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The Keeper of the Queen Key - The Gem Cutter
2 (13.3%)
The Curious Case of the Lacertus Estate - D_Bates
2 (13.3%)
Creature - Alex Hormann
0 (0%)
Renewal - idledragon27
1 (6.7%)
Scholar and Cat - Jmack
3 (20%)
A Clockwork Conspiracy - Norman Gray
0 (0%)
The Butcher of Salt Town - tebakutis
2 (13.3%)
Last Rites - Carter
0 (0%)
Rebirth Centre - ryanmcgowan
0 (0%)
The Brass Machine - dinogenetics
0 (0%)
Öcalan - MattWillis
2 (13.3%)
The Witch's Son - Nora
3 (20%)

Total Members Voted: 5

Voting closed: March 01, 2018, 09:54:28 AM

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[Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« on: February 03, 2018, 09:54:28 AM »
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It's time to vote on the January Writing Contest: Rebirth/Renewal!

We got 12 entries this month - a great start to the year, thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your three favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 08:21:54 PM »
Halfway through the stories... And not a single one that really appeals to me, due to none of them matching the theme as I see it. Very odd. Lots of good stories, but out of context, in my eyes. I guess people tried to be original, and away from some basic phoenix phenomena, but might have sometimes gone too far or not obvious enough for my taste.
Lost of great, well written stories so far though, which makes me feel all the more distraught. I think I'll have to revise what I expected from the theme.
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 04:16:33 AM »
Voted! Be interesting to see how many votes go to the same stories I chose  :)

I know @Jmack setup a feedback page for last months competition, like we used to have.  Any chance of this becoming a more regular occurrence again?
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2018, 09:27:03 AM »
I know @Jmack setup a feedback page for last months competition, like we used to have.  Any chance of this becoming a more regular occurrence again?
Sure, but it'll only go up at the end of the voting period, as not to influence people :)
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2018, 03:05:50 PM »
Halfway through the stories... And not a single one that really appeals to me, due to none of them matching the theme as I see it. Very odd. Lots of good stories, but out of context, in my eyes. I guess people tried to be original, and away from some basic phoenix phenomena, but might have sometimes gone too far or not obvious enough for my taste.
Lost of great, well written stories so far though, which makes me feel all the more distraught. I think I'll have to revise what I expected from the theme.

Hmm, that's interesting. I think the theme does open up a broader terminology than just a simple phoenix though. Were it just supposed to be stories about phoenixes then surely it would be called Phoenix month!

If it helps, the way I interpreted the theme is the idea of something dying/failing and then either starting over of having something injected/happen that allows it to prosper again as it once was. For me, the ambiguity comes with whether the refreshed version of whatever the subject matter is turns out to be the same or different. In the phoenix's case, the thing that grows out of its death turns out to be exactly the same thing, only to grow towards the same ending--as in, it dies again--and the process repeats. But you could also interpret rebirth in the reincarnation way, whereby the death or change absolves the baggage of the previous existence, opening up new frontiers of experiences in whatever entity the new form takes.

All that said, if you wrote a sweet story about a phoenix I don't think you can go wrong! Dying and coming back to life is kind of the staple feature of what a phoenix does. Well, okay, that and the living inferno, but I'd assume the theme would help to nudge towards a plot that kills it at some point.
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2018, 03:35:53 PM »
Unfortunately, sometimes my story just does its own thing, even if that makes a bit or way off the theme. This month that was certainly the case.
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2018, 04:08:21 PM »
Halfway through the stories... And not a single one that really appeals to me, due to none of them matching the theme as I see it. Very odd. Lots of good stories, but out of context, in my eyes. I guess people tried to be original, and away from some basic phoenix phenomena, but might have sometimes gone too far or not obvious enough for my taste.
Lost of great, well written stories so far though, which makes me feel all the more distraught. I think I'll have to revise what I expected from the theme.

Hmm, that's interesting. I think the theme does open up a broader terminology than just a simple phoenix though. Were it just supposed to be stories about phoenixes then surely it would be called Phoenix month!

