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Title: Write Story, win $ -WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Post by: Tripe on July 08, 2008, 03:07:37 PM
Ok trying again with the Fan-Fic contest (if somebody could sticky this I'd really like that :))

Ok so here be the Rules:

The story should be a minimum of 300 words long, but not multi chapter epics.
It should involve MST3K characters (Mike, Joel The Bots et al)
It can involve characters from MSTed films, let's see how skillfully you all can do that.
It must be of a Shipper or Slash nature but for the sake of people reading the forum, please try to keep ti to a PG13 rating.
We will have two prizes of a $5 gift certificate (at least in this first competition) one for the best straight (in the sense of seriously written) Fan-Fic a one for the best intentionally Bad one.

We'll give you a month to submit entries so the closing date will be the 8th of August at 5pm EST.

Please pm the entries to the three judges : TripeHoundRedux, Dim of the Yard and Jacob T. Caboose. You can use this thread to chit-chat about the competition and let us know when you've sent in your entry (just in case we miss it say).

Any other questions I've not covered?
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: esoobaC .T bocaJ on July 08, 2008, 03:11:47 PM
It must be of a Shipper or Slash nature but for the sake of people reading the forum, please try to keep ti to a PG13 rating.

oh sure, spoil all the fun :P
 ;D
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: anais.jude on July 08, 2008, 03:27:35 PM
seriously. Is everyone on the forum going to read this? Because if they aren't, why does it have to be pg 13?
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Tripe on July 08, 2008, 04:08:43 PM
Because we will post the winning entries.

Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: esoobaC .T bocaJ on July 08, 2008, 04:09:36 PM
Because we will post the winning entries.



ooh, good answer
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Tripe on July 08, 2008, 04:12:33 PM
One which I thought I'd already included  :-[
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: anais.jude on July 08, 2008, 04:29:45 PM
you might have. sorry
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: esoobaC .T bocaJ on July 08, 2008, 04:32:37 PM
hmm.... let's see

Ok trying again with the Fan-Fic contest (if somebody could sticky this I'd really like that :))

Ok so here be the Rules:

The story should be a minimum of 300 words long, but not multi chapter epics.
It should involve MST3K characters (Mike, Joel The Bots et al)
It can involve characters from MSTed films, let's see how skillfully you all can do that.
It must be of a Shipper or Slash nature but for the sake of people reading the forum, please try to keep it to a PG13 rating.
We will have two prizes of a $5 gift certificate (at least in this first competition) one for the best straight (in the sense of seriously written) Fan-Fic a one for the best intentionally Bad one.

We'll give you a month to submit entries so the closing date will be the 8th of August at 5pm EST.

Please pm the entries to the three judges : TripeHoundRedux, Dim of the Yard and The Awesomest Judge Ever :highfive:. You can use this thread to chit-chat about the competition and let us know when you've sent in your entry (just in case we miss it say).

Any other questions I've not covered?

nope, I don't see it...... but it is now known to all :)
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Fortis on July 08, 2008, 04:34:40 PM
PLEASE keep it pg-13! Otherwise this entire thread will become NSFF. And I'm entering this contest...so yeah.
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: esoobaC .T bocaJ on July 08, 2008, 04:37:38 PM
I want Hardcore Brain guy and Mike slash Mike and Pearl Stuff
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Fortis on July 08, 2008, 04:40:50 PM
Actually to give you a hint as to what is to come...imagine a little C3PO and Crow action. And if I can work it in maybe some Servo/R2D2/Millenium Falcon action.
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: anais.jude on July 08, 2008, 04:41:45 PM
I want Hardcore Brain guy and Mike slash Mike and Pearl Stuff


Wow, you are the most awesomest judge ever!
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: esoobaC .T bocaJ on July 08, 2008, 07:03:36 PM
Actually to give you a hint as to what is to come...imagine a little C3PO and Crow action. And if I can work it in maybe some Servo/R2D2/Millenium Falcon action.

but does that not violate the rules?
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Matt B on July 08, 2008, 07:15:18 PM

Heh, heh, heh.

