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By ana (Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 10:10:36 AM EST) WFC, Writing Fun Challenge, fun loving cowwqas. (all tags)
In which the author calls the First Ever Husi Writing Fun Challenge

Update [2006-4-20 20:10:45 by ana]: Now with cover art uploads!



Perhaps the most curious thing about this anthology is that the title is wrong in almost every detail. Yes, there are Little People, but not The Little People. There are stories, to be sure, but, well, they're rather peculiar. They're extremely peculiar, each in its own peculiar way.

At no time since the legendary appearance of Leprechauns in CheeseburgerBrown's groundbreaking tale The Rule of Glittering Veal has there been such a refreshing take on small speaking peoples, mythological and otherwise. This reviewer was reduced to a heap of giggling protoplasm by the recurring character of Ed Hulver, differently imagined in each story, but there with cameo appearance after cameo appearance, as the irritating co-worker in the next cubicle, the DBA with a passion for SQL and a heart of gold, the guy who opens his car door into traffic, the victim of a grisly murder, the disembodied voice on a repeating loop from a distress beacon -- you get the idea.

Each riveting story clocks in under 2000 words, making the collection an ideal way to pass those otherwise idle moments in one's day. The entertainment value was high, originality remarkable, intelligence crackling. Overall rating: #BC90B0 , would read again. I look forward to the next such collection.


That's right, folks, this here's the announcement of the first-evar HulverSite Writing Fun Challenge. Write the stories in the collection reviewed above the fold. Rules:

  • Stories may be of any fiction genre, but must incorporate the theme of "The Little People" in some form and a character named Ed Hulver. Creative interpretations up to, including, and beyond those described above are encouraged.

  • Stories may have no more than 2000 words. There is no lower limit.

  • Submissions will be anonymous and should be uploaded to http://256k.org/wfc1/index.php as text or html files. Files should contain the title and the text of the story; please do not include your name or Husi username.

  • Deadline for submissions is May 7, 2006, at 5pm Eastern Daylight Time == 2100 GMT, at which time judging will begin, by poll in another diary here on HuSi.
So sharpen your pencils, stoke your spell checkers, and WRITE THE FUCK OUT!.

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If I've misrepresented what 256's upload site can do, I'm sure he'll clarify in a comment. Thanks also to Kellnerin, for sharpening up the review and the rules.

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+1 VSTFP by MissTrish (4.00 / 2) #1 Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 10:43:49 AM EST
I heard tell of this happening, and I was waiting for the post.

'Bout time! Yay!


ypu're a chair
i had imagined WTFO by 256 (4.00 / 2) #2 Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 11:12:06 AM EST
as "Write The Fuck On!" in a sort of tribute to janra's site. but it works both ways. I will, of course, be participating.

and, yes, you seem to have a pretty good handle on the very simple WFC-mod of the MFC app.
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I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

Does the site by ana (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 11:16:11 AM EST
care what format people use? Would RTF work, for example?

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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it doesn't care at all by 256 (4.00 / 3) #4 Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 11:29:21 AM EST
you can upload in wordperfect 5.1 format, or upload an mp3 of you reading your story, or upload an executable that renders the story in binary to the Master Boot Record.

i can limit the file types if you want, but i wasn't sure what format you were going to encourage people to use.
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I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

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Can you modify it so that once a day or so by Driusan (4.00 / 1) #5 Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 11:40:59 AM EST
it'll post a story on HuSi saying "There are new WFC entries titled x, y, and z!".. then we can talk about them here, without needing to give away the authors.

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Vive le Montréal libre.
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i could by 256 (4.00 / 1) #6 Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 12:01:58 PM EST
but then, i'm not sure how hulver feels about automated story submission and ana could do the same just as easily.
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I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni
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'sfine by ana (2.00 / 0) #8 Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 01:01:03 PM EST
I can check from time to time and announce/remind folks to submit.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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Two Takes on Little People by Weapon of Pack Destruction (4.00 / 2) #7 Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 12:21:32 PM EST
After these, the genre was done:
One

Two

All fine and good... by Breaker (4.00 / 2) #9 Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 01:51:15 PM EST
But are we allowed to discuss cleavage?


