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Old 2nd March 2012, 06:32 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Re: Discussion 75 Word Challenge -- MARCH

I might be being a bit thick, but what does the theme - the uncanny - actually mean?
The word uncanny, for me means when something is very similar to something else, 'the resemblance is uncanny' but that's about the only phrase I know it from.

Anyone care to elucidate?
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Old 2nd March 2012, 06:35 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Anya, it was an interesting story. Then it got to the last line and it was plain scary. I loved it.

Hex, those dogs are terrifying!

Moonbat, the OED has it as 'strange or mysterious' and originally related to the occult - so probably from unkennt (unknown)

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Old 2nd March 2012, 06:36 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I might be being a bit thick, but what does the theme - the uncanny - actually mean?
The word uncanny, for me means when something is very similar to something else, 'the resemblance is uncanny' but that's about the only phrase I know it from.

Anyone care to elucidate?
I suppose, odd, eerie or mysterious, Moonbat.
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Old 2nd March 2012, 07:40 PM   #34 (permalink)
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The challenge is certainly a bit different this month, it requires a bit of thought, methinks. I really like it though.
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Old 2nd March 2012, 07:54 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I might be being a bit thick, but what does the theme - the uncanny - actually mean?
The word uncanny, for me means when something is very similar to something else, 'the resemblance is uncanny' but that's about the only phrase I know it from.

Anyone care to elucidate?
check the first couple of posts in this thread. I Quoted Teresa on the question and made some examples.
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Old 2nd March 2012, 08:04 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Thanks lol this morning I really didn't think I'd do anything. Then I watched an 80s cartoon

I've forgotten to title it again. If anyone remembers it is Haunting the Loch (naff though lol).

I'm going to try and hold out and not read any.
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Yes, but uncanny and real, that's the rub; the two almost cancel each other out. I struggled. and knew I would keep struggling, so put myself out of my misery...
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Well, I thought I'd take my time with this one, but slept on it and something just popped into my head. So posted away.
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Man Springs, I think you take pride in being the first to post. It must be torture getting through the entire month for the next contest.
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I think I'm going to break with recent tradition and post early...
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I'm not one who normally enters these challenges, but an image came to me.
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Always good to have a challenge that requires some thought regarding genre or subject - to have both even more so!

Can I recommend Angela Carter's 'Wise Children' as an exceptional novel , particularly for those who enjoy vaudeville, Shakespeare or (indeed) magical realism. Quite short in length, but immensely satisfying.
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Man Springs, I think you take pride in being the first to post. It must be torture getting through the entire month for the next contest.
. I just know if I don't get it out of the way I'll second, and third,and fourth guess and then never post. Last month it took a couple of days to get the idea, but I still posted pretty quick when I did. Plus, once posted I can relax and enjoy all the other entries, which I am. (
I also try to use it as an exercise each month, this month was grasping a colloquial dialect, cos Bob's was so good last month, so there is an element where I self limit myself... its the second guessing again. )
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So, we've had a hawthorn bush, and a leprechaun; no pressure Alc.
Yup, my first half-idea involved the little folk. After yours, I thought "Nah". After Bowler's, I thought "Definitely nah." Only if I'm desperate now. Which is likely.

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The challenge is certainly a bit different this month, it requires a bit of thought, methinks. I really like it though.
Having the day off, I perused Wiki which gave me a list of Magical Realism books. This is not the genre I thought it was; it's looking scarily literary. (or it's "Fantasy for Spanish speaking authors" according to Gene Wolfe).

One library trip later and I've got The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie to read. See y'all in 6 months.
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I find this particular genre is going to be very difficult for me. I have written a few pieces in this area, but cutting it to only 75 words will be torture. Not to mention The Uncanny side of it.

I must refrain from reading other entries for inspiration, and come up with it entirely on my own.
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