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TwisterPalooza fic writing challenge

A few years ago, while striving hard to write and sell fiction, I promised myself an award for every big step forward: I would treat myself by writing a fanfic whenever I finished a step in a project. I used to be fairly well known for my fanfiction, and the advantage of writing it is that it’s strictly for fun – you can’t sell work based on someone else’s characters (unless they’re in public domain), after all.

But I got extra busy, and other than one Fringe story haven’t produced any fanfic for some time. I finished my YA mystery, got a request for the full manuscript from an agent, sold Storm Chaser, wrote a bunch of short stories, and had some good news in other areas that will be announced shortly. Now I’m hip deep in preparing to publicize and sell Storm Chaser, which as I’ve shouted far and wide is scheduled to come out in June.

So how can I treat myself to some fanfiction while also continuing to get word out about my new novel?

Emily and I did some brainstorming, and came up with a way to combine the two: a fic challenge that we’re calling – wait for it – TwisterPalooza.

Here’s the idea: For the month of April, we’re putting up a challenge for writers to post stories that, in some way, are impacted by the weather. It could have tornadoes in it, as Storm Chaser does; or it could involve any other weather phenomenon such as floods, lightning, drought, or hurricanes. We’ll even accept something directly affected by weather conditions, such as wildfires, as well as earthquakes. (Under the circumstances use a little sensitivity if dealing with tsunamis, but understand that writing about mother nature causing harm is no different than writing about, say, gun battles – it’s just a story.)

It can be fanfiction – I know a lot of great fanfic writers – but it can also be original fiction, and we’ll accept any fandom whether it be movies, TV shows, books, or whatever. Want to see Harry Potter or Buffy the Vampire Slayer deal with a blizzard? Curious about how the cast of Supernatural would react to an earthquake that didn’t have a supernatural origin? Want to have a lightsaber duel interrupted by a flash flood? Always wanted to have Edward Cullen carried to Oz by a twister and magically turned into a marble statue? Well, who doesn’t want that?

Any length will be acceptable, from drabble to a chapter fic, and the winners will get a great banner made by my webmaster, Emily. Your fic can be posted anywhere – all we ask for is a working link that doesn’t require a login, and that you put the link on comments to this post. (If you want to be in on it just for fun without being in the voting, leave a note to that effect.) After about three weeks, we’ll put the poll up on a separate post and everyone can vote – if you have a longer fic that’s not finished, everyone can vote on what you have.

TwisterPalooza Challenge rules:

1) Can be any length original fiction, fanfiction, or poetry.

2) Must involve characters reacting to a natural disaster (bonus points for tornadoes, storms, or storm chasing, although of course that won’t count toward the winner.)

3) Must post a link to the story here:   http://ozma914.livejournal.com/439157.html


Be gentle with me -- this is the first time I've ever created a challenge of my own. I’m going to post a little ficlet shortly myself, just as an example. (But I’m not eligible for the voting, of course.) Everybody have fun!


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Apr. 1st, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
Star Trek TOS drabble: "Set Phasers to -- Run!"
James T. Kirk clung to a stump, all that remained of a gnarled alien tree on a planet called, ironically, Hurricane III. “Hang on, Bones!”

A moment before they’d been peacefully taking flora samples; then a tornado tore through the landing party, leaving nothing behind but him and McCoy, who clung to a root. Kirk could see, streaming from distant branches like little warning flags, the remains of red uniform shirts.

“Why didn’t you detect that storm coming?” Kirk yelled over the screaming wind.

“It’s a medical tricorder!” McCoy shot back. “Damn it, Jim, I’m a doctor, not a meteorologist!”
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:57 am (UTC)
Re: Star Trek TOS drabble: "Set Phasers to -- Run!"
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Star Trek TOS drabble: "Set Phasers to -- Run!"
I wish I'd used your icon!
Apr. 1st, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
Re: Star Trek TOS drabble: "Set Phasers to -- Run!"
Heh. I wonder what would happen to Kirk, Spock, or McCoy if they put on a red shirt before joining a landing party. Would their importance save them, or can nothing overcome the red shirt. (And how did Scotty every survive? Or Uhura?)
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Star Trek TOS drabble: "Set Phasers to -- Run!"
Well, I remember Scotty being in several landing parties. Maybe there's something about the security red shirt that's different from the engineering red shirt?
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
challenge response (Fanfic)
Just for fun, not to be actually voted on :D

