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Announcements / Worldsmyths birthday fun thread!
« on: June 02, 2017, 05:56:41 PM »
So I thought it might be fun to have some activities! I've tried to do different areas and hopefully less google-able things. Of course the main theme is fantasy, and I tried not to do too much... so here it is!

Each activity has points, they'll be pointed out with the heading, and obviously the idea is to get as many points as you can. The person who gets the most points wins. In case of a tie there will be a tie breaker question or something, because there can be only oneeee.

So, let's begin.



Wordsearch


Nice and simple ;)
(so she says)

71 points can be made from this, plus two bonus points. Bonus points?! :o
There are two words hidden in there which I found making the answer sheet and I thought they were hilarious to add in :P I won't tell you what the word is (cause that'd be too easy) but instead I shall give you a clue.

Word 1: A beast/creature of fable who resides in the snowy mountains
Word 2: I have a sword and I am going to _____ you!


Please find the wordsearch in the attachments :P


Riddles

Inspired by Bilbo and Gollum, and of course straight out of fantasy, here are some riddles for you to solve. Each riddle is worth 3 points, so you can get 24 points from this section.

1.

You eat something you neither plant nor plow.
It is the son of water, but if water touches it, it dies.


2.

A serpent swam in a silver urn
A golden bird did in its mouth abide
The serpent drank the water, this in turn
Killed the serpent. Then the gold bird died.


3.

Turn us on our backs
And open up our stomachs
You will be the wisest of men
Though at start a lummox


4.

Bury deep,
Pile on stones,
My mind will always
Dig up them bones


5.

It occurs once in every minute
Twice in every moment
And yet never in one hundred thousand years.


6.

It can be said:
To be gold is to be good;
To be stone is to be nothing;
To be glass is to be fragile;
To be cold is to be cruel.
Unmetaphored, what am I?


7.

There is not wind enough to twirl
That one red leaf, nearest of its clan,
Which dances as often as dance it can.


8.

What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than trees,
Up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?



Quiz

Each question is worth 1 point, and you can get 41 points in total from this section.

Films

1. What 1986 film features a red kind hearted beast named Ludo?
2. Which film shares a word the title above is directed by Guillermo Del Toro?
3. What does the Empress need that will save all of Fantasia?
4. What type of creature is Falkor?
5. What does the Wicked Witch write in the sky above Emerald City?
6. Who does Dorothy's house kill?
7. What are the names of the Pevensie children?
8. Who is Shelob?
9. What's the house number and name of the street that Harry Potter grew up in?
10. What is Harry's patronous?
11. Who greets Aragorn at the black gates of Mordor?
12. Who is the Lady Amalthea?
13. Who does Lucy befriend when she first enters Narnia?
14. What is the name of the owner of the Prancing Pony?
15. What is the name of Fred and George Weasley's joke shop?

TV

1. What tv show starred three sisters with names beginning with P?
2. And their names?
3. Asshai and Lys are places known from which show?
4. Which tv character was originally from Thrace in ancient Bulgaria?
5. In the UK what is the term to describe all types of programs that feature elements of the fantastic?
6. Why do Mal and Zoe always cut their apples in Firefly?
7. A greek legend brought to tv, who were they played by?
8. Emma, Regina, Henry are main characters from what show?
9. What is the weapon used by the famous warrior princess?
10. Jimmy Novak is better known as?
11. Who sends Jayne his hat in Firefly?
12. What is the second language that people in the Firefly universe use?
13. What is the name of the language that Angels use in Supernatural?

People

1. Which actor born in 1922 has been in at least two multi-film series?
2. This actor in his later years went on to do what sort of music?
3. Which famous English man has been portrayed in many films, mostly played by american actors?

Fantasy and literature

1. Which fantasy creature is found all around the world in slightly different forms?
2. Name the author who wrote fairy tales told in seriousness?
3. What is another name for Welsh dwarves?
4. What makes them special?
5. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote which famous fantasy novel?
6. What is the name of the creatures whose name means “Choosers of the Slain”?
7. Which subgenre of fantasy incorporates Chinese martial arts?
8. Which famous anime/manga features the characters Serenity and Endymion?
9. Which creatures are known for hating iron?
10. Which mythological creature is a large being made out of smoke?


