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A very special Writing Challenge...

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Usually, I suggest Writing Challenges based on certain times of the year, and usually for fun...

This one is different, and will even forgo some of the usual rules....

For one, there will be no keywords- It's a free-for-all, this time..... Except.....

This is for Japan. So I'd ask for anything either taking place in Japan or including something Japanese. Length doesn't matter, as usual, and as with previous Writing Challenges, it doesn't expire.

Usually even though the Challenge is themed, I don't ask for a particular theme. This time, I must ask for just that.

Also, if you can, donate to any of the big relief charities, as hundreds of thousands in Japan only have minimal food, water & shelter, since many lost everything in the earthquake & tsunami, and even more displaced from the nuclear calamity that's still unfolding as I type this.

Never forget Japan, and keep the Japanese in your prayers-- These people don't deserve this.

Below is a list of past and current Challenges, with links to all submissions for each.

#1: no theme
SQUIRREL
PANTIES
RADIO
  
  
  
  


#2: Chinese Lunar New Year-- Year of the Rabbit
BUNNY
MOON
TRAVEL
Moon Rabbit - Part 1 by CyberCornEntropic


#3: Valentine's Day
CAT
HEART
LOVE
Cat Heart Love by DOtter
  
Moon Rabbit - Part 2 by CyberCornEntropic


#4: Mardi Gras
OTTER
BEADS
JAZZ
Moon Rabbit - Part 3 by CyberCornEntropic


#5: St. Patrick's Day
FOX
GOLD
LUCK
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Moon Rabbit - Part 4 by CyberCornEntropic


#6: Tribute to Japan
No keywords, but had to either take place in Japan or have something Japanese-related.
Why the Ground Quakes by CyberCornEntropic
  
Support Japan by DOtter


#7: April Fool's Day
PLUSHIE
LONELINESS
DRESS
Plushies Loneliness Dress by DOtter
  
[Story] Mimzy's Sigh by dmfalk
  
Moon Rabbit - Part 5 by CyberCornEntropic


#8: Easter
BILBY
RAIN
FLOWER
How Deidrei Saved Easter by CyberCornEntropic


#9 (#9, #9, #9, #9....): SF Golden Gate Bridge, ruptured Rapture, Memorial Day
FIREFOX (lesser/red panda, sankam, nin wah)
SERVICE
FUTURE
Moon Rabbit - Part 6 by CyberCornEntropic


#10: Father's Day
DAD
WEEKEND
PICNIC
Moon Rabbit - Part 7 by CyberCornEntropic


#11: National & personal birthdays
DOG
BEANS
BIRTHDAY
Behind Enemy Limas by Winterimage
  
Moon Rabbit - Part 7 by CyberCornEntropic


#12: Apollo 11 anniversary/Space Shuttle is grounded
EAGLE
SUN
SEA
Moon Rabbit - Part 9 by CyberCornEntropic


#13: Dog Days of Summer
DOG
CAMPING
STARS

#14: Special 46th Birthday Edition
SQUIRREL, MOUSE, BUNNY, SKUNK and/or LEPTICTIDIUM (any one or more or all)
BIRTHDAY
BRIDGE
D.M.F. Writing Challenge #14 by Tigresse
(species chosen: BUNNY, SKUNK)

#15: The War of the Worlds broadcast of 1938...
RADIO
PANIC
ALIENS

#16: Thanksgiving
TURKEY
PILGRIM
STUFFING
THANKSGIVING
The Toughest Turkey That Ever Were by CyberCornEntropic


#17: Holiday Season
DEER
GIFTS
HOLIDAYS
Moon Rabbit - Part 8 by CyberCornEntropic


#18: New Year's Resolutions
MOUSE
YEAR
RESOLUTION
Moon Rabbit - Part 10 by CyberCornEntropic


SUBMISSIONS SO FAR:
First entry, even for an admitted screw-up, is this lovely lepti tail, er, tale, from
CyberCornEntropic
CyberCornEntropic
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Why the Ground Quakes by CyberCornEntropic

Second is this entry WIP from
DOtter
DOtter
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Support Japan by DOtter


d.m.f.
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Added: 7 years, 9 months ago
 
DOtter
7 years, 9 months ago
Shake the buildings down
Ocean sweeps the rubble in
Ev'rything is changed

...I'll do a proper story later.
dmfalk
7 years, 9 months ago
:)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 9 months ago
dmfalk
7 years, 9 months ago
Even for a screw-up, it was pretty good. :)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 9 months ago
Ah, well.  At least it's out there and out of my hair before it evaporates back into wherever muses get their material.

