Friday, October 20, 2017

Decisions from 2017's "Let's Build a Story Together" Panel

Another year, another interesting panel. It is always interesting to see what people feel are good and/or interesting story elements. No two are the same.

While we discussed what makes a good story, we also made some decisions on the story that this panel was working to create. They were as follows:

*It is a sci-fi story set on a cyber/steampunk style space station.

*It is going to be written in the 1st person perspective.

*The main thrust of the story is an alien invasion.

*The aliens want vengeance against humanity for a "bad first contact".

*That means that the aliens primary target is humans.

*The main character will be an androgynous android named "Toasty".

*Toasty will develop a better understanding of humanity, becoming more human in the process.

*There will be at least one giant monster "kaiju" fight.

*And here is the title. It is quite good, I think: "Juggernaut Star".

I will be writing a story based on these decisions. I will also post it here on this blog (as well as last year's LBaST panel story).

If you were a part of this panel, or last year's as well, feel free to write your own story based on the decisions listed. Here are the only provisos:

First, you have to use all the decisions made by the panel. Without modification.

Since we couldn't decide every aspect of the story, feel free to add to these elements. But they can't change any of the previous decisions from the panel.

Other than that, have a ball! When you are finished, I will even post your story here on this blog for everyone to see (only if you want, of course)!

This should be interesting...

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Notes for the "Let's Build a Story Together" 2017 Panel

These were the elements for our story that were all decided upon:

First, it will be written in third person. I told you that EVERY element would be decided on.

It will be an action-filled sci-fi story with fantasy elements (and some dark humor, if I can do it right). The depiction will be of a roughly PG-13 level, so no graphic details of the damage caused by, shall we say, visceral violence or, um, hentai level lovin'.

The main character's name is Richard. He is an intern who is an introvert and, physically, about as average one could be. Through the events of the story, Richard will become more assertive and principled.

Physically, he has brown hair and eyes and an average build. In fact, the only distinctive feature Richard has is a birthmark on the back of his left hand.

Richard is on a quest to restore himself back to his original state. You see, he was the victim of an unfortunate side effect from a scientific experiment on magic that changed him from a male to a woman. This quest will, perhaps, lead to the discovery of why magic exists in their world.

He won't be alone in his quest to "restore his pee pee". Richard will have a team of five scientists with him. In fact, one of them will be in love with him. Unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to decide on her name.

The setting for this tale is a modern city with some ancient, magical ruins outside of the town. The city is a colony on a planet long removed from Earth.

I haven't finished it because I thought that I would have the group from this year decide how to finish. The more I thought about it, though, I considered it unfair to those who started the process. So I will finish it based on the decisions we made.

I will finish the story for this year's participants of the "Let's Build a Story Together" panel in a more timely manner.