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I haven't seen any challenges done on this site, so I thought that a fun way to spend the summer hiatus would be to do some short fic challenges.

Think of it like one of Sheldon's driving games. :)

 

So, this first one I'll suggest goes like this:

 

The Big Bang Theory "Talk To Me" Challenge!

  • Must be ALL DIALOG (no other descriptions, etc.)
  • 500-600 Words
  • Any or all characters, in any combination BUT--sorry, only canon couples (sorry, but me no want no Shenny or slash...it's my party, after all... :) )
  • Must include any 5 of the following words/phrases (but no lifting of dialog directly from the show!):
    • semiotics
    • neuroses
    • mirror symmetry
    • unspecified disturbance of conduct
    • chart
    • graph
    • diaphanous
    • grotesque
    • Star Trek
    • holy crap on a cracker
    • schedule
    • snoring

 

So, I guess it could be posted on FF.net, or, if no one objects, since they're going to be short pieces, they could be posted here, either each entry in its own thread (so they can be easily found and easily commented on) or whatever.

I'm open to suggestions as to where to post the finished products.

 

I think we should see if we can have a deadline of June 14th.  I think that should give everyone enough time, but let me know if you think there should be more time.  I want as many people as possible to participate if they want to. :)

 

If you have any questions or suggestions in regard to this challenge or whatever, please let me know.

(Also, if you want to see an example of a similar challenge from the X-Files, click on the link in my sig space (my fanfic page) and under the TXF stories, click on the story called "Friday".)

 

And...GO! :)

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Hmm. I'm intrigued by this! I've never even heard of fanfic challenges before and now, since I have never really been able to turn down a challenge, I'm really considering giving it a go, although I have no idea what I would do.

And I've never written anything that was solely dialogue before... Hmm... Desicions, desicions!

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Hmm. I'm intrigued by this! I've never even heard of fanfic challenges before and now, since I have never really been able to turn down a challenge, I'm really considering giving it a go, although I have no idea what I would do.

And I've never written anything that was solely dialogue before... Hmm... Desicions, desicions!

 

I hope you decide to play--the more the merrier! :)

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If Miso does this I'm gonna give up LOL (not even trying)

hahaha! I tend to agree with that! Miso is amazing!

 

I may give this a try...we'll see. Dialogue only? I'm intrigued, but not sure I can pull it off!

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hahaha! I tend to agree with that! Miso is amazing!

 

I may give this a try...we'll see. Dialogue only? I'm intrigued, but not sure I can pull it off!

 

I'm not even sure I can pull it off--I was thinking about this last night and have to figure out who I want to be talking and what I want them to talk about and I don't really have an inspiration just yet.

 

I didn't want to be too limiting in assigning a topic or a setting, but it could be that the open endedness is what's hanging me up. :p

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I am going to have to think about this and whether I have time to get something done that quickly.   I love the challenge though.  I want to participate.  I will think about it this week and see if it can be worked into any of my plot bunnies.   Love the idea!

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I am going to have to think about this and whether I have time to get something done that quickly.   I love the challenge though.  I want to participate.  I will think about it this week and see if it can be worked into any of my plot bunnies.   Love the idea!

 

We can always extend the deadline, if enough people are participating and want more time.  :)

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I was wondering if anyone is actually participating in this--if so, is the deadline of the 14th going to work or does anyone need more time?

 

I know some people had expressed interest but I don't know if anyone has actually put pen to paper (or keyboard to screen...)

 

Anyone?

 

Beuller?

 

*crickets*...

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I tried. I really did, but jeez it was hard! I'm not used to writing dialogue only fics and everything I wrote down just came out horrible! Haha so ill be giving this one a miss, although I will look out for future ones, and will hopefully have more luck with them!

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Easy peasy dialogue squeezey. I find description the hardest part of all and dialogue easy.

 

 

 

 

“Okay I’m back,” said Penny.

 

“Great did you get them?” said Leonard.

 

“Sure did. Two female Star Trek costumes coming up.”

 

“Thanks,” said Bernadette.

 

“We’re bound to win the costume competition this year. We have three girls,” said Raj.

 

 “Yeah, we’re practically the entire bridge of the enterprise,” said Howard.

 

“Bernie and I will go and put ours on. Amy, are you ready?”

 

“Oh yes, I came prepared. I have mine on under my jacket. It was purchased to play doctor with Sheldon.”

