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Title: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on March 01, 2016, 10:39:29 AM
Nightmares

(http://img01.deviantart.net/fb67/i/2010/075/3/d/nightmares_by_jared1481.jpg)
Nightmares by Jared1481 (http://jared1481.deviantart.com/)

I had problems writing a short text introducing the theme since everybody knows about nightmares and I felt that in this case an introduction wasn't necessary.
To get you into the mood and to convey a nightmarish atmosphere you can read my approach to nightmares below (it's not a recent story so I wouldn't have been able to enter with it anyway ;)).


Quote from: xiagan
It was the big white house in the middle of the lush gardens I knew so well. It had wide open windows, the sun was shining and the birds singing. Harmony radiated from this place in warm comforting waves and I knew it was more than my guests had hoped for. Strangely I wasn't seeing anyone. They couldn't be all inside, could they?
   I opened the big white door with its flower ornaments and it creaked. That was strange. I hadn't designed it to creak. I put my bag on the floor and took a look in the two rooms next to the hall. They were dusky and dimly lit - which was impossible because I could see the bright sun through the big windows. Its light just didn't seem to be able to get into the house. Confused, I went back to the front door to get my bag, but it wasn't there anymore. I have good hearing and especially in this place, nothing and nobody could get near me without me noticing. So where was my bag? I tried to open the front door, but it was locked. Another impossibility.

Tensed and with the beating of my own heart in my ears, I crossed the hall to the big staircase. There still wasn't a single sound inside the house and my own noises, mostly walking and breathing sounded stentorian. Halfway up, I heard a deep wet clunk from the second floor. And again. And again. I couldn't identify the sound, but it was menacing and gave me goosebumps. The whole atmosphere was oppressive and the fact that it got darker with every step upstairs didn't make it any better.

"Enough!", I thought. And tried to will the place back into what it once had been. A big knife just missed my throat and hit the wall with a sickening thump. Deep red blood oozed from the wallpaper and run down to the ground. Frantically, I turned round and round, but I was still alone. Making haste, I finished the last steps to the next floor. Everything looked derelict. The carpet was a moldy decomposed rug and its once bright and shiny colors had decayed to brown and gray. I tried to not tread on it. The chunking had become louder and more frequent. Even while knowing better, I still followed it. There was an open door, wherefrom the ominous sounds where coming. Carefully I went nearer until I was able to peek around the door frame.

   It was the most disturbing thing I had ever seen. A small, blond girl was standing in front of a chopping block. She had a hatchet in her hand and blood all over her short blue summer dress and her bare arms. Next to her was a huge pile of decapitated hares, birds, cats, dogs and other small animals. Mechanically she put her hand in a bag, my bag, as I shockingly realized, and pulled out a white rabbit and beheaded it. So that was the wet chunk I had heard earlier. I must have made a sound, because the girl stopped and looked up.

"Mama? Mama?" She had a fragile voice full of despair. "Are you my mama?" Slowly she made a step in my direction.

I hesitated, torn between the wish to flee and to stay. She came another step closer, the hatchet in one, a struggling puppy in the other hand.
"Mama?" she asked again. Then she looked up. An evil red light blossomed in her blue eyes when she stated: "You are not my mama." She came another step closer, while I was paralyzed. "What have you done to my mama?" she screamed and sprang in my direction, hatchet and puppy raised above her head.

That's when my freezing left me and I ran as fast as I could back down the stairs. I knew this house and  with the advantage of my longer legs, I easily made ground. I stopped to catch my breath and to listen for my pursuer. I heard the whining of the puppy and her perverse giggles.
   Cold sweat on my forehead, I thought as hard as I could. What had happened here? Where would I be safe? Carefully I snuck into the kitchen, got me a big knife and opened the trapdoor to the basement. Cool air cleared my head and I slowly climbed down the ladder. I stopped, when with an ear-battering thud the trapdoor slammed shut.
In the same moment, I heard a counting-out rhyme from far below:
   
   "Eeny meeny miny moe
   Catch a dragon by the toe
   Catch a duckling by the down
   Tell, oh tell me whom to drown.

A little boy chuckled, followed by a scream and a splash.
I took a deep breath and closed my eyes for a brief moment. Where exactly was I? What was this horrible place? When I heard somebody trying to open the trapdoor, I hurried farther down the ladder. Had that creepy girl finally found me? I wasn't with my whole mind at what I was doing, so I missed the next step, slipped of the one after that and fell.


   I woke in my bed with a scream, covered in cold sweat, my heart thumping as if I had run a few miles. I was slightly disorientated and dizzy. A nightmare.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. A nightmare or nightmares must be a central part of the story.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-500 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 next to the 'youtube' symbol.

Entry will close March 31st/April 1st, 2016 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.

Please post your entry here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/%28mar-2016%29-nightmares/%28mar-2016%29-nightmares-submission-thread/new/#new).

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 01, 2016, 11:11:18 AM
Haha, deuce, Bea, what kind of Grimdark writer do you take me for, that you'd think I'd love this topic... Not that you're wrong mind you, nightmares are much better than dreams, just like depicting Hell is much more fun than Heaven. I'm very happy with the topic but...

