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Title: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on September 29, 2016, 09:29:32 PM
Corpses

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/2014-06-09_Mumie_Ritter_Kahlbutz_in_Kampehl_anagoria_02.jpg)
Christian Friedrich von Kahlbutz, 17th century knight from Germany

Corpses. Still trickling blood or ancient and dusty. Result of a horrible crime or a fatal accident. Left where they should be or somehow missing. stone-dead or fake and still alive. Anonymous or well-known. Pumpkin-spiced or... okay, I think you got it. ;) There's a lot one can say or write about a corpse and with All Hallow's Eve nearing you may already be in the mood or if not, the story you are going to write will probably help.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. One or more corpses must play a crucial role.
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 next to the 'youtube' symbol.
SPECIAL RULE: In this month's contest, all submissions will be ANONYMOUS. This means that you don't post your story in the submission thread but send it in a personal message (formatted in the way you want) to  @Anonymous (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/profile/?u=41315). (If you don't know how, feel free to ask.)
I will post the stories with that account in the submission topic, checking every day (as time allows) for new stories.
When the voting for the stories has ended (November 30th), I will reveal who wrote which story if you didn't specify in your submission or later that you don't want to be revealed.

Entry will close October 31st/November 1st, 2016 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

The winner will have their piece displayed on the main Fantasy Faction website sometime in the next months.

Please send your entry in a personal message to @Anonymous (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/profile/?u=41315).

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!

Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on September 29, 2016, 09:35:38 PM
I'm away over the weekend, so you get the contest early!  :D
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on September 29, 2016, 10:27:24 PM
Love the topic! I'm dying to start writing for this one.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on September 29, 2016, 10:31:47 PM
Love the topic! I'm dying to start writing for this one.

ha!  i see what you did there!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on September 29, 2016, 10:36:49 PM
Love the topic! I'm dying to start writing for this one.

ha!  i see what you did there!


  ;D

Borderline lame, I know.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on September 29, 2016, 10:46:48 PM
"someone" is trying to convince me to go for this one, since it's anonymous.... ;D
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on September 29, 2016, 11:08:30 PM
"someone" is trying to convince me to go for this one, since it's anonymous.... ;D

"someone" is obviously brilliant and you should listen to them!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on September 29, 2016, 11:38:49 PM
I'd like ask the Powers That Be to please consider extending the poem limit to 750 words.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on September 30, 2016, 12:27:34 AM
I'd like ask the Powers That Be to please consider extending the poem limit to 750 words.

I second this motion!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on September 30, 2016, 02:15:04 AM
They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose,
Those few who craft in rhymes,
And bitter bleats they made like sheep,
To have a few more lines...
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: SugoiMe on September 30, 2016, 05:39:12 AM
I'd like ask the Powers That Be to please consider extending the poem limit to 750 words.

I second this motion!

I third it.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: eclipse on September 30, 2016, 06:09:10 AM
"someone" is trying to convince me to go for this one, since it's anonymous.... ;D

I loved your last anonymous story
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on September 30, 2016, 08:44:31 AM
"someone" is trying to convince me to go for this one, since it's anonymous.... ;D

I loved your last anonymous story

I knew it was her!

And poems should have 1k... just to make both styles go with 4 digits. For...uh... well, it looks better.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on September 30, 2016, 10:22:33 AM
"someone" is trying to convince me to go for this one, since it's anonymous.... ;D

I loved your last anonymous story
Honestly, I haven't written anything so far!!!

(gosh, please don't think that great potions anonymous story is mine! :o )

As for the poems limit, I'll leave it to @xiagan (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1148) to decide.
(just note that some people don't really read poems)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on September 30, 2016, 07:40:11 PM
What Bea said. The poem word limit was meant to help, but if you guys want 750 who am I to deny this to you? ;)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on September 30, 2016, 08:22:07 PM
Thank you sir!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on September 30, 2016, 09:53:08 PM
Now I think I need to write a poem for this month.
Though no threat promise it'll be over 500 words.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on September 30, 2016, 10:16:04 PM
we should have a poem-only month.

i keep wanting to write one, but always come up with a more fun story instead.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on September 30, 2016, 10:32:23 PM
we should have a poem-only month.

i keep wanting to write one, but always come up with a more fun story instead.
Given the gloom & doom of similar discussions, such an idea would be disastrous and could do irreparable harm. Pretty sure every time you type "we should..." somewhere a goldfish jumps out of its bowl, a puppy dies, and a kitten falls into a washing machine.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on September 30, 2016, 10:36:00 PM
we should have a poem-only month.

i keep wanting to write one, but always come up with a more fun story instead.
Given the gloom & doom of similar discussions, such an idea would be disastrous and could do irreparable harm. Pretty sure every time you type "we should..." somewhere a goldfish jumps out of its bowl, a puppy dies, and a kitten falls into a washing machine.


Hahaha. The goldfish, though. Hahahha
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on September 30, 2016, 10:48:34 PM
we should have a poem-only month.

i keep wanting to write one, but always come up with a more fun story instead.
Given the gloom & doom of similar discussions, such an idea would be disastrous and could do irreparable harm. Pretty sure every time you type "we should..." somewhere a goldfish jumps out of its bowl, a puppy dies, and a kitten falls into a washing machine.


Hahaha. The goldfish, though. Hahahha

i now know the exact corpse i'm writing about this month!

(http://i.imgur.com/QCanzFu.gif)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Osahon on October 01, 2016, 11:34:31 AM
Hey, how do you submit your work through a personal message
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Osahon on October 01, 2016, 11:41:40 AM
Also, I have never been able to my submit my previous work into the monthly writing contests. If you can't submit your work as a file attachment, then how do you submit it?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on October 01, 2016, 12:09:06 PM
Also, I have never been able to my submit my previous work into the monthly writing contests. If you can't submit your work as a file attachment, then how do you submit it?
Hey, how do you submit your work through a personal message

OK  @Osahon (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=41588) here goes
To submit a story in a normal month write it in Word in as near perfection as you can with word count and edits done.  Select All then Copy

Open the Submission thread, click Reply, Paste your story and put it in spoilers by selecting all then clicking on  the SP icon above.

Add your comment and title at the beginning above the Spoiler, and Post it. From now on you can still go in  to do minor edits ( Modify) etc until the thread closes but remember many people read as the stories appear and  may not re read again.


This month with Anonymous Go to My Messages at top Menu here,  and send your story as a message in exactly the same way as described above when sending to the Submission thread. Where it gives you the To box put in Anonymous (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=41315) .  It will probablymay or may not give you a red Anonymus with an X below the box. That is fine and it will work.When you have completed the message Post it and it will be transferred to the main thread in due course by the moderator in this case Xiagan probably. Hope that makes sense . Good luck.

ETA Sorry forgot to mention that paragraph double spacing and effects like italics or bold will not come over from Word so once you have got your story safely posted go back in straight away with Modify and edit for those things.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Mr.J on October 01, 2016, 07:30:44 PM
Dead, and delicious.
(http://38.media.tumblr.com/347ee484898631802ea063faa2266307/tumblr_nhxgu9SiVo1tb087ko1_400.gif)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 03, 2016, 02:13:22 AM
Dead, and delicious.
(http://38.media.tumblr.com/347ee484898631802ea063faa2266307/tumblr_nhxgu9SiVo1tb087ko1_400.gif)

What We Do In The Shadows is awesome. However I'm unsure whether vampires quite count as corpses? Do they? Depends on the lore, but I'd not dare to go down that way.

Here's a great show for another type of inspiration!

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/474x/77/40/24/774024976f34b2ff2f656a9eea9484a2.jpg)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: wakarimasen on October 03, 2016, 11:33:55 AM
I'm sure this will be a fun one, not grave at all. But as I've got myself a new WIP I'm going to committ to that instead. I'll swing by and vote still, but with limited time I really want to knuckle down to the long form for a while..

(unless I have a sudden moment of frustration and then I'll knock out a flash fiction stylee thing... but no promises)

knock 'em dead people...
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 03, 2016, 03:52:17 PM
srsly.  in this thread, apparently we need a rimshot button.

like this:
http://instantrimshot.com/classic/?sound=rimshot

maybe raptori can help me figure out how to embed one in the page . . .
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on October 03, 2016, 06:26:23 PM
Yo...I'm back. I haven't been replying because I was tired of "I'll do this!" then not doing squat. However...for this, I already wrote 626 words. I just need to figure out the ending, and I have a whole months. I just started today and am already 1/2 to 1/3 through it, depending on final length that's a whole month I have for revision.

