"Quality Control" by LauraD

Standardized tests

For standardized minds

To get standardized jobs

In a standardized world

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MattConley, Community Director / Featured Comment:

"Really sharp contribution for RE: SCHOOL - it’s concise and really grabs your attention. I’d love to see how we could possibly remix this into something like a song. Maybe it’s a satire and instead of sounding negative it’s performed in a more positive way, with harmonies and such? Or maybe it remains critical and the tone is a bit more on the negative side? Curious to see what the community may come up with for this."

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Contribute to the “RE: SCHOOL” collab HERE

CALLING ALL WRITERS, VO ARTISTS, & CURATORS!

12.42 is going to be the Resident Director of Animation for a new Short Film based on the "Herbert & Isle" characters - get involved by contributing your writing, voice overs, & curation!

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WRITERS: Write a Short Story, Poem, or Treatment based on the characters of “Herbert & Isle.” Refer to THIS ALBUM for inspiration.

VOICE OVER ARTISTS: Perform a Voice Over for a Text Record from the collab you like.

CURATORS: Make an Album of your favorite contributions to the collab.

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Contribute to the “HERBERT & ISLE” collaboration HERE!

Contributing artist AMountToEverything & her published illustration of the Tiny Story “Today I Will Fly” by saintmaker.CLICK HERE to order your copy of “The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 3”

Contributing artist AMountToEverything & her published illustration of the Tiny Story “Today I Will Fly” by saintmaker.

CLICK HERE to order your copy of “The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 3”

Contributing artist jay-9 & her published illustration of the Tiny Story “Not Myself” by mixedtapes.

CLICK HERE to order your copy of “The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 3”

CALLING ALL FEMALE VOICE OVER ARTISTS!
Work w/ us on developing “The Stars Were Stolen” into a Short Film!
WATCH THE REQUEST HERE!
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Here’s how you can contribute:
FEMALE VO ARTISTS: NARRATE THIS STORY.
CONTRIBUTE YOUR VOs HERE!

CALLING ALL FEMALE VOICE OVER ARTISTS!

Work w/ us on developing “The Stars Were Stolen” into a Short Film!

WATCH THE REQUEST HERE!

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Here’s how you can contribute:

FEMALE VO ARTISTS: NARRATE THIS STORY.

CONTRIBUTE YOUR VOs HERE!

"The Juggler’s Literature"

Text by MadisenMusic

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People stare at me as my spheres cut through the air. I toss one after another, stealing glares and attention. They all want to know why my eyes are closed. They think I don’t know they are watching me; but I’ve known since the beginning. Extremely soon they will find that these are no ordinary spheres; and not only will my eyes remain closed, but their eyes will widen.

I have only given them a glimpse of what I see everyday. A glimpse of a world that nobody knows of; and then I will begin to smile. Because their faces are priceless. I am the Juggler. A wielder of the spheres. These are not common tricks, that’s just how they appear.

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MattConley (Community Director) writes:

This was a great read, MadisenMusic.  I love the phrase “A wielder of spheres. These are not common tricks, that’s just how they appear.” I’d imagine this could make for an interesting interstitial - perhaps animated or a combo of live action/animation - that would be :30 or less.

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Contribute to the RE: MAGIC collab HERE!

CALLING ALL WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS!
Work w/ us on developing “The Stars Were Stolen” into a Short Film!
WATCH THE REQUEST HERE!
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Here’s how you can contribute:
WRITERS: Turn this story into a Short Script.
ILLUSTRATORS: Storyboard visuals for the story or make a Graphic Novel.
CONTRIBUTE HERE!

CALLING ALL WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS!

Work w/ us on developing “The Stars Were Stolen” into a Short Film!

WATCH THE REQUEST HERE!

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Here’s how you can contribute:

WRITERS: Turn this story into a Short Script.

ILLUSTRATORS: Storyboard visuals for the story or make a Graphic Novel.

CONTRIBUTE HERE!

