The Lancer Fanfiction Archive

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Challenges

 

 

Challenge Fics

 

 

These little collections of stories came about because of challenges posted on various Yahoo Lancer Groups. It's always interesting to see how different writers will react to the same prompt challenge!

If you want to add a story title to one of the challenge lists or need to report missing or broken links, then email Starry Diadem

 

   
5 Facts Challenge
Five facts we didn't know about one of the characters, something that explains them, adds depth to their characterisation.
   
Five Facts: Angel Day by DaleL
450
   
Five Facts: Day Pardee by Margaret P
575
   
Five Facts : Sam Jenkins by Starry Diadem (ext link)
615
5 Times Challenge
Five times something happened to any of the characters. It could be almost anything- for example, “The five times Murdoch regretted something”, or “The five times Teresa eloped”. Basically, the five times [insert character name here][insert something interesting that happened to them here]. These stories often have an added sixth twist - Five times something happened to X... and one time it didn't
 
Wordcount
Driving The Chariot by Starry Diadem (ext link)
7,410
 
Five Times A Failure by dbbrisbin
915
 
Five Times Blind by Suzanne
3,050
55 WORDS
Tricky little mini-stories of only 55 words each.
Wordcount
55 words x 4 by Wendy K
220
 
Five Lessons by Starry Diadem (external link)
275
 
Mischief In Green River by Liette (7 ficlets)
385
 
A Series of Firsts by Liette (each of 5 ficlets)
A Series of Firsts: Johnny
275
A Series of Firsts: Murdoch
275
A Series of Firsts: Scott
275
A Series of Firsts: Teresa
275
 
   
 
   
   
ADVENT CALENDAR
The December 2012 challenge at Lancer Writers
   
Bah! Humbug! by Starry Diadem (external link)
34,320
   
Random Chance by DaleL
810
 
   
 
   
   
ALPHABET SOUP - or LANCER BINGO, TAKE TWO
July 2013. Stories created by choosing a combination of prompts from four bingo cards: Action Prompt, Location, Situation and Threat.
   
Beautiful Wind by MargaretP
13,110
  Action prompts: xenophobia, choices
Location : Whorehouse, Church, San Francisco
Situation: Journey, Church Social
Threat: Fire
 
   
Quirta by DaleL
1,770
  Action prompts: lies, choices, mystery
Location: cantina, desert
Situation: hunting, letter, dance
Threat: exhaustion
 
   
 
   
   
BATHING
Taking a bath, watching someone take one, in a bathroom, in the swimming hole...
Wordcount
(The) Best Seat In The House by Shelley (ext link)
515
Driving The Chariot by Starry Diadem (ext link)
(Baa Baa Bathtime section)
7,410
 
Making Waves by Shelley (ext link)
525
(The) Worm by Shelley (ext link)
210
   
 
   
   
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Songlines challenge
Wordcount
   
Musings by EJ
1,125
   
 
   
   
CLUE
Stories (summer 2008) based on the boardgame Cluedo didn't have to involve murder-most-foul, but they had to center on three elements:
1) a person (any Lancer character—major or minor)
2.  a room (the kitchen, the attic, someone’s bedroom, etc)
3).  one inanimate object (be it common or exotic)
Wordcount
(The) Long Johns by Dori
290
 
(The) Ride by BarbA
150
 
   
 
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Summer 2008 challenge to write outsider PoV, giving insights into our boys by writing a scene in which either Johnny or Scott or both make the acquaintance of a new character
Wordcount
(The) Cowboy by Suzanne
6,260
 
Final Impression by Cobalt Jan
2,525
 
Fur-st Impressions by BarbA
495
 
Not As Advertised by Rosalind
96
 
From the Hackamore Series by Starry Diadem (external link)  
Pride and Prejudice
3,380
   
 
   
 
FIRST LINES
A challenge to write a story from a given first line.
Wordcount
 
(A) Chance Encounter by Doreen
975
 
For The Widow series by Doc  
  Looking
1,265
 
 
 
   
FOREIGN EXPRESSIONS CHALLENGE
English is riddled with foreign phrases and Latin tags. The challenge was to use one as inspiration. Summer 2011
Wordcount
Compliments by Starry Diadem (external link)
1,560
 
From the Hackamore Series by Starry Diadem (external link)  
Tabula Rasa
2,670
 
Splinter's Group Series by Ronnie  
WHN, Part One
2,410
WHN, Part Two
3,850
 
 
   
