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Title: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 03, 2016, 08:47:40 AM
It's time to vote on February's Writing Contest: Fanfic

We got 13 entries this month, including a few newbies - we love that!
Thanks to all of you for participating!

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! :)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 03, 2016, 03:35:54 PM
ebooks!

==================================================================
- Authors on Each Story -
really nice epub:
http://m3mnoch.com/static/ff-books/fanfic.epub

kindle mobi:
http://m3mnoch.com/static/ff-books/fanfic.mobi

ugly rich text document:
http://m3mnoch.com/static/ff-books/fanfic.rtf
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==================================================================
- Authors only on Table of Contents -
really nice epub:
http://m3mnoch.com/static/ff-books/fanfic-noauthor.epub

kindle mobi:
http://m3mnoch.com/static/ff-books/fanfic-noauthor.mobi

ugly rich text document:
http://m3mnoch.com/static/ff-books/fanfic-noauthor.rtf
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Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on March 03, 2016, 11:52:18 PM
Voted. I don't really care for the concept much but still there were some great stories. Third vote was a hard decision to make.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on March 04, 2016, 12:59:57 AM
Voted. Very hard theme, not Fanfic itself but having battle. Difficult to recognise subtleties in character and references if you don't know characters well enough. With that in mind, three stood out for me, though thanks to everyone for an entertaining read.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Mr.J on March 04, 2016, 01:03:35 AM
Good lord mine is...so so silly. Sadly silly :P

It did make me laugh seeing how long the title was in that vote list at the top though, so it was worth it just for that imo.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on March 04, 2016, 01:30:53 AM
Good lord mine is...so so silly. Sadly silly :P

It did make me laugh seeing how long the title was in that vote list at the top though, so it was worth it just for that imo.

Silly is good, it's fun and fun is the best sort of vibe if you're not sure of the chances of your story! :-p
I'm pretty disappointed in mine honestly. I'd written things out to include a fuel with Aragorn, and the finale was meant to be against Victor from Vicious. It ought to have been a good 3k if I had let myself do what I wanted, so the story as it is feels half baked.
But this month is making up for it.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on March 04, 2016, 02:03:06 AM
well...mine was pretty much useless in the first place, and a poor attempt at poetry. But I notice the format didn't exactly come through and the whole thing looks a bit mushed together.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on March 04, 2016, 07:49:45 PM
Voted.

Wow. Of thirteen stories:
> One was mine. Didn't vote for it.  8)
> All submissions had stuff to like. (Not counting mine)
> Two will get honorable mentions for sheer ballsy nonconformity.
> A bunch were good, but IMO five were really good. (Still not counting mine.)

I figured out my top two quickly.
Took a good while figuring out number 3.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Saraband on March 04, 2016, 11:00:48 PM
Decided to vote earlier this time, in case I forgot - again  :-[

Two stories really stood out for me - one for its creativity, the other for making me feel like I was actually reading something written by the author that inspired the story. Haven't really decided on the third vote, though.

Also, lots of Conan this month!  ;D
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on March 07, 2016, 08:32:42 AM
Voted as well. Not my favourite month, but I really loved my top one story, despite not having read the books they were inspired from.

Also felt a bit left off, since I've never read a Conan book!  :P
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 08, 2016, 03:08:32 PM
Also felt a bit left off, since I've never read a Conan book!  :P

for shame!!

they're so very extremely better than the movies.  conan is a complete, well-rounded badass with attitude, not just some gladiator turned loose on society.

this is a great little flavor burst:
http://comicsalliance.com/conan-comic/


p.s.  and, yes, i have some 80-odd savage swords and a half-dozen books.  not that i obsess or anything.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on March 09, 2016, 07:25:00 PM
Voted
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Timnacious on March 15, 2016, 04:30:42 AM
Votes are in. Good luck to all!
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 17, 2016, 12:32:28 PM
Started reading now.

Just look at this sentence:
"Facing her was a pink pony with curly hair. Its eyes were malevolent and dreadful and full of darkness"
 ;D
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 25, 2016, 12:37:06 PM
I have 2 certain votes, but then 6 candidates for vote 3: how can I choose?
I went for gut feeling...

