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Postby Kismet » 01 May 2018, 18:26

We held the last Challenge very late in the year, late November 2017. Would people be interested in another Challenge in 2018, and if so, when?

July is out for me, so it would either have to be May / June or August onwards. I'm happy to organise it whenever it suits. I don't need much notice.
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Re: Discussion

Postby StoneRoad » 01 May 2018, 18:54

As I have not really done much writing ( I don't count the masses of tender submissions that are my normal fare ) and only just poked my head above the parapet, I don't have a preference.
But I would like to get involved, I think, maybe !
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Postby Fairblue » 01 May 2018, 18:57

August would be better for me, but I would join in whatever the time.
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Postby Foolscap » 01 May 2018, 19:22

I know I did not manage to join in last time, despite intentions, but would be happy to have another opportunity. No particular preference re timing.
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Re: Discussion

Postby RAAF Spitfire Girl » 02 May 2018, 06:43

I have no preference, Kismet. Would love to participate, but will depend on where the thesis is sitting. If it's possible, I'll definitely aim to contribute (but they could be famous last words...)
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Postby Kismet » 02 May 2018, 12:37

StoneRoad wrote:As I have not really done much writing ( I don't count the masses of tender submissions that are my normal fare ) and only just poked my head above the parapet, I don't have a preference.
But I would like to get involved, I think, maybe !


It would be great to have you involved!

I don't know if you've looked at the previous Challenges, but the general format is that I come up with a title or a theme, with maybe a few extra things to be voluntarily included for kudos, and everyone interested produces a story, or a poem or a one liner or scenario to meet the criteria. It's great fun reading everyone's different interpretations but it only works if a few people join in. It's a good place to have a go at writing for the first time or if you aren't confident, and there is always someone willing to advise if you run into any difficulties. The only rule, really, is that it's got to be family friendly: your aged maiden aunt and your thirteen year old home - schooled child should be equally comfortable reading it.

Expressing an interest doesn't commit you to actually taking part: real life has a habit of interfering with the best laid plans, but I hope that you will.

Do you have a preference for Spring or Autumn?
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Re: Discussion

Postby StoneRoad » 02 May 2018, 15:33

Thanks for that reassurance, Kismet.

I have had a look at previous challenges, and I'll do that again ... more data always helps !

I don't think I have a preference either way for Spring or Autumn, to be honest, I'm happy to fit in with everybody else (Real Life permitting !)
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Re: Discussion

Postby Wanderer » 03 May 2018, 01:08

Definitely interested, though as usual I only write when I have both the time and the inspiration! I am currently looking at a pile of literary obligations, that usually lead me to looking elsewhere for something to do :-)
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Re: Discussion

Postby tiffinata » 03 May 2018, 03:53

May/June is out for me.
I may not be able to participate- I have dodgy eyesight/glasses at the moment and may not be able to see the screen very well.
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Re: Discussion

Postby Fairblue » 03 May 2018, 08:24

Wanderer wrote:Definitely interested, though as usual I only write when I have both the time and the inspiration! I am currently looking at a pile of literary obligations, that usually lead me to looking elsewhere for something to do :-)

Excellent, that something else could be The Challenge. A worthy distraction.
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Re: Discussion

Postby Frecks » 03 May 2018, 10:25

I hope you get your eyes sorted out before your trip to the UK in July, Tiff.
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Re: Discussion

Postby kylie_koyote » 07 May 2018, 18:37

Count me in. I have no preference on the dates. I can whip up a story quite quickly when I've found the right plot bunny.
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Re: Discussion

Postby HostileCacti » 07 May 2018, 19:34

kylie_koyote wrote:I can whip up a story quite quickly when I've found the right plot bunny.


:happybunny2: But do not whip the bunny!!!!


I think I'd like to have a go at taking part in the Challenge. If it's not too scary. And it contains chocolate. And something cute. Or should that be something sweet? Preferably not anything sweaty. :crazy:
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Re: Discussion

Postby elderlyfemalerelativ » 07 May 2018, 20:36

Happy to go along.
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Re: Discussion

Postby Fairblue » 07 May 2018, 22:25

HostileCacti wrote:
kylie_koyote wrote:I can whip up a story quite quickly when I've found the right plot bunny.


:happybunny2: But do not whip the bunny!!!!


I think I'd like to have a go at taking part in the Challenge. If it's not too scary. And it contains chocolate. And something cute. Or should that be something sweet? Preferably not anything sweaty. :crazy:

Kismet’s Challenge gives a very large scope, HC. You probably could write a story about EVS on a sun lounger in the Bahamas, eating chocolate ice cream with a cute little.......whatever beside him.
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Re: Discussion

Postby id_ten_it » 08 May 2018, 04:11

I would be mega-keen! I know I'm out of the country lots over the next three months but I'm sure I can write in a notebook and then post it when I find some internet, so don't worry about timings on my account.
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Re: Discussion

Postby Fairblue » 08 May 2018, 09:35

id_ten_it wrote:I would be mega-keen! I know I'm out of the country lots over the next three months but I'm sure I can write in a notebook and then post it when I find some internet, so don't worry about timings on my account.

