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Title: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Idlewilder on March 01, 2013, 11:11:27 PM
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For my first month organising the writing contest, I thought I'd draw on something which I've found myself thinking about often with my reads in the last year:


The City.


The city is an ever important element of fantasy - whether it be real life cities or fantastic creations like Ankh-Morpork, New Crobuzon or King's Landing, this is something which writers of fantasy come back to time and time again.

Your challenge this month is to write a story, in whatever fantastic genre you like - but it must include the city as a core element, self-created or real life. (Fan fiction is not allowed)


Rules:
1. This can be prose or a poem. Be creative.
2. Must contain some element of the fantastic.
3. "The City" must be a core element in your piece.
4. Prose must be 500-2000 words long. Poetry must be 100-500 words long.



Entry will close on the 31st March 2013, and voting will be open for the month thereafter.

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

Good luck and Happy Writing! 




This is a thread to discuss this month's theme. Any questions you have can be posted here.   :)
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Louise on March 03, 2013, 10:50:45 PM
I have one I'll be submitting, but it needs an edit at a time when my eyeballs don't feel inclined to fall out.

I'm really pleased to have found a little time to write a short, what with my formidable procrastination and most of my time being sunk into a WIP, it's nice to have a story at least completed. :) 
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Idlewilder on March 03, 2013, 11:09:00 PM
I have one I'll be submitting, but it needs an edit at a time when my eyeballs don't feel inclined to fall out.

I'm really pleased to have found a little time to write a short, what with my formidable procrastination and most of my time being sunk into a WIP, it's nice to have a story at least completed. :)

Awesome - looking forward to reading it!  :)

It's great to see 2 entries already, and they're good 'uns! I'm debating whether to enter it myself, but as I set the task would that be cheating? I suppose it would.  :-\ 
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Arry on March 03, 2013, 11:12:12 PM
It's great to see 2 entries already, and they're good 'uns! I'm debating whether to enter it myself, but as I set the task would that be cheating? I suppose it would.  :-\
We always have said it's not cheating. It's not like someone else is writing the words for you. :)
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Idlewilder on March 03, 2013, 11:14:49 PM
It's great to see 2 entries already, and they're good 'uns! I'm debating whether to enter it myself, but as I set the task would that be cheating? I suppose it would.  :-\
We always have said it's not cheating. It's not like someone else is writing the words for you. :)

Oh I know that, it's just - have I had maybe an advantage in knowing in advance what the task would be? I dunno. I might do something.
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Charlemagne on March 04, 2013, 02:05:28 AM
It's great to see 2 entries already, and they're good 'uns! I'm debating whether to enter it myself, but as I set the task would that be cheating? I suppose it would.  :-\
We always have said it's not cheating. It's not like someone else is writing the words for you. :)

Oh I know that, it's just - have I had maybe an advantage in knowing in advance what the task would be? I dunno. I might do something.

Nope. It's totally alright with us, and I think that that's what matters. Please submit, don't deprive us of your lovely writing!
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on March 04, 2013, 09:01:32 AM
You are not the judge, so it's not cheating. :)
And since nobody will favor your entry because you set the task, it's totally okay.

I think this is a fun contest and not something where we pitch for the same job and early knowledge would be an advantage. I bet you didn't know you'd choose the City theme 30 days ago - so everybody who enters in the end of March has the same "advantage". ;)
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Arry on March 13, 2013, 10:01:33 PM
So...let's just say someone posted an entry. Then a while (a week or so) later this someone decided to look over what they posted and noticed some minor editing typos. Could someone edit their entry before the month is up to fix little things, or should they chalk it up as lesson learned for next time?

Pretty much are updates discouraged or against the rules once a post has been submitted?
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Idlewilder on March 13, 2013, 10:12:03 PM
So...let's just say someone posted an entry. Then a while (a week or so) later this someone decided to look over what they posted and noticed some minor editing typos. Could someone edit their entry before the month is up to fix little things, or should they chalk it up as lesson learned for next time?

Pretty much are updates discouraged or against the rules once a post has been submitted?

I think edits are allowed until the deadline - I don't see it as an issue.  :)
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Louise on March 13, 2013, 10:19:36 PM
Honestly I never considered asking this, I just go ahead and edit, (before the deadline, ofc ;)). Usually though, I only ever really change a couple of words at most -- I make sure I'm at least 95% happy before posting -- or I alter the formatting if it's a little difficult to read, (or I've missed words that need italics etc).

