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The Alternate Universe Weekly Challenge Thread

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Striges
05.16.2014 , 06:44 AM | #731
New week, new prompt!

Week of May 16, 2014
Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be. Whether borrowing money, your sister's clothes, your mother’s starship, or living on borrowed time, everyone borrows things. What happened when your character did? Did he lose it? Break it? Have a heck of a time giving it back in one piece? Or was your character the lender? Was the item ever returned or the credits paid back? What kind of condition was it in? Write about a time your character borrowed or lent out something. Prompt courtesy of Mirdthestrill.

And, as ever,

Night of the Living Prompt: Keep on using any prompt you like! Check out the list at http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...postcount=4734 and http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...postcount=4735 (yes, we’re up to two full posts!). Many thanks to Alaurin for maintaining these lists.

This week's featured NotLP:
I Love This Bar - We all do our time in the watering holes of the galaxy. What's your character's favorite memory of things seen, heard, done, purchased, insinuated, shot, kissed, imbibed, discombobulated, or otherwise rendered memorable in a cantina?

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05.23.2014 , 06:21 AM | #732
New week, new prompt!

Week of May 23, 2014
Obsession: Everyone has interests. Occasionally, they devolve into fandom, or even obsession. What things obsess your character? Is it a favorite holoshow? A musical group? Perhaps swoop racing or huttball? Maybe something more esoteric--akk dog breeding, archaeology, perfume making, fine-tuning hyperdrive engines, or something else. Love feels a lot like obsession in the early infatuation stage. Or might it be a true obsession: intrusive thoughts or actions your character can’t ignore. Write about some of them and how they affect your character.

And, as ever,

Night of the Living Prompt: Keep on using any prompt you like! Check out the list at http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...postcount=4734 and http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...postcount=4735 (yes, we’re up to two full posts!). Many thanks to Alaurin for maintaining these lists.

This week's featured NotLP:
As Time Goes By - No matter where you are in your character's story they are probably quite different from when they started. Maybe some are ready to settle down and others are starting to feel the passage of time. (All that Force leaping can't be good for the knees!) Has your character noticed any changes or have they stayed the same while others changed around them? Tell us about it.

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Striges
05.30.2014 , 06:10 AM | #733
Happy Second Birthday, Short Fiction Weekly Challenge! The original thread began on a whim, June 1, 2012 and this spinoff not long afterward. We’ve seen contributors come and go and some stay for the long haul. In honor of a forum thread running for two years constant, now at 500 pages and climbing:

Week of May 30, 2014
Monuments: Beings everywhere create monuments. They can be statues or walls or great tomes or endowments to museums. Made to heroes, to wars, to governments, to benefactors, to saints, or even stupidity. They may be ancient or recent or forgotten. They may be revered or reviled, or maybe even both at once. Perhaps monuments to your character, desired or not, known or not. Write about your character’s interactions with monuments.

Or:

Serendipity: Merriam-Webster defines serendipity as “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for; also : an instance of this.” For many, stumbling on this thread was an instance of serendipity. Not all surprises are bad, and sometimes good things happen when you least expect it. When has your character experienced serendipity?

And, as ever,

Night of the Living Prompt: Keep on using any prompt you like! Check out the list at http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...postcount=4734 and http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...postcount=4735 (yes, we’re up to two full posts!). Many thanks to Alaurin for maintaining these lists.

This week's featured NotLP:
First Day on the Job - Some of our characters have very long, very colorful employment histories. Others picked a job or had it picked for them when they were very young. Pick one of the jobs your character has held and describe the day they came to it.

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06.06.2014 , 06:20 AM | #734
For a bit of a change, June will be the Month of Meta-Prompts. These prompts will be less about situations, and more directed at the writer. Experiment with form and sources of inspiration.

Week of June 6, 2014
Something Borrowed-writers find inspiration everywhere, sometimes in other people’s fic. Not necessarily characters, though we had a prompt for that, too. Sometimes it’s a scene or a description, a side character or a setting. The name of a bureau, what the hyperspace vortex looks like, a slogan, or something else! The main thread hosted a number of collaborations recently, so let’s make it official. Write your story and be sure to note what you borrowed and from whom. Add a link to your inspiration if you can.


And, as ever,

Night of the Living Prompt: Keep on using any prompt you like! Check out the list at http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...postcount=4734 and http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...postcount=4735 (yes, we’re up to two full posts!). Many thanks to Alaurin for maintaining these lists.

This week's featured NotLP:
Loyalty and Betrayal - Two loaded words that can have major impacts on a person's life. Which characters of yours always follow orders? Which never compromise in loyalty to their friends or cause? How do your companions (not just that one) deal with challenges to their loyalties?

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Striges
06.13.2014 , 06:26 AM | #735
Week Two in the Month of Meta-Prompts. These prompts are less about situations, and more directed at the writer. Experiment with new forms and different sources of inspiration.

Week of June 13, 2014
The Sounds of Silence-Tell a story without dialogue. Perhaps the characters are cannot speak or choose not to. Maybe the characters are incapable of speech. Maybe communications are cut off. Thoughts don’t count unless they’re audible in some way, and while journal entries or written correspondence fit the letter, they miss the spirit. Challenge yourself!

And, as ever,

Night of the Living Prompt: Keep on using any prompt you like! Check out the list at http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...postcount=4734 and http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...postcount=4735 (yes, we’re up to two full posts!). Many thanks to Alaurin for maintaining these lists.