I'm so proud of myself. I'll have something this time!!! Should I finish. But I should. And it's looking really good so far. :)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Mr.J on October 03, 2016, 08:33:12 PM
What We Do In The Shadows is awesome. However I'm unsure whether vampires quite count as corpses? Do they? Depends on the lore, but I'd not dare to go down that way.
Yea I tried to find a gif of the zombie in that film dancing but couldn't get one. :(
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on October 03, 2016, 10:17:56 PM
An idea! I have an idea!

Now I just need some words . . .
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 03, 2016, 11:41:18 PM
What We Do In The Shadows is awesome. However I'm unsure whether vampires quite count as corpses? Do they? Depends on the lore, but I'd not dare to go down that way.
Yea I tried to find a gif of the zombie in that film dancing but couldn't get one. :(

Ahaha, him?

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/85/31/dc/8531dc8c591fe946febedbb842eda08d.jpg)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on October 04, 2016, 03:58:21 PM
Question...I know you said no posting, but could we put it up on a social media for help with proof reading, then take it down shortly after?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Osahon on October 04, 2016, 04:59:19 PM
Totally confused with this theme. Is it that corpses must be featured in the story or that there should be a character that is a corpse? In that case, do zombies count? 'Cos i have a great idea for a story but it only features corpses and they do play a part in the story, but more as side pieces or props
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Raptori on October 04, 2016, 05:49:11 PM
Relevant rule:

Quote
2. One or more corpses must play a crucial role.

That's very open, and the rules are interpreted pretty generously most of the time anyway. I think zombies would definitely count, so I'd say go for it!  :)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on October 04, 2016, 08:23:43 PM
If I post a zombie apocalypse story I fully blame AMC for bombarding me with Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead commercials....
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on October 04, 2016, 08:33:48 PM
Question...I know you said no posting, but could we put it up on a social media for help with proof reading, then take it down shortly after?


Bumping my question. :)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 04, 2016, 08:44:37 PM
Question...I know you said no posting, but could we put it up on a social media for help with proof reading, then take it down shortly after?


Bumping my question. :)
Rule 7 states that it can't be published somewhere else before. If you post it somewhere, it is published.
If we are talking about a rough draft or parts - no worries, but not the full story.

I consciously didn't mention zombies because that's a theme on its own.
So please only dead or presumed dead corpses and no undead. ;)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on October 04, 2016, 08:52:35 PM
I consciously didn't mention zombies because that's a theme on its own.
So please only dead or presumed dead corpses and no undead. ;)

NO UNDEAD?

Aww.

Well, time to rethink my story idea. :)  Also, good clarification!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 04, 2016, 08:53:22 PM
I consciously didn't mention zombies because that's a theme on its own.
So please only dead or presumed dead corpses and no undead. ;)

so . . .

dead:
(http://screencrush.com/442/files/2013/05/Weekend-at-Bernies.jpg)

presumed dead:
(http://weknowmemes.com/generator/uploads/generated/g1405367126531047048.jpg)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 04, 2016, 08:57:00 PM
I consciously didn't mention zombies because that's a theme on its own.
So please only dead or presumed dead corpses and no undead. ;)

NO UNDEAD?

Aww.

Well, time to rethink my story idea. :)  Also, good clarification!
Let's keep them for another month. :)
Plus, I think it is harder but probably more scary/funny if we don't have yet another undead. ;)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on October 04, 2016, 09:59:18 PM
But what if it's dead, but reanimated, and not technically a zombie or true undead, through the power of magic????

Because I totally believe that should count. It's revolving around a dead body. It's not alive, or even undead, but used as a puppet. No consciousness. No thoughts. No desires. No instincts. That should count as a valid loophole, right? I really need that to count. Please let that count.

This is the first good thing I've done in months...
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 04, 2016, 10:05:49 PM
But what if it's presumed dead, but reanimated, and not technically a zombie, through the power of magic????

Because I totally believe that should count. It's revolving around a dead body. It's not alive, or even undead, but used as a puppet. No consciousness. No thoughts. No desires. No instincts. That should count, right? I really need that to count. This is the first good thing I've done in months...

The boss explained, but ultimately the choice will be in votes. Write your own corpse story. If it's a corpse story in your eyes, maybe it'll be to others. You can end up a little off topic, and you'll get less votes and that's it.
You know, the month when we had to write a fairy tale, everyone wrote "once upon a time", and I wrote about a little girl bashing a fairy she caught stealing in her garden to learn where it found her dog's collar (since fairies are little thieves of bright things) only to go on a short adventure where she learns her backyard fairy ate her damn dog. I had fun with it, and people didn't vote for it, but no one picked at me saying it wasn't a fairytale... If ya know what I mean?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on October 04, 2016, 10:17:45 PM
Maybe...maybe I can try to write two and then decide...
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 05, 2016, 03:48:27 AM
But what if it's dead, but reanimated, and not technically a zombie or true undead, through the power of magic????

Because I totally believe that should count. It's revolving around a dead body. It's not alive, or even undead, but used as a puppet. No consciousness. No thoughts. No desires. No instincts. That should count as a valid loophole, right? I really need that to count. Please let that count.

This is the first good thing I've done in months...
Why shouldn't it count? An animated corpse is not undead and it sounds like a cool story (hope you didn't reveal too much of it).
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Elfy on October 05, 2016, 04:11:51 AM
I wasn't going to do it, but does a reanimated corpse (such as Frankenstein's monster) count?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on October 05, 2016, 04:16:26 AM
But what if it's dead, but reanimated, and not technically a zombie or true undead, through the power of magic????

Because I totally believe that should count. It's revolving around a dead body. It's not alive, or even undead, but used as a puppet. No consciousness. No thoughts. No desires. No instincts. That should count as a valid loophole, right? I really need that to count. Please let that count.

This is the first good thing I've done in months...
Why shouldn't it count? An animated corpse is not undead and it sounds like a cool story (hope you didn't reveal too much of it).

Well, couldn't very well get solid confirmation without some detail. XD
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on October 06, 2016, 02:59:43 AM
All my ideas keep leading towards undead and living dead entities. Why can't my brain just do fleshy paperweights....

And now my brain is making a literal connection to the phrase "fleshy paperweight."  ???
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 06, 2016, 08:53:14 PM
I wasn't going to do it, but does a reanimated corpse (such as Frankenstein's monster) count?
Frankenstein's Monster is made out of parts from different corpses, so technically it isn't a corpse, right? ;)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 06, 2016, 09:06:06 PM
I wasn't going to do it, but does a reanimated corpse (such as Frankenstein's monster) count?
Frankenstein's Monster is made out of parts from different corpses, so technically it isn't a corpse, right? ;)

ah.  but it is many corpses.

i see what you did there.

btw -- i would totally vote for a badass frankenstein-out-of-corpses kind of story.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on October 07, 2016, 06:22:18 AM
To fit in with the theme of corpses I imagine the story would have to focus on before it gains life. Such as a focus on grave-robbing to collect the pieces for its construction.

Edit: I think I've found inspiration with this. Hopefully I can pull it off.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Anonymous on October 07, 2016, 09:04:25 AM
*steps ominously out of a dark corner*

Please make sure that you add a title to your story. An anonymous story without a title... I think you get the problem. ;)

*steps back into the corner, stumbles over his too long cloak and falls facedown into the shadow, disappearing*
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 07, 2016, 07:16:44 PM
so, i've been struggling with this one.  i've had so many ideas, but they're all mediocre and cliche.  this makes me think i've discovered the subtle elegance of the theme.

that being said, this morning in my favorite thinking spot (the shower, duh!), i came up with something i liked.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on October 07, 2016, 07:28:42 PM
What I love is how sometimes the theme rattles around in your brain, and eventually knocks into something already there and says "Hi! Look at me!"

Just had this happen with this theme. Something from an old @Nora (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40237) story got me thinking about something else a few months ago, but it never went anywhere and sank down into the gray matter storage closet.

"Corpses" knocked into it last night and I wrote down a two word note. In the light of day, the two words generated into something entirely new.

 8)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 07, 2016, 07:37:18 PM
What I love is how sometimes the theme rattles around in your brain, and eventually knocks into something already there and says "Hi! Look at me!"

Just had this happen with this theme. Something from an old @Nora (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40237) story got me thinking about something else a few months ago, but it never went anywhere and sank down into the gray matter storage closet.

"Corpses" knocked into it last night and I wrote down a two word note. In the light of day, the two words generated into something entirely new.

