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08:31 pm: Woo Hoo!

Finished!!!!
Just finished the rough draft of my novel. Woohoo!  This is try 13 or 14 of a novel based on events in a roleplaying game first played in 1886-7. So, it has been a LONG time in the works.

Ran out of creative ideas right at the very end, so I asked my friend Mark to finish it for me. This is my version of his suggestion for how to end it:

The Arizona sun beat down upon them as they stood sweating in the desert. Victoria looked at Bernard. Bernard looked at Thomas. Thomas looked at Jared. Jared looked at Natasha. Natasha smiled at Romeo, who looked back at Victoria. An uncomfortable silence ensued.

 

You may be happy to know that this is not the ending I eventually went with. In fact, it actually ends with a cheery line of dialogue, which is about as far as you could be from this ending. But John liked the “An uncomfortable silence ensued” ending so much that he immediately applied it to Hamlet, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. (Example: Sam came home from the Gray Havens. He pulled Rosey into his lap. She asked, “So, what happened to Frodo?” An uncomfortable silence ensued.)

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From:mythusmage
Date:August 15th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
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Which game was the adventure played in?
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 15th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
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The Corruption Campaign--A still on-going multi-verse game involving everything under the sun but centered around Amber that is run on a vaguly Chaosium (Runequest) Percentile system.

Filing the serial numbers off so as to remove the millioin and one copyrighted things John started with has taken most of the time between then and now. ;-)
From:mythusmage
Date:August 16th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to keep my eyes open for it. Any version of Runequest in particular. BTW, Ray Turney has done his own version of the rules, under the title Fire and Sword

Small favor time: Would you mind terribly if I included Lamplighter alongside Brust and Pratchett as those who adopted a campaign to literature in a panel proposal I intend to make for Conjecture (a San Diego relaxacon)?
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 17th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
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I should have been more specific. The Corruption Campaign is a game of John's making. The rules are based loosely on Runequest.

As to your panel, please! Go right ahead! The Prospero books are in part based on this same game, too.
From:mythusmage
Date:August 17th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
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Thank You.

They've set up a form for panel submissions. I'll be submitting the panel, and if the submission is accepted people will then get to vote on it.
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From:marycatelli
Date:August 15th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
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O frabjous day!
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 15th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:jjbrannon
Date:August 15th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)

We will serve no novel before its time...

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...125 years in the making.

JJB
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 15th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)

Re: We will serve no novel before its time...

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LOL
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From:persephone_kore
Date:August 15th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
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Now I want to see the other examples.... :D
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 15th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
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John loves the end of Hamlet. He uses it for everything. If you ask about any story, he'll give it the Hamlet ending with everybody dying. This time he just added "An uncomfortable silence ensued."

The Star Wars one went: The Deathstar blows up. Han comes back. "Han, how com you came back when you said you weren't going to?" An uncomfortable silence ensued, during which they got their metals.
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From:justjohn
Date:August 15th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)

As I recall ...

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Actually, Hamlet ends with Fortinbras' ordering Hamlet's body be carried off, and then his telling Horatio to tell the whole story of what went on.

Whenever I think of a sequel, based on the concept of the poison not working quite so magically, the big story is of the imprisoned Hamlet and Laertes getting rid of Fortinbras, who is now well into courting Gertrude. (Claudius did die, and is now also a ghost, in addition to Hamlet's father ...)
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 15th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)

Re: As I recall ...

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LOL

I really like the movie version where Fortibras is played by Rufus Sewell.
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From:justjohn
Date:August 15th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)

Re: As I recall ...

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He'd be among my first choices to play Havelock Vetenari.
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From:tinymammoth
Date:August 15th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations!
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From:arhyalon
Date:August 15th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Thanks.
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From:bojojoti
Date:August 15th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations!
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