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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2017, 11:52:27 AM »
I think I'm going for 3. Lot's of Steampunk-y potential in that one.
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2017, 11:53:48 AM »
I think I'm going for 3. Lot's of Steampunk-y potential in that one.

My thought exactly.
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2017, 03:05:29 PM »
I can't decide between two and three. Which, knowing myself as I do, means I'll end up using number one :D.

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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2017, 02:04:15 AM »
I looked at the three amazing pictures. I looked at them closely. The one with the dark buildings set a destructive mood. The one with the circus poster and ships told me it had to have a bit of a circus connection but the circus was not there. I love the ambiguity of it all. I could not tell what race the characters with the cart were so I decided that I needed to be ambiguous.
I looked up Sevensky Circus just to see if there were connections and found a second picture on deviantart that related to the first oddly. I had to include it in the mix somehow. The folk in the picture of the tree with houses on it did not seem to belong to the houses. They appeared like visitors or invaders somehow. So I started with the village and went from there. Sadly, I love what it inspired but I have already lost the contest.

My story is 3349 words long and trimming it down would destroy it.
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2017, 12:20:38 PM »
Well, depends what you want the pictures to do. It's only a matter of wording, I'm afraid. As in, if the topic had said, "one of these pictures of a fantasy setting" for example, putting the theme firmly into fantasy realm, we would have nothing to moan about (besides the fact that indeed maybe a more arid setting might be nice). But because it's just "these images", we can poke holes at it, and wish for more sci fi oriented works for those of us who want to turn to that.
The fact that you can poke holes doesn't mean you should. ;)

This contest now officially became "Make a Sci-Fi story out of these pictures".
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Can you do so in less than 30 days? ;)

Hmm. I have to agree that the only logical criticism is a lack of SF setting. But, so what? Be creative. Meanwhile, I see great variety in these:

> a tree city with elephants, so, easily a South Asian flavor
> an underground city by a body of water; bright flaming lights; in left foreground, a working boat
> a naval salvage yard (post apocalyptic, anyone?) with 20th century clothing styles on African-featured people

These are quite varied!

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I think we just keep the three we have and write about deserts, desserts and cyborgs another month.

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Can you just take one scene from your story? Not trimming it but picking a part of it?
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2017, 03:51:18 PM »
It is all good. I wrote a new one aiming for short. I decided to make it science fiction but write it as over the top fantasy. Thanks! I will try to find another place to use the original one.
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2017, 04:06:05 PM »
Turns out I wasn't joking when I said I'd end up with picture one. Unless I end up hating my current idea, which I don't at the moment despite the hiccups of getting it onto the page.

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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2017, 09:26:27 PM »
I'm not pumped with any of them, but I'm still feeling like twisting the first picture till it fits a nice space scifi plot.  :D
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #23 on: October 04, 2017, 09:29:52 AM »
Sherlanko crossed his arms as he watched the glistening oil paint dry on his canvas.  He loved the muted browns and greens of his tree city with elephants, but something was missing.  His face brightened-- a space ship!

"Siri-- paint a space ship!"

The eyes glowed as the iPhone 179 woke.  Siri stretched her life-like arms and appeared to yawn.  She blinked her long eyelashes, smiling poutily as she did it. It was cute the first time Sherlanko saw it, but now that he recognized it as a loading sequence, it was even more irritating than the pinwheel of death that often graced his Apple Home IA's videoscreens.  At long last her posture straightened indicating she was processing.

"What kind of sprayed chip would you like?" Siri began, "Please select from the following options--"
"No-- SPACE SHIPPPP!"
"I'm sorry, did you mean space?  I don't know how to paint space."
"No SPACESHIP."
"A ship."
"A ship. In space."
"There is no space on your painting."
"A SPACE SHIP.  A FUCKING SPACE SHIP."
"Did you mean a space ship?"
"Yes!!!! OH MY GOD FINALLY YES."
"I don't know how to paint a space ship fucking."
"Just paint the damn space ship."
"Okay.  What kind of space ship would you--"
"One that matches the color palate."
"Did you say 'color pale violet'?"
"NO!  Christ, just kill me--"
Blood splattered across the canvas as Sherlanko gasped his final breaths. "Hos...hospppittt... al..."
"I'm sorry, I could not understand you." 
"Hoss... heell... eellp."
"Would you like me to paint a space ship?"

The end.
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #24 on: October 04, 2017, 10:55:13 AM »
SUPER!!! :D :D
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #25 on: October 04, 2017, 11:00:33 AM »
That deserves to be posted everywhere on the interwebs.
It deserves to be among the most liked posts in F-F history.
It re-defines the term "doing a Bradley"
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #26 on: October 04, 2017, 01:04:17 PM »
You just won the internets!
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #27 on: October 04, 2017, 03:02:45 PM »
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Author of the first picture is Khang Le
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #28 on: October 04, 2017, 03:05:09 PM »
@xiagan

Author of the first picture is Khang Le
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Thanks, I wanted to change it but somehow forgot (his name is even on the picture). I only found an old, not working homepage of his, though. :)
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Re: [Oct 2017] - Find the Story in the Picture - Discussion Thread
« Reply #29 on: October 04, 2017, 03:08:10 PM »
I looked up Sevensky Circus just to see if there were connections and found a second picture on deviantart that related to the first oddly. I had to include it in the mix somehow.

Btw, that here is the second Sevensky picture. Quite intriguing too, I think.
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