The Gentlemen's Writing Guild

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by SkalenFehl, Dec 5, 2004.

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  1. ZEGO Jedi Knight

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    Aug 15, 2005
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    I'm about midway through mine, but I have no idea about the other writers? Not sure if a deadline would hurt or help them at the moment...
  2. Corellian_Ale Manager Emeritus

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    Mar 3, 2008
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    I'm about a quarter-third of the way through mine. For me personally a deadline would definately help me put my nose to the grindstone, but I'll go with the majority.
  3. BigE Jedi Master

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    Jul 31, 2002
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    The thing is currently over 3,500 words, so I'm also wondering if I shouldn't do maybe two or three posts, and if so, when to post the first part.
  4. BigE Jedi Master

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    Jul 31, 2002
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    I think my response is ready to go. I?ll probably post it in three segments, the first this Friday morning. I can space out the other two based on whatever deadline is decided.


    I think that if there are to be judges, then there should be criteria of scoring, simplistic or otherwise.

  5. Corellian_Ale Manager Emeritus

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    Done, already? [face_worried]



    How was scoring done previously?


  6. BigE Jedi Master

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    Jul 31, 2002
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    Yeah, the Muse struck and the words poured out like literary diarrhea.



    That might not be the best analogy.





    Anyway, I looked back a bit and frankly I didn't see anything.

    I think that we'd typically be so laid back with our 'challenges' that the winner was everyone who posted something. :p

    The only criteria I can even think up (to keep from being too Lit-esque) would be "Enjoyability". ;)





    Oh, and since we allow shameless plugging of our work here, I'm posting a link to my now-finished Ultimate Drabble Challenge Version 3. (Speaking of just finishing being a challenge)
    *sigh*
    BigE's Drabble Emporium - UDC 3
  7. Exeter Force Ghost

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    Feb 2, 2005
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    Way back in the day we had a pretty hardcore scoring system, with a special rubric, and Skalen would take the aggregate scores from the individual judges and average them to find the winner...at which point he'd dispense the nifty little GWG challenge ribbons somebody made.

    I can dig the rubric out if that's what everybody really wants to do. We stopped using it once the GWG quieted down a bit and people (read: me) got lazy; challenges just became a thing where you got an A for participation [face_laugh]
  8. Corellian_Ale Manager Emeritus

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  9. CodyMonKenobi Force Ghost

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    I really wish I had more time to write. The old way was great I loved it. Pretty ladies for judges, and shinny ribbons at the end... Oh the memories.
  10. BigE Jedi Master

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    Jul 31, 2002
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    Alrighty - here it is. The first of three posts, my response to the Shipwrecked Challenge:

    The Siren's Call

  11. Almerus Jedi Padawan

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    Jun 14, 2006
    Hey, before I start reading, can someone please tell me in detail what I have to judge these pieces on, and then what I'm supposed to do with those results?
  12. BigE Jedi Master

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    I'll suggest a simple option:


    Score from 1-10 according to enjoyment level of the fic (10 - highest).


    Now perhaps someone can add something more substantive to that notion? :p

  13. MsLanna Force Ghost

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    Jul 8, 2005
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    Do we get a nic linky-list when all entries are done?
    *is so lazy*[face_blush]
  14. Exeter Force Ghost

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    Feb 2, 2005
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    Here's the GWG judging rubric that was used for several years:



    So, a judged entry would look like this:

    Title: The Man Who Can't Finish Anything
    Author: Exeter
    Overall creativity: 5
    Writing Ability: 7
    Grammar/Mechanics: 7
    Guidelines: 0
    Scale of 1-10: 6
    Total x2: 50%
    Comments: It was an okay start, but you lost me with the architectural lingo. It may have helped if your challenge entry didn't suddenly stop halfway through with a promise to "update soon!!". Also, I'm pretty sure you stole (half) the plot from Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.


    What we'd normally do is have the individual judges PM their scores to the GWG staff (Skalen) and after the judging period was over (usually about a week after the deadline, to give the judges the same courtesy as the writers) he would determine the winners and post the results in a single post.

    I always thought it worked well and it seemed like a well-rounded, fair system for judging. Since Skalen can't be around as much these days, if everybody wants to use the rubric I can collect & post the judging results.

    Since there seems to be a bit of an upswing in the GWG lately, I think I'll dig up lazy's challenge index and update it so some of our new members can check out our past challenges. There's been some real skill here in the past, so I'm looking forward to seeing that continue.

    Yeah, once there's a deadline (or everybody who wants to participate has), I'll go back and gather up all the links for the judges.
  15. BigE Jedi Master

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    :p


    Awesome idea, Exeter. I knew there was a reason we keep you around. Well, plus we're all dying for you to finish your stuff.



