Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by OCDatabaseSock, Sep 28, 2012.
I'd say go for it, the non-competitive challenges don't need a deadline.
Hello everyone, @Findswoman here. I'm taking over this sock through the end of the year while @earlybird-obi-wan recovers. Just a few announcements:
First, I would like to officially introduce the noncompetitive, nondeadline mini-challenge proposed in post 1000 above by @brodiew: Create a New OC in 500–1500 Words! The challenge is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and your introduction to the new OC can take pretty much any form you want as long as it's within that word count and as long as it's a brand new OC who has not featured in any of your stories yet.
Meanwhile, the main spring 2018 OC challenge is still running through May 31. PM your stories to this sock when they're ready. I'm looking forward to seeing what we'll get!
As always, just ask if you have any questions, and happy writing!
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Create a New OC Index
First Steps by brodiew
Not Ready for Recruitment by brodiew
Freaking Out: From the Journal Of Ronen Syndulla-Jarrus by Raissa Baiard
Calm after the Storm by Findswoman
Windy Gibbons – A Star Wars Story by Sith-I-5
What Is a Seven? by Ewok Poet
A Blaster Wound? by Ewok Poet
New OC, though technically an npc at this stage, has 433 words in his first roleplaying post, so I figure I'll stitch together his posts into a vignette, for my submission.
I have a strange question: can an OC whose letter was found in another story, but did NOT appear in the story proper be a new OC?
I personally have no problem with this if the character wasn't actually present in the story, but I'd be curious of other folks' thoughts about this too—anyone?
I changed my mind - looks like that thing will be more suitable for the English Restoration Theatre challenge and as a belated response to the Fanon Yours 'n Mine challenge. I'll go with something else here.
Well, yesterday a chance remark to @Findswoman got an OC talking, and once he got started, he just wouldn’t stop. So I present: Freaking Out: From the Journal of Ronen Syndulla-Jarrus
A quick update to say that two entries have come in so far for the Create a New OC mini-challenge! I've started a little index in the post introducing the challnege (#1027, a few up from this one).
Just as a friendly reminder regarding procedure: when you've completed and posted your challenge entry, please don't forget to PM its title and link to this sock for recordkeeping purposes.
Thanks so much, and keep the good stuff coming!
Me again, if I may, popping in with a little reminder that you have two weeks left for the current OC challenge, due Thursday, May 31!
Aaaand... one more day, dear friends, just one more day!
Thank you for the reminder!
Edit: The entry for this, is Windy Gibbons - a Star Wars story
Posting as myself since I’m on mobile and it’s the middle of the night here. Sorry I wasn’t clear about this at first: the challenge that’s due later today is the one listed at the top of post #2 in this thread, the one about an OC’s childhood event that changed them. The “Create an OC” one is noncompetitive and thus has no deadline—though I’m glad to have your contribution to it all the same. Again, my apologies for any confusion.
Aaand now... the Spring/Summer 2018 Challenge has officially come to an end, and there were two entries this time, for the reading enjoyment of all and sundry:
A Freak Like Me by Raissa Baiard
What She Saw by Findswoman
However, Findswoman has taken her entry out of competition, since she's also currently running this sock—which means that we have a winner by default: @Raissa Baiard! Congratulations, Raissa—you now get to come up with this thread's next challenge! (And of course, always feel free to PM with questions and thoughts.)
And, of course, don't forget to check out the entries in the noncompetitive "Introduce an OC" minichallenge, which are listed here.
Thank you all, and be sure to check back again soon!
Oh, wow! Well, I'm sure Ronen would have something angsty to say about winning by default, so I'll just say thanks on his behalf. I have an idea for the next challenge that I think could be fun; I'll PM it in ASAP!
@Raissa Baiard has provided us with a wonderful new prompt for our…
2018 Summer Challenge!1!
(the previous one having been our “Spring/Summer Challenge”)
…and it goes like this:
Your character confesses a secret to another character (who can be either an OC or an EC). This can be anything from mildly embarrassing ("I still watch Brave Little Banthas"), to heartfelt ("I've always loved you"), to deep and dark ("I killed a man in the spice mines of Kessel"). How does the other character react and how does your character respond?
Challenge responses are due by 11:59pm on Sunday, September 2.
Challenge Index So Far
Waterstories by Ewok Poet
"Sometimes I Just Know" by Raissa Baiard
Somewhere Out There by Findswoman (out of competition)
Now, as to submission procedure, see below…
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Now while I’m here, I’d like to get people’s opinion on a couple procedural things. (I’ve discussed these possibilities beforehand with the usual host of this thread, @earlybird-obi-wan, and she is OK with my pitching them publicly to you all.)
1. Procedure for submitting challenge stories. This thread has typically followed a different procedure than most other similar ones (Fanon Thread, OTP Thread, etc.), in that people have been asked to PM their stories and links to the sock (which the sock later lists all together in a voting post) rather than posting links to their stories within the thread. My question to you is:
What would you think about changing this procedure to be more like other challenge/discussion threads—namely, allowing authors to post story links in the thread (rather than requiring links to be PMd to the sock)?
Whatever we decide will determine the approach we take for the Summer Challenge introduced above.
2. Thread title. Since this thread has been “brought back” for a while now, what do people think of retitling it as simply “The OC Revolution”? That would free up some space in the thread title when updating for new challenges, congratulating winners, etc.—but I also know that it can be confusing when thread titles are changed, so I am fine with keeping the title as it is, too.
Thank you all, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
YES, MY MEME IS NOW IN A CHALLENGE EXPLANATION. GATHER A CHOIR OF MICE AND REJOICE IN THE LORD, EVERYBEING! <3
I mean, congrats to @Raissa Baiard. Ronen, people know about you. OMG NOW THEY'RE GOING TO POINT AND LAUGH. Now you need to wear different colours. Now you need a girlfriend. END-OF-THE-WORLD.
I'd go for Original Character Revolution, even...so people who are new to fanfiction could get an idea.
"OC Revolution" sounds like a fine idea.
If the intention is to free up space for challenge text, then expanding it to "Original Character Revolution" defeats the objective.
I think this is a good idea. Since most of the other challenge threads do this, I did it without thinking when I submitted my entry for the Create an OC challenge (oops!). Kind of having a standard across threads makes good sense.
I think this makes sense, too.
Here's my new OC story.
What is a Seven?
EDIT: And another...
A Blaster Wound?
Thanks for the story submissions, everyone! The index for the Create an OC challenge should now be up to date.
So now, just a quick note: it's not a huge deal, since I will probably end up changing the procedure about story links anyway—but I technically have not changed it just yet. That's partly because I'm hoping more folks will weigh in on the "few questions" of the thread title—the poll questions below the asterisks in post 1040 above, concerning procedure for posting/announcing links to challenge submissions. So please do weigh in and let me know your thoughts. Your friendly neighborhood OCDatabaseSock thanks you!
I say that anything that simplifies submissions is s good thing, so let's make the process for challenges similar to what the majority of the other threads are doing.
I am all for dropping the "bring back" part of the title. We've been back for quite a while. I don't think we need to change OC to Original Character. Learn the lingo, baby.
Having links posted in-thread and shortening the thread title sound fine to me.
OK, it looks in general as though people are pretty much unanimously in favor of allowing posting of story links, so I have updated the thread rules accordingly, and that will be the procedure we follow for the next challenge (see #1040 above) and all future challenges.
Also, it looks as though folks are generally OK with changing/shortening the thread title to just "The OC Revolution," so I shall put in a request for that to the mods and/or admins. (Regarding "OC" vs. "original character" in full: the very first thing in post #1 is a Wikipedia definition of the term OC, so I think we're fine there.)
Many thanks to all who weighed in!
The last challenge and the last competitive challenge are missing in the index post on the front page.
And yeah, I know, the OTP THREAD. But I felt like teasin' my BFF a bit. <3
All right, consider me teased. Though could you please clarify which challenge(s) you mean? The current competitive OC challenge (the one about confessing a secret, first described in post #1040) is right there at the beginning of post #2, under the heading "Current Challenge." The one before that (the one about an event from the OC's childhood) is listed in post #3 ("Past Challenges"), as "Spring/Summer Challenge 2018," with a link to the list of stories (that's how I think I'd like to handle those from now on, since that post is getting super long and too many links per post can make things glitchy). Also, the most recent noncompetitive challenge (the one about introducing an OC in 500–1500 words) is listed in post 2 as well. Or am I misunderstanding what you mean by the index post? Just trying to be sure I understand.