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Writer's Challenge Circuit?

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posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 08:43 PM

Originally posted by intrepid

Damn, I hate this BB code.

[edit on 14-2-2006 by intrepid]

Let us set this forum aflame, I say!

uhuh, I thought so...perhaps if you had dropped the apostrophe?

Heh heh

edited for speeling

[edit on 14-2-2006 by masqua]

posted on Feb, 14 2006 @ 11:03 PM
Well then, I guess I'll propose a challenge to MacDonagh for the Newb Cup!

Write a poem (3 stanzas minimum, no maximum) about an abduction experience.

Due date: 21st February

Judge: masqua

Form (if you do haiku, you follow haiku format) 0/5
Imagery (how well the ideas are conveyed) 0/10
Style ("artistic merit" essentially - is it beautiful to read?) 0/15


Collaborative Fiction Board - "Yarium VS MacDonagh"

Does the challenged and the proposed judge accept?

posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 01:19 AM
Traditionally, the judge makes the nature of the challenge known. But that's a pretty good starting place. I'll eb watching this one.


posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 07:19 AM
Hmmm...a poem about an abduction experience

Now that sounds like fun!

I'll be glad to judge between them, Yarium, if MacDonagh accepts the challenge.

things I would be looking for

1) creativity: the most novel approach will be rated 1-25

2) structure: innovation in the form will be rated 1-25

3) Rhyme or prose: either will be equally acceptable as long as the words compliment each other must be easily spoken ( I suggest reading your work aloud before hitting the 'Post Reply' button. This will be rated 1-25.

4) Spelling, grammar, punctuation: these rules are a non-issue if they are intentionally twisted to add 'colour'. ie...ain't is a word if you want it to be, but breaks will be shown by commas, etc. This part will be rated 1-10

5) Form: Continuity of a 'first person account' or 'observer account' will be rated 1-15.

posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 07:54 AM
Does the challengemaster have to be a MOD? I'd help if you are interested.

posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 08:19 AM

Originally posted by loam
Does the challengemaster have to be a MOD? I'd help if you are interested.

The involvement of moderating staff could be minimal, however, they can bring a measure of control to the overall system.

What we need, in particular, is an overview of how we would structure the; # of participants, selection of rounds, a select group of judges (I figure 3 would be best), and (perhaps) a measure of recognition and award (although that isn't essential).

What I'd like to see from you, loam, is involvement in the competition, because I know what a great writer you are. But, if you would prefer to either help judge, or, even assist in the ironing out of the structure of the challenges, I know I'd be thankful.

Personally, I'd prefer to be writing, rather than judging...but, some-one has to do it.

The Yarium/MacDonagh challenge could be viewed as a preliminary effort out of which we can see how to proceed in the challenges that would follow.

One thing to note...a writer who loses in the first round should not be excluded from further challenges...we need consider how to involve them into a challenge with the loser of the second round, if you follow my thinking. This way, everyone involved would have two opportunities to advance to the final.

.edit for spelling and to add...

there should be no editing in any of the entries...proof reading should be done prior to hitting the 'post reply' button.

[edit on 15-2-2006 by masqua]

posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 08:25 AM
Damn man, don't use the "#", I took 10 seconds to try to figure out what swear word you were using.

I think we're getting a little ahead of ourselves. Let's wait to see what WW has in mind.

posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 08:30 AM

Originally posted by intrepid
I think we're getting a little ahead of ourselves. Let's wait to see what WW has in mind.

I'm totally with you on that.

Amorymeltzer is also a moderator in this forum, though, and it'd be nice to hear from him/her on this as well.

posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 12:38 PM

Originally posted by masqua

Originally posted by intrepid"Benny looked around his small one room abode. What was an empty plate doing on the sofa? The light from the bathroom was gleaming off of it in the meager light.........."

a subtle yellow glint in the gloom. Above, he heard a heavy thumping, in tempo to the beating of his heart. A feeling of dread washed over him, clenching his guts.

He felt as though he would retch at the realization...they were back. He went to take a step, but his trembling legs failed to cooperate and he tripped. Falling into the ragged recliner, he sat as a heavy helpless heap, the stench of fear enveloping him.

I wanna play!!! Guys come on...let me play? Huh? Huh? Please oh please oh please?