“FREE - This week’s word for the 10 MIN. WRITING CHALLENGE”

Collaboration by tori
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Here’s how the 10 Minute Writing Challenge collaboration works:
* Use this week’s prompt word - FREE - and free write for 10 minutes 
* After 10 minutes is done, review for spelling/grammar only
* UPLOAD YOUR WRITING AS A NEW TEXT RECORD TO THE SITE
* Contribute your Text RECord to the collab HERE

“FREE - This week’s word for the 10 MIN. WRITING CHALLENGE”

Collaboration by tori

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Here’s how the 10 Minute Writing Challenge collaboration works:

* Use this week’s prompt word - FREE - and free write for 10 minutes 

* After 10 minutes is done, review for spelling/grammar only

* UPLOAD YOUR WRITING AS A NEW TEXT RECORD TO THE SITE

* Contribute your Text RECord to the collab HERE

"Time and Traveling (Tiny Story REmix)"
Tiny Story REmix by MattConley
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I traveled back in timeto when I had time to travel.
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Contribute your Tiny Stories HERE!

"Time and Traveling (Tiny Story REmix)"

Tiny Story REmix by MattConley

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I traveled back in time
to when I had time to travel.

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Contribute your Tiny Stories HERE!

"Mice in the walls"
Tiny Story REmix by sojushots
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When it’s cold, and night falls, the mice run through the walls,
And the sleepy house groans as it cracks its old bones.
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Contribute your Tiny Stories HERE!

"Mice in the walls"

Tiny Story REmix by sojushots

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When it’s cold, and night falls, the mice run through the walls,

And the sleepy house groans as it cracks its old bones.

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Contribute your Tiny Stories HERE!

"The Red Boots"
Illustration by ponderingpigeons
"The Love Detective (Tiny Story REmix)"
Tiny Story REmix by MattConley
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I am looking for the one
who is looking for me.
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Contribute your Tiny Stories HERE!

"The Love Detective (Tiny Story REmix)"

Tiny Story REmix by MattConley

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I am looking for the one

who is looking for me.

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Contribute your Tiny Stories HERE!

"1 Hour, 1 Minute, 1 Second"

Text by fractaldust

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My grandfather hated clocks.

Clocks, he said, were deceptive in their construction. They mapped time onto a circle, and told us that every hour, minute, second repeated itself once every day. Around them, we let our guards down, slipped into the easy comfort of repetition, and closed our eyes to the truth: Time was no circle.

On his death bed, he recognized none of us and stared listlessly into space.  I think he was looking back on the winding spiral of his life, lingering on every moment he longed to revisit; perhaps in his youth, young brave and stupid, he dared to believe that he could.

He exhaled his very last sigh of regret, and as I closed his eyes, I opened mine: Every second, once passed, was lost forever.

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DayGlo (Text Curator) writes:

I love this! Short, bittersweet, insightful, and thematically rich. It is, above all else, beautifully written.

Illustrators could imagine some conceptual clocks, or perhaps what the grandfather looked like on his deathbed; maybe even a timeline of his life, spiralling back into the past.

"Monuments.1"

Tiny Story REmix by RegularJOE

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Monuments make momentous men immortal,

but more memorable are mortal men making mere moments monumental.

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RegularJOE (Director) writes:

Here’s an idea to illustrate this:

HUGE in frame, a statue of an old war-hero on a horse or something. But there’s little birds on the statue. It’s in a park. Small in the corner of the frame, a father and son eat lunch together.

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Contribute your Tiny Story illustrations HERE!

"Caught Thoughts (Tiny Story REmix)"
Tiny Story REmix by MattConley
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I caught a thoughtI had thought to think.And, in thinking,I lost the thoughtI had caught.
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Contribute your Tiny Stories HERE!

"Caught Thoughts (Tiny Story REmix)"

Tiny Story REmix by MattConley

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I caught a thought
I had thought to think.
And, in thinking,
I lost the thought
I had caught.

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Contribute your Tiny Stories HERE!