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#5 Can You Tell a Story in 25 Words Or Less? Come and Give it a Try. (No Self Promo)


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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 11:43:45 PM PDT
Sorry Anna, I have no idea. Twenty-five words was my limit. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 11:44:51 PM PDT
Thanks Oldog, that's about the nicest thing you say about a piece of writing.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 3:47:07 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 3:56:55 AM PDT
Sean Carley says:
I took exception to your post, but upon reconsideration, your point may have merit. It is never safe to assume something is about you.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 3:59:41 AM PDT
Sean Carley says:
Now, I'm really curious. Do you indeed enjoy reindeer and gorgonzola cheese, madame Libra? Do they pair well together?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 4:01:31 AM PDT
Sean Carley says:
Having recently reconsidered my position on commenting without creative embellishment, let me say, I loved this.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 4:02:27 AM PDT
Sean Carley says:
Personally, I felt the bitter irony of existence.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 4:04:05 AM PDT
Sean Carley says:
Fairly early on in these threads, (Are you sure there are only six?) I was chastised rather severely for summarizing a popular series in twenty five words. I wonder if the mood is more forgiving now.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 6:46:35 AM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
@Sean -- re: "I took exception to your post ..."
Hey, hulloo! Can we talk?
To what did you take exception?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:08:43 AM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
@Sean --- re: "Fairly early on ..."
There are 6 threads in this Fiction Forum, plus Anna said she's opening #7 today sometime. There are 7 more old inactive threads in the Kindle Forum; there's nothing to prevent somebody from using those old threads.

I don't recall ever seeing anybody chastized on 25WOL. Since you brought it up, would you mind reviewing the circumstances for us, please?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:13:44 AM PDT
Sean Carley says:
Of course we can talk.

My first response was that I am loath to add comments that aren't contributions to the theme. I reconsidered that when I thought about the effect feedback from these threads has had on me personally. It has been immensely encouraging to see that people actually like what I write and want to read more. I started a writing blog specifically because of these threads and even added a post recently about how much feedback is appreciated.

Before today, I generally reserved comment unless I felt like I had an artistic contribution to the theme inspired by a story. Also, time constraints have forced me to reduce the time I spend here. Upon reflection, I intend to make an effort to comment on stories that provoke an emotional response for me. It is only fair to give back to the community that gave me so much.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:25:36 AM PDT
Oldog_Oltrix says:
@Dan -- re: "Twenty-five words was my limit"
Y'know, you can include multiple stories in the same post ... or, more accurately, I do so all the time and nobody has ever objected that I am aware of.

That way, you can tell more than one story at a time to make a more complete tale.

I mean to say, it is my understanding that the goal here is to have fun with words and literature. The rules seem to be few.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:30:04 AM PDT
The inactive threads are in the Kindle Book Forum.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:31:35 AM PDT
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Oldog_Oltrix says:
@Sean -- re: "I intend to make an effort ..." --
Truly a great idea IMHO !!!

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 7:34:07 AM PDT
#7 Story Challenge is up.

http://www.amazon.com/forum/fiction/ref=cm_cd_fp_ef_tft_tp?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1X9OILUVOYVZ7&cdThread=Tx2F4MXMKMN8O29

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:36:02 AM PDT
Sean Carley says:
Oldog,

I understand the count better now. I've been posting since the first thread on the Kindle Forums. I didn't even realize they had moved.

The specific chastisement I am referring to is here http://amzn.to/IW99NJ although upon review, it isn't in reference to the post I thought it was so I'm not really sure what she meant. In fact, looking at the post it is in reply to, her post seems to indicate a misunderstanding. I originally wrote a post ( http://amzn.to/zoWroY ) to which Anna responded. I followed up with another post ( http://amzn.to/Js73JA ), explaining that I had changed the real ending of a true story. I failed to indicate it was actually my story, as in real life events that occurred to me. Before her post (indicated at the beginning of this paragraph), I wrote a 25WOL vignette in homage to Orson Scott Card's speaker for the dead character arc ( http://amzn.to/HNBszP ).

Upon reading Anna's comment about only wanting original stories, I removed the contents of that post and unfortunately don't have access to them anymore. Now, I wonder if I was confused and wish my post was still there.

I have occasionally disagreed about some of the finer points of the rules of the posts. I started considering the theme word to be a theme, not a rigid requirement which must appear in the story. Given a theme of safe, I'm fine with a 25WOL story that does not contain the word safe but does suit the theme of safe. I love the creativity inspired by these challenges. They can be immensely satisfying and are great for activating a playful mind. Regardless, constraint is an accepted part of the challenge. How you work within your constraints is as much a part of creativity as the ideas you spontaneously create.

And please, don't get me wrong. I love these threads. I think Anna is doing a great job.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:43:30 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:49:46 AM PDT
I replied to you about only using original stories because you must have said something that I took to mean you had posted something that wasn't your own. I apologize for misunderstanding you.

The only rules are that the stories be 25 words or less and that the theme word is used. If it isn't clear that the word needs to be used should I fix the OP so that it becomes clear? I do think it's important for the word to be used, since I think that's part of the challenge and I love to see the same word in each story.

Actually I just edited my OP in Challenge #7 to say that the theme word has to be in the story. This should make it clearer for everyone.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:50:31 AM PDT
I was going to tell Oldog that the link is in your profile where it's fine to be.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 8:04:38 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 8:34:01 AM PDT
Sean Carley says:
The post I redacted was a 25WOL telling of part of Card's multi-novel epic starting with Ender's Game. It seems like this kind of thing would be okay now but at the time, I felt a little scolded. I didn't particularly mind, hence redacting it without any fanfare. I do wish I'd kept it though. I thought it was pretty good.

I think the change to the OP is a good idea. It should be clearer now.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 8:36:57 AM PDT
Sean Carley says:
I suppose the monk eye is right out. :) A couple of us have been pretty bad about tweaking the nose of the restrictions of the OP at times.

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