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CobraMisfit
12-01-2014, 10:30 PM
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Attention, all ye writing lads and lasses!

There's a chill is in the air, lights are strung throughout the town, and shoppers are clamoring over one another in panicked delight for deals at the local market. And that can only mean one thing: It's time for....



THE THIRD ANNUAL SEKRIT SOLSTICE SCI-FI/FANTASY STORY SWAP!



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That's right, gang, we are once again at the threshold of the greatest event in human history*!

For those who have not participated in the SS-SFF-SS in the past, this is a writer-focused word party wherein folks gift stories to their fellow authors based on prompts provided by the giftee. Please review last year's SS-SFF-SS Thread (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=281431&highlight=Sekrit) to get a feel for what's involved.

That said, because NaNo just finished and the holidays are soon upon some of us, we decided to give folks enough time to rest before jumping back into the story-making process. As such, we're aiming for a delivery date around mid-to-late February. This not only helps kill time during the Dark Ages (Jan-Mar), but…actually, that’s about it.

Basically, the gist of the event is this:

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Not this:



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If this sounds like your kind of playground, here are the rules and such.

The Rules and Such:

1) There are two primary ways of participating: RECEIVING and GIVING. See Rule #6 for The Beta Option.

First, let's talk about RECEIVING.

Signing up to RECEIVE a gift means signing up to GIVE a gift. No exceptions. Since the spirit of this event is giving, you ask for treasures, you have to give treasures. The Sign-Up List of AWesome** is located at the bottom of this post.

2) When you sign up to RECEIVE, please include a prompt that provides parameters for your gift. This can be anything: a word, a quote, an author name, an idea, a theme, etc. Just give your gifter a direction in which to run.

Also, please specify themes/topics that you are okay with/not-okay with, i.e. boo to violence, sex, swearing, gore; yah to kittens, marshmallows, and smexy emo teen vampires.

Unless otherwise specified, gifters will assume all bets are off.


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Example:

Golly, CM, this sounds like the greatest event in human history! Of COURSE I’ll participate. Sign me up to both give and receive.


Prompt: I'd like a light, humorous Sci-Fi-Fant-UF-Western-Zombie-Erotica-Self-Help story, please. Nothing dark or with gratuitous violence/smexy times. Kittens a plus.

I am willing to write anything, even smexy emo teen vampires***.

While the above is (kind of) a joke, please keep in mind that broad/vague prompts tend to give your gifter more latitude. That said, it's your prompt, so if you really WANT a light, humorous Sci-Fi-Fant-UF-Western-Zombie-Erotica-Self-Help story, by all means, ask for it!

Also, I'd read that.

Final Prompting Note: If there are topics you absolutely don’t want to write about, please include that as well. Similarly, if you're both GIVING and RECEIVING and a prompt really excites you, rep me and I'll try my best to
accommodate you. Otherwise, it’s fair game for me to assign you to a prompt.


But CM, what if I don't want to RECEIVE a story, but DO want to GIVE one?

3) I'm glad you fake-asked, fake participant! Should you so desire, you may absolutely sign up to GIVE a gift, but not RECEIVE one. If you’re the benevolent type that loves to give and give, I’ll forward you a copy of my Wish List. I’ll also hook you up with a giftee. Please let me know if you want to give a story in general or for a specific prompt that inspires you so I can match you appropriately.

4) If there is someone you don't want to write for, no matter the reason, please rep me with your request. I will do my best to honor it.

5) Once the sign-up thread closes, you'll have approximately 6-8 weeks of writing time to create your masterpiece. As always, if you hit a snag or have questions/concerns, you can contact me via the e-mail that I'll send your prompt from. Or you can reach out here on AW. Either way, please keep me in the loop and I'll do my best to assist you.

6) The Beta Option: This is the tangential way to participate since beta volunteers are always welcome. If you're not interested in giving or receiving, but would like to play as a beta, let me know via Rule #10. Just don’t use this to your advantage when we open the guessing thread! Authors may also seek out betas as they desire.

7) There is no limit to story length. We’ve seen everything from 2k to 20k. A good story is a good story, so don't fret the word count. Just the deadline****.


8) When it’s time to deliver your story to me and my team of Story Elves, please make sure to include a 200-400 word section (pasted directly into the e-mail) that you feel best represents your tale of wonders. I’ll use this for the guessing thread. For those unfamiliar, here is a link to last year's Guessing Thread (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=285464).

9) The author of the story owns the story. The prompt is merely a motivating tool, but does not transfer ownership of the story to the giftee in any way. Everyone who participates in this event agrees to this.

10) To ensure you have read ALL THE RULES, including this one, please rep me (on this post) a statement that says you have read and agree to all the rules AND that you swear to give your gift by the deadline. Please also provide an email in the rep, even if you've played in the past, so the Story Elves and I can send you your gift when it’s time. Addresses change from time to time, so I don't want to send prompts to the wrong folks.

I also ask that you please avoid PMing me. My inbox is stuffed with messages as far back as 2010 that I'm in the process of cleaning out.


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Here ends The Rules and Such.


The Timeline of Excellence:

December 1st: Sign-ups open. Masses flock to this thread. Hope reigns supreme.

December 21st*****: Sign-ups close. Late-comers reap a harvest of sorrow.

December 25th: Assignments are...uh...assigned. Hooray! Presents for everyone!

February 14th-ish February 28th-ish: Stories due-ish****** to moi. (aaaawwww....Valentine's Dahurrrrrrrrrrk!)

February 15th-ish: March 1st-ish: Stories delivered to giftees. Guessing Threads open in SYW. Stories are read. Friendships are forged. Joy spreads through the valley and there is peace.

February Somethingth March Somethingth:We crown this season's Supreme Guessinator who lords over all of us with her/his story-guessing might.

All hail last year's winner: TAMaxwell!

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TAM ruled fairly and with a gentle hand, but will this season's winner do so as well? Only time will tell.

Personal Note: This is hands-down my favorite writing event. There’s something magical about writing specifically for another person using their prompt because it often takes you outside your comfort zone or helps you explore a genre you never considered before. The more people who participate, the more fun we have, so feel free to tell your friends, family, kids, cats, or even that strange neighbor who mows the yard in nothing but a sheen of sweat and a smile.

And now, without further ado....


The Official Proclamation:

The 2014-2015 SS-SFF-SS season is now officially open!

Let's get this party started!


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The Sign-Up List of AWesome:

Name: | Both Give and Receive(B)/Give Only(G)

1) TAMaxwell (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193743&postcount=2): B

Note: How fitting that last year's Supreme Guessinator is the first one in?

2) aliwood (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193752&postcount=4): B

3) ShadowFlame (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193766&postcount=5): B

4) tianaluthien (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193790&postcount=6): B

5) Bobo The Bard (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193791&postcount=7): B

6) Sage (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193809&postcount=8): B

7) eyeblink (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9193866&postcount=9): B

8) SianaBlackwood (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9194371&postcount=10): B

9) Sian (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9194427&postcount=11): B

10) zanzjan (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9194512&postcount=12): B

11) hillaryjacques (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9194638&postcount=13): B

12) Friendly Frog (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9194749&postcount=14): B

13) tjwriter (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9194762&postcount=15): B

14) Marlys (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9194822&postcount=16): B

15) AshleyEpidemic (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=299845&page=4): B

16) amergina (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9194969&postcount=19): B

17) Hoplite (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9195173&postcount=20): B

18) Tamlyn (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9195858&postcount=21): B

19) Lillith1991 (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9195900&postcount=22): B

20) mrsmig (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9196575&postcount=23): B

21) Muppster (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9196972&postcount=24): B

22) Katrina S. Forest (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9202644&postcount=26): B

23) tiddlywinks (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9204443&postcount=28): B

24) Blinkk (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9208061&postcount=30): B

25) CobraMisfit (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9208238&postcount=31): B

26) Albedo (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9208250&postcount=32): B

27) CheG (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9209187&postcount=41): B

28) phantasy (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9208817&postcount=37): B

29) PEBKAC (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9211045&postcount=42): B

30) Layla Lawlor: (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9221428&postcount=63) B

31) Michele AKA Twig (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9221885&postcount=69): B

32) Niccolo (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=9221895&postcount=70): B

The Beta Options:

1) Little Anonymous Me: BETA ONLY.

2) Ari Meermans: BETA ONLY



[the sign-up list is still lonely. it only wants to love you. won't you let it?]


ORGANIZER'S NOTE: It's easier to list what I need from folks, so I'm putting everyone in the Sign-Up List of AWesome and what items are missing. I've also moved Beta-ers to their own list and will do the same if/when we get Givers Only. That helps keep the list neat.






*individual experiences may vary. Void where prohibited.

**see what I did there? See?! Aw, never mind.

***except, I really don't want to write smexyemoteens. Please don't make me.

****don't fret too much. That deadline date is carved in orange Jell-O.

*****that's right, gang, we're giving you all a FULL THREE WEEKS to get in on the fun. Let the streets fill with joyful hordes!

******as always, the due date will shift if folks need more time.

Maggie Maxwell
12-01-2014, 10:49 PM
Yes, yes, all hail me. :D

It's the mooooost wonderful tiiiime of the yeeaaaarrr :heart:

Anyone who is wondering whether you should or not, just dive in. You're in for a frenzy of fun and creative writing for a captive audience.

I'm in for giving and receiving.

Prompt: (I'm gonna be boring and repost my prompt and profile from last year, because I still want my animal companion and I still write the same stuff) I'd like to read something with an animal companion of the non-verbal variety (with the exception of parrots or other birds that can "talk". They're okay. Especially if they're rude.) I like comedy SF/F (think Terry Pratchett), but I'm open to most genres with a little touch of the unusual. Please no smexytimes or extreme gore/violence.

I can write SF/F with humorous tones, I cannot write smexytimes or horror. I am willing to write shiny emo teen vampires if it comes to it. Just don't expect it to be serious.

Sage
12-01-2014, 10:51 PM
Aha, TAM answered my question before I asked it. (For the record, it was: how do we send you prompts?)

aliwood
12-01-2014, 10:52 PM
It's here!It's here! The thrills, the spills, the roar of the greasepaint, the smell 0f the crowd.

Phooey! I hope they shower soon.

I would like to both give and receive a story. I like the quirky use of words and ideas and a little slapstick always helps. I'd prefer to avoid violent and erotic themes, both in writing and reading, and I can't write factual science for toffee*. I like a story in a sort of Douglas Adams / Terry Pratchett mode, with a side order of Jim Butcher and a garnish of Tolkien. But honestly, if you can make me smile and think and it doesn't include any of that, I wouldn't mind, a good story is a good story.

Feel free to include all, any or absolutely none of the following:
cryptic crossword
typewriter
bicycle
Daffy Duck
thermometer
tree saw

on a theme of creativity.


I feel like I've written an essay already!

*Am prepared to demonstarte but I don't recommend it.

Shadowflame
12-01-2014, 10:59 PM
Woot! Am I first for the sign up? Second? third? No matter.

I'm signing up to receive (and of course give.)

So I'd like to have a story involving an unlikey hero who uses an unlikely weapon. You can go light or dark with this although I don't care much for smexy times or heavy humor (humor-ez is okay though). Setting and genre can be anywhere, anytime anyhow so surprise me.

Whoops forgot to add what I'll write. Not so good with heavy humor or smexy times but I'll do about anything else.

*rubs hands together in anticipation

So is it Christmas yet?

tianaluthien
12-01-2014, 11:09 PM
OMG IT'S HERE!!!!!! :e2woo:

I'm so excited.

Ahem. I am signing up to do both.

I would like: something fantasy set in winter. Could be the season or it could be an Arctic-like place that sees only snow and ice all year round. With a strong female character. Note that this does not necessarily mean she has to have a sword (although these are always cool).

Bonus points for including:
-the Northern Lights (or whatever you choose to call them in your world. Those pretty things in the sky.)
-a Snow Queen (but please for the love of saints NOTHING AT ALL RELATED TO "FROZEN")
-wolves
-the colour red

Please no excessive violence/gore or smexy times.

