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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #105 on: November 14, 2016, 08:58:15 PM »
That might be the problem, I have a beginning, but no real ending in mind for once.

oh, no -- if i have to put up with reading my terrible poetry, y'all do too!
Memo to self, don't read m3m's entry this month ;). But in all seriousness there could be worse stuff out there, so don't sell your poem short before you even write it.

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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #106 on: November 17, 2016, 12:15:49 AM »
I'm stalled. I saw Nora's submission and was so flummoxed, flabbergasted, and kerfuffled by it that I didn't even realize it was fricking present tense. I think it may be my favorite story in more than a decade. This is ME, the card-carrying member and chief executive of the Present Tense Hater's Club ... so I'm sitting in an ocean of wrong, with 250 words that can only be described as nowhere near as good, waiting for a wind of right to sweep into my sails.

Just dug this quote out of a few threads back..

It's funny, because Nora's story actually did the exact opposite for me... As in I loved it, but instead of kerfuffling my brain into mush, it got me pumped up to write my own! And so I did!

2000 words...It may be complete horse doo-doo, but damnit I'm going to have a story this month. I truly didn't like the topic when I saw it the first time, but it's amazing what you can learn to love when you really try.

Sounds like a modern-day love song. Maybe inspiration for your poem @m3mnoch ?

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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #107 on: November 17, 2016, 06:26:12 AM »
Yeah, I was caught up in the moment, and used Nora's excellence as my get out jail free card. Don't get me wrong, I positively loved the story, and it would make a terrific Twilight Zone episode (or if you're old enough to remember The Outer Limits, as they were darker). But 1750 just isn't doing it for me. If I submit anything, it will probably be another suicide-by-poem event.
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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #108 on: November 17, 2016, 03:16:52 PM »
I have literally my entire 1750 story in my head (start, middle, end). Just need to find time to write it down. Been busy being sick.

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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #109 on: November 17, 2016, 03:22:16 PM »
I'm really struggling this month. I've got the end/beginning sorted, but everything in between is just a big mushy pile.

On the plus side, I'm learning a lot about the history of the Vatican.
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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #110 on: November 17, 2016, 03:26:35 PM »
I have literally my entire 1750 story in my head (start, middle, end). Just need to find time to write it down. Been busy being sick.

That sucks! Hope you get better soon!
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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #111 on: November 18, 2016, 05:28:22 PM »
I figured out the general outline of my story, but I'm not sure how I want to present it.

I did get the idea of portraying the story as an article in a newspaper, to get an idea of how a culture would paint a person misplaced in time. There's uncertainty about the idea, but I figure I'll write it out tonight or this weekend and see how I feel about it.

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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #112 on: November 18, 2016, 08:20:33 PM »

@NightWrite I like the idea of newspaper story!

1750 and I were not friends for most of the month so far. Then an idea bloomed and now my outline thing is 850 words.  I feel much better with possibly too much than nothing.

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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #113 on: November 19, 2016, 12:57:03 AM »
2,031 words of first draft crap.
Will have to do some serious thinking about how to rescue this awfulness.
I do feel there's a pretty cool idea under this mound of stink.
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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #114 on: November 19, 2016, 02:17:20 AM »
I have tried so hard this month, this morning started again on the third new idea, wrote away with enthusiasm for four hours and now reading through realise it is boring as Hell. :-[
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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #115 on: November 19, 2016, 02:41:22 AM »
2,031 words of first draft crap.
Will have to do some serious thinking about how to rescue this awfulness.
I do feel there's a pretty cool idea under this mound of stink.

Hahaha yeah... mounds of stink galore over here too. I've re-written this thing five times now, threw up in my mouth thrice, and tried to run my laptop down the sink garburator more times than I can count. 1750 just might kill me.

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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #116 on: November 19, 2016, 03:35:50 AM »
Yeah, this one was uncomfortably hard for me. I had an idea, and normally that's the hard part. I wrote my Corpses story in 3 twenty minute sessions, and spent more time eliminating mistakes than anything else. But this one was just hard. Not sure why. The flame of my idea just went out like 'pooof!'
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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #117 on: November 19, 2016, 03:49:11 AM »
Maybe alternative history fantasy is just a tough genre to work in?

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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #118 on: November 19, 2016, 03:53:21 AM »
Maybe alternative history fantasy is just a tough genre to work in?

Who says it has to be alternative? ;)

Finally posted my story after a few days of mind-numbing edits. But I'm happy with the result! Hope a few of you enjoy :)
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Re: [NOV 2016] - 1750 - Discussion Thread
« Reply #119 on: November 19, 2016, 05:03:40 AM »
Hope a few of you enjoy :)
I really liked it! Very nice. It's a tight space to maneuver in, but you got us there and brought it to a satisfying close quite smoothly.
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