 

“Nurse,” said Sheldon.

 

“Sorry?”

 

“You were nurse Chapel,” said Sheldon.

 

“Oh, yes I’m a nurse,” said Amy, “if anyone feels faint or unusual, let me know.”

 

“We’ll call on you first,” said Bernadette.

 

“I’m only doing this because you’ve been away for four months and I missed you,” said Penny.

 

“I know and I really appreciate it,” said Leonard.

 

“Make-up time everyone!” said Raj.

 

“Not too much bronzer, I’ll look like a klingon,” said Leonard.

 

“Kirk is meant to be tanned,” said Raj, “Trust me.”

 

“And a stud!” said Howard, “but we can’t have everything.”

 

“Very funny,” said Leonard.

 

“Sheldon, you’re next.” Said Raj.

 

“Have you sterilized those brushes, I think not!”

 

“They’re clean and we don’t have time for your neuroses. Sit.”

 

“I do not have neuroses.”

 

“Really?” said Leonard.

 

“You’re strung tighter than a hydraulic compressor,” said Howard.

 

“I simply expect standards,” said Sheldon.

 

“Not now,” said Raj, “I can’t get your ears to stay on.”

 

Holy crap on a cracker!” said Penny.

 

“Has he overdone it again?” Leonard asked.

 

“It’s a little…” said Penny.

 

“I got carried away, sorry,” said Raj

 

“It’s grotesque,” said Howard.

 

“You’d better wipe some off,” said Amy.

 

“It should be diaphanous,”

 

“Huh?” said Penny.

 

“Translucent,” said Bernadette.

 

“Oh dear!” said Sheldon.

 

“What?” said Penny.

 

“You can’t both be Lieutenant Uhura.”
 

“I didn’t know! I just asked for two female Star Trek costumes,” said Penny.

 

“It’s a mirror symmetry,” said Raj. 

 

“I like it!” said Howard.

 

“You look gorgeous,” said Leonard.

 

“It’s all wrong. There are not two Lieutenant Uhura’s anymore than are two Spocks!”

 

“Can I be Spock too?” said Howard.

 

“No!”

 

“Well, it’s too late, we have to go,” said Penny.

 

“I knew I should have come up with a schedule,” said Sheldon.

 

“Well, if you want to stay here and draw a graph Sheldon be my guest, we’ve going!” said Penny.

 

“Penny, Penny, Penny.”

 

“What? what? what?”

 

“We represent a team of intrepid space adventurers. Stuart is a consummate professional. He will spot this error in a heartbeat.”

 

“Trust me dude, we have girls, he won’t care,” said Raj.

 

“He’s right,” said Leonard.

 

“But that is unacceptable!” said Sheldon.

 

“Stuart will just be pleased we turned up at all,” said Howard.

 

“Am I the only one who finds duplicates within our group disturbing?”

 

“Yes, it’s just you,” said Penny.

 

“Does no one care for true semiotics anymore?” said Sheldon.

 

“Nope, lets go!” said Howard.

 

“But I have two Uhuras.”

 

“You don’t have any Uhuras,” said Leonard.

 

“Maybe we can we pretend Bernie and Penny are two different Uhuras from two different time lines?” said Raj.

 

“Yes that,” said Penny

 

“That is plausible, given the disturbance in the Star Trek timeline on more than one occasion. Good, I can explain our conduct in bringing two Uhuras to Stuart and secure our place.”

 

“Yes and while you are explaining to poor Stuart your unspecified disturbance of conduct. We will be asleep!” said Howard.

 

Snoring!” said Leonard.

 

-----------–-------------------

 

577 words

 

No ship, just show.

 

11 of 12 ( it was just too darn difficult to resist and I'm pissed I missed the one word - chart)

semiotics
neuroses
mirror symmetry
unspecified disturbance of conduct
graph
diaphanous
grotesque
Star Trek
holy crap on a cracker
schedule
snoring

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My contribution for the challenge--hope you enjoy it! :)

 

Title: At The Movies

Author: phantagrae

Pairing/Characters: The whole gang, except Leonard…

Rating: G

Word Count: 605

Spoilers: Nary a one.

Author’s Notes: Written for the Big Bang Theory Talk To Me Challenge, elements listed at the end.

Summary: The gang goes to the movies while Leonard’s gone.

