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Old 05-18-2011, 08:29 AM
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Default Talking Time Writing Circle (Round 2, updated: CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH)

Welcome back, one and all, old and new, ladies and gentlemen, writers and readers! The first writing circle was a lot of fun, and a great way to jumpstart one's inspiration, so let's try this again, shall we?

Anyone can join. All you have to do to sign up is reply in this thread, and suggest a story element. This can be an item, an event, a personality trait, an emotion... whatever you wish. The only two catches are that it has to be original, and reasonably simple. (Otherwise, there isn't enough room for creativity.)

UPDATE! THE CHALLENGE IS MET!

Your brackets are:

The Jets Division
  • Nyarlathotep
  • Evil Dead Junkie
  • Monochromorator
  • CaliScrub
  • BEAT
  • Rosewood
  • Prinydood
  • Falselogic
Their story elements are:

a sweet deal
a strong sense of nostalgia
wind
a finger bone of a saint
an almost completely vacant hotel
a broken laptop
a crossbow
a skull cap


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The Sharks Division
  • Itakare
  • Dizzy
  • Alex Scott
  • Luana
  • Papillon Reel
  • bobbywatson
  • Karzac
Their story elements are:

a keycard
a backflip
a tenement
hideous body odor
a dead mouse
cracked lips
a torture chamber


There you have it. And now, the rules:

1. Everyone will be tasked to write a short story (at least 1,000 words) using all the story elements listed for their division.

1a. In both divisions, for the first and last sentences of your story combined, you have to use the letters J, Q, X, and Z at least once. (For example, your first sentence might have J, Q, and Z, and your last sentence would have a X in it.)

3. Once the contest starts, you'll have until Friday, June 3 to write and submit your story. You can either post the text here in the thread, or provide a link to it.

4. All participants will then choose their favourite story in the other division, and send me their votes by PM. The winner of each division will be announced, and everyone will then cast a vote for their choice in the final.

5. The winner gets to host the next writing circle! This means that the winner will also be able to add their own little rules as they see fit (such as my own addition of Rule 1a), so long as the basic contest structure remains the same.

That's all there is to it -- so, let's begin! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone contributes!

UPDATE:

The final round of voting is between:

ROSEWOOD!

VS

ALEX SCOTT!


Congratulations, both of you! now, everyone - regardless of division, or whether you submitted a story - can read those two stories (Chicken Bone and The Mouse, The Landlord, and the Laundry Room, respectively), and get your vote in by this Saturday!

Who will emerge victorious?... Stay tuned!

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Old 05-18-2011, 08:33 AM
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I'm totally down for this.

I'd like to suggest an almost completely vacant hotel.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:42 AM
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This sounds like fun! Count me in.

I'll suggest 'a strong sense of nostalgia' for my thing. OK!
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:09 AM
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I'm in!

My suggestion is 'a broken laptop'.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:13 AM
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Oh shoot look who wants in.

It's me.

SUGGESTION: A BACKFLIP.
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My contribution is "hideous body odor".
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:32 AM
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Mine is going to be terrible, but I guess I'll throw my hat into this.

My thing: A skull cap
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:33 AM
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I am shocked and delighted that we've hit the minimum number of participants so quickly! It was fun working with eight elements in Round 1, so there's no harm leaving the list open for a while longer...

Excellent suggestions so far, by the way!
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Let's see... at some point Plato's Phaedrusmust be referenced.

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Old 05-18-2011, 09:38 AM
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Quick question. How integrated are those items supposed to be? I can see some of the crazier elements people could come up with only working with a passing reference.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:47 AM
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I barely mentioned a few things in round one and made others the focal point of the whole story.

Nobody complained then.
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A torture chamber.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:28 AM
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This is what I get for not reading every thread on this board--this is the first I've heard of the Writing Circle!

My element:

A tenement.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:48 AM
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Quick question. How integrated are those items supposed to be? I can see some of the crazier elements people could come up with only working with a passing reference.
My rule of thumb is that if you can substitute the word "toothbrush" and it doesn't make any less sense, it's not integrated enough.

Examples:

My dog Toothbrush jogged happily besides me.
I stepped over a toothbrush on my way through the schoolyard.
I picked up a toothbrush and threw it at the copy of Plato's Phaedrus.

Oh, and speaking of which... I think I'm going to have to hand down a ruling here. Plato's Phaedrus is either going to require a detailed discussion on Greek philosophy, or else it'll be only be mentioned in passing, like in the examples above.

I'd accept "Greek philosophy" as being a suitable element, with bonus points for Plato's Phaedrus being mentioned. But if Falselogic wants to re-submit, we'll accept that, too.
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Awesome I'm in.

The Finger Bone Of A Saint.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:50 AM
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I really enjoyed round one, so this should be interesting.

My element: Wind.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:53 AM
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That's eleven -- any more, and it's going be unwieldly.

Submissions are now closed.

Here's the final list:

Nyarlathotep - an almost completely vacant hotel
Monochromorator - a strong sense of nostalgia
bobbywatson - a broken laptop
BEAT - a backflip
CaliScrub - hideous body odor
Prinydood - a skull cap
Dizzy - a torture chamber
Rosewood - a tenement
Evil Dead Junkie - a finger bone of a saint
Alex Scott - wind
Falselogic - a dead mouse

Gentlemen, you have your mission!

Deadline: June 1st

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Old 05-18-2011, 10:55 AM
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I'll just re-submit. A dead mouse.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:02 AM
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I'll just re-submit. A dead mouse.
False I'm gonna use both. At the same time.
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:10 AM
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False I'm gonna use both. At the same time.
well then you are the man BEAT!
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:09 PM
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aquadeo, was the "J, Q, X and Z" in the OP just an example? since it wasn't in the final list you put up.

I'm kinda hoping it was, because I have almost everything lined up, but that one is killin' me
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:23 PM
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Dang, I missed out!
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:39 PM
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Aw nerts, I missed the sign-up period. Oh well, best of luck guys!
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:41 PM
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The window of opportunity here was really small. Maybe we could let the guys who didn't make it in time write something anyways?

That would be pretty nice.
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Old 05-18-2011, 01:06 PM
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Yeah, maybe anybody could write a story, but only the first few people get to submit an element?

Though I think I may sit this one out anyway. I really enjoyed the first one but I've got a lot on my plate at the moment.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:40 PM
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Perhaps it could be split up into two groups. Each group could read the other group's stories. That way, everyone could participate without letting the reading get out of control for anyone.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:47 PM
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Sorry, guys, I didn't expect to get a dozen signups in the first three hours. We could re-open the entries, and split people and elements up into two groups, if you'd like... or we could just have an advance signup list for Round 3 instead. Any thoughts?

EDIT: All right, we'll split it up into two groups, and each group votes on the other's winner, followed by a final vote between the two brackets. Karzac, Papillon, anyone else: the submissions are open again!

Oh, and by the way -- yes, I'm going to earn the enmity of Rosewood and confirm that the JQZX rule is still in effect. : )
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:54 PM
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Huzzah! Thanks a bunch, Aquadeo.

All righty, here's my submission: a crossbow.
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:22 PM
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I'll sit this one out. I'm not much of a writer anyways.
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Sweet deal.

In honour of that, my element will be : a sweet deal.
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