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January 15th, 2017

Title: One Change (9)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Prompts: #547 – Serenade
Warnings: None
Pairings/Characters: Logan/Veronica
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1,504
Summary: Logan just can't quit her.

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January 14th, 2017

Prompt #547

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Hiya Tamers! Apologies about mis-tagging last week's prompt. That is why it is bad to be sick. This Modly Mod is still not better, but at least I'm clear headed this week. And on to the prompt:



Serenade




Definition here


Remember, all prompts are open to interpretation by the author. Make the prompt your own!

Comments and Questions welcome via the Contact the Mods page

Tamingmod
Xocoatl aka Asharia

January 13th, 2017

Daymare

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Title: Daymare
Author: Forsaken2003
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I own none.
Comments: Always welcomed!
Summary: A fight between Spike and Xander has Xander worried.
Warnings/Spoilers: Season 5 Post Into The Woods
Beta’d by: Unbeta’d
Prompt #546 from tamingthemuse - Daymare
Note: From now on most of my tamingthemuse stories will be named as the challenge.

http://forsaken2003.livejournal.com/213210.html

January 9th, 2017

Title: Knowing Better
Fandom: Harry Potter
Prompts: #546 – Daymare
Warnings: character death
Pairings/Characters: Pandora, Luna
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 735
Summary: Pandora should've known better.

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January 7th, 2017

Prompt #546

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Hiya Tamers! Sick!Mod is still sick and almost forgot about this week's prompt post. Thankfully there's calendar alerts. This week's prompt is:



Daymare





Definition here.


Remember, all prompts are open to interpretation by the author. Make the prompt your own!

Comments and Questions welcome via the Contact the Mods page

Tamingmod
Xocoatl aka Asharia

January 6th, 2017

Obsession

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Title: Obession
Author: Forsaken2003
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I own none.
Comments: Always welcomed!
Summary: Spike finds out something about Xander.
Warnings/Spoilers: Post NFA
Beta’d by: Unbeta’d
Prompt #545 from tamingthemuse- Obession
Note: From now on most of my tamingthemuse stories will be named as the challenge.

http://forsaken2003.livejournal.com/212925.html

January 1st, 2017

Title: The Meaning of Love
Fandom: Harry Potter
Prompts: #545 – Obsession
Warnings: None
Pairings/Characters: Teddy/Victoire
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1,378
Summary: Teddy and Victoire are having problems.

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Hiya Tamers! Here it is, the first of the monthly challenges. I meant to post this earlier, but sick!Mod is sick and really fuzzy headed. Colds suck.

January's challenge will be:



Everyday Magic




Remember, all prompts are open to interpretation by the author. Make the prompt your own!

Comments and Questions welcome via the Contact the Mods page

Tamingmod
Xocoatl aka Asharia
Hiya Tamers! Welp, here's the rules and FAQs for the new monthly challenge.

At the beginning of every month a prompt, theme, or trope will be posted. You will have the whole month to write something for the challenge.

Unlike the weekly prompts, earning awards will not add up. An award will be awarded for each month separately, so if you write for every month you will have 12 awards by the end of the year.

Interested? Okay, here's the rules/FAQs:

What can/do we write?

Well, there are two ways you can write for the challenge.

  1. Write something specifically for that month's prompt/theme/trope, just like a weekly prompt. Simple, right.(Easy)


  2. Incorporate the theme/prompt/trope into your weekly prompts by:

    • Writing the monthly challenge into each of your weekly prompts. (Medium)


    • Writing a continous piece that uses each weekly prompt as well as the monthly challenge. (Hard)




Will the awards differ by level?

Yes they will.

What are the word limits?

If you write the first, easiest option, the minimum word count is 2000 words. It seems like a lot, but that is over a whole month.

If you choose either of the other two choices there will be no minimum since it will be part of the weekly prompts which already has a minimum word count.

What is the time limit?

The prompt/trope/theme will be posted on the first of the month. You have until the last day of the month at 11:59 pm EST to post.

How do we use the monthly prompt/theme/trope?

Like always, things are open to interpretation by the author. We want you to make the prompts your own. If you'd like some idea how to use them, check out this, it has good ideas of how to play with tropes, which can by applied to any prompt or theme too.

