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20th-Sep-2016 12:08 am - so long, and thanks for all the fish
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the_EXORDIUM 2016 works | the_PRIMORDIUM 2016 works
the_MICROCOSM 2016 works

We made it through another great round of the_EXORDIUM, and the successful introduction of the_PRIMORDIUM as well as an excellent turnout for our check-in alternative test run of the_MICROCOSM! Thank you so much to all the writers who joined us along the way, whether you ended up posting your story in the main collection or not. The challenge is in the journey, not necessarily in the outcome, and we hope that everyone who signed up was able to succeed personally in some way, whether in private or public.

For those who are still working on their stories, each challenge's Complementary Collection is available as a posting option, and you are welcome to contact the mods (email exoprimordium@gmail.com) for details. As long as the story is a) complete and b) a story you were planning on posting for the main challenge, it is eligible and will be tweeted/linked on the challenge tumblr.

Many things changed between this year and last year, and we as mods have learned even more throughout this process. In order to better evaluate the experience, we'd love to hear from you, writers, readers and betas/proofreaders alike, so we've created a simple Google feedback form. Please fill it out if you can!


You may now crosspost your stories. Please do keep in mind that your story for the_EXORDIUM/the_PRIMORDIUM is an official story authored completely by you, the writer, so if you choose to make edits to a crossposted version, it would be a good idea to also edit the original on ao3. Nothing about the collection is static, and you are welcome to edit your posted works at any time.

You are always welcome to contact the mods if you have any further questions, comments and/or concerns by emailing us at exoprimordium@gmail.com

Thank you, and good luck with all your other endeavours!
16th-Jan-2016 02:52 pm - EXORDIUM START!
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Welcome and thank you for joining us! We hereby announce the start of the official writing period!

This is also where we start thinking about the first optional check-in: the_MICROCOSM round 1! To participate, all you need to do is post a drabble/segment/writing snippet/dialogue/poem/other bit of related or unrelated writing to the round 1 collection by the end of 20 February SST (countdown). As per the rules, the only rule is that it must not be more than 500 words, everything else is fair game (any fandom, any type of writing). Please remember that it will be publicly revealed after the posting deadline closes.

If you are looking for a beta and have not already done so, please consult the beta/proofreader list and claim one!


01 Jan. sign-ups open
15 Jan. sign-ups close
16 Jan. start of official writing period
20 Feb. the_MICROCOSM round 1 (direct link to post)
19 Mar. the_MICROCOSM round 2
16 April the_MICROCOSM round 3
21 May the_MICROCOSM round 4
18 June the_MICROCOSM round 5
16 July end of official writing period headers must be posted to qualify
16 July start of revision period
31 July end of revision period complete fic must be posted unless an extension is granted
01 Aug. start of official posting period
TBA complementary collection reveal and end of official posting period
TBA thanks and close of challenge (cross-posting now allowed)

Please contact the mods with any questions and check the answered questions in case what you’re looking for is there.
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Welcome to Round 2 of the_EXORDIUM

the_EXORDIUM is a longfic challenge for EXO-centric fanfic, within a community of writers as we support each other over the finish line.

The structure of this challenge has changed significantly from Round 1, so please read this information even if you have already participated in Round 1.
There will be no teams for Round 2 of the_EXORDIUM, and the progress updates have been changed to the_MICROCOSM, an optional but highly encouraged non-anonymous mini drabble event that will be held in lieu of check-ins, for an interactive experience.

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2nd-Aug-2015 12:00 pm - Helplessly Hoping
Title: Helplessly Hoping (A Piece of Hope Book 1)
Author: drainbamage954
Beta: thesockmonster
Rating: PG-13 (currently)
Pairing: Chanyeol/Jongin
Side Pairings: Yura/Jongdeok, Jongdae/Sunyoung (Luna),
Length: 150 284 words
Summary: Reality is in the eyes of the beholder. Sometimes it takes another person to open those eyes and finally see the world in full spectrum.
Genre: realistic fiction, slice of life, romance
Warnings: This story includes Lu Han as a character. [spoiler]poverty, referenced past minor character death, past prostitution/sex selling for profit, past dubcon, physical exhaustion, self imposed rationing/starvation
Notes: It’s been so long since this was begun, but finally it’s made it. This is dedicated to Ang, also known as galbijiim or keuroket on twitter/tumblr, and without whom this wouldn't exist in the first place. Thank you, my soul mate birthing partner Kai to my Chan, for bringing this into my world and being so patient and supportive. Thank you so much to the exordium mods, who have been beyond understanding and supportive of me during this process. You guys are amazing. A huge thank you to my amazing beta, Bunny, without whom I would not be here sharing all of this with you and to Jenn, who gave me so much support and information when I asked. Thank you so much to the team behind me for helping and to all those who never gave up on me, especially Reeza and Frances. Thank to you everyone whose stories are in this, who let me listen to them and were honest and open with me. This story was inspired by Bastille's cover of What Would You Do? and the writing/soundtrack playlist can be found here.

