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Group 3: comedy / immortality / a statistician

West Ham, Penguins, and the Heat Death of the Universe

When jaded statistician Jimmy Jones wins the Life Lottery, he discovers that forever is a long, long, long, long, long time.

(I don't have 100% confidence that the NYCM judges are going to get this one!)
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Group 4 - sci-fi - immature - a reptile owner

How Long Will You Need Me?

A reptile collector falls under the spell of a strange new animal
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Group 8 - Hist Fic - a last bastion - an artisan

(Just to flag that for various reasons, I'm not posting this one up on the forums so enjoy the synopsis, of which only 7 words were actually written by me!)

Title: R. v R

Synopsis (erm. Slight trigger warning. This has a sexist proposition in it and references sexual violence):

“But the husband cannot be guilty of a rape committed by himself upon his lawful wife, for by their mutual matrimonial consent and contract the wife hath given up herself in this kind unto her husband which she cannot retract.”
A trainee lawyer helps defend the indefensible.




Edited by Draiglas - 24 May 2021 at 10:19am
Short Story R2 - Atychiphobia

Short Story R3 (not on forum but can PM if you're really keen) - R. v R
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Group 1 - superficial - a hotelier

“Ghost Services”

Colin’s manning the front desk and wishes certain persons took “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” more to heart.


This round, my fantastic beta readers made such a huge difference. I really think that the collaboration with other writers is the most valuable part of the competition.




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Group 8, Hist Fic: Little Acts of Rebellion

As the Taliban’s stranglehold on Afghanistan tightens, a little boy—who holds many secrets—dreams of standing up to them.  




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All of these sound amazing, I can’t wait to read them! I always get so little work done on the Wednesday after an NYCM weekend...

Mine was group 1: ghost story, superficial, a hotelier.

Chance Encounter at the Jewel of the Desert

Jason returns to his deceased mother’s hotel for a final task, but a meeting with a mysterious trespasser threatens to derail his plan.



Edited by AubreyZahn - 24 May 2021 at 9:52am
SS1 Cursebreaker

SS2 A Great Apocalypse

SS3 Chance Encounter at the Jewel of the Desert
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Great to see some group mates!

Originally posted by dias dias wrote:

Group 1 - Ghost story/superficial/hotelier

THE CASE NOTES OF MISS DOROTHY DARLING


Originally posted by LadyArkham LadyArkham wrote:

Group 1 - superficial - a hotelier

Colin’s manning the front desk and wishes certain persons took “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” more to heart.


Hard to say whether I've written a ghost story with this one, among other challenges that it sounds like everyone confronted in our lovely 48 hour writing spell. Here's mine:

The Single-Stemmed Peony

 

Synopsis: A pregnant woman, running from an agreement she no longer wishes to fulfill, checks into a hotel, and is confronted with the choices she has made.

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Group 9: Horror, formal attire, miner

A Gift of Faeth

When the owner of a mining company kills the black cat that has been living peacefully among the workers, the workers see her repeated resurrection and mischief-making as a sign.  But is she a demon or a miracle; a curse or a warning?


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Originally posted by joshaxel joshaxel wrote:

Great to see some group mates!


Hard to say whether I've written a ghost story with this one, among other challenges that it sounds like everyone confronted in our lovely 48 hour writing spell. Here's mine:

The Single-Stemmed Peony

 

Synopsis: A pregnant woman, running from an agreement she no longer wishes to fulfill, checks into a hotel, and is confronted with the choices she has made.



Yay, groupmates! There's at least four of us on the forums, which I'm super excited about.

Ooh, is your MC a surrogate? I can't wait to read.



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Your comment proves that it was unnecessary for me to title my story "The Surrogate" (something I considered as I completely rewrote draft one). WinkLOL If the story does half the work the synopsis does, maybe it will make sense?
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