If my maths is right, the maximum you can get is 138 points. I tried to make this a mixed bag of difficulty, and this is my first time making this sort of thing so I hope it is good and I hope you have fun! Please post your answers in a comment when you have finished, one answer post per person please marked in bold ANSWERS. Feel free to post normal comments too! Also you don't have to answer everything just do your best :)  I'll update this post when answers come in to see who is winning.
 

Answers must be in by the 16th of June, you have til the last second of the day EST :P

Good luck!



Leaderboard

justaddnoise1985 - 128 points
Kherezae - 17 points

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Hall of Fame / HSCook
« on: May 09, 2017, 10:04:48 AM »
This thread will be used to chronicle HSCook's current and future Writing Challenge victories.



Find them on the Forums

Winning Entry: A Final Request
Prompt: Rain/Storm or Joke/Prank
Challenge Link: April Challenge

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Archive / April Monthly Writing Challenge
« on: April 01, 2017, 10:07:20 AM »

April Writing Challenge


Prompts: Your prompts are to write about a jokes /pranks or rain/storms. Go crazy! There are two prompts, but that also doesn't mean you can't combine them. 
Wordcount: 5,000 word maximum. Please remember, this is just a maximum, meaning that you do NOT have to write 5,000 words, it just means that you can't surpass it.
Submission deadline: Sunday, 30th April, by 11:59 PM EST.


If you already have something written that fits this prompt, you CAN and are encouraged to submit it to the challenge.


Voting will be posted on Monday, 1st May, followed by the May challenge prompt.

All entries should be submitted to the Worldsmyths library and submitted under the Writing Challenges category, like so:
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask either here in the thread or send me a PM! Good luck!


Please respond to this post with the following information filled out in order to submit your entry:

Code: [Select]
[b]Title:[/b]
[b]Word count:[/b]
[b]Summary:[/b]
[b]Link to story:[/b]

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Writing Discussion & Questions / Things you -don't- write about
« on: March 24, 2017, 02:21:19 PM »
There are some topics people outright avoid, whether it be for personal reasons, or maybe they don't feel they can portray certain scenes well enough and not stereotypically. It may even be that you've realised you haven't written male POVs or female POVs and it's only just occurred to you :P
Are there any things you don't write about?

For me, I don't think there is anything off the top of my head that I can think of. However I have noticed I have female predominant POVs. Not for any reason though, I just pick the POV on which characters are yelling loud enough :P

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Publishing & Marketing / When to make your author facebook page?
« on: March 24, 2017, 12:48:37 PM »
I still have no idea to this question. People say that you should start earlier as to get the interest started, but what would I even put on it? Of my WIP I have one chapter self-edited. Nothing published, no images I could add (aside from memes!)... and because I want to go down the traditional route, how much can I even share of an un-contracted manuscript :/ 

Any thoughts?

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The Fantasy Genre / What makes the fantasy genre different?
« on: March 23, 2017, 12:21:14 PM »
If we take fantasy as a whole, what makes it different from other genres? Is it word count, style, the inclusion of prologues? Obviously there is the content of fantastical things such as dragons, or beings that aren't real... but then horror can have it too. I'm curious to know what sort of things people come up with :)

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I found this and it looks interesting! I think I am going to have a try for it. Their title is the twilight madhouse and is about the grey area between things which I love anyway.

Here is a link to their page: https://schreyerinkpublishing.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/open-call-speculative-fiction-anthology/

Quick details:

Submission length: 1,000-15,000 words. This is a loose guideline. Don’t self reject if you are a little longer or shorter. If in doubt, send us a note with the word count and we’ll let you know if it’s something we’d consider.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

Authors will be notified before September 10, 2017

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Resources & Research / Lin-Manuel Miranda made a writing playlist
« on: March 21, 2017, 04:39:12 PM »
Here is the article which is better me posting than copy pasting :P

http://nerdist.com/lin-manuel-miranda-music-playlist-spotify-writers-block/

I know a few of you like Lin-Manuel especially after his work on Moana so maybe he can help you write too :)

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The Artist's Corner / Character mood boards
« on: March 12, 2017, 05:50:44 AM »
I've wanted to try these before but I have never gotten round to it, but here it is! A mood board for one of my characters



What do you think? :D

I used this website to do it: https://pixlr.com/express/

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Self Promo / Just Another Body
« on: February 23, 2017, 06:19:44 PM »
I've submitted this as a challenge entry, but it's actually the first chapter of my WIP which has been thoroughly edited (yaaaaaay)

So I would love feedback of all sorts! I've spent a month on these 2.8k so for now I am moving on, but any critiques etc will be read and taken into consideration :)

http://www.worldsmyths.com/library/viewstory.php?sid=93

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Bookworm's Corner / [Book Review] Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
« on: February 23, 2017, 05:32:19 PM »


It was a chance of fate that I found this book, and I wish so much I had bought it sooner.

