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  1. dorkelf

    World v World Participants

    I really really want to do this! I've been timid about just going in without knowing what I'm doing, would prefer to be on TS with guildies who can show me the ropes. Hope there will be another Thursday night event soon, that sounds like great fun.
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    pvp

    Ah, PvP is what I miss most about Guild Wars. I hope they have some sort of Guild vs Guild in GW2, that was always the most fun! :)
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    Robot Roll Call - reply if you'd like a summer writing challenge

    Well, its good to have at least four or five participants, but since we will have more than one flash fiction challenge I can get the first one started with just the three of us. Maybe that will help drum up interest as well. I will post something early next week when I return from out of town.
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    Robot Roll Call - reply if you'd like a summer writing challenge

    Let me know if you would prefer to do two or three flash fiction assignments in the range of 300-500 words, or one longer short story assignment not to exceed 3000 words or so. The flash fiction contest requires at least an hour but not more than three hours or so for each flash assignment to...
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    PvP unwritten laws??

    I've always been fascinated by that sort of question. I think it boils down to basic human psychology. Recent research has shown that when confronted with new information, our brains are wired to fit the new information into our previous schema...what we already believe or think to be true...
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    Other games

    Wow, the original Might and Magic. Those antique RPGs still have their charm. I've recently replayed Final Fantasy I on my PS2, a true classic. Though I preferred the Dragon Warrior games from about the same time period. I no longer have time for anything remotely MMO so I've been...
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    Tek's Writing Challenge: cc.slim

    Your poetry astounds me and it keeps getting better and better.
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    Writing Challenge for February

    Sorry, March has been a struggle at work to keep up with everything.. just like everyone else in these days of being expected to do a lot more with a lot less. But I will take the opportunity to extend this challenge so I can enter it myself! We will enter it into critique for April and I'll...
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    Writing Challenge for February

    sticky plz ok thx I pulled this challenge off the net from onerealstory.com: In 300 words or less, use the following title to inspire your next piece of flash fiction: They Once were Wild This thread is now in the SUBMISSIONS phase. Please reserve your critiques/votes until the...
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    Writing challenge for NOVEMBER

    Submission phase If I counted correctly, it is a three-way tie between Nerai, Exo and myself. MANY thanks to everyone who contributed a critique. Although the entries are relatively short to read, it takes time to think about them an post a thoughtful critique. If you have done this, you...
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    Writing challenge for DECEMBER/JANUARY

    Critique stage - please vote for your favorite entries! This thread is now in the critique stage. Please read the entries and submit a short critique for your favorite. The ideal critique focuses on what is good about the entry but also mentions areas for improvement. Please avoid...
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    Writing challenge for NOVEMBER

    The Dragon and the Kabocha Squash - Reheated :) Thanks so much for the critique, I find that I often over-focus on plot and don't "personalize" my characters enough for my readers. I made the simple changes you suggested and I think it made a big difference. Here's my rewrite: Troz, ruler...
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    Writing challenge for DECEMBER/JANUARY

    Ainulindale, a legend from the Simarillon I had fun making a 300 word rewrite of a legend from Tolkien's great work. I left the last line exactly as Tolkien masterfully wrote it and preserved a few other phrases. I think it was a good exercise in that it made me really think through possible...
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    Writing challenge for NOVEMBER

    Please do, that's what this is all about! :) The current contest for DEC/JAN is posted, pick anything and rewrite it in 300 words or less. :D
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    Writing challenge for DECEMBER/JANUARY

    The tough part for me is deciding what to rewrite. Maybe an act of a Shakespeare play? :)
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    Writing challenge for NOVEMBER

    Nice, I enjoyed this one! :) Avoid passive language in a scene that has potential for action. "I flinched, threw the steering wheel to the right. Reflex jerked my arm in front of my eyes..." You have room in your word count to ham this one up a bit! :) I love the "well that just...
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    Writing challenge for DECEMBER/JANUARY

    If you have the admin privileges, please sticky! This thread is now in the SUBMISSIONS phase. Please do not post critiques or comments until I post that it has entered the CRITIQUE phase. The story idea: Take a chapter from something you have written, or from a story someone else has...
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    Howdy Friends!

    Dale, I highly recommend you read a good autobiography or two. That is the best way to discover what good biography writing is all about. I think you will find that the essence of a good biography is the same as the essence for good fiction or non-fiction. It is not that you gain a sense of...
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    Writing challenge for OCTOBER

    Sorry for the delay in posting the results. This contest was a three way tie between Nerai, Exo-Slayer an cc.slim. I felt like this was a really great start and I greatly appreciate the three of you for getting the ball rolling. Lets all encourage aspiring writers we know to come and join...
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    Writing challenge for NOVEMBER

    Critique Stage This thread is now in the Critique stage. Every critique you post counts as a 'vote' for that story. The story with the most votes by January 31st 2010 will be the winner! Remember, writers need your honest and objective feedback, so please take the time to critique at least...
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