Forum posts made by magnificent1rascal

Topic Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted 16 Nov 2018 18:00



That's not a problem. When, sometime in the future, you do have the time and inspiration, write it, take your time editing it and then bring it back to the present and submit it. Simples!

Yeah, but owing to timey-wimey stuff, I'd probably land in an alternate 2018 where SS only accepts stories written in pig Latin or something.confused5

Oh, didn’t you hear? Beginning next week, all stories have to be in Klingon. geek

But seriously, this is an ongoing challenge. Whenever you’re inspired, it will be here.

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 15 Nov 2018 15:38

Just posted my latest story here yesterday. Now, today, I notice that I wrote it in second person point of view and present tense. That is cool. Not done often.

rr

I noticed the second person and intended to comment. It’s great to see you and other writers doing unique things, trying out different styles, etc. Stories Space is a good place to spread your wings, as it were. Well done!

I'm trying different things

Yes, I’ve noticed that too! thumbup

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 15 Nov 2018 15:11

Just posted my latest story here yesterday. Now, today, I notice that I wrote it in second person point of view and present tense. That is cool. Not done often.

rr

I noticed the second person and intended to comment. It’s great to see you and other writers doing unique things, trying out different styles, etc. Stories Space is a good place to spread your wings, as it were. Well done!

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 12 Nov 2018 16:48

Sorry, just want to ask. Why this forum does not register on my forum post on my profile. If I wanted to get back to my last post here to read, i'll just click the link on my profile. 🤔 Thank you.

I'll point this out to Maggie. It's a new forum so perhaps something isn't set up just right. I know forum software can be fiddly sometimes.

Thank you hello2

I tweaked one of the forum settings so coffee house and other Break Room posts should now appear on your profile. Please let me know if it still isn’t working properly.

Topic Riddle me this
Posted 11 Nov 2018 20:45

Spectacles (or monocle)

What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

Topic Story settings, an anomaly
Posted 11 Nov 2018 12:22

That’s odd. The setting seems to have disappeared.

It still is active for your stories, however; I tried voting on one of your stories while logged out and received a message that I had to be logged in to do that.

dontknow

Topic Pumpkin spice - yay or nay?
Posted 09 Nov 2018 17:40

I've never tried it dontknow

Am I missing out?

You aren't missing out, in my opinion.

While I do like a pumpkin spice mixture — cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cloves — in some baked goods, I find it nasty in a latte. Starbucks makes a HUGE deal about its Pumpkin Spice Latte, though, and a lot of people like it. I think Pumpkin Spice has become way overdone in the U.S. It's in everything.

Topic Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted 09 Nov 2018 16:39

I posted a story fairly recently that fits the bill

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/science-fiction/eight-minutes-thirtytwo-seconds.aspx

Does this count?

I know, I should get scribbling and write a new one... Think

It won't count toward this challenge, but thanks for sharing! And don't worry, we'll have more challenges to come.

Topic Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted 09 Nov 2018 16:35

Be sure to check out the Time Warp Challenge pieces:

• Ghostly Arms by Adagio
• The Revolutions Began by Survivor

Please note that Rune has entered our little challenge as well:

https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/poetry/hourglass.aspx

She indicated in her tags that this was a timewrapchallenge. I don't think we should overlook it because she misspelled it. geek

Thanks! I did miss it because I searched for the tag time warp challenge. Off to update the list. icon_smile

Topic Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted 09 Nov 2018 14:18

Be sure to check out the Time Warp Challenge pieces:

• Ghostly Arms by Adagio
• Hourglass by Rune
• The Revolutions Began by Survivor

Topic Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted 09 Nov 2018 14:09

And now I can't get that song out of my mind. clown

I haven't come up with anything new for this challenge, but do have at least one that would fit the bill.

Ephemeral III

Now, how's that for a time warp, a story about time, written five years before the challenge was created. happy8



Haha, it is a catchy tune all right! geek

Your Ephemeral series is great, and III certainly has the 'time warp' spirit. icon_smile

Thanks for sharing!

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 09 Nov 2018 13:59

Brrr! It's cold and rainy here today (we've even had sleet at times) — the perfect day for a mug of hot chocolate.

http://upload.storiesspace.com/1347047341-homemade-hot-chocolate.jpg

How's everyone doing? hello2

Topic Updating badges to reflect reality
Posted 08 Nov 2018 11:25

Maggie has added 8 badges.

