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[SEP 2019] School / [Sep/Oct 2019] - School - Discussion Thread
« on: September 01, 2019, 08:48:13 PM »
School



A day in Hogwarts by Noshiba-Photographe

It's the start of the school year in most places and Bea rightfully noticed that we didn't have a related theme yet!
(Apprentices is the closest one I think.)

The most famous school in fantasy is of course Hogwarts. Pratchett's Unseen University, Brakebills University from Lev Grossman's Magicians or Rothfuss' Arcanist University from the Kingkiller Chronicles are other prominent examples. Others aren't so formal or traditional, sometimes there are only traveling teachers who teach history for an egg (Pratchett's Tiffany Achings series) or it's walled off in a convent (Lawrence's Book of the Anchestor series).

To make it short: There are many different schools in Science Fiction (Storm Trooper University is probably named something different but surely exists) and Fantasy and we want you to add another one. The age, race, topics of education or number of students don't matter.

Give us a school/university setting and let something interesting happen!


Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The setting has to be a school.
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 September 30th/October 1st, 2019 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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[SEP 2019] School / [Sep/Oct 2019] - School - Submission Thread
« on: September 01, 2019, 08:48:02 PM »
School



A day in Hogwarts by Noshiba-Photographe

It's the start of the school year in most places and Bea rightfully noticed that we didn't have a related theme yet!
(Apprentices is the closest one I think.)

The most famous school in fantasy is of course Hogwarts. Pratchett's Unseen University, Brakebills University from Lev Grossman's Magicians or Rothfuss' Arcanist University from the Kingkiller Chronicles are other prominent examples. Others aren't so formal or traditional, sometimes there are only traveling teachers who teach history for an egg (Pratchett's Tiffany Achings series) or it's walled off in a convent (Lawrence's Book of the Anchestor series).

To make it short: There are many different schools in Science Fiction (Storm Trooper University is probably named something different but surely exists) and Fantasy and we want you to add another one. The age, race, topics of education or number of students don't matter.

Give us a school/university setting and let something interesting happen!


Rules:

1. This must be prose or poetry.
2. The setting has to be a school.
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 September 30th/October 1st, 2019 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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[JUL 2019] Employment / Re: [Jul 2019] - Employment - Voting Thread
« on: September 01, 2019, 07:52:58 PM »
Congrats, @Brand J Alexander
First entry and directly a hit! :D No idea if this is a first, but it's certainly rare. :)

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[AUG 2019] BtR: Weather / Re: [Aug 2019] - BtR: Weather - Discussion Thread
« on: September 01, 2019, 07:49:02 PM »
Wild. How did we end up with so many really short short stories?
Exactly what I asked myself! :D

Does weather talk shorten conversations too?

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[AUG 2019] BtR: Weather / Re: [Aug 2019] - BtR: Weather - Discussion Thread
« on: September 01, 2019, 08:50:23 AM »
Don't worry, you get your time. :)

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 31, 2019, 09:52:41 PM »
Started Becky Chambers' To be taught if fortunate. A novella that's not part of the Wayfarer series.

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General Discussion / Re: The Edibles Thread
« on: August 31, 2019, 09:51:22 PM »
I decided to try this recipe called "aubergine hotpot", but at the supermarket I could only see what I thought was an aubergine but they called courgette, and bought that.
Turns out they're not the same, not different names for the same thing :-[
I still hope it turns out ok and tasty, it's cooking at the moment.

I'll let you know.
Aubergine is what you call Eggplant. Courgette is Zucchini, right?

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 29, 2019, 08:49:06 AM »
I think what you need is Hong Kong style protests...

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 28, 2019, 07:47:17 PM »
Quote
“Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice – stability and strong Government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband,”

David Cameron, May 4th 2015 via Twitter

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: August 27, 2019, 12:53:09 PM »
Happy birthday, @Lady Ty! Are you a hundred years old yet?  :D

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 23, 2019, 12:38:58 PM »
We read it with the FF book club. Be sure to check it out, if you're interested in our comments. :)
-> http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/(novemberdecember-2012)-flowers-for-algernon/

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Introductions / Re: Howdy!
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:01:48 PM »
Welcome! It's always nice to see new faces - metaphorically speaking.  ;D

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: August 19, 2019, 06:55:27 PM »
(reminder to enter the contest ;D)

 ;D

HBB NightWrite!

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: August 18, 2019, 09:18:23 PM »
So, US /Trump wants to buy Greenland.
Make Greenland green again!

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I believe they won't feature in just season 1. Not sure about whole series.

Either way, I'm ambivalent. Min has minimal role Book 1 and only features in supporting/side story lines for next couple of books. It's only in book 7 or 8 she becomes Rand's partner and sticks with him from then. I won't mind if they put her as a small recurring cast in earlier seasons.

Not featuring either misses out on a lot of the foreshadowing of just how messed up being the Dragon Reborn is going to make the world - and I'm not really sure how you'd introduce them later.

And Min's at Falme, she's at the Dragon's camp at the beginning of book 3 - not that side. I don't know whether they'll keep the Aes Sedai rebellion (I think they're missing something big if they do). But more to the point - she is important at Dumai's Wells, she's hugely important afterwards, and I don't know how they pull those storylines off without her there. I guess we'll see how it goes - its just rumour at this point - but as far as I'm concerned, Min's arguably the most important character who isn't introduced in Emond's Field. Rand's arc of suffering and redemption revolves around her.
Yep. Culminating in that really strong scene with Semirhage...

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