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A While Ago
MichaelDavies buyer
Project Award 10-Apr-10 5:04 p.m. GMT
Entry "Shooting the Barnyard Breeze" awarded
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Project Comment 4-Apr-10 10:05 a.m. GMT
MichaelDavies - hey, we noticed that you haven't left any feedback in a couple days so we thought we'd drop you a quick note. Remember, buyers who leave good, consistent feedback get TWICE the number of entries that other projects do. And besides, the way the creatives will know what you want is if you tell them! So get in ... (more)
MichaelDavies - hey, we noticed that you haven't left any feedback in a couple days so we thought we'd drop you a quick note. Remember, buyers who leave good, consistent feedback get TWICE the number of entries that other projects do. And besides, the way the creatives will know what you want is if you tell them! So get in there and let them know what you think of the entries so far. Trust us on this one - you'll be glad you did... (less)
LouJBerger creative
Entry 4-Apr-10 3:49 a.m. GMT
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otte creative
Entry 3-Apr-10 11 p.m. GMT
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otte creative
Entry 3-Apr-10 10:27 p.m. GMT
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eve11 creative
Entry 3-Apr-10 7:17 p.m. GMT
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eve11 creative
Entry 3-Apr-10 7:17 p.m. GMT
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JPeel creative
Project Comment 3-Apr-10 10:37 a.m. GMT
Disclosure: All content in my entry is my original work and I have full rights to sell this content. ----------------------------------------------- *Sewer Rats… Sort of* By J.Peel They say that large rats and alligators dwell in the sewers of big cities. But let me tell you from experience, young reader, that many more animals live in that dark. These animals can ... (more)
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*Sewer Rats… Sort of*
By J.Peel


