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You're All Alone · Original Minific ·
Organised by RogerDodger
Word limit 400–750
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#1 · 2
· · >>Griseus
Ahem. I have the vague feeling I’ll be alone for this round… :/
#2 ·
· · >>Monokeras

Indeed! Watch your back for things in the shadow!

#3 ·
Nine prompts to choose from. Yikes, how to decide?
#4 · 1
I wasn't expecting nine prompts, though. It would be nice to have nine entries…
#5 · 1
· · >>Griseus
Close the window, calm the light
And it will be all right
No need to bother now
Let it out, let it all begin...
#6 · 1

Are you sick and tired of bein' lied to?
Getting kinda bored of being ignored?
Can't find the tribe that you belong to?
Oh, my friend, you are not alone!

#7 · 2
Leave the World Behind, You're All Alone. When You Hear the Singing, You Will Know It Is Time.

The End Of The World -- And I'm Not Invited. Strange days have found us, Stalker. One More Try... Get Up Off Your Tail and Help Somebody.

The Last Thing Is Discovered.
#8 · 1
· · >>georg
I am in.
#9 · 1
· · >>KwirkyJ
>>GroaningGreyAgony As am I. Inept, incoherent, incompetent, all kinds of in. But at least I'm not all alone in the Monty Python way.

#10 · 1
You are a more dedicated writer than I. I killed every last one of my darlings... or at least could do nothing to save them from themselves.
#11 · 2
Ah, good, it looks like there are several entries. It turns out writing is fun after all.
#12 · 1
· · >>Monokeras
#13 · 1
>>Bad Horse
So Bad Horse, can we hope for one of your wonderful reviews this turn?
#14 · 2
· · >>Monokeras >>Heavy_Mole
Wait, does the timeline mean that writing is over? There was just one day for writing? WTF?
Roger, please change this. It's insulting to writers to allow 1 day to write a story and 5 days to draw a picture.
#15 · 2
· · >>Heavy_Mole
>>Bad Horse
Yes, minifics have always been only 24-hour writing, even back then.

Frankly, it could be extended to the whole weekend, but I don’t think stretching it thinner would help. One risk is that people stall on the idea stage, and later during the week find no time, or no energy, to go ahead and write it. For 750 words, the deadline must remain short, provided that we all know the entries are rough and need afterwork to be publishable.

I think you could set up your own rounds with your own timeline, I think. Roger can do that, if I’m not mistaken
#16 · 1
· · >>Monokeras >>Griseus
I am sensing a pattern here.
#17 · 1
#18 ·
Pattern in the stories or what?
#19 · 1
For me, one of the values of it is that it is an opportunity to make writing work with life. Unless one is a professional writer, energy has to be divided between this vocation and other obligations. Two to three pages in a day is a manageable challenge. Feedback is a bonus. And if you're used to working on long projects, it can be beneficial to have the whole process right in front of you in a distilled timeframe.

>>Bad Horse
I figured that drawing got more time because folks gotta read the stories first.
#20 · 1
I have arted. You're welcome.
#21 · 1
· · >>Monokeras
Voting was pretty hard on the stories this round. There wasn't a significant difference from top to bottom on how much I liked them. If I came back a different day, I may well have voted them in a different order.
#22 · 1
I found that, on the contrary, they stood pretty much apart one from the other. :p