Sorry that is not what I meant at all. Your description is what I expected, but not necessarily what I read so far. Many stories are pretty open ended, with the theme being implied, or to happen, or not the central point of the story.
Which is fine. Precisely, I suspected few would like to do a pure "perpetual rebirth" Phoenix style story. We had to get original. It's just that I feel that some of the stories are a bit too light handed with the concept. It could be "second chance" or "change" etc. It's like the theme is treated more broadly than when it's a physical object.
When we did "water", there was actual water in every story. Now here not every story features an obvious renewal or rebirth, or it's marginal, etc.
Not saying that it's bad! It doesn't make a story bad to be on the edge of the topic! It's just the proportion of stories that don't tackle the subject more bluntly that surprises me.
I mean, in mine I cover a man whose only magic is to be able to
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kill and reshape, remold things and people as he brings them back.
[rebirth related stuff ya know]
So I think it's blunt as it comes. Necromancy is another art that could be quite blunt in this theme. I just expected more along those line, is all.
I guess people are just surprising this month, but quality stays high.
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2018, 04:36:24 PM »
Ah, I get your point. You mean there aren't metaphorical 'deaths' happening in the subjects that is shaping their reincarnation as a fresh individual with a new sense of being?

That's certainly fair to say in my story, though I was focusing more on Renewal than Rebirth, which is arguably the easier half to come up with a plot for.

Or oops, I missed the bit on the bottom about necromancy. Okay, that's a way of looking at it that I didn't see, where you've made the lead an outsider with the ability to bring about rebirth/renewal rather than the subject themselves. Maybe the phoenix picture affected me, but that's a fair and interesting angle to tackle the theme on, so kudos to you.
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2018, 05:08:36 PM »
I didn't use necromancy myself, but that was one way to go. Someone else did though. I don't remember if I've read your story yet, I read stuff all over the place until I'm sure I've read everyone and pick my favs.
Renewal is arguably harder to do, so kudos for picking this one!
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2018, 03:14:50 AM »
Halfway through the stories... And not a single one that really appeals to me, due to none of them matching the theme as I see it. Very odd. Lots of good stories, but out of context, in my eyes. I guess people tried to be original, and away from some basic phoenix phenomena, but might have sometimes gone too far or not obvious enough for my taste.
Lost of great, well written stories so far though, which makes me feel all the more distraught. I think I'll have to revise what I expected from the theme.

I think I actually managed to match the theme this month (which I tend to find a nearly impossible task given that my inner muse is an undisciplined anarchist) with my discussion-thread-story-about-Lanko, but I finished too late to be included!

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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2018, 12:54:29 PM »
I just went ultra political/preachy and allegorical. I'm sorry if I dented the forum through being so heavy handed  ;)

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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2018, 11:37:39 PM »
I just went ultra political/preachy and allegorical. I'm sorry if I dented the forum through being so heavy handed  ;)

I didn't think you were too heavy handed.

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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2018, 01:06:15 AM »
I just went ultra political/preachy and allegorical. I'm sorry if I dented the forum through being so heavy handed  ;)
Whereas I, I imagine, probably went too light-handed by choosing a renewal of the setting, rather than a character.
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2018, 01:22:55 AM »
I just went ultra political/preachy and allegorical. I'm sorry if I dented the forum through being so heavy handed  ;)
Whereas I, I imagine, probably went too light-handed by choosing a renewal of the setting, rather than a character.

FWIW I didn’t think so - definite sense of pathos. I imagine we should steer clear of too much comment before the judging so I won’t say any more for now, but I felt there was definite chiarascuro.

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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2018, 04:01:33 AM »
I don’t believe we should discuss aspects of the posted stories before voting closes. Intentional or not it can have an effect on how the stories are viewed. To explain/comment a bout the style/ motivation or interpretation here once the story is submitted  immediately adds or detracts from what the story itself is meant to convey. I want to enjoy and judge a story purely on its own merits as it stands.

All those comments are legitimate and completely acceptable once voting closes and are useful feedback.

Discussion on how to approach a theme or speculation on how you may try beforehand in the discussion thread is a different thing.
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That came across very demanding and formal, I apologise, but was meant to keep it fair for all the writers.

What do others here think?

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