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Old 06-14-2011, 10:14 AM
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Default Talking Time Writing Circle, Round the Third!

Hello hello hello and welcome to the Third Round of the Talking Time Writing Circle! I'm your host, Alexander Scott.

Attention: Entries are now closed, and voting is now open! You have until late night next Monday, August 1, to vote for your favorite story by PMing me.

Since we've gotten such good results from the basic rules, they are still the same. I'll let Aquadeo remind us:
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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.)
The winner, as usual, gets to host the next round and decide the rules for it.

To that, I will add this special rule:

All entries must contain one paragraph with the sentences in alphabetical order.
-- That is, if the first sentence begins with "A," the next starts with "B," the next with "C," and so on.
-- It can use any sequence of letters. If you want to begin the paragraph with "Q," that's fine, as long as the next sentence starts with "R," then "S," and so on until the end of that paragraph. If you get to "Z," and the paragraph isn't done yet, the next sentence starts with "A."
-- This paragraph can be as long as you want, as long as it's at least 3 sentences. Sentences can be as long or as short as you want.
-- It only needs to be one paragraph, unless you want to show off, and it can occur anywhere in the story.

June 15, 2011, 7:47-ish: Suggestions are closed, and we have our plot elements:

BEAT: A NOTEBOOK FULL OF INSANITY
Falselogic: A cup of coffee gone cold
PapillonReel: A magic lamp
Rosewood: Mercury
Pombar: A blind shopkeeper/store manager
Nyarlathotep: Witnesses failing to report a crime
caviar.n.cigarettes: A well chewed piece of gum, still being chewed despite its lack of flavor
Prinnydood: A feral child
bobbywatson: A weird collecting habit

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Old 06-14-2011, 10:28 AM
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LOOK AT HOW HARD BEAT JUST SIGNED UP FOR THIS.

A NOTEBOOK FULL OF INSANITY
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I hated what I wrote last time but I need the practice and an excuse to get me writing...

a cup of coffee gone cold...
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:03 AM
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My element will be... a magic lamp. Here's hoping this round goes better for me this time around.
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:08 AM
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Guys, for this round I think I'll just straight-up write the crazy person notebook.

For added bonus you can pretend my last two writer's circle products were earlier entries in the crazy notebook.
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:13 AM
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Gonna try and be less of a lazy procrastinator of a writer this time.

Mercury shall be in your story. (Capitalized or no.)
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:19 AM
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Gonna see what my rusty creative organs can regurgitate after all this time, methinks.

A blind shopkeeper/store manager is the element I'll throw in the mix.
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:21 AM
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Witnesses failing to report a crime.
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:30 AM
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A well chewed piece of gum, still being chewed despite it's lack of flavor.
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:36 AM
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Wow! Seven Eight in just over one hour! The brackets are looking more likely.

So far we have:

BEAT: A notebook full of insanity
Falselogic: A cup of coffee gone cold
PapillonReel: A magic lamp
Rosewood: Mercury
Pombar: A blind shopkeeper/store manager
Nyarlathotep: Witnesses failing to report a crime
caviar.n.cigarettes: A well chewed piece of gum, still being chewed despite its lack of flavor
Prinnydood: A feral child
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Old 06-14-2011, 11:36 AM
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Let's see if I can write a winner this time. Since my thing was so ordinary last time, I'm going to go a bit off the wall for this one.

My thing: a feral child
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:12 PM
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What's up with these letter constraints?

Hmmm... I want to suggest we don't use the letter 'e.'

(It's an item! The letter e is an item!)
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:31 PM
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Be aware that if that becomes a rule, I'm just gonna write my thing normally and do a find-remove on all e's.

Just full disclosure here.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:35 PM
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I'm pretty sure Dizzy's element won't get accepted. There's no way someone can write a one-thousand word story with no Es in it. If he wanted to show that kind of spirit, he should have introduced his element without writing any Es.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:47 PM
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Maybe we should only establish rules that would aid our writing to become more interesting, rather than forcing contestants to perform tricks that act as a determent to the story.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:02 PM
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Yeah, unless it's suggesting, say, a story element where someone has or had the option of using the letter 'e' and decided against it, I don't think I can accept it.

(so are you guys saying the alphabetical paragraph thing might not work?)
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:05 PM
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Yours is fine, Alex. It's even less restrictive than Aquadeo's was.
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The paragraph thing is fine with me. Having no Es at all is not.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:36 PM
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Be aware that if that becomes a rule, I'm just gonna write my thing normally and do a find-remove on all e's.

Just full disclosure here.
Lazy bum.

In fact that's going to be my new story element, lazy bums.

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Maybe we should only establish rules that would aid our writing to become more interesting, rather than forcing contestants to perform tricks that act as a determent to the story.
We're just picking random stuff here and mix-blending it. If we were to establish a rule that would aid our writing, it would probably have to be us giving actual feedback and editing our stories back and forth.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:59 PM
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Lazy bums it is.
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I'm pretty sure Dizzy's element won't get accepted. There's no way someone can write a one-thousand word story with no Es in it. If he wanted to show that kind of spirit, he should have introduced his element without writing any Es.
For the record, French writer Georges Perec wrote a book (in French) without using the letter e. At all. And e is also the most used letter in French.

Count me in!
My element: a weird collecting habit (rocks, insects, anything).
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:53 AM
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Every single item you guys have added so far has fallen seamlessly into my master plan. This is going to be my best creation yet.

And by best I mean worst.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:48 AM
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I'm thinking now if there are no more entrants by 5 (when I get off work), I'll close suggestions so everybody can get started. Good?
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I'm dropping out!
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:10 PM
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Okay, it's past five, and I'm guessing this is everyone who wants to join this round, so No more new entrants or suggestions. There are nine participants this time, so I'm wondering now if we still need brackets, or if you'd rather all write from the same pool. Reply with your thoughts and I'll kick things off tonight or tomorrow.
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I'd like to write from the same pool, if possible. Being split off from my entry last round was painful!
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:17 PM
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SAME POOL
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:20 PM
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My vote is for one pool.
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I vote for one pool also.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:24 PM
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Yup, same pool all the way.
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