I can't actually read the post since it's blocked by my work filters (and Kotaku isn't... go figure).
But, here you go. Be informed several hours before me.
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The deadline is Midnight Pacific time. If you can't make it, please please let us know. We might be able to work something out.
Feel free to include a brief (like, one or two sentence) summary with your entry that we can put outside the cut tag. If you have already submitted and did not include one, send it along and I can add it.
If you are submitting art and have a title, please let us know what it is.
Edit to add.... you're free to send your entries to your partner, or send them the title, so they know which was made for them!
By now everyone should have received a message from me via Dreamwidth with your partner's info and a link to their original response. We ended up with an even number of people (yay!) and everyone seemed to match pretty nicely (double yay!).
We're now in the process of matching everyone up. In a couple days you should know who you will be writing for. Since we have an odd number of participants it may not end up being exact pairs.
For more info on the timeline see the original post.
| You may have noticed something unusual across the web today. If you haven't been following the news, sites everywhere are going "black" to promote awareness of, and encourage opposition to, SOPA.|
While this impacts the US members of POT very directly, if it passes it will impact us all in the long run. That fanfic we write? The fan art we draw? All could be considered illegal under SOPA, or the House version, PIPA.
AO3 is based in the US, ffnet is based in the US, dreamwidth is based in the US, deviantart is based in the US. Each and every one of these sites could be shut down completely, or restricted dramatically, by this bill. Because it directly impacts, and all but eliminates, the "fair use" clause, fandom sites would lose the one major legal protection they have under the first amendment. In all likelihood, should this bill pass, many of these sites would receive takedown notices within days- or worse.
The English version of Wikipedia has a handy form up right now on their main page. Punch in your zip code and it'll give you the contact info for your representatives and senators. I strongly encourage our US members to take a moment today and shoot them a quick email. They also have a lot more info up on the bills, what they would do exactly, and how it would impact people both within and outside the US.
For those of you who aren't members of BSN (you will have to join in order to enter) the details are as follows, from Chris Priestly on the BSN site:
We’re pleased to announce a Dragon Age Creative Writing Challenge to celebrate the launch of lead writer David Gaider’s book Dragon Age: Asunder. The rules are simple—write a short story from the perspective of a Mage or Templar. Email finished work to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your BSN username. Also, please post an abstract of your story (50-100 words) in this thread for everyone to see!
Entries must be an original, unpublished work of fiction in the English language and no longer than 2,500 words. Multiple submissions WILL NOT be accepted. Please do not include explicit sexual descriptions or excessive violence. Writing will be judged on originality, understanding of & respect for the Intellectual Property, writing quality, grammar & spelling, and keeping within the parameters established in the Dragon Age Universe. The last day we are accepting entries is January 10th, 2012!
The Community Team will choose our top five favorites who will receive a complimentary copy of Dragon Age Asunder signed by David Gaider and have their entries read by the man himself! David will choose the overall winner. This winner will receive a full suite of products from the Razer Dragon Age II line: keyboard, mouse, mouse mat, and messenger bag to assist in his or her future writing endeavors. He or she will also be invited to a private Skype Q&A with David Gaider.
Looking forward to seeing the creativity that drives our community! Be sure to read Dragon Age Asunder to inspire and inform your writing!
Let's Have a Mash Up!
We see plenty of lovely DA fics, but very few fun cross-overs - time to fix that, I say!
To start you off, here's a few prompts that might tickle your fancy. Feel free to use them, change them, spindle and mutilate them as you wish.
~ oo ~
The sound that broke the quiet of the night-time camp was like nothing they had ever heard before; as though a thousand golems ground a nick from a thousand swords with a thousand whetstones in perfect synchronized time. The alarm was given by those on watch, but it was hardly needed; bodies were already scrambling through tent flaps, buckling on armour and reaching for weapons.
Before their fearful and astonished gaze, a regular shape coalesced out of the pre-dawn mist; taller than a man, smooth sides dimpled with square panels, strange runes glowing with unnatural light across the top edge of one side.
A blue box.
~ oo ~
The sign blinked on and off, on and off, on and off. It was pink, overly bright and hurt Alistair's bleary eyes as he opened them. There had been a fight, he recalled, an abomination throwing spells. He had tried to reach it, to use templar force to knock the power from it, but the spell had hit him first, pulling him down into blackness and quiet.
And now… he was in a chair. The visor of his helmet must be up, he could feel it clamped around his head, but the light… the light was so bright.
The helmet released him, the chair tipping forward slightly, encouraging him to stand. His legs felt strange, as though they belong to someone else. He could hear faint Antivan curses from the adjacent chair.
The voice came from everywhere and nowhere, overly loud and harsh on his ears despite the mellow, well-modulated tones:
"As with all role-playing adventures you will experience a certain amount of disorientation on leaving the game. It will be several minutes before your real-life memories return. So, in the meantime, please disengage the game-playing machinery and relax until an attendant is free to answer any of your questions.
On behalf of Leisure World International, may we be the first to say, welcome back to reality!"
~ oo ~
The demon was a long way from his usual hunting grounds; the Fade here was paler, the air thinner, the pink tinge of home almost entirely missing.
He sniffed the air, looking for weakness, the delicious whiff of Pride that would take him to the thicker, tastier world of men. A prideful man, a good fit for his being; two pieces of the puzzle to slot together and give him solid flesh to wear.
When the aroma hit him, his scaly knees almost buckled at the intensity, but the scent came not from the physical world. It was here, right here in the Fade. Never had he felt such Pride, never experienced such force and power in a mortal. It pulled at the very heart of his being, drawing him to where a tiny, mewling baby lay on the ground.
A baby? This tiny being held such Pride? The demon shrugged. A being of half-flesh, here in the Fade, not a mortal at all, no foothold to the world. But the Pride he felt would strengthen his own, make him more powerful. He must eat this Fade child, absorb its vibrant being. Clawed hands reached down for fragile flesh, twisted jaws opened to reveal pointed teeth. The taste… so delicious, pride and ego and power coursing through his veins…
Lord Voldemort opened his eyes on a new world and a new powerful form. Ugly, but functional. It would suffice.
~ oo ~
Nothing striking your fancy? No fresh ideas coming to mind? Ask me for a specific prompt for you and I'll have a stab at it.