I've been working on one but I thought the deadline was next week rather than today.
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Fortis on July 08, 2008, 07:35:16 PM
Actually to give you a hint as to what is to come...imagine a little C3PO and Crow action. And if I can work it in maybe some Servo/R2D2/Millenium Falcon action.

but does that not violate the rules?

How would it be against the rules?
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: esoobaC .T bocaJ on July 08, 2008, 08:00:34 PM
Actually to give you a hint as to what is to come...imagine a little C3PO and Crow action. And if I can work it in maybe some Servo/R2D2/Millenium Falcon action.

but does that not violate the rules?

How would it be against the rules?

I don't know that's why I asked, but Star Wars, though a previously rifftraxed film, is not a MSTied film, but again, I don't know if Rifftrax films count in this.
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Fortis on July 08, 2008, 08:04:46 PM
...well then I should get it out in the open what my story idea is so you guys can tell me if its against the rules or not...

Mike and the Bots tag along with Luke, Han, Chewi and Leia for Star Wars episode 4...I can't remember what it was from the original thread that gave me the idea to do that.


but...if you were to limit it to just characters from MSTied movies, and Mike and the bots...I've got nothing.


You guys are like my english teachers...stifling my creativity with pointless rules... ;) :P
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: anais.jude on July 08, 2008, 08:15:14 PM
I think Fortis's idea sounds ok.


i got my idea!
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: torgosPizza on July 08, 2008, 08:24:02 PM
Any other questions I've not covered?

Yeah, I have a couple.

It must be of a Shipper or Slash nature

Umm.

Why?
WTF?
What's wrong with you people?
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Dim of the Yard on July 08, 2008, 08:30:29 PM
Because your reaction makes it worth it?
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: torgosPizza on July 08, 2008, 08:43:51 PM
Because your reaction makes it worth it?

Impossible. Nothing can make writing slashfic (or fanfic in general) "worth it." (I use the term "writing" loosely.)
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Fortis on July 08, 2008, 09:55:44 PM
Because your reaction makes it worth it?

Impossible. Nothing can make writing slashfic (or fanfic in general) "worth it." (I use the term "writing" loosely.)



Now as a fantasy/sci-fi writer...I'm very reluctant in calling any genre "not real writing."

But I will say fanfics are horrible, especially slashfic (thankfully I never knew what that was until this thread). Fanfiction is never, ever, ever, ever good. But some people like it. Can't fault them for that...judging by how many there are on the nets, people like them a lot.

And as a side note, I thought that was what this contest was, just a joke...make an intentionally bad fanfic about mst3k...

though again...seriously? slashfic?!?! I'm going to be submitting my story, but I'm going to have to have people read tthe other entries and tell me if it is NSFF (Not Safe For Fortis), before I attempt at reading any of them. Because if I read any Slashfics with Mike...brainguy...or (shudder)...bobo. I may have to claw my eyes out.
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Pak-Man on July 08, 2008, 10:56:57 PM
In Mr. Pizza's defense, I don't think the idea would sit right with me if people were planning to write slash-fiction about anyone I work with either. :^)
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Fortis on July 08, 2008, 11:40:38 PM
In Mr. Pizza's defense, I don't think the idea would sit right with me if people were planning to write slash-fiction about anyone I work with either. :^)

I wholeheartedly agree
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Tripe on July 09, 2008, 04:48:21 AM
Look this all developed because of discussions over bad fan fiction. People really need not take this so damn seriously.

Nobody is writing Fan Fic about actual people they are writing about characters.

And as a side note, I thought that was what this contest was, just a joke...make an intentionally bad fanfic about mst3k...
Bingo!

Sigh I guess I'll just cancel the thing, i thought it might be fun but there we go  :(
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: Dim of the Yard on July 09, 2008, 09:07:08 AM
Well, let's see what we can do about all of this.