But others are being deleted at the same time. It’s pretty close to a wash. Lwinking

Topic The Zombies Are Coming!
Posted 08 Nov 2018 09:47


Three different takes on the zombie theme from the same unique publisher. Be sure to check the link for more information.
https://jpskewedthrone.dreamwidth.org/496776.html


Zombies Need Brains: Portals
They want science fiction and fantasy stories on the theme of Portals – stories that contain a portal opening up between two different worlds and the consequences that come from that portal. See guidelines for additional details. They have three anthologies, all Kickstarter funded, and the goal has been met; if stretch goals are met, authors will be paid more.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: At least $0.06/word


Zombies Need Brains: Temporally Deactivated
For this science fiction/fantasy anthology, they want stories where the author explores what the phrase ‘temporally deactivated’ could mean with regards to a person, place, or thing. See guidelines for additional details. They have three anthologies, all Kickstarter funded, and the goal has been met; if stretch goals are met, authors will be paid more.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: At least $0.06/word


Zombies Need Brains: Alternate Peace
For this anthology, they want alternate history stories where the divergence from our timeline comes from some kind of peaceful change to our past; writers must explore the consequences of this divergence. See guidelines for additional details. They have three anthologies, all Kickstarter funded, and the goal has been met; if stretch goals are met, authors will be paid more.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: At least $0.06/word

x x x

Excerpted from the free, online newsletter of 'Authors Publish'. Check it out.

Thanks for posting these! "Temporally Deactivated" in particular sounds intriguing. happy8

Topic Updating badges to reflect reality
Posted 08 Nov 2018 09:33

Just wondering if we need so many levels? IDK. Some people have been here for six, seven, eight years, and they still don't have the views to meet the new, proposed criteria. Just sayin'. It almost seems like the numbers still need to be re-worked, or the value of some of the badges should be revisited. Are they all necessary? Do 3000 or 2000 or however many views really make that story a 'famous' story? Seems a tad hyperbolic. I think that's the right word. And I'm not trying to be too graphic. Out of 9808 stories and poems published, as listed on the main page...


10 stories and/or poems have more than 10,000 views, with one anomaly of over 187,000.

18 stories have between 5000 and 10,000 views

33 stories have between 3000 and 4999 views

27 stories have between 2500 and 2999 views

49 stories have between 2000 and 2499 views


My point being, I think, is that we don't really need anything past Famous and Legendary (or use other label names, if so chosen) .

2500 views for famous seems reasonable, given the history and current viewing climate

7500 view for legendary seems reasonable as well

Currently, there are 3 stories that meet the current famous status (30,000 views) , and one of those meets current legendary status (100,000 views)

Do we really want or need another level or badge beyond that? Just asking. IDK. I don't think so.

We don't need to make things complicated, just attainable for those that want to attain.

Thoughts?

Dude. You're making this way too complicated. I've already posted my thoughts:

Famous Story: 2,500 views
Legendary Story: 7,500 views
Famous Audio Story: 300 listens
Legendary Audio Story: 1,000 listens
Profile Star: 7,500 profile views
Profile Superstar: 15,000 profile views
Profile Megastar: 30,000 profile views
Stories Star: 35,000 total story views
Stories Superstar: 65,000 total story views
Stories Megastar: 125,000 total story views

All of the above are based on existing badges, just renamed and the requirements adjusted to be more attainable.

We have Famous and Legendary Story badges — with proposed revision of the criteria down to 2,500 views and 7,500 views respectively — and nothing beyond that for individual story views. But individual story views aren't the only accomplishments worthy of a badge.

What about active members who AREN'T writers? Maybe they prefer to spend their time tinkering with their profile and interacting with friends there. Don't they deserve a badge too?

What about prolific writers who don't necessarily get a lot of views on any one piece, but their body of work as a whole has a lot of views? What's wrong with showing them a little love, badge-wise? The Stories Star, Superstar and Megastar badges are for total views on all stories. They would replace the Millionaires Club, because, let's face it, no one is going to reach a million views here.

It isn't complicated. These badges will be automatically generated by the system once the required threshold is reached.

For profile views and total story views, when the next level is attained, the previous badge will be replaced (not added to). Again this is all done by the system. For example, my profile has 10,850 views, so I'll get a Profile Star badge. Cool! If it were ever to reach 15,000 views, I'd get a Profile Superstar badge — and the Profile Star badge would disappear. Same thing with the total story views badges.

