Yyyyep. Seems I'll be your host again this year. If anyone has wondered where other contests and the prizes of the contests past are, well... it's been a bit of a rough year on my health.
Potentially concerning matters aside, it's that time again! It's time to dance and write and laugh and maybe read, too!
The entry period shall be 2 weeks in length, running from 8/13/18 to 8/27/18. Voting shall likewise run for two weeks, running from 8/27/18 to 9/10/18.
As per usual, the subject matter is up to you. The categories will be as followed: General, Newbie and Lewd.
I exclude lewd newbies on the grounds of lewds being strapped for participants as it stands. Winning a contest of one isn't exactly winning at all.
I'll offer crappy art prizes IOUs for the three winners, but I have other prizes I still need to dole out first and foremost, not to mention that I need to get back in the drawing mood. I just got over another illness or something and now my eyes have been strained for going on a week, which kinda really sucks in general. I think I've had almost 3 months of feeling like crap thus far this year. And it was only in 3 chunks. Kiiiinda sucks.
I'm sorry officer Kotohime, but I think you may have the wrong author. I'm afraid Keymaster hasn't been seen around these parts in years.
I... can't be overly specific without spoilers, but one should not wish to read this story for Kosuzu. Just as, say, one should not wish to read Tenshi is in This Story for Tenshi.
It is about her, though, and there is a great deal of Marisa, if you happen to be that way inclined. Though strictly speaking not all of Marisa makes an appearance. Make of that what you will.
I'm reliably informed that objectively awful cookie-cutter umbrella stories are in greater demand, though, so I may attempt to bake some more of those first, if my muse gives me any choice in the matter. Which, of late, it has not.
Since there seems to have been an influx of newcomers lately, and their actions and behaviour has started to grate on the regular visitors of this site, once again Anon has risen in /blue/.
So, in order to help inform the newcomers of present and future, this thread will be a place for general board etiquette and other miscellaneous information to help the population as a whole. I apologize if there's any seemingly 'important' information I leave out at first, since I'm typing this off the top of my head.
1) Emoticons are discouraged. Be they :(, or >.>, or ^_^, or even the dreaded xD, they are not required, and you will only be scorned and mocked for using them. You are able to post without them (I should hope), so if you absolutely must convey your emotional state, do so with words.
2) This is an imageboard for voting on, discussing and chatting about Touhou and Touhou fanfiction. *Actions* are not required, and are looked down upon. The only implied actions occurring in imageboard posts should be limited solely to story narrative and other creative writing ventures. Like emoticons, you will be mocked.
3) Posts made in the story boards, and in story threads, should try to stay on topic. Discussion related to events of the story are fine, and chatter about various other facets of related material to the story is acceptable as per author's judgment. Prolonged shitstorms over things not related to the story at all are naturally not acceptable, and will result in post deletions at best, and temp bans at worst. No one wants to see posts between two or more anons bitching at each other over nothing.
3a) Sometimes, arguments over various actions within the story context can spark up due to conflicts in personal interests and how votes made to cater to a particular taste might oppose others. While they can be unavoidable, it's preferred to keep them at a minimum. Everyone has their own tastes, and surely they can clash at times when opposing groups have two differing views on what should happen, and these prolonged arguments can derail threads, and even cause the writers to los
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Now that I'm starting to feel less contagious, I suppose it's time I make my own resolutions.
1: I want to finish No Such Thing as Ghosts. 2: I want to make good on the prizes for my recent contests. I've been far too lazy, and it's unacceptable, no matter what state my head was in overall. 3: I want to continue Eastern Tale and Dark Tidings after I finish NSTaG. 4: I want to start making contests again. I will put this on hold till I have doled out prizes for the last two, however.
Yes, I know what you must be thinking, "Sona, why is the contest starting when the previous one only just started the voting phase?" Well, stop talking to yourself and listen up!
This isn't gonna be your typical contest! It'll be running year-long, and shall have no losers! While the general idea is New Year's resolutions, one can enter at any time. There are no rules, save that this one could technically be considered a writing contest. CYOAs, normal stories, you name it.
Basically, declare your resolutions here and try to keep them. I don't expect year-long participation, but so long as you never truly give up, no matter how you falter, you're the true winner!
>>15313 >I'm sure that those pictures made the author's days If >>15310 is who I presume they are, then I can confirm first-hand you are absolutely right. Caused me quite a bit of embarrassment by making me grin foolishly at my phone on a crowded train in one instance, but still made my day.
The contest will run from November 1st at 00:01 to December 1st at 00:01. There will also be no extensions, so don't try.
