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Writing Challenge #18: New Year's Resolutions....

Well, here it is, the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. It's time for New Year's resolutions and the last of my calendar-themed Writing Challenges (except for my birthday, on Oct. 10)...but hopefully not my last. Only you, the potential writer, can ensure it doesn't end.

For me, my own New Year's resolution for this year is to write more than I did last year. :)

Last year, I was aiming for 13 stories in 12 months, and I only got as far as 8. Doesn't sound like too much, but keep this in mind: Between 1992 and December 2010, I wrote a TOTAL of 8 stories and poems. That's it. That has made 2011 my single most productive year, writing as much in one as I did the previous 20. (The "Foggy Days" parody lyrics were written 30 years ago, on a rather foggy February morning in 1981- And NOTHING between that and '92's "Furry Love" poem.)

So hopefully, I write more than 8 in the new year... :)

(And oh, yes- To not be late in posting further Writing Challenges! :P )

How about you, my fellow +watchers? Care to write at least ONE Writing Challenge story this year? I challenge you all to write at least one. One is all I ask- The more, the better, but let's start with ONE. :)

And I'll need your help for Writing Challenge theme suggestions! I'll pick the keywords based on a theme or idea, but I would like you all to give me ideas. Think you can do that? I hope so! Also, please let others know about my Writing Challenges- The more writers, the merrier! :)

Oh, and yes- I need to ask, very importantly: Is there anything I can do to IMPROVE these Writing Challenges?!?

As for this- being the last calendar-themed Challenge- the theme is obvious: New Year's Resolutions.

Two of the keywords this time are YEAR and RESOLUTION- That was easy. But the species? I'll just randomly choose one- MOUSE.

Rules? Pretty simple, really: Unlike others that use a phrase, I use a set of keywords to be used ion a Writing Challenge. (Main exception here was my Remember Japan Challenge, in honour of the tragic ongoing disaster in Japan- Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, where 20,000 lost their lives and more than 300,000 have been either temporarily or permanently displaced.) Usually it's 3 keywords, but I've made a few exceptions, like on my birthday. Length? Rating? Genre? I don't care! (And for the record, YES, I'm cub/fetish/whatever-friendly-- If it's allowable on Inkbunny, it's fair game! And NO, no-one is required to write anything they're uncomfortable with, EVER.)

But I DO want you, the writer, to have fun, regardless of whatever- It can be serious or funny- Just have fun with it. :) Oh, and yes, my only caveat: I don't expect the obvious. Why? I encourage creativity, as much as possible. Surprise me. :) (Although yes, I would prefer a heads-up- Why? I want to know if my Writing Challenges are working, and if it's worth it. For every story written, it's one more reason to keep going with these Challenges.)

Do these things expire? NO! You're free to write for this or any of the past Challenges at any time-- But PLEASE give me a reason to keep my Writing Challenges alive, because I want to continue them! No point continuing if no-one is participating!

Are these restricted to being posted on Inkbunny? NO! I would prefer them posted here (and fitting within the few restrictions IB has), but you can post them anywhere else, as well. I DO NOT CLAIM ANY RIGHTS TO YOUR STORIES, EVER!

Write something, and it'll join the list with the others, as you can see below.

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

#1: no theme

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

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

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

#5: St. Patrick's Day
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
Plushies Loneliness Dress by DOtter
[Story] Mimzy's Sigh by dmfalk
Moon Rabbit - Part 5 by CyberCornEntropic

#8: Easter
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)
Moon Rabbit - Part 6 by CyberCornEntropic

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

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

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

#13: Dog Days of Summer

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

#15: The War of the Worlds broadcast of 1938...

#16: Thanksgiving
The Toughest Turkey That Ever Were by CyberCornEntropic

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

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

Wanna add to these? Get a-typin'! Help keep my Writing Challenges alive! I do read every one of them, even if it's not to my taste- This isn't to please me, but simply to encourage writing in general on Inkbunny.

And seriously- MAKE THIS YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION to write at least ONE Writing Challenge story this year!

First story submitted for this Challenge is the final chapter of the Moon Rabbit saga from
Moon Rabbit - Part 10 by CyberCornEntropic

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Added: 7 years, 4 months ago
7 years, 4 months ago
I poked two friends of mine to see if they would be interested in joining in. =3 I hope you see lots more activity in the future. Hell.. I may even try my hand at this, though I'm pretty sure I suck. XD

Happy new year, and I hope you are able to make as many stories as you want. =3
7 years, 4 months ago
I don't care how good or bad it is (and you might be surprised by what you can do!), just as long as you have fun with an idea. :)

Now, of course, my hardest part is coming up with themes for future Challenges... :P

7 years, 4 months ago
I'll think of something... maybe?