As a reminder...

Let's get to work on these badge numbers, so we can get back to reading and writing, and growing our little writing community.
This is what I'm trying to do.

Topic Updating badges to reflect reality
Posted 07 Nov 2018 22:32


I love the 'Prima Donna' categories, so tongue in cheek. Really made me giggle. Naughty you.

Well, I wanted something to convey “bigger than a superstar” and was having trouble coming up with the right term. Diva wasn’t quite right, Principal sounded too stuffy, but Prima Donna struck me as a lighthearted option. Maybe Megastar would be better, though. (I don’t want to offend anyone who earns the badge.) Think

Topic Updating badges to reflect reality
Posted 07 Nov 2018 21:48




Famous Story: 2,500 views
Legendary Story: 7,500 views
Famous Audio Story: 300 listens
Legendary Audio Story: 1,000 listens
Profile Star: 7,500 profile views
Profile Superstar: 15,000 profile views
Profile Prima Donna: 30,000 profile views
Stories Star: 35,000 total story views
Stories Superstar: 65,000 total story views
Stories Prima Donna: 125,000 total story views

It will be interesting to see if any of us are eligible for any badges with these changes. flower

The most views I have of anything is 730. It will be a while, if any of my thingies even get to those numbers. No worries. Others, like yourself, should have a number of pieces that fit those numbers.

Edit: I just quickly scrolled through your stories. Unless I’ve missed something, you have one at 3105 views, and a cluster in the 1800 and 1900’s. That doesn’t seem right. This is a tough one. We don’t want the bar set so low, yet we still want the numbers to be attainable.

We may need to tweak the numbers a bit more. Maybe Maggie has more insight on others’ numbers.

If you click on the Viewed tab on the front page and select All Time, you'll see the most viewed submissions in descending order. There are 15 pieces by 10 authors that will qualify as Legendary, and an additional 60 that will be Famous. Granted, those are small numbers, but it can be done. thumbup

Topic Updating badges to reflect reality
Posted 07 Nov 2018 13:40

So, did we ever settle on what to request? I think the consensus is that the numbers need to be a reach (to encourage more participation) yet also be demonstrably achievable so members don't become discouraged and give up because they think there's no hope.

Based on that criteria, this would be my recommendation:

Famous Story: 2,500 views
Legendary Story: 7,500 views
Famous Audio Story: 300 listens
Legendary Audio Story: 1,000 listens
Profile Star: 7,500 profile views
Profile Superstar: 15,000 profile views
Profile Prima Donna: 30,000 profile views
Stories Star: 35,000 total story views
Stories Superstar: 65,000 total story views
Stories Prima Donna: 125,000 total story views

For those who aren't into badges, we offer the option of hiding badges from your profile page. Go to Settings —> Settings/Privacy and scroll to the Your Profile Page section. About three-quarters of the way down that section, you'll see Hide Badges . Check the box to Hide your badges from your profile page. Be sure to press Update Details at the bottom of the page to save your changes.

Topic What are your favorite TV shows of all time?
Posted 06 Nov 2018 00:45

The Sopranos
Deadwood
Twilight Zone
The Good Wife
Penny Dreadful
Dexter
Leave It To Beaver
Gunsmoke
Ray Donovan
Topper
Nashville
I'll think of more...

Good list! I can’t believe I left Gunsmoke off mine (an oversight since rectified). It holds a place of honor with me for a number of reasons.


As I think of them (and it may take a long time to remember them all) - Justified, The Sopranos,

A lot of my friends talk about Justified, but I’ve never watched it. I need to fix that situation, from all I’ve heard.

Topic Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted 05 Nov 2018 18:18

http://upload.storiesspace.com/1368811122-timewarp.jpg

Submit an original story, poem or song that includes time as a major element — time slipping away, time crawling along, a mysterious time shift, time running out — anything to do with time as a reality or concept.

Guidelines for this challenge

- Method of entry: Submit using the Submit Story link on the homepage
- Categories: Any category
- Tags: Please include ' time warp challenge ' in your tags
- Word count: Up to 5,000 words
- Deadline: Anytime!
- Prizes: The satisfaction of knowing you completed a challenge. No monetary prizes are offered.