For the people who have already expressed interest in the contest, I would like it if the contest remained open for at least a little bit.  Arguments about whether fanfiction is considered real writing aside, I'm sure they've put at least some effort into their stories, and to pull the plug on them because the thread's imploded on itself... well it's just not very nice.  We can cut the deadline short so the thread doesn't get more attention than it's already gotten, but I'd like to see these guys at least finish what they've started, even if only a few people are sending in entries.

I'd also ask that the entries should be placed under Spoiler tags, with a warning above the tags as to their content.  That way, people just browsing the topic can avoid the story if they don't want to read it, and it'll be easier browsing the thread.

Again, as Tripe mentioned beforehand, the rules did not state that Slash, itself, was an absolute requirement in these entries.  He specified "Shipper and Slash" stories as a way to illustrate that romance, in general, had to involved in some way.  His wording just implied he didn't care what kind of romance it was, I thought.  And the contest was all in good fun.  I'm sorry to see it devolve to this, and I'm especially sorry that I had a hand in bringing it down to this.

Afterwards, I would like to open another topic/poll and get everybody's opinion on the idea of the contests.  I'll throw a few ideas out to you guys, and we'll decide there whether we should continue these contests in the future, whether in this form or in another form altogether, or just pull the plug on them, altogether.  I've got a few ideas for contests in the future that might sit a little better with some people in this thread, but I'd like to save this discussion for that topic, specifically, and save this thread for the current contest.

... How does that sound?
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: torgosPizza on July 09, 2008, 09:20:51 AM
make an intentionally bad fanfic about mst3k...

How can you tell the difference? ;)


Again, as Tripe mentioned beforehand, the rules did not state that Slash, itself, was an absolute requirement in these entries. 

Sorry, I thought "It must be of a Shipper or Slash nature" made it pretty clear?

To be honest, though, fanfic is the ugly stepchild of the writing world, and should be discouraged. Just because tens of people like it, doesn't mean it's "good" - they are the Boy Bands of teh internets. Sure, lots of people like them, but they are rubbish just the same.

To me, making a fanfic of anything takes away my enjoyment of the original. It's the difference between someone building their own Crow T. Robot and making an MST3k of Godzilla, and someone making their own concept, story, characters and ideas, a la ICWXP. Some of the ideas may cross over, but at least they are being creative about it, and not blindly taking existing canon elements for the satisfaction of their own wacky desires.

Bottom line is, I guess - you can do whatever you want. Just don't make any noise, and clean up after you're done.
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: Tripe on July 09, 2008, 09:26:27 AM
Again, as Tripe mentioned beforehand, the rules did not state that Slash, itself, was an absolute requirement in these entries. 
Sorry, I thought "It must be of a Shipper or Slash nature" made it pretty clear?

It does:

Again, as Tripe mentioned beforehand, the rules did not state that Slash, itself, was an absolute requirement in these entries.  He specified "Shipper and Slash" stories as a way to illustrate that romance, in general, had to involved in some way.  

It's not my fault that people can't seem to get past the work Slash to see that while romance is important in the entries (since the romance stories are the essence of really bad fan fic and therefore referred to by their specific terms) the actual parings involved aren't really that important.  The bad fiction is :)

To me, making a fanfic of anything takes away my enjoyment of the original. It's the difference between someone building their own Crow T. Robot and making an MST3k of Godzilla, and someone making their own concept, story, characters and ideas, a la ICWXP. Some of the ideas may cross over, but at least they are being creative about it, and not blindly taking existing canon elements for the satisfaction of their own wacky desires.

Then don't enter the competition. Nobody is forcing anyone to do anything :)

To be honest, though, fanfic is the ugly stepchild of the writing world, and should be discouraged. Just because tens of people like it, doesn't mean it's "good" - they are the Boy Bands of teh internets. Sure, lots of people like them, but they are rubbish just the same.
But nobody disagrees with you on this, just as nobody truly believes Manos is a good film (outside of the nearest booby hatch at least).

