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It is time. A time. A good time. For what? For Imba as Fuck, a 2024 Lewd Shorts Writing Competition!

The terms are simpler by far than last year's, so do not fret. Indeed:
- You've got 5 weeks, till April 7th, to work on your entry.
- The submission window this time will be 3 days, from April 7th through the 9th, to avoid early gun-jumpers's entries going stale while the thread sits mostly inactive.
- 1 theme
- 1 entry per author
- 1 vote
- The voting period will last a week as usual, from April 10th till the 17th.

So with that in mind, your theme this year is:

- IMBALANCE -

In brief, there is to be a gap between the storied participators. You may interpret this however you wish; from an imbalance in age, perhaps with a dash of May-December romance, through an imbalance between their literal powers to a figurative imbalance of power in the relationship. Abuse of authority. Forceful seduction. Shameful submission. Interclass trysting. You are at complete liberty to interpret the theme however you wish, as are the readers to grant you their vote of confidence. Hell, write about Seija turning a man into a perrenial lucky pervert by messing up his sense of balance. It's all fair game in the meta.

In addition, just like last year, a prize doth hang in the balance:
- For 1st place, I, the anonymous obvious organiser, will pen a lewd short starring a character of your choice, fitting within the boundaries of the theme. Negotiation of the details - expected.
- Furthermore, if there are 5 or more entries, I will provide lesser - though hopefully still enjoyable - prizes for 2nd and 3rd place contestants as well. He who knows what this is likely to entail, well, knows.

Finally, to prevent shenanigans around the above, I myself will abstain from participating. The slack is thereby all yours t
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My minds gone a few places, With the idea of imbalance;
- story where an explicitly formerly-male Miko ends up getting fucked by a relatively low-status man or youkai, either at tojiko’s request or even with her possessing Miko. Though I was working on that idea before the prompt came through.
- Cats vs Dogs, playing unfair games that heavily favour one side’s traits or the others, loser gets pounded and possibly pregnant. Chen and Kyouko play a much more innocent version in the background while Aunn acts as a neutral party/babysitter, being a lion-dog.
- frog tongue shibari by suwako where her victim is one of the bug girls or cirno, and hopelessly outclassed.
- Komachi confesses to Kutaka that she wants to ask Eiki out when she can’t find her boss. Kutaka doesn’t confess that she and Eiki are already going out, and the reason she can’t find her is because they’re in the middle of lovemaking.
And more!
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Scissors.

We'll cross that rope-bridge when we get there.

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Ever closer to the end.
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bongbong?
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I don't feel so good...

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We’re well into October so we’re getting closer to Nanowrimo! If you don’t know what that means, let me enlighten you through a quick Q&A formatted as if I were having a discussion with the average THP user.

What is Nanowrimo?
It’s a yearly event where writers are encouraged to just write and try to hammer out the equivalent of a short novel during the month of November. On THP it’s also been a yearly fixture for a while, with writers encouraged to write a certain number of updates or reach a word count by the end fo the month.

Okay, what are the goals?
Usually it’s either 30 updates or 30,000 words before the end of the month. But, honestly, no is is going to insist on a hard number. Do as much or as little as you want and can. The important thing is to just go for it and write a lot even if the output isn’t perfect.

So it goes on through all of November?
Yep. Starts November 01 and ends on November 30. Thirty days.

Can I just dump a single huge post and be done with it?
You can split it in as many or as few posts/updates as you like. You’re old enough to make your own decisions.

Can I have multiple stories count?
Sure. Again, this is more the about the spirit of things than their form.

Geez, dad, enough already. Spare me the lecture and just tell me if I get anything for going through all of this trouble.
The satisfaction of a job well done? The admiration of Touhou fiction enjoyers everywhere? If that’s not good enough, in previous years some other organizers have offered “rewards” to those who meet the criteria. Maybe they’ll do so again. Since I’m not your dad I won’t be punishing you or rewarding you either way.

I’m a smartass and have to ask what happens if I don’t make it to 30k words or 30 updates.
You’
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I shitposted and voted, so I think I won
>>17097
>No you won't.
>spoiler
But I did
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>>17131
You forgot Summerfield. Even if his thing didn't span the month, he still finished, and that's worth something.


In all honesty, I didn't care that much for a lot of what was happening. It would have been nice if we had more Pantomime of Youth, but I understand life is a fuck. At least Summerfield's thing was interesting, and I still like Moral's stuff for what it is. I'd be fine with Bee's thing too, but there's not enough to really pass judgement, even though I don't care very much about the porn parts.
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You can forget me; it's okay. You're definitely not gonna forget the next 5 months of winter, and that's comfort enough for me. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA LETTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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Given that the last thread on this is now officially too old to be bumped, and the site's been seeing a lot of activity so far this month, I think it's worth trying to restart the idea of story reviews.

