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By Scrymarch (Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 10:00:56 AM EST) WFC, WFC XI, therianthropes, city, democracy, heroism (all tags)
Truly, friends, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And before you today are seven stories that have ventured deep beneath the city, met that beholder, and hacked off one of his eyestalks for your enjoyment.

Invoke your right as a free Husian: read these grotty, sexy, streetwise tales and then subjectivate the heck out of them in the attached poll.



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Aaargh, multichoice poll by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 01:41:30 PM EST
How many votes do I get?
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
Look into your heart, Theophile by Scrymarch (4.00 / 2) #2 Mon Oct 24, 2011 at 10:49:26 PM EST
Use as many votes as you find there.

People have used 1-3 in turnouts of this size in the past.

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Voted! [nt] by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 10:20:04 AM EST

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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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I voted by TPD (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 04:35:33 AM EST
 Unstill life, Temporary Immortality and story to front page! Enjoyed them all though


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Unstill life by hulver (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 10:33:57 AM EST
I feel stupid. I'm sure I'm missing something important. I got the feeling that know what Chloe transformed into was important, but I just couldn't work it out. It distracted me from the rest of the story.

Maybe I'm not supposed to know, maybe it's not important. It just felt like there was this assumption that I'd know what it was.
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Cheese is not a hat. - clock

"Tell All the Truth ..." by Kellnerin (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Oct 25, 2011 at 09:23:20 PM EST
is clearly the best of the lot. It has something to say and makes the theme subordinate to that, rather than the other way around. "Contains metaphor and evil," indeed. Exactly what it says on the tin.

"Changes" is the next most successful story, I think. It has more good turns of phrase than I can quote in a comment, and more importantly, it paints the most complete picture of its world and the rules of the Change. I'd have liked it more if I liked Camille more, though I freely admit that's my own hangup. (It's not her fault, after all, it's the sleazy narrator.)

I don't know how to judge songs at all, but "Don't Make Me Human by the Light of the Moon" is the best title of anything I've heard in a long time.

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"Plans aren't check lists, they are loose frameworks for what's going to go wrong." -- technician

A few mini reviews by Scrymarch (4.00 / 2) #7 Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 11:57:07 PM EST
I know we don't really do the review everything thing anymore, but, um, I kind of reviewed everything.

Changes

or a centaur in an ironic waistcoat trampling you at the crossing as if a psychomorphic transformation means you don't have to care about red lights

The drug as change agent is brilliantly science fictional in that retrospectively obvious way. Liked it all round, tight, funny and so London you could chuck it up in the gutter with last night's kebab.

Medusa

Ditties are vernacular poetry and I love that we have a few this time around. Props for slipping 'naught' into a song I can't help singing in a mockney accent to the tune of Alexey Sayle's novelty song 'What's All That About'.

Unstill Life

Thropetracker is not yet available on the fascist iTunes store. I had a less cool and well integrated version of this thrope infra idea. The log cabin, the drugs, the pirefighter house - this is a clear thematic double play.

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It seems my comment was truncated by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #10 Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 01:05:23 AM EST
... because of some weird tiff between Husi and my phone. As I was saying ...

[Untill Life] (There’s a radiant darkness upon us ... Possible triple play.)

Others mentioned the pieces aren't fully put together - I suspect all the details are there but I only see the shape of it. I don't actually mind that. I liked the observant callousness.

Temporary Immortality

Therianthrope as infrastructure. This is the classiest damn wereslut comic ever.

Don't Make Me Human

Supernatural Count Basie's going to come back any day now, I'm sure.

Tell All The Truth

The truest to the memoir aspect of the prompt, elsewhere abundances of the first person aside. This is the least of it. I knew there was something better to say about this story but couldn't say what: fortunately Kellnerin could.

Den Creature

Invented traffic just so they can sit in it

Is Arrow of Light a real US Scout badge? Ours were all called stuff like Fitness or Scoutcraft.

