The goal is to get a tic tac tale, meaning that you tell one story that incorporates three prompts in a pattern that would make a tic tac toe on your game tile. All three prompts must be used in a significant way, but authors are encouraged to get as creative as they wish.
Where tamingthemuse is a marathon, tictactales is a sprint. There are four rounds a year, but each round lasts for two weeks (give or take a few days to maximize weekend time). The goal is to get as many tic tac tales as possible.
All fandoms, original fiction, het and slash and femslash--it's all welcome. Pedophilia stories are not.
Each round will have nine categories with some remaining the same from one round to another. Each category will have one hundred prompts, giving an almost limitless combinations.
Once you have a tile, you must write at least one story from that tile before requesting another. However, once you have written one story, you may continue to use your current tic tac tile or ask for a new one.
When posting, make sure you include the three prompts, a summary of the story, and a link to the story in your own journal. All other elements of a typical header are optional.