With a week to go, we have got 2 stories tied in first place, and just 1 point behind them, another 2 stories tied in second place.
Not that many votes either - PLEASE VOTE!!!!
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on March 25, 2016, 01:30:30 PM
I've already voted but I only voted for one story  ;D

How many voted I miss seeing how many people have voted.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on March 25, 2016, 01:39:00 PM
12 users voted so far, btw.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on March 25, 2016, 01:42:06 PM
12 users voted so far, btw.

So if you take the non writers who have voted it be round about 9 votes from the writers from the 13 submissions naughty writers  ;D
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 25, 2016, 01:50:23 PM
I've already voted but I only voted for one story  ;D

12 users voted so far, btw.

So if everyone had voted for 3 we'd have 36 votes. I only see 31, so several people are like Eclipse and didn't use all of them :-\
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on March 25, 2016, 02:01:05 PM
It's a hard month. I struggled getting involved with most stories. Besides a couple that were really lovely stories, this month's theme didn't capture my interest.
But so long as all writers vote I'll be happy.  :)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 25, 2016, 02:08:25 PM
I've already voted but I only voted for one story  ;D

12 users voted so far, btw.

So if everyone had voted for 3 we'd have 36 votes. I only see 31, so several people are like Eclipse and didn't use all of them :-\

i probably won't use all of mine either.  i've got two to clearly hand out.  but the next tier is like a 6-way tie.  i'm re-reading them all (for a fourth time) to see if i can find something that grabs me or a flaw that i can overlook.  but, in general, the ideas are fabulous!  it's really just parts of the execution that shouldn't really matter that are hanging me up.  i actually feel quite silly about it.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on March 25, 2016, 02:43:40 PM
I managed to get three but it required some rereads (and looking up who some of the characters were). Hard month to both write and read.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on March 25, 2016, 08:36:09 PM
Voted, after much agonizing. I can easily say that three votes were not nearly enough. I really did like this week's theme and the stories that came out of it.

I wrestled with my votes for a good while, and ultimately, it came down to two main things - who captured the feel of the source material (limited, unfortunately, by what I've read) and who came up with matchups that just made me grin. Even with those, there were still far more than three choices, but I eventually got it paired down to three I could acceptably vote for. The gap between those and the others I liked is tiny, though.

So, folks, thanks for making it difficult. :p
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 30, 2016, 12:35:13 PM
1 story - first
1 story - second
4 stories - third
all with a point between them

Anyone wants to use the last days to tie them all up? ;D
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on March 30, 2016, 01:16:06 PM
1 story - first
1 story - second
4 stories - third
all with a point between them

Anyone wants to use the last days to tie them all up? ;D

I could vote twice  8)
Any mods want to help with that?
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nerf on March 30, 2016, 05:17:52 PM
I voted!!!

Where's my sticker?

On another note, apparently I'm not familiar with fantasy, at least most of the popular works anymore.  I think that kind of affected my vote.  I wound up voting for all three of the Conan stories.

However it happened, Howard sure managed to create an iconic character with that one.

I will say as someone who has put up an entry in this one, I kind of find 1500 words... just isn't enough.  Unless you have a very specific thing in mind, it's just too short to set up something and put in all you'd like to say.

I guess that does favor skilled writers, but it also seems to me you have to have a very specific kind of story that can be wrapped up adequately in 1500 words.  If you use original characters, that's not a whole lot of time to introduce someone, some kind of conflict, and wrap it up.

Obviously not impossible, but it seems to me this kind of thing stresses coming up with an appropriate idea more than writing in a way.

And an appropriate idea for this kind of thing... well it is kind of a small subset of writing, that's for sure.

Still if they were too long, you will have less readers.  The internet isn't going to run out of bytes, but attention spans are pretty short with this kind of presentation, the one before the downloadable version.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on March 30, 2016, 05:31:51 PM
I think the limit sort of favors "tomato surprise".
That is, stories where there is a set up and a specific punchline (twist, joke, betrayal) that comes pretty much at the end.

