* Take a quote from some dramatic piece written during the Renaissance-era heydey of English theater.
* Be inspired.
* Write something.
* What fandoms can I write in?
Any one you want! Absolutely anything. TV, movies, books, RPF/RPS, comics, anime, claymation, puppet theater. Go wild.
* Are there any restrictions on content?
None whatsoever. Het, slash, femslash, gen. Darkfic, fluff, incest, weddingfic, rapefic, babyfic, apocalypsefic, happily-ever-after, and-then-they-all-died. Just attach appropriate warnings when posting.
* What's the challenge schedule?
First of all, the deadlines here are more like guidelines. Because having deadlines is often helpful when trying to work on a fic, we'll say the due date is October 1. Having a burst of fics right then would be cool. But the fact of the matter is, if you want to post tomorrow, do it! If your story doesn't fall into shape until Christmas, awesome! If you want to post one story tomorrow and another one in December, also awesome!
As for signing up...also flexible and rolling. I'll be assigning quotes as the signups happen (if desired; see the signup form for clarification), so there's no need for an ending date on them. August 18, if having a drop-dead date by which to make up your mind helps you. But if you're reading this and it's September 1 and you'd like to play? Come play!
* Do I have to use a quote from the list?
Nope. If you'd like to use another quote, go right ahead. Just keep it from the general period, and make sure it's from a theatrical piece. (Googling any of the authors in the list below will provide really good lists of quotes. There are entire sites devoted to Shakespeare quotes!)
* Do I have to use the quote in the fic?
* Can I if I want to?
* Can I write more than one fic if I want to?
Please do! :)
* Do I have to write the fic in period language?
* Can I if I want to?
* Are there word count requirements?
Nope. Drabbles and epics are equally welcome.
Post your fic here at the community whenever you're ready. Please include the fandom, quote (with source), and any appropriate warnings in the header, and place the body of the fic behind an LJ-cut. You may also link to a fic in your own journal or archive, but please make sure the post to the community includes those three pieces of information.
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Would you like to choose your own quote or have it assigned to you?:
If you would like an assignment- what fandom(s) are you considering writing in, and are you leaning toward het, slash, femslash, or gen?: (Just to help narrow down what quote to give you; it's not binding in any way.)
If you're choosing your own- what quote and fandom are you thinking about?: (Also not binding; just to give everyone an idea of what to look forward to!)
1. "That was in another country, and besides, the wench is dead." (The Jew of Malta; Christopher Marlowe)
2. "Alas I am a scholler, how should I have golde?" (Massacre at Paris; Christopher Marlowe)
3. "I seized his weapon and enjoyed it first." (The Spanish Tragedy; Thomas Kyd)
4. "He spake me fair, this other gave me strokes;
He promised life, this other threatened death;
He won my love, this other conquered me:
And truth to say, I yield myself to both." (The Spanish Tragedy)
5. "No man's knowledge
Can make him sure of anything without him,
Or not within his power to keep or order." (Monsieur D'Olive; George Chapman)
6. "My thoughts have no veins, and yet, unless
They be let blood, I shall perish." (Endimion; John Lyly)
7. "Love is but an
eye-worm, which only tickleth the head with hopes and
wishes; friendship the image of eternity, in which there is
nothing movable, nothing mischievous." (Endimion)
8. "a lovelie boye in Dians shape,
With haire that gilds the water as it glides,
Crownets of pearle about his naked armes,
And in his sportfull hands an Olive tree,
To hide those parts which men delight to see." (Edward II; Christopher Marlowe)
9. "FAUSTUS: How comes it, then, that thou art out of hell?
MEPHISTOPHELES: Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it. (Dr. Faustus; Christopher Marlowe)
10. "Now I will show myself
To have more of the serpent than the dove;
That is--more knave than fool." (The Jew of Malta)
11. "Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have
Immortal longings in me." (Antony and Cleopatra)
12. "I would rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad." (As You Like It)
13. "Now go we in content
To liberty, and not to banishment." (As You Like It)
14. "I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it" (As You Like It)
15. "How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!" (As You Like It)
16. "Doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love" (Hamlet)
17. "When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions" (Hamlet)
18. "I will speak daggers to her, but use none". (Hamlet)
19. "O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!" (Hamlet)
20. "Amend your face and I'll amend my life." (Henry IV pt. 1)
21. "Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war" (Julius Caesar)
22. "Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look,
He thinks too much; such men are dangerous." (Julius Caesar)
23. "I am constant as the northern star,
Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality
There is no fellow in the firmament." (Julius Caesar)
24. "Handy-dandy, which is the justice then, and which the thief?" (King Lear)
25. "Thou rascal beadle, stay thy bloody hand, forbear to lash that whore--thou hotly lusts to use her in that kind for which thou whip'st her." (King Lear)
26. "I have seen drunkards do more than this in sport" (King Lear)
27. "He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's oath." (King Lear)
28. "Come, let's away to prison;
We two alone will sing like birds I' th' cage." (King Lear)
29. "To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time" (Macbeth)
30. "They say, best men are moulded out of faults,
And, for the most, become much more the better
For being a little bad." (Measure for Measure)
31. "Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall." (Measure for Measure)
32. "That in the captain's but a choleric word
Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy." (Measure for Measure)
33. "Is this her fault or mine?
The tempter or the tempted, who sins most?" (Measure for Measure)
34. "The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not mov'd with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils." (The Merchant of Venice)
35. "Lovers and madmen have such seething brains." (Midsummer Night's Dream)
36. "Reason and love keep little company together nowadays." (Midsummer Night's Dream)
37. "There was never yet philosopher that could bear the toothache patiently" (Much Ado About Nothing)
38. "Let every eye negotiate for itself
And trust no agent; for beauty is a witch
Against whose charms faith melteth in blood." (Much Ado About Nothing)
39. "Then must you speak of one that loved not wisely but too well" (Othello)
40. "O! she doth teach the torches to burn bright" (Romeo and Juliet)
41. "If I be waspish, best beware my sting." (Taming of the Shrew)
42. "Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange." (The Tempest)
43. "These words are razors to my wounded heart" (Titus Andronicus)
44. "Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?" (Twelfth Night)
45. "You are shallow, idle things. I am not of your element." (Twelfth Night)
46. "I have no other but a woman's reason:
I think him so, because I think him so." (Two Gentlemen of Verona)
47. "What's gone and what's past help
Should be past grief." (The Winter's Tale)
48. "Here's ado to lock up honesty
And honor from th' access of gentle visitors." (The Winter's Tale)
49. "Is whispering nothing?
Is leaning cheek to cheek? is meeting noses?" (The Winter's Tale)
50. "When you do dance, I wish you
A wave o' th' sea, that you might ever do
Nothing but that." (The Winter's Tale)