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Threadless Exquisite Corpse 2 rules and information blog!

<big><big><big>IT'S FINALLY DONE. GO READ IT.</big></big></big>


It's time to begin round two of the Threadless Exquisite Corpse writing project! First, a big thanks to everyone who registered. If you didn't get a chance to sign up, please make sure you do so for round three, whenever that ends up happening. This time around the rules are going to be a bit different for the sake of efficiency, sanity, and just to shake things up.


A quick reminder of how an exquisite corpse works: One group member begins writing a story. It doesn't matter what it's about, what genre it is, etc. Once the member is satisfied with the result, they then send the last few lines of their piece to the next member. The next member then, without knowing anything about the other member's piece except for those few lines, continues the story from where the previous member left off. And from there, the cycle continues until the last member writes a rousing ending! At this point the story will be put together and the wacky result will be revealed.


As stated above, the rules are a bit different this time, so read on:


Rules of the Exquisite Corpse

  1. Like last time, one member will begin the story. However, after the initial piece is completed, TWO different groups will each write their own story from the same beginning. Each group contains 13 talented members, and when all is said and done, we'll have two completely different stories from one common beginning.

  2. Each participant is only allowed to write a MAXIMUM of TWO (2) pages, single spaced, 12pt font. Obviously I won't erase anything if you happen to write more, but please try to stay within these limits. We're going for quality over quantity, so make every word count! At the same time, though, please try to write something substantive in your piece (at least a couple of paragraphs) so that the story moves forward each time. Don't just write two lines of dialog and call it quits--that would be counterproductive to the project (and besides, if you don't want to write, then why the heck did you sign up?).

  3. Each participant has a MAXIMUM of THREE (3) DAYS to write their portion of the story. This should hopefully be plenty of time. We need to have a maximum time limit so this doesn't take forever to complete. We have 27 participants, which means if everyone takes their full amount of time, we should be done by the second week of March. If, when it's your turn to write, you don't think you can finish your portion within your three days, let me know right away so we can have the next person in line write instead. You can then write your part later on.

  4. When a member has finished writing their part of the story, they are to send one email to the main Exquisite Corpse address (threadlessexquisitecorpse [at] gmail [dot] com) containing the following:


    • An ATTACHMENT of your entire section. Please don't just copy and paste your section into the email because this will mess up the formatting. Preferred file formats are .doc or .rtf. I should be able to open pretty much any format out there since I use OpenOffice, but these two are the easiest.

    • The names and relationships of all major characters. While this might technically go against what an Exquisite Corpse is all about, in our case it's necessary for the sake of consistency. It's much easier, both for the writers and the editor, if everyone uses consistent character names. You don't have to go into a lot of detail; just keep it simple like Bob - The main character/protagonist. Jill - Bob's sister. Mr. Williams - Bob's boss. As for what constitutes a major character, use your best judgment. If you write a character who you picture making several appearances over the course of the story, then that character is major. If a character is a one-time waitress in a restaurant who doesn't serve a purpose other than being a waitress for that scene, then forget her.

      Note: As this project goes on, more characters will obviously appear. Please include EVERYONE'S major characters/relationships in your email, even if you didn't use them all in your own portion. If Beth created Bob and Jill and you created Sam and Max, then your email to the next participant should include Bob, Jill, Sam, and Max.

    Once I receive your email, I will then send the last few lines of your section to the next participant. When you get the email stating it's your turn, please email me back so I know you actually received it.


And now for some general statements, more or less copied from the first Exquisite Corpse blog
  1. This is the definitely the most important statement (which is why it's number one). EVERYONE HERE KNOWS HOW TO WRITE. While everyone's skills might vary in the technical aspect of writing (i.e., grammar, mechanics, etc.), I know for a fact that every person here is creative and has ideas to share. With that said...

  2. Don't worry about grammar and mechanics. Just write, and don't worry if you think you might've used the wrong word or have a run-on sentence. Just get your ideas down on the page and let the editor deal with the grammar and junk later.

  3. The ending of this story will work the same way it did last time: The final writer in each group will write the ending for their group. After a lot of discussion last time on how the story should end, this way made the most sense and was the fairest way to go. I'm quite confident that the two ending writers will be up to the task.

  4. HAVE FUN WITH THIS! I think this will turn out just as good, if not better, than last time, especially since we'll have two different stories. So just think positively and all that other good karmic shit. We're bound to hit some problems along the way, but we'll tackle those as they come.

