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JULY: An Old Man's Tale



UR A WIZARD HARRY by v-inks

An old man's tale... told in the small hours in a forgotten tavern, on the death bed or to the shining eyes of a child. Filled with unbelievable stories, wars or regret. Told by an old woman because why not? "Old man's tale" is just a catchy phrase, told, or sung or cried or thought. Listen to them, they might be wise or foolish but you'll learn something in any case.

Submission topic will be created on the first of July.

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

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JUNE: Track Marks



Track Marks by EyesofOdysyeus

The first theme is an image prompt. For those who don't know them, it's about writing a story inspired by a picture. For the sake of fantasy, we ignore that the track marks are made by car wheels. Every kind of wheel is allowed.


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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JUNE: Track Marks



Track Marks by EyesofOdysyeus

The first theme is an image prompt. For those who don't know them, it's about writing a story inspired by a picture. For the sake of fantasy, we ignore that the track marks are made by car wheels. Every kind of wheel is allowed.

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

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June, July, August - our next three themes

Hello all!
So what we're doing now is announcing the next three themes and look how this works out. This gives us plenty of time to decide together about the winner's announcement, word count lengths and other stuff.

On we go!

JUNE: Track Marks



Track Marks by EyesofOdysyeus

The first theme is an image prompt. For those who don't know them, it's about writing a story inspired by a picture. For the sake of fantasy, we ignore that the track marks are made by car wheels. Every kind of wheel is allowed.


JULY: An Old Man's Tale




UR A WIZARD HARRY by v-inks

An old man's tale... told in the small hours in a forgotten tavern, on the death bed or to the shining eyes of a child. Filled with unbelievable stories, wars or regret. Told by an old woman because why not? "Old man's tale" is just a catchy phrase, told, or sung or cried or thought. Listen to them, they might be wise or foolish but you'll learn something in any case.


AUGUST: Dialogue

This month's theme is not a theme as you know it but a writing exercise. We want you to tell a story only in dialogue form, with no descriptions at all. All kinds of Fantasy or Science Fiction are eligible.


Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The stories content must fit to the month's theme.
3. Prose must be 500-2000 words long [NEW!]
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 at the first day of the month that comes after the month the theme was for 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.

Discussion or questions can be posted here [June], here [July] or here [August].

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[APR 2020] Imprisoned / Re: [APR 2020] - Imprisoned - Voting Thread
« on: June 01, 2020, 08:20:42 PM »
Congrats, Alex! :)

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Wow, so many stories! Thanks all. :)

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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: May 27, 2020, 09:43:34 PM »
A mask protects others from you and it needs to meet FFP2/N95 standard and be fitted properly or it will let virus molecules through. Good luck finding those at the moment and getting people to wear them properly if you could.

America seems to think cotton bandana's will somehow be effective and some states just require a face covering which will not really help but 'something has been seen to be done'. Social distance and minimize your shopping are the best bet at the moment. Unlike the couple pushing their baby round Tesco yesterday who seemed to think it was an allowed social experience.
That's simply not true and a dangerous narrative. Even a simple cotton mask holds back most of the virus (if it's changed when it becomes wet) and you can clearly see how countries who made them mandatory early (Czech Rep for example)  had no major outbreak. Czechs had no masks to buy so they had to make them themselves.
Often the only difference between tightly woven cotton and FFPS is a certificate.
Here it's mandatory to wear masks in public transportation and while shopping and most wear masks that are self-made.


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Anyone here read anything by R. Scott Bakker? Seen a lot of talk about it, but it seems as divisive as Malazan once you mention it.  ::)

I finished The Darkness that comes before only because it was part of our book club.

Lemme find what I wrote about it years ago:

Can I mention our book read of the month, The Darkness that comes before? Starring Anasûrimbor Moënghus, Skiöitha, Coithus Athjeäri, Cnaiür, Skeaös and others.
This is indeed putting me off, especially because it has a complicate and intricate build-up and understanding about all the lands, factions, schools and people is made extra difficult because of the names. I'm on page 95 and it develops quite nice, but it's more hard work than leisure to read that book. ;)
Oh my god, I had forgotten that the names were that bad!

We read "The Darkness that comes before" with the book club (his series that takes place before the one you are reading I think) and it was hard to finish. Unpronounceable names, massive descriptions, plot lines interwoven you couldn't place, all female main characters whores or playmates...
I think either you love him or you don't (and most don't).


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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: May 26, 2020, 11:18:27 AM »
Happy birthday, Cupi! :)

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: May 25, 2020, 09:46:57 AM »
Happy birthday, Eclipse! [Insert obligatory towel day reference here]
Please come back, it's not the same without you. :)

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Monthly Writing Contest / Re: Let's Refresh the Writing Contest!
« on: May 24, 2020, 09:40:40 PM »
Thanks, Caleb.
2) So themes will be given in advance instead of the first of the month. I think there's was a good bit of desire for democratically elected themes, so I'd like to hear the thought process behind this decision. As it stands, this still doesn't create much buy-in from the community -- which I would argue is the bigger problem -- thus releasing themes in advance will do about as much good as saying you have a term paper due by the end of the semester.

This contains most of my head aches with the new contest. [image of an upside down smiley]

I fear a lot of momentum gets lost if we announce themes in advance because the themes from months three and four are "old news" by then and, additionally, it may feel like a chore (I need to write a story for this, this, and that...ugh...).  Could be that it helps people planning their writing better too, so I'm eager to find out how it goes.

I like democracy but I'm not a fan of voting for a theme. It makes the process overly complicated (look at the book club), people may not join because their favorite theme didn't win and the lead time has to be so long that we may have one theme to write, one theme to vote on, one theme to vote for its stories and one theme to critique simultaneously. Dunno how you see it but that would be too confusing for me.

Something I would be up to discuss is other people taking turns in orchestrating the contest or at least deciding on a theme. Could be the winner of last month's contest, could be a random person from the last contest's writers, could be somebody who submitted stories five times in a row, etc. This could be another reward (besides the hopefully starting again publication on the main site) motivating people to participate.

Something else we're thinking about is playing with duration of contests and word limits. This would need a time table where one can easily see that we have (for example) a 5k word limit for a ten week period from the beginning of September and after that 500 words for a two week long contest. Otherwise it would be too confusing.

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Would advise on switching books as well. I started The Copper Cat some months earlier. I've read atleast 10 (probably more) books since then and I still haven't gone back to touch it yet, hahah.  ;D
Funny, I had exactly that book laying around half read for over a year. Once I finished it, I immediately bought the second and third volume and read them without any delays. :D

Finished the Secret Chapter which was very good. Next will be Novik's Spinning Silver.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Multiple plots in a book
« on: May 24, 2020, 09:07:53 PM »
Great topic!

I like both definitions Bea posted but agree that the one Peat despises has to be done really good to work.
What I like additionally to those goes in a similar direction. It's when once you are comfy in a book/series and you know what to generally expect, there are suddenly new layers, the world expands and you notice that what you've seen up to then and had assumed was all, was only a small piece of what's really happening.

Something like that happens, for example, in Cogman's Invisible Library series in the 6th book.

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Started "The Secret Chapter" by G. Cogman, book six(?) of the invisible library series. This one is a heist with dragons, fae and the main protagonist Irene, a librarian. Good fun and fast action. :)

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: May 22, 2020, 12:58:17 PM »
Happy belated birthday, Jennie!

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