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    Posted: 10 Jan 2019 at 10:14am
Originally posted by wateringcan wateringcan wrote:

This was the first time I wrote in American English too! The prompts just didn't fit England, somehow, (for me, anyway), but I'm way more comfortable writing in British English. I know we're surrounded by American media all the time but I still feel really out of my depth when I "pretend" to be American and to really understand what I'm talking about or how people speak. Back to England next round I hope...
 

This is why I actually thought the prompts were challenging, because the conclusions I jumped to felt so obvious - suspense, so a legal poker game would be sort of boring, and as gambling is perfectly legal in Britain the obvious place to go is America. The microphone just screamed stock jazz singing diva, and since I've been in a New York jazz club with a stunning diva jazz singer performing...well, it all felt too obvious. I'd have gone outside the box a bit more but I had really limited time for the last challenge (as I will for the next). Obvious won the day.

My scripts and short stories are usually very English, but I decided that if I was going to write a New York-based script then I had to go full on with the spelling and vocabulary (I originally described the poker table as green baize, but a beta told me that Americans would just call it felt so I changed it).

Evidently we both faked it well enough!
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Originally posted by Snarkmaiden Snarkmaiden wrote:

Originally posted by wateringcan wateringcan wrote:

Yay! Going through Smile

Congrats to all. My group (35) is looking proper team GB at the moment. THE BRITISH ARE COMING! LOL

Good luck this weekend everybody! 


Ironically, as part of the four-fifths of top five entrants in group 35 on Team GB, my script was set in New York and written in American English. Go figure. (Kill me now.)

This was the first time I wrote in American English too! The prompts just didn't fit England, somehow, (for me, anyway), but I'm way more comfortable writing in British English. I know we're surrounded by American media all the time but I still feel really out of my depth when I "pretend" to be American and to really understand what I'm talking about or how people speak. Back to England next round I hope...
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Originally posted by Snarkmaiden Snarkmaiden wrote:

Originally posted by wateringcan wateringcan wrote:

Yay! Going through Smile

Congrats to all. My group (35) is looking proper team GB at the moment. THE BRITISH ARE COMING! LOL

Good luck this weekend everybody! 


Ironically, as part of the four-fifths of top five entrants in group 35 on Team GB, my script was set in New York and written in American English. Go figure. (Kill me now.)


Hey, another member of Group 35 Team GB here! Relieved to get through that one, I didn't enjoy writing the second script. Congrats to you both, good luck with the next round!

Same, I hated writing that second one. Didn't beta and didn't post here. I didn't want to draw that experience out any longer than it had to be! 

Hopefully we'll get some interesting prompts this time that feel a little bit meatier. I found it difficult last round to write something I'm interested in with the prompts we were given.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rossinny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jan 2019 at 9:09am
Originally posted by Snarkmaiden Snarkmaiden wrote:

Originally posted by wateringcan wateringcan wrote:

Yay! Going through Smile

Congrats to all. My group (35) is looking proper team GB at the moment. THE BRITISH ARE COMING! LOL

Good luck this weekend everybody! 


Ironically, as part of the four-fifths of top five entrants in group 35 on Team GB, my script was set in New York and written in American English. Go figure. (Kill me now.)


Hey, another member of Group 35 Team GB here! Relieved to get through that one, I didn't enjoy writing the second script. Congrats to you both, good luck with the next round!
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I'm in! Looking forward to another maddening weekend. :) 
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I actually made it! This is my first SSPC and my second NYC entry overall so I'm pretty amazed. I've really enjoyed this one so far. Congrats to everyone going through and everyone else in group 25 who made it!
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Originally posted by wateringcan wateringcan wrote:

Yay! Going through Smile

Congrats to all. My group (35) is looking proper team GB at the moment. THE BRITISH ARE COMING! LOL

Good luck this weekend everybody! 


Ironically, as part of the four-fifths of top five entrants in group 35 on Team GB, my script was set in New York and written in American English. Go figure. (Kill me now.)
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I actually forgot that results were being posted yesterday. I blame starting on income taxes for chasing that info from my brain. I squeaked into the next round, but whatever works. Not surprised my C2 script didn't place as high as C1 -- I stretched the limits of my genre a tad.

Congrats to all. Onward.
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Gratz to all of yalls who lived to write another tale! I'll be watching for the sidelines while I sharpen my keyboard for Short Story next week...

I might be available for betaing over the weekend, with no obligation to swap sinc eI won't be writing.
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Originally posted by Snarkmaiden Snarkmaiden wrote:

Somehow came top in the last challenge for an overall second place in my group, which surprises me somewhat as the forum response (and my own) to my last script was lukewarm. Just goes to show that sometimes the judges are bonkers. Not going to complain though. 

This is about how mine went. I didn't care for mine this round and was keeping fingers crossed for 5-8 points to maybe have enough to squeak through, and got 13? The judges are so hard to predict, but definitely not complaining this time!
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