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    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2012
    Here's the new story, written today, in response to a challenge by @imaginarypeople

    Your challenge is to provide art: either a spot illustration or a two page adaptation.

    Title: The Immortality Drive
    Word: tachyon
    Length: 200 words exactly

    The archivist held himself upright as a matter of pride. Lean by nature, mean by inclination, he was equally feared and detested by the authors who brought their works for inclusion in the vast archives.

    The author who now held up her work in supplication was an actual human and the archivist restrained a shudder of contempt that aeons ago, his forebears had come from the same planet. Of course, his ancestors had shown a modicum of taste and left that dirtball as soon as they were able.

    The tachyon dissemination drive was a marvel of technology, colours swirling around it; any item placed upon it was transmitted through all time and space, placed in every library through recorded history.

    The archivist glanced at the work offered for inclusion. The cover offended him, as did the author, and no doubt the contents.

    The archivist barely noticed the author running towards the drive and turned his head just in time to see the author place her hand upon the drive... and disappear.

    It never worked, he knew. Another author who would never be read, never even be remembered. It was the work that survived, the archivist knew. Only the work.

    (c) Lee Barnett, 2012

    The Rules

    You’ve got until evening on Saturday 17th March, 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. The art can be pencilled, inked, coloured, lettered... entirely up to you. But ART ONLY – no story ideas, or suggestions. This is an opportunity to showcase your art and storytelling abilities.

    We’ll announce on Sunday 18th March the winner who then gets to pick a new four word title and word, and I’ll write a new story which will go up Monday 19th March... which will start the whole thing running again for the following two weeks.

    If possible, please can you make sure you've got your email address registered in your profile so we can email you to let you know you're challenging me next time (just in case you're not able to visit that weekend).

    OK, what are you waiting for? Start drawing...!
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
    Does the archivist take fiction or non-fiction, or both?
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012
    @dnewling - It's an archive of written works.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 8th 2012 edited
    Well, here's a quickie with my Corel Draw again (a bit pressed for time with work commitments).

    Immortality Drive
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2012
    Hope I'll be back from my weekend retreat in good time to see the winner.
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
    Very cool, @dnewling...
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
    @Budgie: Thanks!
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012

    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012
    @256: You should mount this on something and put it in an art exhibtion!
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    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012
    @256:I like that.It really reminds me,for some reason,of the madness Richard Case used to blow my head off with in classic Doom Patrol back in the nineties.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 15th 2012 edited
    I'm getting packed for my weekend retreat now. Hopefully time zone differences will ensure that I will be back in reasonable time for the results. I'll see you all then!
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2012 edited
    The archivist took out the the manual for the Tachyon Dissemination Drive, and fed it to itself.

    Tachyon Dissemination Drive
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2012 edited
    @Kosmograd: poetic justice!

    Yes, I'm back! Hmm, no winner yet?
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    Was trying out something new - disregard as an entry - well late and unfinished.

    The book was intended to be Original Stories from Real Life, the author Mary Wollstonecraft.

    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2012
    Sorry about the delay, folks - was offline for a few days until tonight; I'll extend it until MONDAY NIGHT, which means the new one will go live on Tuesday...

    Apologies all.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2012 edited
    @Olaf: A bit ironic that the mean archivist has a heart in the middle of his chest....
  3.  (10531.18)
    @dnewling, my thoughts exactly. The figure ref is from a Tibet demon costume.

    I have a second page sketched up - sadly won't be complete by tonight - however will post to the art thread when done.


    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2012
    Thanks, everyone!

    Wonderful pieces, all... and if I was going for a book cover, @dnewling, yours would have taken the prize no question. Also loved the instriction manual and Olaf's is gorgeous; would love to see another work from you.

    However, as a spot illo for this story, I have to go with this from @256. Wonderful.

    I don't think I've got an email address for you, @256, so I'll ask here for the next challenge (which I'll write tomorrow morning.)

    Same rules as usual: a title of up to four words, and a single word to use in the tale.

    I await the same originality you've shown week after week in the art.

    Thanks again, all!
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2012
    Thank you to everyone for the kind words upthread, and thank you to Mr B for the nod.
    It's an honour precisely because every entry here is interesting and unique.

    Title: "Rain Falling Like Hammers".
    Word: "waiting".