Yeah, yeah. I KNOW. Some of you hate this prompt. Some of you love it though, too, so the rest of you can suck it for the time being.

Perhaps as a result of the polarizing feelings on this, we had a steep divide between the best and the rest this week.

The prompt is “Fortunately, Unfortunately.” Each person starts with the same seed phrase.
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Let’s do one next week, eh?

abbyszoo
bhiggum
Inkarnit
MelissaD
nettiebarron
nibbish
rockitlikeroxanne
sherrymac1031
spacegirlmichy
todahshy

Vote One: Roxanne Lewis (missed vote).

Vote Two: Roxanne Lewis.
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Concepts? Sure! Execution? Sometimes. We had some really great stories this week, and a bunch that could have been, but there was a LOT of telling chosen over showing for this one.

As always, though, I’ll proudly endorse the week as a whole. Read or die.

The prompt was to write about an ordinary thing getting a “smart” feature, a la apps in TVs.

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Ah, there we go…another long and pointless day of work is over.

Vote One: Eric Schapp.

Vote Two: Eric Schapp. “I vote Eric. Yep, the one with the C. I double-checked.”
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Greetings, gang. I hereby thank some of you for not feeling the need to go all the way with the word limit. This was a tougher prompt – probably best run later in the game – but I decided we were probably going to get all twenty people to show up and wanted to celebrate.

A decent number of these stories merely fulfilled the prompt, but some were truly interesting character studies. Read on, friends.

Oh, and the prompt was to write about a character who was the last to know about his or her declining fame.
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Nonsub votes mean that votes come in early!

Vote One: Jonathon Pope (nonsub vote)

Vote Two: Jonathon Pope.

Vote Three: Jonathon Pope.

Vote Four: Jonathon Pope. “I vote Pope off, begrudgingly.”

Vote Five: Jonathon Pope. “I think Novak should write a story about an absent-minded pope.”

Vote Six: Jonathon Pope. “I hearby issue the papal bull of Ex commisso nonsubis

Fourth Elimination from Spookymilk Survivor XVIII: Jonathon Pope

Oh, Popester. Your first Survivor nonsub ever, right?

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Here’s your new one.

WORD LIMIT: 500
TIME LIMIT: 35 minutes

Deadline: Thursday night at 7pm Central

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No more nonsubs, eh? Cheers, Survivors.

Wooooo, dig these crazy concepts, gang. This one was, more than anything, an exercise in strong openings that hopefully will help in the future. And if not, hey, at least it won’t take long to read the lot of them.

The prompt was to write the first fifty words (or fewer) of a mystery novel.
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It’s ready.

For those who have mentioned they get nervous about the lag: almost immediately after you send the email, click your inbox link to refresh. The auto-response always pops for me when I do this.

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Word Limit: 50
Time Limit: 20 minutes

You probably won’t need all that time, but concepts can be tough so I’ll probably never give less than that. Also, it’s not the Bantam Bulwyr challenge, as many of you probably suspect. It’s a new one.

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You have until Sunday night at 9pm Central.

Cheers, Survivors.

How are your nights going, gang? This might be going up late, but on the upside, there’s also an elimination at the end of it. Maybe that’s not an upside for everyone, I guess.

These concepts are great. That’s what the prompt sort of begs for, but you guys really brought it. Well done. Execution of course was hit and miss, but there were some huge hits.

Novak had a busy night and was on his phone; some of his comments, as a result, are kept rather short. Don’t worry – he still cares. At least, he cares as much as he does about anything that doesn’t involve a chance that he’ll win.

Challenge Two: We’ll Make Something Up.

You are writing the story of the first time two future lovers meet. However, the story is so dark or awkward or seedy that if asked in the future, the couple is likely to tell a lie about the first time they met.

Word Limit: 250
Time Limit: 30 minutes

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Your competition, and also you

HALL OF CHAMPIONS

SPOOKYMILK SURVIVOR

I: Rachel "The Double-Dealer" Flynn

II: Ryan "The Snake" Fossum

III: Patrick "The Gentleman" Kozicky

IV: Brienne "The Submitter" Maner

V: Rusty "The Porn Star" Greene

VI: Brooks "The Unlikely Hero" Maki

VII: William "The Soulful" Schuth

VIII: Brooks "The Survivor" Maki

IX: Zack "The Ice Cream Man" Sauvageau

X: Pete "The Vacuum Cleaner" Bruzek

Turbo: Brooks "The 1956-1979 Montreal Canadiens" Maki

XI: Matt "The Cold-Hearted Motherf*&^er" Novak

All-Stars (XII): Andy "The Quiet Man" Rustleund

XIII: Sarah "Clarence's Hope" Bizek

XIV: Dan "The Professional" Kautz

XV: Christina "Assault And" Pepper

XVI: Matt "The First-Time Player" Novak

XVII: Stacy "Saintly Patience" Snell

XVIII: In Progress

GODS AND MORTALS
I: Dragging Rivet's Name Through the Mud One Last Time: Matt Novak (Ultragrandpa) and Michael Rivet (Friph Flipher-Fiph)

BIG BROTHER
I: Brooks "Oh, for the Love of God" Maki
II: Michael "#DDB" Rivet

CUTTHROAT JUNCTION CHAMPION
Pete "An Apparently Long Title Reign" Bruzek (6/23/14)

Link to the Cutthroat Junction site. Over there, we do once-a-month strategic mega-games while the champion defends his title in a one-on-one. Head over to see how it works.

THE ROYAL RUMBLE
2013: #21 Greg "The Gallant Glutton of Greatness" Johnson
2014: #29 Jonathon "Big Papa" Pope
2015: #8 Christina "Am I in This?" Pepper

PLAY WITH THE PROSE
(Writing, non-elimination)
I: Sarah "Centipede Face" Johnson
II: Sarah "The Johnson Eliminator" Wreisner
III: Colin "Lonely Old Moon" Woolston
IV: Melissa "Not Sidebar Material" Diamond
V: Sama "No Family Reunions" Smith
VI: Sarah "Tumor Face" Wreisner
VII: John "Cult Following" Wreisner

WEREWOLF (most recent)
Wolves (daneekasghost, nettiebarron and rockitlikeroxanne)

Werewolf Stats Spreadsheet

PUZZLE CHALLENGE
I (Pure): Matthew "The Obsessor" Gilman
I (Power): Kelly "The Novak-Destroyer" Wells

DIPLOMACY
I: Matt "Exploiter of Worlds" Novak (France)

SURVIVOR XVIII: THE WRITENING

THE DEVIL WEAR PRADAZ

Annette Barron
Pete Bruzek
Daniel Caouette
Zack Sauvageau

LONG-DISTANCE PHONE CALL FOR FRIENDSHIP

Melissa Diamond
Danyel Logue
Brooks Maki
Colin Woolston

FOR THE LOVE OF PETE

Brendan Bonham
Bret Highum
erik sunshine
Will Young

THE HIDDEN LEGENDS OF TEMPLE GRANDIN

Shawn Ashley
Brian David
Jordan Graham
Joshua Longman
Joseph Rakstad
Beau

THE GRAVEYARD

24th: Angela Moore (PRADAZ)
23rd: Jesse Vance (Phone)
22nd: Rene Pare (Phone)
21st: Jonathon Pope (Pete)
20th: Eric Schapp (Pete)
19th: Roxanne Lewis (PRADAZ)

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