The deadline to submit for the next bi-weekly is September 27th.
Fallupface and I had a conversation recently and we decided, "You know what, man? Life be hard. A dude trying to get his write on and ain't nobody give a bit of damn. We needs like… motivation. We needs like... to do something big, son." And so here I am, about to feed your face with something big and don't take that the wrong way because you want this and you want it hard.
So here's the plan. We're going to knit a big ass ball of... Actually nah, I'm just screwing with you. The plan is quite simple. You tell us, "Hey, I'd like to submit my work for this bi-weekly", and then we take things from there. Our panel of three lovely judges will review your work and tell you how close you came to meeting your quota and the overall quality of said work. From there, we can pull a winner, so to speak, from all of the submissions and endorse their work until the next bi-weekly rolls around.
But don't get too sucked up into all the glamour (laughs) of this competition, it's all in good fun and in order to provide a mutual benefit amongst the writers. Those benefits being that you'll become more motivated to work, nab some free reviews, and gain exposure. You should write with the intention to want to improve and keep an open mind as you receive criticism. Everything falls on mutual benefit as I'm sure the judges enjoy reading your work and would like to help you out in return. So just remember not to get worked up.~
Cuddles the Dark
Mistress of Ceremonies
Alright, it's official. The "standard" panel members for judging are: Gekko135, Dervish, and __________. Though
Chrissiemay be busy for the first few as may Gekko. If it comes down to it, I'll fill in a spot and if we need to fill two spots then I'll try contacting CCC.
The grading scale will be your standard "Out of 10" with a maximum possible score of 30 pts. Each judge reserves the right to review your story as they see fit based on their own criteria for good characters, pacing, story, etc. This is to allow your story to be viewed in many different perspectives and angles which can highlight your strengths and weaknesses where you may think to have none.
Also, now might be a good time to mention that, though everything is graded on a 30 point scale that doesn't necessarily mean the highest score wins. To the contrary, the judges all band together and decide for themselves who deserves the victory. If you care to know why this is it's because anyone can meet the 5,000 character quota but it takes some nerve to go above and beyond it. Someone that puts in more work shouldn't have to be held accountable for a lower score when the person that did less work gets graded higher (from lack of material).
So enjoy those 30 points, slackers.~
RPGJay (W2/L0) vs Uncle Kenny (W0/L2) (super chain death pact)
TIME FOR SOME MAJOR AND IRRELEVANT BADASS ADVERTISEMENT.
Now you guys know how I'm unmotivated, right? Well the black list is cute and all and you can all still use that but my good friend, RPGJay, and I have decided to take that bitch to the next level. We've entered a super chain death pact that seems like an absolutely cruel survival game. Here's how it goes:
– Each week one of us submits something (Kenny (1st week) > Jay (2nd week) > Kenny (3rd week) > etc.)
-- If you fail to submit then sucker, you have to change your avatar and sig for the entire duration that the chain lasted*
-- At any point during the punishment, the winner can change the avatar and signature for constant humiliation
- So say that we successfully maintained the chain for 4 weeks and then one of us fails on the 5th, then the winner is allowed to change the avatar and sig of the loser for 4 straight weeks. I'll be going first and submitting a new chapter of either Tellus or Thriller Blend on September 4th at midnight, central time.
How is this relevant to any of you? It isn't, that's why I said it wasn't at the beginning of this post. But this seems like something that should be advertised. Perhaps you want in? Perhaps you want to make a bet? Who will outlast who? How long can we keep this up? Are we absolutely crazy?
Weeks Without Failure: 1
Now that the mission statement is out the way, what are the guidelines? It's pretty simple stuff, actually. I'll outline it for you right here:
! - Minimum of 5,000 characters per submission; Maximum of 40,000.
! - Please do tell us if you believe something may be inappropriate in your work as we're not intending to judge your character or anything but it would be better if our judges don't get surprised or offended. You should always maintain a level of tact within your submissions or at least give us a head's up as that is also an act of tact.