Thanks too to the editorial overlord that bumped this to the main poll.

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No problem. by ana (4.00 / 1) #11 Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 08:15:01 AM EST
Thanks too to the editorial overlord that bumped this to the main poll. 

No prob. Thanks for the poll header that makes it kinda sorta obvious what's up as a stand-alone poll.

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

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one more review by Kellnerin (4.00 / 3) #12 Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 09:38:01 AM EST
The moon enfullens!

It brings the tide to the land and the blood to boil! Flesh to change, and to eat other flesh! Depending on the exact specie of change!

... be tempered in the forge of literature, and in doing so, teach an online community the true meaning of werelove

... stories that have ventured deep beneath the city, met that beholder, and hacked off one of his eyestalks for your enjoyment.

I just wanted to tip my hat to you for the WFC infrastructure itself, which was nearly as entertaining as reading the actual entries. If there were any justice in the world, "Memoir writing for a consensus surreality" would be a regular bookstore category.

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"Plans aren't check lists, they are loose frameworks for what's going to go wrong." -- technician

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I managed to earn one. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #14 Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 01:07:15 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Did you earn it by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #16 Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 04:42:50 PM EST
.. By shooting a flaming arrow into someone's house?

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They blow out unless you use an accellerant. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #17 Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 07:22:39 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Mini-Reviews by toxicfur (4.00 / 2) #13 Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 12:41:08 PM EST
First off, I loved the theme of this WFC - Scrymarch, this was an inspired idea! The stories and lyrics that came from it were all great, too, and I loved seeing how people responded to the surreal memoir idea.


  1. Changes: I loved the structure of this story - the world-building happened without a lot of exposition. I did kind of wish that the pay-off, amusing as it was, had been a little less cringe-inducing.
  2. Medusa: I really dug the idea of Medusa lamenting the loss of her power. I could imagine technician or iGrrrl singing this song in a bluesy kind of a way.
  3. Unstill Life: "Thrope Tracker" is an app that needs to exist, and it's a far more interesting idea than all the zombie apps out there. I had a little trouble following the story, though, and I would like to see a more extended version. I felt like this was one part of a much larger story, and one that I'd like to read.
  4. Temporary Immortality: I really like that the wereslut gets to be the hero(ine) for once! I would've liked to have seen a bit more of the situation with the pimp, though - is this something that happens regularly? Does the wereslut/heating repair man rescue women through sex often?
  5. Don't Make Me Human...: I'm not even sure what to say about this one - clever lyrics, definitely clever title. I'm having trouble figuring out what it would sound like, though.
  6. Tell All the Truth: I'm refraining from offering a review of my own this time, except to say that I wasn't entirely satisfied with it (of course), but I'll write more about that after the voting is done.
  7. Den Creature: These lyrics seemed to pull together the ennui of all our lives of quiet desperation. I liked the imagery.

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The amount of suck that you can put up with can be mind-boggling, but it only really hits you when it then ceases to suck. -- Kellnerin
Inspired by by Scrymarch (4.00 / 2) #18 Sat Oct 29, 2011 at 08:17:34 PM EST
A chat with K, as well as your recent diaries. The zeit was geisting.

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Liked 'em all by johnny (4.00 / 3) #19 Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 12:31:09 PM EST
Voted for Changes because the storyteller's voice was so lyrical. Sure, he was a creep, but honestly, could he help it? Plus, I thought it was really funny. His ideal turns out to be an angel, which makes her kind of repulsive to him. (Although one thing was hard to relate to, as I, myself, have never felt like a big needy cock attached to a body whose only function was to get me to the place, anyplace, where release could be found. He said convincingly.)

Anyway, a tip o' the cap to all the writers, and thanks for ana for the nudge to read & vote.

She has effectively checked out. She's an un-person of her own making. So it falls to me.--ad hoc (in the hole)

Voting by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #20 Tue Nov 01, 2011 at 08:38:23 AM EST
Closed.

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