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Post  Mona on Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:56 pm

he thinks. He's always so

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well informed?

Oh, Freshwater! I didn't mean to hurt your feelings with my comment. I just thought it was rather funny - you know, reading the story and you come to the end of the page and you think of the perfect five words to follow, and there's the reply box...and then it ends up somewhere else altogether! Please don't stop playing! I'm so sorry if we scared you away with our comments. It's much more fun when more people participate.

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Post  Potteraholic on Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:54 am

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    well-informed. I must learn how                

I hope I left this open enough for the next poster to decide what Fudge thinks he needs to learn.

Well, it looks like we're going to have to go on to the next page because we have 2 non-posts (1 on this page and 1 on the previous one). I hope forumotion's "thread ending meter" is lenient and lets us go past page 67 without splitting the thread suddenly on the next page, like what happened on the first Chat thread back in March. It's gone past page 67, to page 68, on the current hangman thread, so maybe we'll be okay here, too. So, if we need to go over by 1 or 2 posts, we should be fine. *fingers crossed*

Five words takes a bit more concentration than the other HP games, like Hangman, Never-Ending, and 20 Qs. We are trying to build a story together that makes sense some how. While it is absolutely much more fun to play with more participants, it only works well when folks read some of the previous posts and try to pick up the story a bit, which involves some scrolling back, etc. Speaking for myself only, I stand by my previous comments. Writing the notes in red, etc., added 10 minutes to a posting that typically takes me 1 to 2 minutes. As folks like to say in this forum, JM2K.


EDIT: Mona that sounds good to me, but it's also possible that Verity, Julia, or BB may have another idea, so I'm going to leave the thread open for a bit. There are 2 posts left on this page, 67, which is usually the last page of a thread. That means it is possible to write a 2 post, 10 word concluding sentence for our story. I can post the official story, stats and post-story comments in the new Volume, which I'm sure we have done before. And if not, there's a first time for everything!

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Story 141

Post  Mona on Mon Oct 10, 2011 2:41 am

to pick his brilliant brain.

The end? A bit abrupt, but it's time!

Maybe the next poster can come up with some more concluding sort of words?


Edit: there a 2 posts left, if needed. (See message above.)
Will wait half a day to see what happens before I declare the story finished and lock this thread. ~Potteraholic

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Re: Potty Game: Five Words (Vol. XV)

Post  Verity Weasley on Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:14 am

Always keeping a lid on

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his political ambitions, of course.
I saw Mona's post earlier and thought it was OK as an ending, but didn't want to waste a post saying so. But then I read PAH's suggestion that we use up the last two posts on this page. So here I am.

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Story #141

Post  Julia H. on Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:41 am

his political ambitions, of course.

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Story #141

Post  Potteraholic on Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:44 pm

I locked this thread on Monday, but forgot to post the usual official message, so here it is, some days later:

I declare this story, #141, officially F I N I S H E D ! As is customary, I will lock this thread temporarily until the story and stats are posted. It will be up by the end of the weekend. Stay tuned!

Hmmm... will this post stay in this thread, or Disapparate to a new one? Let's see... SEND


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Re: Potty Game: Five Words (Vol. XV)

Post  Potteraholic on Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:57 am

Sorry for the delay in posting the latest story, Five Worders. I was planning on working on it last night, but accidentally spilled some green tea on my keyboard, and now my Macbook makes a strange whirring sound while the screen remains resolutely blank. I'm using my mom's small Dell notebook at the moment, whose small size is taking some time for me to get used to.

Am dropping off my Macbook at the Apple store in SoHo today, and picking up my spare laptop back in Brooklyn. What are the chances that my memory will be all wiped out? Even, if by some miracle, my memory is saved, it will take a few days for me to get my laptop back, so, in the mean time, I will need to compile the story stats all over again, since I didn't back up the story anywhere or email anything to myself.

I will try to have the story up by Friday. Thanks for your continued patience.

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Archive of Five Words Stories - Volume XV, Story #141

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:37 pm

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Five Words: "A Minister’s Musings"


Cornelius Fudge sank back into the ornate and comfortable chair in his new office in the Ministry. He looked around at the dignified portraits of his predecessors, most of whom had been popular and illustrious leaders. Unscrolling a roll of parchment, Fudge began to write.

30 September 1990

Today begins my reign as Minister of Magic. There is much to do to stamp my personal touch on things and make my mark in the world. I was beginning to think this day would never come, but hard work and perseverance saw me through. Thankfully, Dumbledore did not prove to be a truly dangerous political opponent after all. His decision not to run for Minister was a stroke of luck, but I need to keep an eye on him. He may decide to leave Hogwarts another time and try to seize power. I really can't believe that he's satisfied with just being Headmaster. Although my speech about the Rotfang Conspiracy at the meeting of the Fudge First Party was such a resounding success that even the most cynical wizards and witches couldn't fail to be impressed.