This week's featured NotLP:
First Day on the Job - Some of our characters have very long, very colorful employment histories. Others picked a job or had it picked for them when they were very young. Pick one of the jobs your character has held and describe the day they came to it.

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Striges
06.20.2014 , 06:50 AM | #736
Week Three in the Month of Meta-Prompts. These prompts are less about situations, and more directed at the writer. Experiment with new forms and different sources of inspiration.

Week of June 20, 2014
Background Music and Leitmotif:-Imagine Darth Vader’s entrance without the Imperial March. It’s hard. His music is as much a part of his character as his black cloak and mask. Many writers have playlists for their stories, or at least particular songs that apply to certain characters or situations, or that help evoke a character or a sense of place as they write. This week’s challenge: Write a story and link the background music that goes with it, or a story centered on your character and link their leitmotif. Prompt courtesy of Mirdthestrill.


And, as ever,

Night of the Living Prompt: Keep on using any prompt you like! Check out the list at http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...=7489974post=2 and http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...=7489991post=3 (yes, we’re up to two full posts!). Many thanks to Alaurin for maintaining these lists.

This week's featured NotLP:
Laws and Governance - Our characters pass through a huge number of jurisdictions with a huge variety of regulations, forms of government, fine print, and - eek - legal penalties. Write about an interaction your character has had with government and/or the legal system.

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Kitar
06.20.2014 , 09:10 AM | #737
Sorry for the late response to your comment Striges, life has been rather busy, now that my daughter is out of school for the summer.

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Many apologies for the late response, Kitar. I really enjoyed this tender look at both Jorgan and Kit'ar. The gifts were lovely for both, and the sensory descriptions excellent. They read very much like people in love who know each other's tastes well. Long past the initial infatuation stage and enjoying the more mature, deeper kind of love that only comes from a long-term relationship.
At this point the two of them do care for each other. I have honestly been contemplating posting the entire story but it now sits at seven hundred pages I would completely hijack the thread if i started posting them all here. Maybe one of these days I will work up the courage to start my own thread. I know the few people who have read it do seem to enjoy it.

I also have another story, I had intended to actually post two. I have been so very busy I have only been able to finish one of them.

Enjoy
NotL Prompt: The Sounds of Silence
Featuring: Aric and Kit'ar (who else)
Timeline: Takes place roughly three months before the Dreams and Nightmares Prompt
Spoilers: Mentions events for Imperial Corellia planetary quest as well as npc's from Pierce's companion quest

Spoiler

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06.26.2014 , 06:29 AM | #738
Ah, I wondered when a minor thing like the galactic war would cause trouble for Aric and Ki'tar. I liked the suspense here and the no-win situation Aric was in. Whose side will he take? Is there a way out? One that Aric can accept? Both the build up and the resolution were good.

As a comment on the entire arc, I liked the first story as pretty much humor. Aric more than a little buzzed, an ill-advised liason. But you took those characters beyond the initial setup and played around with them. I like how the story as a whole developed.

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Striges
06.27.2014 , 10:44 AM | #739
The fourth and final week of the Month of Meta-Prompts. These prompts are less about situations, and more directed at the writer. Experiment with new forms and different sources of inspiration.

Week of June 27, 2014
A Punny Story:-Often derided as the lowest form of wit, some of our most respected writers --like Shakespeare and Alfred Hitchcock--adored puns. Making and understanding puns requires a large vocabulary, a vital thing for writers. This week’s challenge: write a pun story; a story that exists for the sole purpose of setting up a pun. See this TVTropes link for some examples (click at your own risk), a wonderful music related one here by Peter Schickele (the story begins at 4:48, but the intro is totally worth it).

Sadly, puns rarely translate well outside their native language. Regardless, if your story ends in a non-English pun, please include both the original and a translation/explanation.

And, as ever,

b]Night of the Living Prompt[/b]: Keep on using any prompt you like! Check out the list at http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...=7489974post=2 and http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...=7489991post=3 (yes, we’re up to two full posts!). Many thanks to Alaurin for maintaining these lists.


This week's featured NotLP:
Failure - Our characters have flaws. They have bad days. They do it wrong. And sometimes they don't win. What failures have your characters experienced? What, if anything, did they learn from it?

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Striges
07.04.2014 , 12:41 PM | #740
In honor of our numerous non-native-English writers, another language-focused prompt:

Week of July 4, 2014
Dialect and Accent: Everyone has one whether you're aware of it or not. Your words and how you say them reveal a lot about where you were born, where you grew up, what you like to read, or where and how you learned another language. What do your character's word choices tell about them? Does it mark them as ruling class, streetwise, coreward, rimward, immigrant, outsider, insider, or something else? Do they try to hide their unique pronunciation or revel in it? A source of shame or pride? Are they right and everyone else talks funny? Explore it!


And, as ever,

b]Night of the Living Prompt[/b]: Keep on using any prompt you like! Check out the list at http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...=7489974post=2 and http://www.swtor.com/community/showp...=7489991post=3 (yes, we’re up to two full posts!). Many thanks to Alaurin for maintaining these lists.


This week's featured NotLP:
Alternate Perspectives - Meet an earlier meta prompt. Most of the time we tell a story from a single character's perspective. But what were other characters thinking at the time? Rewrite one of your past pieces from another character's perspective or write a new fic from two characters’ perspectives. Use any prompt or just make something up.