Same rules as the previous thread. Post here if you want your story critiqued, and brace for potentially harsh criticism. I'd be happy to offer up either of my stories on that altar, or I'd be willing to review (non-AT) stories myself... though perhaps without my nametag attached.

Urban Student in Limbo: https://www.thp.moe/th/res/202201.html (Ongoing)

A kappa is dissatisfied with her life: https://www.thp.moe/youkai/res/31763.html (Short story, completed)

Again, I do want to emphasize that honest criticism is the goal here. Don't just say someone's story is trash, but if you think you can lay out a compelling case for why said story is trash, that's perfectly within bounds.
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I've been given a shove, so over the cliff I go, I guess.

>>/youkai/31590
A (Lion-)Dog Among Gods, or Lion-Dog for short.

I'll be blunt: I'm not looking to get stroked off here. I want some idea — even if I'm likely to not agree with its premises — where I've fucked up, because I know I've fucked up bad; if I hadn't, I wouldn't be stuck. If I can't figure something out, well, that's going to be that. It's the bare-arsed truth, grim as it is. No pressure, though.

I have basically no expectations.
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>>17110

I was a fairly big contributor to the previous thread, and thought it went pretty well. It wasen't the best thread ever, but at least a solid 8/10. I'm curious to know what you found distasteful about it.

>>17114

Yooooo hol up. Green Eyes Online is a Project Moon crossover? Definitely going to have to catch up on that.
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I don't think it's a very productive topic to get into, particularly when it's not 'my' thread anymore. Let's just say "I believe the OP was in poor taste and set a bad tone for the thread as a whole" and let it lie where it rests.

>>17114
I'm not sure what the current OP's position is, but the intent of the original thread — which this one is presumed to copy — was solicited feedback. That is, responses to authors who have specifically requested feedback rather than spontaneous offerings of opinions.

If that's changed, then I suppose there's nothing to address, but it is something to note.

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It’s that time. What time? Time to Village Life: It’s Never Safe at Work, a 2023 Lewd Shorts Writing Competition!

The terms are none too complicated:
- Starting March 24th till March 31st, writers will submit their entries in a thread provided at that date.
- A twist! Writers can choose one of two themes or both at once.
- The readers, in addition to voting, will decide whether or not their chosen entry satisfies both the themes.
- Such entries as do will receive an extra point in the final tally.
- Voting will be held for a week, starting on the 1st of April.

Without any more ado, the themes shall be these:

Theme 1: - Not Safe For Work
In other words: workplace shenanigans, professional unprofessionalism, getting it on before getting off work! This can of course stand for good, old-fashioned exchange of pleasure for tangibles – but also characters in a superior/subordinate relationship straining the boundaries of said relationship, regular business swerving into ribaldry, bodily bargaining, etc. An exorcism gone wrong very right with one of Gensokyo’s premier youkai exterminators. Sakuya evaluating a candidate for the mistress’s hand in marriage – down to every last inch of him. A callow Wolf Tengu finding himself inveigled in a scandal while investigating a social uproar among the Crows. An acolyte attending their goddess in all her unreasonable, attention-starved whimsies. All fair game.

And, since I hear you clamouring:
>Is the Lotus Pavilion a professional establishment too?!
Yes. So the house rules avow. Tell you what; I’ll even add an extra point to your final score if you touch upon that THP sextaple.

Theme 2: - Village Girls
Meaning the usual suspects who live, regularly visit or ply their trade (wink, wink)
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>>17091

TL;DR : My story good. Your story bad.
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Eh, I at least agree with the assessment on my entry. Can't help what tickles my fancy, though.

No thoughts on the prize piece?
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I meant to respond some time ago, but I've found finding words for anything agonisingly difficult.

I'm glad you saw something to appreciate in my piece; I honestly didn't.

I'd say the closest thing to an 'intention' was along the same axis as yours: to be anti-porn. Much of what I wrote wasn't strictly appealing to me in any real sense, and it was more the result of detached, unemotional, mechanical stringing together of half-ideas, in part an act of desperation to produce something at all. But, I suppose there was also a want to distantly rile up the inevitable detracting voices, even if it just amounted to mild annoyance and dismissal. At best, I like writing with an element of eroticism. Written porn does precisely zero for me, so there was truthfully little for me in this contest.

So, well, by that turn, I enjoyed your entry most. You basically covered the majority of my reaction yourself, with much more eloquence than I could manage.

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Starting this thread so that we can get some discussion about things in the touhou canon and various interpretations of the things stated in the official works. ZUN is consistent about a number of things but a lot of other things he outright forgets or doesn't care that much about (*laughs*). So I think it's useful to have a space to hash the occasional point of contention out.
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It's a phantasmagoria, it doesn't have to make sense.
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>>17084
What actually happened? I don't know, because the translation of the game still hasn't been completed...

