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Goodbye Excalibur, hello (again) Constitution

Fleet changes are afoot, as we reach what is hopefully the end of a volatile summer in our fleet. FltCapt. Cascadia Rainier has been forced to step down from her roles as the commanding officer of the USS Excalibur-A, and Captain at Large for the Executive Council, due to real life workload. We wish her the best as she continues her pursuits in higher education. (She will remain a member of the group and will likely be around the forums occasionally, so say hello if you see her!)

As the Excalibur crew was without a commanding officer, we’re relaunching a vessel — the USS Constitution-B, which you can read more about on our wiki — under the command of Commander Shelther Faranster, by the writer who formerly played the first officer of the USS Apollo-A now with a new character. The crew of the Apollo and Excalibur were mixed together before we relaunched the Constitution, to rebalance both crews and make them stronger.

The Constitution is a vessel with a long history in our organization, going back among a half-dozen captains and crews. We look forward to the exciting new tales to come out of this reorganization, and we’re certainly hope for a more stable autumn among our fleet! Members of the Excalibur can keep in touch on the special thread for their crew on the forums.


What is a Writing Challenge “Champion”?

Some writers enjoy occasionally entering a story in the bi-monthly Writing Challenge contest. Others make a concerted effort to enter each and every round, and most are rewarded for their efforts — not only with recognition as a winner or a runner-up, but also in honing their skills and receiving feedback from Challenge judges. But it’s that select group of folks who not only enter Challenges regularly but also win regularly that I’d like to praise today.

The Writing Challenges have seen many multi-time winners (you can see a full list at the bottom of the “Challenge Winners” page), but simply winning multiple Challenges doesn’t make you a Writing Challenge Champion. Champions enter and win multiple Challenges in one year, demonstrating that they not only have the stamina and perseverance to think through individual topics and craft memorable stories, but that they also can do so again and again!

There have been five Champions in the history of the Writing Challenges: Saveron in 2011; Kali Nicholotti (now Cascadia Rainier), Velana, and Alleran Tan in 2012; and Saveron again along with Sinda Essen (previously Jhen Thelev) in 2013. These talented writers submitted winning entries in multiple Challenges in the years listed, making them Champions — and recognizing their excellent abilities!

Will you be our next Writing Challenge Champion? There’s only one way to start, and that’s by entering the Writing Challenge! Our current Challenge, “Fashion,” will be open until Monday, August 25th, so make sure you get in an entry before then!