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

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  1. Affixed Scowler

    Affixed Scowler Jedi Master star 2

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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

    Corellian_Ale Manager Emeritus star 4 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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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

    BigE Jedi Padawan star 4

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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

    BigE Jedi Padawan star 4

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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

    Corellian_Ale Manager Emeritus star 4 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Done, already? [face_worried]



    How was scoring done previously?


     
  6. BigE

    BigE Jedi Padawan star 4

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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*
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/29102363/p1/?82]BigE's Drabble Emporium - UDC 3[/link]
     
  7. Exeter

    Exeter Jedi Grand Master star 4

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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

    Corellian_Ale Manager Emeritus star 4 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    No Ex, no more fly-bys! :_|
     
  9. CodyMonKenobi

    CodyMonKenobi Jedi Master star 4

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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

    BigE Jedi Padawan star 4

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

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/30481486/p1/]The Siren's Call[/link]

     
  11. Almerus

    Almerus Jedi Master

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    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

    BigE Jedi Padawan star 4

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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

    MsLanna Jedi Master star 6

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

    Exeter Jedi Grand Master star 4

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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

    BigE Jedi Padawan star 4

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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

    MsLanna Jedi Master star 6

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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

    BigE Jedi Padawan star 4

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

    I've posted Part 2 of my response, [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/30481486/r30496782/]The Siren's Call[/link].

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

     
  18. Corellian_Ale

    Corellian_Ale Manager Emeritus star 4 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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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

    SkalenFehl Jedi Master star 4

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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

    Exeter Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    [color=blue][b]October 2009[/b][/color] Shipwrecked

    [i]The title says it all. Write a tale involving a shipwreck.[/i]

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/30481486/]The Siren's Call[/link] by [b]BigE[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/the_saga/b10476/30530309]A Friendly Hunt[/link] by [b]ZEGO[/b]



    [color=blue][b]December 2007[/b][/color] Life Day

    [i] Happy holidays!.[/i]

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/beyond_the_saga/b10477/27837048/]The Greatest Gift[/link] by [b]SkalenFehl[/b]



    [color=blue][b]October 2007[/b][/color] Halloween Drabbles

    [i] Write a Halloween?themed short of exactly 100 words.[/i]

    All entries can be found here: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?brd=10304&topic=17693247&start=27670833]Halloween Drabbles[/link]

    [b]yodas_waiter[/b]
    [b]Exeter[/b]
    [b]BigE[/b]



    [color=blue][b]August 2007[/b][/color] Object Gag Challenge

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

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Boards/Message.aspx?topic=27298402&brd=10476]Skywalker, Nexus Ranger[/link] by [b]bi0nic[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=27354940&brd=10476]Married...With Alien Children[/link] by [b]ZEGO[/b]



    [color=blue][b]Spring 2007[/b][/color] Individual Challenge

    [i]Be a challenger, a challengee, or both.[/i]

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=26413627&brd=10476]Nothing Personal[/link] by [b]Killik_Twilight[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=26488876&brd=10476]Sloan Gets Swooped off His Feet[/link] by [b]BigE[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/beyond_the_saga/b10477/26599063/p1/?0]Corellian Twister[/link] by [b]SkalenFehl[/b]

    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.



    [color=blue][b]December 2006[/b][/color] First Kill

    [i]Let's hear about your character's first kill.[/i]

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/25816289/]Family Honor[/link] by [b]BigE[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/25798433/]Guardian of the Stone[/link] by [b]CodyMonKenobi[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/26013059/]Cause and Effect[/link] by [b]lazykbys_left[/b]



    [color=blue][b]October 2006[/b][/color] Halloween

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

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/25475360/]Here Comes Pain[/link] by [b]KILIK[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/25465363/]Nemesis[/link] by [b]SkalenFehl[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/25476170/]Perdition[/link] by [b]ZEGO[/b]



    [color=blue][b]October 2006[/b][/color] Battle With Darth Real Life

    [i]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.[/i]

    No Entries?apparently Darth Real Life won :^O



    [color=blue][b]August 2006[/b][/color] Dueling Hearts

    [i]Write a story about the final climatic battle between two enemies.[/i]

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/24565070/]Deliver Me[/link] by [b]Art_of_War[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/24688393/]I Can Live Without It[/link] by [b]Kidan[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/24691958/]A Wrestler's Job[/link] by [b]lazykbys_left[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/24679993/]The Last Deep Breath[/link] by [b]Oddly_Salacious[/b]
    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/a/b1/24699475/]The Ties That Bind Us[/link] by [b]ZEGO[/b]

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?brd=10304&topic=17693247&start=24810474][color=green]judging results[/color][/link]



    [color=blue][b]June 2006[/b][/color] Fast Cars, Fast Women

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

    [link=http://boards.theforce.net/Message.aspx?topic=24269155&brd=10476&replies=0]A Day at the Races[/link] by [b]BigE[/b]
    [link=http://boards.thefor>
     
  21. Exeter

    Exeter Jedi Grand Master star 4

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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. Affixed Scowler

    Affixed Scowler Jedi Master star 2

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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

    BigE Jedi Padawan star 4

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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

    mujapple-juicey Jedi Master star 4

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    wait, what?

    wow, what did I miss?
     
  25. QueenArdnassak

    QueenArdnassak Jedi Knight star 4

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    Hi, boys. How goes the challenge?
     
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