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Title: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 04, 2018, 11:52:52 AM
It's time to vote on the December Writing Contest: Alien/Eldritch Artifact!

We got just 7 entries this month - thanks to all who participated, your odds are good ;)

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two 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! :)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on January 04, 2018, 11:51:36 PM
Voted!
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: MattWillis on January 05, 2018, 02:45:35 AM
Me too

And may the odds be ever in your favour
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on January 05, 2018, 07:38:55 AM
Voted as well!
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: RobertS on January 05, 2018, 08:31:47 AM
My votes in!
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 05, 2018, 08:56:42 AM
Wow everyone is being so quick ;D

I'll vote later, towards the end of the month, so that I don't have to wait that long for the results hehe
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Venandiaer on January 05, 2018, 09:35:20 AM
I have also voted. Lots of really interesting ideas, I feel I should of thought about mine for longer after reading some of those.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on January 05, 2018, 02:51:32 PM
I have also voted. Lots of really interesting ideas, I feel I should of thought about mine for longer after reading some of those.

No, I'd say what would be best is for you to imitate the better compartimented format of others. Your story is all in blocks with no space and no breaks and that makes it hard and uncomfortable to read on an otherwise good story.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 05, 2018, 03:15:41 PM
to imitate
= to copy ;)

(in portuguese, and I assume french, that's a valid word, but not in english, hehe) - sorry! actually, I checked and it seems it's a valid word, but hardly ever used ???

And @Venandiaer, I can add spaces between the paragraphs, if you'd like me to.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Venandiaer on January 06, 2018, 01:13:58 AM
Sure, If you, ScarletBea, think that would make it easier for people to read, that would be appreciated.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 06, 2018, 08:58:15 AM
Sure, If you, ScarletBea, think that would make it easier for people to read, that would be appreciated.
I did it :)
And yes, much easier to read - there's an old member* who used to create a ereader version of the stories each month, to make it easier to read around, but now reading on screen, when it's a huge block of text, makes things harder :-\

(I'm looking at you, @m3mnoch - we miss your story packs too ;) )
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on January 06, 2018, 11:34:52 AM
“Imitate” is perfectly fine word and fits here, though it does have the implication of being unoriginal (in one sense) or mocking (in another).

I think that “model” is great for this meaning, but it’s a bit obscure for some folks.*





*see my superpower
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on January 06, 2018, 12:27:42 PM
Voted.

But am now terrified of horrendous possibilities. Afraid to go to bed as not sure what to expect when I wake up.

Not one of you managed to cook up a happy happy la la land fun artefact. Shame. Shame.  Shame.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 06, 2018, 01:41:39 PM
“Imitate” is perfectly fine word and fits here, though it does have the implication of being unoriginal (in one sense) or mocking (in another).
Oh thanks for clarifying! I know that the English language usually has both a Latin and an anglo- Saxon word for the same thing, but most of the Latin words aren't that much used...
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on January 06, 2018, 05:08:24 PM
It's always interesting to me the way English makes verbs of nouns, then makes a noun of that verb, and so on. Model and copy - which came first? The thing or the act of making / using the thing? Or perhaps the original term was always both.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: MattWillis on January 06, 2018, 05:17:28 PM
“Imitate” is perfectly fine word and fits here, though it does have the implication of being unoriginal (in one sense) or mocking (in another).

I think that “model” is great for this meaning, but it’s a bit obscure for some folks.*





*see my superpower

Perhaps ‘emulate’ would have been closest in this context?
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on January 06, 2018, 06:10:37 PM
Now now, people. I think the best would be "follow". Not as a synonym, but because I meant something along the lines of "follow the example of the others".

 :P

Lady Ty has a terrible point. The story didn't have to be terrible. Could have had super lovely consequences... Dang.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on January 07, 2018, 12:18:33 PM
“Emulate” is far better than my suggestion.

Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on January 07, 2018, 04:33:38 PM
Emulate carries connotations relating to mimicking behavior, although the concepts are related. Someone might emulate another writer by mimicking their approach to presenting their story by copying other writers' use of spaces between paragraphs following Nora's story as a model.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: MattWillis on January 08, 2018, 11:03:30 PM
The beauty of English is that it contains all of these glorious not-quite-synonyms, usually all derived from different source languages and technically meaning similar things while loaded with vastly differing cultural connotations. It’s a wonder we ever have any misunderstandings, while it is equally amazing that we can make ourselves understood at all.

And Amy Adams never finished teling us why Portuguese sounds so different to all the other Romance languages.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: idledragon27 on January 23, 2018, 10:47:56 AM
Voted!

But I loved every one so it was a hard choice. ;)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 23, 2018, 11:34:00 AM
eeek I haven't started reading them yet *another task in my to do list*
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: NightWrite on January 23, 2018, 10:29:19 PM
eeek I haven't started reading them yet *another task in my to do list*
Same here, plus I still have to finish my entry for this month's contest.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 29, 2018, 06:21:08 PM
Voted!
Hard to choose 2, there were 3 at a very even step, for me...

So far, 9 people voted, and the top 3 stories are tied/very-very-close :D Still time to change the path...
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on January 29, 2018, 08:50:11 PM
Voted!
Hard to choose 2, there were 3 at a very even step, for me...

So far, 9 people voted, and the top 3 stories are tied/very-very-close :D Still time to change the path...
Finally you can see everything you want to (besides who voted for what ;)).
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on January 30, 2018, 10:40:06 AM
Screen shots! We need screen shots, @ScarletBea !
What super secret information can you see, now that you’re a Mod?
C’mon. Share.
You know you want to........
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 30, 2018, 10:44:54 AM
I can see *everything* now :D
(not who voted for whom, though...)

And no, I don't want to share :P 8) you have to wait another 49 hours for the results like the rest of the world ;D
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on January 30, 2018, 11:50:14 PM
Two stories stood out for me this month. One vote each seemed fair.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on January 31, 2018, 11:40:12 AM
24 hours left to vote...

11 voted people so far...

Very close contest at the top...

Who will win?
 8)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Carter on January 31, 2018, 10:36:33 PM
Voted.  I might not be in a position to go over my own story again for this month but I'll be damned before I don't get these read!
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on February 01, 2018, 10:55:35 AM
Oh boy, that is close... Thanks to whoever broke the four way tie on the top!
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 01, 2018, 12:18:11 PM
Oh boy, that is close... Thanks to whoever broke the four way tie on the top!
I thought the same ;D

Congrats, @Alex Hormann! I voted for your story and @RobertS :D
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on February 01, 2018, 12:33:01 PM
I . . . I . . . WHAT!?  :o

Thank you all so much.   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: MattWillis on February 01, 2018, 12:43:34 PM
Well done Alex, great story  :)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 01, 2018, 02:17:10 PM
Bravo alex! Great story this month! But with only two votes, in the end I gave mine to @NightWrite and @RobertS.
Very creative bunch of stories that put my dead-on-arrival one to shame.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 01, 2018, 02:53:28 PM
Congrats Alex! I voted for Robert & Jmack.
I'm actually surprised my attempt at epic narration got any votes at all  ???
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 01, 2018, 02:54:30 PM
I'm actually surprised my attempt at epic narration got any votes at all  ???
Oh, so it was on purpose? I remember writing in my notes that there was a lot of telling instead of showing, hehe
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on February 01, 2018, 03:07:19 PM
Woo! Congrats Alex!
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 01, 2018, 03:22:23 PM
I'm actually surprised my attempt at epic narration got any votes at all  ???
Oh, so it was on purpose? I remember writing in my notes that there was a lot of telling instead of showing, hehe

Yeah, it's a departure from the standard, and I actually like this sort of thing when the scope of the subject matter is broad enough and instead of individual characters, whole kingdoms/peoples are the actors. But like the Silmarillion, which features a lot of this "biblical" scale material, it's not for everyone. Or rather, it's only for a select few who have a taste for it. I liked the practice because writing at this level is very difficult and different from the standard approaches that support "live" character portrayals.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 01, 2018, 03:26:02 PM
I'm actually surprised my attempt at epic narration got any votes at all  ???
Oh, so it was on purpose? I remember writing in my notes that there was a lot of telling instead of showing, hehe

