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novel length [Sep. 6th, 2013|06:37 pm]

How many words should a YA novel be? 60,000?
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Future incarnations of Charloft past [Aug. 4th, 2013|12:46 pm]

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Some ideas I am kicking around that I would like to judge if there's any interest in. Please fill out the poll if you have a moment. Thanks!

Poll #1927539
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 48

I use the following social media... (check all that apply)

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33 (25.6%)
21 (16.3%)
24 (18.6%)
live journal
44 (34.1%)
other (please let us know which in comments)
7 (5.4%)

I would be interested in Charloft's old prompts being crossposted to another social media platform

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26 (56.5%)
8 (17.4%)
12 (26.1%)

I would be interested in the Live Journal community allowing members to post prompts for each other as they think of them (no mods, no set prompt days, just posting prompts as/if they occur to you for your fellow writers).

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29 (60.4%)
1 (2.1%)
18 (37.5%)

I would be interested in the following (check all that apply)

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a searchable database of past prompts
35 (22.9%)
a list of past prompts
36 (23.5%)
access to winter bingo generator
17 (11.1%)
access to all summer drabble challenges
27 (17.6%)
an ebook of past prompts
16 (10.5%)
past prompts being re-cycled on other social media
22 (14.4%)
other (please let us know in comments)
0 (0.0%)
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to Bast [Jul. 28th, 2013|09:04 pm]

the scene flickers off and on like an old image projector, the colors slightly muted and dusty at first.  above, the sun is fiery and orange, beating down with its life-giving heat on our backs, of mine and my sisters.  on the savannah, the sun is harder, richer, closer; in the distance you can see the heat radiating off of the plains, as a pack of female lionesses and two panthers; one with faint leopard spots on her flanks, make their way across the plains.  the pack makes its way through the golden wheat, which reaches just above our eye level, rising slightly above our haunches which affords the perfect camouflage, especially for those with fairer coats.

an offering...Collapse )~i adore thee, i adore thee~

OOC:// sorry, i don't know what my tag should be, i think you give one to each writer, yes? if so i'd like magpie to be mine. i'm not sure what the criteria is like, but i'm really excited to have been inspired again! nice to meet everyone, i'll go double check that i've done the intro posts!
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Drabble roundup: Week 1 [Jul. 18th, 2013|04:19 pm]


This is the place where you can post your drabbles for the first week! Links back to your table, or just posting one or two favorites, is fine.
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"the lunatic, the lover, and the poet" [Jul. 16th, 2013|11:06 am]


(from Saturday 7-6: Quotable Quotes "The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact." -- William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream")

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet -- it's what Melody calls Facebook, Twitter and Livejournal.

"Really. And of the three, why have a billion people embraced the lunatic?" she asks.

It's not a trivial question. The billion people f-book claims it has, all came from somewhere. Riley thinks many of them arrived on special friend-mobiles from Mars. Still, with no real answer to her question, he continues smiling back at Melody like a dog who is pretty sure the question was rhetorical. Some dogs really are smart enough to Facebook. And I'm guessing that the marketing people there are working out the promo slogans even as I type. "One billion people, point-two-five million dogs, and half the butterflies on Planet Earth. Who's Hot? A: Marrrrrk Zuckerberg!!!" [so really not]

"Because lunacy is po-pu-lar. That's why it's lun-a-cy." Melody continues. She's not happy. Her friends on Livejournal have either all been abducted by alien friend-mobiles from Mars, or have just grown-up. She isn't sure which. But when the happy in her boots is nearly empty, she often speaks like George Bush reading with third graders. You know, like on that memorable morning in September as he sat at the front of class in Florida and waited for his advisors to tell him what to do after planes had flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York, and the Pentagon just across the river from the big house at his eastern city ranch.

Riley nods his head and raises his right hand for a high five.

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2013-07-16 10:08:54 (1538 words)
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100 Drabbles of Summer: One Last Time [Jul. 10th, 2013|06:38 pm]

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Once more, with feeling...

It is time for the fourth, and last, Charloft's 100 Drabbles of Summer. Thank you so much for so many years of fun writing. Let's make this be a great last hurrah!

To those of you who haven't been around for it before, the Drabbles of Summer challenge is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: write one hundred drabbles (a drabble being a hundred-word short story, no more and no less) featuring your character(s), over the course of one hundred days.

As the summer progresses, we usually post 'check-ins' where you can share your progress and read the drabbles of others. At the end of summer, everyone shares their collected drabbles, and those who successfully completed all 100 are in the running for a ~prize~. Fancy!

Sound fun? Then sign up by commenting to this post! Full rules and more details behind this here cut!Collapse )
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Saturday: Quotable Quotes [Jul. 6th, 2013|02:08 am]

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“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Friday: Make Your List! [Jul. 5th, 2013|01:03 am]

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Threats, bribes and promises. Or, as some prefer to call them, 'motivational incentives'. List five of the most memorable. Did they serve their purpose, or did they motivate you in a different direction?
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The Time has Come, the Walrus Said, to Talk of Many Things... [Jul. 4th, 2013|01:26 pm]


Dear Charlofters past and present,

We regret to announce that — though eleventy-one years is far too short a time to spend among such most excellent writers — this is the END. We are going. We are leaving NOW.

...alright, not exactly 'now', but in the foreseeable future.

Charloft has had a good run with five years of almost-daily writing prompts. In the last few months, we've found ourselves as moderators slacking off more and more. We have missed many of our daily prompts and dragged on our deadlines to get things done. One of our moderators, iiudian, has been invaluable in picking up more than his share of the slack, and we are grateful to him, but it is time for us to admit that collectively, as moderators, we are pretty burned out.

We promised you a 100 Drabbles of Summer if you gave us prompts-- and you gave us prompts! In great number! We thank you for your investment. It's the writers who have always made this community awesome.

Because we would hate to renege on the inspiration you gave us, we will be holding one last 100 Drabbles of Summer. We will be using your prompts, and we hope to get the table up in the next few days.

That said, there will be no daily prompts throughout the duration of the drabble challenge, and when it ends, Charloft too will be going away-- at least, as a daily prompt community.

We will not be deleting the community, of course; it will remain online, so that the hundreds and hundreds of prompts people have answered over the last five years will remain available to be read, appreciated, and admired. If members wish to use the community to post prompts or writing questions, you are welcome to do so! We are so proud of all of the writing that Charloft has helped facilitate and inspire over the years, and we thank you for sticking with us for so long. Continue to write, in whatever format and on whatever site you find the inspiration.

Thank you also to all our moderators, past and present. We couldn't have done it without any of you.

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

-Your Charloft mod team

Oh, and Happy Fourth of July!

eta Just to clarify, we may put up a few more prompts we've been sitting on, in case anyone sees them happening and is confused!
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Drabble Thursday: Rated TV-MA for LOUD NOISES (and other things) [Jul. 4th, 2013|12:13 am]

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One hundred words on the first time you were exposed to something you maybe should not have been exposed to.
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