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Monday, March 20th, 2006
7:55 pm
Challenge 10!
Okay, kids, I know we've have a few weeks off, but we're back and we have a new challenge! On your marks, get set, go write a personal essay!

Assignment: 350 words in a project you started and then set aside.
Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
7:14 pm
Critique Week!
It's that time again. Post your work for critiques if youwant 'em. Remember the friendslock and lj-cut. Critique period ends next Monday Evening.
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
4:22 pm
Round Robin Ending/ Assignment 11
Okay, my apologies for the tardiness. This week would normally be one Mod Prompt and one Member prompt, but we didn't designate a member yet, and we also didn't wrap the round robin up, so I declare Round Robin End Entry time to last for the next 24 hours. Go on and post and make sure your post could be an ending if no one else posted after you. Tomorrow night we'll have one Mod prompt, due by Monday and then we'll start up next week with... Critique Week round two!

Oh, and Your Assignment for this week is: Pick something you have kicking around in rough draft form and spend at least two hours over the course of the week editing it or adding words to it.
Monday, February 6th, 2006
8:42 pm
Round Robin Week (1) / Assignment 10
Okay, so, This week is our first Round Robin Story week. (You've still got until tomorrow night to get your responses to Martin's Member Prompt up, too --I'm extending the usual Monday night deadline by 24 hours, so hurry and write something!). Here's how it works:

*Someone begins the story. This week it'll be me, but it doesn't always have to be.
*After that anyone who sees the entry and wants to can add something to the story by posting a new entry (under a friends lock, but not under a cut).
*Your new addition should not be more than 500 words, and you can only write two non-consecuive posts a day in this story, but you can post every day of the week if you wish.
*On the last day (Sunday) every post must end at a suitable end of story stopping point. You may add onto someone else's stopping point, but you may not leave your excerpt as a cliffhanger. During the rest of the week cliffhangers are fine.
* On Monday Devrat or I will post the completed story in one entry under a cut.
*Participation in this will earn you one assignment point. You may get a total of two assignment points this week if you do this and Assignment 10.

Assignment 10: 100 words or more on five different days this week in any project or projects other than the Round Robin Story. If you completed Assignment 9 from last week (700 words on any project), please let us know in comments so we can keep track of your assignment points.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
10:25 pm
¡Viva el δεμος! Member prompt #1!
I just remembered it's my job to put up a member prompt today. This is the first member prompt ever! Virgin ground! I am totally deflowering CN. From a member prompt perspective.

Anyway, the prompt. I'm really trying to make CN's first time a good one (do you like the candles?) but I'm as new to this as you are, baby.

The next time you're out in public, pick out a complete stranger, someone you have never interacted with directly. Based on absolutely nothing other than the immediate impression you get of the person, tell a story about them, in the first person.

According to the schedule, this will be due on Monday. And I do hope you enjoy it.
Monday, January 30th, 2006
4:34 am
Challenge #8 & Assignment #9
Challenge #8: Give me a story including a palm reader, a palm tree or a Palm Pilot. Due by Friday.

Assignment #9: Add 700 new words to any project of your own. It's due on Monday, so that's less than 100 words a day.

Completing the challenge will get you a Small, Tangible Prize. If you want your Small, Tangible Prize you must e-mail your snail mail address to cleverly.named@gmail.com (even if you've already given your address to Julia.) Remember to friends lock your entries and put your story behind an lj-cut.
Monday, January 23rd, 2006
4:19 pm
Last Hours of Challenge 7 / Critique Week Begins!
If you want to win a prize this week and you haven't posted a Challenge entry, you have until midnight Pacific Standard Time to do so. All Assignments for this week must also be completed by that time. Respond to this entry if you have completed the Assignment, but don't wish to post your work (that we we know to give you the point).

If you'd like to post a piece for critique, you may do so any time between now and next Monday. I'll post a rough guideline to writing critiques for these purposes later tonight.
Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
1:59 pm
I have a question:
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Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
8:00 pm
Challenge #7 / Assignment #8
All right, this is the only Challenge prompt for this week. Stories due by Monday. I know you want prizes. Remember to friendslock and post stories behind an lj cut.

Challenge: You have 2 choices, either requiring 500 words to win.

1. Feather dust.


2. Recount a visit to Stone and Black's.

Assignment: Write 500 words in a project of your choice (this option will not win you a prize, but will get you one Assignment Point).
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
7:31 pm
The Long Awaited Much Anticipated NEW IDEAS POST! (jazz hands!)
After lots of thought and a long phone conversation about how weird it is that Princess Mia got naked in Brokeback Mountain (among other things), devrat and I have come up with a new way to run things around here. We tried to take everyone's feedback into account when we developed this system, and for now it isn't malleable. We've resolved to give it a good solid try before thinking about changing it more. So. What can you expect from Cleverly Named in 2006?

