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TPG Week 187: Too Much Imaginating, Not Enough ‘Splainin’

| July 25, 2014
TPG Week 187: Too Much Imaginating, Not Enough ‘Splainin’

    Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a newcomer from across the pond, Luke Pierce! We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m in the soothing red, and we’ll see what Luke has to say about Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…TPG Week […]

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TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…

| July 18, 2014
TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Jim Mello. We also have Steve Colle in blue, I’m in red, and we see what Jim has to say about the year Related Posts:TPG Week 177: Laziness Is Not BecomingTPG Week 145: Too […]

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TPG Week 185: Hand-Waving, Slaps, And A Porcupine

| July 11, 2014
TPG Week 185: Hand-Waving, Slaps, And A Porcupine

    Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week brings us a new Brave One in Justin Schepper. This week also sees the return of Samantha LeBas. She’s a mother for a second time! Give her a round of applause, and welcome Odette “I’m Too Damned Cute To […]

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TPG Week 184: A Study In Not-Good

| July 4, 2014
TPG Week 184: A Study In Not-Good

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One who’s no stranger to TPG: Schuyler Van Gunten! This week, unfortunately, will be the last week that Yannick Morin will be with us. He’s stepping away for his own reasons. We’ll miss you, Yannick. The door is always open. […]

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TPG Week 183: A Clinic In Wrong

| June 27, 2014
TPG Week 183: A Clinic In Wrong

Hello, and welcome back to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Ben Goldsmith. We also have the return of Steve Colle! We also have the return of the rant! So, we have Steve in the soothing blue, I’m in the hyped-up red, and we’ll all see […]

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TPG Week 182: Reaching For The Funny

| June 20, 2014
TPG Week 182: Reaching For The Funny

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One who is no stranger around these parts: Jon Parrish! We have the irritable Yannick Morin in green, I’m in the soothing red (HA!), and let’s see what Jon has to say about Professionalism Related Posts:TPG Week 183: A Clinic […]

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TPG Week 181: Searching For A Signal

| June 14, 2014
TPG Week 181: Searching For A Signal

Hello, one and all, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, our Brave One is someone who’s no stranger here: Sam Roads. I’m alone again this week, so it’s only me and Mr. Roads. Let’s see how he does with   Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…TPG Week 177: […]

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TPG Week 180: Don’t Make The Reader Hungry In A Bad Way

| June 7, 2014
TPG Week 180: Don’t Make The Reader Hungry In A Bad Way

Hello, one and all, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Alyssa Crow! Alyssa hails from Australia, land of Vegemite. (I want to try the stuff, but I may want to be drunk first…) This week, we have Yannick Morin in green, I’m scruffy in the […]

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TPG Week 179: Don’t Bore The Reader Into Submission

| May 30, 2014
TPG Week 179: Don’t Bore The Reader Into Submission

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Micah Bryant. I’m by myself this week, as Sam is taking care of some personal stuff. So, it’s just Micah and myself. Insert tones of doom here. Let’s get started!   Related Posts:TPG Week 183: A Clinic […]

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TPG Week 178: You Have To Let Dialogue Do Its Job

| May 23, 2014
TPG Week 178: You Have To Let Dialogue Do Its Job

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One in James Sarandis. We’ve also got Yannick Morin in the wordy green, in spartan in red, and let’s see what James does with his   Related Posts:TPG Week 183: A Clinic In WrongTPG Week 159: When Exposition Goes MissingTPG […]

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TPG Week 177: Laziness Is Not Becoming

| May 17, 2014
TPG Week 177: Laziness Is Not Becoming

Well, it’s another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week we have Chad Handley, who’s no stranger around here. This week, though, I’m by myself. So, let’s dive right on in! PAGE ONE Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG Week 83: Use Your […]

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TPG Week 176: A Hat-Trick of Bad

| May 9, 2014
TPG Week 176: A Hat-Trick of Bad

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Michael Mullane. We have Yannick Morin in the vile green, I’m in the damned red, and let’s see what Michael does when he has the High Ground Related Posts:TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG […]

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TPG Week 175: Inciting Incident Needed

| May 2, 2014
TPG Week 175: Inciting Incident Needed

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we’ve got a Brave One who is no stranger to these parts: novelist Ronnie Massie! We have something we don’t often see around here: a resubmission! We’ve also got Samantha LeBas in purposeful purple, I’m wearing the rarin’ red, and let’s see how Ronnie […]

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TPG Week 174: When Pacing Is The Only Thing Wrong

| April 25, 2014
TPG Week 174: When Pacing Is The Only Thing Wrong

Welcome back to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Michael Mourounas! Let me also introduce a man who needs no introduction, as he was my first helper here at The Proving Grounds: Yannick Morin! Steve Colle is still on sabbatical, and will be for the near […]

