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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun November 16, 2011 - 7:16am

HINT: If you guys need a way to pick a winner...

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy November 16, 2011 - 7:45am

@averydoll - LOL you beat me to it.

@aliensoul77- Don't do that. Even my cyberface has a glass jaw.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts November 16, 2011 - 8:00am

Oh yeah, a poll.

 

Today's the freakin 16th? I might be late on the first draft, my sleeping schedule is not human lately. If it's still yesterday in China, then I'll post it then.

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 16, 2011 - 8:24am

@Kirk, awesome idea. Poll created for anyone that wants to vote. Just make sure you read both!

 

@Renfield, I'm coming for you.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 16, 2011 - 9:42am

Need to write my final scene, then I'll be posting my junk up for the world to see.
And by junk I mean golden words and magic.
Expect my entry some time tonight/tomorrow morning!
 

@David YOU READY FOR THIS, GUY?

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 16, 2011 - 10:15am

*narrows eyes and spits* 

Yehp.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 16, 2011 - 4:07pm

I didn't realize our deadline was on a Thursday. It just so happens, the story takes place on a Thursday... Well, back to editing. 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 16, 2011 - 4:21pm

Fine, it has an aborted fetus in it. Spoiler alert

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 16, 2011 - 4:22pm

Where is the poll at for me and jack yo

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 16, 2011 - 4:38pm

I think it sunk to page 2 since the other comment threads are POPPIN'. Maybe you and jack vote for yourselves so you get it back up to the first page.

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. November 16, 2011 - 5:38pm

^ I voted for myself so Alien you should too!

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 16, 2011 - 6:26pm

Does it matter if we go over the word limit? Do we lose points? I think I may go about 500 words above the limit. I'll try editing down, though.

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 16, 2011 - 7:28pm

It don't bother me none.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 16, 2011 - 8:03pm

Don't worry, Jack, I did.  I don't want to have to buy you a book dammit! lol   And if I do, you better not pick some rare edition or a photography book that costs like 60 bucks.  I think the rules should be all book prizes have to be 20 dollars or less.  ;p

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. November 16, 2011 - 8:19pm

I want the first editon of The Great Gatsby, I have some auctioneers you can get a hold of. 

20 bucks is fair. I can't wait until this goes official so we can have some set rules. Polls, set number of reviews, prize, etc.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin November 16, 2011 - 8:26pm

A First Edition of Goethe's Faust, go for that.

Autographed too.

High stakes shit.

I haven't voted yet, I'm workin on it.

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 16, 2011 - 8:27pm

@aliensoul, thanks for the review! the ending is supposed to be that the children are still missing, but the angel made sure he couldn't get caught for any of his past crimes. so... if that didn't come across, let me know and I'll see if I can tweak it to make it a little more apparent.

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. November 16, 2011 - 8:28pm

When does the voting close?

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 16, 2011 - 8:59pm

I think that poll gives it two weeks. We can "officially" close it on Sunday if you think all of the real voting is in by then though. Give everyone--and by everyone, I probably mean those of us not in college--the weekend to read it.

 

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 16, 2011 - 11:08pm

Make that some time in the afternoon. I haven't finished the last two paragraphs yet... anyway, my entry is on it's way!

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mutterhals from Pittsburgh November 17, 2011 - 8:18am

Can I participate, even though I'm not a member of the work shop? If so, I'll take on whoever wants me, just let me know the deets.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 17, 2011 - 5:22pm

I posted my entry. I've been in meetings all day and only just now realized, after posting up my entry, that my document is full of errors. Sigh. Them's the breaks!

 

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break November 18, 2011 - 8:45am

@mutterhals

Read the entirety of the thread.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts November 18, 2011 - 11:20am

well, FUCK. I'm sorry David, to be honest I don't think I will have enough time to work on this until Sunday night/Monday. I can skip the rewrite, or forfeit the thing, either way I think you deserve the win over my slackishness. Sorry to slow the thing down.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 18, 2011 - 11:30am

No shame, Renfield. Maybe we can change the rules so that you can't post your story up until day 6 of the challenge, and you can post it up and make whatever changes you feel are necessary for the next seven days? That way your final entry is still posted on day 14, the voting shall commence, etc? 
What do you guys think? @David, is this an acceptable alteration, or shall we keep it 7 days, 7 days?

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. November 18, 2011 - 11:47am

2 weeks is a long time but that is just my opinion. The deadlines in the intensive classes are less than a week I think and it really puts the pressure on. 7 days sounds reasonable but that is just my two cents.