I write: fantasy. I'm not good at horror and I don't write smexy times or lots of violence/gore. Since we're on a theme, I will write sparkly vampires if I must but I doubt it will be serious. You've been warned.

J. A. Rama
12-01-2014, 11:09 PM
Yaaaaayyyyyy it's up it's up it's up!

I am signing up to do both give and receive.

PROMPT: SFF that leaves me with something to think about. Any degree of hard or soft, doesn't matter, and I don't mind if you put your characters through all kinds of hell as long as it comes out all right in the end (or at least, implies that it will be all right in future). Please no zombies, werewolves, vampires, etc. I prefer MCs who aren't teenagers, but it's not set in stone -- a good story is a good story! I don't mind romance, but please no gore, horror, erotica, or heavy humor. Optional: If you'd like a more concrete thing, bonus points if it's set in an enclosed space (i.e. not a planet) during a prolonged trip, like a space elevator, infinite tunnel, shady corner of cyberspace, etc. but this is not required.

Hard and fast rule: Have fun!

GIVE: I can write anything in the science fiction, fantasy, fairy tales, steampunk, science fantasy, etc. range. I'm pretty bad at romance, but I'll take a whack at it. No gore and sex, though, so most of my stuff is PG-13 or under. My work sometimes has touches of humor or sometimes not, and is typically set somewhere unusual, though I'm not limited that. :-)

Sage
12-01-2014, 11:19 PM
I love to give presents almost as much as receiving them (sometimes more), so sign me up for both.

Prompt: I prefer teen or younger MCs. Not a fan of explicit sex, and horror, including any type of zombies, is not really my thing. Since these are due on Valentine's Day, please include the theme, "first love," in whatever form you like.

I don't write horror or erotica. I do better with contemporary fantasy and SF, but I occasionally branch out into secondary-world fantasy. I tend to write teens or pre-teens, but I have been known to write adults too. My sense of humor when writing tends to be more Whedonesque.

eyeblink
12-02-2014, 12:07 AM
I'm in, to give and receive.

To give: I'll try most things, but I'm not really up to very hard SF or trad fantasy/sword & sorcery. You're more likely to get a genre blend from me, possibly at the slipstreamy/literary end of SF/F/H. Tends to be darkish and while my stories aren't without humour I can't do out-and-out comedy.

To receive: Either: Please could I have a story on a musical theme - any type of music or a particular piece or song, but it has to be vital to the story in some way. Or: Please write a story in which a religious festival or holiday plays a vital part. Any religion, whether a real-world one or a fantasy/made-up one, will be fine, but I'd rather not receive a pro-religious or anti-religious tract. For either, any setting or flavour of SF or fantasy, subtle or overt, will be fine.

SianaBlackwood
12-02-2014, 06:10 AM
I'm in, signing up to both give and receive.

Prompt: I loved my gifts last year, so I'm going to ask for the same thing again - include goats in speculative fiction. Please don't hurt the goats.

I write: just about anything, although I try not to let animals get hurt and you probably don't want to see my attempts at those 'smexytimes'. Expect my characters to get hurt a lot and probably figuratively* dragged through hell, but come out all right at the end.


*Except for that one time it was literal.

_Sian_
12-02-2014, 06:42 AM
I wish to both give and recieve.

I would like an MC with a power that is normally considered to be not much more than a party trick signing up to whatever version of the magical police you can think of.

And as always, I would like MC to be stuck with someone that they don't like (in some kind of relationship - maybe they're room mates, whatever), and I would like some kind of evolution in that relationship over the course of the story. I don't mind violence or smexy times, as long as there's a point to it, and there's no on-page torture. Not a fan of on-page torture.

I will write most things, though I don't ever really do epic fantasy or horror. My limitations on what I will write are the same as above - okay with mostly anything, but if you decide you randomly want a torture scene, I'm probably not your gal. :)

zanzjan
12-02-2014, 07:34 AM
Must resist! Must... resist...! Drat, too late. I'm in.

Giving: I'm pretty much willing to try writing anything. I'm no good at all at YA or romance, but I'm willing to give the latter a go; erotica is a no (trust me, we are all happier that way.) My stuff tends to have a sense of humor to it, even when very dark.

Receiving: I'd like something that's not set on a planet (or at least not a conventional planet) that involves doppelgangers. Oh, and an emu.

No explicit sex or graphic violence either way, I'm afraid.

(ETA: oh, and please don't hurt the emu. It would make me sad.)

hillaryjacques
12-02-2014, 09:45 AM
Seduced by the SSSFFSS, once again. I'm in, for both.

I'm happy to try to write anything, with the exception of gratuitous violence or erotica.

I'd love to receive sci fi in space, or underground, or inside of another living organism. Or something with a dragon - it doesn't have to really be a dragon, dig?

Thanks for doing this, Cobra! I know it's a ton of work, but it's crazy fun and good for ye olde writer brain.

Friendly Frog
12-02-2014, 03:18 PM
Memememememe! Ahem, I mean: in for giving and receiving. :)

prompt: An long-time extinct species that turns out to be not quite so extinct. Doesn't have to be an actual extinct animal, a real animal, or one from this particular planet or world. No horror, grimdark or graphic sex, please.

giving: I generally write light SF&F, including modern fantasy and/or humourous, but that's not a must. I am willing to experiment with other genres (if expectations are held low). No horror, grimdark or graphic sex, please.


Thanks for organising, Cobra! (I have been wondering, do you ever read all the sent-in stories?)

tjwriter
12-02-2014, 03:40 PM
I'll do ALL THE THINGS!!!!

Receiving: I like snarky, sassy heroes and heroines who strive to do the right thing. (think Kate Daniels and Harry Dresden.) I'm mainly a fantasy reader, but I won't say no to science fiction. I'm pretty wide open to humorous, gritty, smexy times, violence.

Giving: I generally write fantasy. Last year I had to try my hand at being funny, which I think I did okay at. I don't know that I would feel comfortable writing erotica, but I could try my hand at a smexy times. Some violence, but I don't know that I could do the gore.

You're the best, CM!

Marlys
12-02-2014, 05:06 PM
I'm in for both giving and receiving!

Prompt for you: Two people are trapped in a museum on a major holiday. There is a kitten. The kitten will not be harmed. You can do what you like to the people (although I don't care for super-graphic violence). There is also a ghost, or the suggestion of one. Take it and run in any direction you like--action-adventure, horror, romance, erotica, SF, fantasy, or wherever your mind wanders.

Prompt for me: I'm easy. I'll write anything. If it's something I don't usually tackle, I'll give it a stab anyway.

And...I just realized my rep to CobraMisfit didn't include my email, and I can't rep the same post twice. Cobra, if you get a chance, would you pretty please post again in this thread so I can fix that?

CobraMisfit
12-02-2014, 06:35 PM
And...I just realized my rep to CobraMisfit didn't include my email, and I can't rep the same post twice. Cobra, if you get a chance, would you pretty please post again in this thread so I can fix that?

You got it!



Also, you all are great. Last year we had about 20 sign up. This year we're already at 15. The more the merrier, so feel free to coerce convince your friends to join the fun.


ETA: Once I have you all added into my Official Unofficial Spreadsheet, I'll rep you back that you're good to go. For those who have not gotten a rep from me yet, it'll likely be tomorrow since I left the Official Unofficial Spreadhseet at home.

tjwriter
12-02-2014, 06:51 PM
You should ask the mods for one of those forum announcement thingies.

amergina
12-02-2014, 06:59 PM
Oh! I could do one of those...

Also, I'm in for both.

I can write anything except nasty icky torture porn.

I'm always in the mood for a fantasy set in the "real world" with some nice subtle magic and maybe a darker feel.

Hoplite
12-02-2014, 08:46 PM
I'm in!

I'm signing up to do both give & receive.

Giving: I typically write SF/F, with the SF tending to be a bit on the harder side and the F tending to be dark (but not necessarily GrimDark). But I'm open to new things. Please, don't ask me to write erotica. It'll be for the benefit of all parties involved.

Receiving: I'll take anything with a Spartan (doesn't have to be the Spartans of Ancient Greece) and his/her wolf/cougar/monster/rabbit/etc. sidekick.

Looking forward to this, thanks CM for organizing!

Tamlyn
12-03-2014, 03:31 AM
I don't think I've missed any small print about selling my soul, so I'd love to take part!

I'd like something not too dark, maybe with a hint of romance, that involves a waterfall in a forest, long steps down, and an otherworld you can't quite see.

I'm happy to attempt almost anything, but if you try to get humour out of me, it won't be very humorous. In fact, let's say no humour. I write more fantasy than science fiction.

Lillith1991
12-03-2014, 04:13 AM
Sign me up Cobra!

Giving: I'm willing to write anything but torture porn and Erotica (I've never attempted Erotica and wouldnt want to subjectt some poor sap to my first attempts, no matter how polished!). Other than that , I don't have any restrictions. I'm not too good at humor, but more than willing to try.

Receiving: I would really love something about a mythical being of some sort watching the world change over time. I'm in an introspective more literary mood this year.

As far as what I'm not fond of receiving, anything that is or borders on torture porn isn't high on my list. Torture isn't really my thing. I love dark, it's my niche, but not torture for torutres sake.

mrsmig
12-03-2014, 06:36 PM
Please please let me play! And I'm in for both the giving and the receiving parts.

The giving end: the odder the protagonist, the better. If you like mecha I'm probably not your gal (although the results might be good for a laugh). No torture, no rape, no erotica although I'm not adverse to writing a little heat.

Receiving end: I'll read most anything and don't care if it's light or dark, but I'd love something that centers around food - either the preparation of it or the eating of it. As long as it's not vampire/zombies eating-people-stuff. (Unless the vampire/zombie is Ethel Merman. Vampire/zombie Ethel Merman would be awesome but not a prerequisite.)

Muppster
12-03-2014, 10:28 PM
Dear Santasquirrel please write mea story that uses the following words (as inspiration/theme/in the text/whatever) unravelling, typo, star, boxnot so interested in sex/gratuitous violence.

Im willing to try most things (once, anyway), but will suck horribly at a requirement to be overtly sexy. Not really a chick-lit person either. But anything else is fair game.

CM: I think I messed up the rep thing, poke me if you didn't get my e-mail. (want it PM'd even though you said not to PM??)

CobraMisfit
12-04-2014, 06:10 AM
CM: I think I messed up the rep thing, poke me if you didn't get my e-mail. (want it PM'd even though you said not to PM??)

Nope, all good. It came through in the rep.


I've updated the Sign-Up List of AWesome with the latest info. Of note, we have 21 "both" players and 2 Betas so far! And it's still the first week.

http://i1174.photobucket.com/albums/r611/CobraMisfit/strange20weird20funny20pictures20of_Happy-Snake.jpg

Katrina S. Forest
12-08-2014, 12:12 AM
Signing up to both give and receive. ^_^

Prompt: A creepy doll story. The doll can be a toy, a robot, a mind-controlled human... whatever direction you care to take it in. The doll doesn't have to be evil and the story doesn't have to be horror. In fact, I think it'd be cool to see the trope used outside its typical genre. Keep it PG or PG-13, please, and for the love of my normal sleep cycle, do NOT endanger any little kids in the story.

Stuff I Write: I'm pretty flexible, although take into account I'm sitting here with a Bible verse in my signature. So if anyone has their heart set on a story in which God turns out to be a hoax orchestrated by ancient aliens, I'm probably not the best match. ^_^;;

CobraMisfit
12-08-2014, 11:57 PM
The Sign-Up List of AWesome is updated along with a couple small changes (moved Betas into their own smexy list).

FYI, if you have NOT received a rep from me stating that I you are 100% good to go (i.e. I have an e-mail for you and a prompt), PLEASE rep me on this post and I'll rep you back with your status. Just want to make sure everyone knows where they stand at the moment.

