Citizens! The High King requires the patriotic swing of your sword! Enlist today! Benefits include free passage to the New World, unparalleled brotherhood, and a sense of purpose! Talk to a recruiter today!
Alteran, a superpower nation unlike the world has ever witnessed. Proper, rule-following, like a civilized nation should be.
Magda, a territory threatening to rival Alteran in both might and colonization of the New World. Supreme Leader Fargrave (spit), ever a constant presence at the High King's heel.
Harri'ar, natives of the New World, standing a full head taller than the average civilized man. Mere beasts in a human-shaped body.
The old ways are dying; the new are upon us.
Official endings will be labeled as such. Be sure to hit the "Go Back" button should you come across a premature death.
Submission for the War on Intfiction
An alcoholic writer. His career going nowhere. The daughter of a business tycoon.
This story is dedicated to Jay in response to their constructive feedback left on Unbroken
. Thank you, truly, for being the inspiration behind the title. Enjoy.
Solitary is the life of those who carry iron and deal in lead. Their trail is littered with the fallen, both friend and foe alike. A man seeks rest, his body exhausted from the journey, his mind never finding stillness.
Evil grows in the western frontier, a place of adventure and danger. And where those things exist, so too does the gunslinger.
All endings are titled. Your score will be tied to one of 7. They are:
1: Tethered to Darkness
2: For Whom the Bell Tolls
3: Death at Midnight
4: A Death Preceding Your Own
5: Blaze of Glory
6: Final Smoke
7: A Soul in Trade of Another
Entry for End Master's Manifest Destiny Contest
Strength of body, strength of will. Both are required. A man's freedom depends on his willingness to act, to rise against those who would place him in chains. Small choices add up, building towards differing outcomes. In the moment, one does not often know the implications of his actions. Inevitably, all is revealed.
There are several "cinematic" links in the story. You will have the option to view multiple events happening simultaneously. While not adding to the branching, they do offer deeper insight into the story.
Hello. It's me, Pitka ("Ninja" to my friends), your morality guide. Together, we will embark on a journey filled with lessons on life and ethical behavior, while having fun along the way, of course!
I've written a series of short fables for your benefit. Come, take my hand as we navigate through life's innermost difficulties.
Entry for Bucky's Year's End Contest
Thoughts appearing as fragments. A mind shattered. Broken. Weak. One of us.
Official endings will be titled "Epilogue." There are seven total to discover.
She offers everything a man could want. Sterling City, an unsteady lover, but a lover nonetheless, filled with gunfire, liberal women, and elevator dings!
One day her embrace is warm, and the next, it's the cold shoulder and couch for you, baby. Best to get out while the going's good.
Contest entry for IWT 13: The Resurrection
It's the 'burbs, baby. Wipe that city grime off on the door mat. You know what, why don't you just remove those filthy shoes entirely.
She's calm, collected, and safe. Sterling Suburbs, nothing like her erratic sister, filled with carpool lines, trick or treaters, and a steady supply of Budweiser.
Written for Mara's Halloween Writing Jam
A small-sized, suburb-dwelling Sterling City
A new day. The chance to move on. Weigh the options, then commit. Whether you choose right or wrong, the journey begins by taking a step forward. The Hunter, a man marked by tragedy, plagued by the internal voice. His past appears as phantoms, seeking to claim his soul. The Sorceress, places little value on the lives of men. Humanity is but an obstacle on her rise to power. The Warrior, built by honor. Straightforward in battle, straightforward in thought. The Rogue, unable to leave behind what isn't his. Some artifacts are best left as they are. The Book, a tome of black magic. Ancient curses rest in its pages, longing to be read. Author's note: There are six official endings to discover, two of which have characters crossing over from Sheol's Passage and the Fallen. Entry for EndMaster's Edgelord Contest 2.
The Providence of Kria consists of two major nations: The Kingdom of Brelia and the tribal territory of Rath. The ten-year peace between Brelia and Rath is quickly unraveling. In attempt to prevent another war, heir to the throne of Brelia, Prince Urijah, is sent on a diplomatic mission to appeal to the Rathans. In your older brother's absence, the burden of defending the kingdom falls to you. Your choices will determine the fate of the kingdom.
Runner-up for Corgi's Unofficial Contest: The Lords of the Land.
9/1/19 Update: Corrected a few punctuation errors
Taking place during the Golden Age of Piracy, assume command of The Sanguine as you plunder and search for treasure in the profitable Caribbean. In this swashbuckling fantasy, you embark on a dangerous quest to an ancient Aztec civilization. Peril lies behind every tree, stone, and indigenous spear.
The story adds fantasy elements to events occurring in the 1700s. There are many real life characters and places in the story. Many are factually accurate, and many are not. I highly encourage you to research the people, places, and deities after reading.
Entry for Gower's Battle in the Ruins of a Dead Civilization contest.
1852 - The Territory of New Mexico
The hunt has taken me to to the outer edges of civilization. Out here, lawlessness abides. There are no godly folk. Only heathen. The inner demon in me can relate to the call of anarchy. No rules, being bound by nothing; it sounds like freedom. In the end, that "freedom" is simply the self-indulgent, care-free living that is a poison upon humanity. If killing a man will save society from the infection of lawlessness, then I will gladly do what is necessary.
You eye the journal at your lap. The freshly written ink expands and bleeds to the perfect width of the quill. Satisfied that it won't smear, you shut the book and toss it aside. The meager fire at your feet does little to warm your body, but its original use was already completed. The frail, thin-boned squirrel did little to satisfy your hunger. Still, it would keep you alive until the next meal. You pull the leather waterskin from your pack to gauge how much longer it would last. With a gentle shake, you estimate it'll last a couple more days with strict rationing.
The road is lonely. In a former life, you dreamed about wandering the world without any responsibility or burdens. The reality of the road's harsh living conditions were nothing like the trigger-happy romanticized versions of the lawless west. Here there are no home-cooked meals, no warm body to lie next to yours. It's only you and the necessary task. Someone had to die.
You gaze up at the night sky. It seemed foreign at first. Without city lights to disorient the constellations, it looked like an entirely new sky. If you traveled at a good pace, you'd reach Canyon Diablo by midday. You pull the bone-carved pipe from your pack and light a match against the sole of your foot. You lie down on your bedroll, breathe in the relaxing tobacco, and drift off to sleep...
The Wild West is a dangerous place. Be sure to make good use of that "back" button. I've hidden three achievements throughout the story. Yes, your total score will show if you've discovered them or not. The highest score possible is an 8/8.
Achievements: 1 point each
Epilogue: 5 points
Entry for mizal's Lone Hero contest
8/28/19 Update: Fixed the symbols appearing in the description
There is no escaping our nature. It simply exists. The voice within me, the one that causes me to commit terrible deeds, burns a low ember. Still, it remains, always present, always looking for fuel to burn. It wants to escape. I feel its lust. It wants to devour. This day is no different. I must battle the darkness within.
In various sections, you will be given the option to view a simultaneous event happening in the story. While not directly affecting you, the reader's path, they may create a more cinematic feel to the story.
Originally written as the last page for Sixteen Words,
I hope you enjoy my full adaptation of Contemplation.
Embracing the Writing Process
So you want to be a writer, huh? It ain't easy, kid.
If you need Ideas for a story game come here
on 1/2/2022 2:10:48 PM
I'll take mine in a bucket, easy on the bitters. None of that well garbage. Twist, not peel.
Reading list aka Harry Potter can suck it
on 12/24/2021 12:34:22 PM
I haven't read any of the other Ender books (remember I'm just getting around to the OG this year). I've heard good things about Shadow. The others, not so much. I'm content cash out my chips with the prize of Ender's Game. It's such a good book that I don't want to tarnish its memory by doubling down on a subpar sequel.
