June 19, 2018, 09:03:32 PM

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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%)
Ă–calan - 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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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #30 on: February 22, 2018, 01:34:15 PM »
No one's forcing anything - we don't even enforce the deadline to submit, so it was a courtesy suggestion, not a proposed gestapo raid. We still have a week before the end of the month, so I thought it might be hectic managing dozens of messages as people change their minds, so I asked. Excuuuuuuuuse me!
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #31 on: February 22, 2018, 01:45:19 PM »
Oh, you totally overestimate how many people vote!!! ;D

Thanks for your concern, but we already had 5 votes, normally we have around 11-12 people voting, so it's a very manageable number via PM
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2018, 09:18:41 PM »
We need a GOTV campaign. Maybe stickers.... Haha I gotta confess I'm a little overwhelmed atm so I might not be able to vote this time

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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #33 on: February 22, 2018, 09:35:27 PM »
We need a GOTV campaign. Maybe stickers.... Haha I gotta confess I'm a little overwhelmed atm so I might not be able to vote this time

It's ok Bradley. Just vote for me and you'll have done your duty.
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #34 on: February 23, 2018, 12:22:26 AM »
Voted! (Via PM)  8)
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #35 on: February 23, 2018, 03:51:27 AM »
Oh, you totally overestimate how many people vote!!! ;D

Thanks for your concern, but we already had 5 votes, normally we have around 11-12 people voting, so it's a very manageable number via PM
My inbox is cruising around 200 emails a day; 2 or 3 skype calls and about a zillion skype chats; my personal email is bombarded by my real estate agent and mortgage lender and estimates from 2 different handymen vying for my money, and I have a mover who apparently doesn't like to move things. So from my point of view, tracking 12-15 people x 3 votes + vote changes = way more crap than I'd want to deal with.
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #36 on: February 23, 2018, 10:10:47 AM »
Maybe that's why you're not the one dealing with the votes then!
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #37 on: February 23, 2018, 10:34:26 AM »
Umm. Can we knock it off?
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #38 on: February 23, 2018, 02:15:49 PM »
My inbox is cruising around 200 emails a day; 2 or 3 skype calls and about a zillion skype chats; my personal email is bombarded by my real estate agent and mortgage lender and estimates from 2 different handymen vying for my money, and I have a mover who apparently doesn't like to move things. So from my point of view, tracking 12-15 people x 3 votes + vote changes = way more crap than I'd want to deal with.

That's your personal email though, surely :p. I presume ScarletBea's getting them through the forum mail, which, admittedly probably also spams her personal email, but should be more than manageable by just checking this one.

Unless of course all those emails of yours are coming through your FantasyFaction account, which apart from being awesome to think of the look on people's faces when they're using this avenue of communication, would also explain why the forum keeps crashing!
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #39 on: February 23, 2018, 02:23:39 PM »
hehehehe

Don't you guys worry about me!
After all, I organised the 20+ writers into the Writing Groups, getting most people together with their preferred members, and the groups did work out well for a few months (the rest was not my fault ;)), so I can handle a few votes ;D

(and as for me, I've now read half the stories)
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #40 on: February 23, 2018, 02:24:43 PM »
I am not a multi-tasker - I am a sniper. And though I can shoot fast, I do not like having so much going on at once.
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #41 on: February 23, 2018, 09:23:11 PM »
My votes are in.
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #42 on: February 23, 2018, 09:25:17 PM »
Ditto - task complete!

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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #43 on: February 25, 2018, 06:32:36 PM »
10 people have voted now, me included :D

A few stories close for first place, a lot more close for the rest - you can influence it, VOTE!
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Re: [Jan 2018] - Rebirth/Renewal - Voting Thread
« Reply #44 on: February 27, 2018, 12:18:03 PM »
Read and sent my votes. In the spirit of my new year's resolution of 2017... (that I'm only just upholding a year later and still almost failed!), here's a positive comment for each of the participants (hidden for those who don't want to be influenced until they've voted!):

Gemcutter
Spoiler for Hiden:
I really liked the setting of this story. I was probably a bit hindered by not having read the original that this followed on from, but you really sold up this clockwork castle to give me a vivid image of this beautiful mechanical monument ticking along.

Alex Hormann
Spoiler for Hiden:
Poems are always difficult, but I was impressed by some of the rhyming words here, and reading beneath the surface, I got this interesting metaphorical image of the foundational dark necessities of a cannibalistic creature so that it, or those around it, can ultimately grow to become a butterfly.

idledragon27
Spoiler for Hiden:
As an avid coffee drinker, I loved the simple concept of contrasting coffee as a galactic narcotic that this story was built around. It kept me intrigued throughout, and the underlying message of testing somebody in a natural environment over controlled interviews where they preplan a facade I also thought was kind of neat.

JMack
Spoiler for Hiden:
It's been... God, a year or more now since I read the entries in this contest, but damn man, your writing ability has improved so much from what I remember. You always had the humour and the passion, but damn, that third paragraph describing the cat was just beautiful. On the point of cats, I imagine Raptori would be most proud of you should he read this.

Norman Gray
Spoiler for Hiden:
I found the concept of a currency made up of cogs from an an ancient defeated race that's in the throes of collecting them back to resurrect their former greatness really intriguing. I may have gone more the route of the cogs being all part of a singular doomsday device rather than the denizens, but the fact that I'm even thinking about that shows the desire to want to know more that you instilled in me, so great job there.

tebakutis
Spoiler for Hiden:
I found the scene of a general who's committed a warcrime conversing with a survivor really enthralling.
Vale had some deep characterisation that sucked me in, so deep that I don't think a 1500 word short story does him full justice. But faced with the limitations, you did an admirable job, so much so as to entice me to wish I knew more.

Carter
Spoiler for Hiden:
This was a nice simple little fantasy peace, and I loved the idea of presenting a necromancer in a more vulnerable light, where they suffer pangs of guilt for the craft they do. It's a refreshing change from the standard overlord ruling with an army of mindless servants.

ryanmcgowan
Spoiler for Hiden:
I dunno why it is, but I really loved the imagination of a technological heaven. There was some really good world building here, and the creature building of the angels was also particularly well done. Like quite a few stories here, it feels like the 1500 word limit didn't do it justice, but it's enviable that in such a low word count you can create such an effect to want to know more.

dinogenetics
Spoiler for Hiden:
For me, titles are usually secondary, but in this case, for a story called 'The Brass Machine' I can't give enough credit for how incredibly awesome the Brass machine was. I think you hit the perfect level of detail whereby I was able to let my imagination whirl into all sorts of imagery of what this machine looked like and did. Huge credit on your part, because I'm one who prefers deeper character narrative to object descriptions.

MattWillis
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Props has to be given here to the underlying message of the affect war has on the civilians caught up in it, when so often people pass off attacks as 'killing the bad guys'. I really liked the message here and respect the genuineness of its delivery on your part.

Nora
Spoiler for Hiden:
Like Jmack, the improvement to your writing compared to the last time I read these is unreal. Part of me fears that comes off condescending, but seriously, the flow and quality of words in those opening paragraphs was so good it had me captured throughout. You've got a beautiful prose narrative, and that's something you should be proud of and I'm most envious of.
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