Last item (for now): we are beginning the second week of sign-ups. If you know folks in other realms (horror, mystery, etc), who dabble in Sci-Fi/Fant and might enjoy this, please feel free to invite them. The more, the merrier!

tiddlywinks
12-09-2014, 06:01 AM
Oooh, story time! Why not? I'll give and receive, please.

Prompt: I'd like a sad story (no, I'm not depressed, so no worries). Something that tugs on my heart strings, something that doesn't turn out happily ever after for everyone. Something with a little grit that might make me reach for a tissue. Pretty open ended on genre, but no gory stuff, okay? I like horror...just not in splishes and splashes.

Game for Writing: romance, humor, paranormal, fantasy, quirky, sassy, you name it. Probably don't want torture yourself by having me try GrimDark, angsty teen fiction, or hard core scifi. Oh, and while I will happily write heat, I don't do erotica.

tjwriter
12-09-2014, 09:45 PM
So CM, are you going to participate? I haven't seen your info yet.......... .. .

Blinkk
12-11-2014, 11:41 AM
I've been sneakily stalking this subforuming waiting for this event to open. And for what it's worth I WAS THE RUNNER UP FOR LAST YEAR'S WINNING GUESSING THING THREAD. [/competitive] But um, all hail TAMaxwell. We are not worthy. :D

Ok, I want in. Receiving.

I prefer to write fantasy. I won't write sexytimes. If you give me humor, I'll just cry. And then you guys will cry because you'll have to read it. I am absolutely fine and good with dark, mysterious, horror, violence, angst, teens, torture, introverted, action, action, more action, and cupcakes.

Prompt: A dragon meets a songbird. (If you do it Bambi/Godzilla (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXCUBVS4kfQ) style, I will find and kill your dog.) Aside from that, you take it from there. Humor, fantasy, steampunk, modern setting, on another world - anything you want. :)
Bonus points if swords make an appearance.

PS - I'm moving and I'm sorta without internet for a little while. I check my email every 1-2 days when I go into town but we should be getting internet soon. I figure I'll get it by the time everything is assigned.

CobraMisfit
12-11-2014, 06:21 PM
So CM, are you going to participate? I haven't seen your info yet.......... .. .

I am and thanks for reminding me. I've been so distracted with the administration of this that I forgot to put up my prompt.

Prompt: Plain and simple: I love a good story. It can be Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Fantasy (High or Urban), Sword and Board, Cyberpunk, Carniepunk, etc. Honestly, I'm a bit of a Pollyanna when it comes to the stuff I like: the girl/guy finds love, the evil empire/monarch gets their comeuppance, and the universe is safe once more. I don't do horror, graphic smexytimes (although I do like romantic elements), or sadness. Humor, especially when paired with excellent dialogue, wins the day in my world.

Bonus points if you include an ocelot.

What I write: Lather, rinse, repeat with my Prompt. I'll take on just about anything, but do enjoy using this event to step outside my comfort box.


That said, if we wind up with an odd number of participants, I may bow out entirely so that we have an exact match. I'll play it by ear as we get closer to the deadline. Nah, I'm in.

Albedo
12-11-2014, 06:28 PM
I'll play this year. BOTH me up.

I would like a story featuring cooperation between humans and sentient non-humans, either to solve a problem or create one. Genre/tone/amount of wanton violence is up to you, dear Santa.

I write science fiction and horror more than high fantasy, but will give anything a whirl. Please note that my attempts at romance have been known to sterilize lab rats through several layers of lead sheeting, and I'd feel terribly guilty if an AWer could never have babies because of me.

Lissibith
12-11-2014, 06:39 PM
That said, if we wind up with an odd number of participants, I may bow out entirely so that we have an exact match. I'll play it by ear as we get closer to the deadline.
Huh. Actually, with your permission, could I use this?

I keep going back and forth about participating. Last year I let laziness make the final decision. It might be better to let random chance do it this year. So I'd be happy to be the in-if-needed, out-otherwise participant, if that's okay?

CobraMisfit
12-11-2014, 07:47 PM
Huh. Actually, with your permission, could I use this?

I keep going back and forth about participating. Last year I let laziness make the final decision. It might be better to let random chance do it this year. So I'd be happy to be the in-if-needed, out-otherwise participant, if that's okay?

Actually, after doing some thinking (and getting a very lovingly worded rep), I am reminded that more stories are a good thing. As such, I'm 100% in.

But don't worry, there's still plenty of time to decide if you want to participate this year!

On that tangent, I encourage anyone on the fence to play along since it's always a lot of fun. If you're concerned about 1) time 2) quality 3) stress, I'll simply say that you shouldn't put any worry into all three. We always allow more time as needed, no one will ever judge your work other than appreciating the fact that you gave them a story, and you should absolutely not stress over this event.

The SS-SFF-SS is unique in that it's not a competition nor are the stories publicized. Unless you decide otherwise, your giftee is the only one who sees the whole shebang. And you know what? If it's not your best work, that's a-okay. The most important thing to take away from this is the camaraderie with you get by walking a similar path as your fellow writers. We are all creating something that you can't buy or make anywhere else. And we all know that someone else is doing the same for us.

Writing can be a lonely, mildly frustrating profession at times. There are long waits, rejections, poor sales, and the struggle to spit and polish a submission till it's perfect. The SS-SFF-SS doesn't care about any of that. Instead, it only asks for writers to enjoy the process of creating a story. It allows us to band together for an entertaining, judgment-free event filled with the delight of sharing words with others like us. That, in and of itself, is why I love doing this every year. And hopefully, when the event is over, other writers find it was worth their time as well.

If folks decide this isn't right for them this year, no matter the reason, that's perfectly fine. We all have committments or distractions. If folks do play, however, I hope that they walk away not only with a story made just for them, but also with a sense of fellowship that is sometimes hard to come by in this career.

CheG
12-11-2014, 09:45 PM
Well- it took 2 reputation posts but now I think I finally, properly, signed up for SS!

Its been a couple years since I did this! But I actually got a story out of it that found a home on Luna Station Quarterly!

Melanii
12-11-2014, 10:21 PM
I'm debating about signing up as well. I'm terrible with deadlines. Like, sometimes they come and go, and I'm like... "Ooops!"

((It could be depression stopping me from doing anything))

I don't want to disappoint anyone.

phantasy
12-12-2014, 12:35 AM
I'll try this! I love this forum and I'd love to get to know you all better. So sick of editing too, writing something brand new would be a thrill at this point.
But I don't understand how we're paired up?

Prompt:
Looking for fantasy or horror with a strong female character that's really important to the situation or world somehow.

Stuff I Write:
I write fantasy and horror. I can do a bit of gore, violence or romance, but nothing explicit. No historical, or sci fi unless you're okay with science fantasy where anything goes. Not sure how good I am with humor or animals, but I can try. Please don't give me anything with strict boundaries or guidelines, you'll just entice me to break them.

phantasy
12-12-2014, 12:48 AM
Btw, is there anyway to read last year's stories?

Sage
12-12-2014, 12:51 AM
The beginnings are here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=285464

And the year before: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=264550

And 2011, when it was Secret Santa: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233218

Oh, yeah, password = "vista"

Maggie Maxwell
12-12-2014, 12:53 AM
I'll try this! I love this forum and I'd love to get to know you all better. So sick of editing too, writing something brand new would be a thrill at this point.
But I don't understand how we're paired up?

It's randomly assigned by Cobra. He'll email you who you write for around Christmas.

Re: last year's, what Sage said. If you want to read the whole of any of the samples, just message the writer. Most of us were open to sharing.

CheG
12-12-2014, 03:52 AM
oooooo post #900 is that lucky?

Receiving (Prompt): OK, this is a little weird, but I would like my person to use this drawing (by me) as their prompt I call her Bramble Witch (http://spiderliing666.deviantart.com/art/Bramble-Witch-451580993)- you can call her whatever you want! I'm hoping for MG fantasy with this witch as the star. That link again http://spiderliing666.deviantart.com/art/Bramble-Witch-451580993


Giving: I will happily write you a vampire story! I can write fantasy, UF, YA (I almost forgot that one!) and Middle Grade. I have a tough time with hard SF and romance. No erotica- seriously can not write it. Other than that I'm game. Oh- and I love horror but I'm terrible at writing it! Much to my dismay... But I can try... gore is fine- I like gore.

PEBKAC
12-13-2014, 12:30 PM
Count me in for both! I'll rep you after I post this.

Giving: I'm up for anything other than romance or erotica. I enjoy writing horror, scifi, fantasy, etc.

Receiving: I enjoy horror. Sci-fi and fantasy on the darker side but with a bit of humor is great as well. Or toss a bunch of genres on a blender and let me read what comes out. I like kickass heroines. Bonus points for working in the statements, "It's better than dying in a dumpster," and, "I don't admire cheese."

CobraMisfit
12-15-2014, 06:05 PM
We're entering the final week for sign-ups, so if you're thinking of playing, make sure to get your prompts in before the window closes!

Also, if I'm still waiting on something from you, please have it in no later than the close date so I can properly match prompts with gifters.

We start soon, folks.

Very sooooooooon.....

Blinkk
12-16-2014, 01:30 AM
oooooo post #900 is that lucky?

Receiving (Prompt): OK, this is a little weird, but I would like my person to use this drawing (by me) as their prompt I call her Bramble Witch (http://spiderliing666.deviantart.com/art/Bramble-Witch-451580993)- you can call her whatever you want! I'm hoping for MG fantasy with this witch as the star. That link again http://spiderliing666.deviantart.com/art/Bramble-Witch-451580993

You know, I was going to use a drawing a prompt. I think it's a really good way to spark creativity. For me at least. :D I wonder if other people are like that too.

Congrats on 900! Next, you need to get it over 9000!!!

CheG
12-16-2014, 03:42 AM
You know, I was going to use a drawing a prompt. I think it's a really good way to spark creativity. For me at least. :D I wonder if other people are like that too.

Congrats on 900! Next, you need to get it over 9000!!!

LOL! I wasn't even sure about using the drawing as a prompt! But I'm hoping someone finds it inspiring! It's a favorite drawing of mine and I have NO ideas for the character, and I don't really work like that (ironic being an artist and all).

9000 posts! OMG! Has anyone ever hit that??

Sage
12-16-2014, 03:44 AM
Nobody. Ever.

amergina
12-16-2014, 03:53 AM
Certainly not me.

zanzjan
12-16-2014, 05:13 AM
I did.

CobraMisfit
12-16-2014, 08:03 PM
T-MINUS 5-DAYS TO THE END OF SIGN-UPS.

Come one, come all to participate in The Greatest Event in Human History*!






*Patent Pending

CobraMisfit
12-17-2014, 08:24 PM
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But, much like Shangri-La, this event only exists for a short time. In fact, there are only 4 days before this magnificent beast vanishes for good!

That's right, folks, ONLY 4 DAYS REMAIN!

So get your tickets now, otherwise you'll spend the rest of your days regretting how you didn't participate in the Greatest Event in Human History*!





*Restrictions apply. See your dealer for more details.

aliwood
12-18-2014, 12:10 PM
Ooooo, exciting! :snoopy:

Friendly Frog
12-18-2014, 03:51 PM
Indeed, this is the only know SS-SFF-SS Sign-Up in captivity!
Wut, captivity? Not in its natural habitat? That won't do, it's a rare species. You put that SS-SFF-SS sign-up right back where you've found it, young man. Unless of course you have the certificates and it's part of a captive breeding programme, in which case go carry on. Clearly I have been watching too many Attenborough nature documentaries lately...

Maggie Maxwell
12-18-2014, 06:15 PM
One week until we get our prompts! :snoopy:

J. A. Rama
12-18-2014, 08:03 PM
I know!!! I can't wait! Last year's effort was trunked. Hopefully this year I can do better!

