Discussion Thread -- JANUARY 2017 -- 75 Word Writing Challenge

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  1. The Judge

    The Judge Truth. Order. Moderation. Staff Member

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    And with the dawn of 2017 comes a new Writing Challenge.

    Theme: RESOLUTION

    Genre: OPEN


    I did toy with "A New Hope" by way of theme, which I thought rather appropriate in the circumstances, but I could foresee too many Star Wars rip-offs homages so I went for Paradise Lost instead:

    What reinforcement we may gain from hope,
    If not, what resolution from despair.​

    Obviously, the theme isn't restricted to that kind of resolution, though -- so make of it what you will!

    We haven't had an "Open" genre for a while now, so just to confirm it means no restriction on genre at all -- make it a love story, detective story, fable, mystery, SFF, horror, whatever you want. This way, come voting you don't get me whingeing about stories I thought weren't within the genre. :p



    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!!
     
  2. Cat's Cradle

    Cat's Cradle Time, now, to read...

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    Interesting choices, TJ (though I still suspect I'll manage to miss the genre, as I often do!:)). So many possibilities, with 'Resolution'.
     
  3. hopewrites

    hopewrites Believe in your youness

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    I resolve to try and write something postable.
     
  4. Ignited Moth

    Ignited Moth Well-Known Member

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    I was pointed in this direction by Vaz in my intro thread and I'm so excited to give it a shot! What a fun and challenging idea. I love it! :D
    I've already started working on mine. I'd never attempted a 75 word challenge before and it is indeed a challenge. I like it though. I feel like this is a really good lesson in writing: learn to say a lot with only so many words. Can't wait to read everyone's posts. :)
     
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  5. Victoria Silverwolf

    Victoria Silverwolf Vegetarian Werewolf

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    Ashleyne. B. Watts -- This gruesome tale vividly portrays the lengths to which determination can go in extreme circumstances.

    Ignited Moth -- With compelling imagery the author draws the reader into this suspenseful story of capture and escape.
     
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  6. Parson

    Parson This world is not my home

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    @The Judge .... Interesting theme.... Resolution, something that some books could take as a goal. Ahem, David Weber are you listening?

    @Ignited Moth .... Welcome aboard, it's always good to have new people try their hand at these challenges.
     
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  7. Ignited Moth

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    Thanks! :) I definitely will be trying them again in the future. It was so tricky keeping things down to 75 words but I really liked the challenging aspect of it.
     
  8. The Judge

    The Judge Truth. Order. Moderation. Staff Member

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    We've also got the 300 Worder this month, which is a real luxury by comparison! Entries can't be posted yet, but stories can be written to await the thread opening.
     
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    Phyrebrat ba-Ba-ba-brat

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    I've just posted the Guessing Thread for the last Secret Santa (number 8!!)

    To have a guess at who wrote what, go here:

    pH
     
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  10. Calliopenjo

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    I do apologize for being absent last month. Last month was hectic along with getting sick. Yick.

    Congratulations to the winner of last month's challenge. It forced me to think which isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes it's beneficial.

    I'm also in the midst of tweaking a 3000-word story to be sent in for a competition. I'm going to try my hardest. May not make it but at least I'll give it a go.

    This challenge looks interesting. Something fitting for January I think. lol. I'll see what I can think of.

    Happy New Year to everybody. I hope this year is prosperous and fruitful for you.
     
  11. Bowler1

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    Resolution - interesting.

    An open genre will always help and that's very nice of you Judge. Right, time to ponder.

    Happy New Year everyone.
     
  12. Starbeast

    Starbeast Benevolent Galaxy Being

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    I'm in.

    I came up with my idea yesterday. Thought about it today, wrote it and posted.

    One down and one to go (the 300 I mean). Now I can chill and read the other entries at my leisure.

    @The Judge Thanks for the open genre.
     
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    Dave Barsby -- This sardonic account of political dirty tricks aptly shows how important accurate communication may be.

    Starbeast -- This frenetic comedy offers the important lesson that good intentions are not enough.

    Cathbad -- This satire of bureaucratic obfuscation portrays the banality of tyranny.

    reiver33 -- This heartbreaking tale of lost love displays the bittersweet pang of memory.

    sinister42 -- This playful jeu d'esprit reminds the reader than one's reach should exceed one's grasp.
     
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  14. TheDustyZebra

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    Eight stories in, and already covering all four of the definitions of "resolution" that I can think of off the top of my head. Might have to do some more digging in the dictionary.
     
  15. Parson

    Parson This world is not my home

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    I think I should have my head examined, but I believe that I will try to do mini reviews of the stories this month. "Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?....


    @Victoria Silverwolf ... Brings us on a journey with the Columbus from the West. It would be interesting to see the resolution of this journey.

    @Ashleyne. B. Watts
    ... Brings us to a final resolution which is victorious but painfully fatal.

    @Ignited Moth ... Brings us someone who breaks free of a bondage with a resolution to fight.

    @Dave Barsby ... Brings us to a very undiplomatic resolution.

    @Starbeast ... Brings us to the ordinary end of New Year's resolutions.

    @Cathbad ... Brings us to a world where earth has been subjected to the final resolution.

    @reiver33 ... Brings us to a place where you might look, but might not touch.

    @sinister42 ... Brings us a resolution that turns the world inside out.
     
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  16. Cat's Cradle

    Cat's Cradle Time, now, to read...

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    Great stuff, Parson, and well done for taking this on. It'd be too much for me.

    I feel we have a really strong start to the challenge; terrific stories so far. And welcome to the challenges, Ignited Moth! Nice story.

    I know it's early, but I'm worried...great theme here, great photo there (300 worder), and I've not one good idea to write for either challenge; normally, by this point, I'd be done with both. I feel uninspired, and I think it's the changing of the year. Well, still plenty of time...

    Good luck writing, everyone!
     
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  17. Luiglin

    Luiglin Dark Lord's biographer aka Stuart Orford

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    I was going to give the challenges a break for a bit but looks like I've failed with one New Year's resolution. I'm not normally one for poetry, as you can probably tell from the over done rhyme and total lack of punctuation - except at the end. Yet, I've always enjoyed verse that didn't didn't follow correct rhyme, reason or rules :)
     
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    I take it back -- five.
     
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    Luiglin -- This philosophical poem contemplates many important themes, even including its own thoughts.
     
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    Parson This world is not my home

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    @Luiglin ... Brings us to a Ying-Yang resolution.
     
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