Looking for a starting place for this month’s story — any ideas?

harrypottermonth_anyideas_startingplaceThis month we’re talking about Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, and how Rowling approaches allegory in both.

So, the plan is to write a short fantasy story that hides an allegory in the most important part of the fiction. Right now it’s just an idea, but we’d love any opinions on how we should begin our approach. What do you think? Everything is welcome. We’ll build on this as the month progresses.

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Time for an Upgrade

Nothing big, mind you, but an upgrade all the same.

Lately we’ve been struggling with our Something Interesting posts. They’re a joy to do research for and to share, but focus is somewhat… divided at the foundry right now. We’re caught somewhere between information dispenser and writing prompt generator.

We want to fix that.

Unfortunately, fixing that also means doing away with our Something Interesting blurbs. Which is a shame. We really enjoyed them, and we know you really enjoyed them as well. Fortunately this also means we’ll have more time to spend with our community. Rather than just spoon-feeding you interesting factoids, we’re planning to do more in the way of getting you lot involved.

First and foremost, we want to involve you in the creation of our stories, so starting with our next video series (yet to be announced) we’ll be sharing “think-tank” posts, if you will, where we explain some of themes we’re looking for and some of the info we’re working with, and then look to the community for ideas.

Secondly, we want to put more emphasis on your personal work. This means more short fiction prompts, more fan stories, more calls for submissions, etc., etc..

Finally, we want to spend more time talking to you, mostly in the form of more frequent Q&A calls and discussion posts.

So not a tremendous change, but hopefully an important one nonetheless.

How does this sound to you? Are you looking forward to the new posts, or do think you’ll feel a little bereft without the Something Interesting blurbs in your feed?

Make Something Up: Creepypasta

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We’re almost done with our creepypasta series, but we still have a story to write. In the meantime, maybe you do too? If so, send it our way!

Submissions: https://goo.gl/afa3e8

You could also submit to Creepypasta.com as well as the Creepypasta Wiki, which provide excellent platforms for this particular prompt.