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Title: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on December 01, 2017, 09:51:18 PM
Alien or Eldritch Artifact

(https://pre00.deviantart.net/d0a9/th/pre/i/2016/151/d/3/ancient_artifact_by_arenirart-da4h29e.jpg)
by Arenir (https://arenirart.deviantart.com/)

A massive artifact appears all of a sudden and (violently) disrupts the everyday life (of a tribe, a city, a country, the world, ...). It can either be an alien artifact (science fiction) or an eldritch artifact (fantasy). This month, we want you to think big. Something huge happens and humanity (or whoever else) barely (if at all) has time to react. Disruption is the key word and nothing will ever be like it was again.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. Disruption through an artifact must play a big role in the story.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-750 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 under the B.

If you want so submit your story anonymously you can do so by sending it in a personal message to @xiagan.

Entry will close Dec 31th, 2017/Jan 1st, 2018 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.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Please post your entry here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?topic=11083.new#new).

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on December 01, 2017, 10:11:07 PM
Awww YISS. End of the world babaaay!
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on December 01, 2017, 10:20:50 PM
An enormous red and white pole slams into the ice of the North Pole!
A laughing, gift-bearing alien emerges from his space sled.
Within 150 years, the polar ice caps melt.

Coincidence?

I think not.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Bender on December 02, 2017, 01:41:24 AM
Interesting....
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: RobertS on December 02, 2017, 02:11:13 AM
My submission this time is called "Monkey Bars." It was the first thing that popped into my head so I followed the thought to it's illogical conclusion.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on December 02, 2017, 03:23:13 AM
I think I'm gonna try writing in first person this month. It's been over a year I think since I last tried writing in this perspective, but I think it might fit for this theme.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: bdcharles on December 02, 2017, 04:56:44 PM
Awww YISS. End of the world babaaay!

Or indeed the dawning of a new one :)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 03, 2017, 07:23:16 AM
So for this months thread-story-that-violates-submission-guidlines, I've written about @Lanko but really I feel like the story fits @Henry Dale more... perhaps I should put both of you in the story.

There's a cat in it.  And a dachshund.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Eclipse on December 03, 2017, 07:37:46 AM
So for this months thread-story-that-violates-submission-guidlines, I've written about @Lanko but really I feel like the story fits @Henry Dale more... perhaps I should put both of you in the story.

There's a cat in it.  And a dachshund.

Can I have a cameo appearance with an eldritch toilet
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 03, 2017, 08:09:30 AM
So for this months thread-story-that-violates-submission-guidlines, I've written about @Lanko but really I feel like the story fits @Henry Dale more... perhaps I should put both of you in the story.

There's a cat in it.  And a dachshund.

Can I have a cameo appearance with an eldritch toilet

haha an eldritch toilet would make it an official story... :)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on December 03, 2017, 08:24:02 AM
Awww YISS. End of the world babaaay!

Or indeed the dawning of a new one :)

Or both all in one story?
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on December 03, 2017, 08:37:56 AM
So for this months thread-story-that-violates-submission-guidlines, I've written about @Lanko but really I feel like the story fits @Henry Dale more... perhaps I should put both of you in the story.

There's a cat in it.  And a dachshund.

A story about me?
Let me know when you post it ^^
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 03, 2017, 11:31:28 AM
@Lanko I need to know how you feel about cats and dachshunds and the Freemasons.  Henry this story is about you but it's like a prequel you. Like Anakin before Darth Vader
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on December 03, 2017, 12:05:15 PM
So, avoiding the contest guidelines is now a thing?
Why didn’t I know?!!!   :o
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on December 03, 2017, 12:25:56 PM
Can’t wait to meet Prequel Henry ;D 8) ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on December 03, 2017, 02:38:52 PM
Fan service isn't fair competition!!!
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: RobertS on December 03, 2017, 03:34:06 PM
So, avoiding the contest guidelines is now a thing?
Why didn’t I know?!!!   :o

Sorry, my bad.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on December 03, 2017, 04:54:47 PM
Fan service isn't fair competition!!!
You'll see that these stories are usually not that aligned with the theme, so don't get that many votes, even though they're funny ???
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 03, 2017, 08:14:06 PM
So, avoiding the contest guidelines is now a thing?
Why didn’t I know?!!!   :o

Fan service isn't fair competition!!!
You'll see that these stories are usually not that aligned with the theme, so don't get that many votes, even though they're funny ???