But yeah, I don't see it as a problem. :)
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Arry on March 13, 2013, 10:36:01 PM
Honestly I never considered asking this, I just go ahead and edit, (before the deadline, ofc ;)). Usually though, I only ever really change a couple of words at most -- I make sure I'm at least 95% happy before posting -- or I alter the formatting if it's a little difficult to read, (or I've missed words that need italics etc).

But yeah, I don't see it as a problem. :)
Yep ... I try to do that to. There's probably other people like me that read them as they are posted (and wouldnt see the post edit version). I just sometimes make little last minute edits and post before I chicken out. What I usually find are errors related to the last minute edits. Will try to let it sit longer next time so I see those things before I post.
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Doctor_Chill on March 14, 2013, 01:27:35 AM
Honestly I never considered asking this, I just go ahead and edit, (before the deadline, ofc ;)). Usually though, I only ever really change a couple of words at most -- I make sure I'm at least 95% happy before posting -- or I alter the formatting if it's a little difficult to read, (or I've missed words that need italics etc).

But yeah, I don't see it as a problem. :)
Yep ... I try to do that to. There's probably other people like me that read them as they are posted (and wouldnt see the post edit version). I just sometimes make little last minute edits and post before I chicken out. What I usually find are errors related to the last minute edits. Will try to let it sit longer next time so I see those things before I post.

Wait, you're not supposed to edit as you go?!
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Louise on March 14, 2013, 11:24:15 AM
Honestly I never considered asking this, I just go ahead and edit, (before the deadline, ofc ;)). Usually though, I only ever really change a couple of words at most -- I make sure I'm at least 95% happy before posting -- or I alter the formatting if it's a little difficult to read, (or I've missed words that need italics etc).

But yeah, I don't see it as a problem. :)
Yep ... I try to do that to. There's probably other people like me that read them as they are posted (and wouldnt see the post edit version). I just sometimes make little last minute edits and post before I chicken out. What I usually find are errors related to the last minute edits. Will try to let it sit longer next time so I see those things before I post.

Wait, you're not supposed to edit as you go?!

I think we're in agreement that it's fine as long as it's before the deadline. :)
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Neila on March 16, 2013, 08:17:47 PM
I will be entering this time, finally. Got some ideas for a short story and I must be more active here! I shouldn't be some sort of lurking lump.
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Idlewilder on March 16, 2013, 10:35:31 PM
I will be entering this time, finally. Got some ideas for a short story and I must be more active here! I shouldn't be some sort of lurking lump.

Awesome - Neila is here!  ;D
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Neila on March 16, 2013, 10:52:22 PM
I will be entering this time, finally. Got some ideas for a short story and I must be more active here! I shouldn't be some sort of lurking lump.

Awesome - Neila is here!  ;D

Would about 121 words over 2000 be less than 10% over? I want to double check my math since I kinda haven't slept well and seem incapable of math at the moment.
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Idlewilder on March 16, 2013, 10:53:35 PM
I will be entering this time, finally. Got some ideas for a short story and I must be more active here! I shouldn't be some sort of lurking lump.

Awesome - Neila is here!  ;D

Would about 121 words over 2000 be less than 10% over? I want to double check my math since I kinda haven't slept well and seem incapable of math at the moment.

No you're fine. Over 2200 words would be.
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Neila on March 16, 2013, 10:56:56 PM
I will be entering this time, finally. Got some ideas for a short story and I must be more active here! I shouldn't be some sort of lurking lump.

Awesome - Neila is here!  ;D

Would about 121 words over 2000 be less than 10% over? I want to double check my math since I kinda haven't slept well and seem incapable of math at the moment.

No you're fine. Over 2200 words would be.