Hmm. Of my stories for the contest, let's note "TS" as tomato surprise.
A full TS comes at the very end as a big twist/joke

> Beach House: TS
> Wardu's Wager: TS-light
> Fair Trade: TS
> Linnathiel & Meriden: no
> One Rogue, Four Ladies: no
> Good Dog: TS-light
> The Sun, the Moon and the Morning Star: no
> Parting Friends: TS! (which makes sense, since this was flash fiction with only 500 words allowed)
> Space Opera: TS, big time.
> Lord of the Rings: TS-lite
> Leviathan: no
> The Library of Alexander: no
> Skeleton Walks into a Bar: not applicable. Just not.
> Trojan Horse: TS
> (not yet submitted Nightmare story...): probably not TS

So...14 stories: 5 full-on Tomato Surprises, 3 TS-lite, and 6 no

Not sure what this tells us, but it was fun to walk down memory lane.  ;D

Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nerf on March 30, 2016, 06:18:30 PM
Hmmm, does anyone know what was a typical word count of a short story back in the pulp days?

Obviously at one time magazines like Analog (the more famous name it had back when Campbell was the editor escapes me), and others used to be very important venues for published work.

I guess it is mostly technology that has changed things, and the short story is kind of a lost thing in publishing.  (Eric Flint has a discussion of this as an aside in his relatively recent writings on the Hugo controversy - well worth reading whatever your position on that was.)

But in the heyday, say 30's to 70's what was they typical wordcount in a short story?  The longer ones were called "novellas," and there wasn't some clear bracket range like 0-5000 words - short story, 5000-25000 novella, etc.

Offhand, from memory, I'd kind of guesstimate short stories being around 5000 words typically.

Anyone got any insight on that?
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 30, 2016, 06:44:54 PM
oooh.  i don't have any insight, but that'd be fascinating to know.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 31, 2016, 09:48:12 AM
Hi, that's an interesting subject that deserves its own thread.
@xiagan (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1148), maybe you can move these posts to the Writers' Corner, or the Fantasy Books Discussion, in a new thread?

In the meantime I found these 2 old threads that might also help you:
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/writers-corner/short-story-markets-how-important-are-they-for-new-writers/ (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/writers-corner/short-story-markets-how-important-are-they-for-new-writers/)
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/how-long-should-a-fantasy-novel-be/ (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/how-long-should-a-fantasy-novel-be/)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on March 31, 2016, 11:50:56 PM
Voted earlier today.


Why am I still up?  ???

Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on April 01, 2016, 09:55:05 AM
Congrats Rukaio! I voted for you this month! I was sure you'd sweep the podium but I'm somewhat surprised that @Jmack (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=37094) didn't do any better... Since it was my big favorite this month! Great concept and great writing!

Also voted for Mr.J!!

Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Henry Dale on April 01, 2016, 10:30:35 AM
It was a really annoying month this time cuz you all were so close in quality. My votes are Nora, Jmack, M3mnoch.
Also grats to our winner Rukaio!
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on April 01, 2016, 10:54:41 AM
Enjoyed all this month and thank you for great stories.  In the end I voted for those where I knew  the characters well and enjoy the way they were used, so my votes were  -

Rukaio, not surprised you are our all round winner this month, congratulations.  You got my first vote easily with Harry Dresden and the whole perfect Jim Butcher worthy dialogue and story - really loved it. Please don't wander far from humour, you really excel and can be relied on to make us laugh.

One vote to Aidan Holt for two more of my favourite characters and a terrific battle of words between Wydrin and Kvothe, what a great combination.

Finally, Henry I thought your story was an absolute cracker and laughed so much and appreciated all the characters you chose, then ending with such a top twist was a treat.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 01, 2016, 11:08:10 AM
Congratulation Rukaio :D
I voted for you too, even though I've never read Harry Dresden, hehe

My other votes went to Nora and Aidan Holt :)

My comments are in the printed stories at home, so can't say anything else at the moment, but there were several more I really enjoyed.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on April 01, 2016, 11:34:28 AM
Congratulations to @Rukaio_Alter (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40087), the lord of the contest. (Until next month, that is  ;)

I loved the Harry Dresden story, it was my favorite this month. I also voted for Mr. J (so snarky) and Tebakutis (solid, fun stuff).

Henry Dale gets my honorable mention for sheer nuttiness. And I could easily have voted for @m3mnoch (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40419). I loved the casual humor of his story, and the lack of any great stakes other than pride.

