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Posted: February 21st, 2011, 11:26am Report to Moderator
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Bert,

I really wish Don would step in and carve that unwritten rule in stone.   I'm so tempted to enter two submissions it's not even funny.   I'm not so sure I can resist.
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Posted: February 21st, 2011, 11:37am Report to Moderator
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I'm so tempted to enter two submissions it's not even funny.


See -- that is 3 people so far.  And I am sure there are others who will not even get the message, or ignore it completely.

In an anonymous challenge, each entry you submit is like adding another author.

Again, it is just selfish.  It is.

I am checking with Don and Rick about this.  We have disallowed it in the past, and I do not think Rick was aware of that.

Take your entry and spend your time making it the best it can possibly be -- instead of noodling around with two mediocre ones.


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I've the ideas for at least eight stories spawned from this challenge.

Although "picking the best - and make it better!" casts a rather subjective pall over one man's treasure is another man's trash I'll enter only one story for this challenge and then submit the rest as shorts next month.
Maybe in two months, as I recall the forty or so OCT submissions took us all about a month and a half to digest.

Frankly, for a ten page short, tweaking it for several days will likely not render a substantive plot change for the better.
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How you cook and spice them doesn't make one taste like the other.

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I am checking with Don and Rick about this.  


Thanks.
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I entered two for The Dark. I think they were both good...

I believe Rick wanted as many choices as possible.

I think we can all agree that pisstakes are really really annoying and should be deleted. I also think that with a regular OWC it is nice if we get fewer submissions and not a bunch of scripts from people that never have and never will set their foot here again. However, this time a very valuable SS member and great director is actually looking for a script to shoot. In other words, it is in his best interest if there as many to chose from as possible. I'm not entering so that saves at least one script no one has to read.  



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...as I recall the forty or so OCT submissions took us all about a month and a half to digest.


Right you are.

The horror challenges are always quite large.  I've gotten a sense of it over the years, and I can tell you now this will crack 50 easy -- even without the double-dippers.


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I am checking with Don and Rick about this


Seems multiple will be allowed as (a) They said up front you could, and (b) Rick wants his little mitts chock full o' scripts.

Don has said he might raise a Dr. McCoy eyebrow at 3 entries, however.

So anyway, I am going to stop pounding that drum for now.  But I won't do it myself.


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Here's two cents from a new member to the forum. This discussion on multiple entries was interesting, legitimate points on both sides. Bert has a point that it might be a little unfair. But I do agree if one wrote several, it might not be easy to 'pick your best.' For one thing, the best is not necessarily the one that might get chosen to make. The producer will not only have his own tastes for what he is looking for, but he will be the one weighing all the technical aspects and requirements of the shoot. So he might like script A, but decide to make B for some technical reason. For the person writing the scripts, he will not know which one the producer might prefer, so may want to submit them all.

There is one thing people might consider, at least I am. I completed my entry for this in less than a day, so I did consider doing another. It would not distract from fixing and tweaking the first one during the week either. But this is my first OWC, and this was the first short for me. Never heard the term 'pisstake' before, but I don't want to submit one, and certainly not more than one! So as a new member and new writer, I will stick to one entry, and work on something else unrelated. But for more established writers, and people of longstanding membership here, where Scar is looking for as big a selection of stories as they can get, maybe they should be encouraged to submit extra work.

Just a thought to add: I love the contest, and the experience of writing a short was very helpful in learning this craft. Thanks for doing it.
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I think those who enter pisstakes should have their asses kicked so hard that their shit has footprints in it.

In regards to multiple entries, I wouldn't do it, personally, though I have considered writing an alternative ending to my script...  I don't think anyone's done this yet.


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I can't believe people actually write those awful pisstakes.  It's really irritating.  Hopefully, Stevie will spare us this go round.

You all know I would never even consider doing such an awful thing...


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I've got boggarts chasing Stephen Hawking in an electric wheelchair through an abandoned house.

Poor Steve snags his head on a rusty nail hanging out of a door frame as he wizzes by.

The boggarts stop to lick the gouted blood off the floor as Steve makes his daring escape.

But then the scallywayg poop monster catches him at the bottom of the stairs where he fell down.

Wanna hear what he sounds like getting chomped up?

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Ray, please get a refill on the Ritelin...


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Quoted from bert

The horror challenges are always quite large.  I've gotten a sense of it over the years, and I can tell you now this will crack 50 easy -- even without the double-dippers.

I don't think so. Don hasn't mentioned it on the home page. I think that's where we get a lot of new people entering scripts.

To you new guys out there that are taking part, just so you know, receiving feedback and giving nothing in return is hated even more than entering a pisstake. If you enter a script, be sure to read other entries and make comments.

And yes, PISSTAKE is an original SS word...forgot who came up with it though, but we're keeping it.  


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Posted: February 21st, 2011, 3:18pm Report to Moderator
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Stevie came up with pisstake and it has an Aussie etymology.
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Andrew used it here, first, on 6/11/09.  There's the thread.


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Always thought it was stevie...but he probably just  brought the term to the OWC.  And the word has been around and not just on SS.  Seems like it's used a bit with sports.  Since Andrew used it, it's probably British - not Aussie.    
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