DISCUSSION THREAD -- April 2021 300 Word Writing Challenge (#41)

paranoid marvin

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Thanks for the shortlisting nixie. (y)

Loads of great entries this month.

Luiglin, sule, Phyrebat, therapist and M. Robert Gibson made my shortlistings.

Votes go to

Perpetual Man for a brilliantly written entry full of vivd imagery.

Starbeast for the only persona capable of getting Inspector Clouseau and Batman into the same story. Very funny.

Ursa Major for a humorously fictitious tale but one which also has a basis in an all too possible reality.
 

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This was a particularly tricky one for me to judge for reasons some of you know ;)

Votes to:
@Perpetual Man Because he totally gets it
@Victoria Silverwolf because the question of unseeable colours is a really interesting one philosphically (youtube "enchroma reaction"* to see colour blind people seeing colour for the first time.
@Jo Zebedee a classic tail twist well constructed

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This was a marvelously hard challenge to judge. The picture led us further afield from a consistent theme than usual. And therefore such varied stories. Anyway here's my evaluation.

Short listed:
Blue
by @Astro Pen for a satisfying theological rumination.
The Travels of Sir Reginald Rigmarole, Part 94! by @Dan Jones for James Bondish double entendre.
There is a damp patch on my wall by @Luiglin for a creepy story which sounds like a lead in for something Edgar Allan Poe might write.
writing on glass by @Daysman for what I see as a clever parable.
Cassie by @Wayne Mack for dealing with the limits and the dangers of actually being able to see the future.
The Splotch by @Starbeast for an homage to memorable (if not always great) movies.
Culture Shock by @Elckerlyc for a serious consideration of the value of art and uniqueness.
Blood by @The Judge for a Fantasy story that reeks of potential.

There's very little to separate the stories for me. In the end I voted for Blue, Cassie, and Blood. ----- Hm, that sounds like part of a great opening sentence. "To his horror he looked down and saw blue cassie blood."
 

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As tempting as it was to refrain from a short list, given the immense collective quality on show making it almost cruel to leave anyone out, it would have been remiss of me not to mention @Rafellin, @Victoria Silverwolf, @Peter V, @sule, @Parson, @M. Robert Gibson, @Elckerlyc, @farntfar, @The Judge, @Bren G, and @Ursa major for excellent entries that struck a certain chord with me.

My three votes, however, went to:
  • @Perpetual Man - For a glorious meditation on art, imagination, and the eye of the beholder.
  • @Astro Pen - For a wonderfully cerebral and poetic sci-fi tale.
  • @Luiglin - For turning the mundanity of a man contemplating mould into a piece of vivid, unspokenly emotive art. Remarkable.
And thanks so much to @Luiglin and @sule for the votes.
 
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Lawrence Twiddy

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@Perpetual Man - A Challenge Answers; A Challenge Made
@BT Jones - An End to End - Vote*
@Luiglin - There is a damp patch on my wall - Vote*
@Victoria Silverwolf - Chiaroscuro
@The Judge - Blood
@Bren G - Of Soap and Solitude - Vote*



Tough, tough, tough! The 6 stories above were hard to separate, really enjoyed the variety in prose that came with this challenge.
 

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Thank you G.T. So happy for your vote. Much appreciated!
 

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This time it was especially difficult to pick my favorites. Every story was truly unique and memorable. However, I somehow managed to come up with a Long List, Short List, and *** Favorites ***:

Forge – Rafellin
An End to End - BT Jones
There is a Damp Patch on My Wall – Luiglin

A Hollywood Ending - paranoid marvin
*** Chiaroscuro - Victoria Silverwolf ***
Writing on Glass – Daysman
Three Months - Peter V
Brief Dispatch Regarding the Viscid Border (2nd Edition) – sule
Cassie - Wayne Mack
The Soul of an Artist - Laura R Hepworth
*** The Painter of Souls – Guttersnipe ***
Kolebaniya – Sinergio
Professional Interest – mosaix
THE WASTELAND - Jo Zebedee
*** Of Soap and Solitude - Bren G ***

The Final Ingredient – Marvin
 

chrispenycate

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Well, that wasn't easy. All right, a short list with: Cat's Cradle, mosaix, Parson, Perer V, Rafaellin .and Ursa, not that there weren't plenty of other potentials.

Sorry I didn't get anything that worked, this time - I wrote, cut to size and retailored two completely different ideas this time, and neither was good enough to submit.
 

JS Wiig

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Top 5:

@Ian Fortytwo - what went wrong indeed

** @Luiglin ** - exquisite madness

@Victoria Silverwolf - so many things surround us that we cannot “see”

@Parson - many a prank to be pulled on the new-hire

** @mosaix ** - it’s hard to trust others with important tasks

** @Bren G ** - the single minded? purpose of the machine
 

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