They say that large rats and alligators dwell in the sewers of big cities. But let me tell you from experience, young reader, that many more animals live in that dark. These animals can be spooky, odd, or just plain funny. Sometimes they even have names.
My name’s Pierce and I like to consider myself an animal, but really I’m one of those wild biker kids, who you may have seen speeding past you on his motorcycle. But this particular part of my life does not take place on a bike, thanks to an unfortunate game of Truth or Dare. No, this takes place in a dark, disgusting, stinky sewer…
“Fifty dollars,” my friend assured me, smirking, “Fifty dollars if you stay down there for ten minutes.”
I did not answer him back, yet nodded at his every word. This would be simple.
The stench of the sewer caught me off. I knew that it wouldn’t smell like roses, but the odor was so foul- so horrible- that I just had to say something;
“Argh, that’s so disgusting!”
“My apologies, dear friend,” answered back a deep voice.
A high-pitched tone squeaked back, “You smell like a wet dog.”
“I take offense to that,” said another voice, this one deeper.
Suddenly, a light flicked on and I was staring three smiling animals in the face. The first animal was a bearded goat, formal and sitting cross-legged in a chair. The second animal was a tiny kitten, tilting her head in confusion at me. The third and final animal was a large white dog, dressed properly in a tuxedo and lighting a nearby candle.
I was speechless.
“Why, hello,” spoke the goat’s deep voice again, “Pleasure to make your acquaintance.”
“H-Hello,” I stuttered, “I don’t really know… what…”
“And we wouldn’t expect you to,” spoke the goat, “Would we, gentlemen?”
The dog in the tuxedo beamed at me, speaking in a hoarse voice, “Not at all.”
“Glad to meet you,” squeaked the kitten shyly, “We never have visitors.”
My mind still could not grasp what I was seeing, “Who are you people?”
“Canine?” smiled the goat, as he addressed the dog, “Please extinguish the candle light. This visitor is apparently blind.”
As soon as the dog moved to turn off the light, I raised my hand in surrender, pleading for him not to.
“Is there a problem?” grimaced Canine, halting.
“I need that light to see,” I explained, “I’m not blind.”
“Not blind, you say?” questioned the goat, “Then why ever in the world would you address us with the term ‘people’? I take it by now that you’ve realized we are animals?”
“Yes, yes,” I said, desperately trying to explain myself, “I just don’t understand…”
“Then, you should have simply asked the right way,” spoke the goat, “My name is Billy the goat. And this is Canine…”
I looked over to the large dog in the tuxedo again. He was growling under his breath at me, snarling even.
“… and this is Kat…”
I looked down at the kitten. She looked at me and purred with affection.
“Why are you guys down here?” I asked them nervously.
“Again, I must ask you to watch your words,” said Billy the goat, “You have addressed all of us as male by saying ‘guys’. You need to be more aware of what you are saying.”
“I barely noticed,” I stated, before turning my direction to the kitten, “I apologize, Kat. It wasn’t my intention to call you a male.”
The goat cleared its throat, “Ahem.”
Canine barked angrily at me. Yet, Kat simply giggled. My confusion had almost become too much to bear.
“What?”
“I was speaking about myself,” stated Billy, “I am the female here.”
“What!?” I asked, “But your name is Billy and you have a beard!”
“All female goats have beards,” mentioned Kat, still giggling.
I guess it is true that you learn something new everyday.
Billy chuckled, “I assume that human females don’t grow beards then?
“Well,” I said, honestly thinking about it, “Not usually, no.”
However, the fact that I had insulted the goat remained.
“You have done a great dishonor to us,” stated Canine.
“I don’t even know who you are,” I replied, “You haven’t told me anything yet.”
“We are the pranksters of this city,” announced Billy.
“The what!?”
“The pranksters of the city,” repeated Billy, “We live under the streets and cause mischief to passer-bys. Anytime you see puddles of water soak somebody, it’s not because a car drove close to them. It’s because we splashed them from below… Anytime you see a woman walk over a vent and her dress is blown over her head, it’s because we were aiming fans at her… Anytime you see a leftover newspaper on the sidewalk, it’s because we stole it, and returned it weeks later…”
I could hardly believe my ears. These animals were responsible for all of the bad luck on our city streets and walkways. The spilled hot coffee in the car, the car alarms blaring at midnight, the ripped open trash bags- everything that you dislike seeing on the streets- it was ALL their doing.
“So, which one of you is responsible for the consistent flat tires on my motorcycle?” I asked, slightly upset by their news.
I looked across all three of them, as they looked down with guilt. Slowly but surely, the cute kitten raised her hand and admitted her crimes.
“Sorry,” she squeaked, “I was teething.”
“Aw,” spoke Billy, stroking her beard, “Can you really stay angry at such a cute little kitten?”
“I guess not,” I said, peeking up to the city above, “It’s okay, guys. I’m just glad I was able to meet with you. Now, if that will be all…”
“Where do you think you’re going!?” snarled Canine, becoming wild-eyed.
“Back to the surface.”
“Is that how it works?” said Billy, in a rather British-sounding voice, “You come down here to insult us and then run back up whenever you feel like it?”
“Uh, no… I…”
“Your actions down here are punishable by every practical joke in the book!” pronounced Billy, “Unless you can find a willing participant to take your place, we cannot allow you to leave.”
“I’ll find somebody,” I told them, “I’ll send my friend down in two minutes.”
“Very well,” answered Billy, “Send your friend down and he will receive your punishment instead. We beg you a fond farewell.”
I thanked them and hurried back up to the street above. Upon my arrival, my friend patted me on the back.
“So, how was it?” he asked.
“Perfectly normal,” I lied, “Now back to the game; truth or dare?”
“Well, seeing as I just sent you there,” replied my friend, “Dare.” (less)
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Project Comment 3-Apr-10 10:05 a.m. GMT
MichaelDavies - hey, we noticed that you haven't left any feedback in a couple days so we thought we'd drop you a quick note. Remember, buyers who leave good, consistent feedback get TWICE the number of entries that other projects do. And besides, the way the creatives will know what you want is if you tell them! So get in ... (more)
MichaelDavies - hey, we noticed that you haven't left any feedback in a couple days so we thought we'd drop you a quick note. Remember, buyers who leave good, consistent feedback get TWICE the number of entries that other projects do. And besides, the way the creatives will know what you want is if you tell them! So get in there and let them know what you think of the entries so far. Trust us on this one - you'll be glad you did... (less)
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Entry 2-Apr-10 7:41 p.m. GMT
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Entry 1-Apr-10 2:24 p.m. GMT
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Entry 1-Apr-10 1:49 a.m. GMT
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Entry 31-Mar-10 9:22 p.m. GMT
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eve11 creative
Project Comment 31-Mar-10 5:24 p.m. GMT
I know you requested a major metropolitan city, however, would you consider New Orleans as it is at least an internationally known city? The storyline I'm thinking of incorporates a musical theme, and as I am currently in New Orleans I could weave in vivid details.
eve11 creative
Project Comment 31-Mar-10 5:24 p.m. GMT
I know you requested a major metropolitan city, however, would you consider New Orleans as it is at least an internationally known city? The storyline I'm thinking of incorporates a musical theme, and as I am currently in New Orleans I could weave in vivid details.
eve11 creative
Project Comment 31-Mar-10 5:02 p.m. GMT
Overall, $250 for an 3000-word article is fair (I read what commenter Sam Hammond wrote below -- although in past I have been paid $1 per word). However, in my opinion, if what is being asked for is for each writer to submit a complete, edited 3000-5000 word short story simply to vie for a chance at $250 then that ... (more)
Overall, $250 for an 3000-word article is fair (I read what commenter Sam Hammond wrote below -- although in past I have been paid $1 per word). However, in my opinion, if what is being asked for is for each writer to submit a complete, edited 3000-5000 word short story simply to vie for a chance at $250 then that seems to ask a lot of the writers who do not get anything in return.

