I’ve had a hard time deciding what I wanted to do with the posts generated by the Theme Thursday games. I know that leaving them alone is not an option; I want to do something with the material. But what?
I see two real options: ask the author to gloss the submitted material into a full guest-author post or offer to do a remix myself.
If I ask submitters to extend their work, several obvious problems arise with no real solution. Viewers may hesitate submitting work, worried that I’ll ask for a time commitment. Authors may promise a deadline and not make it. Still, I’m sure that some participants would enjoy having an external reason to revisit submitted material.
If I remix the material myself, I put yet one more concern into an already fairly filled schedule, but I meet one of the criteria for having founded this blog, which is to put external constraints on myself in order to encourage the creation of fresh material. All of the concerns about other people’s schedules and responsibilities disappear, and I engage one of my core purposes.
Therefore, I think the right answer here is to remix the work myself. The blog is already such a brainchild of mine, and it gives me a way to participate in the Theme Thursday games without submitting my own material as part of the game, which I thought over this last week would be rather cheesy of me.
I want very badly to post a sentence about how I assume that you posting in my comments gives me the right to remix your submission, but I’m not going to make that statement. The harder and more time-intensive path is to contact and work with each of you on a singular basis each week, and while there’s more risk inherent, there’s also more respect for you as individuals and participants.
Therefore, I will contact the “winner” of each week’s game and ask for permission to remix the selected work.
My criteria for which submission I’ve selected here is not “which is best,” so if you haven’t read the posts from last week, feel free to follow this link and do so. I also have not selected via “which is worst.” Neither best nor worst have much meaning as far as creative submissions are concerned. Rather, I feel that all of the entries are on equal ground; we played a game in which there is no winner or loser, there is only participation.
With formalities out of the way…
This week’s theme: Word requirement
I play this game with my friend Sadi (whose new book of poetry is coming out soon!) where we each come up with two words and the other person has to write out a poem using those words. Any form, inflection, mood, voice, or tense is allowable. Since in these games all forms of writing are allowed, I’m bumping the word requirement to three words.
Public, degree, return
I plan–when we have more participants and perhaps I update this site to a real server with more dynamic submission functionality–to include real-time games, such as Tennis, where you have to include a sentence or idea from the previous post. For the moment, however, we’ll have to settle for static boundaries.
The only right I assume from you posting a comment is that I am able to host your work on this blog for non-commercial purposes with attribution. You keep all other rights.
I do have plans to attempt to monetize this site once the boulder rolls a little further down hill, but at this point there are NO ASSUMPTIONS OF COMMERCIAL RIGHTS. I will contact authors on an individual basis for any and all commercial purposes.
Make the entries as short or as long as you want, and any genre is fair game: fiction, non-, and poetry. Publish in comments stories, no matter how polished or raw, according to the game of the week. If I like your story, I’ll contact you and ask for permission to remix your work, which I’ll post with the next week’s contest.
You have one week to submit your story, and please, please do. I don’t want this site to be my literary masturbation. Join me, and perhaps get some free editing and mentoring along the way!
(As an aside, I’m a fan of photo narratives and would like to include them in these games. However, commentors cannot post pictures, so far as I know. If you want to do a photo narrative, email me via the contact page and I’ll find a way to work it out. Do NOT post a link to a photo or collage, as this may contribute to poor commenting practices.)