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Tickling the Dragon's Tale - TOMunro
7 (11.1%)
Anne's Words - The Gem Cutter
6 (9.5%)
For The Culture - Osahon
1 (1.6%)
Tasfin's Trade - Bradley Darewood
8 (12.7%)
Bet Smaug Never Had to Put Up With This... - Rukaio_Alter
3 (4.8%)
Hunt - Roelor
2 (3.2%)
Dragonslayer - Anonymous
3 (4.8%)
The Living Night - Nora
3 (4.8%)
The Fishwife's Tale - Jmack
9 (14.3%)
Vengeance, of a Sort - tebakutis
4 (6.3%)
Dugo's Tale - Alex Hormann
1 (1.6%)
She Would Not Run Away Again - LightRunner
2 (3.2%)
Reviled, Reversed, Curse - m3mnoch
5 (7.9%)
Of Heart & Hoard - NightWrite
5 (7.9%)
A Fitting - Crystallynnfairy
1 (1.6%)
The Dragon and the Lamb - Lanko
3 (4.8%)

Total Members Voted: 18

Voting closed: February 01, 2017, 10:29:45 AM

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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2017, 11:09:19 AM »
 It's 3am on a Mon morning, quarterly report is due J31st, but somehow I made voting on FF my first priority...

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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2017, 11:45:20 AM »
I'll be reading the stories on my flight to London.  8)
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2017, 12:06:38 PM »
8 stories separated by just 2 points!

Your vote counts 8)
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2017, 03:02:50 PM »
i voted too!

get in there and read, read, read folks!  it's a great batch of stories!

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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2017, 03:20:11 PM »
My votes are in. Tough competition, but one really stood out for me this time around.

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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2017, 03:37:19 PM »
I'm reading today and voting as soon as I'm done with editing and posting my new story.
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2017, 03:50:27 PM »
My votes are in. Tough competition, but one really stood out for me this time around.

oh, fun!  i love when a single story pops for folks.  it was a wash of quality for myself, so i'm eager (once voting closes) to hear which one it was.

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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2017, 06:58:58 PM »
That was rough.  I had six stories that I thoroughly enjoyed (more than that, actually, but I was trying to be selective), and narrowing it down to 4 was painful.  Curse you, limits! *Shakes fist*

All in all, though, an excellent field of narrative combatants.  Well done to all!
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2017, 10:04:26 AM »
Voted. Wasn't too bad for me this month.
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2017, 08:28:51 PM »
Voted, and damn. Those stories were awesome. Well done, everyone.

Once again, my choices were based on the subjective appeal of the content, rather than the quality, because the quality was top-notch. This theme inspired so many cool ideas, I'm jealous I didn't come up with them.

Looking forward to seeing the results!

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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2017, 08:49:55 PM »
Voted, and damn. Those stories were awesome. Well done, everyone.

Once again, my choices were based on the subjective appeal of the content, rather than the quality, because the quality was top-notch. This theme inspired so many cool ideas, I'm jealous I didn't come up with them.

Looking forward to seeing the results!

I'm not exceedingly impressed with this month, to be honest. Not so much about quality, but about the dragon cliche that is strong enough to make us all write something sooort of samey-samey. Which is what I adored in A Natural History of Dragons, in which they're like big cats or apes, studied by a woman in a time in which women wear dresses and pump out children. They're a backdrop that drive everything, and when they come, you feel as excited as your naturalist MC. I think we all more or less stuck to more traditional western fantasy dragons.
Not that it's bad, really, but it feels like we have more diversity in other months. I think it's due to the 'object' of the theme being restrictive to a cliche creature.

I love the stories I voted for, and it was a strong month, but I really dislike mine now. Even with my weak attempt at a happy ending, I wrote this while in a really shitty month in a really dark mood. Re-reading myself is horrible!  ;D So I guess it also influences my wish to soon go on and read the cool UF stories.
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2017, 11:46:03 PM »

Not so much about quality, but about the dragon cliche that is strong enough to make us all write something sooort of samey-samey.

I definitely had the same thought regarding the fact that certain characteristics came up in many of the stories (How many were there where the MC traveled to a dragon's lair?)

Also, I thought it was interesting to see where the similarities between the dragons from different stories were. Which characteristics did different writers see as part of the definition of a dragon and which did they not?

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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2017, 11:54:18 PM »

Not so much about quality, but about the dragon cliche that is strong enough to make us all write something sooort of samey-samey.

I definitely had the same thought regarding the fact that certain characteristics came up in many of the stories (How many were there where the MC traveled to a dragon's lair?)

Also, I thought it was interesting to see where the similarities between the dragons from different stories were. Which characteristics did different writers see as part of the definition of a dragon and which did they not?

Yeah, almost all talked or used telepathy (including mine). Many included knights. Many were fire-breathing... I tried to go wide in my references (coatl, ryu, long)... but we're definitely all thinking of good old western dragons in need of slaying or harnessing. I guess Jmack is the one who went farthest with a dragon divinity. Oh, and Bradley as well.
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2017, 12:07:10 AM »
Yeah, almost all talked or used telepathy (including mine). Many included knights. Many were fire-breathing... I tried to go wide in my references (coatl, ryu, long)... but we're definitely all thinking of good old western dragons in need of slaying or harnessing. I guess Jmack is the one who went farthest with a dragon divinity. Oh, and Bradley as well.
Hey, I'll have you know mine used Superheated Air breath!

But yeah, I get where you're coming from. It was kinda telling that my first (and final) idea for this month was a story parodying how common those sorts of Western dragons are.
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2017, 12:23:02 AM »
Yeah, almost all talked or used telepathy (including mine). Many included knights. Many were fire-breathing... I tried to go wide in my references (coatl, ryu, long)... but we're definitely all thinking of good old western dragons in need of slaying or harnessing. I guess Jmack is the one who went farthest with a dragon divinity. Oh, and Bradley as well.
Hey, I'll have you know mine used Superheated Air breath!

But yeah, I get where you're coming from. It was kinda telling that my first (and final) idea for this month was a story parodying how common those sorts of Western dragons are.

Which made you totally aware of these issues, but not escaping them :p
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