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Reading rules while half awake, fifteen basically just equaled fifteen.

Going through them again... one could use a prompt multiple times, since the cost is in buying the prompt. One can also combine prompts. That said fifteen individual prompts can theoretically become 105 doubled prompts and lots more if tripled. More math to follow in update, but, going the variations on a theme route, it could be a massive amount created from just a few things. Kind of like those mystery box challenges on master chef.


Fun with Math - so here's all the permutationy goodness from that up there ^^

Take 15 different whatevers - in this case, prompts. Considering that they can be combined in a variety of different ways (singularly, two at a time, pick six, etc.), we need to discover how many unique combinations there would be.

1 prompt = 15 combinations
2 prompts = 105 combinations
3 prompts = 455 combinations
4 prompts = 1365 combinations

I could probably stop there, but, math is cool and does something cool. So we'll continue on this.

5 prompts = 3003 combinations
6 prompts = 5005 combinations
7 prompts = 6435 combinations
8 prompts = 6435 combinations
9 prompts = 5005 combinations
10 prompts = 3003 combinations
11 prompts = 1365 combinations
12 prompts = 455 combinations
13 prompts = 105 combinations
14 prompts = 15 combinations
15 prompts = 1 combination

So, add those all together, and fifteen ends up becoming 32,767.

Insert lil Britt tossing an "Auntie Zhie, No." in my general direction right here.

Suffice to say, it's not going to be about picking the most prompts, it's going to be about picking the right ones, and then getting really creative with them.

And not actually writing 32,767 drabbles. That would just be silly.

But I think I'm going with a goal of 32,767 words.

Date: 2015-02-24 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heartofoshun.livejournal.com
Oh, ouch! I think I want to shoot myself. I will pretend I did not click on this and read it.

If I could write 32,767 words of fiction in a month I cannot even imagine what I might do with my life.

Numbers are scary to me.

Date: 2015-02-28 02:35 pm (UTC)
dawn_felagund: Skeleton embracing young girl (b2mem 2012 obsessed)
From: [personal profile] dawn_felagund
This is really interesting! And you're right to observe that the rules allow a lot of leeway ... intentionally! :) The ability to use a prompt more than once was, in a large part, motivated by the possibility of a person writing and illustrating a story and feeling they had to buy the prompt twice to do so, or creating a series of drabbles or icons and feeling they had to buy the prompt x times to do so. But this rule clarification definitely opens a lot of interesting possibilities (especially for the folks who want to write something everyday and worry on how to stretch 15 farthings to do so ...)

I could do 32,767 words but I need to be working on my thesis. Grr. I did find out I have March off from for-credit classes but ... *see above about working on thesis* Or finishing the B2MeM 2014 ebook might be nice, now that all the HASA Rescue Project hoopla is done.

Date: 2015-02-28 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zhie.livejournal.com
I have to commend you on continuing with anything in the fandom with your thesis on the horizon. I have a two year gap from most things fandom when I was on the master degree journey (and ended up switching fandoms completely when it was over). It's a lot of work (but worth it)! Good luck with it!

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