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[Jun 2013] Mazes - Discussions Thread
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:25:22 PM »
Note: This thread is for discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!

Oh these deceits are strong almost as life. Last night I dreamt I was in the labyrinth,
And woke far on. I did not know the place. ~ Edwin Muir


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Life can be very complex in the fantasy world. Characters are often presented with multiple choices on which path to choose and forced to make decisions without a lot of information. Nowhere is that more true than in the twists and turns of a maze. Now this does not have to mean a labyrinth residing under the villain’s lair, it could be the hedge maze guarding an enchanted castle, or the natural caves of a classic dungeon crawl. Even the sewer system in a modern city could be considered a maze if you are unfamiliar with the layout. New or old, big or small, the most important question where mazes are involved is always the same: Once you go in, will you be able to find your way out?

This month, your challenge is to write a fantasy story or scene involving a maze.  It can be good or bad, big or small, but it must be the main point or setting of the story. (No fan fiction please.) Once again, we are opening the contest to both prose and poetry.

Rules:
1. This can be prose or a poem. Be creative.
2. Maze (or mazes) must be a core element in your piece.
3. Prose must be 500-2000 words long. Poetry must be 100-500 words long. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits by any more than 10%.


The contest will close at Noon (GMT) on the 1st July 2013, barring any extraneous circumstances and voting will be open for the month thereafter.

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy-Faction website in September 2013.

Good luck and Happy Writing!  :)

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Offline Shanothaine

Re: [Jun 2013] Mazes - Discussions Thread
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013, 02:42:18 PM »
Fabulous! Can't wait to start writing again. I've been away from FF for so long....
This will be my *grand return*

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Offline Dan D Jones

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 08:37:12 PM »
Am I right in assuming that while sewer, hedge, unfamiliar streets, etc. are all acceptable forms,  the maze must be a physical entity of some type?

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Re: [Jun 2013] Mazes - Discussions Thread
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2013, 09:55:59 PM »
Am I right in assuming that while sewer, hedge, unfamiliar streets, etc. are all acceptable forms,  the maze must be a physical entity of some type?

Yes, any form of maze is fine, even something that isn't strictly a 'maze' (like the unfamiliar streets idea). :)

Offline Neila

Re: [Jun 2013] Mazes - Discussions Thread
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2013, 10:35:53 PM »
Ideas ideas ideas. Let's see if I can manage to pull something together this month and not at the last minute like before. Come on brain. *pokes brain with a stick* Come on.

Offline simonster

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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2013, 07:11:30 PM »
So how are everyone's stories coming along?

I think I've got an opening line for mine - so only ninety-nine more to go. ;)

Offline Jaedia

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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2013, 08:46:46 PM »
I forgot to look for this month's topic but I'm starting a little something using the characters from my currently non-existent novel.

Offline Ryan Stonepeak

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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2013, 03:18:11 AM »
This will be my first time participating in this. I must admit, I'm a little nervous, but also rather excited. I'll be interested to see what everyone thinks of what I come up with.
Before I get too much writing done though, any pro-tips?
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Re: [Jun 2013] Mazes - Discussions Thread
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2013, 04:00:24 AM »
This will be my first time participating in this. I must admit, I'm a little nervous, but also rather excited. I'll be interested to see what everyone thinks of what I come up with.
Before I get too much writing done though, any pro-tips?

Write! :P

I've got some ideas churning for this one, but can't. I have some chapter deadlines that are due by the end of June, plus some editing in the earlier parts. One does deal with a maze, however!
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2013, 08:11:29 PM »
Two rather good stories in the submissions thread so far.  Are others on their way to joining them? :)

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Re: [Jun 2013] Mazes - Discussions Thread
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2013, 08:16:04 PM »
Two rather good stories in the submissions thread so far.  Are others on their way to joining them? :)
I am too busy to try to try to write one this month :( Guessing next month will be the same thing. Maybe in August I'll try again :)
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Offline DiscoGobbo

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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2013, 08:27:58 PM »
Pulling a de-lurk and dropping a submission for this. Cranked out an initial draft this morning and should be done tomorrow sometime. Ended up being a good opportunity to poke around with an idea in one of my (numerous, untested) settings.  :)
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Offline Ryan Stonepeak

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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2016, 03:47:37 AM »
So, real life shit hit the fan a few days before the deadline for this month. It took me a while, but I finally came back to this and finished it a year or so ago. It just occurred to me that I should possibly mention something.

It felt really good to finish it.
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2016, 08:31:13 AM »
Now, that is a well drawn out joke. Most excellent.  ;D
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Re: [Jun 2013] Mazes - Discussions Thread
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2016, 10:08:00 AM »
Hah. I wrote half a poem for it. Maybe I should finish it too. :D
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