Fudge stopped and looked at his watch. It was almost time for his meeting with the Muggle Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street. Eager to finish his journal entry before he left, Fudge turned back to his parchment.

I was fortunate to have Rita Skeeter's support early on in my campaign. Her piece about my proposal to restructure the Statute of Secrecy that Millicent Bagnold so carelessly neglected was brilliantly insightful. She really knows how the masses' minds work. Minister Bagnold, while undeniably very capable, was lamentably shortsighted regarding security issues.

The voters weren't swayed by the promises of my rival, Dr. Filibuster. He proved to be nothing but a damp Squib, I'm glad to say. His money was no match for my craftiness, and my many years of experience.

My thorough understanding of the voting system certainly paid off as well. First, there's the question of choosing locations for the voting to take place. Not everyone pays attention to such matters, but I took great care to ensure that locations favored those wizards and witches who were most advanced in years and my greatest supporters. The Celestina Warbeck concert was a masterstroke. The concert-goers were only too happy to vote for me in appreciation of the mead donated at the concert.

My advertisement campaign was quite clever, if I do say so myself. Dr. Filibister had no chance against me. The campaign slogan, FUDGE WON'T BUDGE ON THE CAUSES THAT COUNT! said it all really. That favor I did for Barnabas Cuffe, the editor of the Daily Prophet, garnered quite a healthy return. His story about Filibuster's early years as a high-rolling gambler couldn't have helped his campaign.

While his piece about me had the complete opposite effect: I received so many letters of support for my plan to offer free dental care to vampires that I completely exhausted my supply of owl treats!


The ornate brass clock on the mantelpiece chimed the hour and Fudge looked up from his almost-filled parchment with concern.

One of my first jobs will be to meet with the Prime Minister of the British Muggles, the 'Iron Lady'! I'm curious. I'll have to see if this Margaret Thatcher is really as formidable as Bagnold said she can be. I must ask Dumbledore what he thinks. He's always so well-informed. I must learn how to pick his brilliant brain. Always keeping a lid on his political ambitions, of course.


  FUDGE WON'T BUDGE  
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CAUSES THAT COUNT!
 




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Archive of Five Words Stories - Volume XV, Story #141 stats

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:41 pm

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Statistics for Story 141
ordered by first contribution to the story

  User  
  # of  
  Submissions  
  Verity Weasley     38  
  Betelgeuse Black     4  
  Mona     20  
  freshwater     2  
  Potteraholic     42  
  Julia H.     12  
The user in red is the rightful starter of the next story. They are welcome to pass on the privilege to the user who posted the second most number of times.

Total Submissions: 118
Total Words: 590
Last Submission Date: Oct 10, 2011 9:41 am (EST). (Julia H.)
Total Time to Create Story: 11 days, 0 hours, 18 minutes





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Archive of Five Words Stories - Volume XV, Story #141 post-story comments

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:45 pm

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Post-Story Comments for Story #141, Volume XV,
Potty Five Words: "A Minister’s Musings"

This story was written from September 29, 2011 to October 10, 2011. Six writers contributed to the story, which is 590 words long. Three of the six writers posted feedback. All times listed are EST.

- Verity Weasley, October 29, 2011 11:41 pm: I know some posters found this story a bit of a struggle to write, and I was certainly stuck for ideas in a few places too. Even though it was my idea and it was something I was interested in finding out more about, I had few clear ideas for how the political system would play out in the wizarding world. However, none of those struggles or uncertainties were apparent in the final story. I think it reads very well, and we managed to capture Fudge's complicated combination of pompous self-importance and worried insecurity. Another triumph for the Five Words crew!

- Mona, October 30, 2011 7:52 am:
Another triumph for the Five Words crew! ~ Verity
I agree! I was surprised at how well our little story's turned out. It seemed rather a dry topic at first, at least to me, but we managed to make it interesting and funny. I like the way so many different characters and elements have been woven into the story - Rita Skeeter, Dr Filibuster, Margret Thatcher, Fudge's power craziness, his jealousy and suspicion of Dumbledore, meeting the Muggle prime minister, and so on.

Poor Dr Filibuster! We not only had him lose the election but made him into a high rolling gambler in his early years as well.

- Potteraholic, November 1, 2011 8:47 am: I liked the final story a lot, even though I was at a loss at what to write a few times. I think it helps to include little canon details when we are stuck, like we did in this story, because it inspires ideas, injects smart humor into the story, and helps keep us going. JKR wrote so many details about people, places, and things... we have a veritable treasure trove of information we can mine for our stories. And I'm a big fan of including real life Muggle facts into our stories when it makes sense, like when I introduced Margaret Thatcher into the story near the end.