(Why oh why didn't I vote for m3mnoch instead of Rukaio. That would have shifted a vote, and I would remain tied with my arch nemesis. Must remember never to vote for Rukaio again... except when he writes really good stuff. Dammit)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on April 01, 2016, 11:41:55 AM
I almost forgot to vote, I did it while I was writing the Nightmare one haha.

Never read Harry Dresden and also have no idea who Vasher is, but got curious after reading them. Knows nothing of Conan too, but him + Drogo and tsundere Dany was a curious crossover and good.

My votes went for @Rukaio_Alter (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40087) (best characterization), @Nora (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40237) (best action/magic) and @m3mnoch (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40419) (best crossover).
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on April 01, 2016, 02:43:05 PM
As the arena doors rumbled open, Jmack saw his opponent for this round. m3mnoch, king of the lowercase letters. This was going to be an interesting fight.

"i've come for you, jmack!" m3mnoch shouted with his usual flair for the dramatic. "give up now and i promise i'll destroy you quickly!"

"I'll never yield to a man who doesn't know how to use the SHIFT key!" Jmack replied bravely, dashing into the arena at the head of his herd of venomous carniverous goats. "Charge, my pretties!"

As the herd of angrily braying goats surrounded m3mnoch, he took the only reasonable action for a man in such a situation. He tossed empty cans across the arena. Distracted by their only weakness, the goats commenced to gnawing, allowing m3mnoch to sidestep them and advance on Jmack wielding a claymore that was a giant lowercase t*.

Jmack grabbed a goat and it went stiff. He then used the stiff goat and its horns to fend off m3mnoch's lowercase t as the two engaged in a flurry of blows and counterblows.

"you'll never defeat me!" m3mnoch chortled. With one great slice, he chopped off the top of Jmack's J.

"You fiend!" jmack said, now missing the upper half of his first letter. He redoubled his efforts, pushing m3mnoch closer to the herd of goats, who were even now gnawing on the last of their cans.

Who would win? Who would lose? Who would learn to use their SHIFT key?

Watching the proceedings from above, Rukaio_Alter stroked his underscore and smirked as his minions continued to do battle.

* because an uppercase T would have been beneath him, of course.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on April 01, 2016, 02:46:29 PM
As the arena doors rumbled open, Jmack saw his opponent for this round. m3mnoch, king of the lowercase letters. This was going to be an interesting fight.

"i've come for you, jmack!" m3mnoch shouted with his usual flair for the dramatic. "give up now and i promise i'll destroy you quickly!"

"I'll never yield to a man who doesn't know how to use the SHIFT key!" Jmack replied bravely, dashing into the arena at the head of his herd of venomous carniverous goats. "Charge, my pretties!"

As the herd of angrily braying goats surrounded m3mnoch, he took the only reasonable action for a man in such a situation. He tossed empty cans across the arena. Distracted by their only weakness, the goats commenced to gnawing, allowing m3mnoch to sidestep them and advance on Jmack wielding a claymore that was a giant lowercase t*.

Jmack grabbed a goat and it went stiff. He then used the stiff goat and its horns to fend off m3mnoch's lowercase t as the two engaged in a flurry of blows and counterblows.

"you'll never defeat me!" m3mnoch chortled. With one great slice, he chopped off the top of Jmack's J.

"You fiend!" jmack said, now missing the upper half of his first letter. He redoubled his efforts, pushing m3mnoch closer to the herd of goats, who were even now gnawing on the last of their cans.

Who would win? Who would lose? Who would learn to use their SHIFT key?

Watching the proceedings from above, Rukaio_Alter stroked his underscore and smirked as his minions continued to do battle.

* because an uppercase T would have been beneath him, of course.

This should totally be a story and enter a FF Anthology.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on April 01, 2016, 02:53:06 PM
Congratulations, Rukaio! And m3mnoch and Jmack. I voted for the top three this month.  8)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 01, 2016, 03:01:05 PM
congrats rukaio!  not only did jmack vote for you, but i did too!

also, apparently my big outlier vote this month was for @Timnacious (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=32709) -- i thought that story was super-fun.  easily my favorite character match of the bunch.  the lack of general popularity may be because i am probably one of the few who've read the stormlight books.


