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Nick T
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Hi everyone,
Please post your first thirteen in this thread by October 11th (since I'm late in posting the challenge, I'll allo wa little leeway here), using the following format:
Title:
Word count:
Genre:
First thirteen:
Please do not post anything else in this thread.
Iíll post instructions in this thread as and when necessary.
For reference hereís the overall monthly cycle:
By the 11th day of the month everyone is invited to post first 13s. The earlier the better, so that people have more time to choose which stories tickle their fancy for full crits.
This week is not time for writing since the stories should be ready for market, but just recognizing that we can't all get to things immediately.
During the week after entries close, we
- grade first 13s
- request at least one manuscript (via an e-mail to the writer) of the story we'd like to read and grade (probably one whose first 13 we scored highly). The more, the better.
By the last day of the month we
- grade at least one manuscript
- grade more stories if we want to (e.g. those that have great first 13s in addition to our favourites)
The "end of the day" is the end of the day in your local time. There's no need to be more precise than that.
Cheers,
Nick

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Rust Stop

Horror/Dark Fantasy

4,600 words


Mike had been driving through the empty desert for days, alone with the sun and the sand and the swelter. His eyes felt gritty, his mind thick and hot. He needed food, rest and perhaps a chance to reconnect. Itíd been days since he spoken to anyone, hadnít even seen another human being since he stopped for gas late last night.
His spirits lifted at the sight of buildings on either side of the road ahead, but his excitement died as he entered the small town. It looked deserted. He slowed down, stopped. A chill slid over his body, like cold metal against his hot skin.
As he looked around at the empty streets the loneliness and isolation he felt in the desert only intensified. It was as if he was cut off from the rest of the world. He shook himself. Too long on the road, not enough sleep.


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Bent Tree
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Title: Were it Not For Our Women
Science Fiction
Word Count: 4500


It wasnít twelve seconds after the silver-tongued alien supervisor left that the transfer orders appeared on my work monitor.
District 23-C! How in the hell am I going to explain this to Kendra?
My, how powerful language can be. A single phrase is charged hypnotic persuasion even from just the human standpoint. We as humans want to agree with what we are told. We want to see truth and trust. And yet everyday we are against even more forceful odds. The Aprillians have keened in on this subtle power. I suppose it is why they have taken us over. Of course we work for them, day in and day out hauling data spools which employ data that our race cannot even begin to fathom. Each

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Nick T
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Hi,

Well fellas, looks like we only have two.

Rust stop:6

While there's nothing that really throws me out of the narrative, there wasn't anything that really drew me in either. I didn't have much of a connection to Mike or have much sense of his character.If I had time and a small slush pile, I'd probably give it a chance. If I was pressed for time and a lot of stories, I'd probably move on.

Were in Not For Our Women: 5

I'm not sure this works for me as an opening, but there's something in here that makes me think there could be a story I wanted to read. I found the first line convoluted (how about "Twelve seconds after my alien supervisor left, the transfer orders appeared...") and given this is speculative, I wasn't sure whether the "silver-tongued" was literal or metaphoric.

The remaining lines need a bit of reworking (e.g. two very close uses of the word "data", need a few commas to change the rhythm) and a lot of the opening is essentially an info-dump.

Despite all this, there's an idea here that I want to learn about.

regards,

Nick


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Merlion-Emrys
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Bent Tree are you going to send me yours, since we're the only partcipants?
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Do you mind if I send you a different story? the one I had for this got lost when My home computer crashed. I am going to finnish yours tonight
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Sure thats fine
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