The thing is I'm going to purchase gift certs to give out as prizes which you'd think might be seen as a good thing. :)

Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: anais.jude on July 09, 2008, 09:31:24 AM
I don't think there is anything wrong with fanfiction. Sure, I would never pay for it, but it can be fun to read.


Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: Tripe on July 09, 2008, 09:32:10 AM
Exactly, and fun to parody as well :)
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: torgosPizza on July 09, 2008, 09:40:28 AM
the essence of really bad fan fic

So, fan fic. :)

Exactly, and fun to parody as well :)

Fun to read and parody? You guys are pants-crapping insane.

I'm not sure what's more disconcerting - that you guys are chomping at the bit to write bad fanfiction, or that you already enjoy reading bad fanfiction so much.  :speechless:
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: Tripe on July 09, 2008, 09:47:02 AM
the essence of really bad fan fic

So, fan fic. :)

Well yes but OK let's try a different tack here:

What makes a film riffable? And why is it that comedies aren't really riffable? Because comedies are intentionally written to amuse, while the riffable movies are, ususally, created with the deadly serious intention of making a good movie.

Fan Fic writers are, for the most part, deadly serious about what they are writing; they think they're creating some worthwhile, something beautiful or significant to add to the fictional universe(s) they so enjoy.

Which is why the dreck they actually produce is so entertaining. The same impulse that makes some of us like MST3K and Rifftrax and other enterprises like that is what makes us enjoy really terrible fan fiction.  :)

Nobody want seriously written fan fic in this competition, it's a exercise in humorous writing.

Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: torgosPizza on July 09, 2008, 09:49:56 AM
Fair enough.

To be honest I thought Matt B's "Senator Bobo" line was funny. So in that sense, have at it. But do keep it in spoilers, and PG-13 as you had suggested, and I think you'll be fine.
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: Tripe on July 09, 2008, 09:57:16 AM
Actually the spoilers thing is fine, but I might amend that a little and say place a preview of the story in spoilers etc etc. but send the whole stories to Dim, or Jacob or me, or prefereably all of us :)

We'll post the two winners afterwards.
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: Matt B on July 09, 2008, 09:57:32 AM

Fun to read and parody? You guys are pants-crapping insane.

I'm not sure what's more disconcerting - that you guys are chomping at the bit to write bad fanfiction, or that you already enjoy reading bad fanfiction so much.  :speechless:

A forum where people enjoy badly made movies where some also enjoy badly written literature? I am shocked by this news! Shocked, I say!
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: torgosPizza on July 09, 2008, 10:27:47 AM
A planet where apes evolved from men?!
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: Tripe on July 28, 2008, 10:57:50 AM
OK just a reminder, the closing date is approaching but people still have time to get their entries in :)
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ Nevermind
Post by: anais.jude on July 28, 2008, 11:03:48 AM
yea, come on peeps! 300 words should be easy!
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Tripe on August 08, 2008, 07:54:02 PM
Ok entries now closed. Me and the other judges will look at what we have and pick two winners. :)
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Tripe on August 12, 2008, 02:47:39 PM
Well well done to all of our contestants and to our winners: Anais.jude and Compound. If the both of you could pm me with where to send the gift certs I'll send those along.

In the next two messages I'll post the winning entires.  :)

Oh and well done to the winners  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Tripe on August 12, 2008, 02:49:18 PM
Memories of a Gingered Past
Anais.jude