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TPG Week 173: Ending Up Worse Than Where You Started

| April 18, 2014
TPG Week 173: Ending Up Worse Than Where You Started

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One who is no stranger here: Talisha Harrison. We’ve got in indomitable Samantha LeBas in the punishing purple, I’m in the raging red, and together, we’ll all see how Talisha handles   Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, […]

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TPG Week 172: Work On Other Projects First

| April 11, 2014
TPG Week 172: Work On Other Projects First

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Curt Achberger. And while this was supposed to be Steve Colle’s week, he’s taking a sabbatical, and will be back when he can. In the meantime, the beautiful, talented, and ice cold Samantha LeBas […]

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TPG Week 171: Prosaic Thinking Is Not Your Friend

| April 5, 2014
TPG Week 171: Prosaic Thinking Is Not Your Friend

Welcome, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have another new Brave One in Cody Stewart. We also have the ravishing Sam LeBas in purple, I’m in the ravaging red, and let’s see how Cody swims in the   Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…TPG […]

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TPG Week 170: Comedy Needs To Be Paced (And Funny)

| March 29, 2014
TPG Week 170: Comedy Needs To Be Paced (And Funny)

Hello, and welcome once again to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in the personage of Dan Dayton. We have Steve Colle in the cooling blue, I’m in the “slap ‘em around some more” red, and let’s see how Dan answers the question   Related Posts:TPG Week 161: Don’t Keep […]

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TPG Week 169: Write For The Gap

| March 22, 2014
TPG Week 169: Write For The Gap

Hello, one and all, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a returning Brave One in Schuyler Van Gunten! We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, and I’m in the fiery red. Sam is a bit under the weather, so she did what she could. Let’s see what we have when […]

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TPG Week 168: Dialogue Shouldn’t Destroy Your Efforts

| March 15, 2014
TPG Week 168: Dialogue Shouldn’t Destroy Your Efforts

Welcome back, one and all, to the another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Cody Stewart. We also have Steve Colle in blue, I’m in red, and we’ll see what Cody does when he faces   Related Posts:TPG Week 187: Too Much Imaginating, Not Enough ‘Splainin’TPG Week […]

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TPG Week 167: Know The Story You Want To Tell

| March 7, 2014
TPG Week 167: Know The Story You Want To Tell

Welcome, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One who’s no stranger to these parts: Frank Martin! We also have Sam LeBas in purple, I’m in red, and let’s see what happens when Frank goes   Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…TPG Week 177: Laziness […]

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TPG Week 166: Padding Is Not Your Friend

| March 1, 2014
TPG Week 166: Padding Is Not Your Friend

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Michael Hasset. We have Steve Colle back in the calming blue, I’m firing off in red, and we’re going to see what Michael does with Mind Expanding Adventures of Sparky and His Homies #2 Related Posts:TPG Week 183: A […]

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TPG Week 165: The Story Must Make Sense

| February 21, 2014
TPG Week 165: The Story Must Make Sense

Welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Tommy Sigalov. Tommy, it seems, has some lessons to learn. We’ve got Samantha LeBas looking svelte in purple, I’m doling out haymakers in red, and we’ll see just what happens when Tommy gets Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See […]

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TPG Week 164: You Need To Add Story To Your Premise

| February 15, 2014
TPG Week 164: You Need To Add Story To Your Premise

Hello, one and all, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Calvin Gimpelevich. Also, while I know you’re looking forward to having Steve Colle in blue, this week it’s just me. Steve should be back on his next rotation. So sit back, relax, and let’s see […]

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TPG Week 163: Actions Alone Do Not A Story Make

| February 7, 2014
TPG Week 163: Actions Alone Do Not A Story Make

Hello, one and all, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Ezra Dixon. We have Sam LeBas in the lovely purple, I’m in the damning red, ad we’ll see what happens when Ezra goes Into the Abyss Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move […]

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TPG Week 162: Effort Put Forth

| February 1, 2014
TPG Week 162: Effort Put Forth

Here we are, face to face, a couple of Silver Spoons… I think I just aged myself (again)! Nevermind. Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…TPG Week 177: Laziness Is Not BecomingTPG Week 160: Deep ProblemsTPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG Week 83: Use Your Powers For Good Instead […]

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TPG Week 161: Don’t Keep Writing When The Story Is Senseless

| January 24, 2014
TPG Week 161: Don’t Keep Writing When The Story Is Senseless

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in John Heidt. As always, we have Sam LeBas in Prince purple, I’m in the Hall and Oates red (I’m a Man Eater), and we see what John does with Related Posts:TPG Week 72: Starting Late Will Annoy […]

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TPG Week 160: Deep Problems

| January 17, 2014
TPG Week 160: Deep Problems

Hello, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Christopher Knox, who brings us a very strange setup for a tale. It isn’t good, folks. You’ve been warned. We’ve got Steve Colle in blue, I’m forever in red, and let’s see what Christopher did to Related Posts:TPG […]