I didn't read your challenge properly before I had to make supper, so that was what I came up with since, at first, I didn't have any ideas for a Japan-oriented story.  Then I remembered that Baksrit's mother may be the equivalent of a Gypsy, but her father is the equivalent of a Japanese-American whose family has been in the states for a few generations.  That's the perfect excuse to throw Japanese monsters at her, right? :p
dmfalk
7 years, 9 months ago
*grin* :) Since your Baskrit stories are based on the Medieval/Renaissance periods, and the earliest period I'm aware of of European contact with the Japanese was during late Medieval/early Renaissance, perhaps as early as the 13th Century and no later than the mid-16th Century (The "Shogun" TV miniseries of the early '80s was based in the early 17th Century), so this isn't all that out of line. :)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 9 months ago
Also, since it's my own world, it also helps that I can mix and match cultures as I please, regardless of how implausible that would have been in real life. :p It does help that Loma is meant to be a cultural and economic crossroads.

For example, the deities whose names I mushed into days of the week were deliberately chosen (mostly) from non-European mythologies.  (Shamash (Akkadian), Chang'e (Chinese), Wepwawet (Egyptian), Ganesha (Hindu), Ukko (Finnish), Astarte (Semitic), and Rongo (Maori))  Granted, there's no Japanese among those, but the Japanese did have a rich bestiary of monsters and ghosts that can be tapped into, and Baksrit as apprentice dealing with a family curse on her father's side has been part of her backstory for a while.  No doubt it's about time to set some of that down on paper.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 9 months ago
First things first, though.  Baksrit still needs to interrogate Changy the Vulcan way. :p
dmfalk
7 years, 9 months ago
Make a hysterical Changy pass out with a Vulcan neck pinch, eh? ;) (I know you're referring to the mind meld... ;) )

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 8 months ago
That would be funny. :p Not likely to happen, but it would be funny. :o

And gee, how many people could see that mind meld coming from a mile away? ;p
dmfalk
7 years, 8 months ago
*grin* :)

d.m.f.
dmfalk
7 years, 9 months ago
Also, birds figure very prominently in Japanese culture, especially cranes.... :)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 9 months ago
True, and there are some sentient (as well as plenty of non-sentient) birds in the Winterfur world, although not as many as there are mammals.  The most obvious bird is the Great Phoenix herself, but there are more mundane ones like ravens and eagles.  Since the Winterfur world is influenced by Sanguine Publication's Ironclaw and Jadeclaw RPG books and cranes appear as a Race in Jadeclaw, there probably are cranes somewhere.
dmfalk
7 years, 9 months ago
Well, there you go- A crane could be in a story... :)

d.m.f.
CyberCornEntropic
7 years, 8 months ago
Indeed so.  However, I think a Japanese monster would work, and no, I don't mean Gojira. ;p
dmfalk
7 years, 8 months ago
;)

d.m.f.
DOtter
7 years, 8 months ago
https://inkbunny.net/submissionview.php?id=87180 There; I want a friend to look at it before I take it out of scraps, but this should do for now. Whatcha gonna do with it to help Japan?
dmfalk
7 years, 8 months ago
The idea is to honour Japan and its people, who are going through an unimaginable tragedy, and for us to think of them in our thoughts and prayers, and perhaps to encourage donations to various relief efforts.

d.m.f.
DOtter
7 years, 8 months ago
So we're just paying tribute to Japan. Okay, then. Just wanted to clarify that.
dmfalk
7 years, 8 months ago
Pretty much. Just keep in mind the official death toll is over 10,000 (likely closer to 20,000), with at least a half million displaced, with whole communities, even cities, lost. The more we keep them in our thoughts, the more we can help those who lost everything by knowing they're not alone.

For me, I'm affected, because the tsunami that was generated off the coast of Japan that devastated their Pacific coast also hit here, 5,000 miles away, and two major ports here in California are still badly damaged from that cataclysmic event.

d.m.f.
 
DOtter
7 years, 8 months ago
Incidentally, I did speak with my friendly "kitsune expert" and a few small changes are in order to make it more authentic. I'll get to it soon, I hope.
dmfalk
7 years, 8 months ago
I look forward to it.

d.m.f.
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