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Re: Writing club
« Reply #50 on: 17 Oct 2013, 07:16 »

Those who have yet to submit their piece - are you particularly worried if we proceed onwards and you play catchup, or would you rather we wait?
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #51 on: 17 Oct 2013, 07:19 »

Well, I plan on writing my piece either later today or tomorrow in the train, so I'm fine with both.

Either way, I'd like to present my idea for the next exercise before we move on. I think it's gonna be fun. :)
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #52 on: 17 Oct 2013, 07:28 »

I'd have a bigger issue with slowing us down, so catchup is fine! Go too slow and interest might fade.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #53 on: 17 Oct 2013, 10:50 »

Okay people with ideas, want to PM me your ideas?
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #54 on: 18 Oct 2013, 01:08 »

em, er, yeah. of course when i said 'tomorrow' what i really meant was in 3 or 4 days. sorry guys


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« Reply #55 on: 18 Oct 2013, 08:55 »

That was mine which turns out to be really tame compared to other people. Although action and combat really is my least favourite thing to write because I'm terrible for over doing dialogue.

You did a great job with it. I like that you did it in first person.

Edit: J, were you inspired by Fallout New Vegas a bit?
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #56 on: 18 Oct 2013, 09:46 »

So, cyborg gladiators in an alternate-history Rome? Cool. Not an easy thing to pull off in 500 words.
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« Reply #57 on: 18 Oct 2013, 09:50 »

That was fucking awesome. This is what we started this for.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #58 on: 18 Oct 2013, 13:31 »

J that is seriously good. I imagine this as an exposition to a larger book in that setting.
Don't go hatin on that stuff.

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Re: Writing club
« Reply #59 on: 19 Oct 2013, 03:46 »

thanks guys, i appreciate it.




Edit: J, were you inspired by Fallout New Vegas a bit?
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #60 on: 20 Oct 2013, 21:29 »

So, cyborg gladiators in an alternate-history Rome? Cool. Not an easy thing to pull off in 500 words.
I imagine this as an exposition to a larger book in that setting.
i've been fascinated for some time now with the iceberg principle. the idea of trying to tell a story without actually telling the story, using implication rather than exposition is something that that i toy with from time to time.


Quote from: Ernest Hemingway in Death in the Afternoon
If a writer of prose knows enough of what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #61 on: 26 Oct 2013, 09:38 »

who are we waiting for again?

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« Reply #62 on: 26 Oct 2013, 14:51 »

Godot, I'd expect.
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« Reply #63 on: 26 Oct 2013, 19:59 »

Death.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #64 on: 27 Oct 2013, 23:20 »

so here's an idea for the next exercize:

random topics like last time; however instead of making up a subject, we each pick a trope to drop into the hat, and around which the story has to be built.

for a bit of extra fun, roll a die or something to decide if said trope must be played straight, averted, inverted, subverted, played for laughs, etc.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #65 on: 11 Feb 2014, 03:42 »

Am I OK to join? I once had a short story published in a little arts magazine in Manchester, and I still enjoy writing now.
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« Reply #66 on: 11 Feb 2014, 03:56 »

You don't need qualifications to join, fella.

I've been thinking of winding the gears on this back up again. I'm not sure on the tropes thing though because I'm not totally familiar on those things work.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #67 on: 11 Feb 2014, 04:18 »

Awesome.

So should we come up with a few new idea's then?
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #68 on: 11 Feb 2014, 04:19 »

I'm game if other people are.
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« Reply #69 on: 12 Feb 2014, 14:16 »

I'll give it another go.  I like J's idea of working with tropes.
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« Reply #70 on: 12 Feb 2014, 14:32 »

I'm still in. Just give me a topic and I'll run with it. Or don't give me a topic and I may still run with it.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #71 on: 14 Feb 2014, 20:06 »

I'm still up for it, time permitting as always.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #72 on: 16 Feb 2014, 16:08 »

I'll be up for it

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« Reply #73 on: 16 Feb 2014, 16:14 »

I'm still up for it, time permitting as always.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #74 on: 20 Apr 2014, 22:57 »