 
GEORGE'S ETIQUETTE
By the time he was sixteen, Washington had copied out by hand 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. These rules are based on a set composed by French Jesuits in 1595, and possibly he was given them to copy as an exercise in penmanship. The challenge was to use the rules as prompts.
Wordcount
Bad Company by Dori
2,040
Clothes Make The Man by Dori
850
George's Book of Rules by Suzanne
3,245
I Only Have Eyes for You by Suzanne
5,210
Pardon My French by Dori
985
(The) Patient Fool by Dori
930
 
Win, Lose or Draw by Dori
2,205
 
 
   
 
GENRE CHALLENGE
To write a single sentence for each literary genre that would both show off the Lancer fandom and be a miniature example of the genre
Wordcount
Genres Challenge by CC
1,330
 
Genres Challenge by Starry Diadem (external link)
1,310
Genres Challenge by Wendy K
1,055
 
 
   
   
HALLOWEEN CHALLENGES
The traditional challenge to come up with something spooky and eerie for every October 31st...
   
2012 Challenge
   
Birthright by Shelley (external link)
13,340
   
(The) Haunting by Doc
735
   
Murdoch's Halloween by EJ
1,230
   
Old Woman In The Woods by Margaret SC
15,035
   
Visitation by DaleL
1,425
   
   
2013 Challenge - Using Supernatural Episode titles as the prompt  
   
(A) Brief Reunion by Doreen
for the Phantom Traveller prompt
4,890
   
Evil Comes To The San Joaquin by Deborah
4,435
   
Resurrection Mary by Vickie L Nelson
for the Phantom Traveller prompt.
2,855
   
(The) Thinnest Veil by DaleL
for the Dead Man's Blood prompt
990
 
 
   
   
HARRY POTTER CHALLENGE
A challenge using titles of chapters from the Harry Potter books
   
Frosty Christmas Series by EJ  
  (A) Very Frosty Christmas
630
  (A) Christmas Missed
630
  Will Another Christmas Be Missed
4,600
   
   
 
 
   
   
HEAT AND DUST CHALLENGE
Anything to do with getting hot and bothered, not to mention a bit grubby. Stories from the definitions or common sayings involving heat and dust
   
Goodbye by Doreen
335
   
Run Away!! by VickieLNelson
1,560
   
Third Time Unlucky by Doreen
3,010
   
What If by MargaretP
980
   
 
   
   
LANCER BINGO
Stories based on choosing a line - horizontal, vertical or diagonal - on a bingo card of 25 prompts. The challenge was to write one story involving all the prompts, or one story for each individual prompt, or any combination that suited the author. The Bingo Card:
July/August 2012 Bingo
 
Wordcount
Diagonal Line A - 5  
From the Feathers Series by Starry Diadem (ext link)  
Hope Sings
6,525
(Confusion, Strays, Rain, Lies, Neighbour)  
 
5 stories by EJ
Cantina
1,170
Lies
385
Decision
2,250
Stranded (also sequel to Family Portrait)
805
Scar
715
 
Horizontal Line 4  
From the Widow Series by Doc  
  Payback
2,365
(Cantina, Stranded, Decision, Lies, Scar)  
 
Vertical Line A  
  Endings by Dale
1,435
(Confusion, Desert, Side effect, Cantina, Injury)  
   
   
Summer 2014 Bingo  
   
Curtains by Dale L
980
(Fiesta, Bounty Hunters,Town, Surprise, Nostalgia)  
   
   
 
   
   
LOYALTY
September 2013 challenge on the theme of loyalty. Or its opposite.
   
Blood on the Range series by BarbA
  Blood on the Range
2,000
  Timestamp - Blood on the Range
1,180
   
Loyalty Earned by Deborah
985
   
For The Widow series by Doc  
  The Old Dog's Story
820
   
(The) Protector by EJ
1,975
   
Taking Sides by DaleL
920
   
   
 
   
 
MEMORY CHALLENGE
Memory is potentially a rich and significant theme in Lancer. For example, think about how the characters might struggle with the memories of who and what they were pre-Lancer vs who they are now, and how their experiences have shaped them. What memories will Johnny have at Isham's funeral and what will they be telling him about his journey to become Johnny Lancer? What memories and experiences are stirred in Scott by Dan Cassidy's misguided actions or his grandfather's machinations? What was Murdoch thinking as he stared at the two photographs of his wives, when the wagon carrying his sons drew up?
 
