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Date: 05-12-2015
Word Limit: 1000
Words Written: 26,209

Judges (crits):
Bad Seafood

Week Archivist: Kaishai

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:
1. newtestleper & Jay OGifted and Talented
2. simplefish & blue squaresLeaving it all Behind
3. PoshAlligator
3. Unfinished Story
4. blue squares & skwidmonster
'Round Sundown
5. Benny the Snake
5. Unfinished Story
6. Pham Nuwen & Benny Profane
Dishonorable Mention
Mercury Rising
7. Benny Profane & Ironic TwistPrehistory
8. Jitzu_the_Monk & Something ElseThe Monster in the Closet
9. Schneider Heim & sebmojoBobbins
10. spectres of autism & Thranguy
The C-word Out Of Space
11. Sitting Here & Grizzled PatriarchThe Crucible
12. JcDent & Jonked
Dishonorable Mention
The Fire and the Slave
13. Blue Wher & TyrannosaurusSquare Pegs Are For Squares
14. Fuschia tude & Jitzu_the_Monk
Dishonorable Mention
The Art Lesson
15. dmboogie & RedTonic
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Sole Survivor: Space Janitor
16. Ironic Twist & Blue WherSculpting Perfection
17. RedTonic & Pham NuwenRing Quest
18. Something Else & newtestleper
Dishonorable Mention
Work Experience
19. Jay O & Schneider HeimA Better Place To Be In
20. Grizzled Patriarch & spectres of autism
Dishonorable Mention
21. Jonked & simplefish
Dishonorable Mention
Ulterior Motives
22. Chairchucker & dmboogieTrouble, Trouble
23. Thranguy & JcDent
What A Twist
24. skwidmonster & PoshAlligatorThe Princess Ball
25. Djeser & Sitting Here
Mummy Got Boned
26. sebmojo & Fuschia tude
Dishonorable Mention
Thee Tends Well
27. Tyrannosaurus & Djeser
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
What's Left When It All Goes Wrong

Failures who signed up but did not submit: