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Challenge 046:
FOOL'S GOLD
Also known as iron pyrite, fool's gold is a gold-colored mineral that is often mistaken for real gold. Fool's gold is also a common term used to describe any item which has been believed to be valuable to the owner, only to end up being not so.

Write a story where someone values (either knowingly or unknowingly) something that doesn't actually have a tangible worth.

BONUS GOAL: Three's Company

If your submission is written in three separate scenes, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, October 23 at 9:00PM EST
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Challenge 045:
SPARED NO EXPENSE

(phrase) to spend as much money as necessary to make something good, without worrying about the cost; To expend time, money, or other measures of value to do something the best or most extravagant way possible.

It's a phrase that we hear a lot but don't always think about the meaning of, that someone has 'spared no expense' in preparing something. But what kind of expense do they necessarily mean? Monetary is the easiest assumption, but it could also have been sacrifices of other kinds: time, family, pride, or relationships. Sometimes these efforts pay dividends... sometimes they're looked back on as not worth the cost.

Write a story about someone who has 'spared no expense' in setting something up, and how that thing is received by themselves and/or others.

BONUS GOAL: Jackpot

If your submission contains reference to someone winning a jackpot (does not have to be money), that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, October 9th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
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Challenge 044:
PERSONAL BUBBLE

(phrase) also called 'personal space' 1. a radius around a person, which broaching can cause discomfort or rebuttal 2. an aspect of proxemics, the study of human use of space

Everyone has a different idea of what a comfortable interaction space is, and sometimes their perception is influenced by upbringing, their society, even their emotional state. Personal space doesn't always refer to a person's immediate presence, it could be a location, a vehicle, anything that someone sees as an area belonging to them. How do they react when someone intrudes? Do they let it go, or take steps to change it?

BONUS GOAL: Nonverbal

If your submission contains any means of nonverbal communication, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, June 12th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 044 - personal bubble
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Challenge 043:
GO FOR BROKE
(noun) 1. a gambling term meaning risking everything to reap substantial reward. / 2. to risk everything; to try as hard as possible.

How many lives have altered their courses when someone, individual or group, decided to throw caution to the wind and risk it all? Were they aiming for something concrete, or was it simply a refusal to go down without a fight? The downside to this kind of strategy of course, is that if it fails, there's often no recourse. Do the risks outweigh the rewards?

BONUS GOAL: First Person

If your submission is written in the first person perspective, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, June 5th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
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Challenge 042:
WHITE NOISE
(noun) 1a. a heterogeneous mixture of sound waves extending over a wide frequency range 1b. a constant background noise; especially one that drowns out other sounds / 2. meaningless or distracting commotion, hubbub, or chatter

It might seem contrary to some, but silence can be unbearably loud. In its place, most people prefer an unobtrusive background static, sometimes called white noise (or brown, or pink, there are apparently different names for different frequencies?) Sometimes this is a mechanical sound, sometimes the lull of people, sometimes the calm melody of nature. Is it reassuring to a character, or intimidating? Does it put their mind at ease, or does it make them restless? Write a story where a character experiences white (or any colour) noise, and their reaction to it.

BONUS GOAL: Not Your Same Old, Same Old

If your submission is for a fandom that you haven't written a [community profile] fandomweekly entry for before, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, May 22nd at 9:00PM EST
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Challenge 041:
DOWN FOR THE COUNT
(idiom.) 1. Having been, or very near to being, defeated, ruined, or overcome. 2. Likened to a boxer who has been knocked to the mat and cannot get to his or her feet before the referee counts to 10, thus losing the match.

It's a phrase often remarked about other people, but rarely about ourselves. It's always easier to be objective about failure, or at least imminent failure, when it's not personal. Someone or something 'down for the count' could be in business, health, an organization or even an opinion. And does it really mean that something has passed a point where recovery isn't an option any longer? Write a story where something/someone is considered 'down for the count'.

BONUS GOAL: Ten Count

If your submission references boxing, or any physical blow that results in a knockout, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, May 15th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
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Challenge 040:
QUICK AND DIRTY
There are right and proper ways to do something... and then there are the get it done by any means necessary methods. Both have their place, but the latter tend to be favoured by people more in the moment, where time and function take precedence over due diligence. Write a story where something is accomplished by a quick and dirty method rather than the "right" way of doing it.

BONUS GOAL: Skinny Mini!

If your submission is less than 500 words, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, May 8th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 040 - quick and dirty
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Challenge 039:
CELESTIAL BODIES
(noun) 1. relating to the celestial sphere or to any of the coordinate systems by which the position of an object, such as a star or planet, is represented on it. / 2. relating to the sky or the heavens; ie, stars, planets, or nebulae, etc

The heavens have always inspired awe among people, in every era and with every culture. And whether people are still wondering what angry god is blotting out the sun during an eclipse, or calculating the trajectory of the wormhole they're about to go through, space and its empyrean entities represent mystery and opportunity. Write a story about characters observing some variety of celestial body or event.


BONUS GOAL: Checklist

If your submission contains use or mention of a checklist, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, April 17th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 039 - celestial bodies
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Challenge 038:
BLOODLINE
(noun) 1. an animal's set of ancestors or pedigree, typically considered with regard to the desirable characteristics bred into it / 2. a set of ancestors or line of descent of a person

Bloodlines have always played an important part in history... although whether it was to a positive outcome or not, that's a different question! Many types of governance has been determined simply by being born into the right family lineage. Bloodlines, especially birth order, is frequently a determining factor in cases of inheritance. On the flip side of things, specific bloodline breeding has been used to strip out 'inferior' or unwanted traits.

Are there scenarios where bloodlines should be a primary concern? Can someone not of the actual lineage ever truly attain the same positions? Write a story where a bloodline (lineage or pedigree, your choice) plays an important role.

BONUS GOAL: Adoption

If your submission contains one or more characters being adopted (or adopting), that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, April 10th at 9:00PM EST
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• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 038 - bloodline
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Challenge 037:
OPPOSITES ATTRACT
Everyone's heard the saying: opposites attract. For those who aren't familiar with its scientific origins as the basis of magnetism, most often hear it applied to relationships: how those with conflicting personality traits often find more in common than they might think!

Or alternatively, that being with someone (whether romantically, friendship, any type of relationship) who has different mannerisms and habits helps one to grow. Write a story where two people get along despite their differences.

BONUS GOAL: North and South

If your submission references actual magnets or magnetism, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, April 3rd at 9:00PM EST
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Challenge 036:
CHARLATAN
(noun) 1. a person who falsely pretends to know or be something in order to deceive people / 2. one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability

A little showmanship can go a long way and get you opportunities that you might not have had otherwise. It can be impressive! It grabs the attention of those around you. But the folly lies in not being able to back up your claims -- when you can't walk the talk. Sometimes people can get away with such falsehoods with little or no consequences... but sometimes it blows up in their faces. Write a story where someone behaves like, or is caught being, a charlatan.

BONUS GOAL: By The Numbers

If your submission is written in exactly three OR six paragraphs, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, March 27th at 9:00PM EST
• Post submissions using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 036 - charlatan
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Challenge 035:
DEAR DIARY

Everyone who keeps a diary, keeps it for their own reasons. For some, it's a place to spill secrets they don't want anyone else to know, and for others it is simply a record of their thoughts and motivations. As a log entry, it may even be required of them to complete, however often deemed necessary.

Writing (or typing, or recording) can be cathartic, and perhaps it brings to light something that might not have been obvious at first? Write an entry where a character uses some method of transcribing their thoughts.

BONUS GOAL: What it says on the tin...

If your submission is written in the format of a diary/journal/log entry, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, March 6th at 9:00PM EST
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Challenge 034:
SIGNS AND PORTENTS
(noun; phrase) 1. 1. An indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; an omen. 2. Prophetic or threatening significance: "signs full of portent". 3. A phenomenon that serves as a sign or warning of some future good or evil

Superstitions are often as old as the cultures they permeate, and often reinforcing those beliefs are phenomena both natural and manmade, inexplicable and debunked. From something totally innocuous as a flower that doesn't turn toward sunlight, to the grand majesty of a waterfall running dry. Celestial events are always a popular theme! Write a story about characters experiencing something that they, or others, take as an omen (good or bad, whichever you want).

BONUS GOAL: Invocation

If your submission contains someone invoking a higher power (does not have to be religious), that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, February 27th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
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Challenge 033:
JURY'S OUT

The phrase "jury's out" usually means that something is in the process of being decided, usually without the person who's making the comment! It's a type of limbo that can be insignificant, like waiting to hear back about dinner plans, or life-changing, like waiting to hear back about a guilty or not guilty verdict! People respond to this type of suspense in a lot of different ways: some anxious, some confident, some trying hard not to think about it. Write a story where a character is waiting for a decision on something.

BONUS GOAL: Whoops, clumsy me!

If your submission contains an instance of someone being clumsy, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, February 20th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 033 - jury's out
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Challenge 031:
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
(noun) 1. intangible property that is the result of creativity (such as patents or trademarks or copyrights) / 2. something (such as an idea, invention, or process) that comes from a person's mind

There's a pervasive belief that there are no original thoughts and ideas... that everything has been said and done before. So what's challenges face someone who wants to create something original, and share it without losing it to someone else? Can ideas be considered public domain? Write a story in which a character considers something to be their intellectual property.

BONUS GOAL: Nostalgic Sound

If your submission contains a character hearing something which brings back memories, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, February 6th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 031 - intellectual property
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Challenge 030:
REDEMPTION
(noun) 1. an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed / 2. atonement for guilt / also: (non-theology) the act of purchasing back something previously sold

Redemption is a tricky business, and everyone has their own view of what it means to them. What someone might consider as paying back a debt owed, the person it's owed to may not agree! Are there things that are genuinely irredeemable? Murder? Betrayal? Smashing a priceless object by accident? Write a story about character(s) seeking or finding redemption for something.

BONUS GOAL: He Said, She Said

If your submission contains two people providing conflicting points of view, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, January 30th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 030 - redemption
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Challenge 029:
BAIT AND SWITCH
(noun; phrase) 1. the action (generally illegal) of advertising goods that are an apparent bargain, with the intention of substituting inferior or more expensive goods. / also: "a bait-and-switch scheme"

It's a dishonest trait as old as barter itself: using the lure of something too good to be true and springing the real, lesser version on someone at the last minute. It's a tactic that appears in more areas than just commerce, too: it can also be found in travel, law, politics and entertainment. People respond to this duplicity in all kinds of ways: some go through with it, some try to bargain for the original deal, and some get angry about being tricked! Write a story where someone is, or almost is, swindled in this way.

BONUS GOAL: One Way Mirror

If your submission contains a scene featuring the use of a one-way mirror, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, January 23rd at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 029 - bait and switch
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Challenge 028:
OLD FASHIONED
There's almost no generation that doesn't long for the 'way things used to be'; people are always looking backward through rose-tinted glasses. There's no denying that the past is often a simpler time, and the way things were done just made more sense. Maybe you didn't even know you were 'hearkening back' to the good ol' days? Or were you just showing up someone who thinks the latest and greatest tech is the only way to get things done? Write a story in which a character uses old-fashioned methods to get something done.

BONUS GOAL: Silence is Golden

If your submission contains no spoken dialogue (internal thoughts are fine), that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, January 16th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 028 - old fashioned
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Whoopsie, I forgot to re-start my phone alarm that reminds me to post new challenges, but that's fixed! Here we go, back on track for the new year. Get crackin', writers!

Challenge 027:
FLOPHOUSE
(noun) 1. a cheap rooming house or hotel / 2. a place that offers very cheap lodging, generally by providing only minimal services / also: dosshouse (Britain)

As ideal as it might be to stay in warm, clean and well-appointed places when traveling, it's not always possible, and there are some real lemons out there when it comes to lodging. Were you misled about the quality, discovering that the reality doesn't match the glossy brochure? Is this a stop of necessity because the inns are all full there's nowhere else? Or do they simply not care, having other things on their mind? Write a story where character(s) stay in some questionable lodging, either willingly or because of unforeseen circumstances.

BONUS GOAL: Peppermint

If your submission contains a reference to peppermint (or canon equivalent, if necessary), that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, January 9th at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 027 - flophouse
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Challenge 026:
AMNESIA
(medical) 1. a condition in which a person is unable to remember things because of brain injury, shock, or illness 2. loss of memory due usually to brain injury, shock, fatigue, repression, or illness

Amnesia can occur due to a variety of circumstances, but it can be either a blessing or a curse. Has someone forgotten their closest friend or partner? Can a villain not recall his thirst for revenge? Do they appreciate people trying to help them pick up where they left off, or do they simply want a new start of things? Write a story where a character experiences amnesia, either temporarily or permanently.

BONUS GOAL: Eavesdropping

If your submission contains character(s) listening in on others without their knowledge, that entry will earn an extra point to be tallied during voting!

Challenge ends Monday, October 3rd at 9:00PM EST
• Post your submission as a new entry using the template in the profile
• Tag this week's entries as: [#] submission, 026 - amnesia
• If you have questions about this challenge, please ask them here

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