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Title: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 01, 2018, 11:49:17 AM
Small Magics

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Watercolor: Afghan Cobbler by Zarrakan (https://www.deviantart.com/zarrarkhan)

We often read stories about magical prodigies, arch mages, evil necromancers and so on. Stories, where a character is predominantly defined by their magic. She may be the cook of the party but mostly she's their battle mage. He may be a loving dad but nobody cares because of his ability to raise undead armies.

But what about those who only got lesser magics? Magic practitioners who got one specific talent? Those who aren't strong enough to throw fire or heal sword wounds. The midwives, goose girls, vagabonds, tinkers and fish mongers?
Those who don't (and can't) use their magic for saving the world-style events or to get admitted to the university but who use it to do their jobs better? Help their communities in a small way or simply have a (maybe even unknown) advantage at surviving?

This contest is to put them in the unfamiliar spotlight. This is their stage. Saving a baby might not save the world but for its parents it might mean the world.


Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The story has to be about a practitioner of small magics (see above).
3. Prose must be 500-1500 words long.
4. Poetry must be 100-750 words long.
5. One story per person or writing team (not per account).
6. You will be disqualified if you exceed the limits, full stop. That's why they're called limits.
7. Your entry can't be published somewhere else before.
8. This is a writing contest, not a "I have written something like this ten years ago" contest. So if you happen to have a story that fits one of the themes, I'd like it to have a mayor overhaul/edit. Work for it. ;)
9. Please add your story's word count and, if you have, your twitter handle.
10. Please put your story in [ spoiler ] tags to make the thread easier to handle. :) You can find them above the smileys under the B.
Bonus rule: We consider voting in a contest you're taking part in a given. Others take time and effort to read the stories - you should do the same. A small community like ours lives from reciprocity and this contest needs stories as much as votes. 

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

Entry will close October 31st/November 1st, 2018 and voting will begin somewhere around the same time too.

All members are eligible to join. If you are not a member you can join here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/register/). Sign up is free and all are welcome! :)

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

Please post your entry here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(oct-2018)-small-magics/(oct-2018)-small-magics-submission-thread/new/#new).

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on October 01, 2018, 02:48:42 PM
Just my cup of tea. Hmmm. A cup of tea...
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 01, 2018, 03:02:07 PM
Just my cup of tea.
I thought of you when xia suggested this theme ;D
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 01, 2018, 10:02:17 PM
That's a fantastic topic thanks. Will try to actually make it now.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: Lanko on October 01, 2018, 10:22:31 PM
Great theme.

Maybe I'll come back as well.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: OnlyOneHighlander on October 02, 2018, 12:03:11 PM
Brilliant theme. I'm doing this one for sure.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on October 02, 2018, 12:10:31 PM
Small magics are the best magics.

Already thinking of stuff for this one.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jenny HJ on October 02, 2018, 08:20:40 PM
I have an idea but  before I start scribbling can I just check something.  (Still  a newbie at these writing contestamajigs.)  Can I include more than one practitioner of small magics? Just  in case the rule is very specific about a single one?
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 02, 2018, 09:37:29 PM
Yes, I think there can be more than one (right, @xiagan?)
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: Slaykomimi on October 02, 2018, 10:49:42 PM
I just wrote my first draft and will start editing it tomorrow.
But before releasing it I will need to send it to someone here in the forum to read it first, it turned out very dark and violent and I dont want to shock others, or even get banned.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 03, 2018, 01:26:06 AM
So long as you put a disclaimer in front of your story, and that there is no gratuitous violence (that is meaningless, irrelevant to the plot and not addressed by the plot), then you should be fine.
I mean I've written stories that had outright cannibalism and insinuated sexual assault and somehow that got a lot of likes (but it was a dark fairy tale, so I guess people were prepared for it).

You should be fine.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 03, 2018, 10:19:59 AM
Yes, I think there can be more than one (right, @xiagan?)
Of course! Give us the league of the ordinary gentlemen with small magics! ;)
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on October 03, 2018, 11:45:09 AM
I just wrote my first draft and will start editing it tomorrow.
But before releasing it I will need to send it to someone here in the forum to read it first, it turned out very dark and violent and I dont want to shock others, or even get banned.

If you truly want a pre-read, happy to do it. Just send a PM.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: Nora on October 04, 2018, 06:11:47 PM
I've been rewatching Downtown Abbey, so I think I'll do a bit of a servant-in-a-big-mention story.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: Jenny HJ on October 05, 2018, 07:10:01 AM
First draft done... at 2k words I need some heavy editing to get it down to size. But I am happy with my overall outline 😀.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on October 07, 2018, 10:41:36 PM
Started one draft yesterday.
Somewhere between then and this morning, I ended up interested in a totally different story.
1st draft done at 1,500 words. Some polishing needed, but it holds together.