Crow T. Robot exhaled a regretful pant as his eyes drifted toward the ceiling of the SOL. His mind trespassed back to the summers in Wisconsin with Ginger. He both loved and hated those memories. His love for Ginger was a feeling that swelled his heart---an almost indescribable tugging; it was something Crow had never experienced during his years on the SOL.
   Alas those moments lasted mere seconds before Crow's heart would begin to ache and whisper, reminding him that Ginger was forbidden fruit: the ex-girlfriend of his best friend, Mike Nelson. As much as Crow tried to deny his feelings, Mike Nelson was one of his best friends.
   It was because of Mike that Crow had gone back in time. He had gone back in time to tell Mike's family that he was ok, but Mike's one request had never been fulfilled. The instant Crow placed his eyes on Ginger, nothing else mattered. Those couple summers with Mike's family, those nights summer nights on the pier with Ginger, they filled Crow with sadness. He was happy to be back with Mike and Tom on the SOL, but he was older now...and he had regrets.
   It had been two weeks since his return. On the SOL, his return had been instantaneous, and Crow had even been able to finish watching that day's film, Terror From the Year 5000. After the movie was finished, Mike, in a jealous rage, or perhaps noticing the sadness in Crow's eyes, set Crow up on his first of many blind dates.
   Crow and The Terror had gone to Perkins for their meal. That had turned into disaster. Terror ordered the most expensive items on the menu--surf and turf, arugula salad, and chocolate truffles. Crow didn't notice. All he could think about was Ginger. He thought of her every time he starred at the creature’s radiation -deformed face. Crow was so lost in his thoughts, he never noticed when Terror left, and he certainly didn't notice putting everything on Mike's Credit Card, including a 100 dollar tip.
   Since that night, Crow had been on almost 12 dates, all of them with women from bad movies: Natalie from Werewolf, Melissa from Touch of Satan, The chick from The Band that Played California Lady, but none of them could compare to the glorious angel that is Ginger.
   Crow got up from his bed and looked at himself in the mirror. He didn't want to go on another date, what was the point of them? He was never going to get Ginger out of his head, and dates with these women just made him long for her more. He remembered Ginger's golden brown hair; the way it blew across her green eyes during those late summer afternoons.
   But there was more to Ginger than her beauty. Like Crow she had long history of identifying easily with other groups because she was unsure of herself. Together, though, together the two of them fit. Crow rummaged through his drawer, looking for his hiding spot. At the bottom of his draw, under his Journey’s Greatest Hits CD, was the one picture of Ginger he had kept. Using his metal claw, Crow traced Ginger's outline with his fingers. He closed his eyes and kissed Ginger's picture for a mere seconds before ripping it into multiple pieces.
   "I have to do this," Crow thought to himself, "for Mike and the sake of our friendship, I have to try to get over you, Ginger."
   Crow disposed of the remnants of Ginger and put on his Eau du Robot cologne. Just then Mike's large pale head popped into Crow's room. "Hey, Crow, the leech woman is calling on the hex field. She says the two of you have a date?"
   "Is it young leech woman or old?" Crow queried.
   "Young," Mike said.
   "Alright, I think I can handle that, my friend, my friend." Crow paused. "Say, Mike."
   "Yea, Crow?"
   "I'm...I'm sorry about Ginger. I never meant to hurt you."
   "You never meant to hurt me...Crow, you act like a twenty-something girl who grew up in the 80's is writing your dialogue."
   Crow stared at Mike for a moment.
   Crow laughed. "Oh, Mike. That is rich! I guess I needed a little lesson."
Title: Re: Write Story, win $
Post by: Tripe on August 12, 2008, 02:50:51 PM
The Lord of the Kiss (Kevin/Vader)
Compound

It was a balmy Friday afternoon in San Diego and I had been busily meeting and greeting our fans. Now, don't get me wrong. I love our fans, but after a while, dealing with them can get quite tiresome.

"Hi Mr. Murphy!"

"Hi."

"Can I ask a quick question?"

"Sure. Go right ahead."

"After you became energy forms at the end of 706, what drew your incorporeal selves back to the SoL at the beginning of 801?"

"Well, we wanted to have a show..."

"Huh?"

"Sorry. We really didn't come up with a reason for the guys to return. They just assumed that they did and went from there."

"Oh. Well thanks."

"Thank you."

And that's when I saw him.

Two meters tall. Bipedial. Clad from head to toe in glossy black armor and a long, flowing cape. The crowds seemed to melt away from his powerful frame.

