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22 June 2015 @ 10:22 pm

23 emotions
the collection

Note: This challenge is hosted on Ao3, so if you require an invitation to create an account, please PM, email 23emotions@gmail.com or comment below. YOu can also find us on twitter @23_emotions.

Thanks for helping us out with this test project!

This is a panfandom challenge to write stories based on words from the dictionary of obscure sorrows. 23 words were selected in this post below, but you may also chose a word from the larger dictionary, an example being anemoia.

Since this is a creative exercise and not a standard fest/prompt meme, please claim a word from the list of prompts. Feel free to be inspired by as many of the words as you wish, just for organizational purposes officially choose one. However, if you wish to write a word that's not on the list, please follow the instruction below in rules.

While being a creative exercise, this is also a test to figure out the functionality of the prompt meme challenge type collection on Ao3, so we apologize for the way the challenge doesn't quite fit the format. Please bear with us.


This challenge is open for sign ups effective immediately. Stories are due 30 December 2015 and the stories will be revealed on 1 Juanuary 2016.


Please claim a word from the list of prompts. Feel free to be inspired by as many of the words as you wish, just for organizational purposes officially choose one. However, if you want to chose a different word from the dictionary of obscure sorrows, please sign up with and claim the word that YOU personally wish to write, by putting the word in the request field with the definition, and linking to the post in the url field.

ONLY SIGN UP IF YOU ARE WRITING A WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY OF OBSCURE SORROWS THAT HAS NOT ALREADY BEEN PROMPTED. Please do not re-prompt words that have already been claimed as it's possible to claim a prompt more than once, so please do that. You can check which words have already been prompted on the prompt list.


This is panfandom but you may also write an original story. This is also not limited to prose, poetry is also acceptable. There is no minimum word count but 500 words would be nice (poetry is exempted from this rule). Feel free to claim as many words as you like, however, you must fill one before claiming the next. This challenge is not anonymous, you may discuss your story wherever you please. In addition, if you have already written a story/poem for one of the words from the dictionary, even if you have already posted it elsewhere, feel free to sign up with the word you've already written and claim and submit it to the challenge community. You may use this story for any other event/exchange you please (as long as the reveal date is NOT after January 1 as that would break the rules of your other event), even posting it first elsewhere, as long as it is also submitted to the ao3 collection for the due date (30 December 2015). Please direct further questions to the comments section below or email 23emotions@gmail.com. Anonymous is on, screening is off.

[23 emotions]

(n) The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own.

(n) The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.

(n) The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

(n) The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self.

(n) The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.

(n) The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat.

(n) The eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that is usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet.

(n) The inexplicable urge to push people away, even close friends who you really like.

(n) A hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head.

(n) The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm.

(n) The frustration of photographic something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist.

(n) A conversation in which everyone is talking, but nobody is listening.

(n) A sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out.

(n) A state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence.

(n) The desire to be struck by disaster – to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire.

(n) The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it.

(n) Frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone.

(n) The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness.

Nodus Tollens:
(n) The realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore.

(n) The frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time.

(n) The desire to care less about things.

(n) Weariness with the same old issues that you’ve always had – the same boring flaws and anxieties that you’ve been gnawing on for years.

(n) The awareness of the smallness of your perspective.


mal de coucou
deep cut
rigor samsa
fata organa
dead reckoning

credit (c) article as taken from the dictionary of obscure sorrows.

Note: anonymous commenting has been ENABLED.
01 January 2016 @ 12:00 am

23 emotions
the collection is open!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this little experiment/project that grew into something bigger than I had ever anticipated. At final count, we have 54 stories in 69 fandoms, with D.Gray-man leading with a landslide 11 fics, followed by Daredevil (TV) with 6 and EXO (Band) with 4. The most popular tag was angst (which makes sense given the context), followed by friendship, hurt/comfort and fluff tied for third, and alternate universe and memory related tied for fourth place.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated and I hope this experiment was fun!