The fact that I'm already coming up with disturbing ideas isn't reassuring either.  ;D
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 01, 2016, 11:22:24 AM
^ ;D
I don't link Nightmares necessarily to grimdark, actually... can be a fairytale-type of story ;)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: SJBudd on March 01, 2016, 12:23:12 PM
Ah yes! Great topic can't wait to get stuck in
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 01, 2016, 01:04:36 PM
Anyone who writes about horses of any form will not get my vote.  :P
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 01, 2016, 01:06:30 PM
Is that one of your recurring nightmare subjects??
Poor Henry...
Mine is driving and then then the breaks not working ::)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 01, 2016, 01:08:45 PM
Is that one of your recurring nightmare subjects??
Poor Henry...
Mine is driving and then then the breaks not working ::)

The horses aren't. The terrible pun that is night-mare is.  :P
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on March 01, 2016, 01:09:06 PM
Anyone who writes about horses of any form will not get my vote.  :P
D'aww. Now I'm going to have to come up with a new pun.

Maybe I could write one about Donald Trump? After all, he's a night-hair, right?
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...I'll show myself out.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 01, 2016, 01:09:58 PM
@xiagan (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1148), where are the likes? ;D
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 01, 2016, 01:10:25 PM
Isn't it a white hag reference?

(http://howtolucid.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Nightmare-Lucid-Dream-851x1024.jpg)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on March 01, 2016, 02:39:36 PM
Anyone who writes about horses of any form will not get my vote.  :P

Henry, Piers Anthony let that pun out of the barn YEARS ago.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Mare (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Mare)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 01, 2016, 02:41:37 PM
Anyone who writes about horses of any form will not get my vote.  :P

Henry, Piers Anthony let that pun out of the barn YEARS ago.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Mare (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Mare)
It's probably older than that and horribly overused so I don't want to see it.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 01, 2016, 02:49:15 PM
I'm going to write the gory grim dark version of Inception and enjoy every moment of it.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 01, 2016, 02:51:50 PM
Anyone who writes about horses of any form will not get my vote.  :P

Henry, Piers Anthony let that pun out of the barn YEARS ago.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Mare (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Mare)
It's probably older than that and horribly overused so I don't want to see it.

yah.  nora was on the right trail.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nightmare
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on March 01, 2016, 02:55:18 PM
Anyone who writes about horses of any form will not get my vote.  :P

Henry, Piers Anthony let that pun out of the barn YEARS ago.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Mare (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Mare)
It's probably older than that and horribly overused so I don't want to see it.

yah.  nora was on the right trail.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nightmare

Yeah, nightmare is not a pun, it's a word origin.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 01, 2016, 03:13:29 PM
What's with you guys acting like y'all be surprised at me being a smart lass?
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 01, 2016, 03:14:35 PM
What's with you guys acting like y'all be surprised at me being a smart lass?

oooooh...  "lass".  that's not how i originally read that.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 01, 2016, 03:25:30 PM
What's with you guys acting like y'all be surprised at me being a smart lass?

oooooh...  "lass".  that's not how i originally read that.

CCCP : consciously covert camarad pervert.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 01, 2016, 03:44:29 PM
What's with you guys acting like y'all be surprised at me being a smart lass?

oooooh...  "lass".  that's not how i originally read that.

CCCP : consciously covert camarad pervert.
It's not really covert tho  ::)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 01, 2016, 03:49:59 PM
What's with you guys acting like y'all be surprised at me being a smart lass?

oooooh...  "lass".  that's not how i originally read that.

CCCP : consciously covert camarad pervert.
It's not really covert tho  ::)

hrm.  i think i missed something.  i meant "being a smart ass".  cccp doesn't seem to apply to that.  or does it and i'm just dense?
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 01, 2016, 08:50:51 PM
pssst.  @D_Bates (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40257) -- doesn't the prose have to be at least 500 words long?

unless that's a poem, i suppose.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on March 01, 2016, 09:03:28 PM
hrm.  i think i missed something.  i meant "being a smart ass".  cccp doesn't seem to apply to that.  or does it and i'm just dense?
I knew instantly that you meant "smart ass" and failed to see the CCCP too...

@xiagan (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1148), where are the likes? ;D
I can see them just fine. ;) (thanks, Arry!)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 01, 2016, 09:11:33 PM
pssst.  @D_Bates (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40257) -- doesn't the prose have to be at least 500 words long?

unless that's a poem, i suppose.

Yep, I think it looks like prose, so sorry, you need a further 255 words :-\
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on March 01, 2016, 09:49:53 PM
pssst.  @D_Bates (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40257) -- doesn't the prose have to be at least 500 words long?

unless that's a poem, i suppose.

Yep, I think it looks like prose, so sorry, you need a further 255 words :-\
Format it like a poem.
Modern poems don't rhyme anyways.  ;)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: D_Bates on March 01, 2016, 10:27:42 PM
I was pushing for a more poetic side this time. But I may or may not add to it. The month is young!

