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TPG Week 200: Blast From The Past Resubmission

| October 24, 2014
TPG Week 200: Blast From The Past Resubmission

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have someone who’s on stranger to these parts. We welcome back Brave One Kyle Raios! We’ve got Liam Hayes in blue, I’m the sedate one in red, and we see what Kyle has done with Related Posts:TPG Week 183: A […]

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TPG Week 199: Not Enough Peanut Butter

| October 17, 2014
TPG Week 199: Not Enough Peanut Butter

  Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Jason Bonine. We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m in the festive red, and we’ll all see how Jason does with Related Posts:TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG Week […]

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TPG Week 198: How To Bore In Five Pages

| October 10, 2014
TPG Week 198: How To Bore In Five Pages

    Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have another entry from Chelsea Smith! We also have Liam Hayes in blue, and I’m looking rather svelte in red, and we’ll see what Chelsea does with Related Posts:TPG Week 78: Readers Want Cake!TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was Better…TPG Week 188: […]

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TPG Week 197: Another Resubmission That Didn’t Learn

| October 3, 2014
TPG Week 197: Another Resubmission That Didn’t Learn

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a returning Brave One in James Sarandis. It’s becoming a trend, it looks like, because we have another resubmission! We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m in red, and we’ll see if James learned anything from the last time he submitted […]

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TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was Better…

| September 26, 2014
TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was Better…

  Welcome back to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in JP Polewczak! We also have Liam Hayes in blue, I’m the guy in red, and we’ll see what JP has to say about Related Posts:TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG Week 83: Use […]

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TPG Week 195: Nothing Learned (and it’s brutal)

| September 19, 2014
TPG Week 195: Nothing Learned (and it’s brutal)

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have someone who’s no stranger here: Luke Noonan! He’s been here twice before. We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m frantic in red, and we’ll see what Luke does with an established character in Related Posts:TPG Week 200: Blast From The Past ResubmissionTPG […]

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TPG Week 194: Science Fiction Needs Research

| September 12, 2014
TPG Week 194: Science Fiction Needs Research

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Chelsea Smith. We also have Liam Hayes returning this week in blue, I’m the wild one in red, and we’ll see if Chelsea is good enough to really invoke the Bard in A Clone By Any Other […]

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TPG Week 193: Another Resubmission Gone Wrong

| September 6, 2014
TPG Week 193: Another Resubmission Gone Wrong

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a Brave One who’s no stranger to these parts: Schuyler Van Gunten! We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m in red, and we’ll see how Schuyler does with his resubmission of Mystiker Related Posts:TPG Week 196: Blackenstein Was […]

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TPG Week 192: The Resubmission That Didn’t Learn

| August 30, 2014
TPG Week 192: The Resubmission That Didn’t Learn

  Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds. This week, we have Brave One Luke Pierce back with a resubmission! Hopefully, this is the start of a trend. I like resubmissions. We also have something of a graduate from TPG: Liam Hayes has stepped up to try his hand at editing. We’re going […]

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TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not True

| August 22, 2014
TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not True

Welcome, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Joshua Crowther. Related Posts:TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)TPG Week 197: Another Resubmission That Didn’t LearnTPG Week 188: Nothing Good To SayTPG Week 183: A Clinic In WrongTPG Week 179: Don’t Bore The Reader Into […]

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TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)

| August 15, 2014
TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)

  Hello, one and all, and welcome to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Morgan Wellborn! Morgan is an artist who’s trying his hand at writing. We’ll see how he does. We also have Steve Colle in blue, I’m in red, and we all get to […]

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TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look Like

| August 9, 2014
TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look Like

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have something of a treat: Brave One Jon Parrish has done a resubmission! We don’t get those too often around these parts. We have Samantha LeBas looking svelte in purple, I’m looking crazed in red, and we’ll see what Jon does with Related […]

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TPG Week 188: Nothing Good To Say

| August 1, 2014
TPG Week 188: Nothing Good To Say

  Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds. This week brings us a new Brave One in Andrew Brinkley and co-writer Eric Parfait. Andrew is also an editor, which is something we don’t get too often here at TPG. Anyway, we have Steve Colle in blue, I’m in red, and we’ll see what […]

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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 196: Blackenstein Was Better…TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? […]

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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 196: Blackenstein […]

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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 196: Blackenstein Was […]

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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 196: Blackenstein Was Better…TPG Week 194: Science Fiction Needs […]

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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 190: Artist Turned…Writer? […]

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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 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)TPG Week 188: Nothing Good […]

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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 196: Blackenstein Was Better…TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow […]

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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 196: Blackenstein Was Better…TPG Week 188: Nothing […]

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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 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)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 189: What A […]

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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 200: Blast From The Past ResubmissionTPG Week 196: […]

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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 196: Blackenstein Was Better…TPG Week 188: Nothing Good To SayTPG […]

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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 190: Artist […]

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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 196: Blackenstein Was Better…TPG Week 190: […]

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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 196: Blackenstein Was Better…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 Bag

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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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