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By ana (Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 11:27:45 AM EST) (all tags)
Go take pictures of hammers. Put them here on or before Apr 15th. Please do not put it into an envelope and submit it to the IRS, or upload your tax return here.

Also, some discussion of writing fun challenge stories.



So, yeah. I wrote the WFC Eye Eckxs story Objectively Speaking.

Considering the question of narrating a story from the point of view of an inanimate object, I was rather left without clue. I started writing something told from the POV of a brooch which had once belonged to someone in Genghis Kahn's army. It went nowhere, and at last report was still entombed somewhere in Mongolia.

So there's this idea that men don't actually see the women the ogle. It has some traction, I think, judging from my own experience. They're treated as screens onto which the party of the first part (the ogler) projects fantasies of his own fascination onto the party of the second part (the oglee). Thereby, arguably, depriving $her of personhood, at least in $his eyes. It is to thing.

Once this idea got into my head, it wouldn't leave, so I wrote it up over about 3 weeks of Sunday prompted writing chats (Sunday at 1pm eastern USian time, on IRC server slashnet.org, channel #writing; y'all come, 'll be fun). I stitched together what I had, did some minimal taping of joints, painted it, and posted it.

While cheating and breaking of rules is generally encouraged, perhaps this [a] bent the rules a little too far, and [b] wasn't well enough written, to do better than tie for last place. At least one of the two votes was, I suspect, from someone who just voted for everything.


I myself voted for For Now We See and the 411, though, as 2 plus 3 equals 5 remarked, the exchange between CRwM and blixco was perhaps the best part of this particular event.

Well, except that the most fun this particular writer had in the whole thing was a collaborative effort which will be fessed up to anon. (Up to which will be fessed? To which will be fessed up?)


Oh, and just as a point of order, if organizers of these things would use the "tags" feature, labelling their stories "WFC" or "MFC" or whatever, it makes it much easier to figure out, months later, who won that last MFC (/me glares at 606) or CFC (/me glares at 256).

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Ok, I am stupid by spacejack (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 01:48:59 PM EST
For a while I was thinking Realdoll? Or maybe a sci-fi Realdoll? And then at the end I was just confused.

Not a bad idea now that I get it.

Overstating the case... by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 11:15:38 AM EST
So there's this idea that men don't actually see the women the ogle. It has some traction, I think, judging from my own experience. They're treated as screens onto which the party of the first part (the ogler) projects fantasies of his own fascination onto the party of the second part (the oglee). Thereby, arguably, depriving $her of personhood, at least in $his eyes. It is to thing.

See, where women get confused is that they seem to think this is a (semi-)conscious action on the part of the man - no doubt inculcated during early sessions with the patriarchy.

The truth is that the behavior is no more conscious than  breathing - it happens automatically, and requires a conscious effort to *stop* doing it.

You might as well ask my cats why they stare at the birds outside.

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Has anybody seen my clue? I know I had it when I came in here.

if I had written a review by Kellnerin (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 03:06:24 PM EST
it would have said: "Man-made, yes, but far from inanimate." As I recall, we had a bit of a discussion of what the spirit of the WFC was, which makes sense after reading your entry :)

I don't know if there's a "too far" to bend a theme, but I think what happened here was that the story equalled the idea. It didn't push the implications of a person being thinged beyond what I already brought to the story coming in (so maybe this is just my subjective experience). It was more like "Existence" where the inner life of a balloon turns out to be just about what I thought it would be, unlike "For Now We See" or "Dian Bling" that cast a different light on things in our kitchens, or "People Have Their Uses" that focused on a thing I would never have imagined, or even "George" that used the humble narrator to comment on various interactions and intersections between people.

I also noted that yours and "Existence" were the only ones with descriptions on the upload site. I think since it's a new feature that it'll take a while for people to know how to use it well, how to provide a bit of extra information that enhances the story without either giving it away or restating something that should be clear from the story. It'll be interesting to see if this evolves in future WFCs.

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"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM

Indeed. by ana (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 03:53:11 PM EST
The character I end up wondering about is Benny, the bouncer. The MC really didn't wanna do anything, and maybe that's the point: her life dead-ended a while ago. But she's not quite a flat enough character for this challenge.

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

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