 8)

So long as I get my royalties.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 07, 2016, 10:01:44 PM
so, i've been struggling with this one.  i've had so many ideas, but they're all mediocre and cliche.  this makes me think i've discovered the subtle elegance of the theme.

that being said, this morning in my favorite thinking spot (the shower, duh!), i came up with something i liked.

A corpse in the shower... interesting.

Taking out of those fungus, then some indoor tanning to work on that sickly yellowish skin tone, hm... what about the hair...
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 09, 2016, 01:50:44 AM
omg, @The_Gem_Cutter (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=41379) -- i totally just thought of you.

i was sketching out the beats of my corpses story, writing some dialog, just roughing it in, right?  just came to a line where, after writing it, i literally pulled up, rubbed my hands together, and giggled.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 09, 2016, 02:00:24 AM
@m3mnoch (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40419) You have an interesting and diverse sense of humor, and I am glad you're enjoying yourself.

I hope you take your gifts seriously, because while most people can grow their use of language into effective writing, not everyone has those gifts and can exploit them to those kinds of effects. The words are just the medium. Comedic timing and humorous wit are traits that are often associated with great communicative skills - the ability to reach through the medium and touch people, evoke feelings, and elicit emotional responses.

Any actor can read touching lines, and often that's enough. But of the actors whose performances truly touched me, the majority were comedians first: Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, the list goes on.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 09, 2016, 02:42:26 AM
hey, thanks!

i do take it seriously.  long ago i decided i was going to don the mantle of good and a cheerleader of understanding and awesome.  it's a heavy burden, but makes me happy.

which is why i DESPISE trolls so much.  they're in it just to sow misery.

that's when the "you won't like me when i'm angry" comes out . . . and i grab those f#@%ers by the feet.

(https://consequenceofsound.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/the-avengers-angry-hulk-smash-loki.gif)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 09, 2016, 02:53:13 AM
The heck is going on...
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 09, 2016, 03:01:27 AM
uh . . . a marvelous display of comedic timing?

so.

um.

how about them corpses?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on October 09, 2016, 04:41:40 AM
The heck is going on...

I dunno.

But I like hulk smash.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on October 09, 2016, 01:28:04 PM
My previous idea was completely taken over this morning in favor of a new idea that started with two words and is already at least half written. Go figure.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 09, 2016, 08:49:55 PM
Still, almost 10 days in and only one submission?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on October 09, 2016, 09:31:05 PM
Maybe its just a slow month.

Mine's almost done, but I think I'm gonna wait before I submit it. Last month I ended up feeling like I rushed despite all the time I had afterward, so I'm gonna take my time this month.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 09, 2016, 09:36:08 PM
Maybe its just a slow month.

Mine's almost done, but I think I'm gonna wait before I submit it. Last month I ended up feeling like I rushed despite all the time I had afterward, so I'm gonna take my time this month.

I guess the fact that you can't modify your story easily once it's submitted will make everyone post later than usual as well.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on October 10, 2016, 02:08:07 AM
1,557 words, first draft.
I thought it might be as low as 1,000 words, but they just kept piling on.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on October 10, 2016, 07:11:00 AM
1,557 words, first draft.
I thought it might be as low as 1,000 words, but they just kept piling on.

Yeah, editing to get things down to 1,500 hurts me deep inside.  In places I don't like to talk about.

I wrote all these words and now they will never be read!!!! *sob*  Actually what usually happens is I run out of time and end up not submitting and the 2-3k piece (or sometimes 150 word flash fiction) gets added to my collection on my hard drive that may never see the light of day.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 10, 2016, 07:54:28 AM
Did Xiagan say he was going to be out of pocket for a bit? That why there are so few so far?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Captain of the Guard on October 10, 2016, 08:26:35 AM
1,557 words, first draft.
I thought it might be as low as 1,000 words, but they just kept piling on.

1598 First draft but  being new at this I have to say this a very enjoyable process,
even to cut the text down to size
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Anonymous on October 10, 2016, 09:49:50 AM
There were a few stories where I needed to hear back from the authors first and then I was on a wedding for the weekend. *submissions incoming*
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 10, 2016, 10:06:22 AM
Is it just me, or did everyone up their game a handful of notches? I think some folks took the red pill this month.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 10, 2016, 10:12:47 AM
I totally envy the people who have a story ready in one week or less like it's nothing :-[
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 10, 2016, 10:17:53 AM
I totally envy the people who have a story ready in one week or less like it's nothing :-[
But Lanko, that's also what you do! It's just that you have it ready in the last week of the month (or less!), while these people have it ready in the first weeks of the month ;D
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 10, 2016, 10:22:50 AM
I totally envy the people who have a story ready in one week or less like it's nothing :-[
But Lanko, that's also what you do! It's just that you have it ready in the last week of the month (or less!), while these people have it ready in the first weeks of the month ;D

Aren't you funny!  :P

I'm just gonna look at this "bright side" and how awesome I am by squeezing stories out of nowhere in two days  ::)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 10, 2016, 10:34:38 AM
Don't forget to flatter yourself Lanko. You manage to come up and write down a story in 4 weeks most months, sometimes effectively less since you don't always have the idea from day 1.
Some people would see that as crazy and struggle a lot more than you do, or find a month to be quite too short. You're doing great as well, and we need last submission too, to keep things tense and interesting.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 10, 2016, 10:47:31 AM
You're doing great as well, and we need last submission too, to keep things tense and interesting.

Thank you, and now that you mentioned it, I do remember that more than once my last minute submissions did serve to at least increase the number of votes available for everyone.

Ain't I great? All hail me!  ::)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on October 10, 2016, 10:54:07 AM
You're doing great as well, and we need last submission too, to keep things tense and interesting.

Thank you, and now that you mentioned it, I do remember that more than once my last minute submissions did serve to at least increase the number of votes available for everyone.

Ain't I great? All hail me!  ::)

HAIL! HAIL! HAIL!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 10, 2016, 03:22:55 PM
Is it just me, or did everyone up their game a handful of notches? I think some folks took the red pill this month.

i don't read them until after the month closes, but this comment makes me excited to break with tradtition!  i'm so tempted!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 10, 2016, 03:27:58 PM
I personally don't notice anything outstanding. The stories are all good so far, but I don't find them significantly better than the Pirates or Potions ones. I think we're strong on any good month.  8)
There is a satisfyingly high level on this forum, especially when I see what's popular on stuff like Wattpad......

I am, however, very surprised to hear you say you'll refrain from trying to guess who wrote what as soon as stories come out, m3m. I didn't picture you this patient.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 10, 2016, 03:43:19 PM
I personally don't notice anything outstanding. The stories are all good so far, but I don't find them significantly better than the Pirates or Potions ones. I think we're strong on any good month.  8)
There is a satisfyingly high level on this forum, especially when I see what's popular on stuff like Wattpad......

truth!

wow, i dipped into wattpad with the same assumptions of our quality and wanted to cry.


I am, however, very surprised to hear you say you'll refrain from trying to guess who wrote what as soon as stories come out, m3m. I didn't picture you this patient.

ha!  i'm so NOT patient.

it's part "ridiculously busy" and part "engage challenge hard-mode!"
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Captain of the Guard on October 11, 2016, 01:13:36 PM
I'm going to have tough time voting this month.
 I know I'm newbie but I think the storiesare better this month,
 it's like everyone had a good story in the backpocket.
 Nice very nice!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 11, 2016, 08:40:20 PM
Is it just me, or did everyone up their game a handful of notches? I think some folks took the red pill this month.

I did not mean to imply any difference in quality/better. The intensity of the stories submitted so far definitely stood out to me compared to the previous two contests. So far, people are playing things straight and very serious. There's much less levity, and the irony is darker, on the whole. We've got Silence-of-the-Lambs corpse-hunting, two funeral scenes, two desperate fights, etc. - a lot of intensity, some downright somber moments, and more than a little macabre.

This probably makes sense, given the theme. Potions and pirates tickle the fancy - corpses naturally inspire dark thoughts and feelings.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 11, 2016, 09:00:41 PM
This probably makes sense, given the theme. Potions and pirates tickle the fancy - corpses naturally inspire dark thoughts and feelings.

halloween, baby!  halloween!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 11, 2016, 09:06:02 PM
Haha, forgot all about it. In my head, it's still September.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 12, 2016, 04:33:18 PM
oh!  i should mention -- my story is done!  (however, i won't tell you if it's published or not -- ha!)

after struggling through those boring shower thoughts earlier, i ended up chopping away fingers of the mediocre and adding a dagger stab of flavor.  the resulting corpse tale ended up being one i very much liked.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on October 12, 2016, 08:26:36 PM
This story is making me realize how bad I am at writing creepy or dark stories. Oh well, maybe it will help my piece stand out in a good way ;D.

