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Friday, December 2, 2011

The Friday Challenge — 12/02/2011

Bruce Bethke balances je ne sais quoi against Sturgeon's Law, in this week's episode of the “Slushpile Survival Guide.” • Join the discussion...

Henry Vogel is emotionally involved with inanimate objects. • Join the discussion...

Guy Stewart sings the praises of cinematic grain and a high contrast ratio. • Join the discussion...

Jack Calverley wins our Where There's a Will challenge, by being the only one of us pentametic enough to go iambic. • Join the discussion...

All this and more, as Red Planet Day reminds M of his favorite vacation spot, and the inmates discuss the view from their respective places in the asylum.

The Tellurian Shower

As of this morning, we have received the following entries for our current challenge:

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, 4 December 2011.


And now it is time for this week's Friday Challenge, courtesy of Jack Calverley:

The picture is from the musical Little Shop of Horrors (M: Specifically from the 1986 Frank Oz-directed film adaptation of the 1982 musical based on the 1960 Roger Corman-directed comedy that was probably based on a little-known 1932 short story by John Collier, not that any of that matters in this context.), and this week's challenge is to write a scene based on this picture. In no more than 2000 words tell the story of what has just happened, is happening, or is about to happen — but, of course, not set in the world of the musical. It could be in your protagonist's greenhouse, or the villain's greenhouse or a conversation between two extras in Galaxy Quest II, or wherever the mood takes you...

Anyone can enter, except for Jack Calverley. You may enter as many times as you wish, but each entry must be independent of the others, and you may not build on anyone else's work.

Everyone is asked to vote, and to say a few words about what they liked, and why. Or to say a few words about what they disliked, as the case may be; by submitting an entry, you implicitly agree to accept criticism, because there will probably be some handed out, and no one is immune. When voting, please rank a work as either “0” (not so good), “1” (not as bad), “2” (could have been better) or “3” (pretty good stuff!). If you give either a “0” or “3” vote, feel free to argue in support of your reasoning.

Don't like the negativity? Feel free to think of the levels as “0” (Not bad for a first attempt), “1” (Right on!), “2” (Holy cow, I wanna buy this now...) or “3” (Sweet mother of God, how did you write something this awesome?!!). The point is to clearly differentiate, and rank according to your own preference.

For the purposes of this challenge, Jack Calverley will be serving as Ye Olde High Marker, Voluntarily Walking th' Plank.

As of now, we are playing by the loosely enforced and slightly modified rules of The Friday Challenge. All entries are due by 6 AM Eastern time on the morning of Friday, 9 December 2011. A winner will be declared by the evening of Sunday, 11 December 2011.

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