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TPG Week 159: When Exposition Goes Missing

| January 11, 2014
TPG Week 159: When Exposition Goes Missing

Not only is it a new year, but it’s also my birthday today! Now, as a present, I’m going to try not to add too much red to this script. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but you never know. Anyway, we have Nyisha Haynes as our new Brave One! We also have Sam […]

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TPG Week 158: When Dialogue Doesn’t Do Its Job

| January 4, 2014
TPG Week 158: When Dialogue Doesn’t Do Its Job

Welcome, one and all! It’s a new year, so we’re off to a new start! First up for the year is a new Brave One in Jeremy Jackson! We still have the beautiful Steve Colle in blue, and I’m ever-crabby in red. So, let’s see what Jeremy does when he has a   Related Posts:What […]

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TPG Week 157: When Stories Turn Into Hack Jobs

| December 28, 2013
TPG Week 157: When Stories Turn Into Hack Jobs

Welcome back, one and all! This is the final installment of TPG of the year! Let’s take a moment to look back and thank all the Brave Ones who have submitted this year: Jon Parrish (3x), Conner MacDonald, Sam Roads, Joshua Gorfain, John Lees, Ronnie Massey (3x), JP Redding, Michael Arlain, our own Steve Colle […]

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TPG Week 156: A Worthy Entrant

| December 20, 2013
TPG Week 156: A Worthy Entrant

Welcome once again to The Proving Grounds! We’re nearing the end of the year, and there’s no rest for the weary! We’ve got Brave One Frank Martin with another script from a writing challenge, we’ve got Steve Colle in blue, and I’m menacing in red. Let’s see what Frank does with   Related Posts:What Are […]

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TPG Week 155: More Study Needed

| December 13, 2013
TPG Week 155: More Study Needed

Welcome, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a returning Brave One in Will Robson. Let’s see if he’s learned anything since his previous submission! (Quick answer: not a lot.) Also this week, we have back Samantha LeBas (welcome back, Kotter—I mean, Sam!) in purple, and I’m forever dangerous in red, […]

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TPG Week 154: Writing Challenge Submission

| December 6, 2013
TPG Week 154: Writing Challenge Submission

Welcome again to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have Paul LaPorte, with a last name that sounds like he’s from a Louisiana bayou somewhere… Just saying. Anyway, we have Steve Colle back in the calming blue, I’m forever in the fiery red, and let’s see how well Paul handles a writing […]

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TPG Week 153: A Pretty Good Story

| November 30, 2013
TPG Week 153: A Pretty Good Story

Hello, one and all! Welcome back to another installment of The Proving Grounds! Hopefully, you’ve all had a great Thanksgiving. Me? I was at work. But that’s neither here nor there. We have Brave One Frank Martin for this week’s entry. While I know you were looking for Sam LeBas this week, but unfortunately, it’s […]

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TPG Week 152: Various Mistakes

| November 22, 2013
TPG Week 152: Various Mistakes

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Doug Wood. We also have Steve Colle returning to us in blue, I’m in red, and let’s see if Doug is able to go through Hell’s Gate Related Posts:TPG Week 161: Don’t Keep Writing When The Story […]

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TPG Week 151: When Dialogue Doesn’t Pull Its Weight

| November 15, 2013
TPG Week 151: When Dialogue Doesn’t Pull Its Weight

Welcome back, one and all! We’ve got Brave One Frank Martin entering The Proving Grounds once more! This week, we have the gregarious Samantha LeBas in purple, and I’m forever alluring in Red, and we see how Frank deals when confronted with   Related Posts:TPG Week 186: Nothing To See Here, Move Along…TPG Week 177: […]

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TPG Week 150: Bad Fan Fiction

| November 8, 2013
TPG Week 150: Bad Fan Fiction

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Steven Applebaum, who’s bringing something unusual to us: a sequel to the terrible Super Mario Brothers movie. (Yeah, I said it. It was a terrible movie. I recognized that even as a child. Age has not made […]

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TPG 149: Being Vague Is Not Your Friend

| November 1, 2013
TPG 149: Being Vague Is Not Your Friend

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Austin James, son of our own Cesar Feliciano, who’s the artist on The Red Ten. With Samantha LeBas in purple and myself and red, we’re going to put Austin through his paces with Related Posts:TPG Week 183: […]

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TPG Week 148: Silent Opening Pages

| October 25, 2013
TPG Week 148: Silent Opening Pages

Hello, one and all, and welcome to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Fred Duran. Fred hails from the east coast (somewhere around NY if I’m not mistaken), and has been waiting with bated breath for today. We have Steve Colle in blue, I’m forever in red, and let’s […]

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