We don't need to wait for organized challenges.  What if everyone posts challenge ideas, and everyone tackles them as they want?  If you post an idea, I'd say give a tag so everyone knows the origin, but otherwise, words for everywhere!
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« Reply #75 on: 21 Apr 2014, 05:09 »

I've just been finding little bits of inspiration everywhere and working with them (Probably because I don't want to study for exams)

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« Reply #76 on: 21 Apr 2014, 05:14 »

Any other limits? (Word count etc?)
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« Reply #77 on: 21 Apr 2014, 09:58 »

On a personal level, I've always hated the idea of a word count. Yeah, it works to organize something like for NaNoWriMo, but actually keeping track of a quota of sorts ruins the fun for me :P
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« Reply #78 on: 21 Apr 2014, 11:55 »

I have a couple of challenge ideas which I will post when I next get to my PC.
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« Reply #79 on: 21 Apr 2014, 15:34 »

I'm pretty much up for anything to be honest, I just feel that I need to be challenged.
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« Reply #80 on: 21 Apr 2014, 15:44 »

I have a friend who works at Solaris (he's the editor-in-chief, I'M A PRETTY BIG DEAL) and he releases short story compendiums, and the themes are great ones. One of them is haunted houses, which I think we could all do something with. Doesn't even have to be horror, and another was the London Underground, although it doesn't HAVE to be London, Simon Bestwick did one about Manchester's doomed subway system (if you were to sum up Simon Bestwick's oeuvre, it would be with the words 'doomed' and 'Manchester') and there was one about the Paris Metro and the New York Subway.
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« Reply #81 on: 21 Apr 2014, 19:36 »

probably best to avoid things that are too geography specific.
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« Reply #82 on: 30 Apr 2014, 14:38 »

Well yeah, but the point was just that you could make it thematically about a tube train. Or even just a train.

Also I keep forgetting to reply to this at my PC because I read this on my phone so often.

Anyway I was talking to Unicorn and accidentally wrote a poem about something that happened to me:
'Last September.
It was weirdly warm but the leaves were falling
And I was just reflecting on how I live in this cozy little fucking town
But every one of these doors could have violence behind it.
And I ended up hallucinating blood dripping from the trees slightly
No idea why.
I was walking home from work.'
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« Reply #83 on: 01 May 2014, 04:22 »

I have a half-written story about a subway inspired by this challenge. It's the T in Boston instead of the London Underground, because that's the subway I know best. Hopefully I'll finish it and post it by tomorrow.
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« Reply #84 on: 01 May 2014, 04:38 »

Well shit, guys, shall we all just have a go at it then? Zebediah's making us all look like chumps!
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« Reply #85 on: 01 May 2014, 05:09 »

I also have a half-finished short story, but I am still struggling with some dialogue atm.
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« Reply #86 on: 02 May 2014, 09:09 »

Well shit, guys, shall we all just have a go at it then? Zebediah's making us all look like chumps!

And an ill-timed bout with the stomach flu is making me look like a chump. It'll be Monday at the earliest before I feel up to finishing this thing.
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« Reply #87 on: 23 Jun 2014, 10:02 »

So I am sleep deprived, which is why what I wrote may be slightly disturbing.

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« Reply #88 on: 23 Jun 2014, 10:16 »

That is fucking brilliant.
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« Reply #89 on: 23 Jun 2014, 15:18 »

I like that a lot!
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« Reply #90 on: 16 Sep 2014, 13:09 »

Why

Why does it pain me so? It is none of my business.
You are two adults
(if not particularly mature ones, (it needs to be said for posterity and the preservation of truth))
and you decided to part ways.
(well, one of you decided (and the other is lead on the leash you cut (spinning out of each other's gravity field)))
The one decided. The other hurt. The third had seen the writing on the walls.

