This is the archival post for rounds 1-6 of the writerinadrawer
challenge. With special thanks to:thefannishwaldo
for running this and being a fantastic hardworking mod51stcenturyfox
for blowing BETA SPARKLES all over every entry
And all who read and voted, both for your praise and for your criticism. Originally posted 9.30.09
Also available at AO3
Title: I Went To The Animal Fair
Summary: Torchwood contemplates the capture of an escaped zoo animal.
Theme: Drabble; added element, zoo animal.
Word Count: 100 Exactly
Score: 12 (-1, +13). Won the round. ( I Went To The Animal Fair )
Title: Show Me Your Schematics
Summary: Jack bribes a young mechanic into helping him with a problem with his Spitfire.
Notes: I regret, with this one, the low wordcount. I wanted to tell a much more complete story instead of what seems like just a scene; the idea was to show Jack introducing someone to the wonders of the universe, as an exploration of how long he has spent at this kind of thing.
Theme: Favor. One of our characters needs a favor from someone; added element, a city foreign to your character.
Word count: Limited To 400
Score: 3 (-1, +4).( Show Me Your Schematics )
Title: Keep Calm And Carry On
Summary: The Torchwood archives are covered in signs, but at first Ianto doesn't understand why.
Theme: Signage; added element, a hand gesture, sign or signal.
Warning: Involuntary (well, accidental) drug use.
Words: Limited to 500
Score: 5 (+5). Won the round. ( Keep Calm and Carry On )
Title: I Know The Voices Dying
Summary: Jack decides a paradox might be a way to solve his little immortality problem, and at the moment he doesn't care who he takes with him.
Notes: This is a little more disjointed than I would have liked; I wanted him to have more time to discuss paradoxes with Elisia, and I wanted his thought process to paint a more complete picture for the audience of a totally broken man, someone who has turned so far inwards that there's no discernable difference between him and a sociopath. I Know The Voices Dying is a line from TS Eliot's Prufrock
Theme: School and lessons; added element, a common school supply
Words: Less than 500
Score: -2 (-4, +2)( I Know The Voices Dying )
Title: The Water's Fine
Summary: Ianto takes a leap of faith.
Notes: I have to admit that I kind of stole the 'something on my face' line from a fic I'd been beta-reading, without meaning to. SORRY FOXY.
Theme: Unexpected Side Effect; added element, advice from your mother
Word Count: Less than 700.
Score: 4 (-1, +5). Won the round. ( The Water's Fine )
Title: In Loco Parentis
Summary: Jack is retconned back to childhood, and Ianto does what he has to in order to fix it.
Notes: This was the subject of some hot comment action. The biggest problem people had with it was the idea that Retcon Doesn't Work That Way, but my more pressing concern was how flat it was. The wordcount bit me on the ass again in this; I wanted to go into much more detail about Jack's feelings and reactions, and about the team reacting to Ianto's initiative-taking. C'est la vie.
Theme: Amnesia; added element, a television show.
Word Count: Less than 700
Score: 3 (-7, +10)( In Loco Parentis )