Oh good! My math was right after all. :D Time to go post up my vomit...I mean story... You guys will be the first ones to see it. Then I'll crawl back into the cave I live in.
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Phil the Drill on March 17, 2013, 10:33:50 PM
Hey, everyone!  I'm new around here (I've posted a couple of times in other threads) so I just wanted to officially say "Hello!" and thanks for letting me participate in this contest.  I've read all the other stories/poems and I think they're all great.  Do we use this thread for feedback and such? 
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Idlewilder on March 18, 2013, 12:00:11 PM
Hey, everyone!  I'm new around here (I've posted a couple of times in other threads) so I just wanted to officially say "Hello!" and thanks for letting me participate in this contest.  I've read all the other stories/poems and I think they're all great.  Do we use this thread for feedback and such?

Glad you decided to participate!  :) This thread is just for anything related to the contest - questions, feedback if you want it, updates. We'll have a discussion thread for the contest every month for things like this.  :)
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: rooker on March 25, 2013, 01:43:21 PM
Hi everyone!

Have been here for a while now, but mostly as a reader. :) Just posted my entry. I hope I can discipline myself to take part in the contest each month, its great motivation to keep writing.
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Arry on March 28, 2013, 01:46:57 AM
Hi everyone!

Have been here for a while now, but mostly as a reader. :) Just posted my entry. I hope I can discipline myself to take part in the contest each month, its great motivation to keep writing.
Welcome! Glad to see you take part! :)
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Idlewilder on March 28, 2013, 08:50:03 AM
Hi everyone!

Have been here for a while now, but mostly as a reader. :) Just posted my entry. I hope I can discipline myself to take part in the contest each month, its great motivation to keep writing.

Nice one! I'll try and come up with some cool themes!  ;D
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: rooker on March 28, 2013, 04:12:39 PM
Thank you Arry  :)
Idlewilder : Great! Looking forward to it!
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Idlewilder on March 29, 2013, 10:18:13 AM
Anyone still thinking of entering the contest - you have until Midnight Sunday night to do so.  :)

EDIT: Actually, for clarification, the contest will close at Midday on Monday GMT, to allow those up to 12 hours behind the same amount of time.  :)
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: simonster on March 29, 2013, 08:42:57 PM
Looks like we've got a bumper crop of entries this month. :)

Something I've been wondering about:  How would people feel about having multiple votes per person when deciding the contest winner, like we have in the Book Club voting?  For eight entries in the contest (current count), three votes per person feels about right to me.

Thing is, I always feel a bit torn having to single out just one entry to vote for - and then see my second-choice end up with no votes at all (since the voter turn-out in some months can be awfully low, which multiple votes would also help compensate for).

Anyhow, just a thought. ;)
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Neila on March 29, 2013, 09:34:17 PM
Looks like we've got a bumper crop of entries this month. :)

Something I've been wondering about:  How would people feel about having multiple votes per person when deciding the contest winner, like we have in the Book Club voting?  For eight entries in the contest (current count), three votes per person feels about right to me.

Thing is, I always feel a bit torn having to single out just one entry to vote for - and then see my second-choice end up with no votes at all (since the voter turn-out in some months can be awfully low, which multiple votes would also help compensate for).

Anyhow, just a thought. ;)

I have no clue. This is my first time actually participating in the contest. Had planned to in the past but stuff always got in the way. I'm determined to make sure I enter from here on out!

What if someone uses all 3 votes for the same entry or them self? That seems like it could be abused to me. D:
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Idlewilder on March 29, 2013, 11:21:19 PM
Looks like we've got a bumper crop of entries this month. :)

Something I've been wondering about:  How would people feel about having multiple votes per person when deciding the contest winner, like we have in the Book Club voting?  For eight entries in the contest (current count), three votes per person feels about right to me.

Thing is, I always feel a bit torn having to single out just one entry to vote for - and then see my second-choice end up with no votes at all (since the voter turn-out in some months can be awfully low, which multiple votes would also help compensate for).

Anyhow, just a thought. ;)

For now, I'll be keeping it to one vote per person. You're voting for your favourite of the posted stories - not your Top 3. If we have a month with only 3 entries (known to happen) then that just won't work.
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: simonster on March 30, 2013, 07:40:03 AM
For now, I'll be keeping it to one vote per person. You're voting for your favourite of the posted stories - not your Top 3. If we have a month with only 3 entries (known to happen) then that just won't work.

Fair enough. :)
Title: Re: [March 2013] The City - Discussion Thread
Post by: Idlewilder on April 01, 2013, 03:45:37 PM
Everyone get voting!

And start thinking up ideas for April's Contest!  :)