From what has been translated, there's a line near the end in Tsukasa's scenario that seems to shift the perspective of what's happening significantly, but I'd need the translations of Suika and Zanmu's scenarios to really know how significant it is.
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I'm not sure if you just haven't been checking, but the translation has been completed and playable in-game for like...a month? month and a half? it's all translated and viewable on the thpatch website.

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We used to have writing advice threads, but most 'advice' is either unwanted or unapplicable, so let's not do that anymore. Instead, let's just have a general thread where we can talk about the process and the mindset of writing. Pretty much anything goes as long as it's about writing; given that this is THP, it should generally pertain to writing on THP and about Touhou, though.

N.B. This isn't the place for pitching story ideas. If you have a concept for a story that you want to throw out, see >>16317 for that. However, asking for help with developing an idea and discussion thereof is fine.
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Mm; circular.

Then I'm well and truly out. All I can appeal to is the possibility of broader interests; but I don't think I can convince you of it in a satisfactory way. I can only say that something has got to give for it to work out, and that that thing may well be the monotropism.
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I still don't even really get what you're talking about.

Look, I just want to write Touhou fiction at the end of the day. I can't change much about what I'm interested and not interested in.
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Anyone have some recommendations for stories involving Touhou fisticuffs? Just realized I haven't seen a no-holds-barred, over-the-top action sequence since the dramatic conclusion of Gensokyoland Saga.

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https://thp.reisen/.well-known/matrix/server points to matrix.thp.reisen:8448 and 8448 is not proxying matrix API, but matrix.thp.reisen:443 does. You probably want to correct your well-known endpoint so it would to point to matrix.thp.reisen:443, or it would be difficult for other servers to successfully communicate with yours. https://federationtester.matrix.org/#thp.reisen can be used to test correctness of configuration.
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We purposely don't federate.
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As mentioned, federation is disabled on purpose. That file is pretty much there as a placeholder.

Thanks anyways for your post.

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In the interests of keeping the recs thread clean and limited to recommendations, let's bring all other discussion of stories here. Want to have a protracted argument about why writer x is a faget who should die in a freak kitchen accident? Fire your shots here. Want to complain about story y not having enough (or too much, if you're a sissy) grimdark tentacle death blood rape? By all means, make your voice heard here. Just keep it germane to THP stories and we're all good.
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Yeah, dunno. Until all the old stories are properly tagged, it's hard to say what exists beyond the most stand-out examples, of which few exist in your case. Might yield quicker results to just comb the story list yourself and see what turns up.
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Ah, I understand. Well, I’ll just keep my chin up. Hopefully something (whether it’s old or new) will turn up.
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Sooo...anyone here checked out "A Fairy's Tale?"

It's a story that explores the life of the Scarlet Devil Mansion crew prior to moving to Gensokyo, most notably one of the Fairy Maid's, who seemingly goes through something of a character arc throughout the story. Princess Tepes takes some "creative liberties" when it comes to characterizing the SDM Crew, but they're honestly pretty good and actually refreshing in my opinion. That's code for "Tepes didn't make Meiling an absolute joke (which is always welcomed in my book), and made a Sakuya that's actually very likable. One of my favorite interpretations of the head maid honestly.". Also Flandre talks. Like a lot. This is an important fact, trust me.


So, I know this isn't the thread to do so, but I'd say check it out if you're the kind of person who was looking for a story that explores life in the SDM before, and up to when they move to Gensokyo.

Bonus Points if you wanted the protagonist to be a Fairy Maid. Lol

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So, if it hasn't been already been made clear from other comments I've made, I really enjoy talking about writing. Both in terms of specifically talking about my own work, talking about other works I've read, and talking about the writing process as a whole. And while there is a writing channel on the discord for it, I feel like it's a shame to have such discussion lost to the distant archives of a distant channel, so here's a thread for it.

Anyway, I'm going to start with my general thesis on storytelling as a whole.

Stories are about conflict.

And of this conflict, the vast majority of this conflict is character vs character. Now, most isn't all; you can have conflict with outside, impersonal forces (whether animals, the environment, or simply a hard task they're trying to finish), and also internal conflict, where someone's almost at war with themself over a difficult decision, involving multiple things they really do (or don't) want. And these are also great things to have with a story, and can work perfectly well, they're just harder (at least for me) to set up and execute than character vs character conflict. So I'm going to focus on that.

Now, when it comes to conflict between characters, setting it up ties into how I approach characterization in the first place. Every character, in every scene, should have some goal they're working towards. And I don't mean a grand goal like "Resolve the incident" or "Romance <insert touhou here>", I mean a short-term goal that ties into those larger goals. Conflict comes from having multiple characters with different goals, each pushing for what they want. Even if characters are on the same side in the context of the larger story, if their immediate goals are different, you still get conflict. As a bonus, if you understand what a character's goals are, it becomes a lot easier to write their actions.

