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Woo hoo! Weekend Challenge Time!

All right - it is the weekend or nearly so, and that means it's time for our latest fic/art challenge. This time around I've got three items on the menu for inspiration that I hope you'll enjoy. They are:

- Your own personal list of nine, twelve, count them twelve, random words. Not just nouns, I thought it'd be fun to mix it up and include all those lovely adjectives and perhaps the occasional adverb,so... twelve words. Use one, use all, however strikes you is fine.

- A random trope in case something tropey sounds fun for some quick fic or roleplay or a sketch/doodle. Tropes courtesy of tv tropes dot org.

- Obstacles for your darlings to overcome - courtesy of an actual online Obstacle Generator.

To play, just comment that you are in, and I'll send you one from each category. Or, let me know if you'd prefer a couple of extra tropes but no obstacles, or three sets of nine words and one obstacle but no tropes - i.e. feel free to mix it up, up to a max of three for each prompt.

This challenge is open through Thursday. If it brings you either 200+ words or a couple of icons or a banner by then, I'll happily reward you with your choice of five icons or a ficlet to be named later.

Happy creating and good luck!


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Jun. 15th, 2018 05:35 pm (UTC)
This sounds super fun! One from each category would be great. Thank you!
Jun. 15th, 2018 05:50 pm (UTC)

Sure thing- hope it does lead to fun and words. :) Oh, and turns out the obstacle generator gives three at a time, so... you have options.

Random Words:
current, lacking, rabbits, zany, thumb, lick, sincere, fluttering, well-made, upset, giddy, testy

Obstacle Generator
Your character doesn't know the way.
Your character's activities are being monitored.
Your character is emotionally exhausted.

Random Trope
Pinball Projectile: A variant of Bizarre and Improbable Ballistics, where a bullet, arrow, stone, whatever, ricochets off several objects before finally hitting its target.
Jun. 15th, 2018 05:38 pm (UTC)
I love it when you do this. :D I'm in! Let's see what I can put my boys through. Hahaha.
Jun. 15th, 2018 05:55 pm (UTC)
I like to have options, does it show? Lol. Wow, these truly were picked at random and yet...they do seem to have potential for the three of them. :)

Random Words:
troubled, fumbling, bomb, free, verdant, rightful, inexpensive, hope, soothe, queue, ink, ambitious

Obstacle Generator
Your character is far away from a vital location.
Your character isn't allowed into a critical area.
Your character doesn't have transportation.

Random Trope:
Quick Draw Decision: Someone is faced with a difficult choice, perhaps a Sadistic Choice. They will undoubtedly need to spend a few moments thinking it over, perhaps Wangsting a little, and—
Oh, they already decided. That was quick.
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Jun. 15th, 2018 05:43 pm (UTC)
I love random words, hehe.
I know I have a bunch of editing to do this weekend...but I also want to get some actual words in, so hit me up.
And because I'm a masochist...3 of everything ought to give me plenty to play with ;)
Jun. 15th, 2018 06:04 pm (UTC)
I love them, too - just never know where they are going to go! Oh, and I missed that the word generator does 12 per draw, so..... yeah, lot o' words! Good luck!

Random Words:
1-- tax, enter, descriptive, gaping, exist, labored, chunky, trains, common, wrong, trust, substantial
2-- descriptive, fast, superb, selfish, wholesale, cemetery, dazzling, quince, boundary, joyous, writing, cluttered
3-- tank, pause, naughty, ajar, kaput, measure, sin, increase, whole, necessary, cherries, identify

Obstacle Generator
The person in charge is very impatient.
Your character can't get noticed by the right person.
Your character is being sabotaged.

A key person doesn't want to help because of your character's previous capricious behavior.
Your character is sick.
Your character is being sabotaged.

Your character can't get anyone to listen.
The person in charge is very hard to please.
Your character is hampered by repressed emotions.

Random Tropes:
If You’re so Evil, Eat this Kitten:
The Bad Guys challenge someone (usually the hero pretending to be a Bad Guy) to do something evil to prove his evilness. While the trope name suggests Cartoonish Supervillainy this can equally apply to more serious stories, where this trope could be named If You're So Evil Shoot This Cop.

