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Hello! I'm new. I have one story in progress (a fanfiction about the Trojan Wars), but it looks like it's going to take a lot more research than I expected so I don't know when I'm going to finish it.

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New CYOA site - Starcatcher.org on 8/19/2017 12:18:54 AM

Oh hmm... I think for the purpose of the challenge it should be CYOA stories only. I'll see about making a separate section/category for posting stories that are not CYOA though, if there's interest

New CYOA site - Starcatcher.org on 8/19/2017 12:10:01 AM

Yup, I was considering separating fairy tales and fantasy too... I've edited the challenge so that all stories in the "fairy tale" category or the "Fantasy -- children-friendly" category would qualify.

I wasn't sure how to categorize fantasy so I just left it general. I was thinking we could add more subcategories as we go.

New CYOA site - Starcatcher.org on 8/18/2017 11:54:04 PM

Haha I read that too. I believe in a different story the evil stepsisters got shoved into barrels full of spikes and then were allowed to roll down the hill and into the river to drown ... Can't remember the name though

New CYOA site - Starcatcher.org on 8/18/2017 11:50:50 PM

Yup, but it's still something that's meant to be read to a kid. (Although idk why anybody would want to read their children a story about rape... O.o) So while traditional fairy tales would show some dark elements, it would still be described in a way that a kid would understand. It would not feature, for example, details on the king's promiscuous thoughts as he lusts after Sleeping beauty, or the mental torment of the wife as she begins a slow downward spiral to her doom. That's what I meant by kid-friendly.

So I guess... fantasy stories that focus on the quest/adventure and do not feature overt exploration of sexuality, psychological disorders, torture, & other darker elements would qualify as fairy tales? (i.e. a story can state that a king had children with an unconscious princess, but it wouldn't demand that the reader consider the implications)

New CYOA site - Starcatcher.org on 8/18/2017 10:40:44 PM

Would that be structured as a landing page leading into multiple rooms, with each room being a short story?

New CYOA site - Starcatcher.org on 8/18/2017 10:37:14 PM

Oh hmm... I was imagining that original fairy tales would be fantasy stories with kid-friendly themes.

Do you think that definition's ok? Or would it be better if we make this challenge adaptations of classic fairy tales only (and make fantasy stories the next challenge)?

New CYOA site - Starcatcher.org on 8/18/2017 9:25:32 PM

Good point! Yeah it should be a CYOA.

Updated requirements: the story should have at least 2000 words and at least two branches (in progress or finished) to qualify

Game of Thrones Season 7 on 8/18/2017 9:15:20 PM

Lol... Weren't the people behind the leak trying to be like,  "we're just a volunteer marketing campaign for HBO (who just also want millions of $ ) - no hard feelings!"

New CYOA site - Starcatcher.org on 8/18/2017 9:09:51 PM

Thanks! Yeah it would be really nice to tailor the logo to CYOAs. I'm just afraid that the logo would get too complicated... I'll keep trying to think of something better and put up another vote at a later date if I come up with something. Meanwhile I'll go with whichever of the current logos gets the most votes by the end of the month

New CYOA site - Starcatcher.org on 8/18/2017 9:03:41 PM

Glad you liked Stardust! I thought it would make things a little more fun.

To make use of Stardust, I've also posted a new writing challenge for Fairy Tales (can be original light-hearted fantasy stories or adaptations of the classics). Incomplete stories qualify too as long as they're above 2000 words by Sep 30. The winner gets 500 Stardust points :)