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    Default Iron Author Contest (This is the Creative Writing Contest)

    The Final round has begun

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    averagejoe vs. Ravyn vs. Elvaris
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    Blood Pressure Sounds and A West Wing Character

    These are some rather odd links but there they are. I posted early because I don't think I'll be able to get on the boards tonight. The due date remains the same however, Friday, January 19th @ midnight (between Friday and Saturday)

    Good luck everyone!!
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    I would be interested, something to flex the writing muscles would be appreceated.
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    Same too, 'though i don't think i could deliver it on time....


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    I would be interested in trying this as well.

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    Provided I have the time, I say "hellz yeah."

    I also apologize for this instance of the words "hellz yeah."

    EDIT: Does it have to be a story? Suppose someone wanted to write some poems based on the articles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZombieRockStar View Post
    Provided I have the time, I say "hellz yeah."

    I also apologize for this instance of the words "hellz yeah."

    EDIT: Does it have to be a story? Suppose someone wanted to write some poems based on the articles?
    No. Any type of original written material would be allowed. Short Story, Poem etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Malmagor Andrigal View Post
    Same too, 'though i don't think i could deliver it on time....
    I went ahead and put you down as an entrant. Don't count yourself out of the timeframe...we don't even know what it is going to be yet.
    Last edited by Fat Daddy; 2006-11-18 at 12:05 AM.
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    I'm game count me in. My creative juices have been short lately so competing should give me some motive to make up some good stuff and then maybe I can get back to writing my story I dream of publishing one day.

    N e who wehn the time comes PM me if I haven't apparen;ty acknowlaged that I have started.
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    I will definitely PM you when the contest starts. It's going to take me just a little while to get everything in order. I will put you on the list! Welcome to the contest.
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    I'd be interested... :)

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    Sure, why not.

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    Heh...I started clicking the "random article button" and came up with this guy. I checked out his site...I could totally write something about this guy. Although I suppose I'll have to use something different for the actual contest.

    For judging, perhaps if we have each contestent vote for a piece not her/his own and use that, instead of having judges. I'm stuck for ideas on awards, though.
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    I think I might be interested.

    How long is this story supposed to be, by the way?

    EDIT: I'm also willing to draw awards, if you want.

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    Count me in.

    It's time to strike a blow against Writer's Block.

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    I'd actually have material with which to work with? Yee-haw! Count me in!

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    ...Eh, why not? I've been meaning to write something. Count me in.
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    I'll give it a shot, but I'm working 6 days a week till Xmas so it may not be high quality/long/on time... But sure!!!
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    I'd like to join as well, this sounds like good exercise:)

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    I'd be up for it, though I might not have time, depending on how school goes these next few weeks.


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    Wow. We have 14 entrants so far. I honestly didn't expect such a great response. I had better get busy and get this thing in order.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneak View Post
    I think I might be interested.

    How long is this story supposed to be, by the way?

    EDIT: I'm also willing to draw awards, if you want.
    I am thinking no more than 5000 words. I don't want to kill anyone's creativity but we have to take it a little easy on the judges if we want anyone to volunteer to judge next time.

    Sneak if you would draw the awards that would be GREAT. I sent you a PM about my idea for awards.
    Last edited by Fat Daddy; 2006-11-20 at 12:46 AM.
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    Sounds like my next course on Open University, UK. Count me in! :)

    Okiez, time to get 'a writing since I'm at an internet coffee and have a little 500-word first-person thing I decided/have to write for the course ad I have no word-processor and this thingie needs a jump-start and is good and instead of going with my complex idea I'm going with the fish I observed with horror being gutted yesterday, mhmmmyes...

    first draft

    Little red
    twisting
    plastic bag,
    something alive
    asphyxiation
    fresh seafood inside

    Just in from the oceans,
    the boatpeople bring,
    all sorts of fishies
    all sorts of thing

    From the pier above
    fascination unfolding
    horror untold

    half of them are
    already dead a cruel
    knife skinning the

    fish alive, slowly painfully
    then once he is
    done he guts

    it's neck, wresting the
    meat open cold blooded
    fish still alive

    thwipping around more
    slowly now for
    a while while

    the man does it
    over and over
    again death death

    life slipping away

    hmmmm.. need to rewrie this but Haiku is good for distilling something for redrafting
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    *meekly raises hand*

    Could I give this a go too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanon Sharpe View Post
    *meekly raises hand*

    Could I give this a go too?
    No need to be meek. Step up and be counted. I'll gladly add you as a contestant.