Now I have to decide whether to go back to the other story and finish it, too.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on October 10, 2018, 11:38:34 AM
So, “Two Small Magics” makes 44 stories and 2 poems that I’ve posted in the four years since November 2014, not missing one contest, even if by the skin of my teeth a few times.

@xiagan and @ScarletBea, it’s impossible to say how much this Writing Contest Club has meant to me. I’m a writer because of it and because of you.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 10, 2018, 12:13:18 PM
So, “Two Small Magics” makes 44 stories and 2 poems that I’ve posted in the four years since November 2014, not missing one contest, even if by the skin of my teeth a few times.

@xiagan and @ScarletBea, it’s impossible to say how much this Writing Contest Club has meant to me. I’m a writer because of it and because of you.
I'm really happy for you :D but the credit is all due to the people who participate.
All xia and I do is come up with crazy ideas and start a few threads, hehe
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on October 10, 2018, 12:49:50 PM
@xiagan and @ScarletBea, it’s impossible to say how much this Writing Contest Club has meant to me. I’m a writer because of it and because of you.

Careful - he's about to ask for more space hehehehehe
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 10, 2018, 01:11:03 PM
@xiagan and @ScarletBea, it’s impossible to say how much this Writing Contest Club has meant to me. I’m a writer because of it and because of you.

Careful - he's about to ask for more space hehehehehe
He knows better 8)
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 10, 2018, 08:02:39 PM
Glad to have you here, @JMack! :)

I want to have your ability to stick to writing some day - maybe like you when the kids are grown. ;)
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: Slaykomimi on October 11, 2018, 10:09:50 PM
I really should take more time at editing and learn to edit well, I wrote it, read it again, edited some, couldnt find anything I would like to change. But this cant be true since I am not satisfied somehow, anyway I submited. next month I should have more time to invest into writing.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 11, 2018, 10:36:09 PM
I really should take more time at editing and learn to edit well, I wrote it, read it again, edited some, couldnt find anything I would like to change. But this cant be true since I am not satisfied somehow, anyway I submited. next month I should have more time to invest into writing.
You still have about three weeks to think about and edit your story. :)
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: OnlyOneHighlander on October 14, 2018, 05:20:16 PM
So, “Two Small Magics” makes 44 stories and 2 poems that I’ve posted in the four years since November 2014, not missing one contest, even if by the skin of my teeth a few times.

@xiagan and @ScarletBea, it’s impossible to say how much this Writing Contest Club has meant to me. I’m a writer because of it and because of you.

The discipline of a champion @JMack . Sounds like you've got yourself a hefty anthology there. Ever think of publishing them as a collection?
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: JMack on October 14, 2018, 07:51:01 PM
So, “Two Small Magics” makes 44 stories and 2 poems that I’ve posted in the four years since November 2014, not missing one contest, even if by the skin of my teeth a few times.

@xiagan and @ScarletBea, it’s impossible to say how much this Writing Contest Club has meant to me. I’m a writer because of it and because of you.

The discipline of a champion @JMack . Sounds like you've got yourself a hefty anthology there. Ever think of publishing them as a collection?

It would be fun to do.  :) Lots of editing.  :o
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: Bender on October 21, 2018, 06:03:36 PM
Not for this month, but I had an idea for future contest.

Was thinking about how Jim ButcheR wrote Codex Alera based on a challenge at a workshop to write a story about Lost Roman Legion and Pokemon. We should perhaps have members nominate some random words each. Mods picks up 2 or 3 of those at random and everyone needs to write a story incorporating those.
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 21, 2018, 06:32:47 PM
Not for this month, but I had an idea for future contest.

Was thinking about how Jim ButcheR wrote Codex Alera based on a challenge at a workshop to write a story about Lost Roman Legion and Pokemon. We should perhaps have members nominate some random words each. Mods picks up 2 or 3 of those at random and everyone needs to write a story incorporating those.
We've done a similar thing in July 2016 and 2017, but then people said they didn't want it again...
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(jul-2017)/(julaug-2017)-story-generator-discussion-thread/ (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(jul-2017)/(julaug-2017)-story-generator-discussion-thread/)
Title: Re: [Oct 2018] - Small Magics - Discussion Thread
Post by: xiagan on October 21, 2018, 08:33:36 PM
Yeah, but having to use two themes that don't mix at first glance (like Roman Empire and Pokemon) is a cool idea.