somehow I've been wrangled into coaching boys soccer/football twice a week. Might be a very unpolished story in the end, but then again, my last one wasn't polished either. I think I spent all of three hours on it?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 27, 2016, 08:55:02 PM
We like all stories - who's to say not-polished/not-very-good (in your opinion) aren't enjoyable for some people? :)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on April 27, 2016, 09:25:06 PM
We like all stories - who's to say not-polished/not-very-good (in your opinion) aren't enjoyable for some people? :)
Well, even my polished is usually quite not-polished, so....
Of course, that doesn't mean that there aren't some silly people who still find it enjoyable.  ;) :P

I've been really busy and stressed out lately but will try to write something for this. Probably on the last day...
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on April 27, 2016, 09:31:56 PM
Still haven't got anything in. It's been a crazy week and somehow I've been wrangled into coaching boys soccer/football twice a week. Might be a very unpolished story in the end, but then again, my last one wasn't polished either. I think I spent all of three hours on it?

Hehe, right there with you! Don't knock yourself out. I try not to stress out too much about the writing contest stories ... they're just fun, IMO, and if I get to experiment with a concept or write something that resonates with me, maybe I'll learn something. The idea of a prompt just works for me, especially if it's something I would NEVER write otherwise. Quite often, a contest theme forces me out of my comfort zone.

I'd encourage everyone who wants to be a writer to just write something for fun, submit, and share. Don't stress about whether your story is polished enough, or unoriginal, or whatever. I mean, when we did the "Fantasy Character Fanfic Fight" themes awhile back, I grabbed book tie-ins for Tomb Raider and Uncharted and wrote a story where Nathan Drake and Lara Croft get in a fight. I think that's probably the most fun I've had writing anything in like 6 months. :0
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: OnlyOneHighlander on April 27, 2016, 09:54:56 PM

Four or five, were still far away from our months with 13 entries. We're missing Raptori/Saurus and Elfi in our regulars. Also sad to not see @OnlyOneHighlander (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=35404) enter, seems like his kind of topic.

Almost finished, honest. Should be done by tomorrow night... okay, Friday morning/afternoon... Saturday's still okay right?  ;)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 27, 2016, 10:11:04 PM
Still haven't got anything in. It's been a crazy week and somehow I've been wrangled into coaching boys soccer/football twice a week. Might be a very unpolished story in the end, but then again, my last one wasn't polished either. I think I spent all of three hours on it?

Hehe, right there with you! Don't knock yourself out. I try not to stress out too much about the writing contest stories ... they're just fun, IMO, and if I get to experiment with a concept or write something that resonates with me, maybe I'll learn something. The idea of a prompt just works for me, especially if it's something I would NEVER write otherwise. Quite often, a contest theme forces me out of my comfort zone.

I'd encourage everyone who wants to be a writer to just write something for fun, submit, and share. Don't stress about whether your story is polished enough, or unoriginal, or whatever. I mean, when we did the "Fantasy Character Fanfic Fight" themes awhile back, I grabbed book tie-ins for Tomb Raider and Uncharted and wrote a story where Nathan Drake and Lara Croft get in a fight. I think that's probably the most fun I've had writing anything in like 6 months. :0

i can't echo this hard enough.

i look at it more like a bunch of us making up crazy stories and having fun.  there just happens to be a winner occasionally.  but, the best part by far, is the sideways-thinking often required and having a safe place to experiment with it.

i LOVE this contest playground.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on April 27, 2016, 10:30:40 PM
Still haven't got anything in. It's been a crazy week and somehow I've been wrangled into coaching boys soccer/football twice a week. Might be a very unpolished story in the end, but then again, my last one wasn't polished either. I think I spent all of three hours on it?

Hehe, right there with you! Don't knock yourself out. I try not to stress out too much about the writing contest stories ... they're just fun, IMO, and if I get to experiment with a concept or write something that resonates with me, maybe I'll learn something. The idea of a prompt just works for me, especially if it's something I would NEVER write otherwise. Quite often, a contest theme forces me out of my comfort zone.

I'd encourage everyone who wants to be a writer to just write something for fun, submit, and share. Don't stress about whether your story is polished enough, or unoriginal, or whatever. I mean, when we did the "Fantasy Character Fanfic Fight" themes awhile back, I grabbed book tie-ins for Tomb Raider and Uncharted and wrote a story where Nathan Drake and Lara Croft get in a fight. I think that's probably the most fun I've had writing anything in like 6 months. :0

Oh, believe me, I wasn't stressing about the writing. Although, this piece I started is kind of morbid, so maybe that says something about how things are going? I have 600 words for this month and it'd be nice to finish it in time.

And I totally agree about the getting out of your comfort zone thing. The writing contests challenge me and encourage me to be a part of this community.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Mr.J on April 27, 2016, 10:38:10 PM
And that makes six. The sexy six

Can we make it to the magnificent seven, or a hateful eight?

Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on April 28, 2016, 05:01:47 AM

Oh, believe me, I wasn't stressing about the writing. Although, this piece I started is kind of morbid, so maybe that says something about how things are going? I have 600 words for this month and it'd be nice to finish it in time

You got something, at least! Still zero here. Maybe I really should just go with Kitler.
Title: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 28, 2016, 09:10:10 AM
Wow I didn't even realize how close the deadline is, I really doubt I'll be entering this one
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 28, 2016, 09:17:08 AM
Yep, April just flew by.
I can have the entries open until end of the 1st (Sunday), so people can do it over the weekend (4 full days from now).

Well, at the moment we have 6 entries and 2 votes, so a better chance for the current ones ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on April 28, 2016, 10:29:54 AM
Phew. My entry is in. Momentarily didn't think I was going to make it. It's coming to the end of my final year of Uni, so I've been swamped all month with coursework (including 60+ remaining pages of screenplay due in just over two weeks) and not had much time to work on this. Fortunately, (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), I got a fun idea yesterday that I felt motivated to type up all in one go.

Interestingly enough, my initial idea for this topic was actually a fairly serious one. However, the concept I felt was too difficult to fit into 1500 words, plus I didn't have the time/motivation to work on it (since I always enjoy writing fun stories far more). We'll see whether the next topic hits me with the same inspiration.

Also, on a different note, I'm actually genuinely semi-considering Scarlet Bea's suggestion in the March Voting Thread that I self-publish some of my short stories in an Anthology (along with a few originals.) Obviously, with my coursework, this won't be something I'll be able to get to until mid-May, but I want to know whether it might be something people here would be interested in?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Peat on April 28, 2016, 11:46:59 AM
Didn't like my jokey idea so hammered out a new one this morning. Hopefully give it a polish later tonight and post the thing up. So we'll make a Hateful Eight yet at the very least...
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Mr.J on April 28, 2016, 11:57:52 AM
Didn't like my jokey idea so hammered out a new one this morning. Hopefully give it a polish later tonight and post the thing up. So we'll make a Hateful Eight yet at the very least...
Jokey ideas do pretty well in this contest traditionally.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Peat on April 28, 2016, 12:04:47 PM
Didn't like my jokey idea so hammered out a new one this morning. Hopefully give it a polish later tonight and post the thing up. So we'll make a Hateful Eight yet at the very least...
Jokey ideas do pretty well in this contest traditionally.

This is unfortunate, as I am Srs Bsns.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 28, 2016, 02:33:06 PM
Yep. Not going to be able to get it in. I have too much to do with finals and essays and all that junk for college. Maybe I'll finish it and put it up in the critique thread later.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on April 28, 2016, 02:55:43 PM
Phew. My entry is in. Momentarily didn't think I was going to make it. It's coming to the end of my final year of Uni, so I've been swamped all month with coursework (including 60+ remaining pages of screenplay due in just over two weeks) and not had much time to work on this. Fortunately, (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view), I got a fun idea yesterday that I felt motivated to type up all in one go.

Interestingly enough, my initial idea for this topic was actually a fairly serious one. However, the concept I felt was too difficult to fit into 1500 words, plus I didn't have the time/motivation to work on it (since I always enjoy writing fun stories far more). We'll see whether the next topic hits me with the same inspiration.

Also, on a different note, I'm actually genuinely semi-considering Scarlet Bea's suggestion in the March Voting Thread that I self-publish some of my short stories in an Anthology (along with a few originals.) Obviously, with my coursework, this won't be something I'll be able to get to until mid-May, but I want to know whether it might be something people here would be interested in?

I can't remember if I've mentioned this to you, but I'd seriously consider submitting something to Unidentified Funny Objects (a yearly anthology from editor Alex Shvartsman) which is fantasy or sci-fi stories with a humorous bent.

https://alexshvartsman.com/ufo-unidentified-funny-objects/ (https://alexshvartsman.com/ufo-unidentified-funny-objects/)

The deadline is almost closed for this year (ends April 30) but you should keep it in mind for next year, absolutely.

As for self-publishing a short story anthology, it'd depend on how you do it! If you just put them up online (as some of us have done) I'm sure you could build a decent readership. Trying to sell a short story collection on Amazon is a bit more difficult, however ... I'd argue it's even more difficult than self-published novels. And it's tough to justify hiring an editor or purchasing (even cheap) cover art for a project that may not sell that many copies.

But, so long as you go in with an understanding of the costs and drawbacks, I'd certainly recommend the anthology to others.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: SJBudd on April 28, 2016, 03:04:51 PM
I'm having the worst writer's block ever, haven't written anything for months, anyone got any tips/ideas?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 28, 2016, 03:11:12 PM
I'd certainly recommend the anthology to others.
Me too!

I'm having the worst writer's block ever, haven't written anything for months, anyone got any tips/ideas?
Poor you.
I don't have anything, I have a love/hate (actually like/hate) relationship with this subject ::)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 28, 2016, 03:20:29 PM
I'm having the worst writer's block ever, haven't written anything for months, anyone got any tips/ideas?