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Story #141

Post  Potteraholic on Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:05 pm


Story #141 is up, finally! I don't have enough brain cells left right now to comment on this story, or start the new story in the new thread, Volume XVI.

But there are still enough posts in this thread for all the rest of you Five Worders to share your thoughts about the last story of Volume XV, "A Minister's Musings".

I will be opening the new thread, with Story #142's first five words, tomorrow morning, Sunday (EST).

Stay tuned!

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Re: Potty Game: Five Words (Vol. XV)

Post  Verity Weasley on Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:41 pm

Thanks for posting the completed story, PAH. I hope this means the Mac technicians were able to recover your memory - in a manner of speaking! LOL

I know some posters found this story a bit of a struggle to write, and I was certainly stuck for ideas in a few places too. Even though it was my idea and it was something I was interested in finding out more about, I had few clear ideas for how the political system would play out in the wizarding world. However, none of those struggles or uncertainties were apparent in the final story. I think it reads very well, and we managed to capture Fudge's complicated combination of pompous self-importance and worried insecurity. Another triumph for the Five Words crew!

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Re: Potty Game: Five Words (Vol. XV)

Post  Mona on Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:52 am

Yay, Story #141 is up! Well done, PAH!

Another triumph for the Five Words crew! ~ Verity
I agree! I was surprised at how well our little story's turned out. It seemed rather a dry topic at first, at least to me, but we managed to make it interesting and funny. I like the way so many different characters and elements have been woven into the story - Rita Skeeter, Dr Filibuster, Margret Thatcher, Fudge's power craziness, his jealousy and suspicion of Dumbledore, meeting the Muggle prime minister, and so on.

Poor Dr Filibuster! We not only had him lose the election but made him into a high rolling gambler in his early years as well.

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Story #141, Post-story comments

Post  Potteraholic on Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:47 am

Thanks, Verity and Mona.

I do not have my laptop yet — I will be picking it up tomorrow — so had to compile the story and stats from scratch. I'm hoping the memory is saved on my laptop, because that was the only place the answers for the trivia quiz were stored. Having to find the answers to that will be a chore.

In any case, I managed to get the story up, so that's good. I liked the final story a lot, even though I was at a loss at what to write a few times. I think it helps to include little canon details when we are stuck, like we did in this story, because it inspires ideas, injects smart humor into the story, and helps keep us going. JKR wrote so many details about people, places, and things... we have a veritable treasure trove of information we can mine for our stories. And I'm a big fan of including real life Muggle facts into our stories when it makes sense, like when I introduced Margaret Thatcher into the story near the end.

I am in the process of opening up our next volume of Five Words stories, Volume XVI, and the first five words of that story will be up shortly.

Stay tuned!

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Archive of Five Words Stories - 'Featured Story of the Week' #4

Post  Potteraholic on Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:54 pm

'Featured Story of the Week' Comments for Story #76, Volume VII,
Potty Five Words: "Dumbledore’s Army: Alive and Kicking"

This story was featured during the writing of Story #142. It was the 4th 'Featured Story of the Week'. All times listed are EST.

- Julia H., October 3, 2011 1:43 pm: One of the reasons why I have chosen this story is that it was the first one I participated in and I became instantly hooked. But I think it is also a successful story with a coherent plot that satisfyingly fills a "gap" in the DH-year, exploring details not revealed in the book. The characters are in character from Neville to Phineas Nigellus Black, and I like the variety of HP characters appearing in this story. There is an entertaining mixture of drama and humour, and we successfully created a genuine "Hogwarts-feeling". I simply love Luna's insanely insightful remark at the end of the story! And, last but not least, the story includes Headmaster Snape, whose life in the DH-year we know so little about.

- Verity Weasley, October 4, 2011 6:17 am: This was a great choice Julia. I enjoyed re-reading it. I remember starting this story and being a little concerned initially as other posters didn't seem to get my intention. However, it soon got on track and continued apace. For a long, action-packed story I think we did very well. It has good pace and stays nicely on track. Suspension builds gradually, aided by the split towards the end from the action in the great hall to the action in the headmaster's office. It certainly fills in a gap inn the existing story and I think it does that very convincingly. And as you say, Luna's delightfully original take on the situation was the perfect ending!

- Mona, October 4, 2011 8:01 am: Great choice, Julia. It was a good story with an interesting plot, and I enjoyed reading it.

The concluding sentence, spoken by Luna, was wonderful!

I also liked this one -

"Try Alohamora," said Neville. "That's what Hermione would do."

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