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. November 20, 2011 - 1:25pm

Chester killed the radio star..

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 20, 2011 - 1:30pm

@Chester, on your strict rules on wordcount thoughts: I think it should be a strict rule for the final round. For the rough draft first round, I don't think we should be too hard on participants.

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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 - 1:34pm

Agreed.

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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 - 1:40pm

With that said, are we sticking with 2500 words?

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 20, 2011 - 1:42pm

So it's still 7 days for each draft, right? Sunday for first draft, Sunday for second draft? 2000 words final draft or 2500? R Moon, you mean it has to be a music station then right?

Radio gaga it is.

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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 - 1:41pm

Just so you all know, Instag8r and my stories are up... Instag8r has yet to be reviewed. It'd be weird if I reviewed his and vice versa. It'd be like to opposing football coaches confering on their next plays.

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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 - 2:15pm

I wish USC would've told Oregon some of their plays.

Yeah, what is the final word count? 2500 sounds good to me...

So 7 days or fewer, then 7 more or fewer?

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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 - 2:50pm

Basic rules so far:

How to challenge: Call them out in the "Writing Battle in LitReactor?" forum. The words "I challenge thee" must be included in the challenge in order for it to be considered valid.
The Prompt: first person to respond to the challengers' announcement issues the prompt.
Deadline... first draft 7 days from initial challenge. Final draft 14 days from initial challenge.
Submission must be less than 2,500 words (so people will actually review it).
Highest overall star rating wins.
Don't get your feelings hurt.

These are the basic rules, per David Hanson.

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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 - 3:06pm

I think the LitReactor voting tool is being used now instead of the star system. The star system is not accurate enough.

Also I noticed the prompts have not been included in the submissions thus far and for those who review it might be amusing information to have, so that might be something to consider in the editing and refining of the guidelines as thks thing moves forward.

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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 - 3:30pm

I think most of us have added the prompt into the synopsis. I know Instag8r and I have. 

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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 - 4:32pm

Oh, great. I didn't see it on the first three I reviewed or I was too stoned. Cool.

@Liana:

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 20, 2011 - 7:47pm

Oh you made a video instead! Oh don't worry about me, I already wrote the story. NOT!

Trying to intimidate my competition..... But it's on baby it's on!!!! Bring it!

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ThoughtGoblin from Calgary is reading The authentic life of Billy the Kid November 20, 2011 - 8:15pm

Hi All,

I'm new to the site.  Could someone point me to the voting tool that was mentioned by Chester?  I'd like to start reviewing the competitions.

Thx!

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. November 20, 2011 - 8:34pm

The voting hasn't started yet. If you join the workshop, you can review the competitors submissions before the voting starts.

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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 - 8:43pm

@ThoughtGoblin: Welcome to the madness. Well, I think you will have to join The Writer's Workshop first, then you will see the Thunderdome submissions along with a whole library of others!

@Rian: Holy Cats! 

@Liana: Warriors Come out-n-play-eee-aaay! I finished mine next week already. Time machine.

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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 21, 2011 - 2:38am

@Chester: Wondering if that's a good thing?

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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 21, 2011 - 3:00am

@ThoughtGoblin: Any of the submissions that have <Beyond Thunderdome> in the title are the battle stories. There are submissions from David Hanson, misskokamon, Instag8r and myself. 

Here are the rules...

Basic rules so far:

How to challenge: Call them out in the "Writing Battle in LitReactor?" forum. The words "I challenge thee" must be included in the challenge in order for it to be considered valid.
The Prompt: first person to respond to the challengers' announcement issues the prompt.
Deadline... first draft 7 days from initial challenge. Final draft 14 days from initial challenge.
Submission must be less than 2,500 words (so people will actually review it).
Highest overall star rating wins. - Actually, it's a poll where you can pick your favorite of the two. These are posted on the day the final draft is due. I think, it's Saturday for the four of us. 
Don't get your feelings hurt.

These are the basic rules, per David Hanson.

~Rian

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 21, 2011 - 4:51am

So anyone that wants to modify any rules feel free to suggest something. I think we started battling just to figure out what was going to work first hand. 

 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 21, 2011 - 4:55am

I'll have my submission ready to post by this afternoon/evening.

Wish me luck - I need it!

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. November 21, 2011 - 6:26am

Good luck killer! Go get em!

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz November 21, 2011 - 8:59am

@Rian: I think it is. Kinda Walter Matthau/Jack Lemmon. Softens him. I can't stop saying it. Plus it is a nice alternative to cow. Like Horseshit instead of Bullshit.

@David Hanson: Great thread. Also, I don't know if you saw above, but as you are the only one who can edit the header to this thread (other that Litbot) you might want to revise your intro to include those rules and amend them as things move forward...in other words the very first window post...to avoid people inquiring over and over we can just send them to the top of the thread.

@Doll: Shred it.

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 21, 2011 - 10:40am

@Chester, great idea. Just updated it.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz November 21, 2011 - 11:29am

Thanks David. 

Sorry to be a pain in the ass, but one more thing--a technicality. The guidelines you updated still say highest overall star rating wins eventhough the submissions are put to a vote using the LitReactor voting tool, which is far more accurate and keeps the star system from becoming inaccurate and abused. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 21, 2011 - 1:12pm

Okay - I posted my battle submission.  For better or worse.

this was a real challenge for me.  I haven't worked with a prompt in a long time!  I think this is actually a great exercise for us!

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Nighty Nite from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and Works November 21, 2011 - 2:50pm

@Liana: Sorry! I didn't have internet for the last couple of days so my LitReactoring was cut. I am sorry I could not accept your challenge. I wish you luck! Bring Chester... the pain.

wakka wakka wakka

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 21, 2011 - 6:31pm

Uh - guys...I just noticed, I think my battle partner went AWOL. 

