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The first shot has been fired - the Fic Battle will now begin! Full rules and guidelines here (please note the sign-up addition and the last prompt deadline edit), but the quick version is here:

1) Author A replies to this entry with their writing preferences (from here) to start their thread. Minor changes are allowed to preferences, if needed.
2) Prompter 1 replies to Author A's thread with a prompt
3) Author A fills said prompt with at least 300 words of fic and posts it in a reply to Prompter 1's comment.
4) Author A moves on to Prompter 2.
5) Prompter 1 may now give Author A another prompt if they so choose, continuing on until prompts close on Thursday, June 21st at 10am EST (7am PST).
6) Authors have until Thursday, June 21st at 12pm EST (9am PST) to post their fills.

The author with the MOST fills will be the Winner! Any author who fills EVERY prompt they receive will be a Survivor!

A few additional notes:
** The length of the battle is for two reasons: A) varying free time for writing (a work-a-day writer or a weekender), and B) varying writing speeds (a tortoise or a hare).
** As the battle goes on, try to spread your prompts among the authors. If you see an author who has completed all their prompts and there's plenty of time to the end of the battle, help them out!
** No ideas for prompts? Use resources like unfilled prompts at various comment fic memes and fests (even other fandoms which could be adapted), or random story idea generators.
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Questions? See the first comment thread below.


CEASE FIRE! The battle is now over! No fills posted past 12:00pm EST will count toward the final totals. Masterpost with winners, survivors and breakdown will go up by tomorrow at noon.

Authors may continue to fill their prompts, just for fun, if they wish! And prompters, please continue to feedback. :)


Jun. 16th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
Back in October 2011, a schlock producer came to Greendale, looking for inspiration, and he met the study group and spent an afternoon with them.

Now, in October 2012, the group gathers at Jeff's apartment to watch the movie that somehow came from that afternoon: A SyFy Channel Original Movie called "TyrannoMantis", in which seven campers are stalked by a Praying Mantis/T-Rex hybrid in the Rocky Mountains.
Jun. 21st, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
TyrannoMantis! | 722

Jeff scrutinized the TV Guide while everyone made themselves comfortable in front of the flatscreen in his apartment. “TyrannoMantis,” he read aloud, “the Starship Troopers/Jurassic Park mash-up movie no one wanted. Well, this already sounds promising.”

“I still can’t believe we’re going to be on television,” said Shirley, taking out a container of baked goods from her purse to share.

“And I still can’t believe we agreed to star pro bono,” replied Jeff, waiting for the obligatory giggles from Troy and Pierce to die down. “Your internship with that douchebag producer better have been worth it, Abed.”

“Working alongside Chadd Maxx was a Z-grade movie maker’s dream,” said Abed, piling up a napkin with brownies.

Annie frowned at him. “Wait, Z-grade? How is that a good thing?”

“It’s for the lull in my directorial career where I make a movie so bad it’s good and I hit cult status,” Abed explained. “Like Avatar.”

“Ooh, it’s starting,” said Troy, inching closer to the screen as stock footage of the Rocky Mountains appeared.

“Why is the picture so shaky?” said Shirley. “I feel like I’m watching it through a blender.”

“You guys can see that too?” said Pierce in relief.

“It’s a Blair Witch Project homage,” said Abed. “Classic Chadd Maxx move.”

Shirley nodded along unconvincingly. “Oh yes, the Blair Witch Project… That’s a show on Bravo, right?”

“Look, it’s us!” cried Britta, hitting Troy and Annie’s arms in excitement. “We’re at the campsite! We’re going to hear the monster so soon you guys!”

Jeff picked up the remote and pursed his lips. “Hmm, I don’t remember clicking on the bonus movie commentary, ‘Narrating the blindingly obvious’ edition.”

“And I don’t remember this close-up being shot, but your forehead is looking more mammoth than usual,” Britta smirked, as the camera jerkily zoomed in on Jeff’s face.

Troy cringed. “It’s like that movie they made us watch at school about the moon landing.”

“Can we please just be quiet and watch the film?” said Annie. “I’d like to at least see some of it before my motion sickness kicks in.”

“Look, the trees are moving – you know what that means…” Britta whispered, ignoring Jeff who was clicking the off switch on the remote at her.

Jun. 21st, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
“Did anyone hear that noise?” yelped Troy, dropping his s’more.

“Don’t worry,” said Pierce. “It’s probably just a raccoon. Or a flesh-eating grizzly bear. Something harmless for sure.”

“And to think that only took forty-five takes,” drawled Jeff.

Pierce scoffed at him. “I happen to become more perfect over the course of time – like cheese.”

“Cheese is right. Cheesy acting.”

“Goes well with your ham, Jeff,” commented Abed.

Jeff gaped at him. “What?!”

“You’ll see.”

“What do we do if it’s not something harmless?” shivered Annie.

“Use our teleporters to transport us back to base camp of course,” said Abed, fiddling around with a band on his wrist. “Uh-oh. No signal.”

Everyone looked at their wristbands in horror. “How are we supposed to get home now?” cried Jeff, gesturing wildly. “Hike? This is the year twenty-thirty, dammit!” He clenched his fist in the air. “TWENTY-THIRTY!”

Abed raised an eyebrow at Jeff as he winced, turning down the volume a few notches.

“Want some eggs with that performance, Winger?” Pierce gloated.

“Maybe we should split up and walk around until we find a signal boost somewhere?” said Britta.

Another low growl interrupted their conversation before an enormous creature burst through the trees and crashed towards their campsite.

“What is that thing?” Shirley screamed. “It has the head of a dinosaur and the body of a bug!”

“It’s a TyrannoMantis!” yelled Troy, ducking for cover. “It finally has arms long enough to reach stuff! Nature has thwarted us!”

The study group sat in bewildered silence as a terrible CGI TyrannoMantis stomped through some equally terrible green-screen footage of their characters running across the grounds of Greendale, mocked up to be a campsite.

“This is the crappiest thing I have ever seen on TV – and I accidentally caught Dane Cook’s new sitcom last week,” said Jeff, as the others murmured their agreement.

“We’re still going to watch it all, though, aren’t we?” said Annie.

“Hell yeah,” said Jeff, throwing some popcorn in his mouth. “Pierce still hasn’t been severed in half by the TyrannoMantis’s arms yet. That alone is worth the continued embarrassment.”
Jun. 21st, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
I love this so much! I love the little glimpses of the movie-within-the-story, and it sounds exactly like one of those real-life cheesy creature flicks.

Thank you!
Jun. 22nd, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
No worries! :) Your prompt made me chuckle - *definitely* something different to work with. I love the idea of a TyrannoMantis, lol.
Jun. 22nd, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
So funny! I want to see this terrible movie now. :D
Jun. 22nd, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
Me too! Horrible acting and effects galore! LOL.

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