What are the awards?

Everyone that writes and posts for the monthly challenge will get a banner with their name, the theme/prompt/trope, and possibly a muse of their choice (I'm still debating that part).

Those who write for the harder two options will get an icon as well.




There will be tags for the monthly challenges, as always, please use them. If you write options 2 or 3 you should tag each post with the monthly tag as well.

Posts should have an appropriate header.

If you choose to write for options 2 or 3, at the end of the month make a post with a header and links to all the parts, and tag with the monthly tag.




If you have any questions you can contact the mods here or email us here.


TamingMod
=^-^= Xocoatl aka Asharia
Hiya Tamers! Xocoatl aka Asharia here with the New Year news.

First, I'm sure everyone has noticed the steep decline in participants lately. It's a bit sad since this community has been running for nearly 10 years. So, to try and get more people, either new or old, to come write with us, I will be creating some banners to pimp the community. I'll be posting them as soon as they're done. Share them far and wide, let's keep tamingthemuse going!

Second, I know we're behind on tracking and awards. Both Zippit and I will be working on that to get everything caught up. 2016 was a bit of a horrible year, 2017 will hopefully be better.

Three, we are going to have a new bit of challenge. This echoes back to the old monthly prompts we used to have, but these will be a bit different. I will be posting the rules and FAQs a little later. Participation in these new prompts is voluntary.

Fourth, for the next week I'm opening up the prompt submission box (submit to Tamingmods or Xocoatldreams with a subject of "Taming the Muse Prompts"). Flood it people, give me all the prompts. We're running a bit low in the generator and I'd like to fill it back up with new ideas for the new year.

Fifth, with the LJ servers moving and all the issues that might happen, I have opened up a new DreamWidth community for Taming The Muse, which can be found here. Depending on how things progress here on LJ, we might just crosspost (import) each week to keep things up to date, or we might have to totally migrate over to DW to keep the comm going. We'll have to wait and see.

Sixth, and last, I was considering creating a Collection on AO3 for the comm. Yay or nay? You guys weigh in.

And, done for now. The rules for the new challenges will be going up shortly (I still have to finish typing them up).

Have a wonderful 2017 my fellow muse-wranglers!

TamingMod
=^-^= Xocoatl aka Asharia

December 31st, 2016

Prompt #545

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Hiya Tamers! Here's the first prompt for 2017 (even if that is a few hours away):




Obsession





Remember, all prompts are open to interpretation by the author. Make the prompt your own!

Comments and Questions welcome via the Contact the Mods page

Tamingmod
Xocoatl aka Asharia



*Keep an eye out, news for the prompt is coming within the next 24 hours (would have been sooner but this mod caught a very bad cold and is very fuzzy-headed at the moment).

December 25th, 2016

Hiya Tamers! I apologize for not putting up a prompt last night, but between getting things ready for dinner tonight and last minute present wrapping, I didn't really have the time. On the other hand, I'm not going to put one up now, we're just going to treat this as a free week. Rest, relax, let the muses wander a bit, and we'll get back to it on the 31st.

In other news, there are some changes coming to tamingthemuse. One* of them is that there will be a new monthly theme/trope/prompt. I will be putting up the rules for it by the 31st when the first one will be posted.

Basically though, it will go like this: at the beginning of every month a prompt, theme, or trope will be posted. There are a few ways you can use them if you decide participate. One is to write something for it like you would a normal weekly prompt. For that the minimum word count would be 2000 words. Or, you could, over the course of the month, incorporate the theme/trope/prompt into your weekly writing. There would be only the normal minimum of 500 words for the weekly prompt as usual.

Like always, everything is open to interpretation. Also, whatever you posted, if you choose the second option, would not have to be from the same body of work. I mean by that, if the prompt is fairy tales, you could write a several one shots over the month dealing with fairy tales, having a fairy tale like quality, etc. If you wanted to be challenged a little more, you could definitely write them all interconnect. I think that would be fun :D, insane but fun.**

Okay, that's all for now. Happy Holidays to those who celebrate, Happy Stuff Yourself with Food to those who don't, and hugs to anyone who had to work today.



