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Title: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on May 01, 2018, 10:52:56 PM
Technology and Magic, Science Fiction and Fantasy

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In the merry month of May we want you to write a story in a world where traditional fantasy with magic and science fictional technology coexist. Or meet. Or clash. Or fight. That's up to you. It was really hard to find a fitting picture which may be a sign that this is a neglected genre.
There are only two books I can think of at the moment. One is a German fantasy saga which was never translated to English (Fantasy World invaded by Aliens - it's way better than it sounds. And with dragons.) and the other, if it counts at all, is Ready Player One where we learn that they have in the OASIS magic worlds, technology worlds and worlds where both is allowed.

We're really curious what you'll manage to come up with!


Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The story must contain a traditional fantasy world with magic and Sci-Fi technology.
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-750 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 under the B.
Bonus rule: We consider voting in a contest you're taking part in a given. Others take time and effort to read the stories - you should do the same. A small community like ours lives from reciprocity and this contest needs stories as much as votes. 

If you want so submit your story anonymously you can do so by sending it in a personal message to @xiagan.

Entry will close May 31st/June 1st, 2018 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.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Please post your entry here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?topic=11406.new#new).

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Norman Gray on May 02, 2018, 02:54:56 AM
That German fantasy saga actually sounded really interesting. . . Until you mentioned that it had dragons. Still not sure why that's such a selling point for so many readers. . .

Anyway, I've dabbled in this sort of 'crossing of genres' before, so I think it would be fun and interesting to revisit!
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Skip on May 02, 2018, 05:09:49 AM
I'm willing to at least take a stab at this, but isn't the entire genre of steampunk pretty much what you describe?
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on May 02, 2018, 08:52:39 AM
I'm willing to at least take a stab at this, but isn't the entire genre of steampunk pretty much what you describe?
No, I definitely don't want steampunk. That's a tech world with added magic.

Here I want something more medieval/traditional fantasy with advanced tech alongside it, colliding with it or whatever.
Think Lord of the Rings meets Star Wars but not hollywoodesque but good and well thought out.

That German fantasy saga actually sounded really interesting. . . Until you mentioned that it had dragons. Still not sure why that's such a selling point for so many readers. . .
They're definitely not your typical dragons. And the magic system is something Sanderson can look to and take notes. ;)
It's the "Höhlenwelt Saga" by Harald Evers, first book is "Die Bruderschaft von Yoor".
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: D_Bates on May 02, 2018, 12:10:35 PM
This is a serious challenge for a 1500 word short. Strangely, I have an idea with a funny twist at the end, but we'll see.

Think Lord of the Rings meets Star Wars but not hollywoodesque but good and well thought out.

I am curious for an elaboration of this comment! Surely you're not suggesting that hollywood movies are all sparkle and no substance! What blasphemy is this?
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Skip on May 02, 2018, 02:16:01 PM
OK, got it. thx
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Feanor on May 02, 2018, 05:42:31 PM
Hmmm... do you mean something like Artemis Fowl?
It's kinda low magic but this is what, immediately, came into my mind when I saw this month's prompt.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on May 02, 2018, 07:17:47 PM
I'm gonna go more Howl's Moving Castle with this one(the Miyazaki version), with tech heavy airships and magic a commonality of the world.
Great topic and glad it's not steampunk
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Feanor on May 02, 2018, 07:28:49 PM
I'm gonna go more Howl's Moving Castle with this one(the Miyazaki version), with tech heavy airships and magic a commonality of the world.
Great topic and glad it's not steampunk

Usually, I am not one to nitpick, but Howl's Moving Castle is kind of a steampunk.
Still, I like it a lot along with all Miyazaki creations.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on May 02, 2018, 08:31:24 PM
I'm gonna go more Howl's Moving Castle with this one(the Miyazaki version), with tech heavy airships and magic a commonality of the world.
Great topic and glad it's not steampunk

Usually, I am not one to nitpick, but Howl's Moving Castle is kind of a steampunk.
Still, I like it a lot along with all Miyazaki creations.

