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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Friday Challenge — 9/23/2011

This week in The Friday Challenge:

STUPEFYING STORIES becomes a monthly, paying market, and reopens for submissions! • Join the discussion...

Henry Vogel continues his evaluation of abandoned hardware. • Join the discussion...

Bruce Bethke gets to the bottom of what makes good cover artwork, by using various editions of Conan: The Freebootie as an example. • Join the discussion...

Kersley Fitzgerald muses on the ultimate value of technical proficiency. • Join the discussion...

Ryan Jones witches his way to a win in our Sneaking Killers through the Back Door challenge. • Join the discussion...

All this and more, as Elephant Appreciation Day enters the room (but no one talks about it), and the inmates discuss the view from their respective places in the asylum.

78 R.P.M. (Rejections per Manuscript)

As of this morning, we have received the following entries for our current challenge (listed in their order of appearance within Files > Friday Challenge 2011 09 23 ):

  • “Droid” by Topher

  • “Rage” by Topher

  • “Goatman” by Vidad

  • “Human Resource ” by xdpaul

  • “It wasn’t about the pants” by Vidad

  • “O-Machidō Sama” by miko

  • “Shattered” by miko

  • “Quest” by J.M. Perkins
    Note: This one is ineligible for the competition, but J.M. Perkins requests feedback from any willing to offer a critique.

  • “So What Did You Think Made It Work, Anyway?” by Avery

  • “Odyssey” by Topher

  • “Pages” by Topher

  • “The Plea” by Henry

  • “Senescence” by spikerNSponge

Yahoo seems to be working again! Did we miss any entries, and does anyone else have 78 words they'd like to throw into the mix?

An enthusiastic “Huzzah” to all who have entered! The judges are considering your submissions, and a winner will be declared by the evening of Sunday, 25 September 2011.

Where Have All the Yahoos Gone?

Ryan J won the previous challenge, and offered the “Editor Hat” to Van, the Quish, but as of this morning no challenge had been proposed... so we're going to improvise:

Last night the Yahoo group started acting glitchy. As of this morning we still can't upload new files. At least we can read the files that are already there!

Your assignment? Explain what happened.

No, seriously. Wide open format. You can go as long or short as your heart desires, with as much technical proficiency, or as much made-up jiggerty pokery, as you'd like to include. Aliens are fair game, as are Quantum Phizziks, Sunspots and Were-Weasels. (So is pretty much anything else that a Yahoo might do... or that might do in a Yahoo.)

Anyone can enter, without restrictions.

Oh, there is one more thing... but it is the most important! Have fun. Always have fun.
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