There’s a particular day you have to post it on, but if you think you can’t make it you can send it to someone and ask them to post it on your behalf. We try and overcome any obstacles to prevent posting. :mrgreen:
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Re: Discussion

Postby Kismet » 08 May 2018, 14:49

Thanks for the enthusiasm, everyone. I make it two votes for autumn and all the others are don't minds, so I'll suggest an autumn challenge, provisionally August / September with the exact date to be decided closer to the time.

HC would like chocolate to be involved. Any other requests?
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Re: Discussion

Postby kylie_koyote » 08 May 2018, 14:58

I vote for something silly, along the lines of a yo-yo, a puppet, or a Christmas cracker...
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Re: Discussion

Postby StoneRoad » 08 May 2018, 15:57

my selfish & non-serious request "someone to hold my hand" - creative writing is not my strong suite, but I want to try !
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Postby kylie_koyote » 08 May 2018, 16:08

StoneRoad wrote:my selfish request "someone to hold my hand" - creative writing is not my strong suite, but I want to try !


I am happy to proof read - I do proof reading as part of my job and reading fan fic is MUCH more fun than technical specs - I'm quite happy to help out in any way I can (bearing in mind that I speak and write American English).
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Postby StoneRoad » 08 May 2018, 16:47

kylie_koyote wrote:
StoneRoad wrote:my selfish request "someone to hold my hand" - creative writing is not my strong suite, but I want to try !


I am happy to proof read - I do proof reading as part of my job and reading fan fic is MUCH more fun that technical specs - I'm quite happy to help out in any way I can (bearing in mind that I speak and write American English).


Thanks K-K !
I can write quite long technical specs and tenders for work ... but creative writing is another skill, and I'm way out of practice.

I'm OK about American English - I can translate that back again if/when needed.
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Re: Discussion

Postby id_ten_it » 09 May 2018, 09:24

Fairblue wrote:
id_ten_it wrote:I would be mega-keen! I know I'm out of the country lots over the next three months but I'm sure I can write in a notebook and then post it when I find some internet, so don't worry about timings on my account.

There’s a particular day you have to post it on, but if you think you can’t make it you can send it to someone and ask them to post it on your behalf. We try and overcome any obstacles to prevent posting. :mrgreen:


Thank you! If it's not till August I should be able to post it myself but if not I shall sing out :D
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Re: Discussion

Postby HostileCacti » 13 May 2018, 21:36

Fairblue wrote:Kismet’s Challenge gives a very large scope, HC. You probably could write a story about EVS on a sun lounger in the Bahamas, eating chocolate ice cream with a cute little.......whatever beside him.


But Kismet's Rule?! :shock:

The only rule, really, is that it's got to be family friendly: your aged maiden aunt and your thirteen year old home - schooled child should be equally comfortable reading it.


I cannot possibly break the Rule!! :nono:
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Postby Kismet » 13 May 2018, 23:16

HostileCacti wrote:
Fairblue wrote:Kismet’s Challenge gives a very large scope, HC. You probably could write a story about EVS on a sun lounger in the Bahamas, eating chocolate ice cream with a cute little.......whatever beside him.


But Kismet's Rule?! :shock:

The only rule, really, is that it's got to be family friendly: your aged maiden aunt and your thirteen year old home - schooled child should be equally comfortable reading it.


I cannot possibly break the Rule!! :nono:

I am now fascinated by what you might be thinking of writing which could break the rule........
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Re: Discussion

Postby Tracer » 14 May 2018, 10:52

I am looking forward to reading these very much :laughspit: You are all SO talented!
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Re: Discussion

Postby HostileCacti » 14 May 2018, 12:02

Kismet wrote:
HostileCacti wrote:
But Kismet's Rule?! :shock:

I cannot possibly break the Rule!! :nono:

I am now fascinated by what you might be thinking of writing which could break the rule........


:shh: Now that sort of thing can only be written with pencil and kept under someone else's mattress....
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Re: Discussion

Postby Frecks » 15 May 2018, 11:53

Possibly if you included Biggles' flying cap in your next challenge that would get it out of your system Kismet :lol:
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Re: Discussion

Postby Kismet » 20 Jul 2018, 12:30

Much to my surprise, I find that August is nearly here and I need to fine tune The Challenge! I have a title, thanks to something Archie said, and there are some ideas here in the discussion of what I could include for extra kudos, so all that needs to be arranged is the date!

I could launch it as early as this Sunday, but I think that to make sure everyone has time to see it , it would be better in a week or two. My initial suggestions are:

:monocle: launch date 29th July 2018, posting date 19th August 2018
:monocle: launch date 5th August, posting date 29th August 2018
:monocle: launch date 12th August, posting date 2nd September

Let me know which dates suit or if you'd prefer it at another time. :place:
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Postby kylie_koyote » 20 Jul 2018, 15:46

I don't have a problem with any of those dates.
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