I heartily disagree. Yes there are some vehicles that use steam (like the tram) but the other main steam producing machine is a normal train. The flying bike things are not steam powered and neither are the warship. The aesthetic isn't one of cogs and the fashion is not Victorian but just dress and shirt-pants/uniform fantasy.
Howl's castle is entirely powered by magic. The mechanisms are one of tubs and bits and bobs and fancy contraptions around a magical fuel. Look at the door in the castle: the colour coding is there to help you see which location you're set on, but the magic is inured in the handle itself.
To me the film has nothing of steampunk at all. But it's close enough to be a contentious POV of course.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Feanor on May 02, 2018, 09:02:50 PM
I'm gonna go more Howl's Moving Castle with this one(the Miyazaki version), with tech heavy airships and magic a commonality of the world.
Great topic and glad it's not steampunk

Usually, I am not one to nitpick, but Howl's Moving Castle is kind of a steampunk.
Still, I like it a lot along with all Miyazaki creations.

I heartily disagree. Yes there are some vehicles that use steam (like the tram) but the other main steam producing machine is a normal train. The flying bike things are not steam powered and neither are the warship. The aesthetic isn't one of cogs and the fashion is not Victorian but just dress and shirt-pants/uniform fantasy.
Howl's castle is entirely powered by magic. The mechanisms are one of tubs and bits and bobs and fancy contraptions around a magical fuel. Look at the door in the castle: the colour coding is there to help you see which location you're set on, but the magic is inured in the handle itself.
To me the film has nothing of steampunk at all. But it's close enough to be a contentious POV of course.

Don't get me wrong, I mostly agree with the differences you mentioned but I, also, believe it's a matter if semantics.
It's the steampunk  version of Japanese anime/manga culture hence the differences.

I am not raising this issue to debate whether you should go that way for the short story but because I am a fan if yhe Japanese culture of anime/manga and I consider Howl's Movibg Castle a steampunk, although, quite original, especially, for it's time.

Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on May 02, 2018, 09:28:11 PM
Hmmm... do you mean something like Artemis Fowl?
It's kinda low magic but this is what, immediately, came into my mind when I saw this month's prompt.
Artemis Fowl isn't bad but it's still recent/urban fantasy and not "traditional fantasy".

It's ages that I read Howl's moving castle and I haven't seen the movie so I can't comment.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Feanor on May 02, 2018, 10:15:26 PM

Artemis Fowl isn't bad but it's still recent/urban fantasy and not "traditional fantasy".

It's ages that I read Howl's moving castle and I haven't seen the movie so I can't comment.

You are right, my bad.
I should have specified that I meant only the subterranean culture of the Elves and the other creatures that mix magic with advanced technology and not the whole book along with the modern day human civilization which makes the book urban fantasy.



Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on May 03, 2018, 12:50:40 AM
Like Final Fantasy 6, 7 and 10?
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on May 03, 2018, 11:00:43 AM
I love it when an idea blooms on its own, and I just need to water it some. Then chop it off at the stem, squoosh it between the pages of an enormous book for, oh say, 29mdays, and then hurriedly breathe some life back into it just before the deadline.

Idea? Check
Water? Working on that
Enormous book? Hmmm. Maybe the Once and Future King would do the trick.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on May 03, 2018, 03:54:01 PM
I saw no confusion in the instructions, but perhaps I missed something. Xiagan, let me know if my submission violates any of the guidance for the topic?
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: OnlyOneHighlander on May 07, 2018, 10:36:25 AM
Great topic. Finally a chance to address the question which would win in a fight - dragons or flying saucers?!
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on May 07, 2018, 10:40:39 AM
Posted last night. My original idea was a third story about Alexander, Penelope, and the squirrels, but a different notion took over my keyboard.

