The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby LordLucan » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:17 pm

So folks, any suggestions for July's RiaR theme? As you may know, I am your new benevolent competition runner, so I'll be ultimately picking the theme.

Though, 'Reign' seems an appropriate theme word in this case... :P
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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby Commander Shadow » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:13 am

maybe a phrase this time?

"The Old King is Dead"
- And there arose from the abyss a terrible beast and the armies of man were laid low by the walls of the ancient city. The ground shook and the skies trembled and all knew as the beast had come forth and that the end of time was upon them.

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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby LordLucan » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:02 pm

Oooh, I like that one. The phrase is evocative, but is also generic enough to allow for many variations upon a theme.
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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby Liliedhe » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:17 pm

The King is dead, long live the King.

The only thing faster than light is monarchy. :P

How about Succession? That would be a word, and cover the same thing.
"You were a warleader, a fighter, when did you gain such illuminating insight into the minds of others?"
"I learned such things as you and your brothers applied brand to my flesh and parted skin with rasp and knife," snarled Astelan. "When your witches tried to prise open my mind they opened me for an instant and I stared back."
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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby J D Dunsany » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:22 pm

Liliedhe wrote:The King is dead, long live the King.

The only thing faster than light is monarchy. :P

How about Succession? That would be a word, and cover the same thing.


I'm liking this. The whole asking people what the prompt word should be thing. Why didn't I think of that?

And 'Succession'. Yes. That could work very nicely. :)

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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby LordLucan » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:31 pm

Succession seems likely to get the go ahead so far.
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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby Liliedhe » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:25 am

For October: Ghosts. Or Haunted.
"You were a warleader, a fighter, when did you gain such illuminating insight into the minds of others?"
"I learned such things as you and your brothers applied brand to my flesh and parted skin with rasp and knife," snarled Astelan. "When your witches tried to prise open my mind they opened me for an instant and I stared back."
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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby Corrigan Phoenix » Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:20 am

Agreeing with Liliedhe- Haunted's an apt one. Or fear.
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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby schaferwhat‽ » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:12 pm

How about a little more out the box. Festival.
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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby VictorK » Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:39 pm

Maybe stick with a Halloween theme a little more. How about Mask(s)?
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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby Rahvin » Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:58 pm

Not a suggestion, but a quick question, and this seemed the best place to ask. What's the rules/guidelines on profanity? And by that, I mean actual real-world profanity, because using 40k-isms leeches the impact and thus defeats all point of using the expression in the first place. I ask because I was planning on revisiting Verbal for a few pieces, probably in here (he's been in a couple of previous RiaRs, if anyone recalls) and his idiom tends to be rather coarse and in-the-gutter, and I've found that the tales I write from his perspective lose a bunch of their... attitude, I suppose you could call it, when I go back in editing and censor/mask the swearing. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that profanity is by any means necessary, but replacing it with 'oh biscuits' levels of nonsense made-up 'swearing' just doesn't feel right for the character in question.

So yeah, are we PG-13 here, or are we grown-up?
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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby Liliedhe » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:13 pm

What he said. When I write real world, I HATE having to censor myself.
"You were a warleader, a fighter, when did you gain such illuminating insight into the minds of others?"
"I learned such things as you and your brothers applied brand to my flesh and parted skin with rasp and knife," snarled Astelan. "When your witches tried to prise open my mind they opened me for an instant and I stared back."
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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby J D Dunsany » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:34 pm

My understanding has always been that we're PG-13 (or BL's version of it - shit's okay, but the f and c words not).

But, do you know what?

It's not my call anymore!

:D

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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby TunnelRat68 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:30 pm

A couple of ideas that are rebounding round my head.....

Education

Premonitition

Gene seed

weapons

duel

captivity

death world

hierarchy

poison

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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby Corrigan Phoenix » Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:58 am

So, is the RiaR: December going to be a Candlemas theme?

Snow? White? Dwarf? (I'm kidding on that last one)
Gift? Present? Change? Winter? Season? Cold?
Numb? Wrapped? Red? Green? Tree? Fornication? (Again, kidding.)
Celebration? Pudding? Fire? Nuts? Night? Kinship?
Others? Warmth? Light? Dark? Angel? Choir?
Stars? Bells? Holly? Debt? Money? Games? Time?

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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby Jaraknarn » Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:56 am

I quite like 'Winter' but, my vote is for Santa.
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Re: The Read In A Rush suggestion thread

Postby Rahvin » Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:23 pm

A thought I had the other day - assuming this competition is still under way. What if we brought the critique and pseudo-workshop angle of RIAR more to the fore? It would perhaps put a more collaborative spin on the competition, which can only be a good thing. As is, the critique is valuable, but little can be done with it within the competition other than keeping it in mind for the next month.

It wouldn't even need much change, even something as simple as adding an extra week between submissions and voting as an 'edit' period, where each entry gets the chance for one edit after reviewing what the other entrants have said about it. After that week, the final edits of each piece are collated and voted on, perhaps with a fourth 'bonus' vote for 'Most Improved'.

What do folks think?
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