October 17, 2019, 07:08:32 PM

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Please vote:

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 #45 on: February 01, 2017, 03:15:18 PM »
Voted for @Jmack @NightWrite @m3mnoch and @Lanko

Did everyone vote for Jmack?

heh.  it only feels that way.  of 18 people, he got 9 votes.  1/2 of the folks voting for a single story is pretty darn good.  especially with our wild and varied tastes around these parts.

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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #46 on: February 01, 2017, 03:23:57 PM »
I think this is the first time I've seen tebakutis reveal his votes  ::)

You're not wrong!

For a long while I was hesitant to reveal my picks because I didn't want to seem like I was saying the stories I didn't vote for weren't good (since they were!) But given the high level of quality we now consistently have in our contests, I've gotten over that, and I think I've been clear that I've enjoyed everyone's stories, so I worry less about that.

Just because I didn't vote for a particular story doesn't mean I didn't think it was great ... it just means another story edged it out for a subjective reason.

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« Reply #47 on: February 01, 2017, 03:42:42 PM »
What I like about the reveal is who voted similar to you.

Apparently its Nora for this month 3/4 she copied my votes ;-)
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« Reply #48 on: February 01, 2017, 04:06:13 PM »
Congratulations Jmack!

And thank you for those who liked Anne's Words  ;D
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« Reply #49 on: February 01, 2017, 04:12:04 PM »
Congratulations Jmack!

And thank you for those who liked Anne's Words  ;D

Don't be the black sheep.

Who did you vote for?  ::)
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #50 on: February 01, 2017, 04:30:26 PM »
What I like about the reveal is who voted similar to you.

Apparently its Nora for this month 3/4 she copied my votes ;-)

Great minds think alike, and all that...
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #51 on: February 01, 2017, 04:49:09 PM »
I didn't want to seem like I was saying the stories I didn't vote for weren't good (since they were!) But given the high level of quality we now consistently have in our contests, I've gotten over that, and I think I've been clear that I've enjoyed everyone's stories, so I worry less about that.

Just because I didn't vote for a particular story doesn't mean I didn't think it was great ... it just means another story edged it out for a subjective reason.
This, definitely!
Every single month I have lots of trouble choosing just the max number of votes, there are usually so many stories I like! Well done, all :D
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« Reply #52 on: February 01, 2017, 05:31:29 PM »
I ended up voting for Jmack, because I thought your story evinced that fable-y feel, or perhaps some eastern-influenced wisdom story.  But it was beautifully written, so well done.

I also voted for Tebakutis, because I enjoyed the story, and I wanted to pick one of the stories where the dragon kept away greater threats.  It was a tough choice, though, but in the end you won out on your dragons' names.

I also included Roelor, because I loved that it took place in modern day, but the dragon thought in terms it already knew (jets being birds, etc).  Well done!

And finally, though it was probably my favorite story, was TOMunro.  I thought your dragon enjoyed the might and majesty that such a creature should enjoy.  Also, as a nuclear plant supervisor, I thought the parallel was extremely well done, though you did miss a change in the dragon's name near the end (It was Chenya vice Cherna.  I'm assuming Cherna was to draw a closer link to the Chernobyl accident).
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #53 on: February 01, 2017, 05:32:48 PM »
Don't be the black sheep.

Who did you vote for?  ::)
I'm not being a black sheep - I'm cultivating an air of mystery  8)
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« Reply #54 on: February 01, 2017, 05:52:14 PM »
Looks like I was on trend with most of my votes. I went with @The Gem Cutter, the anonymous poem, @Jmack and @Bradley Darewood.

It was @Bradley Darewood who stood out for me in particular. I really like the style of this one.
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #55 on: February 01, 2017, 06:35:42 PM »
Looks like I was on trend with most of my votes. I went with @The Gem Cutter, the anonymous poem, @Jmack and @Bradley Darewood.

It was @Bradley Darewood who stood out for me in particular. I really like the style of this one.

Thanks @Alex Hormann !!

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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #56 on: February 01, 2017, 07:24:14 PM »
congratulations to @Jmack, I did enjoy the twist at the end of your tale, though I guess I shoudl have seen it coming since it was about a fishwife. 

I thought it was a very high quality month with a lot of stories in contention for votes.

In the end mine went to
@Roelor I loved the mixing of the fantastic and the modern - it could almost have been an urban fantasy entry with the dragon descending on the football stadium/music concert
@tebakutis I liked the idea of a dragon protecting the village from a greater peril and thought this was well executed.
@LightRunner The dragon sourced paste to protect the witch from flames was a lovely little plot point, subtly foreshadowed that appealed to me.   
@m3mnoch this was another dragon protecting from a greater evil - so I was being less diverse in my votes maybe, but the humorous dialogue gave this a more lighthearted angle on a similar theme to Tebakutis

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« Reply #57 on: February 01, 2017, 07:37:19 PM »
I thought @TOMunro's story stood above the rest this month, and I truly had issues picking from the rest of the greatness out there that I just cast the one vote this month!

Edit: Can't believe I forgot to congratulate @Jmack! Awesome story man, well deserved :)
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Re: [DEC 2016] - Dragons! - Voting Thread
« Reply #58 on: February 01, 2017, 07:39:50 PM »
I thought @TOMunro's story stood above the rest this month, and I truly had issues picking from the rest of the greatness out there that I just cast the one vote this month!

Edit: Can't believe I forgot to congratulate @Jmack! Awesome story man, well deserved :)

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« Reply #59 on: February 01, 2017, 07:54:06 PM »

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Also, as a nuclear plant supervisor, I thought the parallel was extremely well done, though you did miss a change in the dragon's name near the end (It was Chenya vice Cherna.  I'm assuming Cherna was to draw a closer link to the Chernobyl accident).

@gennerik wow - what are the chances of my story being read by a nuclear power plant supervisor!

I'm glad you spotted the parallels - I had so much fun with the world building in this one and the references to real world nuclear disasters.   Chernobyl obviously - with the premise of a foolish experiment that went disasterously wrong.  And a re-imagined control-rod fail safe.

Thank you also to all those who picked "Tickling the Dragon's Tale" in what was a very competitive month (as they all seem to be these days).

The title came from Feynman's description of some dodgy experiments at Los Alamos where scientists teased a nuclear core towards the point of super-critical flash over an experimental practice which killed two scientists Louis Slotin and Harry Daghlian in two separate accidents.

And the idea that dragon blood could be radioactive and dragon fire was actually an induced supercritical flashover. 

Yes I did enjoy that.  The first story was going to be about Alpha the brood mother, but I had to rethink as it expanded way beyond the word count.