Or maybe I should look at some more stuff and try to figure it out in the name of Halloween.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 12, 2016, 11:38:21 PM
This story is making me realize how bad I am at writing creepy or dark stories. Oh well, maybe it will help my piece stand out in a good way ;D.

Or maybe I should look at some more stuff and try to figure it out in the name of Halloween.

Can't see what's wrong with writing something a bit lighter? The month looks like it'll be on the grim side, so some hope/humor would probably be welcome at any rate. Corpses don't have to make for a sad story at all.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 12, 2016, 11:42:08 PM
dead:
(http://screencrush.com/442/files/2013/05/Weekend-at-Bernies.jpg)

presumed dead:
(http://weknowmemes.com/generator/uploads/generated/g1405367126531047048.jpg)

hrm.  apparently, i need to re-post this.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on October 13, 2016, 12:26:17 AM
This story is making me realize how bad I am at writing creepy or dark stories. Oh well, maybe it will help my piece stand out in a good way ;D.

Or maybe I should look at some more stuff and try to figure it out in the name of Halloween.

Can't see what's wrong with writing something a bit lighter? The month looks like it'll be on the grim side, so some hope/humor would probably be welcome at any rate. Corpses don't have to make for a sad story at all.

Agree with Nora, Nightwrite, a lighter Corpse story will provide a little relief and humour never goes amiss. Exciting to see how many different approaches come across on any theme. ;D
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on October 13, 2016, 01:12:17 AM
While I can see your point Nora, it's less a humorous story and more a creepy story which fails at creepy. I enjoy the story's idea, but I don't think it's translating well from my brain to paper. I might store it away for later and try another idea.

For now I'm gonna give it a day or so break before I decide anything.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 13, 2016, 02:42:12 AM
Kick it up @NightWrite (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=33009) !   http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UpToEleven (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/UpToEleven)

Just kidding, you've got time to come up with something that tickles your fancy.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on October 13, 2016, 03:22:37 PM
I feel like my ending's going to be so cliche! I'm making it a challenge once it's up. How many can we spot? XD
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: AlmightyZael on October 14, 2016, 09:52:56 PM
I tend to quickly think of an idea and depending on the length it only takes maybe an hour or two to write. Which is probably why they suck  ;D

But my stories tend to have a blurred focus as opposed to a linear plot, so it often feels like it lacks direction. But I enjoy writing things with a heavy atmosphere, where things aren't really explained - you just kinda have to assume and let your mind run with the idea :)

I think I'm going to try something different for this month. Good luck everyone! Great to see we have a decent amount of submissions already!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 15, 2016, 12:04:30 AM
I write quickly too, and if I would be more patient and do more QC, I'd have better results all around
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 15, 2016, 12:43:20 AM
indeed.  i wish i could write quickly.  typically i struggle to pull 300 words an hour while fighting the desire to under-write.

the rest of the creation process, tho?

these days, i'm fairly anal retentive about my structure, so mine usually take days of percolation, then 3 or 4 hours to write.  then, a day or two more of percolation, edits, then done.

with as much practice as i've had with this format now, i can usually thumb-in-the-wind the amount of story i can fit into 1500 words while still managing a decent twist.  from there, i'll split the story beats into the standard 3 acts, each containing their usual parts, and write each act to about 500 words apiece.  these last three stories have each come in between 1490 and 1505 words by the end of the first draft.  from there, the edits are seasoning, clarity, and word count adjustments.

heh.  so predictable am i that, in this batch of anonymous corpse stories, if you can cleanly identify the 3-act structure and all its pieces, there's a decent chance that it's mine.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on October 15, 2016, 03:17:23 AM

But my stories tend to have a blurred focus as opposed to a linear plot, so it often feels like it lacks direction. But I enjoy writing things with a heavy atmosphere, where things aren't really explained - you just kinda have to assume and let your mind run with the idea :)

I think I'm going to try something different for this month. Good luck everyone! Great to see we have a decent amount of submissions already!

You're probably just more advanced than us plotters!!! There's a fair amount of well-regarded plotless literary fiction, I think the slice-of-life format fits very well for shorts too!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 16, 2016, 03:50:13 PM
yay!  halfway through the month and we've got eight stories!

i bet after that usual late-month flurry, we'll have, like, a hundred!!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: AlmightyZael on October 16, 2016, 10:48:01 PM

But my stories tend to have a blurred focus as opposed to a linear plot, so it often feels like it lacks direction. But I enjoy writing things with a heavy atmosphere, where things aren't really explained - you just kinda have to assume and let your mind run with the idea :)

I think I'm going to try something different for this month. Good luck everyone! Great to see we have a decent amount of submissions already!

You're probably just more advanced than us plotters!!! There's a fair amount of well-regarded plotless literary fiction, I think the slice-of-life format fits very well for shorts too!

You say advanced, I say winging it. Potato, tomato :P But y'know what they say, 'write the story you'd like to read.'

To be honest we have some freakin' excellent writers among us, wordsmiths that make me more jealous than I care to admit! I think they're secretly authors who like to practice outside of their established genres...
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 17, 2016, 01:44:12 AM
Yeah.

In real life I write comedic romances.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 17, 2016, 02:22:48 AM
i cannot lie.  you're correct, i am a professional who gets paid to write . . .


code.

java, python, javascript, golang, c#, etc.

Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on October 17, 2016, 02:03:46 PM
Turns out all I needed to do was rewrite the story from the idea up :D. Won't say if or when I submitted it, or if I haven't yet, but it's done. I'm hopeful the regrets of last month won't reach me here *hides away*.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Osahon on October 18, 2016, 02:57:07 PM
So I think I may have posted my story, but it's been quite a bit now and it's not shown up in the submission thread.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 18, 2016, 03:07:40 PM
Still haven't started  ::)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 18, 2016, 03:57:04 PM
So I think I may have posted my story, but it's been quite a bit now and it's not shown up in the submission thread.

yeah.  it took a few days for mine too.  (spoiler: mine's already posted)  i suspect xiagan is just busy and will grab them from the queue the next time he logs into the anonymous account.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on October 18, 2016, 04:14:14 PM
Still haven't started  ::)

*High five*
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Anonymous on October 18, 2016, 05:08:36 PM
So I think I may have posted my story, but it's been quite a bit now and it's not shown up in the submission thread.
Anonymous works in mysterious ways. ;)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 18, 2016, 06:55:49 PM
Anonymous works in mysterious ways. ;)
I suspect Anonymous is familiar with double-blinds and other approaches to prevent accidental disclosures - this suggests that Anonymous not only posts submissions to the writing contest, but is in fact also engaged in fighting crime from the rooftops.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 18, 2016, 07:00:25 PM
Anonymous works in mysterious ways. ;)
I suspect Anonymous is familiar with double-blinds and other approaches to prevent accidental disclosures - this suggests that Anonymous not only posts submissions to the writing contest, but is in fact also engaged in fighting crime from the rooftops.
/me is tempted to change the avatar to Darkwing Duck.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 18, 2016, 07:06:01 PM
Anonymous works in mysterious ways. ;)
I suspect Anonymous is familiar with double-blinds and other approaches to prevent accidental disclosures - this suggests that Anonymous not only posts submissions to the writing contest, but is in fact also engaged in fighting crime from the rooftops.
/me is tempted to change the avatar to Darkwing Duck.

I SUPPORT THIS DECISION!!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on October 18, 2016, 08:30:26 PM

yeah.  it took a few days for mine too.  (spoiler: mine's already posted)  i suspect xiagan is just busy and will grab them from the queue the next time he logs into the anonymous account.

Now I have to re-read them all 10 times to try to figure out which one is yours!!!!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 18, 2016, 08:31:48 PM

yeah.  it took a few days for mine too.  (spoiler: mine's already posted)  i suspect xiagan is just busy and will grab them from the queue the next time he logs into the anonymous account.

Now I have to re-read them all 10 times to try to figure out which one is yours!!!!

here's a hint:


it's the one with the dead body.

Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Raptori on October 18, 2016, 08:38:02 PM
@m3mnoch (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40419)


(http://i.imgur.com/8pTSVjV.gif)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Anonymous on October 18, 2016, 08:39:09 PM
OMG.

