You know what, I just got a crazy idea!
I can only hope it won't take an eternity.
Pfft, those 1000 words were easy, since I was already in a writing mood before I pivoted to make them. The actual agonizing part was putting a storygame on hold to write that instead.
Which means that the real horror is that I can no longer use that thread as motivation for finishing a storygame!
Although, I suppose it isn't that bad, as it is in a place where I can technically work on it whenever, and I do want to finish up some of its sections before I begin considering to drop it.
But that doesn't matter right now. What does matter is that I'll do a storygame for this, one with a much smaller scope (which is sort of necessary with a 2000 words limit). However, the 'gimmick' I'm going for will make it take longer than one might expect. These things should thus balance out.
Edit - I've thought about it some more, and I don't think I can pull it off, not properly at least. Too ambitious, or I should say, it requires doing something that I'm not good at. If I ever get better at the particular thing, I might revisit the story. Tis a lesson in hubris, don't let a gimmick force you down a foolish path!
Good thing there's no deadline.
Edit 2 - Hmm, my new attempt has failed. Guess I'll just wait for the word requirement to get even higher, aha.
I actaully started something for this yesterday, though I'm on the fence about continuing since it's turning out to be a little more tedious than I expected. It's a resource management-type game about making propaganda and brainwashing citizens.
Is there any sort of deadline for this? I know it's not a contest, but even low-pressure writing jams have to end eventually.
The Silusid have used their insights in genetic coding to transcend their biological limitations. They have become the data packets. How fascinating.
Yet they proved to be an inadequate vector in cracking the safe. You see by now that only through direct interference you can achieve your goals.
And soon the Silusids would too fall under your influence.
Tomorrow you will win. These Silusids were the perfect vector. Tomorrow they will lead you to the center. Tomorrow.
(30 year time jump and Cain and Abel are still dying in the monument over and over with their memories breaking down.)
Yeah, you're right. I'm using this jam to experiment with new things, trying to err on the 'too much' side, rather than staying within familiar territory.
On the flip side, you got almost everything (at least the important bits) without the notes, so it's not impossible. :)
Here be my second entry: Letters Unanswered
I swear I'm not just churning them out mindlessly.
Just a little something I cooked up. Does the apocalypse count as a dystopia? I'm leaving it unpublished due to it probably not fitting minimum site requirements but here ya go: http://chooseyourstory.com/story/happy(tm)
2250 words (Not counting the title)
I guess they can sit right along side the Semra-Eternal shippers.
He's still with her anyway. Not like the big war happened yet.
I wrote a story tonight for 'Tiny 'topias Jam', called 'Dead Inside'. 33 pages, 39 links, and 2123 words at present. It's about how a sociopath handles the lockdown from the Coronavirus.
I have two more days to wait until I can publish it, so I'll edit and proofread some more in the meantime.
Thanks for the reminder mizal :)
I was waiting for my editing friend to give me feedback, but he got busy and didn't get around to it.
I've just enlisted a few friends to read through the story today. Once I get their feedback, I'll make my final edit and then submit the story here for real!
Thank you :) Sure, I might continue that sometime as a 'fan-fic' - I have a few other fan-fics in mind that I may write just for fun.
Well look at what I went and did tonight.
A dystopia set in a real-life place named Utopia.
In regards to the word count, when you subtract the title page (20 words) and the Pearl Jam quote (50 words), the story itself comes out to 2250 words exactly.
The Unsightly Treatment of One, Benjamin Schatz.
Another wordy failure, but I like it.
Did so just now, had to wait for the 2 days to fully pass.
Mine will be back, with the original 2250-word version, and a slightly longer (7000 word?) alternate version. It was interesting to work within the word limit, basically conveying an entire scene in 100 words, but it was also frustrating that no story branch could go anywhere. So instead of collecting half a dozen comments saying as much, I decided to just write the missing branch(es).
Both versions will be in the same storygame.
Here is my story (in sneak peek mode): http://chooseyourstory.com/story/dead-inside
The preview mode should be fixed now. My story is still unpublished per the original request though.
Mizal, were you thinking of reviving this with new stories, or did you want to bump this thread for more attention for the old stories written?
Awesome, thank you for letting me know. I might not publish mine at all, but another short story could be fun for me.