(The) Attic by Shelley (external link)
100
   
Before by Rhiannon
790
   
Echo of A Ghost by DaleL
470
   
From The Hackamore Series by Starry Diadem
(external link)
 
  Shoes In The Jewel Box
3,410
 
(The) Other Side of Right by Suzanne
2,970
 
Quiet Moments Bring On Memories by EJ
620
 
Scott's Birthday Memories by EJ
610
 
Sunday by Doc
2,420
 
(The) Sweetest Memory by Margaret Schmitz Compton and Suzanne
1,610
   
 
   
 
MIDNIGHT CHALLENGE
500+ words to the prompt "Midnight"
Wordcount
Campanadas by Whistle (external link)
1,210
 
Midnight Shadows by Shelley (ext link)
1,560
 
From the Hackamore Series by Starry Diadem (ext link)  
One More Silver Dollar
2,615
 
 
   
 
MOTHER, DEAREST
Both of Murdoch's wives are mysteries. What brought Catherine to leave Boston Society behind, what brought Maria to leave Lancer? Just who were they? What did they think and feel? The challenge was to write about your favourite Lancer's mother.
Wordcount
Second Best by DaleL
740
 
Sisters Under The Skin by Starry Diadem (ext link)
4,670
 
 
   
 
NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS
The challenge was to write a Lancer story using newspaper clippings from papers of the 1870s and 1880s as inspiration.
Wordcount
 
(The) Talisman by Deborah
1,530
 
From the Whore and the Gunfighter series by Starry Diadem (external link)  
  Every Sinner's Future
2,925
 
 
   
 
ON THE OUTSIDE
The Lancers through a stranger's eyes - outsider PoV
Wordcount
Family Portrait by EJ
525
 
Hackamore Series by Starry Diadem (external link)  
  California
45,245
   
(A) Letter To My Niece by Doc
1,135
 
(A) Line In The Sand by Dale L
1,315
 
 
   
 
PICTURE BINGO
Stories inspired by a series of western-themed montages of images.
 
For Montage 1  
Meeting Poe by Doc
3,115
 
For Montage 4  
Welcome To Paradise by dbbrisbin
6,215
 
For Montage 9  
  Put Asunder by Starry Diadem (ext link)
34,175
 
For Montage 11  
(The) Hanging Tree by DaleL
630
 
 
   
 
PICTURE PROMPT CHALLENGE
Short fics inspired by screen caps posted to the Yahoo Lancer Writer Lists
Wordcount
(The) Long And The Short Of It by Coop
485
 
 
 
   
 
PROVERBS CHALLENGE
Choose a prompt from a list of familiar, traditional proverbs and let them inspire you...
 
Keep Your Enemies Close by Shelley (ext link)
630
 
A Word To The Unwise by Vicki L Nelson
1,210
 
 
   
 
QUOTES
Using a quote from another movie/show and writing a story around it OR using a quote by one character in the show and giving it to another
Wordcount
In The Rain by Ruth
200
 
(The) Shirt by Ruth
300
 
 
   
 
SOMETHING TO KEEP US WARM
Wordcount
Accessories Series by Cindy  
Gloves
900
 
Body Heat by Terri
520
 
California Heat by Ruth
300
 
Cold by Mary Ann
251
 
End Of The Tunnel by KathyK
280
 
Good For The Soul by EM
1,075
 
Good Honest Sweat by Susan
555
 
Great Room Encounter by Cindy
200
 
Nestling In by FlissB
100
 
(The) Quilt by Dori
455
Scrabble Double Drabble by FlissB
200
 
 
   
   
TOLKEIN CHALLENGE
Using the Hobbit Chapter titles as inspiration
   
Fire and Water by Shelley (external link)
1,420
   
Flies and Spiders by DaleL
1,050
   
Flies and Spiders by Starry Diadem (ext link)
2,975
   
(The) Last Stage by Deborah
2,660
   
   
 
   
   
WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF...?
Summer 2008 chance to rewrite those scenes that bugged people.
Wordcount
(A) Lancre By Any Other Name by Dori
1,045
 
 
   
 
WENDY'S WORD CHALLENGES
Stories prompted by one or more words from a randomly generated list. Some writers are clever enough to use every word on the list.
Wordcount
Adjustment by d.b.brisbin
535
 
The Hat by Judi
405
 
Listen by Dori
550
 
Search by Lisa King
213
 
Spin of the Wheel by Suzanne
1,780
 
Taking a Step by Liette
805
 
Touch by Fliss
100
 
Without by Cobalt Jan
100
 
 
   
 
WHODUNNIT CHALLENGE
Murder, Mystery, Mayhem... the challenge to write a mystery/whodunnit set in Lancer
 
Bad Luck by Maureen
10,660
 
(The) Mysterious Affair of the Purloined Suspenders by Starry Diadem (external link)
7,860
 
Where Is It? by EJ
1,205
 
 
   
 
X MARKS THE SPOT CHALLENGE
The Crossover Challenge on Lancer Writers: crossover with another western series, or another TV series of another genre, or with another genre altogether.
 
Hunted by DaleL (x-over with Walking Dead)
1,300
 
Unexpected Events On A Trip by EJ
52,090
 
 
 
 

 

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