@Jmack I'm referring to the stories I've been write in the discussion thread, not for submission.  There was the Lanko-painting one two months ago that was too short to submit, then last month I got the length and theme right in my ebola story, but it wasn't really fantasy, this month inspiration hit before I found out about the theme.  Lanko's been writing about the adventures of fantasy anthropologist Barley Redwood so I wanted to do a Sherlanko story again this month, but a theme very appropriate to Henry just popped into my mind :)

Since I tend to write stories that involve toileting, Eclipse has written a toilet themed story about me in another thread somewhere.

Non-competition thread stories (except for Lanko's which was competition worthy):

Lanko and Barley Redwood
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?topic=10973.msg179057#msg179057

Eclipse, me and Toilets
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?topic=23.msg172100#msg172100

Sherlanko's new iPhone
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?topic=10972.msg177795#msg177795

Bad poetry about water
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?topic=11031.msg179121#msg179121

RobertS's good poetry about water
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?topic=11031.msg179136#msg179136

My thanksgiving Ebola story
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?topic=11031.msg179764#msg179764
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: RobertS on December 03, 2017, 08:31:57 PM

RobertS's good poetry about water
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?topic=11031.msg179136#msg179136

Thou art too kind gentle sir! Yet, as an artist desperate for accolade I do bask in the praise of such a fine writer as thyself.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on December 03, 2017, 08:38:38 PM
@Bradley Darewood, I have no opinions on cats, I always had and preferred dogs. I have no idea what's a dachsund and barely know anything about the Freemasons...

Meanwhile, I think I got an idea for a "Barley Redwood and the Call of Cthulhu" parody  ::)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on December 03, 2017, 11:18:03 PM
@Bradley Darewood, I have no opinions on cats, I always had and preferred dogs. I have no idea what's a dachsund and barely know anything about the Freemasons...

Meanwhile, I think I got an idea for a "Barley Redwood and the Call of Cthulhu" parody  ::)

Lanko, dachshunds are the best of little dogs, friendly, lazy and always hungry.  ;D

(http://cdn2-www.dogtime.com/assets/uploads/2011/01/file_23020_dachshund-dog-breed.jpg)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on December 03, 2017, 11:37:52 PM
@Lady Ty Ah, I see, the name in Portuguese is vastly different, is actually the name of a food - "little sausage", more exactly.

I currently have a Pinscher with the exact color combinations of the picture you posted. He's currently 13 10 and when bought as a newborn I remember I could hold him entirely in the palm of my hand. It was quite a change, as I always had big dogs.

So there you go Bradley, you can use pinschers for your story I guess  ::)

 
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on December 04, 2017, 03:13:30 AM
I'm leaning towards an SF take on this one. I already have the seeds of an idea.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on December 04, 2017, 10:01:18 PM
Meanwhile, I think I got an idea for a "Barley Redwood and the Call of Cthulhu" parody  ::)
Maybe it could include the eldritch toilet Eclipse mentioned earlier. "Barley Redwood and the Tentacled Toilet" perhaps?
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on December 15, 2017, 10:25:45 PM
Does anyone else have a voice in their head whispering "Your eldritch artifact shall be a Christmas tree accompanied by Santa in a fantasy setting which doesn't have Christmas."
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 16, 2017, 03:34:47 AM
Does anyone else have a voice in their head whispering "Your eldritch artifact shall be a Christmas tree accompanied by Santa in a fantasy setting which doesn't have Christmas."

Nope.  I don't have that voice.

(https://www.thezorklibrary.com/bzork/bzork-quendor6.jpg)

(https://78.media.tumblr.com/2fd5ee41c03b76c3408c9afcdd56492c/tumblr_nzse6gPDhz1rrhdxjo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on December 16, 2017, 11:20:52 AM
I've come up with an ok idea right now, including Death and his little sister fighting to save humanity.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 17, 2017, 03:54:06 AM
(https://img00.deviantart.net/9a0d/i/2005/205/8/0/mandy_and_grim_by_pungang.jpg)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on December 17, 2017, 09:40:57 AM
Not quite what I had in mind but well...
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: MattWillis on December 20, 2017, 01:35:17 PM
Definitely going to have a crack at this, after reading bdcharles' October winner
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on December 20, 2017, 02:03:03 PM
Yay @MattWillis, we like newbies entering our contest :D
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: MattWillis on December 21, 2017, 12:11:56 AM
Thanks! It is done...
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on December 25, 2017, 06:27:39 PM
So I originally had resigned myself to not having a story this month as nothing was coming to me. But it seems the spirit of Christmas decided to strike with inspiration this morning. I ended up writing the first draft on my phone while waiting for breakfast to finish baking.

