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Contest Discussion / Re: Nice Guys Don't Last (in the Crater)
« Last post by Silas Hetherton on September 19, 2017, 08:00:54 PM »
Hardest would be Silas's death. Though fitting for his character, it was still hard to do. Took me some time to get it down and then I didn't sleep well after either.

Silas vs. Kali was always fun, and I enjoyed writing Silas's first Jubiliee memory/dream.
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Contest Discussion / Re: Nice Guys Don't Last (in the Crater)
« Last post by Laurence Copeland on September 19, 2017, 06:31:33 PM »
What was the hardest scene for you to write? And the follow-up question, what was the most fun scene to write?
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Contest Discussion / Re: Nice Guys Don't Last (in the Crater)
« Last post by Silas Hetherton on September 19, 2017, 11:42:46 AM »
I kind of wanted to bring about a way for him to be a father again. I don't think he would remarry very easily, but I thought maybe he might adopt one of the orphaned Crater children.
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Contest Discussion / Re: Nice Guys Don't Last (in the Crater)
« Last post by Vera Silvertooth on September 19, 2017, 04:10:34 AM »
As authors, we often come up with ideas that we just can't make work in a story. Is there any scene that you really wanted to write for Silas, but couldn't?
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Contest Discussion / Re: Nice Guys Don't Last (in the Crater)
« Last post by Silas Hetherton on September 18, 2017, 09:17:27 PM »
- Paper or plastic?
Before children, paper, as it is a renewable resource. After children, plastic, for dirty diapers.

- 80's or 90's music?
80's is more fun. 90's more nostalgic. 80's ultimately, I suppose. There is less shame in enjoying "Tainted Love" than "Chumba Wumba."

- What was Silas' favorite and least favorite "mice story" growing up?
He liked the tale of Martin the Warrior, which made him feel like even a small beast on his own could change the world. He was not as fond of the story about Cluny the Scourge, because of the way it painted rats in general. Silas would emphasize the evilness of Cluny himself and how he abused his underlings when he and Artie talked about the stories.

- If only one member of his family had survived, how different would Silas' story be?
Vastly. Silas would never have gone to the Crater, unless said family member were brought there. If even one had made it, he would have been satisfied simply being a dad/husband, even if it was difficult to make ends meet. He was used to working his tail off, after all.

- What served as your inspiration for the app and character?

I wanted to think of a revenge character who was completely sympathetic and justified in feeling vengeful, while still being a moral character, which I knew would clash with Crater life. Perhaps my father-in-law growing up on a farm played a small role in the farming angle. I chose a plain brown rat because I wanted his character to outshine his species. And of course, my own family and children were inspiration.
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Contest Discussion / Week 5 - Ends the 11:59 PST on 2 October
« Last post by Zevka on September 18, 2017, 08:40:10 PM »
This week will end on the night of 2 October.
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Contest Discussion / Re: Nice Guys Don't Last (in the Crater)
« Last post by Tooley Bostay on September 18, 2017, 08:14:39 PM »
Condolences on the death, Silas. Congratulations for making it this far--I had my issues with Silas, but I very much enjoyed his character and your writing.

A few random questions to start things off:

- Paper or plastic?

- 80's or 90's music?

- What was Silas' favorite and least favorite "mice story" growing up?

- If only one member of his family had survived, how different would Silas' story be?

- What served as your inspiration for the app and character?
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Contest Discussion / Nice Guys Don't Last (in the Crater)
« Last post by Silas Hetherton on September 18, 2017, 07:49:12 PM »
I figure a majority of you already know who I am, but for those who do not, here's my big reveal thread. Feel free to ask questions before you guess. I will answer them.
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Contest Discussion / Re: First Impressions
« Last post by Crue Sarish on September 17, 2017, 08:59:41 PM »
I apologize for not getting reviews up this week. Both life and laziness got in the way.

I just wanted to say that I primarily enjoyed this round. A few posts were enjoyable, but didn't really add much to the story. Some authors tried new tactics with varying results, and while I appreciate the ingenuity, somethings worked and some things didn't. All of your characters made me smile, some made me laugh, and it was - out of time restraints - interesting to simply read them instead of trying to be critical.

I'm sorry to hear it was a rough week or two. I get that things come up in life that just plain suck and there's not a whole lot you can do about it, so you just do what you can. As much as I would have liked for posts to go up regularly, sometimes that just doesn't happen. I hope that this next round finds you all in better situations, or at least in better spirits.

In the words of the AMAAAAZING Kali, "Today is a new day!"

Thank you for all your hard work!
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Contest Discussion / Re: Storyteller's Vigil
« Last post by Tooley Bostay on September 14, 2017, 10:36:52 PM »
The Monster at the End of This Book

Ohhh, alas. Another falls to the axe of Nire Borean.

Ah ha, I see what you were setting up. Monster fighter indeed. Clever with him facing off against Minerva. I'm glad we get to see another cast member kill one of the death votes, and this time in the arena proper!

The Blasio moment I'm split on. On the one hand, it's really well written. That beat before Blasio registers and Silas lunges is great, and the scene itself is really sharp. ...but I'm disappointed that the fang didn't actually poison Blasio. What a way that would be for Silas to go out, and what it could potentially do for the rest of the cast. If Blasio is funding the FTN, then what does this mean for their plans as he slowly succumbs to poison? Is the timeline ramped up? If he's not, how does a greedy McMoneybags like Blasio react to his impending doom? Ahh, alas, such potential, withered on the vine. My precious conflict... *sad woozle face*

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“And do you happen to have physical proof that Blasio is helping the FTN?” Nire challenged, voice low and controlled.

Silence.
Hrm, actually, he does. The coin he was given. It proves he has a connection to the FTN, and isn't just making utter nonsense up, in the least. Not to mention, I'm pretty sure Nire would spare him to use him as a tool inside the FTN (like Minerva). I understand why this didn't happen, but as I read it, it did hit me that yeah, Silas does have some proof on him.

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picturing Artie, reading secretly when he thought his parents were asleep, as if the stunted candle wouldn’t give him away the next day. ”Just one more chapter!” he would beg, gripped by tales meant for mice of Martin the Warrior and Badgers of Legend. Books Silas too, had grown up on.
I love this description. Really want to stop and highlight it, because it feels so genuine. The bit about the candle, the son's love of mice stories, the stories Silas himself grew up on. There's so much history and weight and meaning to this passage, and it hits home oh-so-well. I really get a feeling for the wonderful family Silas had, and what he's lost. Well written here, Silas.

The fight with Minerva was nice. A bit simple, so not too much to go into, but nice.

My condolences on your death, Silas. You had a really nice character and an engaging grasp of prose and descriptive work. Wish you the best moving on.
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