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snapper
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Their latest contest.

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HOME

Home. There’s no place like it. We find it, build it, break it, redecorate it, lose it, leave it, level it, come back to it, and take it. We make home plates, home pages, home rows, and home planets. Whether we love it, hate it, or feel some other way, we’re rarely indifferent to it, because home is meaningful, wherever or whatever it is.

Your challenge: In at least 1,000 but no more than 5,000 words, write a creative, compelling, and well-crafted story that clearly uses the premise of “HOME.” If you have questions, ask us at Questions@OnThePremises.com.

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern Time, Saturday, January 28, 2012.

I thought the last OTP excahnage group went well (if you don't include the fact no one won). I have a story already in mind. I had it sold months ago but the anthology cancelled and all rights have reverted back to me. It could use a couple of tweaks for it to fit the premise better but it's pretty much ready to go.

So would anyone like to join this group? As in the WotF group, attach your name to the list.


snapper

Editing to add the link to the online magazine.

On The Premise

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I was thinking I might use the one you read earlier in the WOTF process as it seems to fit. I have another about done for WOTF round two.

Snapper
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I might participate. I like the way you ran this, Frank. I have a story idea, but I'm not real sure I'll be able to get to it by the deadline.
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Saw a bumper sticker once, it read:
There's no place like 168.192.1.1

Saw another one that read:
Jesus saves - and takes no damage.

I'm in - if I can think of an idea...

Axe

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I received their Newsletter and thought about posting this myself.

I wouldn't mind entering their contest again but no new stories until after Nov. Except for one I was in the middle of... might be a good one for Q2. But I have time after Dec 1.

And I need to check to see if I have a Home story already. Seems like I should have a couple but we shall see. If they are older stories they will need work... of various types.

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Thought of an idea. Is it a winner? Who knows. Have to write it and submit it...

Snapper
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Count me in, please. Don't have a story, but I have had a home for most of my life, so something should come to me.

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Frank,
Will you create an "openings" thread for 16?
It seemed the 15 one fizzled. Or was it meant only to be a place to post them? I didn't see any crits.

I'm in and will crit the 13s differently than the whole story. They are super important, so should be scrutinized differently.

Plus, we can bang out a 13 quickly for our stories and get important feedback on them fairly soon as opposed to finishing a draft and waiting for a crit.

Do you think OTP would have a problem with us publicly helping each other?

Axe

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The 13 line openings ended up being dudes. I think an exchange works well enough.

Plenty of time everyone. I may have mine ready soon though. Should I wait to send it out?

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Dudes?

I'm a dude...

Send when ready. I'd rather have it and not be able to review it, then be able to review it and not have it.

Axe

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I'm a dude, he's a dude, we're all dudes, hey! From Good Burger. Kenan and Kel.
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[Smile]

At least I'm not the only one to react to dudes.

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I'm in OTP 16. I can't see how OTP would possibly object.

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You mean the plural for dud isn't spelled with an 'es'? What about words like bar, car, had, and fat?

This may explain why I received a cold response from an editor when I complimented him on his beret, insisting his head was capable of filling plenty of hates even if the one he wore now was best suited for the previous century.

In the words of the Texas governor, "Oops".

I think I'm ready to send mine out. I'll likely send it out this afternoon. Any objections?

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None.
Fire at Will.
Just don't miss, or Will will be pissed you're firing at him.

I finished my 1st draft. Only 1900 words. Hmmm...

Axe

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Alrighty. Sent it to these people.

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If you want in to this group, attach your name (with mine) to the bottom

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I would like to join but can you all wait 'till next month fro crits or a story from me?

Looks like most of you have a story already, which was fast.

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Next month works for me, even if I sent mine in by then. You can just owe me.

[ November 14, 2011, 02:07 AM: Message edited by: snapper ]

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Send it to me. I have a story ready that I think will work. No, actually, I think I have a story that I think will WIN. Take that, boys.

Challenge accepted. [Big Grin]
~Sheena

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Sent mine to...

Utahute72
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Received critiques from...

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Received stories from

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shimiqua

I sent OliverBuckram back a crit. I will be working on yours tonight sheena.

Things are chugging along...

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Sent mine to Shimmy and Snapps.

Since we have oodles of time, I'm going to stagger my story. Others will get subsequent drafts.

Oodles.

Anthony Hopkins, right?

That word is linked to him permanently.

Axe

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I submitted mine! Will get to yours soon, Axie.
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Go Snapper!

Received your crit. I especially appreciate the science fact stuff. I don't want to get it wrong, even given the situation my MC is in.

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Instead of nebula gas and star explosions, meteor pellets and a solar flare would work.
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Nevermind.
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Yeah. What Ute said.

OTP facebook post

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...there are 36 entries for contest #16 so far. Some are quite good but we have plenty of room for more, so keep them coming!
Still two months until the deadline
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I can now do my story if there is still anyone also here who hasn't sent in their story and/or can do crits. And if I can recall what story I wanted to send them.
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Hmm, I have half a dozen stories about going home.
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Just make sure they're within the word count, Louis.

You can send me it when its done.

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Yeah, I already checked the word count. One story I wanted to use is a thousand words over. It involved someone fighting for his new home and realizing that it was home. And by home I don't mean the house he lived in but the island he moved to.
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Weekend OTP facebook post

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Weekend update! We've got 44 entries in the "Home" contest as of today

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Okay, forgot about this contest until now.
Looks like I still have a week or two to send something.
Anyone still open to critting a story for me?
1,200 plus words. It's a simple story and probably needs lots of help since I wrote it.

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Sure. Send away!

OTP posted on their facebook that they have received 134 entries so far.

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I will send it probably tomorrow night.

Thanks.

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Today is the deadline for this contest.
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Right...
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Drat, After snapper's great crit and my work on it, I missed the deadline. Part of that was that I was out of town on a long weekend date with my wife since Friday, part of it was not keeping up with the date. Last week someone said it was the 24th and I said What! So Soon?

But I can still send it out to somewhere else and snapper's crit will more than likely make it better.

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Did you win? They claim they'll say on Wednesday. In the meantime, see if your story fits the parameters of the near misses described cryptically here:

http://onthepremises.blogspot.com/

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None of those are mine, but I'd rather have one be mine than receive a flat reject. Ha!

I assume they'll announce winners and rejects around the same time through submishmash. Mine still says - in progress - which is what I'm assuming all 237 say.

Axe

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That is cool. None are mine, though. Expect a mass email for all the stories at once.

Good luck everyone!

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Well I just got my, "Thanks for playing" e-mail. And no, none of the ones they described are mine.
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I'm out too. [Frown]
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Got the same reject. I did send in for a crit and I'm willing to share with whomever is interested in seeing what it says.
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Please do snapper, I thought yours was pretty good, so I'd like to know what they found wrong. Trying to figure out what these guys are looking for.
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I got the thanks but no thanks email too. Didn't ask for the crit, still in my pouting phase. I would love to see what they say about yours, though, Snaps.
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Will do. If anyone else would like a viewing of my review, let me know. They said I am 4th in line at the moment
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Got my crit today. Sent it to WL and Ute.
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Ooh, pick me! Pick me!

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Okay, Axe, you can be on my team. You can play the rover/outer-outfield position. Stand on the otherside of the fence and retrieve all the homeruns for us.

Forwarding the email/crit

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