(http://pre06.deviantart.net/4552/th/pre/i/2012/010/7/a/darkwing_duck_by_stilltsinc-d4lzg79.jpg)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on October 21, 2016, 03:55:06 AM
I have been trying to do my first read as these are posted this time, as to get through seventeen twice for Pirates was hard. There are some excellent entries so far and enjoying them all. Do hope there are more as I will need to have several votes.
Hard to try and guess who each Anonymous may be and wonder how many I'll get right.  Some have two ?'s beside them, because I think I know, then another name comes into my head as well. :)

Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 21, 2016, 04:22:42 PM
I think mine will be pretty easy to discover, Anonymous or not: It will be the last one  ::)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on October 22, 2016, 01:03:22 AM
What if Anonymous saves a few of the last entries to shuffle up and hide yours in.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 22, 2016, 01:11:31 AM
Wouldn't surprise me if Anonymous has composed a spare story to ensure there's always two - he seems quite dedicated to maintaining secrecy.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 22, 2016, 01:26:45 AM
that anonymous -- he's crafty, i tell ya.

Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 22, 2016, 02:06:12 AM
What if Anonymous saves a few of the last entries to shuffle up and hide yours in.

I believe people would complain why their story haven't been submitted yet if that happens (that allowed me to know some entries already  ::)). Unless someone specifically asks something like "Hey, submit my story after Lanko's"  :o
But I guess then that would give away to at least one person 100% knowledge which one is mine.

And also, if that happens I will be pretty happy to share with everyone I finally have an entry that was not submitted on the last minute after a whole year ::)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: NightWrite on October 22, 2016, 02:28:47 AM
Part of me thinks you're one of the first submitted and you're using this to obfuscate it ;).
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 22, 2016, 03:12:58 AM
Oh, there's some deception and analysis going on - every time I come in here I dust for prints.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 22, 2016, 06:00:24 AM
loving all this gamesmanship!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 22, 2016, 10:59:31 AM
I will be pretty happy to share with everyone I finally have an entry that was not submitted on the last minute after a whole year ::)
Aaawwwww we love you anyway ;D
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on October 22, 2016, 02:57:39 PM
This is really weird.
I just read the first story, "The Raid", which is quite enjoyable.
Here's the thing. Over the last several days, I've been working on a story where two people fall through the ceiling of a crypt and find the skeleton of an ancient goblin king.

To story #1 author: I solemnly swear I am not up to no good. (At least not in this.   ;) )
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on October 22, 2016, 11:26:26 PM
This is really weird.
I just read the first story, "The Raid", which is quite enjoyable.
Here's the thing. Over the last several days, I've been working on a story where two people fall through the ceiling of a crypt and find the skeleton of an ancient goblin king.

To story #1 author: I solemnly swear I am not up to no good. (At least not in this.   ;) )

Maybe Anonymous posted your story BEFORE you wrote it just so you wouldn't be able to guess whose it is.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 22, 2016, 11:42:35 PM
Maybe Anonymous posted your story BEFORE you wrote it just so you wouldn't be able to guess whose it is.

Nonsense, Bradley. I have it all figured out.  It was M3mnoch, in the study, with the candlestick. Communism and Jmack's story are BOTH red herrings.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 23, 2016, 07:58:46 PM
Wow, just over 1 week to go and we already have 12 entries :D
Well done, you!
Now go and write, those who haven't submitted yet, hehe
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on October 30, 2016, 04:11:08 AM

CALLING ALL THE OUTSTANDING ANONYMICE

(http://img.thesun.co.uk/aidemitlum/archive/01576/MICE-620_1576110a.jpg)

PLEASE GET YOUR ENTRIES INTO THE WRITING CLUB FOR OCTOBER

ROLLUP  ROLL UP  LAST CHANCE LOOMING*     WE NEED MORE AND MORE AND MORE CORPSES
 
TO GIVE US MORE AND MORE AND MORE VOTES


*You know all SB will be out with that up-until-now-nameless whip soon
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 30, 2016, 07:26:28 AM
Anonymous hasn't gotten any stories in the last week. All stories we got are posted. So if you sent one and are wondering why it's not there yet - it may be that the pm system is a bit broken. In that case (re)send them to my username at Gmail dot com.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 30, 2016, 08:03:59 AM
My story is a corpse itself, laying dead at 0 words written.

Does that count?  ::)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 30, 2016, 08:13:09 AM
My story is a corpse itself, laying dead at 0 words written.

Does that count?  ::)
For a few pity votes, maybe. ;)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 30, 2016, 08:14:33 AM
My story is a corpse itself, laying dead at 0 words written.

Does that count?  ::)
For a few pity votes, maybe. ;)

Wait, so I can send you a blank submission?  ::)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on October 30, 2016, 11:19:44 AM
My story is a corpse itself, laying dead at 0 words written.

Does that count?  ::)

You know corpses come to life with a little shock therapy.
(https://media.giphy.com/media/lQh7oJmKTaKAM/200w.gif)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 30, 2016, 11:49:13 AM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--jsa34V9Utc/Uiozi7zbFYI/AAAAAAAArZ4/HZh95jAgvRM/s1600/whip+4.jpg)

*splash*

Write, slaves, write! You've got 2 days ;D
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 30, 2016, 07:36:51 PM
Mmmh, I wonder if the writer of that last entry saw Gravity? I really like it but I had a dread feeling the moment the premise started becoming familiar.

p.s : I did not write it...
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on October 31, 2016, 05:27:05 PM
I can't seem to send any PMs, and I need to submit...
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 31, 2016, 05:35:35 PM
I can't seem to send any PMs, and I need to submit...

Ignore the error messages, your PMs do go through. It's currently a forum bug.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Raptori on October 31, 2016, 05:38:55 PM
I can't seem to send any PMs, and I need to submit...
You can also send it to xiagan's email address:

Anonymous hasn't gotten any stories in the last week. All stories we got are posted. So if you sent one and are wondering why it's not there yet - it may be that the pm system is a bit broken. In that case (re)send them to my username at Gmail dot com.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 31, 2016, 05:59:44 PM
Mmmh, I wonder if the writer of that last entry saw Gravity? I really like it but I had a dread feeling the moment the premise started becoming familiar.

p.s : I did not write it...
*Scribbles in his notebook* "Transparent attempt to throw us off the trail makes it highly likely Nora wrote Gravity-like story."
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on October 31, 2016, 07:08:22 PM
Would it be wrong if, once the voting is done, we spent a week taking bets on who wrote what? I think I've got 4 of them figured out so far
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Raptori on October 31, 2016, 07:25:16 PM
Would it be wrong if, once the voting is done, we spent a week taking bets on who wrote what? I think I've got 4 of them figured out so far
Guessing is gonna be half the fun - running some kind of prediction game sounds like a great idea!  ;D
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 31, 2016, 07:27:08 PM
I'm sure speculation is half the fun, please do! (Not that I could stop you guys. ;))

Edit: Posting "half the fun" at the same time as @Raptori is only a tenth time the fun, btw.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 31, 2016, 07:46:15 PM
18 stories :o :o
WOW guys :D
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 31, 2016, 08:08:21 PM
Mmmh, I wonder if the writer of that last entry saw Gravity? I really like it but I had a dread feeling the moment the premise started becoming familiar.

p.s : I did not write it...
*Scribbles in his notebook* "Transparent attempt to throw us off the trail makes it highly likely Nora wrote Gravity-like story."

Nice try, but you're smarter than that Gem_Cutter, the hero survives and his superior is being nice, no way in Hell could I have written this, you know it! The very concept of such heroism wouldn't sparkle in my brain, I'm useless in that regard.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on October 31, 2016, 08:55:38 PM
Wow, I'm betting all the late entries are a result of people polishing up to the deadline! When you can't casually go in and edit your story at anytime before the deadline, the urge to submit a "clean" copy is noticeable. That said, I'm loving all the participation.

Normally, I post my story up on my blog at the start of each month (at the same time the contest locks) but this time, to avoid revealing which one I wrote, I'm going to delay it by a month. So I'll post a link to this thread instead, and suggest people read ALL the stories! (Granted, my blog has like ... three readers ... but still!)

I, too, look forward to participating in the "guessing who wrote what" game. One topic of suggestion - would it be a good idea for everyone who wrote a story to say "I wrote a story"? Not *which* story you wrote, just that you're in the pot somewhere. That way, we'd know we have all the correct puzzle pieces when trying to match a story to an author, based on style/content.

Of course, it could also be fun to see stories attributed to people who totally didn't participate, but whom everyone thought did... :0
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 31, 2016, 09:02:17 PM
Mmmh, I wonder if the writer of that last entry saw Gravity? I really like it but I had a dread feeling the moment the premise started becoming familiar.

p.s : I did not write it...
*Scribbles in his notebook* "Transparent attempt to throw us off the trail makes it highly likely Nora wrote Gravity-like story."