As the arena doors rumbled open, Jmack saw his opponent for this round. m3mnoch, king of the lowercase letters. This was going to be an interesting fight.

"i've come for you, jmack!" m3mnoch shouted with his usual flair for the dramatic. "give up now and i promise i'll destroy you quickly!"

"I'll never yield to a man who doesn't know how to use the SHIFT key!" Jmack replied bravely, dashing into the arena at the head of his herd of venomous carniverous goats. "Charge, my pretties!"

As the herd of angrily braying goats surrounded m3mnoch, he took the only reasonable action for a man in such a situation. He tossed empty cans across the arena. Distracted by their only weakness, the goats commenced to gnawing, allowing m3mnoch to sidestep them and advance on Jmack wielding a claymore that was a giant lowercase t*.

Jmack grabbed a goat and it went stiff. He then used the stiff goat and its horns to fend off m3mnoch's lowercase t as the two engaged in a flurry of blows and counterblows.

"you'll never defeat me!" m3mnoch chortled. With one great slice, he chopped off the top of Jmack's J.

"You fiend!" jmack said, now missing the upper half of his first letter. He redoubled his efforts, pushing m3mnoch closer to the herd of goats, who were even now gnawing on the last of their cans.

Who would win? Who would lose? Who would learn to use their SHIFT key?

Watching the proceedings from above, Rukaio_Alter stroked his underscore and smirked as his minions continued to do battle.

* because an uppercase T would have been beneath him, of course.

omg!  can i retroactively go back and vote for this?!?!  I LOVE IT and cannot mash the like button enough times!
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on April 01, 2016, 03:48:10 PM
As the arena doors rumbled open, Jmack saw his opponent for this round. m3mnoch, king of the lowercase letters. This was going to be an interesting fight.

"i've come for you, jmack!" m3mnoch shouted with his usual flair for the dramatic. "give up now and i promise i'll destroy you quickly!"

"I'll never yield to a man who doesn't know how to use the SHIFT key!" Jmack replied bravely, dashing into the arena at the head of his herd of venomous carniverous goats. "Charge, my pretties!"

As the herd of angrily braying goats surrounded m3mnoch, he took the only reasonable action for a man in such a situation. He tossed empty cans across the arena. Distracted by their only weakness, the goats commenced to gnawing, allowing m3mnoch to sidestep them and advance on Jmack wielding a claymore that was a giant lowercase t*.

Jmack grabbed a goat and it went stiff. He then used the stiff goat and its horns to fend off m3mnoch's lowercase t as the two engaged in a flurry of blows and counterblows.

"you'll never defeat me!" m3mnoch chortled. With one great slice, he chopped off the top of Jmack's J.

"You fiend!" jmack said, now missing the upper half of his first letter. He redoubled his efforts, pushing m3mnoch closer to the herd of goats, who were even now gnawing on the last of their cans.

Who would win? Who would lose? Who would learn to use their SHIFT key?

Watching the proceedings from above, Rukaio_Alter stroked his underscore and smirked as his minions continued to do battle.

* because an uppercase T would have been beneath him, of course.

Yes! This!
Special vote! Now!
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on April 01, 2016, 05:18:56 PM
Congrats Rukaio

I just voted for Henry this month  ;D
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on April 01, 2016, 05:33:33 PM
(https://media.giphy.com/media/3rgXByJDaR4jyXcIiA/giphy.gif)

YES! FIRST PERSON TO WIN 5 WRITING CONTESTS! Also, I've finally overtaken Jmack in the win count. Thanks to everyone who voted for me, obviously, and everyone else who helped make this another great month.

I'll admit, I'm especially happy to win this month, considering I actually first started the Writing Contest in February last year. And it feels especially appropriate to win with a Dresden Files story, considering Jim Butcher was the person who got me into writing in the first place. So it's kinda like things have come full circle... within another full circle... with a third full circle if you take into account March being the first month I won... and maybe another circle if you include- Look, what I'm trying to say is that there's a lot of circles. I think.

Well anyway, to sum up, here's to a great last 12 months. And hopefully another great year to come.............. which includes me winning even more Writing Contests.  :P


Also, tebakutis got me so right in his story. I am totally the secret evil overlord here.