 

“I can’t believe this many people lined up for this movie an hour before show time.”

 

“It’s opening weekend, Penny!  If one wants the best seats, one must arrive early in order to ensure enough time to go through the concession line, perform a pre-show preventive urination stop and find optimum seating.”

 

“Why does is it have to be so complicated?”

 

“Penny, just be glad he didn’t make us camp out overnight.”

 

“And you do realize that the more there are of us, the harder it will be to find seats, so early arrival is even more important.”

 

“Well, we don’t all have to sit together, do we?”

 

“I don’t want to end up sitting by myself.  It’s bad enough that I don’t have a date, what if I end up having to sit on a different row from the rest of you?”

 

“Well, with Leonard halfway around the world, I don’t have a date, either, Raj.”

 

“Can I sit next to you?”

 

“Um…”

 

“You’re sitting next to me, aren’t you, Bestie?”

 

“We could go boy-girl-boy-girl…”

 

“No.”

 

“NO!”

 

“No!”

 

“No and, really, no.”

 

“We should sit in this order—Sheldon, Amy, Penny, me, Howie, Raj.  That way each of us gets to sit by a friend.”

 

“Bernie, you think of everything.”

 

“Well, I want to sit by Penny and of course, my little Howie-wowie!”

 

“And I want to sit next to my sweetums…”

 

“Please, people!  If I’m going to vomit I would rather it be from too many Red Vines, not from sickeningly sweet endearments.”

 

“Sorry, Sheldon!  Sometimes we just can’t help it.”

 

“So, Sheldon, can you explain why you find Star Trek so intriguing?”

 

“If you really want to know, you could read the paper I wrote in first grade—‘The Use of Semiotics in Star Trek, by Sheldon Lee Cooper’.  My first grade teacher didn’t use a letter-grading system, but I did get a smiley face and a gold star.”

 

“Sounds like quite a triumph.”

 

“Yes, well, the other children didn’t appreciate it.  Billy Sparks spit on me after school.”

 

“Aww, poor Smelly Shelly.”

 

“Look, the line is finally moving.”

 

 

“Hunh!  Hunh!”

 

“What the…?”

 

“Hmnah!  Hmnah!”

 

“Holy crap on a…”

 

“Sheldon, that’s enough!  We already know which row is best in this theater.  If we don’t sit down, someone else is going to sit there.”

 

“How do you know it hasn’t changed since the last time we were here?”

 

“Well, if it has you can make a note on your Movie Theater Acoustics chart.  Look, our favorite row is open.”

 

“You have a chart for theater acoustics?”

 

“I have a chart for everything, Amy.”

 

“As neurotic as it seems, we do always have the best seats in the house.”

 

“Hmm.  Well, as I always say, make your neuroses work for you.”

 

“Penny, if you and Amy and Bernadette are going to sit together, you have to promise me you won’t talk during the movie.”

 

“Man, I hate coming to the movies without Leonard…”

 

“You miss him, huh?”

 

“Yes.  He’s a lot of fun, he stays between me and Sheldon, but also, if he’s not here, I have to buy my own soda and popcorn…”

 

“Penny!”

 

“What?  That crap’s expensive—and half the fun of having a boyfriend is letting him buy your food.”

 

“Sheldon and I always split the cost.”

 

“Then your boyfriend is a cheapskate.”

 

“Amy, give me your hand.”

 

“What?”

 

“The movie is starting.  We’re going to hold hands, aren’t we?”

 

“Yes!”

 

“Holy crap…”

 

“…on a…”

 

“…cracker!  Raj, did you see that?”

 

“What?”

 

“Look at Sheldon and Amy!”

 

“She always makes him hold hands at the movies.”

 

“No, no!  HE asked HER!”

 

END

 

The Big Bang Theory Talk To Me Challenge Elements

All Dialog

500-600 Words

Any Characters

Must include any 5 of the following words or phrases:

Semiotics

Neuroses

Mirror symmetry

Unspecified disturbance of conduct

Chart

Graph

Diaphanous

Grotesque

Star Trek

Holy crap on a cracker

Schedule

Snoring

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That was so good Phanta. You did it in such a way that I actually knew who was saying what, even although it wasn't stated. Well done! Loved the last line, I can just imagine Penny freaking out and hitting Raj's arm as she said that! :)

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Title: The Hickey Endeavor

 

Author: Misophonia

 

Pairing/Characters: Sheldon/Amy

 

Rating: PG

 

Word Count: 595

 

Spoilers: None

 

Author’s Notes: Written for the Big Bang Theory Talk To Me Challenge, elements listed at the end.

