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It’s been a while since we’ve had a general themed writing event. And since it ain’t gonna organize itself and no one else is stepping up, here goes my attempt. I’ve formatted the details in a questions and answer format below for your convenience:

How do I participate?
Write and submit a short story that incorporates the themes in some capacity when the submission period opens up.

How long do I have to write something?
A month from now. A thread for submissions will be created on 2024-06-02 and let’s say that there will be a 48-hour submission period that follows.

What do you mean by themes?
As implied by this thread’s title, the stories ought to incorporate something regarding fate and/or luck (or, more generally, fortune.) What this actually means in practice is up to each writer but I feel that is both vague enough to allow for all sorts of creative interpretations as well as specific enough to allow certain scenarios and things to happen and for the story to qualify.

You lost me or I don’t have much of an imagination. I need more concrete examples.
That’s not a question but I’ll indulge you nonetheless. Here is a list of scenarios and implementations that I’ve come up with off the cuff as that would most definitely count:

• A villager takes a shortcut on their way home one day and has an unexpected encounter that changes their life forever
• A coin flip causes a character to make one of two choices.
• Someone under the effects of a curse goes to extreme lengths to get rid of it
• Wolf tengu drawing lots in order to figure out who gets stuck with escort duty that week
• A rigged game of three card monte costs someone dearly
• An arranged marriage turns out to be a match made in heaven (or hell)
• A character is convinced that a certain person or certain actions guarantee their good/bad luck
• Something invertible, like the flower incident that happens every sixty year
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Your story doesn't need to be excessively long & involve excessive world building. Good luck :/.
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A week is probably an ample amount of time. You can make it anon!
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It doesn't matter that much if I make it in a week or not, since it's not like submissions will be permanently closed afterwards. I'd simply like to reduce the chances of being ignored after the initial period of attention paid to the thread.

But, well, I'm busy offline and only have so much of an attention span to spare anything, so work is already going to be slow, to say nothing of my need to be quite sure I'm conveying what I intend. There are things I must read in order to (attempt to) understand the style I'm aiming for, and then there's also still a great deal of indecision about the actual story events. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say I've spent multiple hours trying to produce singular paragraphs.

>>17358
Things are as long as they have to be. Also, what constitutes 'excessive world building'? I'm genuinely curious because I can't conceive of what that would involve. I don't think of anything I'm doing as 'world building', generally, but I also don't know what that term means to others.

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I want to try having regular discussions of characters. My hope is that we can share our ideas and consider new ways to write them.

I'll try to figure out how to run these as I go. For now, I want this to be a dialogue about different perspectives, so we should try to keep in mind that these are all subjective to a degree. This isn't about finding the "correct" interpretation, necessarily, only as many interesting ones as we can. I think staying aware of where our ideas on characters come from, whether canon, fanon, or personal headcanon, and presenting them accordingly could help reduce friction. In any case, please try to keep an open mind.

That being said, I think discussion here should also be a bit more detailed. I'm not interested in regurgitating memes about characters that had already gone stale in 2009. Please make a good faith effort to talk about what makes a character interesting to you or a way you think they could be interesting.
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Rolling 1d6 => 4
1: Reimu Hakurei
2: Marisa Kirisame
3: Hieda no Akyuu
4: Kosuzu Mootori
5: Miyoi Okunoda
6: Maribel Hearn & Renko Usami

Maribel and Renko consolidated. Mizuchi Miyadeguchi excluded due to recency. I can't think of any other characters to add who aren't covered by a game.
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Species: Human
Place of Activity: Human Village
Main Abilities: Ability to decipher any writing

First appeared in Forbidden Scrollery (2012)
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I’ve got mixed feelings regarding Kosuzu, to put it mildly.

She was one of the dullest things about Forbidden Scrollery, very often being over her head and the other humans (Reimu, Marisa, Akyuu) or the various youkai actually doing much of anything of note or otherwise driving or resolving situations. Kosuzu comes off as overall pleasant, if somewhat childish (and even a little petty) and, frankly, kind of dumb—the assumptions she makes about the outside world given what she’s read is a mix of arrogance and misinformation and she’s not particularly good at deducing things or working out problems herself. That she has an eye for business and opportunity is somewhat of a redeeming trait and probably hints at an upbringing where she has been expected to partake in the family business from a very young age.

I’m not sure there’s much growth to her character by the end of FS and, sure, she gets nominally inducted in the “group of people who know about Gensokyo’s realities” but it’s really sudden and for “reasons” (if not to say, Yukari-ex-machina.) That she hasn’t appeared or been mentioned since the end of FS strongly adds to that feeling of secondary status even within her own story and overall irrelevance.

I haven’t really seen anything on THP (or looked elsewhere) that I’ve found interesting that involves Kosuzu.

… But! With all that said, there’s still a lot that can be done with her character. That she’s a villager is a cachet for sure and she’s arguably the only “normal” human that we’ve seen for an extended period of time in the series thus far; Reimu, Marisa, and Sanae don’t live there and are not typical in the least; Akyuu has privileged social status, knowledge and wealth and is not representative either.

Kosuzu has a family and is part of a small business and community and has links not only to the other human protagonists—and boasts a fair degree of intimacy with Akyuu as exemplified by their speech and manners around one another—but (after FS) to youkai who have an active interest in village affairs. Any story that involves Kosuzu could easi
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It is time. A time. A good time. For what? For Imba as Fuck, a 2024 Lewd Shorts Writing Competition!

The terms are simpler by far than last year's, so do not fret. Indeed:
- You've got 5 weeks, till April 7th, to work on your entry.
- The submission window this time will be 3 days, from April 7th through the 9th, to avoid early gun-jumpers's entries going stale while the thread sits mostly inactive.
- 1 theme
- 1 entry per author
- 1 vote
- The voting period will last a week as usual, from April 10th till the 17th.

So with that in mind, your theme this year is:

- IMBALANCE -

In brief, there is to be a gap between the storied participators. You may interpret this however you wish; from an imbalance in age, perhaps with a dash of May-December romance, through an imbalance between their literal powers to a figurative imbalance of power in the relationship. Abuse of authority. Forceful seduction. Shameful submission. Interclass trysting. You are at complete liberty to interpret the theme however you wish, as are the readers to grant you their vote of confidence. Hell, write about Seija turning a man into a perrenial lucky pervert by messing up his sense of balance. It's all fair game in the meta.

In addition, just like last year, a prize doth hang in the balance:
- For 1st place, I, the anonymous obvious organiser, will pen a lewd short starring a character of your choice, fitting within the boundaries of the theme. Negotiation of the details - expected.
- Furthermore, if there are 5 or more entries, I will provide lesser - though hopefully still enjoyable - prizes for 2nd and 3rd place contestants as well. He who knows what this is likely to entail, well, knows.

Finally, to prevent shenanigans around the above, I myself will abstain from participating. The slack is thereby all yours t
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Step- I would be fine enough with if it's not too central. Outright and actual is not my ball game.

The pics look amazing, by the way!
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Got you. No Mike showing her littermate the rapes. I mean, the ropes.
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The prize has been delivered: >>/at/41374

Thus I declare the contest closed.

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It only took a decade, but the old thread is now on autosage. That means it's time for a new one. Since we're starting fresh, I'll take this opportunity to clarify a couple of things.

>Recommendations?
There's another thread for that: >>17228.

>Pitching my nifty story idea? Talking about writing?
More of a topic for this thread: >>16503

>Arguing about Touhou canon?
Keep it here: >>16913

>Non-THP stories?
In general, whatever's discussed here ought to be on THP, but as long as it doesn't dominate the thread, stories from elsewhere are fine.

Now that that's all clear, get discussing.
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I wish there were more ongoing slice-of-life kind of stories. Just want something cozy.

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The old thread's too old to be bumped, so I thought it might be nice to make a new one.

I think the basis of THP should be loving a) the Touhou Project and b) reading about characters or situations pertaining to it, and part of having a healthy community is a willingness to share what you like. So, honestly, even if you feel like 'everyone in the world' has read something, why not try to push it anyway? Celebrate the things you love! Maybe there's someone out there who somehow hasn't heard. We don't all run in the same exact circles, after all; it'd be pretty boring if we did.

This thread might seem a bit redundant when we have a more general story discussion thread (>>13108), but I feel like this thread should be more about sharing stories and making others aware. Sure, there can be a little bit of crossover in discussing or questioning what makes a story noteworthy, but anything particularly heavy would be better off going in the other thread.

Also, if you want, you can recommend stuff that isn't from THP. It'd be better if it was from here, but it's better to share what you love than not.