I've never really been fussed about the competition anyway :p. So long as people can get some sort of enjoyment from it. Flashfiction was a thing a few months back, anyway!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 01, 2016, 11:12:40 PM
Ah well I say lass you see ass, I true to hard to poke fun at that while linking it to Russia. I'll get better eventually.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 01, 2016, 11:39:37 PM
oh, don't you worry.  just because that one comment wasn't all cccp'd up, doesn't mean i'm not a walking hr nightmare.  (pun intended)

but thanks for getting back to me!  it's great to see such a nice lass, and don't worry, we've never doubted how smart you were!


p.s.  i quite possibly could be the cleverest person on the entire planet.  just sayin'.

p.p.s.  with a magician's misdirection skill even!

p.p.p.s. #cccp
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 01, 2016, 11:54:43 PM
@D_Bates (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40257) : ages no see! Welcome back! However... is your sub poetry or prose? Because prose is 500 words minimum isn't it?

Ants are awesome, though I'm more spooked by termites, since they get these horrible squishy bodies. But then again ants are the ones who can eat humans so...
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on March 02, 2016, 01:42:00 AM
Hmm...so many to choose from my own experience...crocodiles eating Santa, roller coaster sleigh ride of doom (same dream as the crocodiles eating Santa), rats with demon faces, running Youtuber zombies...

I dunno.  Those are all winners imo.  This might be fun.  Think I'll join in this month.
Title: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on March 02, 2016, 02:47:35 AM
I can't decide whether to go with a humorous take on the subject that won't seem serious enough....or something a bit darker that may be depressing and come with a disclaimer
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 02, 2016, 08:27:31 AM
I have an idea  :)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: D_Bates on March 02, 2016, 10:31:13 AM
After a lot of syllable counting, I think I've managed to get something that somewhat resembles a poem.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 02, 2016, 11:48:20 AM
After a lot of syllable counting, I think I've managed to get something that somewhat resembles a poem.

Awesome! Fresh change, and fast! I couldn't write a poem to sve my life so I'm impressed.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 02, 2016, 01:56:08 PM
(http://www.geeksandcleats.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/boom-goes-the-dynamite-geeksandcleats.jpg)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on March 02, 2016, 04:29:29 PM
Still waiting for a theme to pop into my head. Once I get an idea, I can generally knock it out pretty quick, but as much as I love horror/scary stories, nothing is jumping out at me (ha! a horror pun!)

I think the thing I'm grappling with is that nightmares are (unless you go the Freddy Kreuger route) not real. So while they may be intensely terrifying while you're experiencing once, you eventually wake up safe in your bed (OR DO YOU?) But from a storytelling standpoint, "I had a bad dream, then woke up" isn't an angle that's making my heart race (ANOTHER NIGHTMARE REFERENCE).

I think I might end up going with the literal nightmare (as in, a horror story with a real threat that is terrifying enough that we'd call it a nightmare, if we saw it) rather than a story about a person having a nightmare. We'll see what pops into my head.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on March 02, 2016, 06:01:01 PM
I've had a notion, but that's all it is so far.
And it's probably book length.  :(
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on March 02, 2016, 06:20:57 PM
Double post.
My story will be about a nightmare in which...
the U.S. is taken over by an arrogant, rude, blow hard from reality TV
Title: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on March 02, 2016, 06:48:55 PM
Ive basically got mine completely finished,  but I can't post it until the end of the month.  Itll make the story just that little bit more effective.

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Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on March 03, 2016, 01:57:12 PM
1,336 words into my story, and maybe one-third of the way through.  >:(
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 03, 2016, 02:16:34 PM
1,336 words into my story, and maybe one-third of the way through.  >:(

1 400 in mine and need to scrap 100 words to make the ending work. Counting myself lucky! Using Edge of Tomorrow's OST as I work and it's perfect.

Courage Jmack you can do it! If you write the full blown thing, post it in the critic thread for us to appreciate it!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 03, 2016, 02:20:09 PM
1,336 words into my story, and maybe one-third of the way through.  >:(

1 400 in mine and need to scrap 100 words to make the ending work. Counting myself lucky! Using Edge of Tomorrow's OST as I work and it's perfect.

Courage Jmack you can do it! If you write the full blown thing, post it in the critic thread for us to appreciate it!

471 words done. One third into the story as well. I'm on schedule.  :)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 03, 2016, 02:27:59 PM
1,336 words into my story, and maybe one-third of the way through.  >:(

1 400 in mine and need to scrap 100 words to make the ending work. Counting myself lucky! Using Edge of Tomorrow's OST as I work and it's perfect.

Courage Jmack you can do it! If you write the full blown thing, post it in the critic thread for us to appreciate it!

471 words done. One third into the story as well. I'm on schedule.  :)

Well ahead of schedule! We're only the fourth! Damn I'm almost sad to be already done, I love my new character to bits and I'll have a whole month to wait for the next topic.
What kind of story are you writing Henry? What kind of nightmares do Belgian do? Tu te reveilles en sueur apres une nuit passee a te croire francais??

(http://soocurious.com/fr/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/la-sueur-rendrait-les-hommes-plus-genereux-mesdames-cachez-le-deodorant-11.jpg)

My own vision of nightmare isn't especially scary or spooky this month (I'm going to disappoint Bea), but more movie-scriptish.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 03, 2016, 02:38:05 PM
1,336 words into my story, and maybe one-third of the way through.  >:(

1 400 in mine and need to scrap 100 words to make the ending work. Counting myself lucky! Using Edge of Tomorrow's OST as I work and it's perfect.

Courage Jmack you can do it! If you write the full blown thing, post it in the critic thread for us to appreciate it!