It's just past four in the afternoon. . .

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We've made it, guys—through 9 months of organizing, 6 months of writing, and 1 month of posting and reading and celebrating! It has been a fabulous journey with you all, but it's not over yet!

The beginning of anything is not over yet!Collapse )

With grateful hearts and happy hugs,

love from the mods R & A

You may now crosspost your stories. Please do keep in mind that your Exordium story is an official story authored by you, with your name on it. If you choose to make edits to your crosspost, it would behoove you to edit the Ao3 story as well. The mods are always available if you have any questions!

Contact: comment on this post (anon is on, screening is off) or tweet or dm @the_exordium or email exordiumchallenge@gmail.com or PM or ask.fm.
2nd-Aug-2015 10:24 pm - I Know Places We Can Hide
Title: I Know Places We Can Hide
Author: vocalline
Beta: g_odalisque13
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s)/Focus: Jongin/girl!Jinki (Kai/girl!Onew)
Side Pairings: girls!Key/Jonghyun/Minho, Taemin/girl!Chanyeol, girls!Lu Han/Minseok, Jongdae/girl!Joonmyeon, mentioned Yunho/girl!Jinki
Length: 20,044
Summary: When college students play dumb games, things happen. What you choose to do with those things can change your life.
Genre: College AU, slice of life, angst,
Warnings: [spoiler]alcohol use, underage drinking (everyone is 18+ however drinking age in the US is 21, and this is a rather ambiguous college town setting), one scene of physical violence with a bit of blood, for those that are a bit squeamish. Baekhyun being a pest
Notes: Title from Taylor Swift's "I Know Places". Huge thank yous to the absolutely wonderful mods, and to Team Pansy for looking over my outline and letting me bounce ideas off of you. Thank you to g_odalisque13 for looking this over so last minute, and even though it was mostly just flailing and I didn't even give you time to read all of it orz♥︎ ♥︎ ♥︎ . And to all of the authors out there who write longfic regularly, you are an awesome bunch of people. This has been a true challenge for me and my longest fic to date. I don't understand how you do the things you do but bless you ♥︎

“I agreed to come here and hang out, not to come here and play high school games with a bunch of drunk undergrads.”

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31st-Jul-2015 06:34 pm - Ink on the dagger
Title: Ink on the dagger (Book 1)
Author: torontok
Beta: xiusass
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s)/Focus: Tao/Kris
Side Pairings: fem!Xiumin/Kris
Length: 22233
Summary: The state of Eastern Wu is in constant skirmishes with its neighbouring states and war seems inevitable. The monarch has been growing increasingly more demented and is kept removed from the public eye. Prince Yifan is content to run the country from behind the scenes but the arrival of a new scribe to the forbidden city hints at a darker plot unfolding unbeknownst to them.
Genre: Historical au
Warnings: [spoiler] Mentions of violence, mentions of prostitution,harem/concubine system, sexual content, mentions of mental illness,
Notes: This fic is so long overdue for the amazing fleurs. I'm sorry you had to wait so long and I hope you like it. Thank you to Josie, Hannah Csc and Nicole for their encouragement.
My intial goal was to make this as historically accurate as possible but that plan kinda went to hell. Just take this as fiction and not an accurate depcition of Jin dynasty era China

There’s a tapestry hanging on the wall of the advisors chamber of the Royal palace, red with gold threads shot through it.

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1st-Aug-2015 08:55 pm - Demon Tamer
Title: Demon Tamer
Author: daestruct
Betas: drainbamage954, exollent & lotusk
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s)/Focus: Baekhyun/Sehun
Side Pairings: various
Length: 122 446
Summary: Complete a taming or be killed-- those are Baekhyun’s only options. Humanity or demonic nature-- Baekhyun wonders which side he favours.
Genre: fantasy. action.
Warnings: [spoiler]Swearing, descriptions/pictures of violence, corpses, blood, and serious injuries, spiders and snakes, consensual sex, non-human characters, relations between humans and non-humans, character death, happy endings
At last it is done! /sprints to the pool for a very long day of relaxation. IT'S SO SURREAL-- I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M FINALLY FINISHED WITH THIS THING!

First of all, thank you to everyone who reads this! Even if you only read two words of it, it means the world to me that you would spend your time on something I've written. This fic was crazy and fun to write, and despite multiple breakdowns and accepting that 'perfection' is something I will never reach (I am my own worst critic after all), I'm really excited and proud to be presenting this fic to all y'all.