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Apr. 2nd, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
Re: challenge response (Fanfic)
Say huh? Spoilers! :->
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Apr. 2nd, 2011 09:47 am (UTC)
Re: challenge response (Fanfic)
got it, lesson learned.
Apr. 18th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Doctor Horrible Drabble: "A Horrible Wind"
The video screen wavered like a staggering drunk, then focused to reveal the camera was on its side, filming a debris strewn floor.

A gloved hand reached out. After another drunken dance the camera settled on its tripod, revealing glass shards across the lab table and a tangle of hanging, sparking wires.

Doctor Horrible’s goggles hung lopsided. His lab coat was in white tatters, and his hair might have been disheveled – hard to tell.

“Note to self.” Hearing the squeak in his voice, Doctor Horrible cleared his throat. “Note to self. In the future – test the weather controlling machine outside.”
Apr. 19th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
I tried to post mine here, but it ended up being too long for a comment. So I posted it on my old LJ instead. She Stares Down the Storm, a Tin Man ficlet.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, put a comment up there -- loved it!
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
Fullmetal Alchemist ficlets
cornerofmadness sent me a link. How about a two-part ficlet based on a blizzard?

Let it Snow and Snow Day.
Apr. 19th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
Re: Fullmetal Alchemist ficlets
Sounds great! I'll read it tomorrow -- I got this just as we were headed to bed. I've only seen a few Fullmetal Alchemist episodes, so it'll be a new adventure for me ... strange as it sounds, I like reading stories in fandoms I'm not totally familiar with.
Apr. 19th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
These stories take place pre-canon, so you don't really need to know anything to read them. I hope you enjoy them!

And my friend Leni does that regularly, as she lives in Peru and she doesn't always get the shows/books/comics that we have access to. :D
Apr. 19th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Pre-canon is a good thing, in a case like this! Almost all of my Buffy fics are set after the series, so you have to do a certain amount of setting up in order to keep from confusing people.
Apr. 20th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
I just posted some BtVS/AtS stuff, but I mostly write in FMA fandom and have since 2005. Of course, AtS got me back into fandom in general....
Apr. 20th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
I just wish I had time to write more fanfic. i really loved doing it ... but I've got to concentrate on the career thing. I love that too, but it has stresses all its own!
Apr. 20th, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
I went to a talk with Jane Yolen a few weeks ago, and she said, "As long as you write something every day, that's really your goal." She then went on to say as far as she's concerned, fanfic is writing. Which made me giggle.

Granted, I need to finish the novella I've been working on so I can submit it....
Apr. 21st, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree, fanfic is absolutely legitimate writing. It's just that fanfic will never count directly toward getting *paid* for writing. I want to eventually build my career to the extent that I can give up my non-writing job ... so I'll have more time for writing.
Apr. 21st, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
Agreed, agreed.
Apr. 20th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
Hm ... when I click the first link, it just sends me right back here to my LJ post ... the second link seems to work just fine.
Apr. 20th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
That one worked!
Apr. 21st, 2011 11:29 am (UTC)
May. 1st, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
Is it too late to sign up for this? (Seeing as how it's now the first day of May.)
May. 2nd, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Absolutely not, it's totally informal. Plus, I'm up to my armpits in edits for "Storm Chaser", so I wouldn't have time to deal with ending it right now even if I wanted to! I figured I'd keep it going until mid-May.
Rosanne Dingli
May. 17th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
Competition entry
You did not say whether the fiction could be in a published book, so I am doing it anyway. This is a very Australian story, which appears in my recently re-published collection of stories, Making a Name. It was inspired by a painting (which appears on the page that's linked). I won't say more about it, except that it contains a lot of weather - as much as is contained in today, if we went outside.
Please read "Rainstorms" here:
May. 18th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Re: Competition entry
Sure, I'll take a previously published story! You caught me at a crazy time, but I'll check it out as soon as I can and post it with the rest.
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