@SJBudd (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=31436) do you want happy ending ideas, or sad ending ideas? Just ideas on where the wrong went dystopian, or plot lines?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on April 29, 2016, 06:08:03 AM
And submitted!  Good thing it was today, too, because tomorrow's a busy day.
Title: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 29, 2016, 06:18:38 AM
If I don't submit by tomorrow night I won't be submitting at all....maybe it's time to crack off another poem. When I simply can't get what I'm going for to work out I just say hell with it and write something I don't feel invested in
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Peat on April 29, 2016, 06:34:30 AM
And in, just before my internetless holiday.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 29, 2016, 11:58:16 AM
I kind of want the month to be over so that I can see the new topic, but since my rent moved to the first of the month, I've developed mixed feelings about these days
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 29, 2016, 12:08:05 PM
I kind of want the month to be over so that I can see the new topic,
It's going to be fun ;D
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Eclipse on April 29, 2016, 12:30:19 PM
I kind of want the month to be over so that I can see the new topic,
It's going to be fun ;D

Oh dear that's no good for Nora. :-)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 29, 2016, 12:46:12 PM
I kind of want the month to be over so that I can see the new topic,
It's going to be fun ;D

Oh dear that's no good for Nora. :-)

Are you implying I only like not fun stuff??  :o
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Eclipse on April 29, 2016, 12:53:09 PM
Nightmares, horror and darkness more your style !

I'm only teasing
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 29, 2016, 12:55:24 PM
And I meant 'fun' as in 'interesting'.
I would never be that clear ;)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Mr.J on April 29, 2016, 12:58:39 PM
Contest idea (though you might have already done this), you give us a very short fantasy plot and the challenge is to let us write it/tell the story however we like, we could use different POV's, persons, etc.

Although it could just be zombies...  :P
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 29, 2016, 01:00:16 PM
Xiagan gets the themes, I just give my opinion :)

And that seems far too easy and open-ended, J - we're a little worse than that for you writers ;)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on April 29, 2016, 01:49:37 PM
I kind of want the month to be over so that I can see the new topic,
It's going to be fun ;D

Oh dear that's no good for Nora. :-)

Are you implying I only like not fun stuff??  :o
The way it looks they're implying you're the Grinch.
You're not near hairy enough to be the Grinch though...  :P
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 29, 2016, 03:53:01 PM
i love this!

i wake up in the morning and it's like it's raining story submissions!  woot!

MOAR, PLZ!!
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 29, 2016, 03:56:03 PM
I kind of want the month to be over so that I can see the new topic,
It's going to be fun ;D

Oh dear that's no good for Nora. :-)

Are you implying I only like not fun stuff??  :o
The way it looks they're implying you're the Grinch.
You're not near hairy enough to be the Grinch though...  :P

Thank you for defending my pilosity. I am indeed not a very hairy person. I didn't picture myself as a grinch, but I guess my story history could do with a couple of happy endings.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on April 30, 2016, 04:58:22 AM
Yeah, 11 entries! How many more are we gonna get last minute?
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on April 30, 2016, 05:53:33 AM
Yeah, 11 entries! How many more are we gonna get last minute?
Extra Yay because 11 means we get 3 votes now  ;D
Title: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 30, 2016, 08:18:47 AM
Well I've got nothing, not a thing
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 30, 2016, 08:36:04 AM
11 stories - 3 votes - yay from me too! I knew you guys wouldn't let us down ;D

Well I've got nothing, not a thing
Next month then: I think you'll get a better idea then ;)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 30, 2016, 09:00:00 AM
11 stories - 3 votes - yay from me too! I knew you guys wouldn't let us down ;D

Well I've got nothing, not a thing
Next month then: I think you'll get a better idea then ;)
Maybe.....This month was a long one and I think I'm just worn out
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on April 30, 2016, 09:29:10 PM
Yep, totally not finishing. Gonna have to put it up later in critique. Too much studying and paper writing, not enough time. Ugh...  :-\
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on April 30, 2016, 10:59:00 PM
Submitted mine.
It ended up being much shorter than what I thought it would be (though I knew it wasn't going to be 1500 words).
Under 700 words? Huh. Well, that will have to do, I guess.  ???
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on May 01, 2016, 12:37:42 AM
Submitted mine.
It ended up being much shorter than what I thought it would be (though I knew it wasn't going to be 1500 words).
Under 700 words? Huh. Well, that will have to do, I guess.  ???

At least I beat you on that  ::) 890 here.

The silliest, most non-sense story I probably have ever written and ever will. I wonder what future generations will think when reading it. But at least I covered the theme  :)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on May 01, 2016, 09:26:17 AM
Wow, from 4 to 13 in a week :D

So, is anyone just finishing or can I lock the thread? Let me know.
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on May 23, 2016, 10:15:25 AM
Ohoho... Just found this online and can't help sharing it here. very appropriate after all.


(http://img-9gag-fun.9cache.com/photo/a574pnr_700b_v1.jpg)
Title: Re: [Apr 2016] - The Last Contest - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on May 30, 2016, 01:34:43 AM
Voted! Finally. Loved a number of the stories and was, again, impressed by the quality. As usual, my picks came down to elements that personally worked for me. This theme inspired a ton of cool ideas. :)