Round Two Begins!

I was eliminated in round one of the Cyberspace Open (not even a near miss, I’m afraid), but that’s not going to stop me from cranking out a scene for round two! It will just stop me from working very hard on it.

Your PROTAGONIST has been betrayed by his CONFIDANT — someone deep within his (or her) inner circle. This betrayal threatens to destroy everything the protagonist has been working towards. The protagonist’s only ace in the hole: the confidant is not yet aware he’s been found out. Write a crackling scene in which the protagonist confronts the confidant.

I had a thought this morning that might help the one hundred talented folks who are moving on. The top three entries will be produced on video to determine the grand champion. If you think you have a shot, you might consider the produceability of your scene – will it shine in a low-budget video enactment? Zero gravity explosions being an integral part of the action might cost you in the long run.

I wish all of the contestants good luck, but especially the ones who have stopped by here to share advice. You guys rock!

4 thoughts on “Round Two Begins!

  1. OK, slightly off topic … but there’s a cricket under/behind the refrigerator, and I think of you every time the darn thing chirps. Flame thrower, anyone? ;)

    • Off-topic but timely, as just yesterday I added a link to “Hell-Cricket” under “Tall Tales” over on the sidebar. I will be reworking the first paragraphs before I put it in the anthology.

  2. Hi there — I came across your post while searching for other participants in the CS Open contest. I made it through to Round 2 this time, but the second scene was MUCH harder work.

    If anyone’s interested in offering feedback on my Round 1 and Round 2 scenes, you can download PDFs from my blog:


    • WordPress thought this comment was spam. “Nonsense!” said I, “it’s right on topic.” However… I don’t see the PDF’s over there. No hint of Cyberspace Open that I could spot. Not much of anything, really.

      So… I’m not sure. Are you out there, YourProtagonist? Care to clarify?

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