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February Challenges

Posted by fabricatedemons on 2006.02.03 at 08:06
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FEBRUARY INTERNATIONAL REVIEW MONTH


That's right everybody, we are challenging you to get out and review, review, review. The user with the most reviews at the end of February will win a unique, the first ever Circle of Crones coffee mug as soon as our Cafe Press Store is up and running. The rules are simple: Reviews by Staff at Crones don’t count; the reviews have to be genuine reviews, showing that the readers actually read the stories, poems, etc., and didn't just review to win the prize.


Writer's Challenge:

In honor of Valentine's day, we are challenging you to write an opposites attract story. Think of all those relationships that start out with nothing but disagreement and bickering only to have the couple wind up together in the end. All throughout history, literature and television have given us couples like Fox Mulder and Dana Scully of X-files fame, Ron and Hermione in the Harry Potter Series, and even back to the nursery rhyme about Jack Sprat whose wife was fat, while he was lean. This story may be fanfiction in any world, or original work, but if you do decide to do a fanfiction for this challenge, please do not make your character relationship cliché in its behaviour. There are natural ways to flesh out this kind of relationship without overdoing it.


Poet's Challenge:

Everyone's had one that they remember, so now we challenge you to write a first kiss poem. However, the challenge of this poem doesn't stop there. Oh no, we want you to really test your poetic muscles by writing this in the form of a villanelle. For more information on how to craft a villanelle, please visit the forums for complete tutorial and example so that you can create a perfect villanelle.

Writing a villanelle may seem intimidating at first, but really it can be a lot of fun while also leaving a haunting sort of echo for the reader to follow with.

You first want to start out with two rhyming lines that will be the heart and soul of your poems meaning:

I wish he'd never gone away
I sit and wait here every day

then you want to insert a line between them that doesn't rhyme:

I wish he'd never gone away
the memories are so cold
I sit and wait here every day

Your next stanza will begin with a rhyme that fits with the basic couplet, the middle line will rhyme with your last middle line, and the final line will be the first line of the poem:

I don't know how he went astray
did our love grow old?
I wish he'd never gone away.


For your next stanza you repeat the pattern of the last stanza, only instead of ending with the first line, you will end with the original third line in the first stanza, like this:

"Maybe you should go," they say,
but no matter what I'm told
I sit and wait here every day.


Do you see the overall pattern being created with those two poignant lines? You want to continue on this way for three to five stanzas, and then you will come to your final stanza, which will consist of four lines, the first line rhyming with the main couplet, the second line rhyming with the middle couplet and the last two lines being made up of your original couplet, like this:

I've grown ill, and now decay
but still I feel so bold
I wish he'd never gone away
I sit and and wait here every day.



So here is the poem in it's entirety:

I wish he'd never gone away
the memories are so cold
I sit and wait here every day

I don't know why he went astray
did our love grow old?
I wish he'd never gone away.

"Maybe you should go," they say,
but no matter what I'm told
I sit and wait here every day.

He isn't coming back this way
I know this, and I fold.
I wish he'd never gone away.

I've grown ill, and now decay
but still I feel so bold
I wish he'd never gone away
I sit and and wait here every day.


This is just a basic example that I made up off the top of my head while creating this post for you to follow. It's that easy. It seems intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun. If you find yourself in need of help, post here or send me a PM and I'll gladly help you out.

by Llewellyn McEllis, Webmistress

Artist's challenge:

It's greeting card time again. Just like we asked you to do at Christmas, we are now looking for a Crone's Valentine. In due time we would like to open a greeting card gallery for all of our users to access. You design the cards we would use and you'll be sure to get credit when we open up the card shop as being one of our fabulous artists. As usual, if you have any questions, feel free to ask a Crone. Our contact information can be located on the front page of the archives, or you can drop any one of us a PM on the forums. We'll be happy to help in any way we can. Thank you to all who have participated in the challenges we've issued thus far. I hope you'll give our first contest a phenomenal kick-off. You have an entire month to review, review, review! I know you won't let me down!

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