I am so not competition material, I do realize this. I will be lucky to understand the format and rules, but I really need the outlet and experience... and I couldn't hurt right? Right?

I'm not even competitive by nature really, and surely my writing pales in comparrison to everyone here-just look at my posts! (NO DON'T-PLEASE DON'T that may disqualify me immediately!

But if I could be suffered to participate for the fun and experience-I'd like that alot. I don't mind humiliating myself for the opportunity to grow-sometimes it's quite necessary!

someone might just have to take me aside in u2u and spell it out slowly for me...what exactly is expected and what the rules are
So I don't waste anyone's time or efforts

posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 01:30 PM
Am quite game.

But what would be the likely expectations of me as a contributor?

What would the topics be?

My strengths lie along the lines of . . .

--related prophecy Christian and other
--end times
--globalism geopolitics, dynamics, goals as related to prophecy etc
--USA Southwest

Am above average at:

--stream of consciousness
--stark, punchy, dense writing with unusual phrasing when . . . maybe . . . pushed, battered, intimidated, pressured into it.
--vivid imagination
--sometimes too large a vocabulary for some audiences


Note, I don't know how to see if there are new replies to my posts very conveniently. If there is a way--could someone please PM me and let me know?

Otherwise, I may not know if anyone replies to this one.

posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 02:26 PM
Fine. I accept your challenge. I can write a poem, as long as it rhymes.
or not. What's a stanza?
Like a verse?

posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 07:34 PM
I'm game for a little match up sometime. It'd be nice to mix it up since I ended up not finishing my story in the last contest. Any victims? Um... I mean... challengers?

posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 08:12 PM
Yeah, a stanza is a verse.

For example: (from Calvin and Hobbes 10th Anniversary Book)

Stanza 1:
"The aliens came from a far distant world
in a large yellow ship that blinked as it twirled.
It rounded the moon, and entered our sky.
We knew they had come, but we didn't know why."

Stanza 2:
"Bright the next morning, with noisy commotion
the ship slowly moved out over the ocean.
It lowered a tube and drained the whole sea
for transport back to their home galaxy."

Stanza 3:
"The tube then sucked up the clouds and the air,
causing no small amount of earthling despair.
With nothing to breathe we started to die.
'Help us! Please stop!' was the public outcry."

Stanza 4:
"A hatch openned up and the aliens said,
'We're sorry to learn that you soon will be dead.
But although you may find this slightly macabre,
we prefer your extinction to the loss of our job."

(ending comments... "That's my science fiction story. Think it's too far fetched?" "Not enough really...")

And no... this comic wasn't at all my inspiration for this challenge

posted on Feb, 15 2006 @ 11:59 PM
WAYYYYYYYYYYY Over my head ! ..Ill just keep my honor in the cookie jar as always...

Good luck to all the fighters

[edit on 16-2-2006 by BaastetNoir]

posted on Feb, 16 2006 @ 12:06 AM
C'mon, Baas! At least try the open challenges.


posted on Feb, 16 2006 @ 12:08 AM

Originally posted by DeusEx
C'mon, Baas! At least try the open challenges.


at least i would be of comedic value with my spelling erros... did i ever told you that story about a time i wanted to say there was a dog with "big nots under its hair" but i said ... there is a dog " with big nuts under its hair "

there you have my contribution...

posted on Feb, 16 2006 @ 12:12 AM
Apply spell check. get a person to beta it, like me. I mean, you'll never get better without practice, right?


posted on Feb, 16 2006 @ 12:17 AM
I'll ahve to read the rules better and than letchya know

posted on Feb, 16 2006 @ 04:27 AM
If I may suggest something. If there are different folk who judge these fights, should there be a judging system which is used by everyone?

posted on Feb, 16 2006 @ 09:02 AM
Oooo...looks like things are starting to cook!!!

I believe we have the potential for a major contest in the works and I can't wait until either worldwatcher or Amorymeltzer comes in to size this up.

How about we work this into something like a round robin where everyone gets multiple chances to advance?

Just throwing the idea out there, but it could be an interesting way to accomodate the players tossing in their ante so far.

We could use this thread as the numbering order;

1) Deus Ex
2) masqua
3) MacDonagh
4) Yarium
5) intrepid
6) loam
7) thinks2much
8) Bo XIAN
9) The Vagabond

Baasted Noir is a 'maybe' so far, but, if she puts her name in, then she would be #10.

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