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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 20, 2014 - 10:43pm

Don't worry, I haven't started.

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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 June 21, 2014 - 4:10am

Battle between photon and myself is up and ready for votes.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics June 21, 2014 - 4:28am

YupYUP!!! This was one of hte toughest prompts I've ever had, but that's always good in the end - more of a challenge.

Now go read and vote, monkeys!

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! June 21, 2014 - 4:51am

I've got my first draft done, just trying to squash the awesome potential of Utah's prompt into 1,000 words now :)

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt June 21, 2014 - 8:34pm

I've got a draft. I'll tweak it tonight, read it tomorrow and see how I feel about it. I may go with another idea instead, if I'm able to finish it. 

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! June 23, 2014 - 7:39am

I think I'm pretty much done :)

How you guys doing?

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Vonnegut Check from Baltimore June 23, 2014 - 8:59am

I haven't written anything in a week or two, so I'm itching to start. Keep me in mind, peeps, next time someone gets a battle going.

I voted in the recent Moon and Strange Photon match. I recognized the styles immediately: Moon's from all the reviews we swapped at The Cult, and SP's from his Game of Threes posts. That's a good match up, for sho.

I'm also bummed I missed a chance to duel with you, Em. Maybe next time. I hope you're making progress on that novella. At least for Chuck and Suzy. I think they were ready to preorder a copy after reading just the first few pages.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! June 23, 2014 - 8:30am

Hey Ryan :)

I will totally duel with you! 

Novella: actually wrote some new bits, got all woohoo yeah excited. Fingers crossed I keep it up.

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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 June 23, 2014 - 8:35am

Thanks Von... my style is pretty recognizable. Lol...

And speaking of battles... there's a great one going between Photon and myself. Go read. Go vote. Then go write something.

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Vonnegut Check from Baltimore June 23, 2014 - 9:31am

Hey Ryan :)

I will totally duel with you!

Rad, Em. Want to limit it to flash? Should we open it up to a third writer? I've never participated in this before. You lead the charge, throw down the deets.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt June 23, 2014 - 10:07am

I think I'm done with mine, too. But...I'm still iffy about it. I'll try to write something else today. 

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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 June 23, 2014 - 10:08am

@Von: I'm down. Be my last battle though. Gotta start working on the book.

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Vonnegut Check from Baltimore June 23, 2014 - 11:08am

Good old Naomi, I suspect, Mr. Moon?

So if Em is indeed in too, then we need a prompt, word limit, and due date. Guess we'll wait to hear back.

 

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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 June 23, 2014 - 11:09am

You are correct my astute friend. Lol... usually 2500 - 3000 words and a week. Prompt provided by someone else.

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Vonnegut Check from Baltimore June 23, 2014 - 11:42am

I can't get that many words out in a month, let alone a week. Unless we're talking rough drafts.

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Vonnegut Check from Baltimore June 23, 2014 - 12:02pm

Maybe flash would be better, as it might have the added benefit of more voters. Say a 1200 word ceiling?

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! June 23, 2014 - 12:08pm

Woooo yeah! Flash for sure :)

Im cool with 1,200 and it being another three way battle.

Are you in Moon?

If so, somebody prompt us :)

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland June 23, 2014 - 12:34pm

Is it decided? 

Threeway Prompt.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 23, 2014 - 12:32pm

I'm doing mine tonight.  

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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 June 23, 2014 - 12:33pm

I'm in. That's our prompt Jon?

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland June 23, 2014 - 12:34pm

Yeah Moon,

Just edited that post to indicate so.

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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 June 23, 2014 - 12:35pm

Cool. Due next Monday night by midnight.

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Vonnegut Check from Baltimore June 23, 2014 - 12:58pm

Word. People playing checkers in a swimming pool.  Next Monday. Got it.

 

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt June 23, 2014 - 7:37pm

Ok, I'm officially done. I'm going with story #2. I'll PM both of you my email so you can send me your stories. 

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! June 24, 2014 - 12:37am

Two potential stories from one Thunderdome, good job Matt! 

Underwater checkers prompt...hmmmmm. I think I have an idea :)

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt June 24, 2014 - 3:07pm

Our three-way flash fiction battle with Em, Dwayne and I is posted and ready for reading and voting! 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry June 24, 2014 - 6:35pm

Is Dwayne the cream in this Oreo?

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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 June 24, 2014 - 6:51pm

Huh, you said cream...

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like June 24, 2014 - 8:56pm

The Oreo is a lie.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 25, 2014 - 4:28am

I am all parts of all Oreos ever.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry June 25, 2014 - 10:03am

Anybody else having sudden fantasies about soaking Dwayne in milk?

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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 June 25, 2014 - 2:06pm

weird...

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland June 25, 2014 - 2:42pm

@ Utah. No. 

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justwords from suburb of Birmingham, AL is reading The Tomb, F. Paul Wilson; A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby June 25, 2014 - 3:22pm

Utah, you are a sick puppy! Does your significant other indulge your fantasies? ;)

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! June 26, 2014 - 12:27am

Utah, Hahaha.

On another more sensible note: damn JR, your prompt is tricky!

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 26, 2014 - 4:16am

@Bull - You tell lies Mister Bear.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland June 26, 2014 - 6:56pm

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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 June 26, 2014 - 7:42pm

Fuckin Night Court! Man, I miss that show! May have to download it.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt May 7, 2015 - 9:50am

Bump

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Tucson from Belgium is reading Late Essays - J.M. Coetzee May 7, 2015 - 11:46pm

So, am I right if I say these are the rules

 

  • How to challenge: Call them out in this 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.
  •     Establish deadline... first draft 7 days from initial challenge. Final draft 14 days from initial challenge. (If everyone is open to getting a little frisky, we can cut that down to say, 4 and 8 days).
  •     In honor of cowboywerewolf's pun, put "Beyond Thunderdome" before the title of the challenge so they're easy to find in the Browse Submission section. ex. Beyond Thunderdome: Me vs. You
  •     Submission must be less than 2,500 words (so people will actually review it).
  •     Let people know about the challenge in the Author Agenda section, so they'll review both challengers' responses (and promise the full 3 points).
  •     Highest overall star rating wins.
  •     Don't get your feelings hurt

What's at stake?

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 8, 2015 - 6:36am

I think the battles (before they disappeared altogether) had evolved into more of a one-off poll, where the writers had a week to do what they could with the prompt, then uploaded the stories to a poll posted in the main discussions board. Then there was a week of reading/voting, and to the victor goes the exsanguinated corpse of their opponent. Pride was at stake.

Now, if people want to revamp this scenario, or return to the old style (which required both combatants and all readers to be paying workshop members), that's certainly up to those who step into the dome.

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things May 8, 2015 - 6:58am

This thread is three years old, and as threads get 72 pages long, they start to become difficult to manage.

My suggestion: Hash out what you want the rules to be, then create a new thread with them in the first post. We'll let this thread sink and establish a new one. Hopefully, that will help boost some participation. I might even sticky it.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 8, 2015 - 7:13am

I sent Sound a message suggesting a new thread as a possibility, since he had offered a challenge to the masses on my contests thread. So, sounds like that's the way to go.

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Tucson from Belgium is reading Late Essays - J.M. Coetzee May 10, 2015 - 11:43pm

Looking forward to it.