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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2017, 06:00:44 PM »
Hello?
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2017, 07:47:17 PM »
Hello?
Is it me you're looking for?

boom!  story idea!  like the spotify playlist meme, but you have to write your whole story with lyrics!
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2017, 02:22:10 AM »
1,747 words.
It's just how I want it.
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2017, 06:32:50 AM »
1,747 words.
It's just how I want it.
 >:( >:( >:(
You asked for an early start, not for an extended word limit. ;)
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2017, 04:01:00 PM »
I fell in love with Tolkien's song-battle contest between Sauron/Thu and Finrod Felagund in the Lay of Leithian, which I paste here for those who might be interested. It is grimdark, and not the light, airy stuff of the Hobbit.

I love that the contestants weave metaphors of the world into their songs, for better and for worse. The mention of the Noldor elves greatest evil, the slaying of their kin, comes back to haunt poor Finrod here, who ironically, had nothing to do with it and actually tried to stop it.

The set up: Finrod and 10 companions are helping Beren reach Angband, the equivalent of Mordor, and are magically disguised to resemble orcs. But Sauron/Thu has discovered there's something not right, and seeks to unmask what that is.

The poem begins with Sauron, who:

"He chanted a song of wizardry,
of piercing, opening, of treachery,
revealing, uncovering, betraying

Suddenly Finrod there a-swaying
sang in answer a song of staying,
resisting, battling against power,
of secrets kept, strength like a tower,
and trust unbroken, freedom, escape;
of changing and of shifting shape,
of snares eluded, broken traps,
the prison opening, the chain that snaps.

Backwards and forwards swayed their song.
Reeling and foundering, as ever more strong
Thû's chanting swelled, Felagund fought,
and all the magic and might he brought
of Elvenesse into his words.
Softly in the gloom they heard the birds
singing afar in Nargothrond,
the sighing of the sea beyond,
beyond the western world, on sand,
on sand of pearls in Elvenland.

Then the gloom gathered: darkness growing
in Eldamar, the red blood flowing
beside the sea, where Noldor slew
the Foamriders, and stealing drew
their white ships with their white sails
from lamplit havens the wind wails.

The wolf howls. The ravens flee.
The ice mutters in the mouths of the Sea.
The captives sad in Angband mourn.
Thunder rumbles, the fires burn,
a vast smoke gushes out, a moan
and Finrod swoons before the throne.

Yet not all unavailing were
the spells of Felagund; for Thû
neither their names nor purpose knew.

These much he pondered and bethought,
and in their woeful chains them sought,
and threatened all with dreadful death,
if one would not with traitor's breath
reveal this knowledge. Wolves should come
and slow devour them one by one
before the others' eyes, and last
should one alone be left aghast,
then in a place of horror, hung
with anguish should his limbs be wrung,
in the bowels of the earth be slow
endlessly, cruelly, put to woe
and torment, till he all declared.
Even as he threatened, so it fared.

From time to time in the eyeless dark
two eyes would grow, and they would hark
to frightful cries, and then a sound
of rending, a slavering on the ground,
and blood flowing they would smell.
But none would yield, and none would tell."

https://thainsbook.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/the-lay-of-leithian.pdf
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2017, 05:06:29 PM »
1,747 words.
It's just how I want it.
 >:( >:( >:(
You asked for an early start, not for an extended word limit. ;)

Whose birthday is it next?........
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2017, 10:57:38 PM »
1,499 words.
Time for final edit.
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2017, 11:31:26 AM »
am I allowed to recycle characters from my novel/WIP into a new scene for the writing contest?

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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2017, 11:51:44 AM »
I'm pretty sure you can, as long as the scene is new and it holds as a standalone story :)
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2017, 12:07:50 PM »
am I allowed to recycle characters from my novel/WIP into a new scene for the writing contest?

I call your attention to the Rules:

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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. ;)

So, it's quite clear you can recycle characters as long as one of them is a mayor.
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2017, 06:00:04 PM »
am I allowed to recycle characters from my novel/WIP into a new scene for the writing contest?

I call your attention to the Rules:

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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. ;)

So, it's quite clear you can recycle characters as long as one of them is a mayor.
Presidents and Chancellors are okay too.
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2017, 08:12:36 PM »
am I allowed to recycle characters from my novel/WIP into a new scene for the writing contest?

I call your attention to the Rules:

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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. ;)

So, it's quite clear you can recycle characters as long as one of them is a mayor.
Presidents and Chancellors are okay too.

This was supposed to be Fantasy... no kings or emperors?  ::)
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2017, 08:15:07 PM »
am I allowed to recycle characters from my novel/WIP into a new scene for the writing contest?

I call your attention to the Rules:

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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. ;)

So, it's quite clear you can recycle characters as long as one of them is a mayor.
Presidents and Chancellors are okay too.

This was supposed to be Fantasy... no kings or emperors?  ::)
Nope, but Daisies and Dukes. (@jmack)
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2017, 08:49:39 PM »
Speaking of music, I'm tremendously excited... I just booked some stall tickets to go and see Yuri Simonov directing the Moscow Philharmonic playing Concerto nº3 by Rachmaninov, Festival Overture by Shostakovitch, my two favourite composers, and Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev.
I'm dead excited. Given my lack of inspiration for this theme, maybe it'll help. Though it's the 28th of May so not too good an idea either...
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Re: [May 2017] - Music - Discussion Thread
« Reply #29 on: May 21, 2017, 12:38:23 PM »
Hello, @Yun Li:

I've started to read your story for this month, and I have a small suggestion around formatting. It's really helpful if you put an extra line between paragraphs. Even if the paragraphs look right in your own writing software - whatever that may be - they're sometimes lost when you paste the text into a forum post. Anyway, whether that's what happened or not, it would really make reading more enjoyable if you were to edit your post and put in a return at each paragraph.

Now I'm going back to read your story, paragraph spacing or not! And welcome. I see this story is your first post here. It's great to have you here.
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