Well, that's everything that needs to be said, I think. The only thing left, of course, is the writing order. So here it is:


Story Starter
<del>Wiffler</del>


Group 1
<del>trindli</del>
<del>tracerbullet</del>
<del>squatterjohn</del>
<del>v1ctorya</del>
<del>Pizazz</del>
<del>Neon Samurai</del>
<del>jenraskopf</del>
<del>RoBaire</del>
<del>martiandrivein</del>
<del>Chipmnk</del>
<del>squintygirl</del>
<del>noodlezoop</del>


Group 2
<del>toopersent</del>
<del>Bramish</del>
<del>ahnik</del>
<del>shirtflirt</del>
<del>SnakeMan</del>
<del>Mya Jamila</del>
<del>Malcolm Man</del>
<del>chelly</del>
<del>asdfghaya</del>
<del>lemonalle</del>
<del>margolove</del>
kevinwells


<big><big>READY SET GO!</big></big>

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shirtflirt

chelly rocked it, i'm sure of it.

noodlezoop

HOLY SWEET, we are killing!

don't feel bad, Group 2. we Wildcats have a long literary tradition to draw on, after all.

V1ctorya

love it noodles! Yup, us wildcats rule.

chelly

mine was extremely short this time, due to the family being sick most of the weekend. i hope it works okay w/ the story.

Malcolm Man

I'm glad I finished my part. Now I can bitch at everyone else.


What's taking so damn long?!?!?!?

Malcolm Man

oh, hey Mya. Yeah, it was good. Plenty of info to work with...I think.


Maybe I got completely wrong.


Only time will tell.

tracerbullet
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catwriter rocks

shirtflirt

stfu losercat

jenraskopf

Vermeer was a huge Wildcats fan and everyone knows it.


Go Milkman!!

tracerbullet
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oh yeah, it's been lemonalle's turn for a couple of days. go lemons!

lemonalle

i have until tomorrow, right? i've been megabusy with work.

shirtflirt

no retreat, no SURRENDER!!!!

Chipmnk

Where the fuck is milkman666?

shirtflirt

i mean, he's retired. there are no more milkmen.

Malcolm Man

oh hey, we're tied.

tracerbullet
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no you're not. i don't know why lemons was crossed out.

i hope milkman finishes his piece soon.

V1ctorya

come on milkman! Let's keep that wildcat streak going!

Malcolm Man

shit! I was tricked!



You'll pay for this...

toopersent
toopersent profile pic Alumni

its almost done! yaaaay

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

i haven't heard from milkman. if he's not done by tomorrow he's getting skipped for the time being.

jenraskopf

Where is the milkman!?

Mya Jamila

I have absolutely no idea who milkman is. Just saying.

tracerbullet
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other sarah's turn for group 2 now! i'm skipping over milkman if i don't hear from him by tonight.

Neon Samurai

I'd never heard of him before this either.

I'm beginning to suspect he's a fake account created by team two to derail our fighting wildcat spirit.

Chipmnk

Well, he's apparently been around since January 1, 2006.

I honestly have no idea who he is though.

Neon Samurai

Yeah, that is a fair amount of forward planning; creating an account to use it to destroy us three years later.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

he's quite smart then

Neon Samurai

And getting his/her younger brother to pose for the profile photos was a stroke of genius.

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

I just got an email from him. He hurt his back and is looped up on painkillers, so he won't be able to write anything. Group 1 will just have one less member and we'll move on to Tasha.

WarDrobeInSpareOom

Is this done yet? I want something to print out and line the boyfriend's snake cage with.

tracerbullet
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don't make me shake my fist at you, deeann!

tracerbullet
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oh, and if there's anyone who'd like to take milkman's place and write after tasha, let me know!

tracerbullet
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anyone who wasn't already signed up, that is

Neon Samurai

Why not email Shirt or Omair or one of the other people who was sad they missed signup?

ahnik

hey snakeman how did i do?

SnakeMan
SnakeMan profile pic Alumni

i don't know. i wasn't after you.

Malcolm Man

Did time freeze or something?


Jeeeeez!

shirtflirt

hey i participated mister!

Malcolm Man

whatever dude.

You're so displaced in time.

shirtflirt

since when is being hopped on painkillers a reason NOT to write?

tracerbullet
tracerbullet profile pic Alumni

has anyone seen mooseinmysarah around? i hope she knows it's her turn.

shirtflirt

what time is it

Neon Samurai

Sorry shirt, my bad.

I guess it is if you aren't Timothy Leary?

Chipmnk

I think Sarah took some kind of hiatus.

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