Am I understanding the requirements correctly?

Do we submit a 3000-5000 complete story or a synopsis for your review? I am more used to submitting a synopsis/query to find out if it is MUTUALLY worthwhile to work on the full article/story. (less)
eve11 creative
Project Comment 31-Mar-10 5:02 p.m. GMT
Overall, $250 for an 3000-word article is fair (I read what commenter Sam Hammond wrote below -- although in past I have been paid $1 per word). However, in my opinion, if what is being asked for is for each writer to submit a complete, edited 3000-5000 word short story simply to vie for a chance at $250 then that ... (more)
Overall, $250 for an 3000-word article is fair (I read what commenter Sam Hammond wrote below -- although in past I have been paid $1 per word). However, in my opinion, if what is being asked for is for each writer to submit a complete, edited 3000-5000 word short story simply to vie for a chance at $250 then that seems to ask a lot of the writers who do not get anything in return.

Am I understanding the requirements correctly?

Do we submit a 3000-5000 complete story or a synopsis for your review? I am more used to submitting a synopsis/query to find out if it is MUTUALLY worthwhile to work on the full article/story. (less)
MichaelDavies buyer
Project Comment 31-Mar-10 2:30 p.m. GMT
@Lanyon Haha. Yes, I meant crowdspring, not springwise. I visit the two sites regularly, so I must have mixed them up. Cheers!
JenniferF creative
Entry 31-Mar-10 2:26 p.m. GMT
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JenniferF creative
Entry 31-Mar-10 2:25 p.m. GMT
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LanyonDesign creative
Project Comment 31-Mar-10 2:16 p.m. GMT
@MichaelDavies I assume you meant "Post it up on crowdspring" and not "Post it up on springwise"?
LanyonDesign creative
Project Comment 31-Mar-10 2:16 p.m. GMT
@MichaelDavies I assume you meant "Post it up on crowdspring" and not "Post it up on springwise"?
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