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[Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« on: March 01, 2015, 08:48:36 PM »


Rogues. Most of us have a soft spot for them. But why?
Because they steal from the rich and give the poor? (They are poor.)
Because they solve problems with cunning and not brute force?
Because they are as acrobatic as we want to be?
Because they always have a cool line to say, even in the most dire situations?
Because they are on half our book covers despite being creatures of shadow?
Because their love interest always falls for the airheaded warrior and not for them?
Or... all of the above?

This month I want you to write a story about one or more rogues. Have them plan a heist, lose at cards in a shady tavern, win a knife fight, rob a tyrant or seduce a rich man's daughter (or son). Let them do what rouges do best: Earn a a special place in our heart.

Rules:

1. This can be prose or a poem.
2. Must be about one or more rouges.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-500 words long.
5. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
6. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
7. 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. ;)
8. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
9. 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 1st 2015 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.

Please post your entry here.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
« Last Edit: March 30, 2015, 08:11:25 PM by xiagan »
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2015, 09:16:21 PM »
So I saw the title of the contest, but not yet the actual prompt and thought: 1 rogue, 4 jilted women, revenge. I'll have to write that sometime, but it doesn't quite fit "letting them do what they do best."  :'(

And I did ask you to give me a prompt I can use for a fantasy hero running away on a bicycle.  If I can work that into Rogues, I deserve every vote!  8)
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2015, 09:23:40 PM »
My God yes. I actually have a week off in March, so I can do this!

Going to be working off the idea of "stealing," as I am wont to do. Perhaps bicycles.  ;)
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2015, 09:24:07 PM »
So I saw the title of the contest, but not yet the actual prompt and thought: 1 rogue, 4 jilted women, revenge. I'll have to write that sometime, but it doesn't quite fit "letting them do what they do best."  :'(
Oh, that was only for inspiration. The rules don't state that you can't do this. ;)

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And I did ask you to give me a prompt I can use for a fantasy hero running away on a bicycle.  If I can work that into Rogues, I deserve every vote!  8)
Sure you can!  ;D
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2015, 10:32:22 PM »
Good one to sink my teeth into. Had to admit I was defeated by the fanfic theme but will try harder with this one!  :D

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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2015, 11:18:48 PM »
Got to love a good rogue or twelve. I think I can definitely get something to fit into this. I'm currently working on a novel concept which features a number of rogues of various sorts.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2015, 11:41:29 PM »
I was planning on participating in every one of these contests this year, but I think that coming up with a good story for this one could actually be quite hard. Hard, but almost definitely a lot of fun. (And I'm not saying that the stories I have written previously were any good. I'm just trying to raise the bar for my submissions.)  :)

I have managed to include a "cave troll" into my stories for January and February. Not sure how I sneak that in for this one.  :-\

But what's the deal with those bicycles???  ???

Also, I use excessive amounts of smileys/emoticons.  :(
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2015, 12:13:12 AM »
But what's the deal with those bicycles?
There was a thread about wacky book titles at Abe Books, and one of them was "Bicycles in War", so I felt we desperately needed a fantasy story with bicycles  ;D
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2015, 07:28:10 AM »
But what's the deal with those bicycles?
There was a thread about wacky book titles at Abe Books, and one of them was "Bicycles in War", so I felt we desperately needed a fantasy story with bicycles  ;D
We'll do urban later this year, you can save the bicycles for that month. ;)
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2015, 08:03:57 AM »
There was a thread about wacky book titles at Abe Books, and one of them was "Bicycles in War", so I felt we desperately needed a fantasy story with bicycles  ;D
Sounds like an interesting book. Its first sentence should be something like: "When medieval knights rode to battle, their mount of choice was a well trained bicycle."  :P

When the time comes to write urban, I, for one, will try to add in a bicycle.
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2015, 08:31:32 AM »
But what's the deal with those bicycles?
There was a thread about wacky book titles at Abe Books, and one of them was "Bicycles in War", so I felt we desperately needed a fantasy story with bicycles  ;D
We'll do urban later this year, you can save the bicycles for that month. ;)
Nahh that's clearly cheating, right? It'd be far more entertaining to read a story where Gandalf invents the bicycle or something :D

...damn. That is what we should have written for the fan-fic month...  >:(
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2015, 11:15:44 AM »
But what's the deal with those bicycles?
There was a thread about wacky book titles at Abe Books, and one of them was "Bicycles in War", so I felt we desperately needed a fantasy story with bicycles  ;D
We'll do urban later this year, you can save the bicycles for that month. ;)
Nahh that's clearly cheating, right? It'd be far more entertaining to read a story where Gandalf invents the bicycle or something :D

...damn. That is what we should have written for the fan-fic month...  >:(
It's a done deal folks, I've already started writing this month's story: "One Rogue, Four Women and a Bicycle"  ;D

I did have Gandalf briefly in a mental draft of my fanfic. But he made it clear he wasn't putting in an appearance, bicycle or no bicycle.  ;)
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2015, 07:19:35 PM »
But what's the deal with those bicycles?
There was a thread about wacky book titles at Abe Books, and one of them was "Bicycles in War", so I felt we desperately needed a fantasy story with bicycles  ;D
We'll do urban later this year, you can save the bicycles for that month. ;)
Nahh that's clearly cheating, right? It'd be far more entertaining to read a story where Gandalf invents the bicycle or something :D

...damn. That is what we should have written for the fan-fic month...  >:(
It's a done deal folks, I've already started writing this month's story: "One Rogue, Four Women and a Bicycle"  ;D

I did have Gandalf briefly in a mental draft of my fanfic. But he made it clear he wasn't putting in an appearance, bicycle or no bicycle.  ;)
Awesome!  :D
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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2015, 09:58:37 PM »
My biggest problem is deciding what sort of rogue to focus on.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: [Mar 2015] - Rogues - Discussion Thread
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2015, 10:28:10 PM »
My biggest problem is deciding what sort of rogue to focus on.
Same, plus the fact that a couple of existing characters get stuck in my head when I think of the world "Rogue". Hobb's Kennit being the most vivid and interesting one who just won't go away.
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