I also have to give huge thanks to the following people:

Lonio, thank you so much for all your help and your willingness to wade through the bad stuff to help me bring this fic to life. I learned so much in the process of writing this stupid thing, and I cannot thank you enough for your advice, your patience, and your offhand comments. They certainly kept me laughing throughout the writing process~

Adele, thank you oodles and bunches for letting me whine at you about dumb things like Baekhyun, sex, Baekhyun, dumb boys, and Baekhyun. OTL. You were my rock through writing this-- and the most effective alarm clock I have ever had! Thank you for pushing me through this with your encouragement. I couldn't have made it to the end without you.

Thea, thank you so much for your betaing expertise! This fic would be an embarrassing mess of typos and senseless phrases without you. Also, thanks for pimping me out a bit on twitter and encouraging me to keep working hard on this-- YOU'RE ALWAYS SO WONDERFUL TO ME. Please accept my bear hugs from across the border.

Frey, thank you for letting me cry about all the dumb things and for allowing me to spoil this entire fic for you in the middle of my mental breakdowns over this and for staying up writing with me. You're the best lil' sis I could have asked for~<3.

Ansa & Ren, your endless patience deserves the highest praise. Thank y'all so much for running this challenge, and I am absolutely honored to have been a part of it. Big hugs and kisses for you both!

Finally, please enjoy this thing at least 3% as much as I enjoyed writing it. To Baekhyun, Sehun, and all other characters used, thanks for enduring all the shit I put y'all through.

Without further ado, I present to you my first completed longfic: Demon Tamer!

Proving himself to be worthy of the title ‘Tamer’ involves proving to himself that he’s human. However, Baekhyun knows the truth.

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30th-Jul-2015 03:23 pm - Lapis Lazuli
Title: Lapis Lazuli
Author: babygunsho
Beta: cairistiona, wykedpanda
Proofreader: Anonymous, wykedpanda
Rating: R
Pairing(s)/Focus: Kai/D.O., Sehun/Luhan, Chanyeol/Baekhyun, Tao/Chen, Lay/Xiumin, Kris/Suho
Length: 55,380 words
Summary: It's hard to balance work and love, but add dark magic to the mix and it's almost impossible.
Genre: AU, Fantasy, Romance
Warnings: some violence
First, the idea came from Kawase Natsuna's manga, Lapis Lazuli no Oukan. I have always wanted to write a Fantasy genre and I really love the idea that it doesn't always have to be a wand.

A lot, lot of thanks for my betas, Cairis & (anonymous). I wish I could have finished early but thank you for helping me ;u;

For wykedpanda, I learned a lot from you and I hope I can become better in the future. I wish I could explain it better in words, but I can only say thank you so, so much for all the help that you gave to me. It really means a lot to me.

To Team Lotus, I'm sorry. I wish I could have been more active. I'm glad I could meet all of you, especially one of my favorite authors, Adele. I will check your and Tiffany's stories for sure and leave comments! Good luck to Amy, tell me when it's out haha!

To our dear mods, Ansa & Ren, this will be my last time saying this, thank you for all your hard work, especially for creating Exordium. I...hopefully will join again next year? ^^a

Lastly, to those who read my story, I know I lack a lot, but I really hope you can read it until the end and enjoy my story. Please do leave me a comment, it would be lovely to know what you're thinking while you read my story...^^

Fingers ran through messy black hair, trying to make it neat.

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28th-Jul-2015 08:55 pm - You are The World
Title: You are The World
Author: chocoyeol aegisoo Ao3
Beta: theforgettable
Rating: PG-13
Pairing(s)/Focus: mainly gen, implied Joonmyeon/Kyungsoo
Side Pairings: slight!Chanyeol/Baekhyun, slight!Luhan/Minseok, slight!Luhan/Kyungsoo
Length: 31k (to be updated)
Summary: The Top 5 gamers are called to assist an investigation into horrific accidents that have resulted from playing a certain game. Will they survive or will they perish in the game and fall into a coma forever?
Genre: angst, fantasy
Warnings: [spoiler]slight character death (sort of, you'll get what I mean), descriptions of violence/fighting
Notes: Thank you so, so much to the mods who kind of kicked me through all this, I'm finally finished ヾ(。◕ฺ∀◕ฺ)ノ Also, thank you so much to my beta who patiently sat through my procrastination and got my chapters back to me before time.

This was slightly based on the anime Sword Art Online and my online gaming experience, I do not own the people in the story, nor the anime, only the ideas that came to fruition for Exordium.

I'll wait for you all my life if I could just see you again.Collapse )

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