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About The Featured Story:


What is this?

The Featured Story is exactly that, a place to feature stories. It was designed with the same principle as the Featured Art, Featured Wiki and the Daily Poem: to show off the creative genius of Elftown's members. There are so many great stories out there that don't get the praise that they deserve; the Featured Story will hopefully be a remedy for that.

Feel free to nominate a story; if it follows the rules and we like it, we will feature it. A story will be featured twice a month and the writer will get some well-deserved attention as well as a shiny new badge. You can see current and previous stories on <URL:featured_story.html>.

How do I nominate a story?

To nominate a story you can go to nominate a story. There you will find the rules and ways of submitting a story.

If you have any questions or concerns you can message [Nioniel] or [Stephen].

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Current Feature:

PriceofSentience


The featured story for 15th September 2014 is brought to you by [Kestrelfeather].
"This planet…we are not alone on it…in the shadows of night, we see forms, apparitions. When I try to look closely, they fade away. This planet…It is my belief that it is not meant for us. I think we should leave. There is a darkness rising on Arjuna.

It takes an unusually high mental capacity to ignore the rambling thoughts of the Collective and focus only on the voice you want to hear. For me, a biologist currently trying to find salvation for the human race, that one voice I search for is often the root of all life: the Earth spirit. There are billions upon billions of thoughts in the Collective. Of reproduction, of love, of war…every life on Earth sends energy into it. Until recent decades, human kind, Homo sapiens, didn’t have the ability to tap into it. Being bipedal and with advanced abilities, the last step in human evolution was of the mind. It took thousands of years, but eventually select humans developed the ability that for so long, man had been lacking.
I am part of the Collective, one of the Listeners, the first human ever to hear the voice of the Earth itself. Although my grades in ‘Silent’ school weren’t spectacular, at a young age my Listening abilities surpassed any other humans’ in the world. At age twelve, I was pulled from school, isolated from the other children. I was the only one in my class with Listening ability, answering middle-school level biology exam questions with complex diagrams and exact genetic codes. "


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2009-03-05 [SilverFire]: Might want a rule against nominating stories that have been in official contests (don't see why they should get two badges for the same story... but then, does the featured art have a rule against it?)

2009-03-05 [Chimes]: I don't think we feature images that have won contests but I'm not sure about those that have only been entered.

2009-03-05 [SilverFire]: They till get a badge just for entering though, but I'm stingy, and I like making people work for their rewards. >=3

2009-03-05 [Chimes]: XD That's fair.

2009-03-09 [Aeolynn]: Almost like Roleplays for Reading it's scary :P

2009-03-09 [Chimes]: Nah, this isn't for role-plays. Role-plays are, in fact, not allowed.

2009-03-09 [Aeolynn]: lol I was kidding, but it's about time elftown had this! ^^

2009-03-09 [Chimes]: *nods*

2009-03-11 [Rainbow Dragonflies]: Omigosh I love it.

2009-03-11 [Chimes]: Excellent. :D

2009-03-12 [Flisky]: Whoever came up with this is a genuis. (Now if only someone could help me with my spelling...)

2009-03-12 [Rainbow Dragonflies]: genius*

2009-03-12 [Flisky]: Yeah. Genius. Thanks! ^_^

2009-03-12 [Linderel]: That would be [Chimes]. :D

2009-03-12 [Flisky]: [Chimes] is a genius, then!

2009-03-12 [Chimes]: XD Thank you :P

2009-03-12 [Lady of Lore]: Wow! A featured story page???!!! Hmmmm..........(tries to think of what story she has that she isn't planning on trying to get published...)

2009-03-12 [Chimes]: :]

2009-03-18 [Alexi Ice]: ! I love this place! !!!!

2009-03-18 [Alexi Ice]: That badge is too cute *Covets*

2009-03-21 [Duke Devlin]: Chimes, my dear. :O I think you've mentioned it before somewhere, but is there a reason that there is not a wiki for people to see all of the submissions together, on? It just confused me, as there is for the poetry features etc. :O
Feel free to spam me with hate if I've missed something here. XD

2009-03-21 [Linderel]: There is a public wiki, we just forgot to put up a link :P

2009-03-21 [Chimes]: I'll faff it then put up a link. :P

I wouldn't spam you with hate. XD

2009-03-24 [Duke Devlin]: Ahhh! I knew it! *shakes fist triumphantly* .. Yeah.. XD
You so would... *cough* XP

2009-03-24 [Chimes]: :P Thank you for pointing it out. :D
No, I wouldn't. :P And you know it. XD

2009-03-24 [Duke Devlin]: Wilkommen, mein schwulen liebste. (TERRIBLE german. :D)
True... >:)

