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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 165: The Story Must Make SenseTPG Week […]

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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 171: Prosaic Thinking Is Not Your FriendTPG 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 169: Write For The GapTPG Week 161: Don’t Keep Writing […]

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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 161: Don’t […]

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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 159: When Exposition Goes […]

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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 145: Too Much Stuff In The […]

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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 160: Deep ProblemsTPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The BagTPG Week 83: Use Your Powers For Good Instead Of…TPG Week 79: Don’t Let Bad Pacing Kill Your StoryTPG Week 78: Readers Want […]

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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:B&N […]

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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:B&N Week […]

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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 169: Write For The GapTPG Week 161: Don’t Keep […]

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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 159: […]

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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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TPG Week 147: When Scripts & Logic Take Differing Paths

| October 19, 2013
TPG Week 147: When Scripts & Logic Take Differing Paths

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week’s Brave One is no stranger here: we have Justin Martin! We have Samantha LeBas turning heads in purple, I’m in the blushing red, and let’s see how Justin does with an untitled piece (A word of warning: it is not good.). Related Posts:TPG Week […]

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TPG Week 146: Keeping Reader Interest

| October 11, 2013
TPG Week 146: Keeping Reader Interest

Welcome once more to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Sonja Smith! (And, on a completely unrelated note, I’m very happy to see that we have more women writing and submitting. I can probably count the number of female participants on one hand. I wish there were more. Anyway…) […]

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TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The Bag

| October 4, 2013
TPG Week 145: Too Much Stuff In The Bag

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a returning Brave One in Jourdan MacLain. We also have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m in red, and we see if Jourdan can make us all feel Dirty Related Posts:TPG Week 83: Use Your Powers For Good Instead Of…TPG Week 78: Readers […]

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TPG Week 144: Words On Paper

| September 27, 2013
TPG Week 144: Words On Paper

Welcome, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Sarah Kaplan. We’ve got Steve Colle dressed smartly in blue, and I’m ever-menacing in red, and we both see what Sarah does with Blood, Bone, & Startlight Related Posts:TPG Week 146: Keeping Reader InterestTPG Week […]

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TPG Week 143: Preserve The Mystery

| September 20, 2013
TPG Week 143: Preserve The Mystery

Welcome one and all to The Proving Grounds! This week, we’ve got Brave One Frank Martin, who hails from somewhere on the east coast (New York, I believe, but I could be mistaken). This week, we’ve got Samantha LeBas looking regal in purple, I’m always stunning in red, and let’s see what Frank does with […]

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TPG Week 142: Newbie Mistakes

| September 13, 2013
TPG Week 142: Newbie Mistakes

Welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have someone who’s no stranger around these parts, a Brave One by the name of Jon Parrish! (I’m feeling game-showy. I’m watching The X Factor. Sue me.) We’ve got to welcome back the man in blue, Steve Colle, and I’m forever in red. This week, we […]

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TPG Week 141: Run-On Sentences, Run-On Pages

| September 6, 2013
TPG Week 141: Run-On Sentences, Run-On Pages

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds. This week, we have Brave One Jourdan McLain back. Really, it isn’t going to be pretty. Let’s just get that out there. We have Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m in red, and let’s see what Jourdan does with. AKIHIRO: UNDER THE SAMURAI’S MOON PART 1 OF […]

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TPG Week 140: Small Panels To Slow A Fast Read?

| August 30, 2013 | 2 Comments
TPG Week 140: Small Panels To Slow A Fast Read?

Welcome back, one and all, to another installment of The Proving Grounds! This week, we have someone who’s no stranger to us: our Brave One is Rich Douek.   Related Posts:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While You Kickstarter: 7 Design Tips for Your Project Image TPG Week 172: Work […]

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TPG Week 139: Strong Starts

| August 23, 2013
TPG Week 139: Strong Starts

A strong script in this week’s THE PROVING GROUNDS. C’mon in and check it out!

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TPG Week 138: Run-On Sentences…

| August 16, 2013
TPG Week 138: Run-On Sentences…

Welcome all, once more, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Jourdan McLain. We have Steve Colle very dapper in blue, I’m ravising in red, and we both see if Jourdan is going to BUG OUT Related Posts:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While […]

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TPG Week 137: Of White Voids and Constipation

| August 9, 2013
TPG Week 137: Of White Voids and Constipation

Hello, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Trevor McNeil, who hails from somewhere across the pond. (Yeah, I know, nothing witty this week. Sorry.) We also have Sam LeBas in purple, I’m in red, and we see how Trevor handles Unintended Consequences Related Posts:B&N Week […]

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TPG 136: Learning! (But There Are Pacing Issues)

| August 2, 2013
TPG 136: Learning! (But There Are Pacing Issues)

Welcome back once more to The Proving Grounds! This week, we welcome back Darren Higham, who brings us a second installment of his tale from a couple of weeks ago. Darren, after going through the wringer last time, asked if he could swap out the script for an updated version, applying what he learned. Of […]

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TPG Week 135: Knowing When To Cut

| July 26, 2013
TPG Week 135: Knowing When To Cut

  Hello one and all, and welcome back to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have Jayson Cardwell entering into the Grounds. This week, as is the new norm, we’ve switched out, so we’ve got Samantha LeBas in purple, I’m in red, and we’ll both see if Jayson can find Related Posts:B&N Week 173: Critical […]

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TPG Week 134: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Just A Little Bit)

| July 19, 2013
TPG Week 134: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Just A Little Bit)

Hello, everyone! Welcome once again to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Darren Higham, hailing from Mountain Flats, in Phlatsam. (Yep. Once again, no idea.) This week we have Steve Colle in blue, and I’m always in the luxurious red, and we see what Darren brings us in Related […]

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TPG Week 133: When Dialogue Is The Biggest Downfall

| July 12, 2013
TPG Week 133: When Dialogue Is The Biggest Downfall

Welcome back, one and all, to The Proving Grounds! This week, we have a new Brave One in Ryan Kroboth, hailing from Bumstead Regency Park, in Understated, North Iowa. (Yes, that’s right, I have no idea once again.)   Related Posts:B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?Look Good While You Kickstarter: 7 […]

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