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Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
11:57 pm
hey there poodlepies. i've just joined up to this community, and have been asked to post my application by way of introduction. so here it is. *dramatic flourish*

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Sunday, January 8th, 2006
8:32 am
Clank clank clank...
That clanking you hear is the rumbling of sleepy community machinery slowly regaining power after a long period of disuse. By which I mean to say, hello, writers, let's start this thing up again! I know it's been a long time and you've probably forgotten all about the Fabulous Prizes that might one day be yours, but I haven't. I have twelve shiny glow in the dark skeletons in my closet just waiting to be sent to deserving new homes!

So I'm thinking new year, new start. I want to revamp the way this community works a little and open it up to the kinds of writing everyone in it wants to do, but in order to better serve you as a whole, I need to know what sorts of things you are doing, or hope to be doing. In light of that, I give you (drum roll) ...

Assigment 7!

Please take as many words as you need to tell us you writing related goals and plans for the coming year. What are you working on? What do you hope to be working on? What would you most like out of your favorite writing community other than a glow in the dark skeleton? Remember to friendslock your entries. I'm leaving this assignment open for one week, so please respond by next Sunday (the 15th).
Thursday, June 2nd, 2005
7:50 pm
Clawing my way back to the surface
Hello, writers. I am sorry to say I took ill just after my birthday and have spent the past several days in a sinus-ickiness stupor. I slept a lot, I ignored the dishes and other household tasks, and I made pitiful bleating noises as I tossed and turned. Thankfully none of you were there to witness it and need never kno-- oh, hmmm... As I was saying, isn't it lovely weather we're having?

So, I've noticed lately that we've been pretty quiet as a community (with the exception of Tanya's persistent Grimpwottlering, which I am very much looking forward to reading. And don't you just love Grimpwottlering as a verb?) But what I'd like to know is what would you like to see more of? What were you hoping for when you joined? Which prompts strike your fancy, and which ones leave you cold? Can you think of more exciting incentive programs? Lemme know in a comment. Pretty please?

In the mean time, just to get the old juices flowing, a quickie assignment. By Saturday morning, at least a hundred words, one of which will be:


Okay, go! And don't forget to comment with some feedback.
Thursday, May 12th, 2005
4:35 pm
Challenge #6
Under cut.
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Additional haiku under cut:
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Current Mood: silly
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
5:33 pm
[Mod Post... sort of]
A big congratulations goes out to our wonderful mod skogkatt, who has been chosen as a winner in the Commie Pinko 48-Hour Short Story Contest!

Current Mood: proud
Friday, April 22nd, 2005
3:29 pm
That Damn Cat
100 word story behind cut.

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Current Mood: productive
Tuesday, March 8th, 2005
11:07 am
I don't think this counts as off-topic, but if it does, I'll delete this post and apologize profusely!

I came across a few websites that promise readership and chances to win/make money online. Here they are:


Do any of you know anything about any of these? The first two charge a monthly fee, but it might be worth it if they're legit. Anyways, thoughts?

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, February 9th, 2005
7:27 pm
Challenge 1 reminder
Hello, my intrepid writing comrades. Just a reminder that the first challenge, on the theme of Valentine's Day, is due by Sunday if you want a prize. In a community where everyone is allowed to win every contest, I'd hate to see just one winner the first time out! I know you guys are going to come through for me, right? Right?

Current Mood: Hopeful
Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
4:40 pm
Challenge #1
Okay, Cleverly Named Writers, are you ready to win fabulous prizes?

This is the first challenge. Challenges are different from assignments because they actually give you the chance to win fabulous prizes, whereas assignments just give you the chance to practice writing and feel the warm glow of accomplishment.

This challenge is only open to people who have completed Assignment #1, so if you haven't done that yet, and want a fabulous prize, you'd best get on the ball.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write between 1,000 and 2,000 words on Valentine's Day. Your piece may be ficton or non-fiction, as you please, and you may treat the subject in any light you see fit (sarcasm, bitterness, sappiness and dry historical essays are all acceptable, though I hope if you choose the history route, you'll make it less dry and more interesting and... er, wet? No, that can't be right...). Run with it!

It must be done and posted by 13 February if you want your fabulous prize. This fabulous prize will be mailed to you, so I'll need your address, too.

Good Luck!

Challenge #1 entries listed below:
"Necco's Valentine" by Martin
Mirabai's cnversation between lovers in bed
Aarika's rockin' out in a dive bar story
Tanya's muse eats red jelly beans

Current Mood: energetic
Tuesday, January 25th, 2005
11:08 pm
Application / Assignment #1
Hello, and welcome to assignment #1. This assignment is required for all community members (though few others will be), and is the application for anyone who wishes to join the Cleverly Named Writing Community.

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Current Mood: productive
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