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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #90 on: June 29, 2016, 07:02:51 PM »
Did someone suggest "Cheesy Erotica"? No? What a pity.  ;D

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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #91 on: June 29, 2016, 08:24:38 PM »
Did someone suggest "Cheesy Erotica"? No? What a pity.  ;D

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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #92 on: June 29, 2016, 09:05:40 PM »
oh.my.gawd.
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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #93 on: June 30, 2016, 04:12:25 AM »
I wonder how many of these he already had prepared on his laptop.
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« Reply #94 on: June 30, 2016, 07:59:22 AM »
I wonder how many of these he already had prepared on his laptop.

As AVI files? All of them.
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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #95 on: June 30, 2016, 06:50:48 PM »
I wonder how many of these he already had prepared on his laptop.

As AVI files? All of them.
Hey now, give me some credit that I thought all of them as I saw the post - hardest part was trying to think of cheeses :P there are so many types.

But I did nick the feta one from Bob's Burgers - Bob's pun on his burger of the day was 'Never Been Feta', and Louise writes 'Foot Feta-ish' instead.

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Oh um, context of the thread. Burger theme?  ::)

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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #96 on: August 02, 2016, 11:11:34 AM »
Btw Evil Magical Weapons should totally be a writing contest theme at some point.
Quoting myself from another thread like the massive ego maniac I am.

Still think it would be a good idea though. :)

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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #97 on: August 02, 2016, 03:46:16 PM »
I reckon it's a good albeit simplistic idea. All magical weapons are dangerous - they're weapons. What makes them evil is the hand that wields them, unless they are the perverting type, like the Ring.
Who is evil depends on point of view. I'd be happy with a magical weapon theme and our own interpretation of the side using them!
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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #98 on: August 02, 2016, 06:22:16 PM »
I reckon it's a good albeit simplistic idea. All magical weapons are dangerous - they're weapons. What makes them evil is the hand that wields them, unless they are the perverting type, like the Ring.
Who is evil depends on point of view. I'd be happy with a magical weapon theme and our own interpretation of the side using them!
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Oh I meant literal evil weapons, like the One Ring. The thing itself is evil. But yea you're right probably a bit too generic. Although we are doing 'Potions' atm so maybe?

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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #99 on: August 04, 2016, 04:37:07 PM »
But well... If you want to get into philosophical details, do you remember Galadriel's rant about her using the Ring, saving them though becoming a beautiful, terrible queen? It might be evil, but it does things differently depending on who uses/carries it, so just like a gun, it depends still on the hand that wields it.
Of course though in the end you must be right about the Ring, since it was made with Sauron "poring his malice" inside of it.
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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #100 on: August 04, 2016, 05:39:49 PM »
You might consider some technically focused contests. For example, provide a short video of someone doing something complex with their fingers, a cat being spooked and jumping in a distinct way, and then setting the task at describing those motions in a very short space. These kinds of talents are, imho, just as worthy of study and arguably even more foundational to writing than the use of the broader brushes and landscapes of theme, plot, setting, etc.

With a little discussion I am sure you could gather a handful of similarly technical challenges that would stretch peoples' specific skills.

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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #101 on: August 04, 2016, 05:44:07 PM »
I don't think that is something for the writing contest. The contest is for stories or poems, not technical paragraphs.
However, working on description and all that is always good and nothing really stops you from starting a thread in the writer's corner with such a plan. I'd definitely give it a shot.
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Re: Contest Theme Ideas
« Reply #102 on: August 04, 2016, 05:57:56 PM »
One minor point of order: the line between technical paragraphs and storytelling is imaginary - understanding whose hands hold what is central, not peripheral.
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« Reply #103 on: August 04, 2016, 06:49:18 PM »
I'd love to see some outside the box ideas.  Gem Cutter's idea is cool, and doesn't have to be totally technical.  Having to include a description of a certain action or motion in a story might be a fun way to see how others perceive  things in writing... 

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« Reply #104 on: August 04, 2016, 06:56:42 PM »
Beg to disagree. A topic where everyone writes about the exact same thing in different manners is a style exercise contest, not a creative writing contest. Describing something short and similar would soon make the reading boring and fastidious, with no plot and world to separate one from the other. Entertaining and good in its own category, but it remains different.
In writing a short story you are of course meant to work on your descriptions. Yes they are central. And yes they'd make a good exercise on its own. But just because one contains the other, and that other is vital, does not mean that a "technical paragraph" contest is the same as a free theme short story contest.
In so far that a contest is concerned I do believe the line is very real.

I'd love to see some outside the box ideas.  Gem Cutter's idea is cool, and doesn't have to be totally technical.  Having to include a description of a certain action or motion in a story might be a fun way to see how others perceive  things in writing... 

Well, when the themes are actions or types of things, the stories all contain descriptions of such actions and things, don't they? Battles, magic systems, rogues, abandoned places... There was even a month where "X meets Y", so everyone wrote about the same characters meeting.
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