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. November 21, 2011 - 7:30pm

Avery, if your battle partner doesn't show up, I'll accept your challenge :D

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Dave Reuss from Bozeman is reading Now is the Hour November 21, 2011 - 8:18pm

@averydoll! I challenge you! I haven't even read your story yet so were on equal ground.

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. November 21, 2011 - 8:20pm

You have to say challenge thee. It is silly but let's try to follow the rules. Besides it makes it more fun that way.

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Dave Reuss from Bozeman is reading Now is the Hour November 21, 2011 - 8:36pm

sorry. This is my first time.

Averydoll! I challenge thee!

same prompt, I'll just be filling in for "K" from here on out.

you can keep what you have if you want. Start the week timer, but i can try to write it faster if you'd rather.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 21, 2011 - 10:10pm

Nighty Nite, sorry I didn't wait. Maybe next time.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 22, 2011 - 4:51am

Okay, I'm cool with that!  I will change the title of the post.  My story isn't good enough to win uncontested! 

Crank it out as quick as you can, but you can take a week, I don't care.  Although just know you are giving me extra time to revise!  Ha!

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 24, 2011 - 1:36pm

My due date for the final draft is today, but I'm afraid I won't make it. Thanksgiving kind of took over. But I'll have something up tomorrow evening, if that's okay.

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 25, 2011 - 6:07am

@misskokamon-- same boat. Completely forgot about the holiday.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch November 25, 2011 - 11:27pm

Chester come out to play!

I've posted my story, so anyone inclined to start reading and giving feedback, that would be great.

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy November 26, 2011 - 12:16pm

R.Moon and I have posted our revised drafts for final judgment. I guess somebody needs to now create a poll, correct?

Good luck, Moon.

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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 26, 2011 - 12:29pm

Liana... Got a review that I am going to post, right about... Now.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 26, 2011 - 6:29pm

Dear Tattoojunkie:  When do you want to have our final revisions "due"?  I waited to start on any revisions until you got you story posted for (semi) fairness.  Now I'm thinking I should have taken full advantage of the time - your story is good.  Next Sunday work for you?

 

 

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz November 27, 2011 - 7:05pm

@Liana...I have a pile of words that I am trying to sew together. I won't have them in by Sunday (tonights) deadline but am working on it, just so you know I am still participating!

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 28, 2011 - 1:09pm

So... I sort of didn't post anything up when I said I would. The holiday and this mad dash to finish NaNoWriMo took over. I don't think I'll be posting up a revision until Thursday, but if you'd like to start the judging now, Hanson, I understand. A week late is not a good thing on my part!

I would like to revise it, however, and get a fresh batch of opinions. It was my first time submitting in the workshop and everyone was so awesome and helpful--weaknesses I didn't know I had were pointed out to me along with suggestions on improving them, and strengths I didn't know I had were pointed out as well, which really boosted my confidence. And the critiques were extremely helpful and gave me some great ideas on how to better approach some scenes. I've been part of a lot of critique sessions on both art and writing, and I can't recall any of them being as helpful as the one in our workshop here. Thanks, you guys!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 28, 2011 - 1:56pm

I feel like it is important to note that I have just Googled "gorilla eyes" - and you are all to blame. 

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 28, 2011 - 4:35pm

@misskokamon, I definitely want to see a revised draft. I don't really care about the battle so much as that one on one writing competition that has a way of breaking my writer's block. If you want to still do the poll and everything, it's cool, but we might be a little past the point where people are definitely reviewing both of our submissions (for judging purposes). 

Honestly, I feel like a dick for making a ruling since technically I made the rules and I'm in the competition, so does someone else want to hop in here? I'm good either way.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 28, 2011 - 4:53pm

I think we could still do a poll if you wanted.  When the pieces are togetehr in the poll I assume people are reading them both before judging. 

Just my 2-cents.

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 28, 2011 - 7:33pm

Averydoll hath spoken. @misskokamon, let me know when your post is up. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 29, 2011 - 4:49am

Meh - I mean I just go that way because I like to judge  review judge things.

Plus, Courtney's first draft was really good, so I'd like to see how it turns out!

 

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 29, 2011 - 10:40am

Sweet! Thanks you guys. I hope I don't let ya'll down.

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 29, 2011 - 8:45pm

Ok, we've got a lot of great match-ups going on. WHO IS NEXT? WHO WILL COMETH FORTH? IS THERE NO ONE ELSE?

Let's get some new battlers going. We need to give Kirk as much data as possible to code this thing into the website. 

For those that are shy, unsure, wanting to dip toes in the water before jumping in:

CUT IT OUT. You've never written 2,500 words as inspired on a deadline against one other person with a prompt out of fucking nowhere. 

Worried there aren't enough gorillas in your story? We've got the cure for that! Worried isn't enough fisticuffs? Worried about dirty old men needing love? Worried that there aren't enough strippers and cocaine in your life? We've got the cure for that! (strippers and cocaine are free plus shipping and handling). 

But don't take my word for it. Ask one of our friendly Thunderdome participants.

 

 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 30, 2011 - 5:08am

For what it's worth - I'd do this again.  I didn't know if I would enjoy it, but it's actually pretty fun. 

I'd still like to see a bracket system in the future.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 30, 2011 - 7:38am

Both Tattoojunkie and I have posted our final drafts -

Poll, please?

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 30, 2011 - 8:36am

Poll for Averydoll vs. Tattoojunkie is open and active for the next seven days. Battle commences!