The Seventh Annual Blessed-But-Not-Official-Elysian-Fields Exquisite Corpse Challenge! by yellowb +4
Responses: 2
Categories: Comic (Season Not Specified), Challenge Response, Artwork, Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7
Characters: Ensemble
Summary:

Please read through the rules!  They change a little every year.  

 

For those who are new to the concept:  an "exquisite corpse" is a surreal, collaborative artwork created using a series of prompts.  Each person writes their part based on very thin knowledge of what came before.  The wiki-history of the form is here.  You can read the previous Elysian Fields exquisite corpses here.

This is intended as a time-limited, prompt-driven challenge -- that is, by signing up you commit to waiting for your prompt, to seeing what it sparks, and then to writing for approximately 7 days. The end result tends toward the surreal specifically because the small amount of info passed along from author to author encourages discontinuities.  That’s a feature, not a bug.

  

Here's how it will work for authors:  

1.   If you want to participate, PM me on EF before or on February 1. Let me know if you have special timing needs -- any periods in February, March, or April when you know you will be otherwise occupied. Also let me know how you prefer to communicate about the Corpse (email, site mail, etc.).  And if you would let me know what email your chapter will be coming from, that will help me keep track of whose chapters are whose.

2.   I'll put you on the list.  

3.   I will randomly draw names from the list to establish the order of writers.

4.   The first person writes Chapter 1, and sends it to me.  

5.   I send only the last paragraph and a deadline on to the second person, who then sends me their completed chapter.

6.   Etc.

7.   This will publish on consecutive days this spring and summer.  Depending on how many authors participate, it may be in one big run of days after the last chapter is in, or a few long weekends at intervals.  It also might not begin during challenge month this year.

 

Here’s how it will work for artists:

1.  If you’d like to participate in a visual Exquisite Corpse, PM me on EF before or on February 1.  Up to 6 artists will get an assignment of top, middle, or bottom thirds of Buffy or Spike, which I’ll figure out how to stitch together into two banners… this part is new, so we’ll see how it goes!

 

Rules:  

  • Your chapter must start with the paragraph you were given, just as you were given it.  
  • Only your final paragraph will be forwarded to the next author.  A natural last paragraph is much preferred, and I reserve the right to trim off overly-detailed exposition. (“Crap!” said Buffy, for instance, is an acceptable final paragraph; as is “Crap,” said Buffy, glaring at the now teacup-sized Angel.  But please don’t force out something like “Crap,” said Buffy, glaring out the now teacup-sized Angel who had been shrunk by a boomeranging shrinkage spell of his own devising that had been intended for Spike on the occasion of this their wedding night.)  
  • No cross-overs outside the Buffyverse (ATS and the comics are fine!)
  • We are a small community -- please do what you can not to share info about chapters before publication. You are of course free to have your chapter beta’d, but preferably not by a fellow Corpser.
  • NC-17, though you do not have to rise to that rating.
  • The Bewildered Rule: While I generally recommend a 1,000 to 5,000 word chapter, there is a maximum word count of 14,700.
  • Your chapter should be sent to me by your deadline if at all possible, since other people will also be waiting for their prompts.  But if something comes up that interferes with your ability to write during your assigned week, let me know!  We can either see if someone is available to swap places with you, or move you to the end of the queue, later in the summer. 
  • And since authors always ask: You are very, very welcome to use your EC chapter as part of a future work! Or as a stand-alone one shot. Or to put it on other archives, though I’d appreciate a reference back to the Corpse. The Exquisite Universe is an open universe, and you can link related stories to it as you wish.


Summary:

It's a turvy-topsy world.
 

Banner artists, from left to right: BewitchedXx, Dynamite, and ClowniestLivEver

Beta and Sensitivity Readers: bmerb, cawthraven, MiseEnPlace
Artists: BewitchedXx, ClowniestLivEver, Dynamite
Series: The Exquisite Universe
Categories: Artwork, Challenge Response
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dramedy, Established Relationship, Fighting, Fix-It, Romance, Slow-Burn
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Challenges: The Seventh Annual Blessed-But-Not-Official-Elysian-Fields Exquisite Corpse Challenge!
Event: April Challenge 2023
Completed: Yes Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Word count: 21,596 Hit Count: 1,620 ePub Downloads: 22
Published: April 27, 2023 Updated: June 09, 2023
Summary:

It's a turvy-topsy world.
  

Banner artists, from left to right: nmcil, Dirtyaim, and scratchmeout

Beta and Sensitivity Readers: alittlemoretime, bewildered, cawthraven, EllieRose101, HappyWhenItRains, Holly, simmony, trevino
Artists: Dirtyaim, nmcil, scratchmeout
Series: The Exquisite Universe
Categories: Artwork, Challenge Response
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Action/Adventure, Dramedy, Established Relationship, Fighting, Fluffy/Comedy, Lighthearted, Porn w/ Plot, Porn w/o Plot, Romance
Warnings: Adult Language, Sexual Situations, Violence
Challenges: The Seventh Annual Blessed-But-Not-Official-Elysian-Fields Exquisite Corpse Challenge!
Event: April Challenge 2023
Completed: Yes Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Word count: 52,613 Hit Count: 1,843 ePub Downloads: 31
Published: April 27, 2023 Updated: July 23, 2023