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I'm not against the horror aspect. It's a polar opposite that is necessary if we are to ever laugh. Damn it all anyways, but that's the way it is.
Do I want to go about stoning people and mutilating their bodies? No. But...
Some people do. And I believe that those people that do, don't have a choice in their "make-up". I really do believe that.
I believe that the most gruesome criminals cannot help who they are. Hey guys, that lets you completely off the hook for enjoying writing horror for the sake of itself. But that's not my intention either. My desire is not to give anyone an easy "scapegoat". That's like the Christians that say, "Jesus died for me and now I can feel safe and secure in that knowledge... My sins are purified through his blood."
Rather than get into that cycle that our beloved Screenrider will understand completely, I want to encourage the middle line, whereby we all acknowledge that we are between "the poles". And, just like in The Matrix, we cannot exist without the opposites that construct our reality.
I don't ask anyone to take my word for it, but challenge that within yourselves. Test it. Experiment. Never stop asking questions. Don't just go with "stupid faith". Go with experience. (Qualifier: part of "stupid faith" is experience) but that's another story.
Gonna be good to see this OWC unfold. I'll be here, very excited to see what happens.
I'd love to see Jeff branch out. He's a character here that I always (can't express words) have this gravitational force for. A cool strong guy with an unbelievably soft heart that you'd never know by his posts.
I'm always amazed at people that hate horror and wonder about the sanity of people that love it. I have said this many times, I'm a very content and happy person, but I'm fascinated by the dark side of the human mind and what we are capable of.
IMHO, fluffy happy, feel good stuff is boring. Comedies and feel good dramas are not interesting to me. That doesn't mean, those people who like that are wrong. Nor does it mean people with interest in the occult, horror or absurd are bad.
What's with the waffling on the page count? The first one was 15 pages, and then a later one I thought we had 15 pages, and I discovered you'd hacked it down to 12, so I had to cut some pages. If it's 15 again, can we make it stay 15, so we can read the rules once and never worry about it again? Or is that part of the "fun"?
I kind of like that. After all, you're going to have people who want a specific length come out of the woodwork, so it might be a good idea to specify a length just to add another layer to the challenge. A lot of us (okay, I) struggle to keep it under the length, so why not turn the tables and grab at the people who tend to be a little short? Perhaps not a specific count, but a range, like Dreamscale suggested. Make it 10 (or 12) to 15 pages or something like that.