Nice try, but you're smarter than that Gem_Cutter, the hero survives and his superior is being nice, no way in Hell could I have written this, you know it! The very concept of such heroism wouldn't sparkle in my brain, I'm useless in that regard.
No worries - I've got an exaggerated perspective on heroism, enough for several people, so it all evens out. Besides, stories of dark outcomes only heighten things when heroes do show up and manage to save the day, or at least, salvage some part of it.  That said, as a man whose had many superiors over the years, only a handful of whom were nice, there's a realism to your side of the coin that must be remembered.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 31, 2016, 09:04:40 PM
One topic of suggestion - would it be a good idea for everyone who wrote a story to say "I wrote a story"? Not *which* story you wrote, just that you're in the pot somewhere. That way, we'd know we have all the correct puzzle pieces when trying to match a story to an author, based on style/content.

Of course, it could also be fun to see stories attributed to people who totally didn't participate, but whom everyone thought did... :0
Seconded!

(Pardon my double-post, but I thought this should stand apart)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 31, 2016, 09:16:52 PM
It would make guessing easier, but what about the fact that they stated people didn't have to reveal themselves, and that our last "Anonymous" refused to come forward at all? I guess it'd be even more fun to only have, say, 14 people saying they joined, for 18 stories. Leaves more room for mistakes.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on October 31, 2016, 10:08:09 PM
News flash.
I wrote a story.
:)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on October 31, 2016, 10:18:24 PM
It would make guessing easier, but what about the fact that they stated people didn't have to reveal themselves, and that our last "Anonymous" refused to come forward at all? I guess it'd be even more fun to only have, say, 14 people saying they joined, for 18 stories. Leaves more room for mistakes.

agreed.  as a voluntary thing, i can see this.

tho, i suspect it'll be an organic thing with folks giving hints and whatnot.  i'm just having a hard time holding on until voting is over!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on October 31, 2016, 10:28:56 PM
News flash.
I wrote a story.
:)

Me too.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 31, 2016, 10:35:30 PM
News flash.
I wrote a story.
:)

As far as my bets are concerned, it's the bridge one.  8)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 31, 2016, 10:42:37 PM
I might (or might not) have written a story,
Dark just like Nora's, in a scene that was gory.

I might (or might not) have submitted some lines,
Structured like M3mnoch's, just before the deadline.

I might (or might not) have gone extra miles,
To steal from TErik's, or Jmack's, or Alfy's fine styles.

I might (or might not) have used Alex's taste,
Or NightWrite's, or Lanko's, or Night_wrtr's in haste.

Whatever I wrote or didn't, you'll see,
The blame will be theirs, but the credit? All me  ;D

Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Osahon on October 31, 2016, 10:44:47 PM
I wrote a story too :)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 31, 2016, 10:46:24 PM
I might (or might not) have written a story,
Dark just like Nora's, in a scene that was gory.

Can't blame you for being converted to the realm of Darkity Dark stuff.

The more the merrier.


Or is it?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on November 01, 2016, 12:46:25 AM
I'm unsure who's even "in"  ;D
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on November 01, 2016, 12:49:04 AM
I have the feeling that number 4 is incorrect  ::)

And damn, 24 entries.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on November 01, 2016, 12:56:19 AM
Where are you guys seeing 24 stories??? I'm only seeing 18 on.

And no I did not write the 18th story. I haven't even read that one yet! ;D
I never said anything about entering this month.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on November 01, 2016, 12:57:27 AM
Where are you guys seeing 24 stories??? I'm only seeing 18 on.

And no I did not write the 18th story. I haven't even read that one yet! ;D
I never said anything about entering this month.
It was just a numbering of people not a ref to any story ... I'll delete them.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on November 01, 2016, 01:05:25 AM
My comments on dead story with 0 words in were totally honest. Coming to think of it, It's totally embarrassing.

--> Has read 4 Hannibal Lecter books, a Stephen King anthology, a Kane book (a villain Conan) and says in another thread nothing dark ever put him off of any book.

--> Can't write a story with a freaking corpse in it.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on November 01, 2016, 01:33:31 AM
I thought the whole point of the Anonymity was to prove that people didn't vote for "names" and didn't vote for new or old writers. So why are people putting out hints and " I wrote one" even before the thread closes and the voting started? Are people going to 'fess up before voting is finished?

Can't the guessing be done by some kind of quiz table, such as the voting with numbers for the stories to be entered against names who agree they entered and no body but Mods know see the results or answers, and no hints until the results are announced?

Bit confused here - what is meant to be happening?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on November 01, 2016, 01:44:14 AM
It's just unorganized fun, with some saying "I'm in" while others remain silent, perhaps some saying they're in when they're not, etc. Like a playground :)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on November 01, 2016, 01:48:23 AM
It's just unorganized fun, with some saying "I'm in" while others remain silent, perhaps some saying they're in when they're not, etc. Like a playground :)

Fair enough I had thought it was meant to be formal in some way.  ;D
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on November 01, 2016, 01:51:39 AM
I was lying. I didn't write anything, for the first time on 2 years.  :o
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on November 01, 2016, 01:54:44 AM
I was lying. I didn't write anything, for the first time on 2 years.  :o

Your will isn't that strong  :P
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on November 01, 2016, 02:45:37 AM
Just joined the fun for the first time ever! I plan on writing here regularly :) Amazing stories everyone!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on November 01, 2016, 03:08:50 AM
Got mine in...a bit rushed at the end, but at least I finished. Skyrim remastered came out...I have not the will power to resist.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on November 01, 2016, 03:18:15 AM
i may or may not have changed things up and gone more "literary fiction" -- just to throw folks off.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on November 01, 2016, 08:37:51 AM
Where are you guys seeing 24 stories??? I'm only seeing 18 on.

And no I did not write the 18th story. I haven't even read that one yet! ;D
I never said anything about entering this month.
It was just a numbering of people not a ref to any story ... I'll delete them.

Oooh ok sorry I didn't get that. I think Lanko didn't either so I got confused by his comment too hehe.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on November 01, 2016, 09:56:21 AM
Fair enough I had thought it was meant to be formal in some way.  ;D
Us? Formal? :o

Welcome to the mad house ;D
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on November 01, 2016, 09:59:59 AM
Holy Moly Batman - twenty stories 8) - better keep it Anonymous forever if that gets new people joining in 8)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on November 01, 2016, 10:10:59 AM
Some of the regulars apparently downgraded their writing to be unrecognizable. Good job!  ;D

Just kidding of course.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on November 01, 2016, 10:11:07 AM
Bit confused here - what is meant to be happening?

Just some misdirection I think. Probably will see a lot of joking and false accusations about who wrote what.

I was lying.

Me too.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on November 01, 2016, 10:28:05 AM
Bit confused here - what is meant to be happening?

Just some misdirection I think. Probably will see a lot of joking and false accusations about who wrote what.

I was lying.


Me too.

That's OK, haven't told anyone I entered a story this time, either. ;)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: eclipse on November 01, 2016, 11:20:15 AM
I've not entered either.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Anonymous on November 01, 2016, 11:38:17 AM
I've not entered either.
LIAR

or not?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Atku God of Goats on November 01, 2016, 11:56:48 AM
I wrote a story this month, didn't I.
It's an evil story that deals with
corpses
of goats

Bwa ha ha!!!!!!   
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on November 01, 2016, 08:34:58 PM
Where is the voting thread? Does anonymous have more stories to upload?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on November 01, 2016, 08:49:39 PM
I think there aren't any more stories, but I'll only do the voting thread tomorrow morning (and try to make it end on the 1st this time, not the 30th ::))
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 01, 2016, 11:14:26 PM
Wow.. 22!

I thought the whole point of the Anonymity was to prove that people didn't vote for "names" and didn't vote for new or old writers. So why are people putting out hints and " I wrote one" even before the thread closes and the voting started? Are people going to 'fess up before voting is finished?

Can't the guessing be done by some kind of quiz table, such as the voting with numbers for the stories to be entered against names who agree they entered and no body but Mods know see the results or answers, and no hints until the results are announced?

Bit confused here - what is meant to be happening?

Yeah that's why I was thinking maybe having a quick bet after the voting closes.... and if you get everyone right I win like a million dollars! (since I really need a million dollars I think i should definitely be the one who wins).

