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    Quote Originally Posted by PlantAKiss View Post
    When I was like 6, I co-authored a horror "short story" with my brother. It was called "Give Me Back My Toe." It was indeed short (about 5 sentences) and was never published. In fact, I don't think anyone ever heard our toe tale since it was concocted in about 5 minutes trying to scare ourselves down in the basement.
    That is awesome.

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    Could you post the ENTIRE short story about the toe<.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Its_a_friday View Post
    Could you post the ENTIRE short story about the toe?
    I don't think that's possible based on the described girth of the story. I think there is a four sentence limit in posts.

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    Thanks for the input guys.

    Moleke, I have a pretty good sized library of the kinda weird stories I like to work on (I hesitate to say write since none are "finsihed" yet). I guess I'm just a tad paranoid because I know I didn't pay any attention in high school to anything that was outside the art room.

    One of the hardest things for me is to make up believeable / interesting names of people and places (most of my first draft stories are set HERE or happen to SO AND SO). Today I picked up a gigantic Atlas of World History. it's full of political maps from all different eras throughout civilization who's names have been recorded and mapped. When I think up fake names on my own they always sound too fake, so for me this is a goldmine.

    Xvart, I routinely break the 4 sentence rule, let him post the toe tale!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Xvart, I routinely break the 4 sentence rule, let him post the toe tale!
    Oh. Well then... I'll have to start watching you more closely . Anyways, I'm sure PAK's 6 year old brain was operating on one really long run-on sentence being 5 sentences so I guess my point is moot.

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    For names, you might even try things such as star names, variations on latin genus/species names (i.e. remove the "-us" kinds of things), or even words from other languages.

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    Names are good, but there is a rule I made which must not be transgressed -

    "All characters must have a name, shortened name, or nickname which can be easily cried out during orgasm."

    It sounds bad, but think about it - do you know *anyone* with a more than 3 syllable name who doesn't go by a short form, nickname, or middle name? Long, complicated names are a pain, and make it harder to keep track of the characters. My rule is 3 syllables, but most of my characters have 2-syllable names at most, and several have 1-syllable names (Kurt, Zach, Steve, etc).

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    let him post the toe tale!


    I must have had a sex-change operation somewhere along the way that I didn't notice...

    "Give Me Back My Toe" was about a dead man having his toe severed and his blood drained into a ketchup bottle. The dead man walked around in a zombie-like manner saying [spooky voice] "Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive me back my blood!! Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiive me back my toe!!"

    Well, that was pretty scary when you are 6 years old.
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