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Author Topic: Communal writing project 3 - Lost Souls of the Asylum  (Read 10552 times)
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« on: September 14, 2011, 12:40:43 pm »

Hello all!

As promised I am announcing the beginning of the third communal writing project!

PLEASE READ THIS FIRST POST CAREFULLY.

I am aware that there is a lot of interest in contributing. This is brilliant, but it also means that there will be competition for the limited number of story ideas. I believe that the fairest system I can use is to put up the list of working titles and accept synopsis ideas on a first come first served basis.

THIS MEANS that if you want to submit a story idea for a title, you will have to pm me with a synopsis for the story (doesn't have to be more than a paragraph or two) before I will state that the title is taken.

The content and quality of the synopsis matters. So please make sure that you have read the story arch for the book and taylored your idea to it (very important).

I want to have a mix of established and new contributers, so can I suggest that people who have contributed before keep this in mind. I have spoken to at least one contributer about other works which could be an alternative to contributing this year.

OK. The Story Arch:

At the close of the 19th century, in his quarters in the Asylum at Lincoln; Professor Steam has reached a peaceful and dignified end. As preparations are made for his body to be taken to London for a small private funeral and a place in the family tomb; Arkwright, Inspector Steam and Miss Rain step into the pale light of the Asylum Garden. Here they stand among small simple stone markers that commemorate those who died in the Asylum. Naturally their thoughts are on death, and one by one they begin to recount the stories of those who died...

The Working Titles:

A life worth living - a search for perfection ends in disaster.
The collector - collecting can be an obsession. It can aslo be dangerous.
One piece at a time - one man's attempt at self improvemenet turns to self destruction.
The Royston Caves - a medieval curiosity has a darker side.
The jungle of the mind - playing games with peoples minds can lead to death.
Where there is smoke - an anarchist plot of truly diabloical proportions.
The Box - an old man has a box for sale, how far will people go to buy it and how much will they pay.
When the moon is dark - the antithesis of a warewolf story (a good one for someone with knowledge of other cultures).
The death of Dr Grace - Dr Grace is sought by those dire need, but is the treatment all it seems?
Fire and Ice - a never ending struggle is fought in the heart and soul of a young man/woman.
The thickness of a shadow - a scientist finds himslef in an unfamiliar world.
The eye of the believer - a story of practical magick.

As ever these are working titles and suggestions - they are not cast in stone.

I look forward to peoples submissions.

Arkwright
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2011, 01:07:54 pm »

 Grin getting all excited again... will be sending a synopsis shortly.
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2011, 01:14:15 pm »

Ooh goody. I arrived too late for the last book, so I will certainly be sub,itting a synopsis for one of these.

Do you have a preferred word count?
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2011, 01:26:21 pm »

Word count - for guidance only - is 4.5 to 10 thousand words. However, I have accepted (and contributed) shorter and longer stories.

The main thing is the content. I would rather have a long or short good story than an average story that meets a word count.

TTFN

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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2011, 05:39:06 pm »

 Grin sent... let me know if you got them as my computer has been acting up...
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2011, 06:28:05 pm »

Put me down as interested, might do another Flint and Steele piece!

I'll have a go at coming up with synopsis for a couple of the titles, if I may?

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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2011, 06:29:14 pm »

As before, I offer my services for the proofreading part.
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2011, 06:34:32 pm »

Okay...  Time to get working on a proposal synopsis...  (and get my wife started on hers)
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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2011, 06:49:33 pm »

Royston Caves sounds right up my street- what with me being a medieval and all!

Count me in if that is okay? xxx
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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2011, 06:59:01 pm »

Royston Caves sounds right up my street- what with me being a medieval and all!

Count me in if that is okay? xxx


Do you know of Royston Cave? Fascinating stuff, especially when you take in to consideration the rumoured Templer tunnels beneath Hertford...
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« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2011, 07:06:18 pm »

no, I will need to research! I figured they would be real!

And perhaps a visit for said research!
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« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2011, 07:31:01 pm »

I'll try working out a synopsis for where there is smoke or the jungle of the mind... Depends on which I can work something out for...
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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2011, 08:03:35 pm »

A few days and I'll have an alternative or two.  Some of those titles...  Giving me the goosebumps already.
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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2011, 08:52:16 pm »

Okay, sent a proposal through (maybe twice) for 'The eye of the believer', but I keep wanting to write one for 'The thickness of a shadow' in spite of how greedy it would be to submit more than one proposal.
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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2011, 11:07:06 pm »

Sent you my synopsis for Where There's Smoke Arkwright
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« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2011, 01:47:29 am »

Excellent, another anthology! I just sent you a synopsis for "When the moon is dark"

Cheers,
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« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2011, 02:18:17 am »

May I please know the time frame for these submissions?

I'd hate to commit to something
and then have school obligations get in the way.

Thanks!

Sounds fun!
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« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2011, 09:41:31 am »

Hello all!

I will read through synopses and pm people as soon as possible.

Time frame - Synopsis by the end of Oct (But I think they will be done way before that...), first draft by the end of January, 2nd draft by the end of May. this gives me a bit more time to pull everything together and get the printer involved at an earlier stage.

Last time there were very few revisions in the 2nd draft stage - this helped.

Anyway, back to work.

TTFN

Arkwright.

PS I have been through pms and the current status is:

Fire and Ice - Outflyer Calliope
When the moon is dark - Wicked Penguin
Where there is smoke - In discussion with Corsair
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« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2011, 07:38:27 pm »

did you get my PM? Shall I go ahead and come up with a synopsis anyway and PM you? I will research ver the weekend and put something together For the Royston Cave!
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« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2011, 07:54:25 pm »

I would like to contribute; something for The Eye of the Believer, or The Thickness of a Shadow
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« Reply #20 on: September 15, 2011, 07:55:04 pm »

What ho Arkwright!

I've just PMd you re The Box, I might have sent you two messages, I don't know, my finger slipped!  Tongue
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« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2011, 09:47:30 pm »

Registering interest. As (Sir) Terry Pratchett says, "Writing is the most fun anyone can have by themselves", so even if the titles are all taken by the time I've got something committed to paper (no pun intended), it'll be good to get the creative juices flowing.
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« Reply #22 on: September 15, 2011, 11:17:44 pm »

As (Sir) Terry Pratchett says, "Writing is the most fun anyone can have by themselves"

A particularly favourite quote of mine.

His other one I remind myself of every so often:

"While a book has got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the reader it's got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the writer as well"

On which note I've just PM'd a plot synopsis for 'The Thickness of a Shadow'.

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« Reply #23 on: September 16, 2011, 07:36:31 am »

As tempted as I am, I may sit this one out so someone else can have a go. I will be more than happy to assist with proof reading or anything else you may need help with Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: September 16, 2011, 09:54:43 am »

A Life Worth Living rather takes my fancy. I'll see if I can get my Steampunk vampire to shut up long enough to work out a synopsis.
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