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 18, 2011 - 12:27pm

@Renfield... don't worry about the deadlines, still interested in your piece. The battle served it's purpose for me and kickstarted the creativity implant that I had recently purchased, but it was a refurbished on that I bought off some sweaty guy on the streets of Bangkok so it stalls out every now and then. 

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Nighty Nite from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and Works November 18, 2011 - 3:35pm

I seek a challenge!

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 18, 2011 - 5:13pm

would challenge you, Nighty, but I really need to catch up on my NaNoWriMo junk. 
But expect a challenge in December. I hope we get a prompt that involves something scary, like ghosts. Or a house.

December.

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Nighty Nite from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and Works November 18, 2011 - 5:28pm

I'll be there with bells on. Sleigh bells.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 18, 2011 - 9:10pm

Ah what the hell. Nighty Nite, I challenge thee. You accept?

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz November 19, 2011 - 3:16pm

I think there should be strict adherence to the Word Count guidelines or disqualification. This is a skill that we are all going to have to develop. Publishers will disregard manuscripts that don't comply to their guidelines so get used to following them. 

In addition, it appears that this battle thing is taking off and if you want more participants to take part in the reviewing and voting process, not to mention the writing aspect, then this guideline should remain strict.

This is my opinion. Write as many words as you want in the regular workshop, but follow the battle guidelines or be disqualified. First someone goes over by fifty words then five-hundred then one-thousand then fifteen hundred then two-thousand then twenty-five hundred then three thousand then thirty-five hundred then four thousand then forty-five hundred then five thousand then fifty five hundred then six thousand then sixty-five hundred then seven thousand then seventy-five hundred then eight thousand then eighty-five hundred then nine thousand then ninety-five hundred then ten thousand then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then then 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all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 19, 2011 - 3:20pm

If we go over, THEN what happens? LOL

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz November 19, 2011 - 3:25pm

Jack Torrance chases you with a fake axe through a maze on Mt. Hood that doesn't really exist?

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 19, 2011 - 3:28pm

Shit! I knew it... How about Patrick Bateman dances to Huey Lewis and The News, then lodges the axe in your head?

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 19, 2011 - 3:32pm

I'm wondering where my competitor is... Where you at Instag8r?

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy November 19, 2011 - 8:22pm

Instag8r has entered the ring.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 19, 2011 - 8:24pm

Instag8r vs. Instag8r? Check your download, I'm not sure that it's downloaded. And I'm sure we probably don't review each other's work, but I know you're probably as curious as I am... 

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy November 19, 2011 - 8:34pm

I changed the title. Sometime it takes a few minutes before the downlaod is downlaodable on this sight. It took my last submission more than 20 minutes before it was downloadable.

I have already read your submission. Great piece of writing, dude.

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy November 19, 2011 - 8:29pm

I just checked and was able to download it. Let me know if you still have trouble with it.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 19, 2011 - 8:38pm

I got it, man. Sent you a PM. Dude, very nice work. Awesome!

Thanks, Tim

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. November 20, 2011 - 7:11am

I think the winners should challenge each other in the next round until we eventually come up with a champion. But then again, theres always fresh competitors so that probably wouldn't work.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 20, 2011 - 7:28am

Guess not, Nighty Nite? Well I'm up to a challenge from anyone if you feel like it. Shouldn't there be a rule if the person challenged doesn't respond in a certain amount of time, the challenge is off?

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 20, 2011 - 7:29am

@Jack: I was thinking the same thing. Of course, this may hinder other people's projects. I know I'm working on  something for Alien's anthology and if I were to win, I'd lose time working on it.

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. November 20, 2011 - 8:20am

@Rian Good point. Well maybe when I have the time, I'll challenge you.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz November 20, 2011 - 9:44am

Liana, I Challenge Thee.


Fuck, it sounds like Excalibur.

@David Hanson: Just a suggestion, but you might want to edit your header and move those guidelines that are a bit down the thread up to the pole position so people know how to participate without too much ado.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 20, 2011 - 11:40am

Chester, I accept your challenge. I cancel my previous challenge, by the way.

Now who will give us a prompt? Can't wait!! I'm shaking in my socks...

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz November 20, 2011 - 12:33pm

I saw my socks running down the street they were so scared.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 20, 2011 - 12:48pm

@Chester and Liana... This is the first thing I pulled from my 'Box 'O Prompts'.

A man repeatedly calls into a radio station to talk to the DJ. Why? What is their connection? What happens?

Have fun.

~Rian

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz November 20, 2011 - 1:22pm

Does Radio still exist? He-he...okay. Here we go Vraj.