CobraMisfit
12-19-2014, 02:36 AM
Well hey there, friend. Couldn't help but notice you looking at this here SS-SFF-SS Sign Up thread. You have great taste. This baby gets excellent word economy, it has the highest rating with the International Crash-Plot program, AND it's flashy enough to impress the folks at the office. In fact, you can walk out of here today in this bad boy with just a few quick signatures. How's that sound?

Now hold up, don't leave just yet!

Listen, obviously the sticker price isn't the best I can offer you. Tell you what, how about I throw in a few writing prompts on top of this already amazing deal? You can't beat that can you?

You can?

Okay, how about I also toss in a gift from another writer? That's right: A sign-up, a prompt, and a story from a gifter, all included. Heck, I'll even toss in undercoating for free.

What's that? You need to think about it? Well...okay, but these sign-ups are going fast. In fact, you only have 3 DAYS before this deal ends. I can't promise this one will be one the showroom floor when you come back.

Tell you what, here's my card. You change your mind, you call me, okay? We can even work out some financing options for you.

But don't forget, 3 DAYS.

eyeblink
12-19-2014, 12:27 PM
I'm completely blanking regarding a new prompt, but as time is short, I've reused the ones I did for the last two Solstice Swaps. No doubt I'll have different gifters to then, so different stories!

tjwriter
12-19-2014, 03:29 PM
Some of Zanz's flash fiction countdown prompts sparked a flare of a story. I'm hanging onto it to see if it might be relevant. Otherwise, I'll panic-ky brainstorm for a couple of days until something forms a little cohesive ball in my brain.

CobraMisfit
12-19-2014, 04:52 PM
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But these mega word-machines won't be around for long. ONLY 2 DAYS REMAIN until this event closes for good! So don't be the only one who misses out!

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!

Hoplite
12-19-2014, 08:11 PM
SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!

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But these mega word-machines won't be around for long. ONLY 2 DAYS REMAIN until this event closes for good! So don't be the only one who misses out!

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!

:popcorn:

CobraMisfit
12-20-2014, 05:31 PM
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Blinkk
12-20-2014, 09:19 PM
Are you tired of sitting at home, struggling to come up with a plot?

Do you fret that you just don't have enough ocelots in your story, despite days, or even months, of brainstorming?

Do you find yourself forced to participate in boring "quality time" with loved ones over the holidays when you'd rather be sitting in a room by yourself, sipping tea, and ripping a Main Character's world to shreds?

Well stop worrying and start rejoicing because those problems are now SOLVED thanks to CM Enterprises Inc, Ltd, LLC's latest miracle product:

The SS-SFF-SS Sign-Up List of AWesome!

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, the same people who brought you such award-winning devices as Trope-B-Gone, Spel-Chucker, and The Robo-Editor, have once again taken care of your story-making needs with The SS-SFF-SS Sign-Up List of AWesome!.

Other products force you do develop a story prompt all on your own, but who has the time? The SS-SFF-SS Sign-Up List of AWesome, with its patented Giftee Prompt 2000 software, does it FOR YOU.

Here's how it works: you simply enter your name and story prompt into The SS-SFF-SS Sign-Up List of AWesome's main interface device and the Giftee Prompt 2000 automatically links you up with a prompt SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR YOUR TALENTS!

No more hours spent sobbing uncontrollably under your desk trying to brainstorm. No more wasting days of vacation days staring at a blank page, wondering why you didn't take up bowling like your mother wanted. No more pretending you're enjoying awkward dinner conversation with your in-laws. With The SS-SFF-SS Sign-Up List of AWesome, those concerns are magically washed away in the blink of an eye.

What do you think you'd have to pay for such an amazing product?

$49.99?

$29.99?

$9.99?

What if I told you it was free?

You heard correct, folks: FREE! If you sign up in the NEXT 48 HOURS, you get it at absolutely no cost!

But wait, there's more!

By signing up in the NEXT 48 HOURS, we'll not only send you a giftee prompt, but you'll also get a story written just for you! That's right, by signing up you get the The SS-SFF-SS Sign-Up List of AWesome with the Giftee Prompt 2000 software, a story prompt designed for your writing talents, AND an actually story written for you based on your own prompt desires! That's a $99.99 value for absolutely nothing!



But this deal won't last forever. You must call, text, or send carrier pigeon to The SS-SFF-SS Sign-Up List of AWesome Thread within the NEXT 48 HOURS to receive this amazing deal. And once it's gone, it's gone*!



So don't waste another minute trying to satisfy the needs of your family, satisfy the needs of complete strangers instead with The SS-SFF-SS Sign-Up List of AWesome!



Operators are standing by, so order today!



The SS-SFF-SS Sign-Up List of AWesome and its parent company, CM Enterprises Inc, Ltd, LLC, are not responsible for lost or stolen goods from unlocked cars. Removing this tag voids the warranty. Please call your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms: rash, heavy breathing, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, wet mouth, rapid hair loss, or spontaneous combustion.



*until next year, of course.

I'd really love to see this on youtube

tianaluthien
12-20-2014, 10:15 PM
I'd really love to see this on youtube

Makes two of us.

:ROFL:

Cannot. Wait. :snoopy:

Layla Lawlor
12-21-2014, 05:29 AM
I'll play! I would like to give and receive, please!

Give: I can write urban fantasy, fantasy, steampunk, genre-bending stuff, plotty romance, or soft/space-opera-esque/post-apocalyptic SF. Can't do horror or comedy (though my stories often have humor elements).

Receive: I want people working together in a tight time frame against a deadline! The more peril the better! I like anything from high fantasy to hard SF; I also love genre-bending stuff. (Put gangsters in a fantasy world, or do Die Hard on a space station, and I will be very happy!) I'm not fond of super-grimdark or high levels of gore.

Maggie Maxwell
12-21-2014, 06:48 AM
Nice! Just squeaked in, Layla! :) You're in for a good time.

Michele AKA Twig
12-21-2014, 11:01 AM
OK, I know this is kind-of a silly question, but I'm half asleep and mostly brain-dead, mostly. Anyway, did the signup end 11:59pm dec 20th, or does it end 11:59 dec 21st?

Sage
12-21-2014, 11:06 AM
Since CM said 48 hours on the 20th, I think you're good through the end of the day on the 21st. But what time zone, hmmm?

(Between you and me and everyone else reading this thread, I doubt he'll turn down anyone who's a little late. Shhh)

CobraMisfit
12-21-2014, 04:51 PM
Good morning', friends.

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Bless his heart.

Now folks, this time of year can be hard on y'all, what with trying to do all that last-minute shopping. The malls are packed, the streets are a darn parking lot, and people are just down-right rude. But that's where CM's Used Plot Emporium can help. All you have to do is come on into our store, tell us what you're looking for, and we'll fetch it for you. Simple as that.

We'll even smile and wish you a Happy Holidays.

Now don't you worry about us being out of stock this time of year. Why, we ordered a whole mess of products specifically for the Holidays. Heck, we have such a wide range of lightly-used plots, you could shake two sticks at 'em. We have Sci-Fi, we have Fantasy, we have Space Opera, we have Steampunk, we have Paranormal Romance. Heck, we even have a few cartons of Zombie Erotica sitting on our shelves on account of Barbra Jean's husband, Larry, messing up our order last Christmas.

By the way, I told you that boy was dumber than a bag of bricks, Barbra Jean. But would you listen? Oh no. You win one spelling bee in third grade and you think you're Alfred Einstein. Well who's the smarty pants now, prom queen?

ANYway, the best thing about CM's Used Plot Emporium are the deals. Oh sure, you could go out to one of them fancy department stores and get you a shiny, new prompt, but that'd cost you an arm and a leg. Instead of blowing your hard-earned cash on plots still in their original packaging, blow it on our cheaper selection of barely-written plot lines! Why, you'd hardly notice a difference! All our plot ideas are lovingly selected from only the highest quality story prompts, cleaned up nice and pretty, and set on display. No dent-and-scratch on our shelves.

And if that ain't a sweet enough deal for y'all, we're even hosting our Annual Binge-Writer's Sale today. That's right, our infamous Buy None, Get None Free deal is once again in full swing. You come into our store and give us the story prompt you're looking for, and we'll hook you up with something to write as well. At no additional charge.

Now folks, as you know, CmF's family is around for the Holidays, which means we have to close the shop tonight. Unlike previous years when we'd just work right on through the Holidays, CM's Used Plot Emporium can only offer these amazing story deals for this, the FINAL DAY of our sale. Which means when we shut our doors tonight, if you ain't bought it, you ain't gettin' it.

So why not swing on down to our shop today?

CM's Used Plot Emporium: Where If We Ain't Got It, You're Too Picky.

And tell 'em CM sent ya'.







*a division of CM Enterprises Inc, Ltd, LLC

CobraMisfit
12-21-2014, 04:56 PM
OK, I know this is kind-of a silly question, but I'm half asleep and mostly brain-dead, mostly. Anyway, did the signup end 11:59pm dec 20th, or does it end 11:59 dec 21st?


Since CM said 48 hours on the 20th, I think you're good through the end of the day on the 21st. But what time zone, hmmm?

(Between you and me and everyone else reading this thread, I doubt he'll turn down anyone who's a little late. Shhh)

What Sage said.

That said, I'm on Central Time at the moment.

All THAT being said, here's how it'll go down: I'll wake up sometime tomorrow morning and fix myself a huge mug of coffee. About half-way through it, I'll close the sign-ups. That means we're looking at about 24 more hours, give or take however long the pot takes to perk.

So, if you know anyone thinking of participating this year, let 'em know we're in the home stretch and to get their prompts in!

And feel free to hit me up with questions if you have any.

T-MINUS ONE DAY, gang!

Michele AKA Twig
12-21-2014, 08:09 PM
Gummy Drops! I want in. I'm willing to give and receive.

Receive: Pretty much anything goes except romance (there can be elements of it though) and sexysmexy stuff. I prefer 3rd person POV over 1st.

Give: I'm willing to give any genre a try but can't guarantee I'll do romance/sexysmexy stuff justice.

Niccolo
12-21-2014, 08:18 PM
Sneaking in at the last minute! I've been going back and forth on whether I should participate or not, but now with school out and no homework to do, I have no reason not to. I'm signing up for both giving and receiving.

I would like: something involving a plague. Free reign over genre, as long as it's not erotica. Bonus points if it incorporates cold/winter/snow somehow.

Will write: Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, other in-between genres of speculative. I'm willing to try my hand at mystery. Anything dark, really. I don't mind writing gore if someone likes their story messy, but I don't go over-the-top unless it's requested. I can't do romantic or sexy-times, or MG.

Maggie Maxwell
12-22-2014, 06:14 PM
Niccolo and Twig, squeaking in at the last minute :D Wow, what a group this year!!

aliwood
12-22-2014, 09:41 PM
It's going to be fantastic!!!

CobraMisfit
12-23-2014, 01:10 AM
Okay, gang, the Sign-Up List of AWesome is now officially closed! All 32 players and our two Official Betas are locked and loaded. I'll send e-mail reminders to the folks that still owe info, so if you don't hear from me by the time you go to bed this evening, you're primed and ready.

That said, the wait period before send-outs begins now!

Who will be paired together? What prompt will you wind up with? Will your prompt inspire someone?

All these questions and more will be answered the morning of the 25th!

J. A. Rama
12-23-2014, 01:10 AM
Yay, so many people this time! And the big hush before the big rush behind. Contestants are I the edges of their seats with anticipation waiting for the assignments to come in.

This is gonna be awesome.

Is it Christmas yet? I want my prompt!

Maggie Maxwell
12-23-2014, 01:20 AM
All these questions and more will be answered the morning of the 25th!

Dramatization of me, Christmas morning: "I'll be down to open presents in a few minutes, family! I have to refresh my email until I know who I'm writing for!"

"Look, TA, it's exactly what you wanted!"

"Uh huh. Awesome. Thanks. *refresh... refresh... refresh...* WHERE IS IT, COBRA?!"

AshleyEpidemic
12-23-2014, 01:38 AM
I totally forgot to post what I'd like and what I can give. Here it is.

