The Dog Days of Summer Challenge
|Name:||The Dog Days of Summer Challenge|
|Date(s):||26 August 2007|
|Founder:||my_cnnr, trueriver, poicale|
|URL:||"time to write" (MRF post)|
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On 26 August 2007, one of the moderators of the maryrenaultfics LiveJournal community posted a timed challenge (one hour) to the community, suggesting that members write ficlets based on any of Renault's books to the prompt, "the dog days of summer".
This began the custom on the community of having an annual summer writing challenge.
For the previous couple of years, a group of friends who were members of maryrenaultfics had been holding Sunday tea chats among themselves, in which they sometimes posted fic challenges. On this occasion, they decided to extend the challenge to the comm.
we're pretty loose about most of the rules...
- use any MR book
- the prompt is to be used 'as is' (phrases not taken apart)
- the prompt doesn't have to appear in the fic - just letting it be the inspiration is fine
but there's one we do enforce, and strictly...
- it's a timed challenge...one hour from reading the prompt to posting your fic...no cheating, no writing for an hour and then going back for tweaking...60 minutes, and you click "submit"...as we're all in different time zones, with busy RLs, we don't ever try to write simultaneously - everyone is on their honor to watch the clock, ok?
we thought we'd ask that you post the fics here, as a reply...we'll leave it up for a few days with comments screened, and then open it, so everyone can read at once...Wednesday sound good?
unless no one plays *sniff*
have your kitchen timer on 60?
prompt: the dog days of summer
By the standards of a fairly small community, response was considerable and immediate. Stories were added as comments to the main post.
- unnamed story about Alexander the Great's dog Peritas by hulamoth (Aug 26 06:35 pm (local))
- unnamed story based on The Charioteer by trueriver (Aug 27 04:44 pm (local) )
- unnamed story based on The Charioteer by my_cnnr (Aug 27 05:03 pm (local))
- "Oh Crikey" by jgraeme2007 (Aug 28 10:57 pm (local))
- "Dog Days" by poicale (Aug 28 11:16 pm (local))
- "Rambling" by Greer Watson (Aug 29 08:43 am (local))
- "Dog Day Summer of 76" by cmiran (Aug 29 11:10 am (local))
- "Theseus and Companions" by inner_voice (Aug 30 06:34 am (local))