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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 7:27:32 AM

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Two Challenges To Prompt Your Imagination - sorta

Those folks wary of traveling to the top of the forums page may have missed the two challenges now available in the 'Challenges and Prompts' (just for fun) forum.

The 'Time Warp'' challenge is for stories in any category, up to 5,000 words.
The Describe the Singer one is for micro fiction.

No pressure, no deadline. Each challenge has its own entry guidelines, including word limit.

So far, nine brave souls have taken on the 'Singer' challenge while 'Time Warp' is well represented but the exact number of entries is beyond me -- among many other things.

Anyway, take a look at the 'Challenges and Prompts' forum and give both of them a try. You have now been officially challenged. ;)

glasses8

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Survivor
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:12:49 AM

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It must be mentioned that if and when you enter a Challenge you will receive a shiny new badge as a Challenge Champ. It is "numbered" such that each challenge you enter the badge reflects that. Since I have entered both existing challenges I am a "Challenge Champ 2". What an incentive, right?

Carry on. rr
magnificent1rascal
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 11:01:12 AM

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Thanks for the bump, Bill and Larry!

Another challenge and a prompt will be posted soon. For those who haven’t received their Challenge Champ badge, I’ll try to get caught up with awarding those in the next couple of days. geek

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Dreamcatcher
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 1:27:31 PM

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Interesting. I just checked and my badge only shows 1 challenge met. I actually did both so it should be a 2. WAAAAAAAAAA!! I want my other challenge!!

Obituarius
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 7:33:55 AM

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What is it with the badge ego!
Survivor
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 9:54:02 AM

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What is it with the "rain on the parade" ego.
Obituarius
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 11:43:46 AM

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i'm not in a parade. Are you?
Survivor
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 12:04:54 PM

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My apologies. I thought you would understand a metaphor. My mistake.
Dreamcatcher
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 12:14:48 PM

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Obituarius wrote:
What is it with the badge ego!


My friend, please don't start down this road again. Badges are an accepted practice for this site and the majority of members appreciate them. We all understand your position on badges and don't want to impede or censor your comments, but given that this topic has been discussed and settled in favor of badges, I implore you to embrace and rejoice in any victories we writers are able to achieve.

Sherzahd
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 11:46:22 PM

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Obituarius wrote:
What is it with the badge ego!


You're right, it probably is ego, but know what, it's also a heck of a lot of fun chasing badges. Fun is something you might want to try on here, for no other reason than it is fun.

I think I need to tackle these challenges too, it's been a while since I got a shiny new badge. happy8

“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.”
Obituarius
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 5:32:53 AM

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Sherzahd wrote:
Obituarius wrote:
What is it with the badge ego!


You're right, it probably is ego, but know what, it's also a heck of a lot of fun chasing badges. Fun is something you might want to try on here, for no other reason than it is fun.

I think I need to tackle these challenges too, it's been a while since I got a shiny new badge. happy8


I have and it got me nowhere when all the apples go to a few pies. A posse does not change the truth.
Sherzahd
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 6:52:44 AM

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Obituarius wrote:
Sherzahd wrote:
Obituarius wrote:
What is it with the badge ego!


You're right, it probably is ego, but know what, it's also a heck of a lot of fun chasing badges. Fun is something you might want to try on here, for no other reason than it is fun.

I think I need to tackle these challenges too, it's been a while since I got a shiny new badge. happy8


I have and it got me nowhere when all the apples go to a few pies. A posse does not change the truth.


Never liked apple pie myself. Apples should be crunchy, not squishy. Don't you agree?

“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.”
fuzzy1954
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2019 11:51:50 AM

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did I read B A D G E S lol Lfunny


magnificent1rascal
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 12:01:56 AM

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Obituarius wrote:
What is it with the badge ego!

Just an observation...

For someone who claims not to care about badges, you seem to care a lot about badges.


Obituarius wrote:
Sherzahd wrote:
You're right, it probably is ego, but know what, it's also a heck of a lot of fun chasing badges. Fun is something you might want to try on here, for no other reason than it is fun.

I think I need to tackle these challenges too, it's been a while since I got a shiny new badge. happy8


I have and it got me nowhere when all the apples go to a few pies. A posse does not change the truth.

A posse may not change the truth (whatever that means), but neither does repeating the same thing over and over, ad infinitum. The truth, in this case, is that:

1. Most of our members enjoy badges
2. Those who don’t have the option of hiding them on their profile
3. Someone else receiving a badge doesn’t affect you in the slightest
4. Badges aren’t going away on this site

This matter has been discussed and debated for months, and although the resolution was clearly not to your liking, it is time for you to lay down your king and gracefully accept defeat.

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Mendalla
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 10:49:38 AM

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Sherzahd wrote:


Never liked apple pie myself.


