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    My froglike wombdarlings, I bring you news of new and exciting Things. I love "Remake/Remodel" like it's my own broodspawn, but I want to open-up the art fun to a wider field than just design/pinup stuff. So let's have a play with the crazy hazy world of Illustration.

    I've introduced you before to my highly talented pal Lee Barnett, yes? Well I'm turning this puppy over to him. He will be along very shortly to tell you How It Will Work.
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012 edited
    You know, I was going to call this The F-art Fiction Challenge, but Si overruled me.

    As some of you may be aware, I had a writing thing going for several years entitled The Fast Fiction Challenge. The rules were simple: people challenged me with a four word title and a word to use in the tale and I wrote them a story of exactly 200 words.

    I answered about 500 challenges, and in 2010 wrote 150 stories in 150 days. And yes, I published a couple of collections of the stories.

    Well, Si and I got together over Christmas and decided it was about time I did some more of the stories. And it felt like an opportunity to widen the spectrum of art-challenges for you guys on this board.

    Hence this new challenge:

    The Art of Fast Fiction


    Monday morning, 9th January, I’m going to put up a previously written Fast Fiction. It’ll be exactly 200 words, as previously stated.

    Artists here will have until Saturday evening, say midnight British time, (4pm Pacific) to put up either a one panel spot illustration or a two page comic book depiction of the entire story. Hey, I’m limited to 200 words – you’re limited to two pages. The art can be pencilled, inked, coloured, lettered... entirely up to you.

    Saturday night/Sunday morning, Si and I will pick a winner and announce it. The winner gets to pick a new four word title and word (no matter how weird or mundane) and let us know, and I’ll write a new story which will go up on Monday at noon UK time... which will start the whole thing running again.

    So you get six days, (Monday through Saturday) to showcase your art and/or story-telling abilities.

    Something we have to be very firm on upfront: this isn’t a call for anyone else to write new prose stories here or to suggest story ideas. As has been stated here before, the moment we start inviting folks to post their own fiction we get into all sorts of trouble. So: this is ART ONLY. The only thing the winner gets is to suggest the title and (occasionally, at my whim) possibly an extra challenge to make it a bit more fun for everyone involved.

    (As an example of the latter, I was once challenged me to write one in the form of a Shakespearean sonnet; someone else wanted one in which more than 50% of the tale was told in dialogue, and yes someone once challenged me, entirely within the rules of the challenge, to write a 200 word sex scene.)

    OK, let’s see how this goes, yes?

    See you Monday Morning.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012
    Well now, THIS is interesting...
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    doesn't scare me, bring it on!!!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012
    *wishes he was better at this kind of art*
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012
    I <3 this. Also, I want to read your sex story.
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    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012
    This promises to be vaguely cathartic and that special kind of awful that makes you keep looking even after it hurts ... I'm looking forward to it.
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012
    @Paul - I hope so!

    @keyofsilence - What's the matter - don't you trust Si and me?

    @Imaginarypeople - we're bringing it... in about twelve hours.

    @RenThing - as the R/R threads show, non professional artists can come up with astonishing work. Please, have a go at a spot illustration.

    @glukkake - was pretty sure someone would ask, if only because I didn't supply the link.

    @Greasemonkey - okaaaaay.

    @Beserker - Hope you enjoy it!
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2012
    Can't wait to see how it goes.
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    New breed of awesome and epicness.
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    oooh this sounds like fun! Count me in!
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
    This could be ... entertaining.
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    Morning's ticking by fast...anxiously awaiting the story!
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2012
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    Bah. I wish I could just give random story ideas forever. Since I have too many to possibly write them all. Anyway; looks fun :)
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2012
    What exactly does the 'four word title and word' mean? I get the four-word title bit, but what's this 'word' bit? Is it the first word of the new story?
    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2012
    @dnewling: You give budgie a word, and he has to use it in the story.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2012
    @Kperkins: Thanks!