Kirk
from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New SunNovember 16, 2011 - 8:16am

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

Instag8r
from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthyNovember 16, 2011 - 8:45am

@averydoll - LOL you beat me to it.

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

Renfield
from Hell is reading 20th Century GhostsNovember 16, 2011 - 9:00am

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.

Dave Hanson
from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 9:24am

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

@Renfield, I'm coming for you.

misskokamon
from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit MindNovember 16, 2011 - 10:42am

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?

Dave Hanson
from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 11:15am

*narrows eyes and spits*

Yehp.

misskokamon
from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit MindNovember 16, 2011 - 5:07pm

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.

aliensoul77
from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall.November 16, 2011 - 5:21pm

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

aliensoul77
from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall.November 16, 2011 - 5:22pm

Where is the poll at for me and jack yo

Dave Hanson
from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 5:38pm

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 - 6:38pm

^ I voted for myself so Alien you should too!

misskokamon
from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit MindNovember 16, 2011 - 7:26pm

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.

Dave Hanson
from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 8:28pm

It don't bother me none.

aliensoul77
from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall.November 16, 2011 - 9:03pm

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 - 9:19pm

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.

Nick Wilczynski
from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. MartinNovember 16, 2011 - 9:26pm

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.

Dave Hanson
from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 9:27pm

@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 - 9:28pm

When does the voting close?

Dave Hanson
from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 9:59pm

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.

misskokamon
from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit MindNovember 17, 2011 - 12:08am

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

mutterhals
from Pittsburgh
November 17, 2011 - 9:18am

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.

misskokamon
from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit MindNovember 17, 2011 - 6:22pm

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!

Brandon
from KCMO is reading Made to BreakNovember 18, 2011 - 9:45am

@mutterhals

Read the entirety of the thread.

Renfield
from Hell is reading 20th Century GhostsNovember 18, 2011 - 12:20pm

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.

misskokamon
from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit MindNovember 18, 2011 - 12:30pm

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 - 12:47pm

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.

Dave Hanson
from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 18, 2011 - 1:27pm

@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.

Nighty Nite
from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and WorksNovember 18, 2011 - 4:35pm

I seek a challenge!

misskokamon
from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit MindNovember 18, 2011 - 6:13pm

I 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.

Nighty Nite
from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and WorksNovember 18, 2011 - 6:28pm

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

Liana
from Romania and Texas is reading Naked LunchNovember 18, 2011 - 10:10pm

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

Chester Pane
from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazNovember 19, 2011 - 4:16pm

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.

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 DigestNovember 19, 2011 - 4:20pm

If we go over, THEN what happens? LOL

Chester Pane
from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazNovember 19, 2011 - 4:25pm

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

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 DigestNovember 19, 2011 - 4:28pm

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

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 DigestNovember 19, 2011 - 4:32pm

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

Instag8r
from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthyNovember 19, 2011 - 9:22pm

Instag8r has entered the ring.

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 DigestNovember 19, 2011 - 9:24pm

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...

Instag8r
from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthyNovember 19, 2011 - 9:34pm

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.

Instag8r
from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthyNovember 19, 2011 - 9:29pm

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

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 DigestNovember 19, 2011 - 9:38pm

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

Thanks, Tim

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November 20, 2011 - 8:11am

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.

Liana
from Romania and Texas is reading Naked LunchNovember 20, 2011 - 8:28am

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?

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 DigestNovember 20, 2011 - 8:29am

@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 - 9:20am

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

Chester Pane
from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazNovember 20, 2011 - 10:44am

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.

Liana
from Romania and Texas is reading Naked LunchNovember 20, 2011 - 12:40pm

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...

Chester Pane
from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazNovember 20, 2011 - 1:33pm

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

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 DigestNovember 20, 2011 - 1:48pm

@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

Chester Pane
from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazNovember 20, 2011 - 2:22pm

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

The Book Of The New SunNovember 16, 2011 - 8:16amHINT: If you guys need a way to pick a winner...