Give: I will write pretty much anything. I Can make cheesey, scary, so sweet your teeth hurt. I can make it violent or thought provoking. The only two things that I would have an aneurysm trying to get is sexehtimes and religious based stuff.

Receive: I've been really in the mood for a fun adventure (Science fiction or fantasy based) with some sweet squee moments of a budding relationship thrown in. I don't care if they are robots or vampires or aliens or plain old humans. I just want something fun. It can be dark though too, just preferably not depressing.
Extra points if there's a female lead that lacks people skills.

CobraMisfit
12-23-2014, 02:13 AM
Dramatization of me, Christmas morning: "I'll be down to open presents in a few minutes, family! I have to refresh my email until I know who I'm writing for!"

"Look, TA, it's exactly what you wanted!"

"Uh huh. Awesome. Thanks. *refresh... refresh... refresh...* WHERE IS IT, COBRA?!"

Heh, I'll do my best to ensure prompts go out as early as possible.

CobraMisfit
12-23-2014, 03:40 AM
Assignments are complete.

Now for the mandatory glass of celebratory wine!

tianaluthien
12-23-2014, 03:55 AM
:snoopy:

:banana:

:Jump:

:D

Tamlyn
12-23-2014, 04:07 AM
I'm scared.

No, I'm excited.

No, I'm scared!

Maggie Maxwell
12-23-2014, 04:10 AM
Heh, I'll do my best to ensure prompts go out as early as possible.

I'm sure you will. :) Aaah I can't wait!

PEBKAC
12-23-2014, 10:30 PM
Assignments are complete.

Now for the mandatory glass of celebratory wine!

Pour me a glass, will you? I prefer something sweet, like a Moscato.

CobraMisfit
12-24-2014, 07:52 PM
Pour me a glass, will you? I prefer something sweet, like a Moscato.

Heh, anytime.

CobraMisfit
12-24-2014, 07:54 PM
Tomorrow the games begin.

Tomorrow the stories are created.

Tomorrow we dive into our world of words.




Until then, Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Hanukkah to for those who celebrate!

J. A. Rama
12-24-2014, 08:15 PM
Do you hear the writers sing,
Singing a song of panicked thirst,
It is the swan song of our lost sanity
With which we all are cursed.

When the scratching of our hearts,
Echoes the MC's prompt-fed pain,
So Sekrit Solstice starts,
May the madness reign!

Blinkk
12-25-2014, 09:09 AM
I'm excited :)

Maggie Maxwell
12-25-2014, 06:14 PM
Merry Christmas and happy SSSFFSS assignment day to all! :D

Thanks Cobra, I only had to frantically refresh for about an hour. This is going to be amazing.

Michele AKA Twig
12-25-2014, 08:03 PM
Awww I was looking for my present but I haven't seen it yet.
Should I re-sending Cobra my e-mail or am I being impatient?

aliwood
12-25-2014, 08:37 PM
Just got mine, thanks MrC. Real excited now. I need tea.

Twig, my internet has been slow all day so maybe hit refresh a few more times. We've had people in the past where the message has just taken a long time to travel the wires.

Michele AKA Twig
12-25-2014, 08:44 PM
OhhKayy. I'll stop being impatient :)

CobraMisfit
12-25-2014, 09:00 PM
Do you hear the writers sing,
Singing a song of panicked thirst,
It is the swan song of our lost sanity
With which we all are cursed.

When the scratching of our hearts,
Echoes the MC's prompt-fed pain,
So Sekrit Solstice starts,
May the madness reign!

This is epic.

Pending your approval, I may want to use this for next year's prompt e-mails.


Awww I was looking for my present but I haven't seen it yet.
Should I re-sending Cobra my e-mail or am I being impatient?

Apologies. I was only able to send out 25% of the prompts before CmF threatened me with bodily harm if I didn't set my computer aside in order to do the tree. That said, all prompts are now sent, so if you don't have one in your inbox, check your Junk Mail folder. If it's still missing, send me a rep on this post with your e-mail address (in case I messed up) and I will resubmit.

Merry Christmas, everyone. Happy word smithing!

J. A. Rama
12-25-2014, 10:16 PM
Do you hear the writers sing,
Singing a song of panicked thirst,
It is the swan song of our lost sanity
With which we all are cursed.

When the scratching of our hearts,
Echoes the MC's prompt-fed pain,
So Sekrit Solstice starts,
May the madness reign!

This is epic.

Pending your approval, I may want to use this for next year's prompt e-mails.

8-D Thanks! Glad you liked it, and ha, AWESOME. Yes indeed, you are most welcome to use it! :-)

---

MY PROMPT IS HERE WOO HOOOO! *rushes off to go brainstorm*

Merry Christmas, everyone!

tianaluthien
12-25-2014, 10:44 PM
:snoopy:

Got mine when I woke up this morning!!!!!

Albedo
12-25-2014, 11:13 PM
Omg my prompt is awesome. I hope I can do it justice.

J. A. Rama
12-26-2014, 02:33 AM
My prompt is right up my alley. I really hope I can do a good job on it. I'm almost afraid to start for fear I won't. *bites nails*

On the other hand, how awesome would it be if I finished a draft this week?

*tries and fails to resist a procrastinatory field trip to the fridge*

zanzjan
12-26-2014, 05:33 AM
Yep, I can work with that. :D

tjwriter
12-26-2014, 05:50 AM
*Insert panic-y feeling here.* I'll be this way for the next 48 1/2 hrs or so until an idea settles in. I'm afraid I will not live up to this one.

Lillith1991
12-26-2014, 05:58 AM
I'm pretty sure I can work with this one. It's going to be a challenge, but I already have some ideas.

phantasy
12-26-2014, 08:45 AM
My prompt is pretty vague and open-ended, so I'm not sure what to do. I have an idea for a story, I just don't know it if they'll like it.

SianaBlackwood
12-26-2014, 09:15 AM
So, I have a prompt.

*paints nails with anti-bite nailpolish*
*sets up the mega-sized coffee pot*

Writing will commence... when I have an idea.

*contemplates hiding under the desk*

J. A. Rama
12-26-2014, 10:02 AM
*Insert panic-y feeling here.* I'll be this way for the next 48 1/2 hrs or so until an idea settles in. I'm afraid I will not live up to this one.


My prompt is pretty vague and open-ended, so I'm not sure what to do. I have an idea for a story, I just don't know it if they'll like it.

Don't worry too much about it. Whoever your giftees are, I'm sure they will appreciate it simply because someone wrote them a story. :-D


So, I have a prompt.

*paints nails with anti-bite nailpolish*
*sets up the mega-sized coffee pot*

Writing will commence... when I have an idea.

*contemplates hiding under the desk*

Anti-bite nail polish might not be such a bad idea, actually. I might steal the hiding spot behind the sofa though, because there's room for snacks and a laptop there. XD

Tamlyn
12-26-2014, 12:32 PM
I looked at my prompt and had no idea. Then I suddenly got a whole lot of ideas, which was convenient.

Sage
12-26-2014, 05:26 PM
So far, I just have a character name, lol.

mrsmig
12-26-2014, 05:37 PM
I love my prompt. I've got an image in my head and the vaguest of ideas...I'm hoping something more concrete will come when the holiday madness has ended.

Shadowflame
12-26-2014, 08:28 PM
My prompt is pretty vague and open-ended, so I'm not sure what to do. I have an idea for a story, I just don't know it if they'll like it.

Well you have plenty of time to draft a story that you think fits. If it's pretty open ended, then you an toss lots of ideas in. If you don't like it then there's time to edit or create a new one.

For me, I've got to get over this flu first. Fever and cold meds aren't making for very good ideas that cohere into a story right yet.

eyeblink
12-26-2014, 09:34 PM
First thoughts: eh? what? wtf? how am I going to write to that?

However I have been here before. Last year I got my prompt on the 21st (so four days earlier than this year) and initially felt the same, wondering if I could retell a certain classic non-genre short as a fantasy story, and then everything finally coalescing into an idea and a story, which I finished the 5400-word first draft of at 7.30pm on the 31st. That was "Beside the Sea" which will see the light of day in my collection next year.

So, I do have an idea forming... Two years ago, I wrote a first-person female-POV story for a male giftee. and last year a male-POV first-person story for a female giftee. That's a tradition I will be following this year again!

Good writing, everyone!

tjwriter
12-26-2014, 10:02 PM
Part of my prompt is something I feel is out of my depth, considering it's not something I like very much most of the time. That's probably why I feel uncomfortable. Of course, last year was my first year and I felt super uncomfortable the first couple of days, then this horrific pressure the entire time I wrote. I was a bit neurotic.

I think I might just be a crazy person is all.

tiddlywinks
12-26-2014, 10:23 PM
Oooh...I'm very excited about my prompt! Too many ideas. Letting them simmer until the one I want pops out at me. In other words, whichever characters clamor over the top of the others.

I'm sitting back with my coffee in my head, watching them duke it out. Heeeheehheheheheh...evil writer fun.

tianaluthien
12-26-2014, 10:53 PM
*watches ideas percolate*

*watches as idea gets zanier by the minute*

*slurps coffee*

*maniacal laugh*

Been a while since I've tackled promptly writing so I'm super excited to try again. It was really open ended, and while that induced a moment of panic the plot bunnies reacted with glee.

Sage
12-26-2014, 11:50 PM
You would think that the Countdown prompts would help us with this, tiana, but I feel like it's totally different.

tianaluthien
12-27-2014, 12:20 AM
Funny how that works, isn't it?

I think, though, that the countdown prompts have helped in that they've kept my creative juices filing all month in various different directions so I'm not just focused on, say, the WIP.

J. A. Rama
12-27-2014, 01:42 AM
Part of my prompt is something I feel is out of my depth, considering it's not something I like very much most of the time. That's probably why I feel uncomfortable. Of course, last year was my first year and I felt super uncomfortable the first couple of days, then this horrific pressure the entire time I wrote. I was a bit neurotic.

I think I might just be a crazy person is all.

Nope, not a crazy person. Last year was my first time too, and my first prompt threw me for a bit of a loop. My first attempt completely tanked, and I had to rewrite the whole thing...but it got done in the end. I think I panicked the entire time.

Also, we're all mad[wo]men here. :-D


You would think that the Countdown prompts would help us with this, tiana, but I feel like it's totally different.


Funny how that works, isn't it?

I think, though, that the countdown prompts have helped in that they've kept my creative juices filing all month in various different directions so I'm not just focused on, say, the WIP.

What are the Countdown prompts? Is that a thing?

Blinkk
12-27-2014, 01:44 AM
I've gotten quite a few ideas already, but something tells me The One hasn't come along yet. I'm gonna keep brainstorming.

Blinkk
12-27-2014, 01:53 AM
Been a while since I've tackled promptly writing so I'm super excited to try again. It was really open ended, and while that induced a moment of panic the plot bunnies reacted with glee.

My prompt was open ended too, and I think I had the same exact reaction. Panic, flee the country, then realize this could be a really cool story.

Friendly Frog
12-27-2014, 03:02 AM
I like my prompt. :LilLove: It's going to be awesome in a ohmygodimahackohmygodwhatwasithinking aaarghkillmenow-kinda way.

Que creative panic in 5...4...3...2...- I'm going to need some tea for this. :Coffee: *scuttles off to the cantina*

J. A. Rama
12-27-2014, 03:05 AM
This is right up my alley. I should have some idea what I'm doing, right? I should have AN idea, right?

*panics*

*starts writing a few words*

*realizes it's a bad rehash of the SAME SEWAGE PIT I TRUNKED*

I absolutely hate it.

*panics*

tianaluthien
12-27-2014, 03:55 AM
What are the Countdown prompts? Is that a thing?

There's a link in my sig that says "Countdown" and it's something a few of us have been participating in in the Flash forum. Every day of December up until the New Year, there's prompt. The idea is to write a piece of flash based on the daily prompt. It's a lot of fun...even if I am behind by a few days. :D

CheG
12-27-2014, 06:58 AM
I'm pondering my prompt. I don't know when I'll start... Soonish? Maybe? Maybe not...

