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Date: 05-12-2015
Word Limit: 1000
Words Written: 25,454

Judges (crits):
Bad Seafood

This week is a little different. Ok a lot different.

Your signup doesn’t matter this week. You may announce your intention to participate, but your real signup comes with a price of admission. You submit a 400-500 word1 opening of a story by THURSDAY, 11:59pm EST. Establish, BUT DO NOT RESOLVE, a conflict.2 Title it “Untitled Opening” and post the wordcount with it. I will then randomly assign everybody who has submitted a story beginning, and your job will be to FINISH that story by Sunday, 11:59pm EST with another 500 words. You title the piece when you post it. Post the ENTIRE story, for the sake of the judges. You may not edit the beginning of the story except to fix typos and minor grammatical errors. This means no changing sentences, words, names, descriptions, etc.

So to recap. You submit a story beginning by Thursday. You get assigned somebody else’s story, and you write the ending. Each story submitted will in effect have 2 authors. Good things happen to both authors. Bad things happen to the last author. So Win/HMs happen to both contributors to the story, and Loss/DMs only affect whoever had it last.3

The prompt:
No emotional crap. I’m just too stressed to deal with it! I want something light and fun, something that’s easy to read and after I’m done I think “that was nice.” That doesn’t mean it needs to be a big joke, a brainless action piece, or a meaningless meandering, but keep it lighthearted. No topics are off limits. Have fun, real characters.

Let the bitching/confusion begin.

Word limit: 400-500 & 500. 1000 total. (if your starting person uses only 450 words, you may write 550.)

1 If you submit fewer than 400 words for the first part YOU WILL BE DQed THE SAME AS IF YOU WENT OVER 500.

2 A conflict involves a character wanting something, but not being able to have it. The things they want can be physical (money, cars, a lover) or less tangible (power, acceptance, love).

3 On submitting purposely shitty beginnings so somebody has to deal with it: You’re a dick. If I suspect you did this, or I catch wind of it, then you will get stuck with whatever fate you’ve dragged the second author into, i.e. you’ll lose along with them.

27 Total Submissions, 1 Total Failures:
newtestleper & Jay O
1. Gifted and Talented
simplefish & blue squares
2. Leaving it all Behind
3. Unfinished Story
blue squares & skwidmonster

4. 'Round Sundown
Benny the Snake
5. Unfinished Story
Pham Nuwen & Benny Profane
Dishonorable Mention

6. Mercury Rising
Benny Profane & Ironic Twist
7. Prehistory
Jitzu_the_Monk & Something Else
8. The Monster in the Closet
Schneider Heim & sebmojo
9. Bobbins
spectres of autism & Thranguy

10. The C-word Out Of Space
Sitting Here & Grizzled Patriarch
11. The Crucible
JcDent & Jonked
Dishonorable Mention

12. The Fire and the Slave
Blue Wher & Tyrannosaurus
13. Square Pegs Are For Squares
Fuschia tude & Jitzu_the_Monk
Dishonorable Mention

14. The Art Lesson
dmboogie & RedTonic
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention

15. Sole Survivor: Space Janitor
Ironic Twist & Blue Wher
16. Sculpting Perfection
RedTonic & Pham Nuwen
17. Ring Quest
Something Else & newtestleper
Dishonorable Mention

18. Work Experience
Jay O & Schneider Heim
19. A Better Place To Be In
Grizzled Patriarch & spectres of autism
Dishonorable Mention

20. Birdy
Jonked & simplefish
Dishonorable Mention

21. Ulterior Motives
Chairchucker & dmboogie
22. Trouble, Trouble
Thranguy & JcDent

23. What A Twist
skwidmonster & PoshAlligator
24. The Princess Ball
Djeser & Sitting Here

25. Mummy Got Boned
sebmojo & Fuschia tude
Dishonorable Mention

26. Thee Tends Well
Tyrannosaurus & Djeser
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention

27. What's Left When It All Goes Wrong

Failures who signed up but did not submit: