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Spring 2016 Workshop, take 2 (extended)

13 May 2016 11:27 - 30 Jul 2016 13:43 #47814 by Woodclaw
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As usual this is going to be the place for questions, announcements, pleas fro help and bragging for the ongoing workshop.

Just to remind these are the key points:
  • Deadline: midnight July 31st 2016 August 3rd 2016 GMT
  • Length: no limit (but please write at least 2000 words)
  • Theme: "Power Transfer with a Catch" (you can find the explanation of what it means on the front page )

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13 May 2016 14:56 #47816 by shadar
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Good theme. Specific in one way (power transfer) but broad enough to work the imagination. And the catch, the limit, whatever, is always important.

Superman without his Kryptonite would be boring.
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14 May 2016 12:09 #47843 by Woodclaw
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Just bumping.

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14 May 2016 14:50 #47847 by inactive
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I'm in brainstorming mode. I have an opening scene, a protagonist, and a secondary antagonist in mind. I have a reason why there is a catch to the power transfer, but not the catch itself.

I need to do some reading to make sure it's not close to something that's already been done and figure out a plot.

Some pages (TV Tropes Warning) that I'm going to look over while brainstorming that might help others:

PowerParasite
AssimilationBackfire

- GeekSeven
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15 May 2016 00:38 #47857 by AuGoose
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Awesome. I've got the 2.1% inspiration, now I just need to invest the 97.9% perspiration!

Looking forward to reading all the entries in August. :)

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15 May 2016 21:30 #47871 by Woodclaw
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geekseven wrote: I'm in brainstorming mode. I have an opening scene, a protagonist, and a secondary antagonist in mind. I have a reason why there is a catch to the power transfer, but not the catch itself.

I need to do some reading to make sure it's not close to something that's already been done and figure out a plot.

Some pages (TV Tropes Warning) that I'm going to look over while brainstorming that might help others:

PowerParasite
AssimilationBackfire


Thanks for the (potentially dangerous) links, G/ ;)

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18 May 2016 21:14 #47952 by d_k_c
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Kings of Empire prt 3 will have to be delayed, I think I got my ideas locked down for this WS. Bring your A game! I'd love to lose this one

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04 Jun 2016 23:58 #48267 by Woodclaw
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Well ladies and gentlemen,

you might consider this a bit on a unncessary bump, but I got a couple of things.

First, I'd like to have a more precise idea of who is in with this workshop who's not, so I'd like if those who are thinking of participating can please raise hands? Thank you.
Even if you're not going to contribute directly I'd like to have a round up of people who are willing to help by doing beta-reading and proofreading.

Second. I got a couple of question about the "catch" part of the story. So I wish to ask all of you to provide some examples (not necessarily what you're going to use in your entry) so that we can all be on the same page.

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05 Jun 2016 00:13 #48268 by Raa
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I have an idea rolling around in my head. I may or may not have time to do it, but I'll give it a shot.

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05 Jun 2016 00:21 - 05 Jun 2016 00:23 #48269 by inactive
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I'm working on it. I've just finished figuring out what the villain's plan is. Now I'm trying to outline a plot for the main character resulting from that.

Examples of a catch:
  • In order to keep her powers, she must take at least one innocent life every week.
  • The power transfer was corrupted, and every time she uses her powers, a dark force inside her grows and turns her towards evil.
  • As a mere human, her new powers will kill her unless she regularly takes a drug, the supply of which is strictly controlled by somebody with an agenda she doesn't share.
  • Every time she uses one of her powers, $100 is deducted from her checking account.

- GeekSeven
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05 Jun 2016 01:55 #48270 by argonaut
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I've got an idea for a "catch," but it doesn't involve power transfer. Still, I might write the story and submit it by the July 31 deadline. You can either send it to the Library or post it with the other entries but exclude it from the poll.

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05 Jun 2016 02:01 #48271 by LustMonster
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Being a newbie at all this, I actually have a question about the "power transfer" part.

Is it power freely given, power stolen, power shared, or any/all of those?

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05 Jun 2016 02:47 #48272 by shadar
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LustMonster wrote: Being a newbie at all this, I actually have a question about the "power transfer" part.