_Sian_
12-27-2014, 01:29 PM
... I have no idea. I almost wish it was more specific, at least then I'd have a starting point.

Albedo
12-27-2014, 05:27 PM
You know how some people know exactly which edition of which book, down to the ISBN, they want for Giftmas? And how others want their gift to be a complete surprise? and how they're often related? Grumble ...

Well, people who have vague prompts are like the second. They love surprises. Otherwise, they wouldn't be vague.

To all those with vague prompts, don't panic. Just pull something weird from the bottom of the idea drawer, and Your giftee will appreciate it.

Tamlyn
12-28-2014, 02:59 AM
At least knowing who got vaguer prompts should theoretically make guessing writers easier later? :tongue

Blinkk
12-28-2014, 05:41 AM
Albedo, that was a good example. There's something magical about receiving a story that's just for you. I think most of the vague prompt givers are content with that. :D

Of course...if you're slightly stalker-ish and still don't know what to write for your vague prompt, you might look at your prompt-giver's past posts to see what kind of things they like and what other forums they posted in. Not that I did that to spark an idea for my story last year. Because I totally didn't. :gone: *cough*

J. A. Rama
12-28-2014, 10:07 AM
A very good point, Albedo. I think also no one wants to feel like they are constraining their gifter. It's highly unlikely that anyone is sitting there hoping for a particular story which they will be disappointed if they don't get...if they are, they would probably be writing it themselves! It's just that some people require more room to move around, so maybe they leave the prompt open ended for their gifter just in case. I feel like prompt-wise most of us participants picked something we like and we are just genuinely curious to see what someone who isn't us will come up with.

I'm actually not normally someone who likes surprises, and obviously I don't know who my gifter is, but I can truly say I loved my story last year and this year I'm going to love whatever I get because someone *wrote a story* just for me. As Blinkk said, that's magical. We are all doing what we love to make something unique for someone else. You can't buy this in a store! :-)

tianaluthien
12-28-2014, 06:43 PM
I'm actually not normally someone who likes surprises, and obviously I don't know who my gifter is, but I can truly say I loved my story last year and this year I'm going to love whatever I get because someone *wrote a story* just for me. As Blinkk said, that's magical. We are all doing what we love to make something unique for someone else. You can't buy this in a store! :-)


And THIS is why I'm so excited.

:D

Blinkk
01-03-2015, 05:34 AM
I've got an outline of a cool idea. I'm going to tackle a first draft this week and see where it goes.

Last year I had an idea and after I wrote it, it took on a life of its own. It completely deviated from where I planed. So we'll see where this first draft takes me. :)

How is everyone else doing?

tianaluthien
01-03-2015, 07:29 AM
I finally sat down and outlined my idea, so I know generally where I'm going. And I should be able to start this weekend...which would be good since the semester is starting and I also have a novel to finish writing.

I think the plot bunny may possibly be on crack, but I love it so much :D

Marlys
01-03-2015, 06:25 PM
Finally getting a chance to sit down and think about my prompt. I've got the MC and situation, but still need to work through the plot.

This is gonna be fun!

Maggie Maxwell
01-03-2015, 09:15 PM
Same here, Marlys. I've got my MCs, the villain, the setting, and the situation, but not the plot. It's eluding me a bit with trying to work in one of the requested elements without being too heavy-handed.

tjwriter
01-03-2015, 10:36 PM
I've got some MCs, an introduction, but no plot, no villain, nothing else and somebody in my house has to interrupt me every time I sit down to work on it, so I'm quite irritated.

Maggie Maxwell
01-04-2015, 12:48 AM
Conflict and plot achieved! Time to start outlining! This is gonna be so fun. :D

Tamlyn
01-04-2015, 02:59 AM
I've started a draft. I love my start. It's a pity I have no idea where to take it from there. Well. I have some ideas, but no idea how to get to the ideas.

J. A. Rama
01-04-2015, 10:21 AM
I came up with the premise for a story I love. Nothing groundbreaking: it's not a novel idea, but it's...a novel idea (hahaseewhatididthere). Still, ain't no way I'm gettin' that baby done and drafted and beta'd in time, especially with all the crap I got goin' on right now. One other option did present itself to me, but I'm leery of doing it that way...it falls squarely on my 'I hate when stories do...' list. I just want to slap the characters upside the head when this particular thing is done because it doesn't feel dramatic to me; it feels lazy, and these stories almost never have the kind of ending I want (another entry on the 'hate' list), which all could be averted if I slap the characters upside the head and throw in a giant robot, except that puts me right back at square one.

Sigh.

CheG
01-04-2015, 11:41 AM
I have very little for my idea. And have gotten sick which isn't helping me brain at all! I gotta get started though.

It doesn't really have a lot of conflict of villains and now I feel bad I don't always think like that.

Layla Lawlor
01-04-2015, 12:57 PM
I have started writing! I even have a (rather vague) ending in mind. Now if I could just figure out what happens between here and there. :D

Sage
01-04-2015, 07:20 PM
I refuse to start writing it until I know where it's going. I have the MC and maybe the MC's family, but I don't know the direction the story is going.

(Too bad, because there's lots of flying this week, and I write well on planes)

Sage
01-05-2015, 07:27 AM
Inspiration hits. Finally.

Niccolo
01-05-2015, 08:23 AM
My world-building is almost done. I have an MC and a pile of stones to throw at her. Now all I need is a cup of coffee and an attention span and this story will be in the bag!

eyeblink
01-05-2015, 12:28 PM
Considering my Solstice Swap story from two years ago and my one from last year both generated themselves pretty quickly, this year's isn't doing the same. I have a beginning, but I'm in a post-long-novella deflated state and generally feeling lacking in inspiration at the moment. Oh well, it will pass. It has before.

Sage
01-05-2015, 06:23 PM
Wow, that inspiration yesterday--a little thing really--completely changed how I approached this prompt, and last night I could barely sleep for plotting.

zanzjan
01-05-2015, 07:10 PM
Yeah, back at work this morning after a lengthy holiday break, sleep-deprived from being sick, and about 2am my brain says, "hey, I don't care if we drank NyQuil, I wanna talk about this SSSFFSS story thing!"

Not quite sure I've got the full plot yet, but I've got the setting and MC and complications.

tianaluthien
01-05-2015, 10:42 PM
I wrote something!!! *hyperventilates*

Sage
01-06-2015, 02:53 AM
I started too.

(ETA: This was meant to be a more excited post, but I was frustrated by the internet situation. It should be, "I started too! :hooray: ")

Friendly Frog
01-06-2015, 03:38 AM
*has only characters, setting, no plot and not a letter written*

... should I be worried? :chair

aliwood
01-06-2015, 08:45 PM
I have a few characters and a starting premise, I think I have a villain and an idle thought about the end. That's enough right?

J. A. Rama
01-06-2015, 09:32 PM
I started writing!!! 8-D

I also figured out what my character wants, the forces who oppose him (vaguely how they will do so), and the choice he must make. I don't know how it will play out, but that's what writing it is for!

CheG
01-06-2015, 11:28 PM
Still haven't started...

tiddlywinks
01-07-2015, 12:07 AM
Whoo-hoo! Up until this morning, I had vague character rumblings in the back of my head while I've been editing something else.

But now? *cue evil laughter*

I have the beginning, the MCS, how it gets complicated, the villain, some idea of the ending (still perculating there - I'm getting bits and snippets), some of the scenes...and I'm excited because the MCs won't shut up.

Well, make that excited and annoyed since I have to work and can't start writing down the visions until this eve. (And I was PLANNING to do more editing on my mss, but hello, inspiration!)

Oh, this is going to be fun.

hillaryjacques
01-07-2015, 03:05 AM
Boy, I sure hope my person likes haikus! ;)

SianaBlackwood
01-07-2015, 05:37 AM
I have no idea where I'm going and a distinctly shaky idea of what the world looks like, but my characters seem to be willing to participate in events. I guess that means I'm going okay. Distinctly worried about length, but getting words.

Also, I have a new keyboard. I'll be able to include the letters 'I' and 'R' after all.

zanzjan
01-07-2015, 09:09 AM
I'm about 1500 words in, and I think this story is exactly what I needed to get out of the deep funk I've been in. So far very happy, and grateful, and feeling like the opportunity was the bigger gift. I just hope my eventual giftee likes it :)

(And I also hope whoever is writing for me isn't cursing my name :))

Albedo
01-07-2015, 09:34 AM
I'm pretty sure I've got an idea that takes all my giftee's wishes and runs with them. I wrote 400 words, but I keep getting distracted by my house's dire need for a clean. I need to take a train trip to my Mum's house so I can write, I think.

Tamlyn
01-07-2015, 11:44 AM
I wrote the end paragraph when I was halfway through the second page. It wasn't what I expected. I still don't know exactly how I'm going to get there, but at least I know where there is now!

Maggie Maxwell
01-07-2015, 06:28 PM
Outline, outline, outline for me. No words yet, but the outline's shaping up well. And the worldbuilding... :heart: I'm going to have to use this world again, because I like it too much to just use it for one short story.

Sage
01-07-2015, 08:46 PM
I'm really learning how to edit as I go with short stories these days. "This is kinda dragging; let's skip that scene and move ahead to the meat of the story." I got good at that in the Countdown, and here I am doing it again.

CheG
01-08-2015, 04:28 AM
I started!!! YAY!! Not tons, but I'm glad to have a deadline and a good start. I think mine will be kind of long. I'm not sure yet! I hope I can get everything in that I want.

I'm also glad to have an excuse to explore a world I created a few years ago but never did anything with. So now's my chance :) It also saved me the worldbuilding ;)

CobraMisfit
01-08-2015, 08:19 AM
Welp, I'm done.




BWAHAHAHA, just kidding. I haven't even started.

Blinkk
01-08-2015, 11:31 AM
Welp, I'm done.




BWAHAHAHA, just kidding. I haven't even started.

DUNT SCARE ME LIKE THAT.
GEESH.

hillaryjacques
01-08-2015, 11:53 AM
Welp, I'm done.




BWAHAHAHA, just kidding. I haven't even started.

DUDE!!!1!11!

phantasy
01-08-2015, 12:26 PM
I have the plot and the start. It might be a little dark, but still interesting, hopefully a little suspenseful. Shouldn't take too long, figure I can finish it in a week. Good thing too, I've been crazy busy these days...been neglecting my one true love of writing...

Maggie Maxwell
01-08-2015, 06:26 PM
Welp, I'm done.




BWAHAHAHA, just kidding. I haven't even started.

You need to get started soon or Cobra's gonna-

Oh wait.

Finished my outline yesterday. Time to get started writing!

tianaluthien
01-08-2015, 06:45 PM
Welp, I'm done.




BWAHAHAHA, just kidding. I haven't even started.

*raises eyebrow so high it secedes and forms an independent state of Eyebrow*

I got my first section done last night. Didn't think I had, but when I came back to it after dinner I realized it was complete. *rolls up sleeves*

Hoplite
01-08-2015, 09:32 PM
Yeah....so.....I wasn't too happy with the first attempt and started writing a different story...we'll see how it goes.

_Sian_
01-09-2015, 05:28 PM
I've got the first 1k. It's going to be a short short, but hopefully that means I'll be able to edit a couple of times to make sure it's good before I send it off :)

CheG
01-13-2015, 12:40 AM
Mine is NOT going to be short. In fact I'm making notes on where I need MORE description! MOAR!!! Must describe everything!!! LOL! I really do like description though...

Friendly Frog
01-13-2015, 02:36 AM
I have delved into research trying to figure out the antagonist all day. Got sidetracked over several millennia. (That's what you get when you're trying to be clever.)

Has anyone noticed the world is a big place? :e2thud:

Still need to figure out the end. (Of the story, not the world.)

tianaluthien
01-13-2015, 03:12 AM
Still need to figure out the end. (Of the story, not the world.)