Stephen King's introduction is quite the hook and it only gets better. It's very honest. He doesn't claim to know the ultimate writing cheat code (besides reading a lot and writing a lot). And funny enough, he writes that people inherently have it or they don't. Good writers can improve but they'll never be great writers. That sort of thing. Not all are born equal it seems.
Ah. I'd rather follow the ghostbloods than the parshendi. They're better off being the mysterious enemy across the shattered plains; I don't actually want them to take center stage. Give me more political struggle and assassination attempts and Dalinar and Kaladin.
Reading list aka Harry Potter can suck it
on 12/24/2021 12:21:22 PM
That's a fair point. But that's where rewrites and additional drafts should come in.
Reading list aka Harry Potter can suck it
on 12/24/2021 12:18:16 PM
Damn, that sentence reminds me of the stammering kid trying to remember his dream. The worst part for me, as far as the actual writing goes, were the adverbs. Adverbs everywhere. You get an adverb, and you get an adverb, and you get an adverb. (Throwin them out like Oprah). And worst of all, the vast majority were attached to dialogue. They were a huge crutch that Rowling used instead of writing like an actual human. Out of nowhere, characters are speaking mysteriously, kindly, warmly, etc. with no context whatsoever. The worst one came across near the end where Harry "said [something] questioningly." Bitch, he asked. That's why there's a question mark in your dialogue punctuation. On it's own that's not terrible, but after being bukkake'd by adverbs in the previous 200 pages, that was money shot that broke the camel's back.
Reading list aka Harry Potter can suck it
on 12/23/2021 1:28:06 AM
As we near the end of the ye--nah, fuck that cliche shit.
This isn't a time for self reflection and empty promises made to be better next year. Whatever you value is how you're going to spend your time. You may think about setting goals for yourself, but you should be asking yourself why you aren't achieving them already. Nothing's going to magically solve your laziness, certainly not the number 2021 turning into 2022, so let's not kid ourselves.
This is the Reading Corner, and we're going to talk about books and words and stuff. Fun times.
These are the books I've picked up and finished this year. With most people (except those suckers working for Amazon) having lots of time off, I encourage you to pick up the good ones and stay far, far, far away from the bad. After finishing The Sorcerer's Stone for the first time (literally finished 30 minutes ago), I'll just tell you now to steer clear. No wonder Rowling had trouble getting it published according to the rumors. Many of you on this site write better than what's typed in that steaming pile, although the wand choosing chapter is entertaining if your mind is stuck at a middle school level, like mine is. Hagrid had a thirteen incher before it got snapped in half. Did you know that?
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 3/10
Jesus Christ. This was some of the worst writing I've ever read. Unnatural dialogue, bland characters...and the pacing felt like a series of dams. Rowling also has a hard-on for adverbs, the em dash, and describing the features and clothing of each new character to a disgusting degree. Who cares about the thread on their cloak, lady? Certainly not me. The best part about the book was how easy it is to read. Not a great thing to have as the best attribute.
The Name of the Wind: 10/10
Gower recommended. Need I say more? Easily my favorite book ever.
The Wise Man's Fear: 10/10
The sequel to a Gower recommendation. Need I say even more?
The Dark Tower: 9/10
Rating the series as a whole, there are definitely slow moments. It's seven goddamn books, after all; there's bound to be at least some slow moments. The thing about King, though, is that his characters and dialogue are so masterfully done that I wouldn't mind reading about them putting on socks and walking to the liquor store. And the Dark Tower series includes everything from robots to vampires to magicians to lightsabers to the Shine (yes, that one). Book four, the western-y one, is a shootin thrill. Tuck that in your holster, partner.
Ender's Game: 10/10
Little late to the party, but I don't like kids. Sue me. Ender's Game definitely lives up to the hype.
The Stand: 9/10
I accidentally ordered the extended edition otherwise this would likely be a 10. Coming in at a whopping 1,300 pages, it dragged on a bit. But having separate storylines and combining them all seamlessly is no easy task. The book's about covid killing everyone and the devil trying to take over what's left of humanity. You should probably read it to learn how to survive the next few years.
