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[Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:46:56 AM »
Two themes that don't fit together


Ludu's game by AlbaJaen

I haven't read Codex Alera by Jim Butcher yet but somebody once described it as ancient Rome meets Pokémon. That was the birth of this writing prompt.
This month we want you to combine two themes in your story that - at first sight - don't fit together (but may result in a great, surprisingly good fitting story in the end). Another example would be Evangelicals and Donald Trump, but that's sadly not fantasy.


Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. You need to combine two themes that, at first sight, don't fit together.
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.
Bonus rule: We consider voting in a contest you're taking part in a given. Others take time and effort to read the stories - you should do the same. A small community like ours lives from reciprocity and this contest needs stories as much as votes. 

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

Entry will close in the beginning of July 2019 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. 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.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
"Sire, I had no need of that hypothesis." (Laplace)

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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2019, 09:26:22 AM »
It's well worth a read. I'm looking forward to reading the entries this month.

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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2019, 10:25:30 AM »
Ooooh what a tough one!
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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2019, 10:34:48 AM »
Ooooh what a tough one!
Absolutely! That is, until you have a good idea. Then it may write itself. :)
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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2019, 11:38:19 AM »
It's tough because it's thematic and self imposed. So if I feel like I can pull it off, I might suffer from "is it really something that doesn't fit together?". I'd have less of an imposter syndrome if someone else found for me something that "obviously doesn't fit together", like in butcher's case.

So i guess this is a month where I'd have to force a topic on myself rather than wait for inspiration to strike.
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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2019, 02:39:49 PM »
Interesting theme to come back to, given that I share Nora's worry. Though I'm playing around with the random article feature of wikipedia to see if that helps mitigate some of that worry.

So far the most interesting pair I've gotten is a species of land snail and the 1997 Super League Test series held in England. If only because the snail species is endemic to Australia and one of the two rugby teams is from Australia, so now I'm picturing snails playing rugby in Australia.
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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2019, 03:03:34 PM »
So far the most interesting pair I've gotten is a species of land snail and the 1997 Super League Test series held in England. If only because the snail species is endemic to Australia and one of the two rugby teams is from Australia, so now I'm picturing snails playing rugby in Australia.
We haven't had a good animal fantasy story in a long time, so go for it ;D
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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2019, 03:55:33 PM »
We haven't had a good animal fantasy story in a long time, so go for it ;D

Perhaps, but I often feel like I never do anthropomorphic stories and the like any justice. So perhaps not. I'll just have to see where it goes.

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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2019, 05:47:05 PM »
I'd have less of an imposter syndrome if someone else found for me something that "obviously doesn't fit together", like in butcher's case.

Ancient Egypt and Star Wars.
No wait, that's Stargate.

Swashbucklers and Westerns! Or Pirates and Cowboys if you prefer. A sea shanty on the sands.
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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2019, 12:36:04 AM »
Working on an idea
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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2019, 12:46:40 AM »
This might be a good theme to return to action.

Damn, I was looking and the last time I wrote a story was in early 2017.

I think I might have an idea already (and it's only the 4th of June!).
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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2019, 12:53:02 AM »
This might be a good theme to return to action.

Damn, I was looking and the last time I wrote a story was in early 2017.

I think I might have an idea already (and it's only the 4th of June!).

Excellent! We need 3 votes. Plus Lanko goodness-stuff.
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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2019, 01:19:50 AM »
Grimdark erotica?

Oh wait that's Nora's entry from last month...

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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2019, 07:51:57 AM »
Grimdark erotica?

Oh wait that's Nora's entry from last month...
And what could be a jokey post is simply the pure truth ;D I love our contests! 8)
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Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2019, 08:17:10 AM »
Grimdark erotica?

Oh wait that's Nora's entry from last month...

From two months ago!! I washed my hands with dirt, I'm back to being creditable.
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