I gasped as my heart seemed to leap up into my throat. Never before had I seen someone so breathtaking. So enrapturing. I knew right then that I had to meet him. I leapt from my chair and bolted through the slowly moving crowds, trying to get closer to him.  For a moment, he seemed to disappear from view. But no! There he was emerging from behind a 10' Lego statue of Paul Giamatti as "Miles" in Sideways. I'm still not quite sure what possessed Lego to acquire that license. I quickly cut through a booth selling chain mail purses and there he was, right ahead of me.

"Excuse me," I shouted. He stopped and peered towards me, inquisitively. I walked up to him, unsure of what to say.

"Um, that's a nice outfit," I yammered.

"Thank you," he replied in a deep, breathy baritone. “I’ve been working on it for months."

My legs tried to buckle from under me but I was able to will my treacherous limbs into obeying my commands and I stepped closer to him.  "I can tell. Um, are you enjoying the con?"

He breathed laboriously as he replied. "Oh sure. There was a great panel on Firefly yesterday, and the folks are Blizzard had a great trailer for Dia..."

He kept talking, but I couldn't hear him over the blood rushing through my head. I fought for consciousness as I felt ready to swoon.

"...and Kevin Smith was signing too! But I had to leave before he signed anything cause some guy was threatening to lick me unless I paid him $20."

"Oh. That's nice."

"Well, nice talking to you.." He turned to leave.

"Wait!" I cried. "Can you stay just a minute more?"

"Sorry. There's a signing that I need to get to..."

"Wait!" I plead. "Can I... kiss you?  Before you go. Just once?"

"Ummmm. Suuuure." he replied, while glancing from side to side.

I leaned over and gave him a quick peck on his metallic cheek. He tasted of lavender. And Turtle Wax. As I pulled away, I gazed longingly towards him. "For luck."

"Oh. OH! Heh. Funny. Well, see ya."

"Goodbye." I waved toward him as he rapidly disappeared into the crowds, his armor vanishing among the throngs of convention goers. And inside, I wept, for I knew that someone of his magnitude would never pass this way again. My heart in my hands, I turned and made my way back to the booth. Once there, I quietly took my seat. Next to me, my comrade Bill looked up.

"Where did you go?" he queried.

"I saw a vision, clad all in black. I had to speak with him."

To my side, Bill and my cohort Mike glanced warily at each other.

Mike muttered under his breath, "It's the Grimace Incident all over again..."

Bill shook his head. "Conor? Make sure that our stuff's ready to go. I have a feeling that we might be leaving here soon. You know a bail bondsman here too, right?"

But their words had no power for I had lost the one true love of my life. Sadly, I turned towards the waiting fans and tried to bury myself in my work.

"Hi!"

"Hello. Who should I make this out to?"

"Brandi. With an "i"."

"Okay, Brandi."

"I have a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tattoo!"

"That's super."

-Fin-
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ -WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Post by: mrbasehart on August 12, 2008, 06:14:28 PM
Awesome.  I'm not sure which I like better either: Anais' stunningly inept romance (which was hilarious), or Compound's recreation of "that kiss".  Bravo to both of yas!   :clap:
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ -WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Post by: anais.jude on August 12, 2008, 08:36:20 PM
Awesome.  I'm not sure which I like better either: Anais' stunningly inept romance (which was hilarious), or Compound's recreation of "that kiss".  Bravo to both of yas!   :clap:


Thanks Basehart! I even tried to make mine a little meta.
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ -WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Post by: Fortis on August 13, 2008, 10:30:35 AM
Hey Tripe...will you post all the other entries too?


...and if you don't mind, post my non-entry too. (I can't seem to find the word document for that on my computer, and I think people might like my concept anyways even if I never finished it). Thanks!  :)
Title: Re: Write Story, win $ -WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Post by: Tripe on August 13, 2008, 10:32:46 AM
Ah now there's the thing, we had two prizes and er, only two entries.