Who

Who are those three?
Words fail to describe them, (would not do them justice)
all awesome people in their own way.
All young in years - there is hope
that maybe their stories be forgotten (although, from a sentimentalist point of view, that is certainly also sad and should be reconsidered with great care.)
And they all hurt. (They are certainly not the first ones to be in that particular arrangement, (but they believe themselves to be unique, obviously))

How

How do they hurt?
Well, you see, it hurts when stuff doesn't work out - for the first.
It hurts when you are hurt - for the second.
It hurts when you had seen this coming, and when their leash was lashes to you, but still you hoped it held.
And when you have no words to say to either.
(Side note, there are awesome puns to be made
with the words lead (as the verb), lead (as the weight),
lead (as a cord to lead a pet on), leash (that very same) and lashes (hits delivered with a cord).
(Unfortunately, they are not the topic of this... art. Let's call it art.))
That's - for the third.

What now?

Get well soon, you precious three.
(There are no condoms for feelings.)
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« Reply #91 on: 23 Nov 2014, 01:12 »

just for larfs i went and picked up a writing prompt from reddit

“Welcome Matriarch, to my humble shop. May I say that you smell exceptionally fertile this morning, the next generation of your hive will surely be vast and numerous.” Blyzzyx attempts a Grilnar salute; or the closest he can manage with no antennae.

“.*-..*--*.* *..**---**” The Brood-Mother of Grilnar Hive 78 clicks acknowledgment. “*-*-*.* -**..*--”

“Yes, the Arch-Baroness of Betelgeuse has been a valued client for many standards. I must thank her for recommending me to your service.”

“..*-.” She makes a gesture with her lower antennae that Blyzzyx doesn't recognize, then turns her attention toward the display racks.

“I see the mk.35 has caught your attention. One of the best general-purpose mecha-drones on the market. Robust, efficient, and hard-points for mounting anything from a plasma-welder, to a positron-cannon.” Blyzzyx gestures toward the other models on display, “We've got other models designed for specific tasks, but nothing matches the versatility of the mk.35”

The Brood-Mother leans close to the mk.35, inspecting it with her feelers. “.*-.*. *---.*.** ..*. . . .***.-.* *.”

“You've a sensitive antenna, Matriarch. Yes, the 35 is composed entirely of standardized parts. No proprietary tech anywhere on the main chassis; keeps the maintenance costs down, and makes them entirely customizable to your exact needs.”

“*--*-**--- --- - -** -. . .*”

“Oh certainly, you could get a similar unit from Krok the Sub-Rational, or even have it build you an identical one. As I said, off-the-shelf parts.” Blyzzyx lowers his eye-stalks conspiratorially, “But that's not why the Arch-Baroness recommended me to you. What makes our labor and combat drones unique isn't the chassis, it's the control-unit.”

“Our organic-computer control-units are completely unique in the industry. Nobody has anything like them; not even Krok the Sub-Rational.” Blyzzyx leads the Brood-Mother to the back desk, and produces a round glass tank from a small cabinet. The tank contains a wrinkled wad of gray goo floating in clear liquid, pierced with fiber-optic strands leading to a comparatively normal interface port. “This is only a preserved display model, of course. We keep the real units in stasis prior to activation.”

“--*-*---*. . .*- --- *- .- -.--...- -.” The Brood-Mother asks.

“That's the real beauty of it, they don't need to be programmed at all; it's a learning computer! Just install one into a chassis of your choice, turn it on, and it figures everything out on it's own. And it only gets smarter over time: learns to anticipate commands without being told, dynamically improvises solutions to novel problems, and adapts to any situation you can throw it into. No other A.I. system on the market can match them for versatility or creative problem solving. And because each unit develops its own unique 'personality' (for lack of a better term), they're virtually hack-proof”

“.-.-...-.* .**.**-*--.*.-.-.- .*.- .*.- -.-.* *..* .*.*.  - -  * * - ***-.*.-.**.----*....*.-... … ….. .*” The Brood-Mother clicks quizzically.

“Very astute Matriarch, indeed it doesn't need to be a standard drone-chassis. In fact, we routinely install them into shipboard navigation arrays, scientific probes, missile guidance systems, anything that could stand to be a bit smarter.”

“...*.- *.*.- --- *.*  -- * * * *”

“The chassis runs on a standard electrical power-supply. However, the control-unit requires a special nutrient-slurry, which we can provide on a subscription plan.”

“.--.-..* . ** * * . -” The Brood-Mother clicks, sweeping her antennae up and down.