So... another inappropriate thought:

I know we don't do critiques but i wonder if there'd be a place for a happy-feely rainbows and unicorns sort of thread where you gush about rando things you liked about various entries.... or maybe if it would be kosher to do it on this thread? These are really good reads and I keep finding myself wanting to tell people what it was that made me like them so much!!!!  Would that potentially mess up the voting too?
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on November 01, 2016, 11:20:44 PM
Wow.. 22!

I know we don't do critiques but i wonder if there'd be a place for a happy-feely rainbows and unicorns sort of thread where you gush about rando things you liked about various entries.... or maybe if it would be kosher to do it on this thread? These are really good reads and I keep finding myself wanting to tell people how what it was that made me like them so much!!!!

We tried last month to let the winner open the Critique Thread... but actually forgot what to do if he/she is absent or don't show up for that!

I guess I will just open it, I'm sure Sugoi will forgive me  ::)

EDIT: Err... wrong contest thought this was pirates. I'm drunk matey!  8)
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on November 01, 2016, 11:22:34 PM
Well, we have a critique thread whenever someone goes and opens one. So since we have an Anonymous month, I assume opening it early wouldn't matter.
HOWEVER, everyone who got excited about the prospect of anonymity here seemed to wish it so that we would be less influenced in our voting. Not sure how early reviewing, be it positive or critiques, would influence votes.

I personally don't care either way.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 01, 2016, 11:32:50 PM
Yeah, I was thinking more of "shameless flattery" (which might draw more new people) than critiques.  But you're right, it could possibly influence the votes.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: night_wrtr on November 01, 2016, 11:34:29 PM
Yeah, I was thinking more of "shameless flattery" (which might draw more new people) than critiques.  But you're right, it could possibly influence the votes.

Yeah, might be something that can be added after the fact since it has the potential for influence.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on November 01, 2016, 11:37:11 PM
Don't forget to write it down somewhere and save it so you don't forget if you are that passionate about the stories!

What does @xiagan thinks about this?

Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on November 02, 2016, 03:45:20 AM
Wow.. 22!

I know we don't do critiques but i wonder if there'd be a place for a happy-feely rainbows and unicorns sort of thread where you gush about rando things you liked about various entries.... or maybe if it would be kosher to do it on this thread? These are really good reads and I keep finding myself wanting to tell people how what it was that made me like them so much!!!!

We tried last month to let the winner open the Critique Thread... but actually forgot what to do if he/she is absent or don't show up for that!

I guess I will just open it, I'm sure Sugoi will forgive me  ::)

EDIT: Err... wrong contest thought this was pirates. I'm drunk matey!  8)

 ;D ;D ;D Did you just Beam Up to join Eli???

Agree crits could influence votes in either direction, fairer to do when voting has closed.

Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on November 02, 2016, 03:52:21 AM
/me thinks that we shouldn't open a critique (or flattery) thread before the voting has closed. But you totally should follow Lanko's advice and write it down!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Crystallynnfairy on November 02, 2016, 02:21:58 PM
 :)
Hello! I wanted to say hello so that those playing guess the writer would know a new person entered a story.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on November 02, 2016, 03:14:09 PM
:)
Hello! I wanted to say hello so that those playing guess the writer would know a new person entered a story.

Terrific!

*tears up his notes and starts all over*
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on November 03, 2016, 12:38:38 AM
Pardon my double-post, but I wanted to thank @Crystallynnfairy for being a good sport, and encourage her and any other new people to post an introduction so we can gather innuendo, err, 'background' to facilitate our ridicule, err, 'critique' of their writing with greater viciousness, err, 'nuanced observation.'  ;D

All kidding aside, very excited to see new people submitting stories/poems, and look forward to learning more about you and your styles. If you are interested to share some of your background, we do have an introductions section: http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/introductions/ (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/introductions/)

Welcome, and thanks for sharing your stuff
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on December 01, 2016, 03:03:25 PM
Mmmh, I wonder if the writer of that last entry saw Gravity? I really like it but I had a dread feeling the moment the premise started becoming familiar.

p.s : I did not write it...

Haha, I can finally respond to this after a month of silence!

It seems the majority totally have my writing style pegged, as I did indeed write "Navigator". I was really struggling to come up with a story for Corpses - because, as with many others, my mind was repeatedly and stubbornly latching onto a supernatural corpse, and I was trying to find a story to do that involved a corpse that was *not* supernatural (which is why I loved "Hoy Girl" so much ... it really was a brilliant use of a mundane corpse).

Anyway, it was down to the wire, maybe five days left, and I watched an episode of Robotech (it is now on Netflix!) where Lisa Hayes was flying in a two-person fighter with her pilot. They get in a dogfight and her pilot gets killed, so now she's (briefly) in a Veritech with a corpse in a seat behind her. I thought that was incredibly creepy, being trapped in a damaged fighter with a dead guy, unable to fly (Lisa isn't a pilot, so I flipped the idea to be a pilot who doesn't know here to go).

That was part one of coming up with the story.

Part two was old ghost stories, particularly involving downed flights. I remembered a ghost story from decades ago regarding the crew of a doomed flight that went down in the Florida Everglades. The pilots crashed because there was a malfunctioning height warning or something, and they (and everyone on board) were killed.

There were ghost stories (supposedly confirmed by flight crew, if you believe the Internet) of the ghosts of the pilots of that flight returning to warn future flights and crews of problems. For instance, supposedly the captain of the flight's ghost appeared to flight crew on another flight and said "There's going to be a fire" before vanishing. It turned out the airplane's stove had a short or something, and would have caught fire in case they hadn't checked it. So, I loved the idea of the ghost of a pilot reappearing on other flights to try to warn other flight crews of danger.

Finally, just as Nora speculated (you were right!) since we weren't supposed to have a supernatural explanation, I seized on Gravity's

"did George Clooney actually come back or was Sandra Bullock oxygen-deprived and hallucinated"

idea so that I could leave it up to your personal interpretation as to what happened when Martinez heard Hart's voice. Did her ghost come back to warn her fellow soldier and get him home? Or did Martinez get so oxygen-deprived that he hallucinated something from his subconscious (remember, he *did* see the briefing on the constellations ... he just didn't consciously remember it). Personally, I'm comfortable with either explanation and wanted to let people draw their own conclusions.

So yeah, shamelessly pulling from other stories for inspiration, but that's what we do sometimes!
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on December 01, 2016, 03:40:55 PM
Aye, of course, we take inspiration all the time! And again, as I said before, it was very well written, and I was conflicted as to whether it was by you or not, because I was surprised in your plot choice.

Of course we can always trace our inspirations, and sometimes more than most. When we had the topic "Nightmare", I wrote of one man's trip through his own drug infused, multi layered nightmare, knowing he's a professional 'dream-caster' – I took my distances from Inception, but my views of lounges where people come to drug up and dream good dreams at the hand of dream-weavers could very well be summed up like that :

(http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/inception/images/b/b6/Sleepers.png/revision/latest?cb=20131124020829)

So, of course I understand. It's only that, in this case, when I read the very gripping story, and started to have the crawlies from the idea of a guy getting to die out in his ship with his friend's corpse behind him, the corpse spoke up, and my alarms went *uhuh... hope this isn't going that way*. So when it did go that way, I was disappointed because I had foreseen the entire story, from way too early on.

I don't usually guess your stories, or they often centre a lot more about the character development, like that great one with the girl lost in space and sure she's gonna die out here (young love, was it?). That's character centred, no matter if you get your inspiration from half a dozen stories about space walks gone wrong, there must be heaps of them out there.
Here the plot didn't grip because I recognized Gravity's premise before any character story could truly grip me. Let it be said, I strongly disliked Gravity. "Character stranded in space needs to survive, dead fellow seemingly come back from the dead to help them survive it all" was just too specific for me, even though its not what I disliked in Gravity.
If you took the time to develop the story, and work on the character and the true sci fi aspects, I would very probably read it and enjoy it, I really dig your style and find your characters well shaped and developped. Here it just... made me worry early on, and I got more focused on whether my fears of predicting would come true than on enjoying the premise.
Really it's a mishap, more than a fault on your part, and I'm glad your story was still voted on to put you mid-pack, because it deserves it, objectively.

Also it might be due to the fact that I'm a very easy spectator. I gasp at most twists and spins, and rarely guess the murderer of any whodunnit early on. Seeing through the plot is something I'm not accustomed to at all. It might have played a large role in my views there.

I'm sorry anonymity kept you from replying – I wouldn't have made such a comment if I hadn't feared that maybe the author didn't realise the premises were so close. If it's voluntary it's one thing, if it's unknowingly, that's another.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on December 01, 2016, 04:29:55 PM
Mmmh, I wonder if the writer of that last entry saw Gravity? I really like it but I had a dread feeling the moment the premise started becoming familiar.

p.s : I did not write it...