    Awesome. I take back some of the things I said about you.
  16. MsLanna Force Ghost

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    Jul 8, 2005
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    [:D] and Wookiee cookie points to you.
    I also like the judging system. Makes more sense than me.[face_laugh]

    So, everybody get their entries in!
    Or else!
    [face_skull]

    :p
  17. BigE Jedi Master

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    How far along is everyone? Would a deadline help? Oct. 31st maybe?

    I've posted Part 2 of my response, The Siren's Call.

    I'll post the third and final part sometime mid-late next week.

  18. Corellian_Ale Manager Emeritus

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    Mar 3, 2008
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    I definately need to go with a due date... procrastinator of the world united! I'll go with the Oct. 31 deadline!
  19. SkalenFehl Force Ghost

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    Jan 17, 2003
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    10/31 sounds like a good deadline. I've been away a lot. Yeesh, life keeps beating me down. Just had to take on a second job so my time is severely limited to a few hours each weekend of 'interneting'. I'm still willing to be a judge. Good luck to all the participants. :)
  20. Exeter Force Ghost

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    Feb 2, 2005
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    October 2009 Shipwrecked

    The title says it all. Write a tale involving a shipwreck.

    The Siren's Call by BigE
    A Friendly Hunt by ZEGO



    December 2007 Life Day

    Happy holidays!.

    The Greatest Gift by SkalenFehl



    October 2007 Halloween Drabbles

    Write a Halloween?themed short of exactly 100 words.

    All entries can be found here: Halloween Drabbles

    yodas_waiter
    Exeter
    BigE



    August 2007 Object Gag Challenge

    Devise a story revolving around the idea of an object or thing being used for something other than its intended purpose.

    Skywalker, Nexus Ranger by bi0nic
    Married...With Alien Children by ZEGO



    Spring 2007 Individual Challenge

    Be a challenger, a challengee, or both.

    Nothing Personal by Killik_Twilight
    Sloan Gets Swooped off His Feet by BigE
    Corellian Twister by SkalenFehl

    NOTE: Exeter still owes BigE a Boba Fett story for this challenge! Don't let him weasel out of it. He does that, you know.



    December 2006 First Kill

    Let's hear about your character's first kill.

    Family Honor by BigE
    Guardian of the Stone by CodyMonKenobi
    Cause and Effect by lazykbys_left



    October 2006 Halloween

    Write a short story about any character in the Star Wars Saga and terrorize or try to terrorize him or her.

    Here Comes Pain by KILIK
    Nemesis by SkalenFehl
    Perdition by ZEGO



    October 2006 Battle With Darth Real Life

    Seems we're all pretty busy. Be creative with its embodiment and make him as sinister as you wish and give him whatever name you see fit.

    No Entries?apparently Darth Real Life won [face_laugh]



    August 2006 Dueling Hearts

    Write a story about the final climatic battle between two enemies.

    Deliver Me by Art_of_War
    I Can Live Without It by Kidan
    A Wrestler's Job by lazykbys_left
    The Last Deep Breath by Oddly_Salacious
    The Ties That Bind Us by ZEGO

    judging results



    June 2006 Fast Cars, Fast Women

    We the guys need to write a story, about a man, his hot rod and his woman.

    A Day at the Races by BigE
    [link=http://boards.thefor/>/>
  21. Exeter Force Ghost

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    Feb 2, 2005
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    Well, it took some real digging around, but I managed to get the challenge index finished. In the future, we can just link back to this post which I'll keep updating from time to time. Let me know if you see any mistakes.

    I also came across a couple of possible ideas for new challenges that were suggested but either didn't get used or had no any entries, so maybe we go back to semi-regular GWG challenges.

    As for this month's challenge straight from the brain of corellian_ale:


    Hopefully we can get a few more entries for the challenge. I think BigE's ego deserves some healthy competition (being judged numero uno by default is a little like the Lions finally earning their place in the NFL record book for the 2008-2009 season...by breaking the record for losses in a single season). I might try to get something going for the challenge, though it'll be ineligible on account of the fact that I'll be handling the results (and we all know how amoral I am).

    It's really great to see some life around here again.
  22. ZEGO Jedi Knight

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    Aug 15, 2005
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    My entry is done, so BigE isn't alone. Though, I'm going to wait until the Oct. 31st deadline to post it just in case I think of any changes that could be made to make it better.
  23. BigE Jedi Master

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    Jul 31, 2002
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    The Boy and His Rancor. Dang, I forgot all about that one. :p

    Nicely done, Exeter (with special thanks as always to lazy). =D=
  24. mujapple-juicey Jedi Master

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    Jul 21, 2008
    star 4
    wait, what?

    wow, what did I miss?
  25. QueenArdnassak Jedi Master

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    Mar 30, 2009
    star 4
    Hi, boys. How goes the challenge?
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