2009-03-24 [Chimes]: Did you just call me your lesbian lover? XD

2009-03-24 [Duke Devlin]: No. XD I called you my 'gay' sweetheart. :P

2009-03-24 [Chimes]: Technically the same thing then :P

2009-03-24 [Duke Devlin]: Essentially yes. But it is certainly not the case, much as I love you. ;)

2009-03-24 [Chimes]: :P And I you. XD

2009-03-24 [Duke Devlin]: Good... *waves flag of.... Flag*

2009-04-06 [sequeena_rae]: ooo it are new?? :D

2009-04-07 [Linderel]: Yahr. :3

2009-04-07 [Chimes]: We can has nominations?

2009-04-07 [sequeena_rae]: Aww man, the only person I want to nominate is Lami, but I don't know if I should because she's co-running this place :(

Also: Cool badges!

2009-04-07 [Linderel]: Trin has already nominated something of mine (as you can see on featured story nominations), so it's not exactly forbidden... but we will pick other people's work over our own and only use our own work as emergency features or summat. :P

2009-04-07 [Chimes]: Buts we do need more nommies... so feel free to scout around :P

2009-04-07 [Linderel]: Aye. Poke through old writing contests or something. xD

2009-04-07 [sequeena_rae]: I will have a nose.

Lami, the story I wanted to nominate is the one Trin did a picture for <3

2009-04-07 [Linderel]: I sort of guessed that might be the case :D

2009-04-07 [sequeena_rae]: hehe x)

2009-04-07 [Chimes]: It is a fantastic story ^^

2009-04-07 [Linderel]: *lubs on* <3

2009-04-14 [The Black Cat in Your Path]: Ah! *rubs chin as she pokes around*

2009-04-17 [ClaytonRayG]: Hmm...what if the story is not completed?

2009-04-17 [Chimes]: From Nominate a Story(read it :P):
5. If you are nominating a short story, we ask that it is complete. We will, however, feature unfinished chaptered works.

But it depends on the story too... and chapter lengths.

2009-04-17 [ClaytonRayG]:
In the What is This section

"You can see previous featured stories on the featured story archive."

Needs to be changed to

"You can see previous featured stories on the featured story archives."

2009-04-17 [SilverFire]: Nop, there's only one archive so what they have now is right.

2009-04-17 [Chimes]: Why? It's only one archive. :P

2009-04-17 [Chimes]: What Silvie said.

2009-04-17 [ClaytonRayG]: However if you click on the wiki link it takes you to an empty page.

2009-04-17 [Linderel]: That's because there haven't been any featured stories yet!

2009-04-17 [ClaytonRayG]: Okay I was getting it confused with the one at the bottom of this wiki page thank you for the clarification.

2009-04-17 [Linderel]: ...hang on. Oh yeah. I see what you mean, now.

2009-04-17 [ClaytonRayG]: I thought I was making sense :P

2009-04-17 [The Black Cat in Your Path]: BOO! *pops up outta nowhere and waves* 8D

2009-04-17 [Chimes]: I now know what you mean. :P Lin poked me about it.

2009-04-26 [Lady of Lore]: Do we have any kind of disclaimer/warning that says that you can't steal someone else's story? (Just because it would be sad to have someone's great work published by another person)

2009-04-26 [Chimes]: On the rules page it says stuff about plagiarism.

2009-04-27 [Lady of Lore]: Ah, does that extend to copyrighting?

2009-04-27 [Chimes]: What do you mean? O.o

2009-04-27 [The Black Cat in Your Path]: Yes. If it's been copyrighted, then copying it would be considered plagiarism. It's illegal, so I don't think we have anything to worry about here. :)

2009-04-27 [Chimes]: Yeah: My question is... if it means something different to that... what do you mean? :P

2009-04-28 [Lady of Lore]: What I mean is that someone could take a story form here and send it to a publishing company and claim that it is their own. Now if the author has not copyrighted that work to their name, technically the person who sent it to the publisher could make money off of it and the original writer could make nothing.

One easy way, in the U.S., to copyright something is to mail yourself a manuscript and never open it. That way you have a manuscript that is stamped and dated by the federal government (the postage stamp on the envelope that says they delivered it).

Writing is technically copyrighted to you the moment you write it down but to "prove" that it is yours in case someone steals your idea takes some kind of planning or documentation.