Sort of glad to have the contest done for the month. Maybe I’ll go back to re-writing “Billy Broke Locks”. Or maybe write something else.  :o ;D
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on May 07, 2018, 04:38:46 PM
Got so distracted by the end of last month I never got to submit a story or vote. Thankfully most of the distractions have ironed themselves out now so I hope to have something for this month.

Would Brian McClellan's Promise of Blood, and the sequel novels, be an example? From what I remember reading years ago, the setting was one primarily of magic ruling and then gunpowder started rising up as a power.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on May 07, 2018, 07:31:25 PM
Got so distracted by the end of last month I never got to submit a story or vote. Thankfully most of the distractions have ironed themselves out now so I hope to have something for this month.

Would Brian McClellan's Promise of Blood, and the sequel novels, be an example? From what I remember reading years ago, the setting was one primarily of magic ruling and then gunpowder started rising up as a power.

 Not gunpowder, per se, but Sci Fi. Of course, Victorian SF ala Jules Verne might fit, and that’s getting closer to McClellan, just with scientific bits.  ;D. (So writes someone with no official capacity in this contest club.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on May 08, 2018, 12:52:10 AM
Does the Shannara series count? Fantasy with traces of pre apocalypse tech?
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on May 08, 2018, 09:27:41 AM
@xiagan, could you please help with all these questions?
I can't really contribute since we didn't discuss the details this time
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on May 08, 2018, 09:20:48 PM
Usually the plan is to not set the frame too tight and to see what you can come up with...

In the last instance the voters decide if a story fits the theme or not.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Corvus on May 11, 2018, 05:57:42 AM
Sort of like Shadowrun then?

I have run across a couple of cyberpunk/urban fantasy fusions before which seem to fit the bill.

And I seem to recall seeing a series around called Starship Mage or something like that.  As in an actual mage serving on board a starship using actual magic and not 'sufficiently advanced technology.'
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on May 11, 2018, 06:42:20 AM
I *loved* playing Shadowrun as a kid.  I was a mage that used manipulation magic and a monofilament whip. There was some spell, i think it was Toxic Wave that basically brought me to to brink of death everytime I cast it, but also killed everything else around me.

Idk for sure but my understanding of it from the exchange below is Magic plus Tech, but not any Urban Fantasy (I think that was done another month) I'd picture Shadowrun as being urban fantasy but maybe I'm wrong in that assessment. 

I'm willing to at least take a stab at this, but isn't the entire genre of steampunk pretty much what you describe?
No, I definitely don't want steampunk. That's a tech world with added magic.

Here I want something more medieval/traditional fantasy with advanced tech alongside it, colliding with it or whatever.
Think Lord of the Rings meets Star Wars but not hollywoodesque but good and well thought out.

That German fantasy saga actually sounded really interesting. . . Until you mentioned that it had dragons. Still not sure why that's such a selling point for so many readers. . .
They're definitely not your typical dragons. And the magic system is something Sanderson can look to and take notes. ;)
It's the "Höhlenwelt Saga" by Harald Evers, first book is "Die Bruderschaft von Yoor".


Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on May 11, 2018, 08:36:38 AM
Basically Star Wars if you count the force as magic.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on May 11, 2018, 05:01:35 PM
I'm curious if people would consider biotech as part of the theme. Using genetic engineering, magic, and such to create equivalents to various mechanical technology. Like Kameron Hurley's Worldbreaker Saga had the Line, a living railway system composed of a massive vine with chrysalis pods carrying passengers along the vine to various destinations.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on May 11, 2018, 10:16:14 PM
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Rule 2. The story must contain a traditional fantasy world with magic and Sci-Fi technology.

I neither see Shadowrun here, nor Star Wars*. Urban Fantasy is not a traditional fantasy world. Think more medieval.