Is it power freely given, power stolen, power shared, or any/all of those?


From earlier discussions, the answer would be YES, YES, and YES. Any way of transferring power, as long as it comes with some kind of a catch.

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05 Jun 2016 02:54 #48273 by LustMonster
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Ohhhh I thunk me up a GOOD catch. A DELICIOUS one.

Not gonna tell...

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05 Jun 2016 03:37 #48275 by shadar
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I've got a start to a story... not sure if it'll gel before the deadline, but hopefully. Here's part of my draft opening scene.

**Proximity**
by Shadar

It happened the first time as I arrived in Metropolis.

I’d just shuttled into the city from the airport and was wandering around, staring up in wonder at the tall buildings, the smell and feel and sounds of this famous city washing over me.

I’ve never lived in a city, not even near one, preferring instead to live on whatever beach had the best waves that week. Yet if all went as planned, I was going to spend the next six years in the never-ending din and crowding of this mighty city.

I was walking down the street, trying to drink it all in, searching for a handle to grab my new life, when I bumped into a tall, solidly built man wearing glasses and an ill-fitting suit. A staggering flash of prickling heat came out of nowhere to explode inside me, the prickling quickly fading to an energetic rush of the purest pleasure.

The man dove one way, a startled look on his face, and I staggered in the opposite direction, finally collapsing behind a dumpster as I cried out again and again as waves of ecstasy wracking me from inside out and head to toe, the sensation beyond anything sexual. It was like every cell of my body was having its own little orgasm.

So naturally, I was terrified.

I know my body better than most people given I’ve been a big wave surfer since I went pro at the tender age of fourteen. During the five years since then, I’ve surfed monster waves all around the planet, and I’m the only woman who has beaten most of the men at one time or another in this most dangerous and physical type of surfing. Sixty foot waves crashing over coral, yet somehow I’ve always come up after a wipeout without injury.

I staggered out of the alleyway, dirty and disheveled, my top torn where I'd clutched myself, my eyes a bit crosseyed. I struggled to walk, but my legs felt all rubbery and shaking. I barely felt it when my foot slipped off the curb and I fell face first in the street. Terrified, I struggled to get up, only to see a huge bumper pass over my head as a squealing tire rolled over the back of my head to smash my face into the concrete, the wheel locking to push me along the street, my face carrying the entire weight on that wheel.

Everything went black as I realized with horror that after all those years of dangerous surfing, I was going to die on my first day in Metropolis.
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05 Jun 2016 09:07 #48277 by Woodclaw
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argonaut wrote: I've got an idea for a "catch," but it doesn't involve power transfer. Still, I might write the story and submit it by the July 31 deadline. You can either send it to the Library or post it with the other entries but exclude it from the poll.


That's a the right attitude, thank you Argo :)

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05 Jun 2016 09:09 #48278 by Woodclaw
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shadar wrote:

LustMonster wrote: Being a newbie at all this, I actually have a question about the "power transfer" part.

Is it power freely given, power stolen, power shared, or any/all of those?


From earlier discussions, the answer would be YES, YES, and YES. Any way of transferring power, as long as it comes with some kind of a catch.

Shadar


I can confirm what Shadar just said: any of those scenarios are perfectly valid as long as a significant amount of power change hands in the process.

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05 Jun 2016 09:51 #48280 by castor
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Got a story idea, a little work and hope to get it in. Since i started with the first prompt it maybe some of the same ideas as before- that said i choose to take it in a very diffrent direction then others may.

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05 Jun 2016 10:42 - 05 Jun 2016 10:46 #48281 by AuGoose
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((laces fingers - turns palms outwards - extends arms till knuckles pop))

Looking like an interesting field, this season.

I feel like I should have Eye of the Tiger playing.

Oh, wait. I do.



Looking forward to reading them all :).
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05 Jun 2016 10:51 #48282 by LustMonster
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It's the taps on the keyboard
By this obsessive nerd
Writing more than than his fellow forum rivals
And the superhero writer
Bangs out word after word
And he's about to pass out with the Eye of the Tired.

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