! - In order to get your work reviewed for a bi-weekly, come here and tell us which story it is of yours you would like to have reviewed. We'll link back to each of your stories and keep a record of it here so in the case that you have more than one story going on, please inform us which story it is you would like reviewed for which bi-weekly. You can also tell us which stories you would like removed from here if you choose to withdraw indefinitely. Keep in mind that simply missing bi-weeklies doesn't erase you from competition, it's perfectly fine if you skip a few as this is an optional, on-going competition. We won't pester you or anything so don't fret.
! - Each judge will review your work at their discretion based on their own criteria of what makes a good character, story flow, etc. If you submit, please understand and don't expect them to break away from their criteria. Instead, if you'd like them to give a more in-depth look in certain areas then tell them that and if they're willing, they'll give you an analysis in that regard in addition to their standard review. But also please understand that it is a courtesy and does not affect competitive standing.
! - Please do not pester the judges either. I'm not insinuating that anyone shall but just in case you have any questions then come here and post it and if it's a more private matter then simply PM me about it. Understand that the judges are simply here to look over your stories and provide writing help and that they don't actually manage the competition. If you would like individual help then I suppose it would be alright to PM them but they may be busy with other things and if that is the case then I ask you to please not push them or try to coerce them into believing that it's their responsibility to help you, it's not.
! - Also, to our readers, do not presume to be a judge unto yourself. I do encourage readers to critique and such but I do not endorse elitism and I beg you to retain your own beliefs and tastes. Do not take the judges' criticisms as the standard for all writing as new perspectives are always welcome to the table. Which brings me to another point: If you're a writer, don't get detered by your reviews and if you're a judge, don't become elitist. Just always keep in mind that this is in good fun and we're attempting to improve on a whole. That includes as people. ^^
! - The Black List: If you have problems with commitment and want to motivate yourself to enter a bi-weekly then you can place yourself on a "black list" for each competition. Once you've agreed to be put on the list, you're bound to its conditions until that bi-weekly ends. Here are the conditions:
! – You MUST submit an entry for the bi-weekly.
! -- In the event that you do not make a submission then you'll be subject to a punishment.
! – You may clarify your own punishment (thread/forum bans, avatar/signature punishment, etc.) as long as its appropriate.
! -- If you don't clarify a punishment then the default is to allow each participant of the bi-weekly you missed to decide what avatar and signature you must wear for 1 day. Each participant gets a day where they can change your set. The order is determined by highest score to lowest score.
! * Naturally this is all done on the honor system and meant to motivate/condition you into participating. The black list can be viewed under the "Submissions" tab.
! - Finally, as was said before if you have any questions or comments then just post about it here and enjoy the competition. The goal of this is to improve as writers and gain exposure. And for our readers, their goals should be to help us help them to have a good experience. We're all mutually circle-jerking here.~
! Badass SnoCone - ("The Water Bug")
CharmedWard - ("The Mutiny")
Cuddles the Dark - ("Bound: The Book of Sloth") , ("Yukino")
Insider2000 - ("The Rise of the Kidd") , ("The Show Must Go On" & "Destiny of the Pet") , ("Reflections of Sin")
Kitsune Inferno - ("Concerto di Ali") , ("Spirit Wolf")
Kylor - ("A Dastardly Two")
LaCaSiNa - ("Drowning in Identity") , ("Garbled Sanctuary")
Mastello - ("Night at the Station")
MDL - ("Misplaced Fortunes")
No Maam - ("Fishes")
piratemarimo - ("Pink Elephants") , ("The Marvelous Adventures of Mr. M") , (Working Title 1) , (Working Title 2)
RPGJay - ("GREASER")
Sakonosolo - ("Sand Sharks") , ("Sunflower")
Shuhan1288 - ("Two Brothers: The Crystal Promise")
THE SEA - ("Ashina")
ultimateclima - ("Trials or Tribulations")
Uncle Kenny - ("Thriller Blend")
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