471 words done. One third into the story as well. I'm on schedule.  :)

Well ahead of schedule! We're only the fourth! Damn I'm almost sad to be already done, I love my new character to bits and I'll have a whole month to wait for the next topic.
What kind of story are you writing Henry? What kind of nightmares do Belgian do? Tu te reveilles en sueur apres une nuit passee a te croire francais??

(http://soocurious.com/fr/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/la-sueur-rendrait-les-hommes-plus-genereux-mesdames-cachez-le-deodorant-11.jpg)

My own vision of nightmare isn't especially scary or spooky this month (I'm going to disappoint Bea), but more movie-scriptish.

Absolutely Nora, dreaming in french is a nightmare.
Lastly I dreamt I was a serveuse in a japanese restaurant though. It was a very bizarre experience. I ended up quitting that job and woke up  :P

My current entry is slightly scifi. I've read paprika recently and it shows. No spoilers though  ;)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 03, 2016, 02:48:13 PM
Awesome! Were you in a good kawai servant dress like the japanese like?
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 03, 2016, 02:53:41 PM
Awesome! Were you in a good kawai servant dress like the japanese like?
Was a traditional thing like in Spirited Away's bath house. The pay was shit tho which is why I left.  :P
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 03, 2016, 03:02:09 PM
Awesome! Were you in a good kawai servant dress like the japanese like?
Was a traditional thing like in Spirited Away's bath house. The pay was shit tho which is why I left.  :P

Such a cold, sadly realistic reason to leave your job! Not like they made you scrub smelly spirits or deal with puky no-faces.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 03, 2016, 03:12:21 PM
Awesome! Were you in a good kawai servant dress like the japanese like?
Was a traditional thing like in Spirited Away's bath house. The pay was shit tho which is why I left.  :P

Such a cold, sadly realistic reason to leave your job! Not like they made you scrub smelly spirits or deal with puky no-faces.
Nope, all I did was serve food, clean up and fetch things.
For some reason I was considered the best girl in the staff but got paid the minimum wage. Clients were asking to be served by me. My boss refused to give me a raise however...
In-dream the sex change wasn't considered an odd thing though it was a bit weird being smaller.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Doctor_Chill on March 03, 2016, 03:42:00 PM
Got somewhat of an idea; got some loose strings of prose to accompany said idea. Might get to writing this eventually.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on March 03, 2016, 04:33:22 PM
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In-dream the sex change wasn't considered an odd thing though it was a bit weird being smaller.

Was reading just the bottom-most post and quoted prior posts, wondering quite a lot. Until I got to this part.  ;D
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 03, 2016, 04:37:54 PM
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In-dream the sex change wasn't considered an odd thing though it was a bit weird being smaller.

Was reading just the bottom-most post and quoted prior posts, wondering quite a lot. Until I got to this part.  ;D

I expect at least one sex change entry. Otherwise I'll be sorely disappointed  :P
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 03, 2016, 06:32:37 PM
Double post.
At 1296 words now and finished, but I hope people will understand the kind of story I'm trying to tell.
Anyone else agree that dreams are a complicated mess?  :P

Will re-read and maybe have someone proof it for me it before I submit it.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on March 03, 2016, 09:09:19 PM
You guys are cruising through the theme! I have no idea what I'm gonna do with this one.
Title: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on March 03, 2016, 09:28:30 PM
My idea started off working well but now the whole idea is starting to depress me. And it doesn't have a single shred of fantasy elements which is odd to me.

But at least I can hope that I put an interesting twist on my interpretation of nightmares::) and hopefully no one else had the same idea.

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Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on March 03, 2016, 09:41:31 PM
You guys are cruising through the theme! I have no idea what I'm gonna do with this one.

Same here. Not sure what direction to go in.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 03, 2016, 11:05:09 PM
Bah, it's a graphic theme, so some are bound to get ideas straight away. Don't worry guys, it's just the 4th.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on March 04, 2016, 06:42:05 PM
Hey, you know how I said in February I was aiming to swing back to doing some more serious stuff? Well, considering how dark and serious a theme this is, it's only natural that my brain immediately went with the silliest idea I could come up with.

However, I'm a little bit worried that I haven't pulled off the main conceit of my story as well as I could have and would like an outside view on it. So I was wondering if someone would like an advanced read to tell me what they think? Any takers?
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on March 04, 2016, 07:13:30 PM
I'm in! This has been one of the more enjoyable themes for me. The thing I really like about these contests is that the prompts get me writing stories I don't think I ever would have written without them. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on March 04, 2016, 07:26:20 PM
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The One thing I really like about these contests is that the prompts get me writing stories I don't think I ever would have written without them.

^ This, absolutely.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on March 05, 2016, 10:27:57 PM
Hey, you know how I said in February I was aiming to swing back to doing some more serious stuff? Well, considering how dark and serious a theme this is, it's only natural that my brain immediately went with the silliest idea I could come up with.

However, I'm a little bit worried that I haven't pulled off the main conceit of my story as well as I could have and would like an outside view on it. So I was wondering if someone would like an advanced read to tell me what they think? Any takers?
So nobody's up for this?
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on March 05, 2016, 11:14:26 PM
Hey, you know how I said in February I was aiming to swing back to doing some more serious stuff? Well, considering how dark and serious a theme this is, it's only natural that my brain immediately went with the silliest idea I could come up with.

