A Different short story contest

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  1. S.J. Faerlind

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    Cheers!
    The Scribe's house is quiet again so I thought I'd post this.
    I entered a short story contest on another forum I belong to. This one is run by the members of "The Pub" community and the way they run it is pretty neat. The contestants are divided up into groups of about 5 or 6 people. Every round has different requirements for the story you have to write and one person from each group gets eliminated in each round. The rest move on to the next round and write another story based on different requirements.
    So for round one we were given a choice of 8 fantasy pictures. We had to pick 4 of them and each picture had to be an integral part of the story. Each group was also given another picture of a modern item that had to be mentioned somewhere in the story.
    If you're interested, you can find the pictures and rules for round one here:

    http://www.wattpad.com/forums/discussion/366318/Fantasy+smackdown+Round+One

    You can also find links in that thread to the stories written by the contest entrants.

    I picked the following pics: a phoenix rising out of flames, a naval battle with sailing ships and cannons, a city in the middle of the ocean and a young woman dressed in white reading by candle-light. My group was also supposed to mention a light bulb somewhere in the story. So what would you do with those? Here's what I did:

    http://www.wattpad.com/9647575-realms-of-legend-transformation-fantasy-smackdown
     
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    did I already missed loosing the first one?
     
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    Hmmm.

    These days most of my stories are based on fantasy paintings, and I want to write something for pics 2 & 4. I wonder why that poor drake's wife left him with the kids, and what he's going to do about it?
     
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    You know what's funny? Pic 2 (the dragon on the motorcycle waiting for a family of ducks to cross the road) so far has been one of the more popular choices. Two people have used it so far and I have to assume they know nothing about ducks because they all called the duck in the image a female. It has the colouring of a mallard and only the males have green heads: the females are brown from head to toe. XD
    The other funny thing is that everybody who has used that pic has written the story about the dragon (who happened to stop and wait for ducks incidentally), but nobody has (yet) written one with the ducks as the main character. I think you should write it Greybeard (and then post it here so we can read it :D).
     
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    Not quite: they have a blue patch on their wings. And you note that I did call it a drake.

    Hmmm.
     
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    I did realize that you called it a drake actually. We had Rouen ducks on the farm when I was a kid and basically they are domestic ducks with a mallard's colouring. I'd forgotten about the blue patches on the wings... or maybe Rouen's don't have them (honestly I can't remember).
    Can't wait to read that story though! :)
     
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    Just found out that I've been advanced to round 3 in this contest with 9 other writers.
    4 of us will get booted after this round and it's gonna be a tough one! We have to write a "dying earth" fantasy story which has to include one song (from a list of 7) and 4 pictures (from a list of 8).
    Here's the link if anybody wants to see what songs and pics we have to choose from:
    http://www.wattpad.com/forums/discussion/406783/0/25/fantasy-smackdown-round-three

    aaaaannd... I have to have the story posted by Jan 20th. Better get going........:D
     
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    OK here goes.... just posted my entry for round 3. My story was based on the following choices: song: "Enter Sandman" by Metallica (JNK will be so proud of me! :D), pics: #2: barbarians in the snow in winter, #5: lady in the stars, #7: armoured knight charging into battle, #8: dark fortress against a red sky with a vision of a cracked world. I call the story "Last Stand".
    Here's the link if you want to read it:
    http://www.wattpad.com/11023780-realms-of-legend-last-stand-fantasy-smackdown

    Wish me luck!
     
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    Good luck.
     
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    ^^ Thanks :)
    Maybe I should have asked for skill instead...... XD
     
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    yeah I am... now do one based on "master of puppets" :)
     
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    When you're finished "Master of Puppets," do one based on "The Beer Barrell Polka."
     
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    ^^Slave drivers!^^
     
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    Phew! I managed to squeak into the next round. 6 of us are left now and they just posted the requirements for the next story. In this round, one of the 8 pictures is mandatory (Pic 4: the white peacock), one of the other contestants chose another pic for me (Pic 1: manticore), and I get to pick 2 more from the list. The subgenre this round is "mythic fantasy" and one of the other contestants gets to pick the type of mythic fantasy we have to include in our stories. My fellow competitor gave me Japanese mythology :p. They're also cutting down on the time again: we have one week to post our entries. Here's the link if anyone wants to see the pics: http://www.wattpad.com/forums/discussion/425054/0/25/fantasy-smackdown-round-four
     
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    That's pretty sick, SJ. Hardmode puzzle to make that all fit. In a week!

    I'm thinking... Peacock sushi?
     
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    hahahaha Tur! I hadn't thought of sushi.......
    I think I might base it around the story of the Japanese kami Amaterasu and how she was lured out of her cave..... the gods need a little help sometimes after all, right? :D
     
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