Also also, I am running out of victory gifs to use.

Also also also, <insert GOD EMPEROR OF THE WRITING CONTEST joke here>.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 01, 2016, 05:41:34 PM
Also also also, <insert GOD EMPEROR OF THE WRITING CONTEST joke here>.
Please please please create a signature with this ;D


Ok, and now checking my notes, I could have easily also voted for Jmack (who kept me reading even though I wasn't interested in the characters), m3m, mr.J, Henry or Lanko :)
(and I still think T.Rex isn't a character ;) )
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on April 01, 2016, 05:47:49 PM
Also also also, <insert GOD EMPEROR OF THE WRITING CONTEST joke here>.
Please please please create a signature with this ;D
Done and done.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on April 01, 2016, 05:50:00 PM
Also also also, <insert GOD EMPEROR OF THE WRITING CONTEST joke here>.
Please please please create a signature with this ;D
Done and done.

I still have a title change or two in my inventory...
Hmm. What should I do with one of them?
 8)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on April 01, 2016, 06:00:47 PM
I still have a title change or two in my inventory...
Hmm. What should I do with one of them?
 8)
Nyahaha! Don't forget that I too have a title change in my inventory........... which, ironically, I think you actually gave to me.

My point is, be wary Jmack, lest it be turned upon you. DRAMATIC EXIT!

(http://i.imgur.com/QKW8v9F.gif)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on April 01, 2016, 08:22:00 PM
Congrats Rukaio_Alter! Maybe I need to find themes that are hard to write humorous to give you an additional challenge. ;)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on April 01, 2016, 08:32:51 PM
Congrats Rukaio_Alter! Maybe I need to find themes that are hard to write humorous to give you an additional challenge. ;)
The most recent two Writing Contest Topics have been 'Nightmares' and 'Dystopia'. If I can make those two funny, I'm fairly certain you're not going to have much luck there.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 01, 2016, 08:36:30 PM
Congrats Rukaio_Alter! Maybe I need to find themes that are hard to write humorous to give you an additional challenge. ;)
The most recent two Writing Contest Topics have been 'Nightmares' and 'Dystopia'. If I can make those two funny, I'm fairly certain you're not going to have much luck there.

agreed.

it just may require some of us to double-down on the funny in an EPIC TITTER-GIGGLE SHOWDOWN!
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on April 01, 2016, 08:44:22 PM
Congrats Rukaio_Alter! Maybe I need to find themes that are hard to write humorous to give you an additional challenge. ;)
The most recent two Writing Contest Topics have been 'Nightmares' and 'Dystopia'. If I can make those two funny, I'm fairly certain you're not going to have much luck there.
Yeah... but imagine if the theme is... Clowns. GASP.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on April 01, 2016, 08:56:39 PM
Congrats Rukaio_Alter! Maybe I need to find themes that are hard to write humorous to give you an additional challenge. ;)
The most recent two Writing Contest Topics have been 'Nightmares' and 'Dystopia'. If I can make those two funny, I'm fairly certain you're not going to have much luck there.
Yeah... but imagine if the theme is... Clowns. GASP.
(http://49.media.tumblr.com/4d3f344f149bfa0ada084cba8a44d569/tumblr_o3lmimWT0x1qiu7yxo4_250.gif)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on April 01, 2016, 09:56:58 PM
If you make the theme clowns, I will roll in a puddle of my own tears and snot and wail for 30 days. Man I hate clowns!! When they don't try to murder you, they're selling you big macs...  ;D
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 01, 2016, 10:22:54 PM
When they don't try to murder you, they're selling you big macs...

that's not the same thing?
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nerf on April 02, 2016, 02:53:54 AM
So two people basically rotate winning this contest?  Think I'll be passing on this event in the future.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on April 02, 2016, 04:43:46 AM
So two people basically rotate winning this contest?  Think I'll be passing on this event in the future.