“Excellent Matriarch, you do us a great honor. I am certain you will be most pleased. How many units would you like delivered?”

“*”

Blyzzyx eye-stalks go rigid for a moment, before he can compose himself, “We can provide you with one-hundred and fifty operational drones right now, Matriarch.” His eye-stalks droop apologetically, “However, you see, the control-units are delicate and hard to come by.”

“* ---* *-* ..-.-. * ..-... *--** ...-.”

“I'm afraid I cannot tell you that, Matriarch.” Blyzzyx's eye-stalks twitch, “The location and identity of our suppliers is a strict trade secret.” they twitch again, “However, we may be able to secure the first thousand in as little as nine deca-cycles.”
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« Reply #92 on: 23 Nov 2014, 10:08 »

I really liked that. Good salesman speak.
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« Reply #93 on: 24 Nov 2014, 22:24 »

Question! I don't know what's going on here, but I'm trying to write more so I have a healthy habit for once, so what's all this about then?

Anyway, this is just a small part of a story I'm working on (the premise being the main character has schizophrenia of sorts, except he and his voice are friends, kinda..). Most of the story is dialogue (which is so hard to copy over in this format), I'm trying to make it as funny as I can, but I don't know how it comes off to other people, which I guess is why I'm showing you this small part. (There is offensive material, fyi, it's supposed to be ridiculous. The voice is in italics)

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« Reply #94 on: 27 Nov 2014, 19:11 »

Well, there is this little gem I started but never got round to carrying on


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« Reply #95 on: 13 Dec 2014, 04:45 »

just watched a really interesting q&a session with stephen king, wherein he talks about his method, his thoughts on characters, inspiration, etc.

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« Reply #96 on: 16 Dec 2014, 17:06 »

A small excerpt from a letter I wrote, which I like so much I wish to paste it here.

Stuff in brackets is translated, the other stuff was written like that in English.

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[There is so much, so much, so much shit in the world. 80 (?) transgender dead per year after latest count on the Transgender Day of Remembrance. 126(?) dead children from islamist(?) attacks on a school. People attacking moslems on trains. #illridewithyou, that that is at all necessary.]
And yet still you fight. Between all that, you still somehow manage to not fall down on your knees and not watch the world crumble to pieces. No, where you will be found is standing on a turned over box, preaching compassion for the victims and destruction for the bigoted, with the sound and fury of the righteous.
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« Reply #97 on: 22 Jan 2015, 01:33 »

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You humans are weird.
You carry around those pictures in your heads, those pictures of reality how you perceive it, or how you model it. You put labels on things, you say stuff like "Oh, surely you as his girlfriend would know...." and "Don't tell me you haven't seen this movie! It's a mustsee for nerds!" You put expectations into your pictures, and most of the time, you aren't even aware of the pictures in your head, until it is pointed out to you in a way you cannot ignore and then sometimes you even notice the picture doesn't match reality. Then there is a brief moment, when you repaint the picture in your head, when your world shatters and you lose that preconception you had.
In that brief moment, while you scramble for reality to make sense, that is when one of us is born. We make a hesitant flutter with our tiny wings, and when we are finished, you have already rewritten your narrative to make sense. But that doesn't matter anymore - there is a new fairy born.

Children have those moments far more often. The experience is far less painful for them. They are happy about learning something new - that is where that old tale about us being born from their laugh comes from.

I bet our existence is not in your picture of reality.

We cannot create more of us ourselves. We perceive everything that might be, we don't have preconceptions. Our world never shatters. We are not human, after all.

I am one of the last ones.
I am lonely.

Would you please seek out those moments which might break your pictures?
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #98 on: 22 Jan 2015, 09:49 »

That's lovely.
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Re: Writing club
« Reply #99 on: 18 Mar 2015, 09:29 »

Before I post this story, a brief explanation of how it came to be.

Last week this came across my Facebook feed: An Illustration of Charlie Brown and Snoopy as Post-Apocalyptic Survivors

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This got some thoughts percolating in my head, which brewed into the following story that features the Charlie Brown and Snoopy of the picture - as well as a few other characters you might recognize.

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