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthyNovember 16, 2011 - 8:45am@averydoll - LOL you beat me to it.

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

20th Century GhostsNovember 16, 2011 - 9:00amOh 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.

Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 9:24am@Kirk, awesome idea. Poll created for anyone that wants to vote. Just make sure you read both!

@Renfield, I'm coming for you.

The Moonlit MindNovember 16, 2011 - 10:42amNeed 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?

Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 11:15am*narrows eyes and spits*

Yehp.

The Moonlit MindNovember 16, 2011 - 5:07pmI didn't realize our deadline was on a Thursday. It just so happens, the story takes place on a Thursday... Well, back to editing.

the writing on the wall.November 16, 2011 - 5:21pmFine, it has an aborted fetus in it. Spoiler alert

the writing on the wall.November 16, 2011 - 5:22pmWhere is the poll at for me and jack yo

Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 5:38pmI 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.

^ I voted for myself so Alien you should too!

The Moonlit MindNovember 16, 2011 - 7:26pmDoes 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.

Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 8:28pmIt don't bother me none.

the writing on the wall.November 16, 2011 - 9:03pmDon'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

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.

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. MartinNovember 16, 2011 - 9:26pmA First Edition of Goethe's Faust, go for that.

Autographed too.

High stakes shit.

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

Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 9:27pm@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.

When does the voting close?

Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 16, 2011 - 9:59pmI 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.

The Moonlit MindNovember 17, 2011 - 12:08amMake that some time in the afternoon. I haven't finished the last two paragraphs yet... anyway, my entry is on it's way!

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.

The Moonlit MindNovember 17, 2011 - 6:22pmI 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!

Made to BreakNovember 18, 2011 - 9:45am@mutterhals

Read the entirety of the thread.

20th Century GhostsNovember 18, 2011 - 12:20pmwell, 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.

The Moonlit MindNovember 18, 2011 - 12:30pmNo 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?

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.

Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fiNovember 18, 2011 - 1:27pm@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.

Grimscribe: His Lives and WorksNovember 18, 2011 - 4:35pmI seek a challenge!

The Moonlit MindNovember 18, 2011 - 6:13pmI

wouldchallenge you, Nighty, but Ireallyneed 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.

Grimscribe: His Lives and WorksNovember 18, 2011 - 6:28pmI'll be there with bells on.

Sleighbells.Naked LunchNovember 18, 2011 - 10:10pmAh what the hell. Nighty Nite, I challenge thee. You accept?

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazNovember 19, 2011 - 4:16pmI 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.

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 DigestNovember 19, 2011 - 4:20pmIf we go over,

THENwhat happens? LOLThe Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazNovember 19, 2011 - 4:25pmJack Torrance chases you with a fake axe through a maze on Mt. Hood that doesn't really exist?

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 DigestNovember 19, 2011 - 4:28pmShit! I knew it... How about Patrick Bateman dances to Huey Lewis and The News, then lodges the axe in your head?

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 DigestNovember 19, 2011 - 4:32pmI'm wondering where my competitor is... Where you at Instag8r?

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthyNovember 19, 2011 - 9:22pmInstag8r has entered the ring.

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...

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthyNovember 19, 2011 - 9:34pmI 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.

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthyNovember 19, 2011 - 9:29pmI just checked and was able to download it. Let me know if you still have trouble with it.

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

Thanks, Tim

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.

Naked LunchNovember 20, 2011 - 8:28amGuess 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?

@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.

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

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazNovember 20, 2011 - 10:44amLiana,

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.

Naked LunchNovember 20, 2011 - 12:40pmChester, 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...

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazNovember 20, 2011 - 1:33pmI saw my socks running down the street they were so scared.

@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

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DiazNovember 20, 2011 - 2:22pmDoes Radio still exist? He-he...okay. Here we go Vraj.