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(Fark)   She writes haiku in iambic pentameter. She has a simile in the Smithsonian, or at least a place like it. Her limericks summon Elder Gods, who are impressed. She is the most interesting writer on Fark, and this is your Fark Writer's Thread   ( divider line
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2019-03-13 12:56:28 PM  
The fourth annual Fark Fiction Anthology is open for submissions!  We're getting a pretty good response so far, so keep those entries coming!

It looks like #PitMad's come and gone again, and once again I completely missed it.  I did finally write the last lines of my current project, though:

Just say the words, some part of him said.  He did know if it was his own voice or not.  Just say the words, they'll hear you out in the hall, just say the words and you can plead insanity because you're insane, everyone's insane, everything is wrong-
Another voice, from memory.  He could not place the speaker, but it echoed in the bloodied hollow space that was all that was left of his mind: Even imagining revenge is kneeling at the altar of a dark church that offers no salvation.
And out of the corner of his mind's eye, with the spirit vision or horror vision he had gained, he saw the noxious blood red shape of some four-winged nightmare, a thing floating softly behind the Walls of the World, crimson with bloodlust and death and the utter annihilation of hope and life.
"Michaelson!  Put your gun down and come out!"
The words came to his mind, unbidden, but with total clarity: I am the reaper of flesh; I am the golden eyes of the lynx at night and the cry of the vulture at noon.  I am the hound that cannot be escaped.
 I am the God of Vengeance.

Gun in hand, held against Lieutenant Mulhaney's head, Michaelson knelt.

It's pretty rough, but it's first draft.  Detective Michaelson after all these years has finally completed his spiral into darkness and insanity. He's come full circle, and is reenacting the crime scene that the novel opens with, either through drug-induced psychotic hallucinations or perhaps the influence of some malign entity that's never actually fully seen.

There's still a one to two page epilogue I need to finish to tie everything together, but that scene was the one I had in mind when I started this whole thing off.  What's kind of interesting I think is that I actually started this around the same time we started the first Fark Fiction Anthology; we were planning a Fark Book Fair at the same time, and I wanted to have something ready for that.  Yes, I originally thought I could get this written in five months or so.  Hah.

On the bright side, I did learn one important pro-tip: make sure your protagonist's name is short, because you end up writing it a lot.

This week's writing prompt:

The judge looked at me, gavel in hand.  She looked furious.  I thought back, briefly, over the laundry list of things I was charged with and cringed inwardly.  And then I had an idea.

"How do you plead?" the judge asked, staring holes in me over the top of her glasses.

My lawyer interjected: "Your honor, the defendant pleads-"

I interrupted with one hand up.  "Actually, your honor, there's something I'd like to say."
2019-03-13 01:40:47 PM  
Hard to have 8 beats in a 5 syllable line.
2019-03-13 01:48:53 PM  

Another Government Employee: Hard to have 8 beats in a 5 syllable line.

You mean ten beats?  (iambs have two beats, pentameter means 5 of those per line.)

Close enough for government work, I guess.

You could always claim the haiku is about Hannibal Lecter, and call it Silence of the iambs.
2019-03-13 02:58:48 PM  
I'm the child of an elder god.  I don't need poetry to get attention.
2019-03-13 03:01:21 PM  
Question -  what is the deadline for submissions for the fark anthology?

2019-03-13 03:04:02 PM  
I've said before, and I'll say it again:

There once was a man
From Cork who got limericks
And haikus confused
2019-03-13 03:24:24 PM  
There was a young lady from Norway,
who casually sat in a doorway.
When the door squeezed her flat,
that was that.
2019-03-13 04:05:55 PM  

parasol: Question -  what is the deadline for submissions for the fark anthology?


July 31 of this year.
2019-03-13 05:12:03 PM  
Not much going on at my end. My birthday is tomorrow so no writing. My day off!

I hope everyone is well. Just wanted to drop in and say "hi".
2019-03-14 01:49:32 AM  
So, I had a question, hopefully not too far off-topic.

I'm planning on crowdfunding a project and looking for advice and suggestions. But I will only mention it this one time here.

See, I'm buying a few undeveloped acres near the backwater smallville where I live. Eventually, I want to put up a couple cabins for artist/writers studios. Super cheap to stay for a couple months working on a project requiring isolation.

In the meantime, I want to start a nursery for wildflowers and tree seedlings, to help local wildfire replanting. I have already talked to area scout leaders about getting scouts to help there for service projects. Since I am able to get the land cheap on my own, I only need to crowdfund for supplies and things like fencing and a septic tank and restroom.

When I launch the crowdfunding, maybe in a month or so, I plan on taking out an ad on Fark, asking folks to at least link to my project on social media.

Right now, the challenging part is coming up with appropriate and cost-effective rewards for the various donation levels.

Any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated.
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