*

This book is the sort of book I want to write. But so much cooler. And also made me coin the term snarcasm. The author even admits he doesn't like happy endings. The author in me is like [i[yessss[/i] someone else like me, the reader in me is like D: nooooo

The plot is about an assassin and her story, it's set in a completely new world and comes with awesome maps. Mia wants to get revenge on those who killed her father. We follow her on her journey to how she can reach her goal of killing them. Simple enough.

Annnnd then comes the snarcasm. Mia has a cat like form who lives in her shadow named Mister Kindly, and he (it?) is such a little sarcastic twat, he's amazing. And of course Mia's personality bounces off of him. There is also no female decorum here. She says things how they are. I love her for it. She has this rough crudeness which never takes it too far and just is. Her POV steals the vast majority of the book and I never once got bored of it.

What this book has which I have never seen before is footnotes. Lots of them. They too are sarcastic and funny and really add something to the whole story. A couple of them were a bit too lengthy I found, moreso when giving some informative knowledge rather than funny. One of my favourite ones includes us being told a cook had served corned beef for 342 consecutive nights along with "Would it kill you to serve [stab] some fucking [stab] salad"

The footnotes go well with the non-linear progression. We get little flashbacks here and there. At one point Mister Kindly tells Mia it is her fault they got into a bad mess and then the next section actually goes back and shows us. It sounds a bit jarring, but I think it worked fantastic.

The different creatures (we get sand krakens!) along with the characters and absurdity of it all really brought something fresh to me. And gave me something to strive for in my own work seeing as I write along the same vein. It has also showed me that with formatting, do the fuck what I want if it works :P

There were also descriptions which were almost cliche and then bam! complete U-turn. My favourite being "The second had pretty blue eyes and the smile of a fellow who choked puppies for sport."

I really loved this book and was hooked on it. I can't wait for the next one, however as this is a new-ish book I'll be waiting a while. I mean I could go on about it but I am trying to keep my gushing to a minimum.

It's not the sort of book for everyone, but I fucking loved it :P

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Descriptions/Writing: 9/10
Overall: 9/10 sparkly shiny gold stars


Never flinch. Never fear. Never forget.

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Resources & Research / A year long writing course [free]
« on: February 21, 2017, 12:29:27 PM »
I have stumbled upon this writing course which might be useful to some :)

http://www.arbeckert.com/20170214/no-excuses-a-year-long-writing-course-for-free/

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Resources & Research / Pixar in a box
« on: February 21, 2017, 12:26:58 PM »
Pixar have teamed up with Khan Academy (which is also a place I have wanted to check out for a while but haven't got round to it) to make a course on storytelling.

https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/storytelling

Might be worth a look :) it's free!

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I found this article really interesting, and it makes sense to me. Take a look and see what you think :)

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/01/why-the-british-tell-better-childrens-stories/422859/?utm_source=aofb

I have never thought about the pagan influence before, and my WIP does feature the pagan ideas (very much the 'your presence in this world is fleeting', and creatures such as faeries and dragons. Both types of story can be very useful, but it might explain why I love fantasy so much, I used to live by a very pagan-esque area, it's very very known for it's faeries.

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Writing Discussion & Questions / Hop little bunny?
« on: February 15, 2017, 05:21:18 PM »
(title in reference to a children's song - I'm sorry :P )

I don't get plot bunnies. Never been my sort of thing really. I mean I think I may used to get the but not now. However I think a bunny ran out swinging it's little arms going LOOK AT ME!

I was watching all the cutscenes from my favourite game to show my little girl (and she loved it yaaay) and bits of the storyline are so awesome and resonate with me... it makes me want to write about a world where dreams mean a hell of a lot. Like jumping into another dream to save them or something like that. Heavily inspired by my favourite game minus the cutesy cabbit and inflatable enemies. Is that a damn bunny?!

My brain is like oohh that sounds good. And here I am shouting at my brain going FOCUS I have my WIP to work on!

*le sigh*

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