However, I'm a little bit worried that I haven't pulled off the main conceit of my story as well as I could have and would like an outside view on it. So I was wondering if someone would like an advanced read to tell me what they think? Any takers?
So nobody's up for this?
I will but I don't know that my opinion means much. Just send it to me if you want me to look at it.

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Edited for mild idiocy
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 05, 2016, 11:22:25 PM
Hey, you know how I said in February I was aiming to swing back to doing some more serious stuff? Well, considering how dark and serious a theme this is, it's only natural that my brain immediately went with the silliest idea I could come up with.

However, I'm a little bit worried that I haven't pulled off the main conceit of my story as well as I could have and would like an outside view on it. So I was wondering if someone would like an advanced read to tell me what they think? Any takers?
So nobody's up for this?

Sorry matey, but until I'm done and dusted with my story, I don't want to read anything on this month's topic. If you're still working on it when I'm done I'll give you a read but as it is I'm avoiding the submission topic altogether.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: SJBudd on March 06, 2016, 01:06:29 AM
Damn finally sat down to write a story for this month but it's 2,500 words maybe no one will notice.....  ::)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 06, 2016, 11:39:57 AM
Hey, you know how I said in February I was aiming to swing back to doing some more serious stuff? Well, considering how dark and serious a theme this is, it's only natural that my brain immediately went with the silliest idea I could come up with.

However, I'm a little bit worried that I haven't pulled off the main conceit of my story as well as I could have and would like an outside view on it. So I was wondering if someone would like an advanced read to tell me what they think? Any takers?
So nobody's up for this?
Go on :)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on March 06, 2016, 01:33:13 PM
Hey, you know how I said in February I was aiming to swing back to doing some more serious stuff? Well, considering how dark and serious a theme this is, it's only natural that my brain immediately went with the silliest idea I could come up with.

However, I'm a little bit worried that I haven't pulled off the main conceit of my story as well as I could have and would like an outside view on it. So I was wondering if someone would like an advanced read to tell me what they think? Any takers?
So nobody's up for this?
Go on :)
Sorry Bea, you're a touch too late. You can still enjoy it in the Submissions Thread though.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 06, 2016, 01:41:27 PM
No worries, I was just concerned you didn't have anyone.
I always enjoy your stories, so I wouldn't have much to say anyway :)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 07, 2016, 07:58:06 AM
Woohoo! I'm in and free for the month now!  :D It was a pleasure to write this, and it'll be a month I'll enjoy reading more than fanfic, so looking forward to everyone's posts!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Hedin on March 07, 2016, 08:03:24 PM
I had a nightmare about 15+ years ago, that while I haven't had it again, still gives me a shiver down my spine whenever I think about it too much.  I'm not sure how to storify it as it was more of a psychological scare that I'm not sure I can ever fully convey but I'm going to give it a try. 
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 08, 2016, 07:48:22 AM
Over the last couple of months it now looks like people are a lot more shy with liking stories. We're far from the old days when a story could have 7 likes and 4 votes!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 08, 2016, 08:47:53 AM
Over the last couple of months it now looks like people are a lot more shy with liking stories. We're far from the old days when a story could have 7 likes and 4 votes!
I actually forgot to... usually I use likes to mark a story as read. Now I went through them in one go.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on March 08, 2016, 11:33:55 AM
Over the last couple of months it now looks like people are a lot more shy with liking stories. We're far from the old days when a story could have 7 likes and 4 votes!

For me, this is an unintended consequence of m3mnoch's ebooks. I read the stories there and forget to come back to the forum for giving Likes and comments.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 08, 2016, 12:27:31 PM
Ah true that's a good explanation Jmack. I don't use them since I'm far too lazy to connect my ebook and like reading through the month if I'm done writing. Ah well.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on March 09, 2016, 06:15:32 PM
Man, I want to do this, but I'm such a wimp when it comes to horror. That's what this would turn out as with me, and that would mean looking up pictures and feeling like I'm being watched and all kinds of other craziness. Let me just figure out how to do this without receiving some nightmares of my own...ugh, maybe I'll just have to suck it up and listen to music while I sleep. That's the only way I can do this and still be able to go to bed without waiting for a red-eyed shadowman to jump me.  :-\

Totally going to try though.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 09, 2016, 06:41:08 PM
Nightmare doesn't necessarily mean horror, though - in my opinion
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on March 09, 2016, 06:47:23 PM
Yeah, well, I guess there could be a comical nightmare, like something about a clown...but the way, I call that. That actually gave me an idea.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 09, 2016, 11:48:25 PM
Over the last couple of months it now looks like people are a lot more shy with liking stories. We're far from the old days when a story could have 7 likes and 4 votes!

For me, this is an unintended consequence of m3mnoch's ebooks. I read the stories there and forget to come back to the forum for giving Likes and comments.


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comin' through!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on March 10, 2016, 12:11:50 AM
Maybe people are still afraid a Like means a vote in the Submission thread and this was never so. I liked every single one last month and marked that.
I may be a little more sparing this month but my Likes don't mean vote prospects necessarily at all.