This is not to take away from the winners but only two of you actually entered.

Oh and Fortis, could you send it to me again?



Title: Re: Write Story, win $ -WINNERS ANNOUNCED!
Post by: Fortis on August 13, 2008, 11:35:44 AM
Oh...well I wish I would have finished mine then.  :-\

Here is my rough draft/concept story idea for what I was planning on doing. The original story was going to span the entire first er...fourth episode of star wars...but I just couldn't get anything beyond this to feel right.


Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds


"No! Alderaan is peaceful! We have no weapons, you can't possibly..." Governor Tarkin cut off Princess Leia in his anger, "You would prefer another target, a military target? Then name the system! I grow tired of asking this so it will be the last time: Where is the rebel base?"

Princess Leia looked visibly resigned when she replied, "...Dantooine." She looked down in defeat, "They're on Dantooine."

Tarkin knew this is what he was waiting for, he was still proving his loyalty to the almighty Lord Vader, but he hoped in time to earn his trust. "There. You see, Lord Vader, she can be reasonable. Continue with the operation; you may fire when ready."

"WHAT?"

"You're far too trusting. Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration - but don't worry; we will deal with your rebel friends soon enough." Let Lord Vader stew over that! Nobody could doubt his loyalty to the empire now!

***

But somewhere on the other side of Alderaan, was another ship in orbit above the planet. The Satellite of Love. "Tom bring me the Vinegar!" Mike Nelson yelled over the com system. "We don't have much time, Pearl will be making her way to this planet any minute now. Unless you want to watch Hobgoblins 2, you better hurry!"

Tom Servo hovered onto the bridge, he sounded tired, which made Mike wonder for the thousandth time, if robots got tired. "Alright alright Mike, I've got the vinegar, but I'm telling you, the potency of this bomb is even more than last time, you've destroyed, what, ten planets now?"

"Hey this was your plan Servo! There isn't any way you are backing out of this now!" Mike knew he sounded desperate, but he was. He knew that if he watched one more movie, robot friends or not, he was going to go insane. The sting in his eyes from the sweat kept him coherent as he worked, it told him he was still human, his mind wasn't completely destroyed, not yet...He knew this bomb would destroy the planet, but if there was a chance that he could destroy Pearl's secret stash of bad movies, then it was worth it.

The bomb was finished, the baking soda was measured and placed carefully into the separate partition of the bomb. Mike had to be careful as he walked with it, if he dropped it, the wall separating the vinegar from the baking soda would break, destroying anything within a parsec. Mike's heart began beating faster, his palms got a little sweaty, damaging the grip he had on the bomb.

Mike quickly made his way to the laundry chute, and dropped the bomb inside, knowing that in 10 seconds, the bomb would hit the planet's atmosphere, and go off.

***

Governor Tarkin waited in anticipation has he heard the generators gear up for the impending fire. This star ship generated enough electricity to power a small planet every time they fired, and he could feel the power as the floor shook slightly. He watched on screen as the green laser went towards Alderaan. He waited in anticipation for the planet to yield to its awesome power.

And then the explosion, it was more amazing then he expected. He was barely listening as Princess Leia screamed out in protest and she was taken by security away.

"Sir."

Governor Tarkin turned around to see a low level officer standing at attention. "Speak."

"Uh, sir. Sensor readings indicate that the planet was not destroyed by us. But by a small vessel that was in orbit around Alderaan." His voice was shaky, as if he dreaded what the governor had to say.

Governor Tarkin was shocked by this news, but he did not allow Lord Vader or this young officer to see his emotions. That was the first rule of a high officer. Never let them see your anxiety. "Scan the vessel for weapons systems, if they are less powerful than Tie Fighters, send a squadron to escort the vessel to us. I want to speak to the people aboard that ship in the brig within the hour!"

"Uh, Sir, the ship has already left this area of space. Sensors indicate that it was towed off by another ship...both of which are a make and model not recognized by the computer archives."