To start things off, I'm going to make a recommendation that I've made before and won't stop making: Theater of Youth (https://www.thp.moe/others/res/44424.html).

It might be easy for some to dismiss it off-hand because it's 'a high-school AU', but that's a mistake. There's been a lot of care put into this story by its author, taking pains to not just transplant the cast of the Touhou Project into a notionally different setting, but to convey the circumstances and facets of those characters and express them as they normally are in a new setting. It's not just a what-if exercise but a joyful celebration of, among other things, VNs and anime of the '80s and '90s. It's also a real breeze to read at a thousand words an update
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Minor correction for the OP:

The old story discussion thread is now autosaged and a new one has been created at >>17303.
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At random, I had a re-read of Summerfield's Tengu Hold 'em (>>/youkai/31720) and feel it's held up very well over the three years since its posting. I'd forgotten the dialogue being hilarious enough to make me actually laugh out loud, the ridiculous card game the cast of random youkai are playing, and the absolutely perfect ending. There's such a great showing of verisimilitude in the story that's hard to sum up in an easy way. It feels so true even if it's just a singular interpretation of the Mountain and its varied social relations. That it's not mentioned much, if at all, is a shame. Summerfield, thank you for the laughs; I sincerely hope for more at a later date.

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In the interests of keeping the recs thread clean and limited to recommendations, let's bring all other discussion of stories here. Want to have a protracted argument about why writer x is a faget who should die in a freak kitchen accident? Fire your shots here. Want to complain about story y not having enough (or too much, if you're a sissy) grimdark tentacle death blood rape? By all means, make your voice heard here. Just keep it germane to THP stories and we're all good.
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I'll also just add that people get hung up on tiny little details about characters and whether or not things match them when, honestly, I think they should be more worried about whether or not the characters "feel" like who they're supposed to be, which is a whole separate thing from "muh lore". So even if things get contradicted or whatever by some new chapter of a manga or a new game or whatever the fuck, as long as it's not a lazy archetype with a nuhu's name pasted on, it really doesn't matter. I mean, there's people who don't even care that much about that, so it's not like "not being true to the REAL 2HUS" is going to lose you readers. TL;DR: stop worrying and learn to love the nuhus. Also, most characters don't get that much follow-up by ZUN, so half of anything is going to be made the fuck up anyway.
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I read it 10 years ago and loved it so much. I reread it a few days ago and it definitely holds up well. Some minor issues with pacing (sometimes spending an entire post dedicated to sorting books in a library) but all the details I remembered about it were just as perfect as they were when I first read it.

Princess Tepes does a great job building their own unique rendition of the SDM. The fresh take on all the SDM residents and their backstories, along with the seven named fairy maids, make for a lovable cast of characters that I miss now that I'm done reading the story. And you can't write a better Flandre than Princess Tepes' Flandre.

Everything from Kay's appearance onwards is perfect - it's incredible that the author was able to write a perfect ending considering the format of stories on this website, with the readers derailing any plans the author might have.

10/10, would read again in another 10 years.
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I better see a Mike story from one of you knuckleheads for the coming exhibition.

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Last night, I floated an idea in the Discord about a fun thing that could be done for the season. My main resistance to setting dates and posting a thread is that participation on the site is way down compared to before across the board. The last contest was surprising in how many people actually submitted entries, but it still wasn't on the level of previous ones.

That in mind, I figured we ought to have a thread where we can bat around ideas for things like contests and try to gauge interest/potential engagement before committing. If you have something you'd like to see done on the site, toss it out there.

I'll keep my thing separate of the OP.
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Hmm. Well, I won't push for it, since I'm kind of slammed with work at the moment, but I'm not giving up on it either. We've got the contest going on right now, anyhow, so maybe I'll refloat it once we wrap that up.
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This is kind of a repeat topic in some ways, but it came up again in the outer communities.

For whatever event we hold next, there is always the possibility that we could abandon the pretext of 'competition' and just have an exhibition, whether a general one or based on some sort of thematic element. Given the lack of stakes (e.g., meaningful prizes) for contests beyond 'bragging rights', there's little difference beyond a somewhat formalised voting process. Were we to transition to an exhibition, we would essentially just be doing away with voting as a procedural element.