Sealed Good in a Can:The complete opposite of Sealed Evil in a Can. This entity is usually kind and gentle, and usually (if not always) rewards the one who releases it, if it can.

Draw Aggro: When a group of characters face a threat, one or more characters will make that threat focus on them to the exclusion of the other characters.

Edited at 2018-06-15 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Jun. 15th, 2018 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'm in :D
Jun. 15th, 2018 06:10 pm (UTC)
Awesomesauce! Welcome, and, the generators do seem to want the angst today.

Random Words:
unlock, match, seal, bruise, faint, zipper, tremendous, certain, wanting, rule, wealth, breakable

Obstacle Generator
Your character can't tell what's real and what isn't.
Your character trusted the wrong person.
Your character is lost.

Random Tropes:
You Wake up in a Room: A character wakes up in a setting that's unfamiliar to them. They don't know how they got there, who brought them, or for what reason. Frequently, getting out is not so simple as simply walking out the door. Sometimes the character, or characters, will have no memory of prior events whatsoever, although this is not a necessary component. In more extreme examples, the character may not exactly know even who they are.
Jun. 15th, 2018 06:17 pm (UTC)
Hit me!
Jun. 15th, 2018 06:31 pm (UTC)
You got it!

Random Words:
coil, bone, juvenile, succeed, aftermath, throat, heavy, high-pitched, penitent, distribution, earsplitting, rescue

Obstacle Generator
Your character is too focused on the wrong things.
Your character is afraid of failure.
Your character is sick.

Random Tropes:
Agitated Item Stomping: Sometimes characters get angry enough to start abusing things, and if they're hopping mad, start jumping on it. This is a subtrope to Percussive Therapy, where the character is trying to vent their frustrations by destroying something, only punching and kicking aren't enough.
Jun. 15th, 2018 07:49 pm (UTC)
I’m in!
Jun. 15th, 2018 08:28 pm (UTC)
Coolness! Here you go...

Random Words:
glistening, replace, education, identify, found, believe, brash, man, ladybug, muddled, suspect, ill-informed

Obstacle Generator
Your character is missing a vital item.
The person your character needs to make a good impression on doesn't like your character.
Your character is injured.

Random Tropes:
Out, Damned Spot!
Consumed by guilt, a killer tries to wash away the blood they know is on their hands, but they can't, no matter how much they scrub. This can extend to obsessively trying to clean away imagined bloodstain, or other evidence, when there is no physical trace of the crime left. Can overlap with Shower of Angst
Jun. 15th, 2018 08:26 pm (UTC)
This sounds cool! Could I have 1 trope and 2 obstacles?

Thanks :):)
Jun. 15th, 2018 08:35 pm (UTC)
Sure thing! Here you go... (the obstacles come in threes, so here are two sets).

Your character is afraid of retribution.
Your character is stuck on making a dead-end plan work.
Your character's unreliable behavior drove everyone else away.
Your character is afraid of the unknown.
Your character is stuck in a contract.
The person in charge is a know-it-all.

Random Trope:
Klingons Love Shakespeare:
An alien character (or an entire race) who is shown to enjoy specific things relating to human culture. A direct subtrope of Alien Arts Are Appreciated, when it's the aliens who like human culture. Perhaps it's a certain food, or a certain activity. When played straight, this can be used to allow an alien character and a human to bond, showing that they are Not So Different. Or this can be Played for Laughs, when an alien who has little grasp of human culture and social conventions suddenly shows themself very aware of a certain pop culture element, or addicted to some human activity the viewer would not think them capable of grasping.
Jun. 15th, 2018 08:42 pm (UTC)
Could I just get a trope, please?
Jun. 15th, 2018 09:11 pm (UTC)

Sure thing!

Trope: Snowed In.
An easy way to isolate a place. A frequent manifestation is the snow day. Sometimes this is any snow at all, sometimes you'll at least require that the roads be blocked with it. Used in a wide variety of situations: Locked Room Mystery, Locked in a Room (especially—duh!—Locked in a Freezer), A House Divided, The Siege, Ten Little Murder Victims...