2009-04-28 [Lady of Lore]: Sorry if that was lengthy, I've been writing a novel for the passed 10 years so I'm a little protective of my work :P I've looked into copyrighting a little but there may be things I don't know<img:stuff/mood11-gif.gif>

2009-05-09 [Skydancer]: If your really serious about copyrights and publishing the best thing is to register it with the copyright office, not just do the envelope thing. Then you really are protected and your work is kept as part of the library of congress for future reference in cases of copyright and historical reference.
In the USA of course. :)

2009-05-09 [Skydancer]: I quote the US Copyright Office here.
"Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work."

2009-05-10 [Lady of Lore]: ^_^ I just thought it might be something worth mentioning. It seemed like something that could happen, given how many art thieves there are in the world, it would make sense to have story thieves. :P

2009-05-10 [Lady of Lore]: Thanks Skydancer ^_^

2009-06-05 [Duke Devlin]: Still not enough nominations? :(

2009-06-05 [Linderel]: No, so go dig more!

2009-06-05 [Duke Devlin]: I will do that! >:O

2009-06-06 [Chimes]: Rules say if it's chaptered it doesn't have to be finished, I do believe. :P At least, I remember thinking up that rule anyhow.

2009-06-06 [Chimes]: We need one more nomination to have enough for this to start properly so if you want to nominate a story... do it! We like nominations and we want to start featuring. :)

2009-06-07 [Duke Devlin]: Oooo Ooooo Oooooo!!!! *goes to hunt storehs*

2009-06-07 [Chimes]: Hunt them at all times :P

2009-06-07 [Duke Devlin]: I do. >:) 'Cept now, because I am doing art work, and revision of Pi and Storm. D:

2009-06-10 [Hedda]: Now on Mainstreet! Time to put up the first story!

2009-08-09 [Akayume]: Wahhh! I love this idea! :D I will get to nominating stories now. >:O

2009-08-19 [ClaytonRayG]: Okay revisions have been completed and chapters merged completely there is only one chapter so far and I am working on Chapter II!

A Dream To Remember

2009-08-21 [Duke Devlin]: You need to go to Nominate a Story :P

2009-08-21 [ClaytonRayG]: It is already on the nominations...just letting everyone know that it is revised :P

2009-08-23 [Duke Devlin]: Oh right. XD Sorry. :P

2009-08-23 [ClaytonRayG]: No problem! :P

2009-09-14 [*OGD*]: So, how often will the feature story be changed?

2009-09-14 [Chimes]: I'm updating it tomorrow.

We kept forgetting XD But we're changing it 2 times per month now, the more nominations we get the more often we will update it.

2009-09-15 [*OGD*]: Awesome!

2010-10-09 [SilverFire]: *prod*

2010-10-09 [Chimes]: It'll be updated on the 15th. :]

2010-10-09 [SilverFire]: You missed the 30th! *wags finger* Or have you gone to once per month now?

2010-10-09 [Chimes]: Lin forgot :P (we take it in turns) It's my turn next.

2010-10-16 [SilverFire]: *cough*

2010-10-16 [Chimes]: Yeah. Totally my fault. :/ My short term memory is shot right now - I wrote in my diary so I would remember and still I forgot. I fail at life. :/ I'll update it now.

2011-07-05 [SilverFire]: *prod*

2011-07-07 [Tekkon KinKreet]: not that i mind the pr my story is getting... but shouldn't there be a new one now? just curious.... should i go story hunting naow?

2011-07-07 [Linderel]: You should always be story hunting. As for the lack of update - sorry, I think we're all having a case of real life again. <_< Maybe we'll just wait to update on the 15th and get the schedule straightened for a while.

2012-03-31 [Alexi Ice]: Oh yay ^^ I'm being featured!

2013-11-29 [perfumed ignition]: How do I go about nominating a story? I went to nominate a story and it suggested messaging "[Linderel], [Chimes] or [Nioniel]" or posting in a dead forum. I messaged [Chimes], only to be told that she no longer had anything to do with featured story. I messaged [Nioniel] next and was informed that she too no longer had anything to do with this wiki. So I messaged [Linderel], but she never responded. That was several weeks ago. And from the looks of things, she hasn't done anything with featured story in over two years, so she probably doesn't consider herself a part of this either. I posted in the dead forum, but I honestly doubt anyone saw it or ever will see it, considering it's a ghost town there.

So now what do I do if I have nominations? :(

2013-11-29 [iippo]: Oh junk, you're right. Sorry. I think this whole thing needs some sorting...
Thank you. I'll get on this.

2014-07-17 [Linderel]: Belated apologies! I really dropped the ball on, well, everything. But it seems that this feature is waking up now. :)

2014-07-17 [Stephen]: Life is too good at disrupting non-life related things, in cases like this. <img:44166_1164145230.gif>

2014-07-17 [Linderel]: Aye. :(

2015-07-07 [freeflyingpress]: nice! Love the selections!

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