Still a little early for more definitive discussion, but see above posts 152-155.
Given the number of people who submit in the end, I'd like to just go with the "workshop" dynamic if everyone that expects to submit a story is up for it.
How it'll differ is that in addition to sending me your story for review before posting as always, you include the answer to the "Gordon Ramsey" question above.
"Okay, so what were you going for here?"
1. You lay out your Summary
, basically what you'd tell a friend what the story was going for/about in the first place.
This story is about Jason Vorhees after the zombie apocalypse has hit, he's culling his home of Crystal Lake of irresponsible adults as always. When people stop showing up, he goes looking for why. He comes across the Mall from Dawn Of the Dead and then decides to "go take Manhattan"
: Boil it all down, what's going on behind the curtain:
The concept here is presenting how the mind of a child reacts and views the zombies in much the same way he sees irresponsible adults.
: must the same as before, but describe the mood you were going for so we can see how well you presented your idea, maybe you were going for something super creepy, Lovecraftian dread, or just something more comedic.
There's not a lot of overt dread here really, just the story of Jason applying his same rules to the zombie overrun world.
We could still rate what we read with the old scoring system, but there'd be no 1st, 2nd, or 3rd places, just a scale to measure ourselves by.
We could still use the theme/genre guidelines we've used in the past to help challenge us, tho not needed in the same way as before to help measure the stories in the same way as we were doing. Would still be cool maybe to get a variety of takes on the same themes at once rather than stories coming from all directions.
I met her, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and not even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this cow, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach her, and then another seven trying to keep her locked up because I realized that what was living behind that cow's eyes was purely and simply... evil.