On a lighter note, if a couple (or potential couple) happen to get Snowed-In together somewhere cozy, remember that Snow Means Love... (especially if There Is Only One Bed). A still lighter note may produce a Snowball Fight. More darkly, it might result in going mad... or worse.
Jun. 15th, 2018 08:52 pm (UTC)

I’ll take a set from each - can never have too many prompts :)
Jun. 15th, 2018 09:16 pm (UTC)
Sure! In fact, have two sets - just in case! :)

Random Words:
1- warn, lamentable, bone, impolite, icky, ultra, baby, jaded, zebra, picture, smooth, irritating
2- juicy, texture, woozy, coordinated, pour, descriptive, elbow, blue, division, sigh, meek, blind

Something your character needs is extremely expensive.
Your character doesn't know who to trust.
Your character has been forbidden to do it.
Your character is stuck in a contract.
Your character is afraid of disappointment.
Your character is afraid of of causing a disaster.

Random Trope:
Shower of Love
Two people have sex under a running shower. Since shower windows have a tendency to get steamed up, this allows for literal Censor Steam. Sex against the wall is a possibility, but there is the likelihood of injury from slip and fall (which hardly happens in fiction, unless one was to write a romantic comedy that puts a realistic—and painful—spin on this trope).
Often an example of Idealized Sex.

Important Hair Accessory
A character (almost Always Female) either gets or removes a hair accessory to symbolize her Character Development.
One of the most common variants involves a shy girl sweeping her bangs back under a headband, allowing us to see her full face and symbolizing her newfound self-confidence. Because girls are more attractive with self confidence.
Jun. 15th, 2018 09:56 pm (UTC)
I'll take anything. I need something to get these Muses back to going!!
Jun. 15th, 2018 11:59 pm (UTC)
I so know what you mean - hope these help!

Random Words:
silver, scarf, suggest, easy, useful, look, slip, carpenter, rule, scrub, placid, cheat

Your character is hampered by bad weather conditions.
Your character isn't sure what's true and what isn't.
Your character is afraid of letting someone down.

Random Trope: Lustful Melt
A fairly common staple of Western Animation, this trope involves a character being so enamored with another, their whole body turns into a puddle of goo.
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Jun. 16th, 2018 01:45 am (UTC)
I'm in!
Jun. 16th, 2018 02:11 am (UTC)

Indeed, you are!

Random Words:
tease, untidy, meal, oafish, tame, whisper, terrify, icicle, bait, cub, dance, tired

Your character has a very tight schedule.
Your character is too focused on the wrong things.
Your character is afraid of humiliation.

Random Trope: You Had One Job
For some reason, someone has one job to do. This job, often a simple one, happens to be part of a bigger plan or operation, and its success may very well depend on it. The bigger picture may very well be of Earth-shattering importance, or else of importance to the planner, and when a job is among those steps, it's there for a reason. And yet, that someone doesn't do it, thus causing the whole thing to come crashing down in seconds. Whatever the reason, the one assigned to the job has failed to do it. Very often Played for Laughs. Bonus points if the derailer is called out for the effort.
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Jun. 18th, 2018 01:20 pm (UTC)
I know it's late, but hit me.... :)
Jun. 19th, 2018 03:53 am (UTC)
Absolutely - Friday is still days away!

Random Words: anxious, comb, waste, gleaming, wail, amazing, beneficial, taboo, glib, tense, auspicious, funny

Character Obstacles:
Your character is afraid of what's out there.
Your character is afraid of retribution.
A route your character planned to take is no longer passable.

Random Trope: Secret Relationship
Two characters suddenly wind up in a relationship together and decide to keep it a secret from everyone. The reason can be perfectly solid, e.g. one of them is the other's boss, or one is a Secret Keeper for the other, and making the relationship public would reveal too much, but just as often it can be an ill-defined "I'm not ready for them to know" excuse. Eventually they will be found out. This is not a variable—the Secret Relationship is made to be discovered. The only variation is when, how, and whether everyone finds out at once or just one or two people find out at first and have to help keep the secret until everyone else finds out. A common humorous scenario is that everyone knows, but doesn't care; or people think it's funny watching them scramble to hide.
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