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[APR 2020] Imprisoned / [APR 2020] - Imprisoned - Discussion Thread
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:35:26 PM »
Imprisoned



Prison by gregmks

Confined spaces. Locked in somewhere. No obvious way out, maybe even buried alive. Undeserved or justified, by happenstance or intention. In a labyrinth, a cell or their brain. No matter if Sci-Fi or Fantasy, fact is that your MC(s) are imprisoned somewhere, probably nasty. Get them out. Or not.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The main character(s) must be imprisoned somewhere.
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 Aprlil 30th/May 1st, 2020 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. 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.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!

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[APR 2020] Imprisoned / [APR 2020] - Imprisoned - Submission Thread
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:35:14 PM »
Imprisoned



Prison by gregmks

Confined spaces. Locked in somewhere. No obvious way out, maybe even buried alive. Undeserved or justified, by happenstance or intention. In a labyrinth, a cell or their brain. No matter if Sci-Fi or Fantasy, fact is that your MC(s) are imprisoned somewhere, probably nasty. Get them out. Or not.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The main character(s) must be imprisoned somewhere.
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 Aprlil 30th/May 1st, 2020 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. 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.

Remember that this thread is only for entries. Discussion or questions can be posted here.

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: April 03, 2020, 10:04:47 PM »
Happy Peatday!

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Cherie predates everybody still active besides Nighteyes. But we joined in the same year at least. ;)

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If this doesn't turn out to be an April Fool, I am up for it. Google translate here we go.
It would be quite funny to get all your google translated stories - alas there aren't enough German-speaking people here to understand the fun, so maybe not. ;)

New topic (Language Edition: Portuguese) will be up tomorrow!

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: April 02, 2020, 10:33:38 PM »
I'm doing something I hadn't thought I would ever do, which is reading a 450k fan fiction piece which starts where Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series ended.

I'm nearly finished and it's interesting how easy it is to see that the writing never saw an editor. I'm not talking typos but all the magic an editor can do to plot, scenes and coherence, etc. It's similar enough in voice, spirit and ideas to something Pierce could've written with some things (slightly) over the top, to improbable or to krass. And it's a bit heavy on the tell-side. Besides that, it's an amazing story still enjoyable to read or else I wouldn't have gotten so far. :) 

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Just heard, it is coming out this year for realsies.

There's nothing in his blog. Probably a Apr fool joke.
Nah, some guy on Whatsapp told me too!
Ah, a whatsapp forward. Definitely trustworthy  :P
You may have seen it, you were there. ;)

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You guys messed it up! The topic was Tardiness. We weren't supposed to congratulate him until at least a week had passed!

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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: April 01, 2020, 09:51:15 PM »
And guys, what's your opinion on face masks out of fabric? How can they protect anything? I read someone say that "wearing a cloth mask is like asking a police tactical officer to wear four t-shirts instead of a Kevlar vest" and I think I agree.
As Nora said earlier, they're useful to prevent us touching our face, but not the virus from entering our body...
My wife sews Masks for doctors, pharmacies, residential care homes, friends, etc. in the hundreds.
They mainly protect others from yourself, so if everybody had one, everybody would be protected. And they do help with touching your face or not getting 100% of some guy's sneeze on the train into your face...

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Just heard, it is coming out this year for realsies.

There's nothing in his blog. Probably a Apr fool joke.
Nah, some guy on Whatsapp told me too!

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Language Edition: German



Brandenburger Gate by Arkham_asylum27

So, @ScarletBea und ich haben uns überlegt, dass wir die Internationalität unseres Forums auch in den Writing Contest mit reinbringen möchten. Deshalb gibt es jetzt alle paar Monat eine "Language Edition" in der die Kurzgeschichten in verschiedenen Sprachen geschrieben werden. Diesen Monat ist Deutsch dran, welche Sprache als nächstes kommt, werden wir über eine Umfrage festlegen. Thema ist egal, aber muss ein Fantasy oder Science Fiction Setting sein.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. Die Geschichte oder das Gedicht muss in Deutsch geschrieben sein.
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 April 30th/May 1st, 2020 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. 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 if we get this system running again.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Remember that this thread is only for entries. Discussion or questions can be posted here.

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Language Edition: German



Brandenburger Gate by Arkham_asylum27

So, @ScarletBea und ich haben uns überlegt, dass wir die Internationalität unseres Forums auch in den Writing Contest mit reinbringen möchten. Deshalb gibt es jetzt alle paar Monat eine "Language Edition" in der die Kurzgeschichten in verschiedenen Sprachen geschrieben werden. Diesen Monat ist Deutsch dran, welche Sprache als nächstes kommt, werden wir über eine Umfrage festlegen. Thema ist egal, aber muss ein Fantasy oder Science Fiction Setting sein.

Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. Die Geschichte oder das Gedicht muss in Deutsch geschrieben sein.
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 April 30th/May 1st, 2020 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. 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 if we get this system running again.
Submitting a story counts as published. The author retains all rights to their work.

Please post your entry here.

Note: This thread is only for questions or discussing this month's writing contest. Good luck!

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Monthly Writing Contest / Re: What to do about the writing contest?
« on: April 01, 2020, 09:27:25 PM »
Yeah, well. Due to the forums disappearing into another dimension for over two weeks, we couldn't use March to talk about the new writing contest. Therefore we'll have a normal theme for April and start the discussion about how to change the contest to make it better sometime in the next days. See you then and there. :)

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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: March 30, 2020, 09:30:55 PM »
Birth rates will be the highest in the first world for 50 years.
All kids that are born will be firstborns.
We are farther away from a third one than ever before.  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: March 28, 2020, 08:32:46 PM »
Meanwhile Trump says he'll only help the states whose governors praise him... "Make only those parts of America great whose leaders are in my cult or are bootlickers."

Out of disgusted curiosity: How exactly did he phrase this?
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/coronavirus-trump-pence-jay-inslee-gretchen-whitmer-governors-a9431381.html

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