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[Jan 2013] - Anthropomorphic Animals / January 2013 Writing Contest
« on: January 06, 2013, 09:38:58 PM »
Apologies all for being so late this month, I'm blaming New Year celebrations!

Inspired by my recent reads, Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell on my own part, and the Redwall series that I've been reading to my little cousin, I hit upon this month's idea; anthropomorphic animals.

Your challenge this month is to write a story, on whatever theme you like, but at least the protagonist must be an anthropomorphic animal, and face the challenges such a character would in the world you throw them in.

1. Must be prose
2. Must contain some element of fantasy (i.e. the protagonist ;) )
3.1,500 - 2,500 words

Entry will close on 31st January 2013, and voting will be open for the month thereafter. Good luck!

[Dec 2012] - Apocalypse / December Writing Contest (Voting now open)
« on: December 02, 2012, 11:27:43 AM »
“Don't wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.”  - Roger Zelazny

'Tis the season! Christmas is on its way, and the Western world at least is revving up to celebrate. However, there are whispers, little murmurs, that the Mayans believed the world would end just before we get to celebrate this year. And we can't have that without making a spectacle.

So that is your challenge this month; incorporate the Christmas season in to your apocalypse story, and if we are going to go up in a ball of fire on the 21st, this is your last chance to make it exciting!

1. Must be prose
2. 1,500-3000 words (that's your Christmas present, an extension ;) )
3. Must involve Christmas and an apocalypse in some way

The closing date is 31st December 2012, should we all still be here, and voting will be open for the month after. Good luck!

"War does not determine who is right - only who is left." - Bertrand Russell

(Picture ripped from my sister's facebook. That's Lancejack Graham.)

The soldier in the picture above turns 21 today, 1st November. This month also has Armistice Day on the 11th, when we remember our Glorious Dead, the men and women who laid down their lives so that we could live ours. So it seems fitting that this month's contest should concern war.

It's all fine and well to write a war scene, but that isn't the challenge. Your challenge this month is to write a war correspondence - it can be a letter, email, or telephone call transcript - from one of the survivors. The ones who are often forgotten, yet have to live with the biggest burdens of war.

The Rules
1. Must be a correspondence, not a story or scene
2. Must be in 1st person Point of View
3. You may have multiple PoV characters, but all must write in first person
4. You can break your piece up into several correspondences if need be
5. 1,000 - 2,500 words
6. Should contain some fantasy or Sci-fi elements (I'm not totally heartless!)

Submissions will close on November 30th, 2012, and voting will be open for the month thereafter. Good luck!

[Oct 2012] - Disguise / October 2012 Writing Contest (Voting Now Open)
« on: October 01, 2012, 09:57:28 PM »
"Conceal me what I am, and be my aid. For such disguise as haply shall become the form of my intent." - Shakespeare

Image courtesy of NatalieShau @ deviantart

Halloween is coming, that one time of the year when we have a ready-made excuse to dress up in silly clothes and stuff ourselves full of sweets. And yet, when you want to hide in plain sight, a disguise is just what you need. This month's contest will involve characters hiding who or what they really are, tricking their way through life with the help of a make-up tweak and change of clothing.

The rules are as follows:
1. Must be prose
2. 1,500 - 2,500 words
3. It does not have to be a complete story, a scene will suffice
4. Use of a disguise must be a central part of the story

Submissions to the contest will close on Halloween (October 31st 2012), and voting open for the month thereafter. Any questions, feel free to post here or PM me :) Good luck everyone!

[Sep 2012] - Siblings / September 2012 Writing Challenge [Voting Now Open]
« on: September 10, 2012, 08:09:29 PM »
Apologies for this being a little late this month guys, there's been a temporary changing of the guard ;)

A friend is a brother who was once a bother. - Unknown

For better or for worse, siblings are a huge part of the lives of those who have them. They can be your best friend, your biggest nemesis, the one who drives you to do your best just to prove them wrong, or the first person you want to tell any secret.

Throughout history there have been great tales of sibling teams and rivalries; after all, no one knows how to hurt you quite like the ones you love.

Your challenge this month is to write a short story or scene in which that sibling bond, in whatever form, is central.

The rules are as follows:

1. Must be prose.
2. 1,500 - 2,000 words.
3. It doesn't have to be a fairy tale, but you can write one if you like ;)

Please post your entry below.  All members are eligible to join.
If you are not a member you can join here.  Sign up is free and all are welcome!

Contest ends September 30th!

Good luck!

[SEP 2012] Guards! Guards! / [September 2012 - Guards!Guards!] finished!
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:14:42 PM »
For those who made it to the finish line...congratulations!

[SEP 2012] Guards! Guards! / [September 2012 - Guards!Guards!] 3/4 finished
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:13:54 PM »
This is for those who have made the 3/4 mark, the goal for week three.

[SEP 2012] Guards! Guards! / [September 2012 - Guards!Guards!] 1/2 finished
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:13:01 PM »
This is for people who have made it to the halfway point, the goal for week two.

[SEP 2012] Guards! Guards! / [September 2012 - Guards!Guards!] 1/4 finished
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:12:01 PM »
This is for those a 1/4 of the way in, the goal for week one.

Okay dokie dudes and dudettes, this is your rallying call to nominate books you would like to read for next month's book club. We'll start it now, and give you a week to nominate, then we'll open up the voting thread. Good luck!

Also, I would nominate something, but I know nothing about sci-fi, so I'm relying on you guys to educate me!

General Discussion / Pirate rpg - a call to arms
« on: August 07, 2012, 01:12:10 PM »
This rpg needs you, yes, YOU, to serve your crew!

Ok, so I don't, Hound does.

We're a couple bodies short of even teams, so if you'd like to join in adventures, earn booty of several varieties, find out why you should mention jade in front of Hound, and just why the hell I have golden arse cheeks, head up to the rpg section in writers' corner and sign up today!

Non-Fantasy Books / Horrible Histories
« on: June 02, 2012, 10:32:19 AM »
Did anyone else read these books growing up?

My cousin's at the inquisitive stage, so I'm using these to teach her things, and they're amazing! Obviously a lot of research has gone into them, but they're also incredibly funny, and really easy for kids to read.

The TV show is a stonker too, so, so funny. I think it's fantastic we have such a resource, and hopefully it's made best use of.

Anyone have a particular favourite? I have the Scotland special, and the Dark Knights and Dingy Castles one, which are both properly fab.

This was a discussion started earlier, when I bumped into my friend, who'd just been in the library searching for a copy of High Rhulain, as he hasn't read it yet. We used to always discuss the Redwall books back in school, and this topic came up again.

So, what's your favourite?

Mine would have to be either "The Taggerung", or "Mossflower", for mostly different reasons.

"Mossflower" has Gonff the Mousethief, which really is all that needs to be said about that! :P Species characterisation is a speciality of Brian's, and you never really feel surprised by how a mole talks or the otters act, but I think that is part of the charm. Gonff just stands out as a proper little rascal, and this whole book is an epic, and definitely had me cheering at the outcome.

"The Taggerung" is also up  here because it was a sign of things slightly different in Brian's work, which was by no means a bad thing. Yes the vermin are still nasty and want to take over things, but we do see a different side to them too, when Tagg is being brought up. Plus the otters are probably my favourite species in Brian's work (though molespeech is amazing), so a book featuring a whole bunch of them was always going to be at the top of my list.

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