Because it was all or nothing on Likes, the thread they were missed most was Discussion threads, which  are usually great fun and when we couldn't have Likes there it was a shame.
In any case I still owe Henry so many I better catch up here ;)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 12, 2016, 07:13:29 AM
It just struck me that this is officially going full circle in over a year of monthly participation, not missing a single month!  :o
I really like this contest and it really gave me a lot of help as the year went by. Man a whole year!!
I just added up all my submissions, and from March to March of FF short stories, I wrote 17.730 words and won once.

200 words past the minimum limit of a Novella according to wikipedia! So now I can brag shamelessly about having written a novella which is indeed a "collection of more or less crappy short stories".  ;D  8)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 12, 2016, 11:24:52 AM
It just struck me that this is officially going full circle in over a year of monthly participation, not missing a single month!  :o
I really like this contest and it really gave me a lot of help as the year went by. Man a whole year!!
I just added up all my submissions, and from March to March of FF short stories, I wrote 17.730 words and won once.

200 words past the minimum limit of a Novella according to wikipedia! So now I can brag shamelessly about having written a novella which is indeed a "collection of more or less crappy short stories".  ;D  8)

Put them in an omnibus and publish it for free on some book platform, then boldly claim you are a published author  8)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on March 13, 2016, 05:43:44 AM
So after going over my story a few times I find I've still got quite a few concerns. It doesn't actually contain a shred of real fantasy, and even a little less pure fiction than I would like. Also it doesn't exactly read like a story, and I'm not sure if I went a little overboard on the seriousness.

Also i'm not really sure if my ending seems like its been wrapped up well.

So I'm going to do like Rukaio and ask if one or two people would like to read my story before I post it and let me know if it seems like it fits at least somewhat with the theme. Id like to get a second opinion while ive still got time to trash the whole thing and start over.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 13, 2016, 11:00:03 AM
Added a little bit in between with more explanation as to the situation because my victim test subject proof reader believed it was needed. Will reread tomorrow and post if all is fine then   ;)

Edit: and I'm in  :)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on March 20, 2016, 05:07:42 PM
After two weeks away from much fun, I'm starting back on my story.
Goal for today: complete draft.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Hedin on March 21, 2016, 12:28:38 PM
I've had a draft done for awhile just haven't gotten to polishing up yet.  Hoping to get that done sometime in the next few days.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 21, 2016, 12:56:06 PM
Yes, come on guys, 10 more days, you're cruising it.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 21, 2016, 01:13:29 PM
We also need @ArcaneArtsVelho (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40090), @m3mnoch (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40419) and @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840) 's...
So many 'regulars' that are skipping homework hehe

heh.  i've got the beat sheet to a mediocre story laid out.  gonna try and get most of it drafted this morning.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on March 21, 2016, 01:18:34 PM
I have a vague seedling of a story, but I haven't decided if it is enough to work with.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on March 21, 2016, 02:13:21 PM
We also need @ArcaneArtsVelho (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40090), @m3mnoch (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40419) and @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840) 's...
So many 'regulars' that are skipping homework hehe
I have an idea for a story but I don't think it really fits the theme. (And it's not that good anyway.) Might write it, might not.

I'm going to be pretty busy for the next couple of months, and sadly the monthly contest might not be high enough on my list of priorities to make the cut.  :(   (I know... Strange priorities.)

EDIT: I'm confused whom I'm quoting. ;)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 21, 2016, 02:16:03 PM
Yes, come on guys, 10 more days, you're cruising it.
This!
There's only 6 entries so far.

We also need @ArcaneArtsVelho (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40090), @m3mnoch (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40419) and @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840) 's...
So many 'regulars' that are skipping homework hehe

Whoa, @ScarletBea (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=32020), what did you do to my post? That's weird, did you hit edit instead of quote or something? I feel strangely violated!  :o
I stood staring at Arcane's post for 2 full minutes trying to recall whenever on earth I took the time to @-call anyone in the recent past! xD
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 21, 2016, 02:18:59 PM
Oh my gawd, I'm so sorry!
I thought I was clicking 'quote' but on this section I'm a mod so the right-most option is actually 'modify', so I modified your post instead of quoting and adding my bit.
I need to be more careful, sorry :(

I'll fix yours back.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Raptori on March 21, 2016, 02:28:58 PM
Homework sucks!  :P
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 21, 2016, 04:15:42 PM
Oh my gawd, I'm so sorry!
I thought I was clicking 'quote' but on this section I'm a mod so the right-most option is actually 'modify', so I modified your post instead of quoting and adding my bit.
I need to be more careful, sorry :(

I'll fix yours back.

Haha, don't worry, it was odd but the mistake was obvious! It just felt like a weird otherwordly experience! Powers beyond my comprehension in action!!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 22, 2016, 03:28:33 PM
okay -- i'm 800 words in and my story's shaping up.  i'm starting to dig it.  i haven't read any of the others yet, but it should at the very least be different than anyone else's.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 24, 2016, 01:55:06 PM
1 week left!

And I forgot to call @Saraband (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=32607) - a regular who has been most irregular lately ;)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 24, 2016, 03:40:42 PM
just finished my final-ish draft.  letting it percolate.  as of right now, i think it turned out pretty okay.  we'll see if that feeling holds.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on March 25, 2016, 05:41:51 AM
I managed through much toil to cook up a rough draft, 1300 words or so.  I'm not proud of it in any way, but that's fine.  I need a challenge other than working on my WHIP 24/7 and this is a topic I never touch.  It's pretty tough, actually.  But I figured, might as well try.  I don't write short stories.

