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[MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« on: May 02, 2020, 10:29:35 PM »
Unconventional Dragons



Hildegunst von Mythenmetz by Walter Moers, author of The City of Dreaming Books

If you hear "Dragon" you immediately have one or more images in your head. Terrific, huge, breathing fire, cunning, hoarding gold, etc... This month we want you to write about another dragon or dragons. Those that are not like dragons normally are. Whatever that may mean.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. An unconventional dragon must play a major role in the story
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, 2020 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here. Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Please post your entry here.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2020, 11:10:52 PM »
I feel another Kian, Goldie and Grandad adventure coming on 🤔

Are serial stories allowed?
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2020, 09:06:35 AM »
Sure, we've had some of those in the past.
You'll be losing the surprise element, though, but that's not really mandatory.
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2020, 09:57:30 AM »
Can it be

Spoiler for Hiden:
Bruce Lee ;D

I think I'll join this one if I can think of a good story..
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'Yes' said Caladan Brood. 'You never learn'

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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2020, 11:32:36 AM »
Can it be

Spoiler for Hiden:
Rand Al'Thor ;D

I think I'll join this one if I can think of a good story..
A fantastical element is required. In the end, voters will decide if your story met the theme or not. We had some good stories with zero votes in the past because people felt the theme wasn't present enough.

check the spoiler ;)
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2020, 05:33:37 PM »
Draconic Robin Hood. Steal from the rich and give to the poor.....usually.

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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2020, 09:00:34 PM »
I have an idea that sorta kinda maybe fits.
But I like the idea, so there.  :P
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2020, 12:14:12 PM »
Draft complete at 1,522 words. I have zero stress about this.  :)
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2020, 02:48:13 PM »
Ooo. Lots of space to work. I'm slightly worried about pushing the definition of 'dragon', but we'll see how it goes.
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2020, 08:26:43 PM »
A big welcome to @Framer of worlds , submitting a story for the first time :D
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2020, 06:35:02 PM »
I'm in! Found this one more challenging than last month's theme but I'm satisfied with how it turned out. And welcome to the newest writers. :)
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2020, 05:14:51 AM »
I just wrote a rough draft of a kids story by hand and going to type it up. I'll probably do a few edits before I post it.
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2020, 09:23:43 AM »
Yay!
And yay for everyone who's entered already :D
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2020, 01:59:17 PM »
A bit last minute but I just got down an outline and will be writing and submitting tomorrow. Been a while; wanted to jump back in a few times but couldn't settle on an idea, even on topics I liked.

This one I'm happy with. Hopefully can become a regular again. Look forward to reading this months entries  :)
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Re: [MAY 2020] Unconventional Dragons - Discussion Thread
« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2020, 08:10:29 PM »
Wow, so many stories! Thanks all. :)
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