Haha, I can finally respond to this after a month of silence!

It seems the majority totally have my writing style pegged, as I did indeed write "Navigator". I was really struggling to come up with a story for Corpses - because, as with many others, my mind was repeatedly and stubbornly latching onto a supernatural corpse, and I was trying to find a story to do that involved a corpse that was *not* supernatural (which is why I loved "Hoy Girl" so much ... it really was a brilliant use of a mundane corpse).

Anyway, it was down to the wire, maybe five days left, and I watched an episode of Robotech (it is now on Netflix!) where Lisa Hayes was flying in a two-person fighter with her pilot. They get in a dogfight and her pilot gets killed, so now she's (briefly) in a Veritech with a corpse in a seat behind her. I thought that was incredibly creepy, being trapped in a damaged fighter with a dead guy, unable to fly (Lisa isn't a pilot, so I flipped the idea to be a pilot who doesn't know here to go).

That was part one of coming up with the story.

Part two was old ghost stories, particularly involving downed flights. I remembered a ghost story from decades ago regarding the crew of a doomed flight that went down in the Florida Everglades. The pilots crashed because there was a malfunctioning height warning or something, and they (and everyone on board) were killed.

There were ghost stories (supposedly confirmed by flight crew, if you believe the Internet) of the ghosts of the pilots of that flight returning to warn future flights and crews of problems. For instance, supposedly the captain of the flight's ghost appeared to flight crew on another flight and said "There's going to be a fire" before vanishing. It turned out the airplane's stove had a short or something, and would have caught fire in case they hadn't checked it. So, I loved the idea of the ghost of a pilot reappearing on other flights to try to warn other flight crews of danger.

Finally, just as Nora speculated (you were right!) since we weren't supposed to have a supernatural explanation, I seized on Gravity's

"did George Clooney actually come back or was Sandra Bullock oxygen-deprived and hallucinated"

idea so that I could leave it up to your personal interpretation as to what happened when Martinez heard Hart's voice. Did her ghost come back to warn her fellow soldier and get him home? Or did Martinez get so oxygen-deprived that he hallucinated something from his subconscious (remember, he *did* see the briefing on the constellations ... he just didn't consciously remember it). Personally, I'm comfortable with either explanation and wanted to let people draw their own conclusions.

So yeah, shamelessly pulling from other stories for inspiration, but that's what we do sometimes!

I've done stuff like that. Taking an idea that's already there and building off it lets you come up with some really cool twists.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on December 01, 2016, 04:43:18 PM
We all do it. All the time, and for all artists. We only ever build on the work of others. It's unavoidable. As a painter you study paintings, as a writer you study books and read. You can't miss the influence of others.
Even in art I was profusely invited by teachers to drop the act : "you're not gonna invent anything, chances are, it's already been done". The idea is to do it anyway, do it you way, do it for yourself.

But inspiration that goes to close to previous works is always problematic, if only because people might yell plagiarism, copy-cat and whatnot.
Not the problem here. I think Gravity just was too big a blockbuster with too thin a plot. It's so hyper-defined by Clooney's enigmatic appearance, I think it might have seriously ruined the idea for me.  ???
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on December 01, 2016, 04:52:07 PM
We all do it. All the time, and for all artists. We only ever build on the work of others. It's unavoidable. As a painter you study paintings, as a writer you study books and read. You can't miss the influence of others.
Even in art I was profusely invited by teachers to drop the act : "you're not gonna invent anything, chances are, it's already been done". The idea is to do it anyway, do it you way, do it for yourself.

But inspiration that goes to close to previous works is always problematic, if only because people might yell plagiarism, copy-cat and whatnot.
Not the problem here. I think Gravity just was too big a blockbuster with too thin a plot. It's so hyper-defined by Clooney's enigmatic appearance, I think it might have seriously ruined the idea for me.  ???

Yeah I ran to this same problem when writing my novel. My novel was an idea I had in the works for ten or so years, and when I'd finally released the damn thing I had people coming out the woodworks screaming "Hunger Games!". In fact, the novel is nothing like Hunger Games, but the first chapter or two might have you believing so if you refused to read further.

Thing is, I've never read the Hunger Games, nor do I plan on doing so now that I've seen the movies. My inspiration came from movies like Spartacus and Gladiator. I'm absolutely enthralled with the idea of gladiatorial combat, especially the 1v1 environment with the roaring crowd. Tournaments and competitions have always held a special place in my heart ever since I was young, and it was a little disheartening at first having people call me out for "copy-catting" hit series.

But what your teacher said, @Nora, is so true: We can never re-invent something. Almost every story has been written, the only variances being different characters and environs. All you can do is give it your own flavour, and just maybe that flavour is something the reading world will truly enjoy :)

Okay, done! Off my chest. /movingon
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on December 01, 2016, 07:22:42 PM
I'm sorry anonymity kept you from replying – I wouldn't have made such a comment if I hadn't feared that maybe the author didn't realise the premises were so close. If it's voluntary it's one thing, if it's unknowingly, that's another.

Oh no worries, Nora! I didn't want to imply that your comment upset me - to the contrary, I was simply amused you picked up on where I pulled inspiration from and wanted to let you know you nailed it. Heh.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on December 02, 2016, 04:46:21 PM
I am curious, given the passionate discussions I've seen on gender and gender issues - did anyone notice that my protag's gender is not given in my story? Curious if everyone assumed s/he was male or female? If you did notice, did that take away from anything?

ETA: I chose a couple of verbs I don't recall being used with females (bellow, etc.), but that aren't specifically gender-based, so it wasn't crystal-clear and I think some of those kinds of choices might encourage a male interpretation.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on December 02, 2016, 05:30:44 PM
I am curious, given the passionate discussions I've seen on gender and gender issues - did anyone notice that my protag's gender is not given in my story? Curious if everyone assumed s/he was male or female? If you did notice, did that take away from anything?

I read him as a dude, but I'm a dude! So no surprise there. It did not influence me one way or the other.

By way of comparison, I tried the exact same thing with my Dystopia (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(apr-2016)-the-last-contest/(apr-2016)-the-last-contest-submission-thread/msg139096/#msg139096) story (written in first-person, gender neutral). I never did a poll, but I was curious how many dudes read my protag as a dude and how many ladies ready my protag as a lady, since I never specified. It's always an interesting experiment when doing first-person.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on December 02, 2016, 05:45:44 PM
Read him as a bloke as well and never thought twice about it

I did the same in my Young Love story were the alien is an it, and the cyborg lover is the first pov and his/her gender never revealed.
It all amused me tremendously because this is absolutely impossible to do in French.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: tebakutis on December 02, 2016, 08:02:10 PM
Read him as a bloke as well and never thought twice about it

I did the same in my Young Love story were the alien is an it, and the cyborg lover is the first pov and his/her gender never revealed.
It all amused me tremendously because this is absolutely impossible to do in French.

Ooh, I never thought about that! Is that because French includes gender in words? I know in Spanish (which I learned a bit of in college) the words are gendered: so a small man is "pequeno" and a small woman is "pequena". Does it work the same in French?

It's also one of the reasons I have to add gender tags to every NPC I create for my day job, even though I'm writing in English. We also have to make sure our translators have the info they need when they're translating/localizing everything for other countries, so we add gender tags even though we don't use them.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on December 02, 2016, 08:18:45 PM
I think French has different verb forms, at least in some tenses, for fem. and masc.? It's been a while and I did so poorly in French the school tested me and determined I'd never speak a foreign language. Ironic.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on December 02, 2016, 09:16:59 PM
All French nouns are gendered and adjectives accordingly change. Verbs stay same. Le bon jour =m =the good day,
la belle patisserie = f= the lovely small cake.
Nora could do this so much better but that's the idea :) so the adjectives and the "the" have to match the gender of the noun. For feminine nouns le bon would change to la bonne or for masculine ones the la belle would change to le beau.
It gets worse. ;)

PS but I do acknowledge trying to learn English sucks more.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on December 02, 2016, 09:25:28 PM
Exactly as Lady Ty points out.

With the added twist that :

I am a strict lawyer.

Becomes :

Je suis une avocate stricte. Or Je suis un avocat strict.

So first pov compulsorily reveals your gender, while it never does in English.
Title: Re: [Oct 2016] - Corpses - Discussion Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 02, 2016, 10:20:21 PM
Oui, le genre est un énorme défi por moi avec le français

Gem Cutter-- I just assumed your protag was female.  I don't know why but I never once questioned it...