I'll let it sit for a bit, edit, then put it up in a day or two.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 25, 2016, 09:54:06 AM
I can't believe there are so few contributions on such a great topic! It's broad but graphic.
Good luck to y'all running on the last week!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Hedin on March 25, 2016, 03:59:41 PM
Finally finished my draft.  I still think it needs some tweaking but not sure exactly what so if anyone has time for a quick read through I would appreciate it.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on March 25, 2016, 05:29:01 PM
I can't believe there are so few contributions on such a great topic! It's broad but graphic.
Good luck to y'all running on the last week!
There'll probably be some last minute submissions.

I have to go through and make sure I didn't inadvertently switch from first person to third.  I did that quite a few times typing up the draft.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 25, 2016, 06:07:43 PM
kk.  wife approved -- even got her with the twist!  so, i'm officially in for this month.

woot!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on March 25, 2016, 06:20:00 PM
And submitted! :D
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 25, 2016, 06:20:44 PM
And submitted! :D

boom, boom!  back-to-back!

we're so cool.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: eclipse on March 25, 2016, 06:23:06 PM
Quote
In-dream the sex change wasn't considered an odd thing though it was a bit weird being smaller.

Was reading just the bottom-most post and quoted prior posts, wondering quite a lot. Until I got to this part.  ;D

I expect at least one sex change entry. Otherwise I'll be sorely disappointed  :P

That wouldn't be a nightmare
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on March 26, 2016, 12:03:46 AM
I still have no idea what I'm gonna do with this one. Didn't even started yet. I could pull some kind of story in two days for Fanfic, but now...
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 30, 2016, 01:37:13 AM
Come on everyone, two days left! Such a great topic with so much room for craziness!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on March 30, 2016, 05:04:31 AM
Well, I wrote a nightmare story today, but once I finished, I realized I had no fantasy elements in there...

Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 30, 2016, 05:18:46 AM
Doesn't matter, it's fiction. Look at mine, it's a lot like inception, but with Dream and Nightmare being drugs you inject yourself with. It would not be on Fantasy shelves but pure speculative fiction, next to some Murakami novel or whatnot!  :D
Come on, post it, better than nothing!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on March 30, 2016, 05:42:34 AM
Good enough for me. Posted.  8)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on March 30, 2016, 06:42:14 AM
Doesn't matter, it's fiction. Look at mine, it's a lot like inception, but with Dream and Nightmare being drugs you inject yourself with. It would not be on Fantasy shelves but pure speculative fiction, next to some Murakami novel or whatnot!  :D
Come on, post it, better than nothing!

The story I wrote is most likely evidence for an insanity plea. There's no harm in throwing something in for fun.  :)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: eclipse on March 30, 2016, 06:58:17 AM
Come on everyone, two days left! Such a great topic with so much room for craziness!

To be honest this topic doesn't interest me this month sounds too horror and dark for my taste  but I try my best to read all the entries
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 30, 2016, 07:36:02 AM
I've read most of them and didn't find much horror in them, you should be alright Eclipse.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on March 30, 2016, 01:20:45 PM
Somehow I will submit a story this month, even if it's unedited garbage.
Somehow.
Not sure how.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on March 30, 2016, 01:57:15 PM
Somehow I will submit a story this month, even if it's unedited garbage.
Somehow.
Not sure how.

[2]
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 30, 2016, 01:59:37 PM
Doesn't matter, it's fiction. Look at mine, it's a lot like inception, but with Dream and Nightmare being drugs you inject yourself with. It would not be on Fantasy shelves but pure speculative fiction, next to some Murakami novel or whatnot!  :D
Come on, post it, better than nothing!

dude!  spoilers!!  some of us don't start reading 'til the end of the month!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 30, 2016, 02:25:50 PM
Doesn't matter, it's fiction. Look at mine, it's a lot like inception, but with Dream and Nightmare being drugs you inject yourself with. It would not be on Fantasy shelves but pure speculative fiction, next to some Murakami novel or whatnot!  :D
Come on, post it, better than nothing!

dude!  spoilers!!  some of us don't start reading 'til the end of the month!

It ain't no spoilers, it's not something that is revealed, it's just how my world works, the story is within it, you're alright, half the trailers these days are more spoilery than this!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on March 30, 2016, 04:57:57 PM
Somehow I will submit a story this month, even if it's unedited garbage.
Somehow.
Not sure how.

[2]
[3]

(But in all likelihood I won't have the time. :( )
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 31, 2016, 08:35:42 AM
Hey, all of you last minute writers, I plan to lock the submission thread tomorrow about lunchtime (UK time).
If you then really *really* need another couple of hours, just let me know and I'll think about it ;)

We have only 10 entries this time... The last time we had 10 or less was just over 1 year ago (Feb 15).
Let spring inspire you ;D
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on March 31, 2016, 11:28:46 AM
Hey, all of you last minute writers, I plan to lock the submission thread tomorrow about lunchtime (UK time).
If you then really *really* need another couple of hours, just let me know and I'll think about it ;)

We have only 10 entries this time... The last time we had 10 or less was just over 1 year ago (Feb 15).
Let spring inspire you ;D

My creative mind has been stirring since last night.
I still have no idea how this story ends...
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 31, 2016, 11:56:48 AM
Hey, all of you last minute writers, I plan to lock the submission thread tomorrow about lunchtime (UK time).
If you then really *really* need another couple of hours, just let me know and I'll think about it ;)

We have only 10 entries this time... The last time we had 10 or less was just over 1 year ago (Feb 15).
Let spring inspire you ;D

My creative mind has been stirring since last night.
I still have no idea how this story ends...