Part 8 of Moon Rabbit needs editing so I can post it for Challenge #12, a few months late.  Part 9 AKA the Conclusion (I hope) is half done and looks like it might not fit any of your Challenges so far.  Once that's done, I can stare blankly at other story ideas.

If you'd like, you can bounce ideas off my head (but gently; I'm wimpy).  After all, didn't I give you a hint to the Easter Bilby? ;p
7 years, 4 months ago
Actually, Part 9 could fit with this one. How? Let's see...

The MOUSE could be an incidental character... That was easy... Or he/she could be something more- Who knows?

As for RESOLUTION, mind you, it has more than one meaning, and I'm surprised that escaped you! :) It not only is a statement to resolve to do something (like a New Year's resolution), but the completion or conclusion of such a task-- Thanks to Merriam-Webster for its many definitions! :)

The last, YEAR, is the real toughy here, isn't it? Well, you could say what Bakrit learned from the ordeal would've taken a normal apprentice a year to do so, under normal circumstances, rather than the month that this story takes place in. :)

Does that help? ;)

The whole beauty of the Challenges has been to use keywords that are meant to be far more flexible than that implied by the theme of the Challenge, and to allow the writer that chance to use the keywords flexibly and creatively. This is exactly why I don't expect the obvious. :)

7 years, 4 months ago
That's true, indeed.  Thanks for the ideas.  I admit I hadn't thought of those angles.

I was noodling about with using #17 (DEER, GIFTS, HOLIDAYS), but who knows until I write the dang thing?  Sometimes the idea doesn't come until right at the last second.
7 years, 4 months ago
Just like J.K.Rowling, and how she write the Harry Potter books literally at the last moment... :P :)

And as you've done before, you can always do multiple Challenges. :)

7 years, 4 months ago
Just like about any capable writer, I think.  Some have claimed they have absolutely no idea what their characters are going to do until they write it.  (And a few writers probably still have no idea what their characters are doing afterwards. :p )

True with the multiple Challenges.  I guess we'll just have to see.
7 years, 4 months ago

Sometimes... Our characters take on a life of their own, and be more awesome.

7 years, 4 months ago
It sure helps ease coming up with stories for them to wreak havoc in.  Sometimes. :p
7 years, 4 months ago

Now, back to Bakrit... . . .  ;)

(I might even write another story with Helia-- I've had a couple ideas, so...who knows?)

7 years, 4 months ago
Gopher it!  Exhaust that mouse muse. :p
7 years, 4 months ago
When I have the time, no (or manageable) headache, and a brainstorm (or as some seem to be, a brainfart), and access to a keyboard (none in bed, and I haven't seen any good rich-text editors for the iOS platform, so I could write on my iPod -just plain text :P ), I will. :)

....Besides, the world needs more squirrels.....right? :D

7 years, 4 months ago
Certainly, we need more squirrels.  Someone's got to keep those Klingon-cultured turkeys in their place, right? :p
7 years, 4 months ago
.......I gotta write that story that's been bouncing in my head for a few years, someday, about Klingon bunnies-- They're worse than tribbles! :)

7 years, 4 months ago
The Bat'leth Bunny Bunch bounces again? :o
7 years, 4 months ago

7 years, 2 months ago
I've got an idea and am finally finished with the ruddy thing! -->
Moon Rabbit - Part 10 by CyberCornEntropic

Aren't you glad? ;D
6 years, 8 months ago
And so added, finally.... Actually, I enjoyed the read. :) I hope my lack of activity of late didn't scare you off-- I actually do look forward to your stories, either in the Winterfur world, or *ahem* your leptictidiums... ;)

6 years, 8 months ago
That's actually a bit of a relief to know.  I had been worried that I had managed to insult you in one of your journal entries despite trying not to. :(

As for stories, I've got some simmering in the sludgy stew pot of my brain (a description that is actually kind of disturbing, if I think about it too much :o  ).  I have a viable idea for a culturally-oriented lepic story, but it's also distinctly adult in nature, being a dance in three parts: the Excitement, the Plateau, and the Orgasm.  Or, as the leptics no doubt would put it, "a [censored] good time!"
6 years, 10 months ago
So, any new ones pop up?
6 years ago
Just finished editing my submission to this Challenge. This is a kind of tie-in to Hunter's Choice, as it is another leptictid tale. This one about a young boy who, on the night of the New Year, calls to the spirits for help to proclaim his true love. Just a short kind of prose/poetry thing (I like to call it prosetry...).

The Runners' Tales: Turning Night Whispers by Winterimage
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