*Could work if it's a backwater planet with some non-tech natives who use the force and who get discovered by the rebels or something like this.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on May 12, 2018, 12:48:37 PM
Well wait, you can't want a non tech people using the force if the theme is magic AND technology.
As far as I'm concerned if I read a story that is a space opera with magic powering a lot of stuff, then I'd vote for it.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on May 13, 2018, 11:21:53 AM
Well wait, you can't want a non tech people using the force if the theme is magic AND technology.
As far as I'm concerned if I read a story that is a space opera with magic powering a lot of stuff, then I'd vote for it.
Magic and technology is the name, which of course can't describe a theme well enough.
I thought it's clear enough in the description that space opera is not what we want. (We had space opera already and since any advanced enough technology isn't indistinguishable from magic, every space opera (that doesn't delves too deep into the machinations of the universe) could fit the theme in your eyes?)

I wouldn't have thought that this is so hard to grasp or I had tried to explain it better in the first post. Sorry for that.

If it's easier to understand you can think of magic VS technology. Take a medieval magical world and alien invaders, or the star wars example I mentioned above (without the force but with 'normal' magic), or a hi-tech race coming over the seas discovering an unknown continent with a magical people.
I don't want to give too many examples because I think that hinders creativity... Is it more clear now?

 
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on May 13, 2018, 12:52:17 PM
Not especially, since the force can totally be a type of magic in its own right. If you forget that midichlorians business. And even then, nothing stops us from writing a world where magic is a genetic product.
Magic can be anything we want it to be can't we?
I also don't understand your will to make this medieval YET technological. Not that I'm moaning. I have a clear idea of the world I want to write and it'll be a blend of medieval fantasy flavours with magically powered tech and I'll rest my case with voters.
I understand the "this is not steampunk" approach, but I don't see what's so bad about a witch in space. If it's well made it doesn't have to be "another space opera" where technology is magic because its unrealistically advanced. I think it'd make a great submission.
But again I'm not writing that so I don't care.

I understand the need to differentiate the theme but I feel like the onslaught of comparisons is making things more complicated and restrained.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on May 13, 2018, 04:03:31 PM
Like you said, Nora, I’ll leave it to the voters. But I just wrote what came to mind, and we’ll see.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on May 15, 2018, 09:24:57 AM
Not especially, since the force can totally be a type of magic in its own right. If you forget that midichlorians business. And even then, nothing stops us from writing a world where magic is a genetic product.
Magic can be anything we want it to be can't we?
Of course. What I meant was that it doesn't have to be the force (and remember, we usually don't do fan fiction if it's not specially given as the theme).
 
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I also don't understand your will to make this medieval YET technological.
You could say that about every theme we had. :D "I don't understand your will to let us write letters,..."  ;)

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I understand the "this is not steampunk" approach, but I don't see what's so bad about a witch in space.
Nothing is bad about a witch in space. I'd love to read about one! But it's simply not the theme this month. (Well, if the witch was kidnapped/abducted  from a traditional fantasy world and now beats up all those spacefarer asses - great!)

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I understand the need to differentiate the theme but I feel like the onslaught of comparisons is making things more complicated and restrained.
I didn't want to give as many comparisons or explanations as I did but apparently the need was there.
It's a thin line between a too broad theme and a too restrained theme. And since I've heard complains from both sides in the past, well...
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: D_Bates on May 15, 2018, 02:55:48 PM
I've also had a bit of confusion with the theme, mainly from this mention of a 'medieval' fantasy setting with technology, which seems rather contradictory to me. I was initially going to go with the fantasy wizard world invaded by techno aliens ala Stargate replicators, but as the discussion evolved, I'm now wondering whether the technology has to be inherently native to those living in the setting? In which case, I have no idea how to pull that off!
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on May 15, 2018, 07:32:19 PM
No, doesn't need to be native. I don't think it's possible to pull a medieval living + magic and high technology in the same land/culture off, either. (Surprise me! ;))
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on May 16, 2018, 01:23:00 AM

@D_Bates

Here are some examples I thought of for inspiration.  Nora, they aren't meant to constrain but get juices flowing:

So in Final Fantasy X, the main character is a memory of an advanced society that was wiped like 1000s of years ago but magically sustained in some sort of magic wall.  The story takes place in a world with magic where religion prohibits technology, and claims that this tsunami monster destroys humanity every so often to keep technology from developing.  There's one group that violates that dictate and develops technology to try to kill the monster.  It doesn't work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-eTw1W5XAs

Mark Twain's a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court-- some guy gets knocked out and wakes up in King Arthur's court with all his modern day knowledge. He uses it to make himself a wizard.  Not sure if this one counts or not, but it seems borderline.

Portal fantasy where technology is brought into the fantasy setting might be another one.  The Magicians is too focused on the real world to really count, but that scene in season 1 where Quentin tries to tell them not to bring tech to Fillory so as not to spoil it but Margo brings a gun into Fillory and shoots that dude was pretty awesome.

The Morgaine series by C.J. Cherryh is about a woman with a magic sword who's part alien trying to destroy gates that connect worlds.  It's very fantasy, but built on tech.  The bad guy lives forever transferring his consciousness into new bodies using alien tech.  Her magic sword is connected to the tech, and it's all very fantasy setting

Krull is definitely fantasy, but it's also got this alien monster in a fortress that moves around.

The parts of Cloud Atlas that take place waaaaay into the future where there's people living in medieval conditions and then other people showing up in what feel basically like space ships might be another one.

It might be a stretch, but James Cameron's Avatar, if from the POV of the colonized, might count.

Idk if this is too much of a stretch but Thor seems to blend tech and fantasy stuff.  There's Anne McCaffery's time travelling Dragons, and Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept, I feel like parts of Zelazny could work, and so could possibly the Shanarra stuff that's got kings and queens and magic and Trolls and Gnomes and Elves but built on the post-apocalyptic ruins of the Earth.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on May 18, 2018, 12:53:34 AM
Hahaha. Thanks, but I don't need ideas. I already have a story and setting, it simply doesn't seem to align with what Xiagan wants, since I understand it less and less, but I'm happy with the way things are going so I'll let people vote accordingly.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on May 18, 2018, 09:59:47 AM
I have an idea that I'm really excited about, but I also have another May 31st deadline so idk if I'll have time to enter this month :( :( :(
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on May 18, 2018, 11:50:24 AM
I have an idea that I'm really excited about, but I also have another May 31st deadline so idk if I'll have time to enter this month :( :( :(

Send me your idea. I’ll write it, and you can pretend it was yours.

Oh, that was supposed to be a PM.

mods! Delete please.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on May 18, 2018, 12:06:38 PM
^ ;D
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on May 18, 2018, 06:06:39 PM
it simply doesn't seem to align with what Xiagan wants, since I understand it less and less
And I can't for the life of me understand what's so hard to get with this theme...  :-\
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: idledragon27 on May 21, 2018, 07:46:33 PM
I thought I had this story down, just had to whittle away the words. But I only saw the bit saying technology and dragons.
Now I'm almost there and I've reread the brief, and realised my setting is a bit too urban.
So lets turn the brain around and start again...
Still, I have a great idea I can work on for something else  ;D
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Dan D Jones on May 28, 2018, 06:43:24 PM

@D_Bates There's Anne McCaffery's time travelling Dragons, and Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept, I feel like parts of Zelazny could work, and so could possibly the Shanarra stuff that's got kings and queens and magic and Trolls and Gnomes and Elves but built on the post-apocalyptic ruins of the Earth.

For Zelazny, the whole Amber series could fit the theme, as could Jack of Shadows.  Michael Swanwick's The Iron Dragon's Daughter and The Dragons of Babel seem to be the inverse of what's being asked here - it's an industrial setting with elves, dragons and magic.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on May 30, 2018, 09:17:53 AM
I'm super behind on a Jun 1st deadline.  Is there any chance I could squeeze a couple of extra days outta you guys to drop my entry?
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on May 30, 2018, 09:37:22 AM
I can add the weekend, if that helps?

