Forum posts made by magnificent1rascal

Topic Weird, neverending crossword thingy.
Posted 04 Apr 2019 09:45

7 letters... The King of hide & seek...

I'm penciling in BIGFOOT

Next clue: 5 letters - Eve's fruit

Topic Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted 14 Mar 2019 15:05

Bumping this thread since many of us have recently experienced another "time warp" or will go through one soon.

Topic Challenges and Prompts
Posted 11 Feb 2019 00:01

What is it with the badge ego!
Just an observation...

For someone who claims not to care about badges, you seem to care a lot about badges.

You're right, it probably is ego, but know what, it's also a heck of a lot of fun chasing badges. Fun is something you might want to try on here, for no other reason than it is fun.

I think I need to tackle these challenges too, it's been a while since I got a shiny new badge. happy8

I have and it got me nowhere when all the apples go to a few pies. A posse does not change the truth.
A posse may not change the truth (whatever that means), but neither does repeating the same thing over and over, ad infinitum. The truth, in this case, is that:

1. Most of our members enjoy badges
2. Those who don’t have the option of hiding them on their profile
3. Someone else receiving a badge doesn’t affect you in the slightest
4. Badges aren’t going away on this site

This matter has been discussed and debated for months, and although the resolution was clearly not to your liking, it is time for you to lay down your king and gracefully accept defeat.

Topic Challenges and Prompts
Posted 07 Feb 2019 11:01

Thanks for the bump, Bill and Larry!

Another challenge and a prompt will be posted soon. For those who haven’t received their Challenge Champ badge, I’ll try to get caught up with awarding those in the next couple of days. geek

Topic On This Day In History...
Posted 02 Feb 2019 23:54

Feb 2, 2018

On this day, one year ago, I came home from the hospital following a complete hysterectomy. The surgery was supposed to be the end of a growing health concern that had lasted for eight months up to that point, but the pathology report led to more tests and procedures until I was finally given a clean bill of health three months later.

Topic Daily Ecological Alternatives
Posted 31 Jan 2019 13:45

What happened to this thread? Is freedom is speech dead here, then?

The thread got tidied up at the request of the parties involved. Freedom of speech refers to government impeding a person’s rights, not to what is removed from a privately owned website.

Topic Updating badges to reflect reality
Posted 23 Jan 2019 00:47

Today marks the first I have noticed of some changes to the badges on our site here. Apparently our good friend Gav is making some updates. If you go to the Badges list you will read quite a few changes. Some are simply badges that are renamed. That is the case with the old Prolific Writer and the Omnium badge. Those two are now called the Diverse Writer and the Plenary Writer.

I won't mention all that I saw in the list. But there are interesting changes.

One that is of interest to me particulary is the new Author 250 badge for authors with over 250 stories. I, along with Colors_of_the_Wind and CKAcres, now display that badge. However, it should be noted that we three are no longer listed in the Authors' list. I assume it has to do with this badge change. I will hope that we three will reappear in the Authors' list again, perhaps tomorrow when the system has a chance to recycle itself.

But it is going to be fun to watch the changes as they occur. rr

Yes, Gav has had his hands full making all the badge changes requested. There are a few wrinkles to iron out yet, but I think many people will be pleased by what’s been done.


Topic What is the Premium length of a story?
Posted 03 Jan 2019 01:09

FWIW, years ago Alan told me the length of story that, in his experience, was most likely to sell to contemporary fiction magazines, both in print and online.

And what was the magic number, you ask?

1,200 words.

Topic Ravenpearl was called to heaven today
Posted 20 Dec 2018 10:14

Thanks for the suggestion, all. Marcie’s profile bio has been updated to reflect her passing but preserved in all other respects, and her forum rank has been changed to “Rest in Peace”

Topic Storiesspace Avatar Pics
Posted 05 Dec 2018 00:05

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 03 Dec 2018 15:42

Just a note —

If Gav makes all the badge changes requested, some of us will see our badge count fluctuate. icon_smile happy8 icon_smile happy8 drunken

Topic Suggested Ideas for Income Stream(s) for Stories Space.
Posted 27 Nov 2018 14:16

Suggest you send this, your thoughts, to every Member via PM because not every Member visits the Forum.

You might be right. How do I send a PM to all SS members?

It would be very cumbersome for you to do. However, we're working on getting a newsletter message ready to go out to all members and will include a pointer to this thread in it. flower

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 27 Nov 2018 10:25

Good morning, Larry. Kind of soggy here but supposed to chill out and turn snowy later.

My current writing project (a contemporary romance-drama) has reached 4700 words with no end in sight. And that's all SS-friendly so no detailed descriptions of naughtiness. It's all plot and character, basically. I am kind of at the line where I need to decide where to take it, though. The climax (of the story) seems close and that's where it moves into other territory if it is going to.

But that brings me to another thought. How long will this site really tolerate? I know the limit here is technically the same as the other site I write for (10K words), most of what I see posted is fairly short, 2K or less. Even the chapters of Anna's novel run around 3-4K words. Night of the Wind, my last full story, was 4800 words and that seems long among recent stories here. I am starting to think I might want to split this new story if I go too much longer and still keep it SS-friendly. Not for rules but just for readership. Any thoughts?

Speaking for myself, about 6,000 words is the upper end of what I'm comfortable reading in this format. Longer stories are best viewed in ebook format, in my opinion.

Topic Story settings, an anomaly
Posted 19 Nov 2018 01:17

Perhaps some members deleted their comments, but if there’s a large discrepancy between the number of votes and the number of comments we’ll have to look into it.

Topic Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted 18 Nov 2018 12:33

Question... Can we post more than once in a Challenge?

Also, since there is no actual winner of a Challenge, how about a "Good Sport" badge for members who make an effort to support SS in generating enthusiasm, ie. Challenges...

Each challenge may have different guidelines, but for this one post as many pieces as you’d like.

Anyone who successfully completes a challenge is a winner! Adding a challenge badge is among the badge update requests, but Gav is busy at his paying job so it might be a couple of weeks before he can get to it.

Topic Let's Do the Time Warp Again - Writing Challenge
Posted 17 Nov 2018 21:11

But seriously, this is an ongoing challenge. Whenever you’re inspired, it will be here.
Does this mean I can come back in a hundred years and post my entry? No doubt, LarryF and Adagio will have broken the 10,000 posted story barrier by then.
It does, and they will have! laughing9

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 17 Nov 2018 12:51

From the movie, Legend, right? Or something like that? God, I love Ferry's voice.

I've got a thread on my other board celebrating Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. He turns 80 today and is doing a charity gig in his hometown, Orillia, Ontario, to celebrate.

Yes, Legend. He is a superb artist, I agree. I am listening to 'Boys and Girls' right now on a disc which is rotating at 33&1/3 RPM. icon_smile

I also like Gordon Lightfoot. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is a fantastic song.

OMG you two! Just spent a week discovering Carole King now you give me this Lightfoot guy? He must be country singer if he sings about wrecks.

Nah, not country. He’s a fantastic Canadian singer in the storyteller style, kind of like Harry Chapin and Jim Croce, but better. You should look them up too, though. Lwinking

Topic Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted 17 Nov 2018 12:19

Gordon Lightfoot is 80?!?!

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 15:11

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.


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.


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

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 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.

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.

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

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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.


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.