*The other changes will be revealed in the new year
**Oh, yes, there will be awards for the monthly challenges.



Taming Mod
~Xocoatl aka Asharia

December 23rd, 2016

Title: Evil Christmas Tree
Author: Forsaken2003
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: R
Disclaimer: I own none.
Comments: Always welcomed!
Summary: Xander finds out the kinds of trees evil vampires and they aren't pretty. (Crappy Summary)
Warnings/Spoilers: Season 4
Beta’d by: Unbeta’d
Prompt #544 from tamingthemuse- Grotesque
Note: From now on most of my tamingthemuse stories will be named as the challenge.
Note 2: This week I've apparently gone to a disturbing place.


http://forsaken2003.livejournal.com/212566.html

December 19th, 2016

Title: Away From James
Fandom: Harry Potter
Prompts: #544 – Grotesque
Warnings: None
Pairings/Characters: James Sirius, Albus Severus
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 837
Summary: Albus knows it's wrong, but he can't help himself.

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December 17th, 2016

Christmas Treats

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Title: Christmas Treats
Author: Forsaken2003
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I own none.
Comments: Always welcomed!
Summary: Xander's doing Christmas baking.
Warnings/Spoilers: Season 5
Beta’d by: Unbeta’d
Prompt #543 from tamingthemuse- Mince
Note: From now on most of my tamingthemuse stories will be named as the challenge.

http://forsaken2003.livejournal.com/212446.html

Prompt #544

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Hiya Tamers! I have an announcement that is coming later this week. For now, the new prompt is:




Grotesque






Definitions here and here.



Remember, all prompts are open to interpretation by the author. Make the prompt your own!

Comments and Questions welcome via the Contact the Mods page

Tamingmod
Xocoatl

December 15th, 2016

Title: Lotus in Muddy Water remix
Fandom: BtVS
Prompt: 542 - Bowyer
Rating: PG
Word Count: 563
Note: Locked to members of Taming the Muse
Note: 1st draft

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December 11th, 2016

Title: Familiarity
Fandom: Harry Potter
Prompts: #543 – Mince
Warnings: None
Pairings/Characters: Remus/Sirius
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 637
Summary: Companion!Remus. Remus and The Doctor see a familiar voice when they pay a visit to Cardiff.

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December 10th, 2016

Prompt #543

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Hiya Tamers! This week's prompt is:



Mince





Remember, all prompts are open to interpretation by the author. Make the prompt your own!

Comments and Questions welcome via the Contact the Mods page

Tamingmod
Xocoatl

Bowyer

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Title: Bowyer
Author: Forsaken2003
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: I own none.
Comments: Always welcomed!
Summary: Spike has a present made for Xander for Christmas.
Warnings/Spoilers: Season 5
Beta’d by: Unbeta’d
Prompt #542 from tamingthemuse- Bowyer
Note: From now on most of my tamingthemuse stories will be named as the challenge.


http://forsaken2003.livejournal.com/212139.html

December 5th, 2016

Title: Sirius's Lesson
Fandom: Harry Potter
Prompts: #542 – Bowyer
Warnings: None
Pairings/Characters: Sirius/Lily
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1,335
Summary: Sirius helps Lily through a revelation..

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December 3rd, 2016

Prompt #542

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Hiya Tamers! This week's prompt is:



Bowyer




Definitions here and here



Remember, all prompts are open to interpretation by the author. Make the prompt your own!

Comments and Questions welcome via the Contact the Mods page

Tamingmod
Xocoatl

In Good Faith

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Title: In Good Faith
Author: Forsaken2003
Pairing: Spike/Xander
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I own none.
Comments: Always welcomed!
Summary: Xander wants Spike to help with patrol.
Warnings/Spoilers: Season 5
Beta’d by: Unbeta’d
Prompt #541 from tamingthemuse- In Good Faith
Note: From now on most of my tamingthemuse stories will be named as the challenge.

http://forsaken2003.livejournal.com/211831.html

November 27th, 2016

Title: Trials and Tribulations
Fandom: Harry Potter
Prompts: #541 – In Good Faith
Warnings: None
Pairings/Characters: Remus/Sirius
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1,126
Summary: Slytherin!Sirius. Remus and Sirius fell in love.

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