Have fun!

Topic Pumpkin spice - yay or nay?
Posted 05 Nov 2018 16:59

If social media posts are any indication, few people are neutral on this burning issue. laughing9

Take your stand here and let us know how you REALLY feel about pumpkin spice...

Topic What are some of your favorite sandwiches?
Posted 05 Nov 2018 16:36

Grilled cheese or BLT? Now that's a tough call! After weighing the merits of each, I'd have to say...

Yes, please!

https://nicolamccrabbe.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/smiley-cartoon-with-thumb-up-vector-art-illustration-thumbs-up-emoticon-thumbs-up-emoji-clipart-612_404-300x198.jpg

Seriously, I can't decide between them. They're both delicious.

Topic What are your favorite TV shows of all time?
Posted 05 Nov 2018 16:18

In no particular order:

- The Sopranos
- The Twilight Zone
- Hill Street Blues
- Twin Peaks
- Fargo
- The Mary Tyler Moore Show
- M*A*S*H
- Frasier
- Soap
- The Office

Round 2 additions:

- Gunsmoke
- Columbo
- Blackadder (especially Series 3)

Topic What are your favorite TV shows of all time?
Posted 05 Nov 2018 15:43

List your favorite television shows of all time, whether you watched them on first run or caught them years later on video streaming or disc. Include as many as you want. flower

Topic About this forum
Posted 05 Nov 2018 15:28

Have something to celebrate? A friend's birthday, perhaps, or an accomplishment that should be toasted? Don't be shy — post it here!

The host of this virtual party space is Gillianleeza.

http://www.storiesspace.com/gillianleeza

Topic About this forum
Posted 05 Nov 2018 14:33

Tell us about your favorite forms of non-literary entertainment, including watching television, bingeing on video streaming, going to movies (or watching them at home), listening to podcasts, cruising the Internet, or whatever else it may be.

Mendalla and Gillianleeza are facilitators for the Entertainment/Media forum.

http://www.storiesspace.com/Mendalla
http://www.storiesspace.com/gillianleeza

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 04 Nov 2018 00:49

After spending the day at a writers conference, I’m stopping in to unwind before heading home. What a wonderful spot this is!

What was the conference like? I have never been to one.
This one is small and has a friendly, supportive atmosphere. There was a keynote address Friday evening and six hours of sessions on Saturday. Each hour, participants had a choice of three different sessions — a few about business and marketing, but most focused on the craft of writing.

Sounds better than the conference I was at a couple weeks ago. User group for some of the software we run at work. *yawn*

At least I got to spend time in the Southwest US. I've fallen in love with that part of the States.
Next week, I’m tagging along with Mr. Rascal (as a carpool buddy) to a computer security conference. Some of the topics are interesting, but others... Let’s just say I always seem to get some writing done during those two days. happy8

The Southwest is beautiful at certain times of the year, but you don’t want to be there in July, when it’s 118°F/48°C.

sunny sunny sunny

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 03 Nov 2018 16:48

Hi everyone! hello2

After spending the day at a writers conference, I’m stopping in to unwind before heading home. What a wonderful spot this is!

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 03 Nov 2018 16:36

Carole King was a songstress for my generation in the 70s. Tapestry is an album and a song on that album.

Tapestry is a great album! My sister had it – I was a little young yet, but nevertheless nearly wore it out.

Topic How Many States Have You Lived or Visited?
Posted 02 Nov 2018 19:35

Alabama
Alaska (V)
Arizona (V)
Arkansas
California (V)
Colorado (L)
Connecticut (V)
Delaware (V)
Florida (V)
Georgia
Hawaii (V)
Idaho (V)
Illinois (V)
Indiana (V)
Iowa (V)
Kansas (V)
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine (V)
Maryland (V)
Massachusetts (V)
Michigan (V)
Minnesota (V)
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana (V)
Nebraska (V)
Nevada (V)
New Hampshire (V)
New Jersey (V)
New Mexico (V)
New York (V)
North Carolina
North Dakota (V)
Ohio (V)
Oklahoma (V)
Oregon (V)
Pennsylvania (V)
Rhode Island (V)
South Carolina
South Dakota (V)
Tennessee
Texas (V)
Utah (V)
Vermont (V)
Virginia (V)
Washington (L)
West Virginia
Wisconsin (V)
Wyoming (V)