Some out-of-band communication has involved some dissatisfaction with what could be perceived as a lack of serious scrutiny involved in judging contests, leading to contests being, at best, popularity contests. Leaving the veneer of 'competition' out of things would alleviate any perceived need to tailor an entry to any particular sensibilities to 'win'. By the same token, the objection has been raised that even the thinnest pretext of 'competition' might be necessary to motivate some entrants. There is also the fear that removing the voting process will lead to a dearth of feedback desired by those submitting entries.

There's probably much more to be said, but I'll leave that to the rest of you to discuss. Considering there's nothing yet in mind for another event, competition or otherwise, there's not much pressure to make a decision right this minute, but it would behoove those interested to make it at some point.
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So, we didn't really have an annual free-for-all contest/exhibition last year as in years previous. Any interest in doing that this year?

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Starting this thread so that we can get some discussion about things in the touhou canon and various interpretations of the things stated in the official works. ZUN is consistent about a number of things but a lot of other things he outright forgets or doesn't care that much about (*laughs*). So I think it's useful to have a space to hash the occasional point of contention out.
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It's basically established that villagers are important to Gensokyo and youkai aren't allowed to harm them, but what about other villagers? Is it a matter of cosmic significance if a villager murders another, or is it just a statistic? Is there a significant effort to make sure it doesn't happen? To punish offenders? It seems like it would be in the youkai's best interest to keep humans from killing each other, whether on the level of individual murders or something like a civil war, so maybe it's another one of the many things they meddle in?
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>Is there a significant effort to make sure it doesn't happen? To punish offenders?

I mean, that's basically what we do out here in the Outside World all on our own. I don't think the presence of youkai would suddenly convince humanity that murder is hunky-dory all of a sudden. I mean, if you went out into the woods and found a leprechaun, would your first thought be to start going around killing everyone?
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>I don't think the presence of youkai would suddenly convince humanity that murder is hunky-dory all of a sudden.
Uh, not sure how you read that out of what I said, but that's not what I said.

I'm saying: do youkai have an interest in keeping villagers from harming/killing each other considering they're so important to Gensokyo? And to be clear, I'm not looking for an "answer" because there really isn't one. It's just wondering out loud.

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Ever closer to the end.
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bongbong?
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I don't feel so good...

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We’re well into October so we’re getting closer to Nanowrimo! If you don’t know what that means, let me enlighten you through a quick Q&A formatted as if I were having a discussion with the average THP user.

What is Nanowrimo?
It’s a yearly event where writers are encouraged to just write and try to hammer out the equivalent of a short novel during the month of November. On THP it’s also been a yearly fixture for a while, with writers encouraged to write a certain number of updates or reach a word count by the end fo the month.

Okay, what are the goals?
Usually it’s either 30 updates or 30,000 words before the end of the month. But, honestly, no is is going to insist on a hard number. Do as much or as little as you want and can. The important thing is to just go for it and write a lot even if the output isn’t perfect.

So it goes on through all of November?
Yep. Starts November 01 and ends on November 30. Thirty days.

Can I just dump a single huge post and be done with it?
You can split it in as many or as few posts/updates as you like. You’re old enough to make your own decisions.

Can I have multiple stories count?
Sure. Again, this is more the about the spirit of things than their form.

Geez, dad, enough already. Spare me the lecture and just tell me if I get anything for going through all of this trouble.
The satisfaction of a job well done? The admiration of Touhou fiction enjoyers everywhere? If that’s not good enough, in previous years some other organizers have offered “rewards” to those who meet the criteria. Maybe they’ll do so again. Since I’m not your dad I won’t be punishing you or rewarding you either way.

I’m a smartass and have to ask what happens if I don’t make it to 30k words or 30 updates.
You’
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I shitposted and voted, so I think I won
>>17097
>No you won't.
>spoiler
But I did
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You forgot Summerfield. Even if his thing didn't span the month, he still finished, and that's worth something.


In all honesty, I didn't care that much for a lot of what was happening. It would have been nice if we had more Pantomime of Youth, but I understand life is a fuck. At least Summerfield's thing was interesting, and I still like Moral's stuff for what it is. I'd be fine with Bee's thing too, but there's not enough to really pass judgement, even though I don't care very much about the porn parts.
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You can forget me; it's okay. You're definitely not gonna forget the next 5 months of winter, and that's comfort enough for me. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA LETTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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