Another nice thing is that this conflict-driven model of storytelling can work for any type of story, from dramatic to romance to slice of life. Marisa could be fighting
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>Your standard dramatic adventure story draws its tension and drama from fear of the protagonist failing.
This was a fairly important thing to make explicit, I think. Oftentimes it's assumed that this is the only way a reader may be kept interested, and that simply isn't true. In fact I tend to check out of stories which sustain themselves primarily around the teasing of "stakes"; that is, bad outcomes that must simply be avoided; conversely, I tend to welcome stories that feature complex and proactive "play", or that effectively establish a world of moving parts outside the myopia of the "central conflict", even if it might undermine the plausibility of the "stakes".

It's interesting that you mention the Lord of the Rings, because I seem to have enjoyed it for quite the contrary reasons when I first read it a few years ago. As menacing as the War of the Ring may have been, it ultimately struck me as a last gasp of sorts; immense in the present moment but itself dwarfed by greater strokes of history long past; and it was this tremendous tapestry of grandeur and decline everywhere in the background - some of it even, like Tom Bombadil, still infamously blithe - that gave the necessary dignity to this world that was to be placed under threat. And though, again contrarily, I'm typically unmoved by "character stories", I found Theoden in particular among the most compelling that I've ever read; serving almost as a microcosm of the books as a whole.

Maybe it's telling that the poem that sticks out most in my mind is rather the Rohirric, nearly identical in its opening line with its Old English inspiration:

>Where now the horse and the rider?
>Hwær cwom mearg? Hwær cwom mago?

Both are elegies; foregone conclusions, in other words. Yet they compel m
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>It's interesting that you mention the Lord of the Rings, because I seem to have enjoyed it for quite the contrary reasons when I first read it a few years ago. As menacing as the War of the Ring may have been, it ultimately struck me as a last gasp of sorts; immense in the present moment but itself dwarfed by greater strokes of history long past; and it was this tremendous tapestry of grandeur and decline everywhere in the background - some of it even, like Tom Bombadil, still infamously blithe - that gave the necessary dignity to this world that was to be placed under threat.

This is actually another point I loved about Lord of the Rings. The fact that in-universe, this isn't even the greatest threat, it's just a shadow compared to past threats, makes the universe seem even bigger. The way the elves are portrayed as wonderful, fair, and yet simultaneously so far diminished from what they used to be... Middle Earth is full of these points of context, and I think it really adds to the world. For those less familiar:

-) Most of the elves have already gone West, and those that remain are only really hanging on because of the three rings. No matter how the third age ends, the time of the elves goes with it. When the books finish and the third age ends, the bearers of the three rings of the elves sail west. Which, not coincidentally, include the leaders of both Rivendell and Lothlorien.

-) Gondor used to be a much larger nation, with the capital of Osgilath and two towers. One of those towers was captured by Mordor, and Osgilath is now a ruin and a battleground. Now it's a much smaller nation centered around Minas Tirith. On a similar note, Rohan actually used to be part of Gondor, but they gave the land away because they couldn't politically keep hold of it, and better to have it as an ally nation than conquered by barbarians.

-) The ents are also in decline. They were never many, they had not increased, and they straight up lost the ent-wives, so barring a major change, there's never going to be any more of them.
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Let's talk a little about characterization. This is an important topic, simply because people are willing to forgive the plot meandering around if they like the characters involved. But if people dislike or worse, don't care about your characters, it doesn't matter how interesting the plot might be, few readers will stick around to see it through. In short, the vast majority and stories live and die by their characterization.

There's a lot that goes into making a character. I think you can roughly divide the details of character creation into five sections: Background, personality, goals, appearance, and abilities.

It's important to note that while these are all separate categories, they're also all interconnected. To take a simple (if cliche) example, a tragedy in someone's past (background) could very well have given them a scar (appearance), lingering trauma (personality), landed them in a wheelchair (abilities), and given them a strong desire for revenge (goals). This doesn't need to be the case for every detail, obviously. If you decide your character should have freckles, the freckles don't need an origin story! And a lot of times these connections never get explored on-screen. The main character will probably get all of his stuff pulled into the light, but there just isn't time to explore why your twelfth side character's childhood trauma made him hate clowns and always sleep with a nightlight.

(It's worth noting that Worm is a good example of this interplay. Part of the setting is that in order to get superpowers, you have to have some terrible tragedy, called a trigger event, in your backstory, and your powers depend in large part on the nature of your trigger event, addressing the cause in sort of a monkey's paw fashion. For instance, one kid's father was dying of cancer, and he desperately wanted a little more time with him, so he got the power to temporarily freeze objects in time. As such, by the nature of the setting, most of the characters have that connection between their powers, background, appearance (through their hero/villain costume) and often their personality as
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