Transferred it over to my laptop during the lull between activities and I hope to have a more polished story by the end of the week.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on December 26, 2017, 12:50:22 AM
I am working on mine. Just have to disentangle two different concepts that aren’t really compatible and ended up in the same partial draft.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on December 27, 2017, 10:44:01 AM
Now that the Christmas fuss is over, let the entries come!  8) ;)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on December 28, 2017, 03:04:37 PM
I'm in. This is only the second time I've written in an epistolary format, but it felt right to set the story as such.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 28, 2017, 03:08:28 PM
I got nothin this time
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on December 28, 2017, 06:08:09 PM
I got nothin this time

Feel you. I have a concept and no plot to make a nice resolve. No inspiration forthcoming and the month was so mental I'm barely recuperating mentally.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: MattWillis on December 28, 2017, 06:52:40 PM
I'm in. This is only the second time I've written in an epistolary format, but it felt right to set the story as such.

Ooh, very regency! Looking forward to reading this
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on December 28, 2017, 07:03:51 PM
It's a bit experimental (for me) but mine's in.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on December 30, 2017, 10:05:44 PM
5 stories so far...
Is this going to be like previous months, and we get a bunch of them on the last day(s)?
I'm going to be nice and let you still write and submit on New Year's Day ;D

Some obvious misses from past months have been our regulars @Lanko and @Rukaio_Alter. And @m3mnoch, stop building work for a while and do some writing work 8)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on December 30, 2017, 10:18:33 PM
I definitely won't be in since I have literally nothing. So unless a weird madness overcomes me and compels me to do nothing but write on the 1st, not gonna happen. It was a great topic but a very bad month. Busy, no two days off in a row, my head full of work work work and my time off spent reading 3 books at the same time. Sorry.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on December 30, 2017, 11:02:53 PM
Sorry. Got all the next few weeks busy with Uni deadlines, so I don't really have the free time this month. Plus nothing is amazingly jumping out at me idea-wise for this topic.

I might get a last minute inspiration flash tomorrow, but don't necessarily count on it.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on December 31, 2017, 03:16:38 AM
Sorry. Got all the next few weeks busy with Uni deadlines, so I don't really have the free time this month. Plus nothing is amazingly jumping out at me idea-wise for this topic.

I might get a last minute inspiration flash tomorrow, but don't necessarily count on it.

I too, am guilty of seriously slacking off on the contests. It's been a crazy few months, but one of my New Year's resolutions is to start participating again, beginning in January. So, consider this my vow to have a story in January 2018 and the months to come!
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Venandiaer on December 31, 2017, 03:54:04 AM
I finally got round to writing another entry! Yay me... Hopefully it's good. Third tries the charm right?
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on December 31, 2017, 04:40:07 AM
5 stories so far...
Is this going to be like previous months, and we get a bunch of them on the last day(s)?
I'm going to be nice and let you still write and submit on New Year's Day ;D

Some obvious misses from past months have been our regulars @Lanko and @Rukaio_Alter. And @m3mnoch, stop building work for a while and do some writing work 8)

*waves*

*blows kisses*

*goes back to slaving away*
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on January 01, 2018, 01:40:01 PM
Ahaha!!

@Jmack just letting you know but the second time you wrote Norma, you missed the M and now the wife is called Nora.

Edit, and the third time as well, so is she called Nora or Norma?
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on January 01, 2018, 01:41:45 PM
Ahaha!!

@Jmack just letting you know but the second time you wrote Norma, you missed the M and now the wife is called Nora.

Whoops. Sorry, still happily married.  ;) ;D :P

Edit: Norma  ;D

Edit/edit: Decided I didn’t like the music of the word “Norma.”
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 01, 2018, 02:24:55 PM
Anyone doing last minute writing?
If I don't hear otherwise, I'll close the submission tonight.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: Carter on January 01, 2018, 03:35:47 PM
I'm not going to be able to get one finished for it this month.  I was working on one but I have been unable to both get it finished or get it to work the way I wanted and rushing it now will not do it any good.  Looking forward to reading everyone else's though once the contest closes. 
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on January 01, 2018, 04:48:11 PM
Anyone doing last minute writing?
If I don't hear otherwise, I'll close the submission tonight.
Leave it open for @m3mnoch. He needs a little more time. ;)