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How I became a monster…
« on: December 25, 2014, 12:25:17 am »
A bunch of us are playing a game on Twitter at the moment where we kick off a series of writing prompts taking the form, "Am here to give my testimony of how I became a [were-reindeer]…" (or whatever the monster of the day is). You write a short response in one sitting, a story or a vignette or a joke or whatever, and post a link to it or a screenshot with the #EuropeanMonsters hashtag. Or you could just post the story here, instead, I guess. Anybody want to play? (Tonight's monster is festive, but tomorrow's may be more frightening...) We'll keep playing after Christmas, for those people whose families and responsibilities keep them too busy to play!

The prompt came from a spam comment, as all the best ideas do…
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Re: How I became a monster…
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2014, 07:25:38 pm »
Today's monster is the Yule Cat (a fearsome beast from Icelandic mythology that eats people who didn't receive new clothes for Christmas), so if you fancy an amusing writing prompt, today's story should start, "Am here to give my testimony of how I became a Yule Cat…"

I'm collecting all the submitted stories at this European Monsters Storify, and I'll include anything you write here, even if you don't tweet about it yourselves.

There's a rumour that Fox Spirit Books might be offering a prize for the most amusing story submitted, if that's extra incentive…?
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Re: How I became a monster…
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2014, 04:30:10 pm »
Today's monster is "Mari Lwyd" (aka Grey Mary, from Welsh Christmas/New Year folklore). Feel free to post your story, beginning, “Am here to give my testimony of how I became a Mari Lwyd...” either in this thread, on FB, or anywhere else, and make sure I see a link to it (or tweet a screenshot with the hashtag #EuropeanMonsters).

The Fox Spirit Books giveaway has been confirmed, by the way: next week a story will be voted winner, and the author will receive a copy of the European Monsters anthology!

More monsters to come. (Anyone want to pick or invent a monster? A bunch of good ones here…)
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Re: How I became a monster…
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2014, 06:15:18 pm »
Two prompts today (there have also been some unofficial prompts in recent days):

1. "Am here to give my testimony of how I became a Kelpie / Water Horse..."

2. "Am here to give my testimony of how I became an Ogress Grýla..."

(We'll also take nominations for monsters here on the forum, if anyone wants to.)

Remember to post a link to your story here or on FB or Twitter with the #EuropeanMonsters hashtag.
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Re: How I became a monster…
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2014, 04:19:27 pm »
This afternoon's European Monster prompt:

"Am here to give my testimony of how I became a valkyrie…"

(You have til midnight tonight to put a little story up somewhere, then the voting will begin.)
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Re: How I became a monster…
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2014, 05:43:51 pm »
The first 14 "monster confessions" stories that were posted are now recorded in the Storify at http://storify.com/thefuturefire/european-monsters in case anyone's interested in reading. They run from funny, pathetic, tragic, through witty and horrifying.

You can also vote for your favorite story (the 12 that are not by me are all elligible!) at http://goo.gl/forms/Z2Iu3jljRx, and the story with the most votes will win a copy of the anthology.

(We're putting the game on hold while people vote, but if you want to play some off-the-cuff writing games over the new year, come find me on Twitter, or follow the #EuropeanMonsters hashtag. Or suggest something here on the forum, even?)
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Re: How I became a monster…
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2015, 11:23:44 pm »
The winner of that little contest was Valeria Vitale, with this lovely, dark, flash fiction story: how I became a grue. Worth a read.

(We're still on Twitter writing about Kelpies and Nasnases and the like. Anyone want to write a story in here? We used to play in-board writing games over at ookami.co.uk—the Whispers of Wickedness forum…)
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