Close the submission first thing Monday morning UK time (4th June).

After all, it's in everybody's best interest (except the ones who've submitted already ;)) to have a nice number of stories!
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: D_Bates on June 01, 2018, 09:56:13 PM
I've decided to sit this one out so there's no need to hold it open for me. I had an idea, but various things got in the way and it's too late to really do anything with it now. Next month should hopefully be better, and I look forward to reading and voting on the entries nonetheless.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on June 01, 2018, 11:56:52 PM
I've got 1000 words of a 1500 word story finished, but I'm on deadline until midnight so I won't be able to get it done until tomorrow.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: Bender on June 02, 2018, 12:05:55 AM
Damn shame. This was my dream subject and I'm way too busy to make a proper attempt. I still may submit a story just for the sake of it later.

Waiting to read the submissions over the weekend.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on June 02, 2018, 09:21:51 AM
As I said, I'll only close the submissions tomorrow evening, so all to work this weekend, go, chopchop!
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on June 02, 2018, 12:44:19 PM
As I said, I'll only close the submissions tomorrow evening, so all to work this weekend, go, chopchop!

LIKE button, where art thou!
Go go!
Chopchop!!

 ;D
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on June 02, 2018, 05:12:35 PM
I can add the weekend, if that helps?

Close the submission first thing Monday morning UK time (4th June).

After all, it's in everybody's best interest (except the ones who've submitted already ;)) to have a nice number of stories!

Haha having never won one of these things, I'm sure the ones who've submitted already won't find my entries anything to be concerned about :) I'm just here for the captive audience.

As I said, I'll only close the submissions tomorrow evening, so all to work this weekend, go, chopchop!

I'm at 1300 words, I'll need to wrap things up (it'll prolly take me to 1600 or 1700), then cut it back down to 1500.  I haven't slept at all in 24 hours however, so I will need to crash for a bit.  Do you know what time you'll be closing things up? the other possibility is that i could tweak things a little and try to make this kind of about fire for next month....
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on June 02, 2018, 05:33:19 PM
Well, tomorrow is still the weekend, @Bradley Darewood  ;)

About 8.30pm tomorrow, so about 12.30pm where you are? Is that ok?
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on June 02, 2018, 06:01:51 PM
Yeah I've got tons of caffeine in my system so i didn't sleep and just kept writing. It ended at 1600 words.  i'm going to sleep then read through it and cut it down when I wake up.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on June 03, 2018, 01:53:41 PM
Ok so I submitted. The only thing I have to do still is go through and add the rest of the italics, but im in bed on my phone atm I wanted to at least turn in what I've got even if I didn't get that handled in time. Maybe everyone can just pretend that the incantations and the voices of the Dead are all in italics...
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on June 03, 2018, 03:11:35 PM
Read them all. I know my favorite, but will need to go back and re-read carefully to pick another.
This month it seems like the 1,500 word limit is tougher than usual. Many of the stories are beginnings without ends.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on June 03, 2018, 03:46:55 PM
Haha, yeah my ending was in the 150 words I had to cut out.
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on June 05, 2018, 10:09:43 PM
I feel bad for missing this, but I got two books read and my own book written, so I'm calling it a win on balance. I will read and vote, however!
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on June 05, 2018, 10:11:38 PM
I feel bad for missing this, but I got two books read and my own book written, so I'm calling it a win on balance. I will read and vote, however!
@tebakutis, ready to write a Fire story, now? :D
Title: Re: [May 2018] - Magic and Technology - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on June 06, 2018, 03:58:52 PM
I feel bad for missing this, but I got two books read and my own book written, so I'm calling it a win on balance. I will read and vote, however!
@tebakutis, ready to write a Fire story, now? :D

I hope so! Balancing my time has become a challenge, but I will do my level best.