And here I was hoping to be part of your diabolically masterminded plan.

I mean. Nothing.

*cough*

Starting work on it again as I speak. I quite like these characters. Aiming to have it done by the end of the month (HA!) so I have time for some revision.

I am nothing if not ambitious... :D

zanzjan
01-13-2015, 04:37 AM
I'm actually making good progress, and quite liking the story so far. Not sure it's exactly what the giftee ordered, though...

Friendly Frog
01-13-2015, 03:46 PM
And here I was hoping to be part of your diabolically masterminded plan.

I mean. Nothing.

*cough*
Well, yes, but, if I destroy the world, what will I rule as an enlightened amphibian despot?

Lillith1991
01-13-2015, 09:27 PM
Well, yes, but, if I destroy the world, what will I rule as an enlightened amphibian despot?

*is reminded of Spike from Bufffy the Vampire Slayer's tough guy speech*

You're Spike instead of Drussila or Angel!

tianaluthien
01-14-2015, 12:58 AM
Mmmmmm....Spike....

Um. Nothing. Carry on.

:D

Friendly Frog
01-14-2015, 01:15 AM
Done the research, worked out a few more kinks in the storyline. Will hopefully start writing this weekend.


*is reminded of Spike from Bufffy the Vampire Slayer's tough guy speech*

You're Spike instead of Drussila or Angel!
He's got the coolest coat. 'nuff said.

Lillith1991
01-14-2015, 04:27 AM
Done the research, worked out a few more kinks in the storyline. Will hopefully start writing this weekend.


He's got the coolest coat. 'nuff said.

He's the best character besides Lorne and Gunn on both Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Now enough has been said about him, and both shows.

*refuses to mention the act which made me hate him from end/mid season 6 to "Chosen."*

Blinkk
01-14-2015, 08:31 AM
Aw damn. Idea 1 has been treading water and I think it's been slowly drowning. I'm moving onto another idea completely. We'll see where it goes.

Albedo
01-14-2015, 06:58 PM
I've written a beginning and an ending, now, which is an unusual order for me. The ending, although I had an idea of it when I started, is more uplifting than I expected. That's also unusual for me.

aliwood
01-14-2015, 08:50 PM
Well, yes, but, if I destroy the world, what will I rule as an enlightened amphibian despot?

I really wish my story could fit in an enlightened amphibian despot character, sadly it doesn't work but I hope someone uses it somewhere, it's too good to lose.

I have made a major advance in thinking the whole thing through, but despite making notes I haven't actually written anything yet. Worried me?

There's a line in Monsters Inc.

I would like to declare that this is officially the time to PANIC!!

Maggie Maxwell
01-14-2015, 09:16 PM
After two false starts and an educational critique group that fully enlightened me to my problem without anyone saying a thing, I've finally got my official opening, one that I'm happy with. The other two didn't feel natural. This one works.

CobraMisfit
01-14-2015, 09:45 PM
We're exactly one month out from the next milestone, just wanted to check in on everyone. Sounds like words are a-flowin'!

eyeblink
01-15-2015, 12:11 AM
Not started writing anything yet, but at least a story is gradually forming in my head. As I have reviewing commitments over the next week and a half, I may well not get started until after that.

Sage
01-15-2015, 12:20 AM
I'm having the hardest time writing this story. I'm at the part where I actually knew what was going to happen, and it's still not flowing

zanzjan
01-15-2015, 12:25 AM
:sword I'm almost done with my first draft.

Maggie Maxwell
01-15-2015, 12:35 AM
Dang Zanz! SSSFFSS Slayer!

CobraMisfit
01-15-2015, 12:59 AM
:sword I'm almost done with my first draft.

Wow. Well done.

tianaluthien
01-15-2015, 03:21 AM
:sword I'm almost done with my first draft.

Woah.

I think I'm about a third of the way there...

mrsmig
01-15-2015, 03:54 AM
I started mine today - finally - and got just over 1,300 words written. I'm pretty pleased with it thus far.

zanzjan
01-15-2015, 05:02 AM
Wow. Well done.

Well, it was a good prompt request. Whether the story is any good remains to be seen.

tjwriter
01-15-2015, 06:08 AM
I'm failing horribly. *Panics*

SianaBlackwood
01-15-2015, 08:25 AM
I want to print what I've written, feed it through one of those confetti-making shredders, burn the confetti and then do something I haven't thought of yet to the ashes. You can make soap out of ashes and fat, can't you? That might work - make soap, dissolve the soap, walk away and start a new story.

Makes me wonder why I keep trying to write short stories. They never seem to work and I just end up with piles of first chapters to novels I don't really like.

Any have advice for a writer whose short story wants to be a novel?

Lillith1991
01-15-2015, 10:23 AM
I want to print what I've written, feed it through one of those confetti-making shredders, burn the confetti and then do something I haven't thought of yet to the ashes. You can make soap out of ashes and fat, can't you? That might work - make soap, dissolve the soap, walk away and start a new story.

Makes me wonder why I keep trying to write short stories. They never seem to work and I just end up with piles of first chapters to novels I don't really like.

Any have advice for a writer whose short story wants to be a novel?

Think of short stories as having a narrower scope than novels or novellas. They're generally about an event instead of many events. A battle, a haunting, freeing an alien princess, a vampire developing a crush on a human, or even an immortal being like an elf watching time change. There's no real space in a short in my experience for sub-plots, because they clutter up the landscape of a short.

Focus on one event and don't let sub-plots creep in, that should hopefully help.

Blinkk
01-15-2015, 12:16 PM
Any have advice for a writer whose short story wants to be a novel?

My short story last year grew to insane numbers. I was a little embarrassed when it came out to 20k words or something.

Hahaha, that's awful advice. :evil

aliwood
01-15-2015, 05:41 PM
Focus on one event and don't let sub-plots creep in, that should hopefully help.

Wise advice that I had forgotten, thank you. I have now cut down my idea a lot and I think it works better, which means I now also have the basis of a much longer story with the same characters. WIN!

tianaluthien
01-15-2015, 11:30 PM
Just hit 4k. I am well-pleased. And so far, I seem to be staying focused. :) I'm going to see if I can get some more done today...I'll have to see if I can squeeze it in with my grad school reading. o.O

CobraMisfit
01-15-2015, 11:50 PM
Any have advice for a writer whose short story wants to be a novel?

My theory: a story is as long as it needs to be, whether that's 2000 words or 20,000 words.

I'm sure your giftee will love it.

Hoplite
01-16-2015, 12:00 AM
I'm failing horribly. *Panics*

Me too.



Any have advice for a writer whose short story wants to be a novel?

And this is part of my problem(s).

aliwood
01-16-2015, 03:48 PM
I'm suddenly doing quite well in terms of outline thanks to yesterdays thinking. I also have 12 words because I have a quotation at the beginning, although I suppose none of those 12 is really mine.

ETA Went to the pub earlier, constructed dialogue whilst demolishing tea. I have words. :snoopy:

CheG
01-17-2015, 03:20 AM
Arg!
Horrible dialogue? Check!
Out of order information? Check!
Not sure what I'm doing? Check!

I'm pushing through a horribly clunky portion right now that I only hope I can salvage, because I actually like my story! It's just terrible right now! LOL!

aliwood
01-18-2015, 12:32 AM
More dialogue, more tea. This is more like it.

hillaryjacques
01-18-2015, 04:01 AM
I finally, finally, FINALLY got an idea I'm excited about. Hopefully the snippets I've been collecting will fit. And hopefully the words will flow like Fanta.

Friendly Frog
01-20-2015, 12:30 AM
Started writing. 700 words in before having to make dinner. So far so good. Will try and add some later tonight.


I really wish my story could fit in an enlightened amphibian despot character, sadly it doesn't work but I hope someone uses it somewhere, it's too good to lose.
So right. I don't see why the reptilians should get a monopoly on world domination.

tianaluthien
01-20-2015, 02:06 AM
Nearing the end of the draft. I already know I'm going to have to do some serious revision so that there's more build up and whatnot, but I think it's solid.

Blinkk
01-20-2015, 12:02 PM
Ugg I went to the ER earlier this week because I got poison oak all over my face. We thought it had entered my eye, but it didn't. Phew. The swelling is down to something manageable but the whole time this story has been hanging over my head.

I've got three scenes written and the ending done. I feel like I've lost a lot of time this week. Going to bang some more out right now.

Hoplite
01-20-2015, 08:12 PM
Ugg I went to the ER earlier this week because I got poison oak all over my face. We thought it had entered my eye, but it didn't. Phew.

:eek:

Hope you recover okay.

CheG
01-20-2015, 10:08 PM
I think I'm about halfway done! It's going to be a long one but I think I'll make it!

Sage
01-21-2015, 02:12 AM
I made myself work during my water sample today, and got my story to its climax.

tianaluthien
01-21-2015, 02:30 AM
On the home stretch!!!

Tamlyn
01-21-2015, 05:23 AM
I have a first draft! It's an incoherent mess, barely held together with the ending kind of just dumped in and the prompt approached in a sideways fashion.

But it's a draft! Now I have to make it coherent and enjoyable and stuff. That's the hard part ><

zanzjan
01-21-2015, 05:58 AM
Yay Tamlyn!

tiddlywinks
01-21-2015, 09:40 AM
*pumps fist in air*

I have one small connecting section to finish and then my draft is done. Yes! I was worried when the characters went silent yesterday (of course they would when I'm done with my editing project...of course). They were very insistent last week that I get out the initial opening sequence to their story, too! Ingrates.

But today? They came back.

The story's long. But I'm okay with that. I had a feeling it would be.

Back at it for a little while longer. I think I might be able to finish it tonight. And then the editing and tightening shall commence.

*traipses off to go find some (decaf) coffee for late night motivation*

tiddlywinks
01-21-2015, 09:43 AM
Blinkk - hope you are doing better.

A second yay for Tamlyn.

And go, go, go Tiana, CheG and Sage!

phantasy
01-21-2015, 12:50 PM
I'm at 1.3k now, going at a good pace. I don't think this piece will need much editing, the voice is real important and editing could kill that.

How do we use the people who have offered to beta? Do we just message them?

Also, when we end up posting this in SYW, do we get to read everyone else's entire stories? Will there be crits or is that something you do on your own? Since this is a short one-off I'd like to use it to improve my writing and see if there's any mistakes I keep making or if the characters or something could be stronger.

aliwood
01-21-2015, 04:34 PM
Feels like I'm pulling teeth. I hope that's a good sign.

tjwriter
01-21-2015, 10:37 PM
I suck. That is all.

aliwood
01-21-2015, 11:26 PM
Aw TJ I'm sorry. I hope you feel better soon and it all starts coming together for you.

tianaluthien
01-22-2015, 12:25 AM
:Hug2: @ TJ.

Cheerleading smileys headed your way: :e2cheer:

...and a dancing teddy bear, because why not?

:e2bear:

:)

Albedo
01-22-2015, 01:04 AM
I'm getting very short bursts done on the train at the moment. I do like the characters and their voices, but I'm a bit concerned it's not coming together to much.

Niccolo
01-22-2015, 07:44 AM
And...I have to start over :cry: This beginning just isn't working. At least I wasn't too far along, right?

Sage
01-22-2015, 07:54 AM
I totally considered starting from scratch yesterday.

Niccolo
01-22-2015, 08:50 AM
I totally considered starting from scratch yesterday.

This seemed the only course of action for me, so I did it three times and realized my first version wasn't so bad after all.

aliwood
01-22-2015, 12:02 PM
i'm starting over too. Must be that time. *Sigh*

Friendly Frog
01-22-2015, 04:24 PM
3000 words in and I haven't even gotten to the wyvern*. Hmm. Will expect I have a lot of dialogue to cut afterwards but my characters seem to have a lot to say.


