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Old 08-21-2012, 08:21 AM   #11
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ln phantasmagoric dreams of yesteryear, when bipedal cretins still walked on all fours and certain angled spires dripped with ancient slime, l witnessed terrible visions, bloody and disgusting things which could only have sprung from the wicked imaginings of the select few who had tasted death and revelled in it's glorious stench. And l knew that l must join them in their revelry...

ln other words, count me in.
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^You're in.

And as been said here and there, we'll be going with a certain theme/start of 'Darkness'

How that's shaping up so far is:

A few sentences

A "full scene" in that it gives a rough image of say a 'still photograph' like a snapshot from a movie

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A location or two for the story to be set in, like: Africa, The Dark Continent. Perhaps not today's common impression of Africa, but we can assume there's still isolated places, unexplored, or you can set the story back in the 1950s or even decades earlier.

Also, no story has to "stay" in that darkness, it's just a starting point if you just aren't feeling your story taking place there.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:54 AM   #13
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And as been said here and there, we'll be going with a certain theme/start of 'Darkness'

How that's shaping up so far is:

A few sentences

A "full scene" in that it gives a rough image of say a 'still photograph' like a snapshot from a movie

AND

A location or two for the story to be set in, like: Africa, The Dark Continent. Perhaps not today's common impression of Africa, but we can assume there's still isolated places, unexplored, or you can set the story back in the 1950s or even decades earlier.

Also, no story has to "stay" in that darkness, it's just a starting point if you just aren't feeling your story taking place there.
I like the idea of an old school big-game hunter style story , that turns into something quite horrific and possibly supernatural.

Also I have another suggestion for location perhaps India or Thailand - they have a rich pantheon of gods/spirits and monsters that you can draw from.
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We could just expand that to "Dark Continent" then.

The point being, one or more people going off the beaten track or into an unsettled area of any non first world country.

So Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, the Arctic or Antarctica. <-- Yes, some of these have quite a bit of civilization, but the story would take place in a time or place where the Western world knows little of the 'true' dangers that lie therein.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:47 AM   #15
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^You're in.

And as been said here and there, we'll be going with a certain theme/start of 'Darkness'

How that's shaping up so far is:

A few sentences

A "full scene" in that it gives a rough image of say a 'still photograph' like a snapshot from a movie

AND

A location or two for the story to be set in, like: Africa, The Dark Continent. Perhaps not today's common impression of Africa, but we can assume there's still isolated places, unexplored, or you can set the story back in the 1950s or even decades earlier.

Also, no story has to "stay" in that darkness, it's just a starting point if you just aren't feeling your story taking place there.
Darkness, I like. The rest of what you said is flying right over my head, I'm sorry, I need more coffee.
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We could just expand that to "Dark Continent" then.

The point being, one or more people going off the beaten track or into an unsettled area of any non first world country.

So Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, the Arctic or Antarctica. <-- Yes, some of these have quite a bit of civilization, but the story would take place in a time or place where the Western world knows little of the 'true' dangers that lie therein.
Perfect!I've got something in mind already, like Alan Quatermain meets Lovecraft! This ties in perfectly with themes of xenophobia and culture shock.
I don't know if Alaska or Siberia would qualify as well what are you thoughts on this?
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Perfect!I've got something in mind already, like Alan Quatermain meets Lovecraft! This ties in perfectly with themes of xenophobia and culture shock.
I don't know if Alaska or Siberia would qualify as well what are you thoughts on this?
Those work too. could even be pre 1800 North America. Tho you can't escape geography altogether, the point being people that 'know' their world going in to an unknown world.

Many ways to put it tho.
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I love the idea of using a location, but its beginning to seem like a "theme" now, though i wouldnt be opposed to using a theme.I think if it was a SPECIFIC location that we all had to write it would fall under the guise of the Fall write-off, but that may lead to some narrow(ish) choices for stories. And to the guidelines of the Fall write off, i think any sentence can be written to a specific location of the writer's choosing.
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I love the idea of using a location, but the thing is this is beginning to seem like a "theme" now though a bit, but i wouldnt be opposed to a theme.I think if it was a SPECIFIC location that we all had to write though, it would fall under the guise of the fall write-off, but that may lead to some narrow(ish) choices for stories. And to the guidelines of the Fall write off, i think any sentence can be written to a specific location of the writer's choosing.
Yeah I know what you mean it seems a little theme-driven but that can be destilled into the opening sentance that everyone can be issued.

For Example-

Foreigner. Name/she/he thought about that word. A word that now refered to him/her. He/she did'nt belong here. That sense of otherness and alienation was bad enough during the day, but when the sunset it became near unbearable.
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Is there only going to be one opening sentance?
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