Yeah, it's a departure from the standard, and I actually like this sort of thing when the scope of the subject matter is broad enough and instead of individual characters, whole kingdoms/peoples are the actors. But like the Silmarillion, which features a lot of this "biblical" scale material, it's not for everyone. Or rather, it's only for a select few who have a taste for it. I liked the practice because writing at this level is very difficult and different from the standard approaches that support "live" character portrayals.
That does sound interesting, and I liked it 'as described', although when then compared to the other stories, it jarred a bit.

Funny that you did this "departure from the standard" in Dec: have you seen the Feb theme? ;)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 01, 2018, 04:04:06 PM
The Writing Contest and life in general both have a flair for ... irony.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: MattWillis on February 01, 2018, 04:07:41 PM
I'm actually surprised my attempt at epic narration got any votes at all  ???
Oh, so it was on purpose? I remember writing in my notes that there was a lot of telling instead of showing, hehe

You do notes?

Can we get feedback?  ;)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on February 01, 2018, 06:40:42 PM
If you want feedback, they can open a page for that.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 01, 2018, 06:42:13 PM
You do notes?

Can we get feedback?  ;)
It's just a few words to remind me of the story when it's time to vote.

If you want yours, it was "nice idea, but it needs more development" - sorry :-\
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: MattWillis on February 01, 2018, 06:45:52 PM
You do notes?

Can we get feedback?  ;)
It's just a few words to remind me of the story when it's time to vote.

If you want yours, it was "nice idea, but it needs more development" - sorry :-\

No problem, I'm inclined to agree :-)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on February 01, 2018, 08:20:55 PM
Congratulations Alex, good win and almost a photo finish by the sounds of xia’s comments and the vote scores.  ;D
MattWillis and RobertS got my votes this month. ;D
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on February 01, 2018, 09:29:34 PM
Congrats, Alex! Your first win, if I'm not mistaken? :)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on February 02, 2018, 01:27:50 AM
Congrats, Alex! Your first win, if I'm not mistaken? :)

Yep. It took me a while, but I got there in the end. :)

Hopefully the first of many.

My votes went for @The Gem Cutter and @NightWrite
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: MattWillis on February 02, 2018, 07:52:39 AM
Congratulations Alex, good win and almost a photo finish by the sounds of xia’s comments and the vote scores.  ;D
MattWillis and RobertS got my votes this month. ;D

Thanks! What happens in the event of a tie, by the way?

My votes were for Alex and Jmack fwiw, but there wasn’t a story I didn’t enjoy
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 02, 2018, 08:04:17 AM
Thanks! What happens in the event of a tie, by the way?
All the tied stories win and they all appear on the main site :)
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on February 02, 2018, 10:31:33 AM
Congratulations, Alex!
And to everyone.
I have to,say I was surprised by the competitiveness of my own story. I’m some folks liked it.
Meanwhile, I also voted for @RobertS and @MattWillis this time around, but enjoyed them all as always.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: RobertS on February 02, 2018, 01:18:08 PM
I went for GemCutter and MatWillis. GemCutter, there was an old school sort of feel to your piece. I can't describe it really, but I liked the dark eldritch sort of feel as a call back to the era of Moorcock and Howard and Lovecraft.
MatWillis, I liked yours because it described how the universe really is. Fortunately only a very few of you puny humans can ever see it.
Title: Re: [Dec 2017] - Alien/Eldritch Artifact - Voting Thread
Post by: MattWillis on February 02, 2018, 04:34:37 PM
I went for GemCutter and MatWillis. GemCutter, there was an old school sort of feel to your piece. I can't describe it really, but I liked the dark eldritch sort of feel as a call back to the era of Moorcock and Howard and Lovecraft.
MatWillis, I liked yours because it described how the universe really is. Fortunately only a very few of you puny humans can ever see it.

It's a curse, I tell you. I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. All these moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.