A heretic! A heretic! glasses8



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Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

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Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
Ping
Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 8:32:56 PM

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I move that Storiesspace Admin create and award a new badge to Obit. I’m not sure what it could be, maybe just a blank, but give him a badge. Make Love (with badges), Not War. coffee

And speaking of the next competition...

Hey! Who said that?

dontknow

evil4
Sherzahd
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:07:35 AM

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Mendalla wrote:
Sherzahd wrote:


Never liked apple pie myself.


A heretic! A heretic! glasses8



Smother it in ice cream... ice cream makes everything better.

“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.”
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 5:00:49 AM

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If the next contest is something along the lines of, 'Threadjack of the Year' this sucker will win hands down, imo. ;)

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Dancing to Ray Charles: Ch 01-20, Two Dancers love, friendship, betrayal, integrity, compromise racism, church fire bombings, the Ku Klux Klan, the Vietnam war, class differences, changing values, redneck honky-tonks plus other fun stuff
Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:42:47 AM

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Sherzahd wrote:


Smother it in ice cream... ice cream makes everything better.


A heretic who nonetheless speaks truth. The best kind. glasses8

Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:43:39 AM

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Rumple_deWriter wrote:
If the next contest is something along the lines of, 'Threadjack of the Year' this sucker will win hands down, imo. ;)

glasses8


God, the threadjacks I've seen (on other sites, not this one). This is minor, Rump.


Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
gypsy
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:11:53 AM

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Mendalla wrote:
Rumple_deWriter wrote:
If the next contest is something along the lines of, 'Threadjack of the Year' this sucker will win hands down, imo. ;)

glasses8


God, the threadjacks I've seen (on other sites, not this one). This is minor, Rump.


Or maybe not so minor, if one takes into account the inversely proportional size of this site in comparison to those others.

All in all, I'd say it's a hack-saw gradiently frivolous appropriation of what is a perfectly valid opening and then summarising statement.





The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Junius



Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:09:10 AM

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gypsy wrote:
Mendalla wrote:
Rumple_deWriter wrote:
If the next contest is something along the lines of, 'Threadjack of the Year' this sucker will win hands down, imo. ;)

glasses8


God, the threadjacks I've seen (on other sites, not this one). This is minor, Rump.


Or maybe not so minor, if one takes into account the inversely proportional size of this site in comparison to those others.

All in all, I'd say it's a hack-saw gradiently frivolous appropriation of what is a perfectly valid opening and then summarising statement.



SAY WHAT!!! geek
Dreamcatcher
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:34:15 AM

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Hmmmm... THREADJACK seems to be a facilitating made-up term not yet recognized by Webster or others in those big books on a shelf with words in them. I've heard of hijack... hit the road jack... jack-of-all-trades... and jack-off... but threadjack is a new one. A thread is merely a smaller piece of a larger garment. You may start off with a single teather but end up with a king-size Indian blanket which seems to be the case here. We've serpentined from the Forum page to challenges to badges to parades to apple pie to heretics to finally threadjack. I like threadjack. It's a good word. I say we adopt it as our mascot. Can we get a Threadjack badge?

Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 1:58:52 PM

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The Urban Dictionary is a good source for the words the kids are using these days. rr


Threadjack

To take over the content of a message thread by changing the subject of discourse to a topic outside the purview of the original subject and/or forum, while maintaining the subject line. A form of amusement for trolls. Threadjacking is distinguished from flaming, as flames are a quasi-personal attack on a poster or on a poster's style of discourse, where threadjacking is deliberately steering the discussion off topic.
Dreamcatcher
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 2:16:17 PM

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Survivor wrote:
The Urban Dictionary is a good source for the words the kids are using these days. rr


Threadjack

To take over the content of a message thread by changing the subject of discourse to a topic outside the purview of the original subject and/or forum, while maintaining the subject line. A form of amusement for trolls. Threadjacking is distinguished from flaming, as flames are a quasi-personal attack on a poster or on a poster's style of discourse, where threadjacking is deliberately steering the discussion off topic.



I still want a Threadjack Badge.

Ping
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:58:17 PM

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Could the badge also have a toggle function?

Thread Jack On, and Thread Jack-Off?

evil4

A few of here may have earned it just for this thread alone.
steffanie
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:52:38 AM

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Rumple_deWriter wrote:
If the next contest is something along the lines of, 'Threadjack of the Year' this sucker will win hands down, imo. ;)

glasses8



I think I've done that already with Linda Ronstadt.



fuzzy1954
Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2019 8:15:51 AM

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Sherzahd wrote:
Mendalla wrote:
Sherzahd wrote:


Never liked apple pie myself.


A heretic! A heretic! glasses8



Smother it in ice cream... ice cream makes everything better.



I know some will say "I scream for Ice Cream"
but
I say open a bottle of Jameson and leave the the Ice Cream for a nice summer social!!

3601 Lfunny 3601




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