 

Summary: After making an important decision to take an interesting physical step forward in their relationship, Sheldon begins to feel a little nervous.

 

 

 “You start.”

 

“Why do I have to go first?”

 

“Ladies first. That’s the rule.”

 

“I don’t think that applies in this situation, Sheldon. You start.”

 

“What if I get it wrong?”

 

“I’m your girlfriend. Nothing we do together is ever going to be wrong.”

 

“Hmm … I must consider this further.”

 

“We’ve been together for three years. What is there to think about?”

 

“You’ve only been my girlfriend for two years. You can’t possibly think I was considering this before then.”

 

I was.”

 

“What? Amy, what are you saying?”

 

“You look so sexy when you’re scandalized. I’m simply saying I have been considering this endeavor for long time. Now, if you will get on with it, you’ll feel better.”

 

“I believe we should postpone. There is further research to be done on—”

 

“Research what? We’ve already read several articles on the subject, drawn three graphs, and charted out the steps. What’s left to research? It’s a simple process. You lean towards the person,

apply your lips, and let instinct do the rest.”

 

“Amy, are you saying you’ve done this before?”

 

“No.”

 

“Your confident tone would suggest otherwise.”

 

“You can turn those doubting baby blues in another direction. I assure you this will be a new venture for me. However, I will admit I have always wanted a hickey. Nothing says ‘See world? I do have a boyfriend!’ like a prominently-displayed hickey.”

 

“Amy, upon further consideration, I do not believe I will be able to engage in this activity after all. Your present manic expression leaves me uneasy as it reminds me of the stereotypical villain of old twirling his mustache right before he takes the virginity of the innocent maiden he’s kidnapped.”

 

“Ha. Ha. Ha. Does that make you the innocent maiden in this scenario? I must admit it. The scenario is oddly titillating. Perhaps we could—”

 

“Dear lord, woman, what are you doing?”

 

“Well, as you were not interested in taking part in our initial endeavor, I thought it might be nice to come up with a more pleasing alternative.”

 

“And this ‘pleasing alternative’ includes you putting your hands on my chest?”

 

“I was trying to induce you to kiss me, Sheldon. Is that so horrible?”

 

“No … not horrible. Merely unexpected.”

 

“It’s certainly easier to do that than what we had originally planned.”

 

“Yes, I can certainly agree that it would—Wait a minute. Is that what you had planned all along, Amy Farrah Fowler? Were you working out a way to somehow manipulate me into kissing you?”

 

“I don’t know what you mean.”

 

“Your shifty eyes and flushed cheeks indicate otherwise. Admit it. Your diaphanously-veiled plan is falling apart as we speak.”

 

“Fine. But I will point out that we did agree to exchange hickeys, Sheldon Cooper. I followed the relationship agreement guidelines, submitted a request to try something new in advance, and we have scheduled this to happen right now. Therefore, by your own rules, you must suck up your assorted neuroses and deliver the goods, buddy.”

 

“Counterproposal: I agree to a kiss, and we drop this hickey nonsense once and for all. I don’t know how I let you talk me into it to begin with. The next time I come over to your apartment and you offer me Strawberry Quick, I am going to leave.”

 

“I will accept your proposal provided you agree that the kiss will take place right here, right now and that the kiss must be delivered on the lips.”

 

“It is so agreed.”

 

“Good.”

 

“…”

 

“…”

 

“So?”

 

“Oh. Yes. Right … You start.”

 

 

 

The Big Bang Theory Talk To Me Challenge Elements

 

All Dialog

 

500-600 Words

 

Any Characters

 

Must include any 5 of the following words or phrases:

Semiotics

Neuroses

Mirror symmetry

Unspecified disturbance of conduct

Chart

Graph

Diaphanous

Grotesque

Star Trek

Holy crap on a cracker

Schedule

Snoring

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Thanks for all the kind words for both Miso and myself!

 

I hope we can do more small challenges over the summer.

 

It's funny--I thought of something for a challenge when I was chatting Friday or Saturday--probably Saturday, since that was the fanfic chat--but for the life of me I cannot remember it now. :(

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