Also, when we end up posting this in SYW, do we get to read everyone else's entire stories? Will there be crits or is that something you do on your own? Since this is a short one-off I'd like to use it to improve my writing and see if there's any mistakes I keep making or if the characters or something could be stronger.
I leave it to Cobra to confirm or deny, but my take generally was that usually only the giftee (and Cobra) gets to read the story at first. You're free to put it in SYW or elsewhere afterwards. And you can always ask your giftee what they thought of the story.

When the guessing thread exerpts are posted some people often ask if they can read a story that sparks their interest, sometimes offering critique in exchange. But there is nothing planned to let everybody read every story and/or offer crit on all as far as I know.


*plotmcguffin's name changed to protect its identity. Not going to make the guessing thread too easy, eh?

aliwood
01-22-2015, 04:31 PM
I have a whole new idea, with a ready made set of characters that I've used before so that will save some thinking.

Maggie Maxwell
01-22-2015, 06:24 PM
I'm at 1.3k now, going at a good pace. I don't think this piece will need much editing, the voice is real important and editing could kill that.

How do we use the people who have offered to beta? Do we just message them?

Also, when we end up posting this in SYW, do we get to read everyone else's entire stories? Will there be crits or is that something you do on your own? Since this is a short one-off I'd like to use it to improve my writing and see if there's any mistakes I keep making or if the characters or something could be stronger.

Just message the betas, although you're not limited to just them if you want to get betas from elsewhere, like if you have someone who usually reads for you.

Frog got it pretty well re: reading everyone's stories. Cobra gets the privilege of reading every single one as the dude running the show. We'll have short excerpts in the guessing thread, and if you're interested, when the writer is figured out, just ask them if they'll send you a copy to read. Let them know if you're open to betaing or if you want to do a reading or beta exchange. You know us. We're friendly. :D You keep your story's right and everything, so you can do whatever you want with it once you're guessed, including post it in SYW or get more betas.

CobraMisfit
01-23-2015, 12:24 AM
How do we use the people who have offered to beta? Do we just message them?

Also, when we end up posting this in SYW, do we get to read everyone else's entire stories? Will there be crits or is that something you do on your own? Since this is a short one-off I'd like to use it to improve my writing and see if there's any mistakes I keep making or if the characters or something could be stronger.




I leave it to Cobra to confirm or deny, but my take generally was that usually only the giftee (and Cobra) gets to read the story at first. You're free to put it in SYW or elsewhere afterwards. And you can always ask your giftee what they thought of the story.

When the guessing thread exerpts are posted some people often ask if they can read a story that sparks their interest, sometimes offering critique in exchange. But there is nothing planned to let everybody read every story and/or offer crit on all as far as I know.

Spot on. I'll also add that as a point of courtesy, please make sure to thank your gifter. Maybe even let 'em know what you thought of the story.


*plotmcguffin's name changed to protect its identity. Not going to make the guessing thread too easy, eh?

Well played.


Just message the betas, although you're not limited to just them if you want to get betas from elsewhere, like if you have someone who usually reads for you.

Frog got it pretty well re: reading everyone's stories. Cobra gets the privilege of reading every single one as the dude running the show. We'll have short excerpts in the guessing thread, and if you're interested, when the writer is figured out, just ask them if they'll send you a copy to read. Let them know if you're open to betaing or if you want to do a reading or beta exchange. You know us. We're friendly. :D You keep your story's right and everything, so you can do whatever you want with it once you're guessed, including post it in SYW or get more betas.

This, too.


Quick recap:

1) Along with submitting your story, please provide an excerpt (something under 500 words) that you want folks to guess upon in Ye' Olde Guessing Thread.

2) All excerpts will be posted in Ye' Olde Guessing Thread located in the shiny bowels of SYW. They will NOT, however, be critted. You're more than welcome to put your story or parts of it up for critting in a separate thread, but we aim to keep that out of the Guessing game.

3) Yeah, reading everyone's stories is the other reason why I love this job. You all are hyper-talented writers. It's pretty inspiring.

4) For whatever reason, I now want tacos.


I suck. That is all.

I have a SS-SFF-SS from last year that says otherwise.

Sage
01-23-2015, 01:48 AM
Oh, we can choose a part other than the beginning for the excerpt? *gets a little excited*

Cobra, I'm sorry to say that this may be the worst story I've ever written, and I apologize that you and my recipient have to read it.

CobraMisfit
01-23-2015, 02:07 AM
Oh, we can choose a part other than the beginning for the excerpt? *gets a little excited*

Yup!


Cobra, I'm sorry to say that this may be the worst story I've ever written, and I apologize that you and my recipient have to read it.

Noooooope. Uh-uh. There is zero reason to apologize to me or your giftee. Your story doesn't have to be The Hangry Games or Harold Porter and the Chamber of Doom*. You are writing something for a fellow writer who is doing the same for someone else. And, that, my friends, is 100% unfiltered, liquid awesome.






*I'd read the crap out of both of these titles.

tjwriter
01-23-2015, 03:24 PM
Your story doesn't have to be The Hangry Games or Harold Porter and the Chamber of Doom*.

*I'd read the crap out of both of these titles.

I could write all about some Hangry games. I live it every day....

mrsmig
01-23-2015, 06:28 PM
I think I'm at the halfway point. THINK. I guess I won't know for certain until it's finished.

Shadowflame
01-23-2015, 07:56 PM
I've got mine started. Not exactly sure where it's going yet but I'll find out this weekend as I will try to extend the word count. ;)

CheG
01-23-2015, 11:17 PM
My work on the story has slowed down significantly. I'm not sure I'll be able to do even the most basic editing pass on it unless something changes.

tianaluthien
01-24-2015, 03:55 AM
Writing the final section. *bites nails*

tiddlywinks
01-24-2015, 09:31 AM
Keep up the good work, everyone!

*sets out plate of cookies - autumn spotlights, made with reese's pieces, yellow cake mix and peanut butter as secret killer ingredients*
*notices plate is already half empty*
*rearranges cookies to fix problem*

*notices that now there appear to be an uneven number of cookies on plate*
*fixes that*
*is now unsure whether an even number is seen as a sign of good luck*
*fixes that problem, too*
*doesn't like shape cookies now take on the plate*
*fixes that problem*

*wonders why there are only two cookies on the plate*

Glasses of ice cold milk for everyone? :D

zanzjan
01-24-2015, 11:39 AM
...aaaand that's a draft.

Tomorrow there will be revision. Today there will be cookies, then sleep. :)

Sending all sorts of happy muse mojo to everyone.

eyeblink
01-24-2015, 11:42 AM
I have reviewing duties for the next few days and fiction-writing has been the YA novel in progress, which has gained 4000 words in the last week. I'll be doing some more over the weekend to get it to a point where I can take a break from it. But I have my Swap story in rough outline in my head and will be starting on it in the coming week. After I generated a 6000-word first draft from a standing start in nine days last time, this one hasn't come as easily.

tianaluthien
01-24-2015, 09:54 PM
Keep up the good work, everyone!

*sets out plate of cookies - autumn spotlights, made with reese's pieces, yellow cake mix and peanut butter as secret killer ingredients*
*notices plate is already half empty*
*rearranges cookies to fix problem*

*notices that now there appear to be an uneven number of cookies on plate*
*fixes that*
*is now unsure whether an even number is seen as a sign of good luck*
*fixes that problem, too*
*doesn't like shape cookies now take on the plate*
*fixes that problem*

*wonders why there are only two cookies on the plate*

Glasses of ice cold milk for everyone? :D

*eyes plate*

*grabs one of the remaining two cookies and wanders off munching to finish the story*

edit: DRAFT IS DONE. BOOM. *collapses*

tiddlywinks
01-25-2015, 09:07 AM
See? I make one MEAN Autumn Spotlight cookie, don't I? :D

Great news, Tiana!

And Zanzjan as well!

ETA: I'm actually done early so I'm in cheerleader mode as I edit...and wait for my beta to slap me silly on things I need to polish.

Tamlyn
01-25-2015, 11:00 AM
Yay for all the drafts piling up! I'm letting mine ferment a little before editing. And for some reason I suddenly feel like cookies.

Albedo
01-25-2015, 11:10 AM
Youse guys is awesome.

Long weekend. Really gotta sit my arse down and write. My house is clean, now, so there's absolutely no excuse.

Sage
01-25-2015, 06:50 PM
First draft will be finished today. I have decided.

tianaluthien
01-25-2015, 06:54 PM
See? I make one MEAN Autumn Spotlight cookie, don't I?

Yes, yes you do. :D

Trying to NOT look at this thing for a whole 24 hours is HARD...must...resist...

Marlys
01-25-2015, 07:19 PM
See? I make one MEAN Autumn Spotlight cookie, don't I? :D

Well, one is all I got, because for some reason they kept disappearing from the plate. It was pretty awesome, but I think I need another two or three to fully evaluate the experience. Is another batch in the oven yet?

Friendly Frog
01-26-2015, 01:58 AM
Long weekend, except we've got the nephews over for four days and the youngest doesn't want to sleep despite being oh-so-tired and the heating just went bust (I didn't know cast iron heating elements could just bend and burst like that...) at 2.30 in the night which means we were mopping up intil 3. Luckily in the one room with tiles, which means the already expensive repairs won't be even more expensive with floor works. Oh and right before the first snow of the year.

Yeah, I think that's the sound of my writing weekend that just imploded. No finished draft soon, I fear.

Blinkk
01-26-2015, 05:01 AM
bahhhhhh
This is the second idea that died a horrible flaming death. Yet, with each idea that dies I feel like I'm one step closer to the one that will make it. Onto idea #3.

I can feel the clock ticking...

Sage
01-26-2015, 05:04 AM
I would love for a new idea to come barreling in and saying, "Forget that one, try me!" And I say that while very near to the end of the original story.

SianaBlackwood
01-26-2015, 05:41 AM
I'd like to throw my whole story away and start again, but I have no other ideas, so I guess that means keep writing and hope it gets somewhere eventually.

Why did I ever think I could write a readable short story?

J. A. Rama
01-26-2015, 08:53 AM
*wanders into thread and emits panicked wail*

Started nice and early, wrote 2k of my first idea, but it spawned an entire novel that I don't have time to write. This always happens when I try to write a short story.

Started second idea from scratch a few days ago. I hate it. Flailed at it all weekend. I generated many words, many idea iterations, but everything flopped. It all ended up either as ripoffs of something famous people already wrote fifty years ago, or it was too long and cluttered, or it just sucked and had no plot.

I finally found an idea that feels like it's actually my story and not someone else's, but it diverges slightly from the prompt. On top of that, yet again I only have a beginning. Now I have no idea where to go. Why can I never get past the beginning?

Aaaargh!

I think I fundamentally don't know how to escalate tension.

zanzjan
01-26-2015, 07:31 PM
{{{{Friendly Frog}}}} That sounds like a rough night.

aliwood
01-26-2015, 08:08 PM
I'm really sorry people are having a bad time,especially Frog.

In my own news I have a rough outline with a sketchy end and about 300 words so quite pleased to be moving in a positive direction now.

tjwriter
01-26-2015, 09:03 PM
I'm doing really tedious things at work today, so I am trying to brain-typhoon or brain-earthquake some plot points together. Anything stronger than a storm.

And I hadn't really written a short of this nature until last year and I just picture it as a scene or subplot of a longer work and it worked really well.

Of course, all I can think of right now is witty bits of dialogue for the novel I started from last year's SSSFFSS.

tianaluthien
01-26-2015, 09:51 PM
:Hug2: to all those panicking.

:)

tiddlywinks
01-26-2015, 11:48 PM
Ok. So this time I might have borrowed an ever-replenishing plate from the pub since my second batch of cookies mysteriously disappeared on the way here.

*brushes crumbs from apron.*

Strange.

Ah well! Enjoy further cookie testing as you continue to work that creative magic!

tianaluthien
01-27-2015, 12:22 AM
*loud nomming is heard*

Oh look. Thanks to magic cookies, I now have a title! Huzzah!