    Quote Originally Posted by Moechi_Vill View Post
    Sounds like my next course on Open University, UK. Count me in! :)

    Okiez, time to get 'a writing since I'm at an internet coffee and have a little 500-word first-person thing I decided/have to write for the course ad I have no word-processor and this thingie needs a jump-start and is good and instead of going with my complex idea I'm going with the fish I observed with horror being gutted yesterday, mhmmmyes...

    first draft
    -snip
    hmmmm.. need to rewrie this but Haiku is good for distilling something for redrafting
    Ummm...Moechi...I'll gladly add you as a contestant but...uh...the contest hasn't started yet .... just sayin'.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ceika
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    Count me in, and please give me the heads-up when this starts. It sounds like a blast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravyn View Post
    Count me in, and please give me the heads-up when this starts. It sounds like a blast!
    You got it. I am shooting for starting this up after the (US) holiday weekend. More details to follow.
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    Hmmmm... I'm interested, but I think I'll need to see some concrete rules and such before I can say yea or nay.

    Other than that, it sounds like it could be fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gengy View Post
    Hmmmm... I'm interested, but I think I'll need to see some concrete rules and such before I can say yea or nay.

    Other than that, it sounds like it could be fun.
    I second this.

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    I'll sign up, though my writing pace tends somewhere between glacial and tectonic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gengy View Post
    Hmmmm... I'm interested, but I think I'll need to see some concrete rules and such before I can say yea or nay.

    Other than that, it sounds like it could be fun.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tormsskull View Post
    I second this.
    Well, let's see if I can come up with some rules. Everyone (Gengy and Tormsskull in particular) these are how I envision the contest running. I have not set these rules in stone and am still open to suggestions but these are the current guidelines I see us going with.
    1) The competition will be set up on a 'bracket' system with randomly drawn slots (similar to the NCAA basketball tournament)

    2) I will post links to 2 random wikipedia articles for each bracket. I.e. Entrants 1 and 2 will write using same 2 articles, entrants 3,4 a different set of two articles etc.
    NOTE: I will be using the 'random article' button to generate the articles I will be posting. I will re-generate an article if it is labeled as a 'stub' article. This will be done behind the curtain, as I will only post the valid articles.

    3) Once I post the links. Entrants will have exactly 1 week to post their stories.

    4) We are going to enact a 5000 word cap. Not trying to stifle anyone's creativity but we have quite a few contestants and I don't want to scare off the judges.

    5) We currently have 3 judges(DArKandEViL, DarkLightDragon, and Dispozition) and 2 alternate judges(Death, your friend the Reaper and Fat Daddy; should alternates become necessary) to judge the entries and pick winners from each bracket.

    6)I picture judging on the following criteria:
    a)grammar and spelling
    b)content / I.e. the story itself
    c)use of articles, how well the articles are integrated/used in the story
    NOTE that turning in a story after the deadline will cause a disqualification.

    7) The winners advance to the next round and we repeat the process with new articles.

    8) An overall winner is declared and the award(s) are given.

    9) The Judges' decisions are final.

    I plan on closing the registration early next week and starting the contest shortly after that.

    So those are the rules/guidelines we are running with. I am open to suggestions for change/improvement until the time that I close the registration.

    I hope that answers most questions.
    Last edited by Fat Daddy; 2006-11-23 at 04:17 AM. Reason: Forgot to post the word count limit
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    Well, these are fine with me. PM me my two articles once the rules are set in stone.

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    Rules seem fine to me. I'm looking forward to this.

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