I think that's covered by ana (4.00 / 1) #10 Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 01:55:02 PM EST
(so to speak) in the "beyond" clause.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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query by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #11 Sat Apr 08, 2006 at 09:36:03 PM EST
(1) is there a preferred format?
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
Not really, no. by ana (4.00 / 1) #12 Sun Apr 09, 2006 at 01:36:15 AM EST
It'd be nice if people on whatever computer with whatever browser could click on the links on 256k.org and read the stories. Certainly plain text and html will do that, but there's nothing actually required.

Did that answer the question?

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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IAWTP by Kellnerin (4.00 / 2) #13 Sun Apr 09, 2006 at 06:41:26 AM EST
The easier it is for people to read the stories, the better. If a story needs to be downloaded or a plugin used to open it before it can be read, even assuming that it's in a format that everyone can read with software they already have installed, then you're probably only handicapping your story's chances of being read, and therefore voted on.

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"later" meant either "when you walk around the corner" or "oatmeal."
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I should stop working on this .swf file, then, no? by Ignore Amos (2.00 / 0) #24 Tue Apr 18, 2006 at 03:07:55 PM EST


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The Compleat Edward X. Hulver Cannon... by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 2) #14 Sun Apr 09, 2006 at 06:53:42 AM EST
...is filled out thus.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
not forgetting ... by Kellnerin (4.00 / 2) #15 Sun Apr 09, 2006 at 07:09:51 AM EST
this episode, albeit by a different author (though that is the idea behind the current exercise).

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"later" meant either "when you walk around the corner" or "oatmeal."
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Right! by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 1) #16 Sun Apr 09, 2006 at 10:00:00 AM EST
I forgot that I remembered that I forgot about that gem. Meanwhile, I'd also like to go on record as saying I'm honoured to have an idea of mine used as the inspiration for a theme, and I'm very excited to see what kind of stories come in.

I may submit something myself, even.


I am from a small, unknown country in the north called Ca-na-da. We are a simple, grease-loving people who enjoy le weekend de ski.
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Hence... by ana (4.00 / 1) #17 Sun Apr 09, 2006 at 10:04:14 AM EST
the 2k word limit. ;-)

We considered the notion of having a quota proportional to the length of one's husi nick, but couldn't figure out how to combine that with the anonymity thing.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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the 2k word limit by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #19 Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 02:42:01 PM EST
makes the challenge very difficult. the seed of an idea is growing in my mind, but it will almost certainly require extensive pruning to fit in the box.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
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hmm by webwench (2.00 / 0) #22 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 09:07:30 AM EST
Multiple 2000-word 'chapters'?


Getting more attention than you since 1998.

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Cool by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #18 Sun Apr 09, 2006 at 11:53:18 PM EST
I've got one already I wrote a while back

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It's political correctness gone mad!

multiples by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #20 Mon Apr 10, 2006 at 07:44:57 PM EST
Can we submit multiple entries?
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[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
I don't see why not. by ana (4.00 / 1) #21 Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 02:05:05 AM EST
They're anonymous, after all. 'Twould be slightly embarassing if you win all the prizes, I suppose.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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embarassing for all of the losers. by debacle (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Apr 12, 2006 at 05:14:07 PM EST
Of which, I will be one.

IF YOU HAVE TWO FIRLES THOROWNF MONEY ART SUOCIDE GIRLS STRIPPER HPW CAN YPUS :OSE?!?!?!?(elcevisides).

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Awesome by TPD (2.00 / 0) #25 Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 06:53:59 AM EST
The MFCs now have a parallel album cover challenge. So how about a parallel book cover challenge?

why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM
I'm all for it. by ana (2.00 / 0) #26 Wed Apr 19, 2006 at 06:58:26 AM EST
Um, how do we do that?

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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that was fun. by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #27 Sun May 07, 2006 at 11:41:46 AM EST
we should make this a regular feature. :)
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
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