Orbiting a barren planetoid in a system full of nothing just past the edge of the frontier, The Last Outpost is just another refueling station. Strategically important, true, but on a routine stop you never expected to spend longer than a couple hours there, let alone a couple of days fighting for your life...
There are five epilogues, but some may be difficult to discover. Note that actions have consequences, but not always immediate ones. (And if you just need an End Game link, go play around with the probe.)
When the weather is fine, you've been coming to this grove to drink from the pool for centuries now. Today, you meet a stranger and hear a story that changes all that...
A fairy tale adventure.
Another Damn Wolf Story
I have no idea why I wrote this. All I can say in my defense is that it seemed like a good idea at the ti--wait no that's a lie, I said, repeatedly that this was stupid and shameful every time I mentioned working on it.
The truth is I needed to publish something before the end of the year and there is CLEARLY a burning need for wolf stories in the psyche of children using the internet. But then they write them badly, or make their wolves behave like clans of cats. So here is a simple straightfoward story of a young wolf leaving his pack in search of a better life. Maybe no one will ever feel the need to write another one now, or if nothing else maybe this will give them ideas for how to do it in slightly more minimum-standards-meeting ways.
Final conclusion however is that writing about some dumb animal with no agency is not something I'd recommend.
If you don't know what this is for, then it isn't for you.
Don't Get Date Raped!
A short, educational piece. Please remain sensitive and respectful in the comment section. (I'd hate to have to report you to an admin for bullying me.)
(DO NOT READ if you're at all easily offended or lacking in a sense of humor. There's nothing graphic at all in here, but seriously, I still cannot stress it enough, this story is not for you.)
Okay so I do remember warning folks about this before, but then I forgot too and now doomsday has arrived. I'm hearing that any images hosted through Discord are breaking, so if that affects you, hope you backed up your stuff.
It hit a lot of End's threads, but he's aware and working on a fix.
I'll repair any of my own... sometime, maybe, when I feel like it. But I haven't had the archivist instinct to file them all neatly away so idk.
Day 24 of "not having covid".
Still "don't have covid".
Feels like I've been swallowing sandpaper after being hit by a truck, and still having uncontrollable coughing fits at inconvenient times. Everyone at work still vexingly difficult to infect with this not covid though.
Really going to try and push myself this weekend though, I hope to at least have something passable by the original deadline.
I can't say I've noticed any addictions to collecting these, people have them at work though because the inferior humans who haven't been replaced by AI yet need to drink water. But I have noticed articles being circulated around about how wasteful they are very recently, which I'm guessing was also the inspiration for this thread.
So I assume our mutual dystopian media controlling overlords have their reason to influence the population to think differently about stainless steel drinking implements now. They could've just said so.
(We call them yeti cups here, but I guess "Stanley" will become the more standardized term after this. Good luck overriding the actual Stanley Cup in searches though.)
Being able to write a story about literally anything as long as it has dinosaurs isn't what I'd call "limiting" really. Seems more like an invitation to just have a little fun with worldbuilding.
Having to provide a plot all on your own might be less direction than desired, but that's a separate issue.
Getting everyone terrified of a misstep and then yelling at them for it is a hilarious move tbh.
But I think everyone knows more or less what the standards for "a good story" are and what the classic mistakes have always been with these contests. "If you rush out something shitty at the last second to avoid SHAME, guess what you're getting SHAMED anyway" seems to be the message here and some of you guys might be overthinking the details.
I'm never including so many scenes in the past tense again. Tried picking up work on my story again this weekend and every page in the flashback needed line by line edits.
I thought I had ALREADY done this as I was writing them.