Toss a coin.
Open a poll.
The villain wins, the hero dies in his sleep.
It was all just a dream.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Hedin on March 31, 2016, 02:40:39 PM
OK I'm in.  Still feels like the story needs something but I've been sitting on it for awhile and haven't been able figure out what that something may be.  Also, naming a story is hard.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on March 31, 2016, 02:48:35 PM
OK I'm in.  Still feels like the story needs something but I've been sitting on it for awhile and haven't been able figure out what that something may be.  Also, naming a story is hard.

I'm gonna read it now, just in case you forgot the main character.  :P
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: SJBudd on March 31, 2016, 03:09:29 PM
I really want to take part this month but am suffering from some serious writer's block recently. Hope it passes soon  :o
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on March 31, 2016, 06:37:49 PM
Just started, wish me luck  ::)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on March 31, 2016, 07:18:13 PM
Just started, wish me luck  ::)

LUCK!
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 31, 2016, 07:46:32 PM
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Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on March 31, 2016, 09:04:49 PM
It's not working! 500 words in and the computer decided to blue screen. Back to square zero. I'm blaming Jefferson. Who needs american presidents anyway?  ::)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on March 31, 2016, 09:51:02 PM
I wrote almost 1500 words in four hours.  :o That must be a personal best.

Now I have almost 1500 horrible words to edit and I really should be sleeping.  ::)
And the story fits the theme only marginally.

Also I can't post anymore until you guys and gals LIKE me so that my post and like counts are both at 666 and I get a screenshot of that. I only need 207 LIKES. You can do it!  ;D
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 01, 2016, 12:10:30 AM
I wrote almost 1500 words in four hours.  :o That must be a personal best.

Now I have almost 1500 horrible words to edit and I really should be sleeping.  ::)
And the story fits the theme only marginally.

Also I can't post anymore until you guys and gals LIKE me so that my post and like counts are both at 666 and I get a screenshot of that. I only need 207 LIKES. You can do it!  ;D

I would have helped but you already ruined your post count!  :P
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on April 01, 2016, 12:40:34 AM
Sitting down now with my F-F t-shirt on to try to bang this out.
It's 7:38 PM.
I have to watch our show with Mrs. Jaymack from 8 to 9. Final episode this season, so can't miss it.
I want to go to bed by 10:00. I'm OLD!!

Yeah, something's gonna give.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 01, 2016, 02:30:19 AM
You can go to bed at 11pm @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094), you're not that old, come on! :D
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on April 01, 2016, 03:50:38 AM
An oddly appropriate video for the last day of the Nightmares contest. This animated short is called "Slow Wave" and conceptualizes sleep disturbances.

https://vimeo.com/155080375 (https://vimeo.com/155080375)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on April 01, 2016, 06:14:10 AM
Very cool video.

Not at all like the type of nightmares I have but great nonetheless.  :P
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on April 01, 2016, 11:35:20 AM
Can't believe I actually pulled something at such short time  that resembles (well, I think it does) a story, a character and a magic system.
Started late yesterday (or today depending where you are), lost what I wrote, then wrote ~200 and went to sleep. It actually gave me an idea and when I woke up, in 2-3 hours, bam!

I wish these ideas would come a few days sooner, as I was suddenly going over 2k, had to ruthlessly cut a whole section and couldn't properly edit, but it's done, and who knows I might even turn this into a WIP, at least the magic system.
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 01, 2016, 12:09:52 PM
So...
Anyone else or can I close?
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on April 01, 2016, 02:01:34 PM
So...
Anyone else or can I close?

Quick. Close it before @Rukaio_Alter (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40087) does a submission.



rats. he's already in. foiled again.  >:( ;)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on April 01, 2016, 03:17:04 PM
I wrote almost 1500 words in four hours.  :o That must be a personal best.

Now I have almost 1500 horrible words to edit and I really should be sleeping.  ::)
And the story fits the theme only marginally.

Also I can't post anymore until you guys and gals LIKE me so that my post and like counts are both at 666 and I get a screenshot of that. I only need 207 LIKES. You can do it!  ;D

I would have helped but you already ruined your post count!  :P
Curses!
Can I go back in post count if I delete some of my posts? Or if a mod deletes them? I shall go and edit my posts with obscenities to find out.
Just kidding. Or April fool, I guess.  ::)
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on April 02, 2016, 12:06:53 AM
Somehow, I think it's time to update the Excel/Google spreadsheet of authors, stories and winners. @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840)?
Title: Re: [Mar 2016] - Nightmares - Discussion Thread
Post by: Raptori on April 02, 2016, 12:18:43 AM
Somehow, I think it's time to update the Excel/Google spreadsheet of authors, stories and winners. @Raptori (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=38840)?
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