So I had

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So I had

So I had an idea.

A series of mostly unconnected stories all set in the same town. I was thinking that I'd like to collect stories written by other people too.

 

Once I've decided the worldbuilding stuff, I'll post that along with some writing prompts you can choose from. If you'd like to do one, comment! I'll post requirements in the comments soon.

submitted by Gallium, age untold, she/her
(May 22, 2022 - 3:15 pm)

Synopsis:
a series of mostly unconnected stories all set in the same town

 

Town name: Karanoia Heights

 

General:

-seems
scary at first, but underneath is fun & whimsical

-everyone
is nocturnal: businesses open at 9 pm & close at 7 am, streets empty in
daylight, etc.

-buses
that show up when you need them; no schedule or proper bus stops

-second
set of underground streets under the normal ones

-streets
are very twisty/difficult to navigate

-many
places can only be found once

-visitors
(that behave well) are valued

-visitors
can only enter by invitation

 

Named Settings:

-Karanoia Heights Public Library

-Ever
Transportation Service (the bus)

-Lower
streets OR Upper streets (the underground ones or the normal ones)

-Radioactive
Tea Shop

-Déjà vu Arcade

-Stranger
and Stranger Park

-Hilltop
Road

 

Prompts:

-Free
bikes that know when they should be put back

-Paving
stones that glow when stepped on

-no pet
cats, only street cats, but everyone collectively takes care of them

-A rope
unattached to anything, but leads up into the sky

-Old iron
(read the Thief Knot)

-Yellow
doors that weren’t there before

-A
longstanding, ongoing treasure hunt where everyone participates and the creator
is unknown

-Carnival

-If the
walls could talk

-Liminal
spaces

-I do not
know you

-It is
not what it is

-Mystery
Soda Machine (Google it)

-Tarot
cards that decide fate, not just tell it

-A bakery
where you can meet the person you need to at the moment

-Places
where sound is nullified

-Flowers
that whisper secrets

-Places
where people can understand any language

-A secret
forest within the city

-Random
blue buttons everywhere, that, when pressed, do seemingly random things

-A lost
sketchbook/diary/etc.

-A clock
that runs backward

submitted by Explanation, age untold, It's Gallium, she/her
(May 22, 2022 - 7:19 pm)

Oh, and feel free to use your own writing prompts. I'll be adding a few more soon. 

 

Add apologies for the formatting errors. XD 

submitted by Gallium, age untold, she/her
(May 23, 2022 - 10:13 am)

Sonder - the awareness that everyone has their own story, separate from yours

 

Achenia - the maddening sense that the world is too complex to even begin to understand

 

Ecsis - the haunting sense of mystery infused into random details

 

Yráth - a hunger for mystery in a time of easy answers

 

Tiris - the bittersweet knowledge that all things must end

 

Trueholding - the act of trying to keep an amazing discovery to yourself, fighting the urge to tell everyone because you're afraid it will end up diluted because it isn't a secret anymore 

submitted by Interesting Words, age untold, It's Gallium, she/her
(May 23, 2022 - 11:43 am)
Requirements for story submissions:
-800-3000 words
-keep to the theme: a town that seems dark on the outside, but is actually really fun and probably nicer than most real-life towns
-use your own characters and plot, but use Karanoia Heights as the setting
-please do not use the same prompts again
-cameos of other people's characters are allowed and welcomed, but they should not be a main point of the story
-none of the stories are linear; each should be standalone 
-warning: your story will be part of a collection, and will be seen by other people
-Format: 
Title
By [name you are fine with other people seeing]
story
submitted by Rules, age untold, It's Gallium, she/her
(May 22, 2022 - 7:22 pm)

The reason for the word limit is because I want a collection of stories, not a book, and because I want a proper short story, not just two paragraphs. If your story is a little over or under, I'll still include it as long as your writing is good! :)

submitted by Rule Clarification
(May 23, 2022 - 7:56 pm)

Oh, like Averno or Nightvale! Cool! I'm signing up, but it might take a while for my story to get written. I actually already have a character I can use...

submitted by Writing_in_the_dark, age 12, Valhalla
(May 23, 2022 - 10:55 am)

Yes! Like Nightvale!

 

And it's fine if it takes a while. Quality over quantity and all that.

I'm glad someone else thought this was a good idea :) 

 

CAPTCHA: abbdd

idk but seems important 

submitted by Gallium, age untold, she/her
(May 23, 2022 - 11:44 am)

I may do this, but I'm not so shure about the limit of words, so, I may not.

submitted by Reuby Moonnight, age 11 nebulas, Lunaitaria
(May 23, 2022 - 3:11 pm)

Try writing and see how many words you get. If it's close enough, like 700 or 4000, I'll still include the story if it's well written.

submitted by Gallium, age untold, she/her
(May 23, 2022 - 4:01 pm)

Could I use the flowers prompt?

submitted by Reuby Moonnight, age 11 nebulas, Luanaitaria
(May 23, 2022 - 4:48 pm)

Approved!

submitted by Gallium, age untold, she/her
(May 24, 2022 - 3:34 pm)

May I claim the prompt about street cats?

submitted by Raven
(May 23, 2022 - 3:03 pm)

Approved!

To anyone else: please do not use this prompt, but you may still include cat(s) in your story. 

submitted by Gallium, age untold, she/her
(May 23, 2022 - 4:00 pm)

This is an awesome idea!  Are we allowed to write continous stories too, or just short ones?  Either way I'm definitely going to write something once I get a good idea.

submitted by Sterling, somewhere in the woods
(May 23, 2022 - 4:10 pm)

Short ones (I posted the word limit) because I'm not trying to write a book or anything, I just thought it would be fun to write about a mysterious city. I mean, if you want to write your own continous story about Karanoia Heights, that's fine, I just will not be including it with my collection.

submitted by Gallium, age untold, she/her
(May 24, 2022 - 3:33 pm)