The rules for participation are simple: Link to your story here, and link back to this thread from your story. I will admit that linking to it in your story is more to spread the word, but still. There is no restriction on names, as that would exempt pre-existing stories. I felt that this encourages more to write, as forced anonymity would effectively force one to interrupt their usual writing, defeating my entire hope for this contest.
It's that time again, folks! Now, I'm sure a couple of you have no idea what the subject of the contest is, but it's fairly simple: you write, and you write a lot. You write until you can't write anymore, and then you keep writing at that pace every day for a month. This month is the National Novel Writing Month, where you typically attempt to write a novel from scratch within a month's time.
The difficulty of translating the celebration to the site is why I decided to do this in a very particular way, as stated above.
Platinum: The story is freshly made, and 50k words or more by the end of the month; the standard combination.
Gold: The story is either 30 updates long or 30k words total.
Silver: The story is either 20 updates long or 20k words total.
Bronze: The story is either 10 updates long or 10k words total.
Fabric: You tried your best; good job!
Prizes will be crapmissions (crappy commissions), though who gets them depends on the number of winners. I will do my best to give a comparable effort, though Fabric Tier will likely get a cheeky doodle at worst if too many win.
4 1555 5 1986 8 1149 10 2637 12 1590 12+1 1009 (That this is your smallest post says a lot about general length.) 14 2663 15 1305 17 1941 18 2169 24 2510 25 1234 (Wow, talk about an oddly odd number!) 26 1294 30 1481
Total: 14 updates and 24523 words. Prognosis: Take a bronze and silver and see me in the morning. I'll be honest with you, as I was looking through, I was starting to wonder if you'd hit gold or a technically not platinum on word count alone. While not the gold I was hoping I'd see from you, you still did quite well. The best, in fact. You beat my own silver word count, making you what I believe to be the writer who wins the hardest in the more important category. Good job.
>>15298 >1234 … Huh. >While not the gold I was hoping I'd see from you, you still did quite well. That’s the trick, isn’t it? To make it seem like you’re doing more than you are. Well, I probably could have hit that 30k if I hadn’t run into a spat of bad weather that absolutely incapacitated my brain for almost a full week. So yeah. >Now, anyone I missed? I don’t think there is, old boy. See you in a few months with the prizes. I don’t really feel my own entry was entirely fair, so I’ll happily cede my almost-silver-and-a-half-but-not-quite-there to the next best result.
Well, actually, I was planning to give prizes out a bit more generously than just the two top winners. I just need time to consider how to go about it, and first need to make good on some things long overdue. ...Well, longer anyways.
With all the very established threads and authors here on THP, sometimes it's hard for new blood to get their foot in the door. There's a lot of different boards, too, and it's easy for new stories to go unnoticed because of their location.
That said, this here is the thread for newbies to tell everyone about their story and why it's the best story ever and you should go read it!
Elementals? Since when do they get a spotlight? Well as it so happens this MC is an Elementalist. Witness the experiences of an Elementalist try and not only control her powers, but watch others unravel her dark past. Other characters include the four elemental spirits of Aringoth accompanying MC and how and why they joined her in the first place.
You (yes, YOU) are a red(?)-blooded man of some description. You could be human, or maybe you're youkai. You might be a newbie, or you might be a pro. Either way, you're out for a bit of fun. The pull of the bright lights of the tengu soap street is too much to resist. A quick chat with the doorman at the Kiwi-no-Machiawasebasho is enough to get you past the entryway. Little do you know that that there's a surprise waiting for you. What will it take for you to enjoy yourself to the fullest? It's up to you to decide!
Says it was taken down for a ToS violation. I'd hazard a guess that it was the content? I personally don't, having entered the THP board system earlier this June. Perhaps you could get in touch with the author, if they are still contactable.
If you need more time, request it in advance by at least an hour. Unless you get the entry in before I list the entries, it won't count.
Categories: SFW, NSFW and Newbie. However, be warned: if Newbie gets only one or two entries, it's getting lumped in with SFW for the sake of actually having something to compete against.
Now, I know I said I wasn't gonna start it, but that was out of respect for the contest itself. However, as nobody else is doing it, I suppose I have to. Sad, I know.
This contest is special, so I will not be dumping any of my glitter on it. There will be no theme, and there will be no special categories. Write what you want, but follow the rules from last year's contest on those I don't cover.
The only real deviation from the norm is that I intend to still give out prizes of free crappy art. Crapmissions, if you will. They will be bad, but I will put in more effort than you are likely to ask for. As such, please keep your requests reasonable, though if you really want something, don't be shy. I will try.
I have stood sharp, silent vigil over that specific purpose for countless millennia, and all I will say is that your actions have doomed us all, mortal. To think, all the careful machinations of your planet's would-be savior undone by a single picture.