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Phyrebrat

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Celebrating our TENTH Sekrit Santa Challenge.

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From now until Dec 31st, you may post details in this thread about what type of story you'd like to receive: it could be a genre with a specific MC, or a twist on a specific location. By posting a request you're effectively "registering" to write a story for somebody else.

By 7th January 2018 I will pair up requests for the participants and send them out via PM.

Completed stories should be submitted to me by 21st February 2018.

As this is an informal, non-moderated challenge the following guidelines on participation etiquette have evolved over the past two or so years. This is a really good opportunity for writers to workshop an idea and hone their skills. Although we don't have the strictures of the 75 or 300 word challenges, it is still a challenge to complete a story that doesn't run away with itself.
  • There is no word limit as such, but aiming for 1k-10k words would seem reasonable.
  • Whilst the pieces do not appear in their entirety on the forum, and so writing standards are a little more relaxed it is polite to assure that at least an excerpt-worth be family friendly: please no gornography or gratuitous erotic razzamataz. If the full length version is to be attached, this holds for the submission as a whole
  • When you've finished your story, you send it to the admin - in this instance phyrebrat - who'll pass it on to the person who initially requested that story so they do not know who wrote it.
  • When all stories have been submitted (by 21st February), the Admin will post excerpts in a guessing thread and we will try and guess who wrote which one - it is a fun exercise identifying Chrons members' voices in their writing.
  • After a week or so of guessing, the authors will be revealed.
  • Inter alia, at the end, if all parties agree, I can post the full stories for those who want it.
  • If you request a story, and by extension receive a request from somebody else, WRITE ONE!
  • There is no vote to this challenge.
 
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chrispenycate

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I suppose I'm joining in - I very much enjoy the exercise.

If you request a story, and by extension receive a request from somebody else, WRITE ONE!
Is the insistence on one story an attempt to prevent me flooding out the challenge as (I admit) I have been known to do in the past?

I want a story involving an octopus, tennis, upside-down rain, and a meerkat named Steve. Genre: post-futurist steampunk noir.
The 'noir doesn't go with the post-futuristic steampunk. Is this a genuine request, or a cynical commentary on others' choices?


Following an operation when I was new to this site and was writing just to give people I'd critiqued a way to seek revenge I wrote a piece that was recipes for dragon (for humans) and knight (for dragons). I had promised to extend it, but was persuaded to expand my dragonverse to novel length. Do you think the title ' A Child's first Monster cookbook' would upset people too much (as it defines theme and, to an extent, style?
 

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I was just about to say I'm out again this time, but then I read this:

Alright count me in - I want a story involving an octopus, tennis, upside-down rain, and a meerkat named Steve. Genre: post-futurist steampunk noir.

And...GO!
And now I'm sooo tempted, just on the long shot that I might get this one.
 

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As this is the tenth SS, I’m hoping to get a record number of entries. I have had two PMs from members saying they’re in but only if they don’t get a zany request.

But as Kerry says she’d love S42s, so maybe it’s just me, REDACTED and REDACTED who take this as a serious attempt to improve our craft.

I’m pH
 

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I don't mind a certain amount of zaniness but 3 items with 3 different partially clashing :D Chrispy genres would make my head hurt too much. Sorry, @sinister42 - I know others will love the challenge!

I see there's a post above about the origins of the SS. The first was actually a study in style to see if we could each recognise each other's from a short excerpt. It's expanded since then but the themes were never meant to be outlandish.
 

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Post-futuristic steampunk noir can be seen as like, Neuromancer meets Blade Runner meets ...some clockwork automatons wandering around for some reason, and you throw a PI in there solving a mystery, and maybe throw in some airships. Perdido Street Station comes kind of close. I'm all about genre-bending.

Hey, if someone writes my request (consider it a challenge), I'll personally commit to writing TWO requests. BAM. Beef out.
 

sinister42

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#17
Ok, how about this? Two elements of my request, at your option, can be optional.

Thus, I'll be happy with, for example:

A story involving tennis, upside-down rain, and a meerkat named Steve. Genre: steampunk noir.

That sounds doable, right?
 

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Never joined Sekrit Santa, as such, although I did fill in and write a story once, when someone had to drop out at the last minute. I was only able to do that as the request wasn't too zany. In fact, the interpretation I took was pretty traditional.

Always considered it, but the progressive attempts to out-silly other entrants has put me off*. That, and I never know what to ask for myself - not good at requesting stuff.

*Of course, it has been said I lack a sense of humour, so that might also be an explanation.
meerkat named Steve
It's the demand to name it which would put me off. Tennis, upside-down rain (seen that), meerkats, even an octopus, are all simply elements, but being so specific would make me feel you already have a story in mind; one which I could never write to your satisfaction. Sorry. I do like all the elements, though. ;-)
 
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