Another one that lives up to the hype. It's creepy, gruesome, and charming all at the same time. Also, it's short. Size doesn't always matter, hon. Good writing makes the reader feel, and I felt a wide range making it through. But now that it's done, I'm back to being cold and heartless. Oh well. Pick up a copy, ya cockadoodie.
The Dead Zone: 10/10
By far my favorite of King. It bears the grimdark nature that we know and love on CYS. It's tragedy and torment and evil and depression all in a neat little binding. What's keeping you from reading? The basis is similar to the age old question: if you could go back in time and kill Hitler before he committed evil, would you/is it moral (age old, as in about 90 years give or take a few).
On Writing: 10/10
A memoir on writing. Sounds entertaining, huh? It actually is, and surprisingly a page turner. If you have any interest in writing, I suggest you give this one a read. It's full of fun stories that shaped King as well as practical portions of the art. Apparently people can write without booze, smokes, or coke. I wish someone told me that earlier!
A weird one about a pastor with a fetish for electricity. The tale follows a first person account from childhood through elderly age, telling bits from days as a junkie rockstar and his run-ins with his increasingly insane former pastor through the entirety his lifetime, all leading up to, by far, the most terrifying chapter I've ever read (seemingly out of nowhere). It's like a mix of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde with elements from Frankenstein and Moby Dick. Actually, I'm pretty sure all three are referenced.
The Lies of Locke Lamora: 6/10
I had high hopes for this swashbuckling tale of thievery, murder, and goodness. Man, was it disappointing. The dialogue was straining to be edgy (cursing for no other reason than to curse), and our "heroes" seem to have the curse of acting brainless for no other reason than to advance the plot. Their plot armor is pretty much Leia's metal bikini.
Rhythm of War: 7/10
By far the worst of the Stormlight series. It focuses on the least fun cast of characters from the first three books. Hey, you know those chapters that felt like filler from your other books? Let's give them a 1,200 page book (in hard cover). Thanks, Brandon!
Gardens of the Moon: 1/10
So awful. So fucking awful. I thought lore dump was bad until reading Gardens. There is zero background whatsover, and in typical fantasy fashion, the world is filled with weird creatures, populations of people, political disputes, and ancient orders. Slogging through this was like beating myself in the forehead with a pin roller. There are 9 more? Hard pass.
Strong start. Couldn't stick the landing. I would have much prefered to read about the cast of four characters in their normal lives rather than fighting aliens and shit weasels and zealous soldiers. Still, it's King, who can write his grocery list in an immersive manner, and there's an interesting dynamic at play as a man contemplating suicide is forced to act as the hero.
'Salem's Lot: 7/10
This one didn't live up. It was pretty great leading up until the vampire part. Not super considering it's a book about vampires. It's well worth it though, despite the lower rating; with a renown title such as 'Salem's Lot, expectations were high. Like some of King's other writing (minus the one's mentioned on this list), once the suspense bit is over the story falls somewhat flat. It's like when you think a flu shot is going to hurt and then you just feel a tiny prick, and then the nurse jams a needle in your vein. Heh. Gotcha. It's actually like when you anticipate a flu shot hurting, and you don't feel a thing. Just, you know, the opposite.
Soy vs Darius
on 12/22/2021 9:04:54 AM
Don't tell me I flipped that coin for nothing. The poor kid I stole it from looked like he needed his lunch money.
Cutenimegurl is tying to get the site banned
on 12/14/2021 9:12:27 AM
The program took one look at my knuckles, noticing they're as dirty as the underneath of my feet, and decided with a shrug of indifference, "close enough." We're all just lucky our foe, for whatever brain-dead reason, tried to destroy us using a Mac. I think the site-ending hack requires Windows 11.
Loser's Bracket Vote
on 12/4/2021 7:58:03 PM
Winner's Bracket Vote
on 12/4/2021 7:52:43 PM
Soy vs Darius
on 12/4/2021 1:47:31 PM