Well, it's true that Rukaio can make things frustrating because he's so good at humour, and when you read half a dozen gloomy stories and hit his, well written and that makes you chortle, it can feel a bit like a thievery of votes  :P You vote for him and you think that everyone else will...
But then so what? A few are better than others, get more votes, and hence win. Some people are more beginner than others, or write well but are a bit off-topic etc. Trust me, having strong contestants makes it even more valuable when you win a month. I would not bypass the contest out of fear of seeing Rukaio or Jmack steal the votes from you. It took me 9 months to win a contest, and my writing progress is invaluable, I would never have gotten to that level if I hadn't been in the contest.
Not only does it forces you to come up with new ideas and make it interesting in less than 2k words, but you get to see what makes a popular story, or a better story than yours, and you get the opportunity to get your work critiqued.
Why shy away from that? It's like wanting to quit democracy because your party doesn't get the votes. It just means you need to get better, and the best way to do that is to write more, get critiques and reviews, try again, repeat.

I guess we might have some people who end up being "fans" of the work of others, and it's true that I often give my votes to the same people, but not always. And the more people we have voting, the less favouritism is bound to appear.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on April 02, 2016, 09:25:27 AM
I agre with Nora 100%.
Sometimes I vote for the winner, but most often than not I vote for stories who end up on the lower end of the spectrum. The world is full of different writers, different styles, and each one has got its own fan base.

And it's definitely not about friendship - I love Chilly to bits but his stories/style are definitely not for me ;)

Anyway, "2 people always winning" is really not true either, the posts above are just banter between them.
You have the proof in this thread with all the winning stories of 2015 - you can see how many different names there are:
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/monthly-writing-contest/the-best-story-of-2015-vote-now!/ (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/monthly-writing-contest/the-best-story-of-2015-vote-now!/)

Also, there might be a better chance to win if you enter every month and improve your writing in the meantime, like Nora said ;) those 2 have been entering for quite a while now.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 02, 2016, 09:38:08 AM
Personally glad no one voted for me  ;D.
I wanted to have something to enter but this theme really wasn't for me and I wouldn't have wanted my drivel to waste a well earned vote for anyone else.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on April 02, 2016, 09:55:43 AM
Personally glad no one voted for me  ;D.
I wanted to have something to enter but this theme really wasn't for me and I wouldn't have wanted my drivel to waste a well earned vote for anyone else.

I can feel you, this was a very difficult month for me as well, I wasn't motivated and when I had half of a decent idea, it relied so much on a big, well described cast that I felt like I was forced to pare my story to its bones. I'm surprised I did this well votes-wise, I imagine a few people recognized the MC and his magic system.

But don't brand yourself so harshly. I read and rather enjoyed your poem. I could not write a poem to save my life, so you have my respect for catching my interest all along, but I think the worry was that the month's topic wasn't ideal for that format. Mine was better suited (I mean the "arena fight" rather than the epic poem) in my own opinion, so my votes went for similar stories, more confrontational and visual.
Given the looks of the podium, I think that's why you ended up with no votes, rather than for anything intrinsically wrong with your poem...
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Rukaio_Alter on April 02, 2016, 09:59:39 AM
So two people basically rotate winning this contest?  Think I'll be passing on this event in the future.
In the past 12 months, we've had 8 different people win. This contest isn't biased towards any particular person (Hell, I first won after I'd only been here a month or two), it's biased towards who can write the most entertaining story. I'm good at that, thanks to my comic talents, which is why I win a lot. But I'm far from perfect. I've lost a lot of contests, even with comedic stories. But if you write a good enough story, people here will sit up and take note.

But the one way you're absolutely certain to lose is if you give up and not bother entering just because you're frustrated with not winning. First time I ever entered this contest, I only got 2 votes for my story. If I'd thrown in the towel then, decided it wasn't worth it, where do you think I'd be? Certainly not with the 5 wins I have now.

Besides which, you're missing that winning isn't the only point of the Writing Contest. Certainly, the wins are nice and all, but the thing I got the most out of the Writing Contest was experience. Experience from coming up with interesting ways to play with the chosen topic, from writing up a story that feels well written and well paced and naturally fits into the short story format, and from tirelessly clipping away to actually try and get the blasted thing under 1500 words. And enjoyment as well. Because I, like most people on here, enjoy writing. Otherwise we wouldn't be doing it. Certainly, it's often disappointing if you lose, but that doesn't undo the progress you've made and the good times you've had.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on April 02, 2016, 10:06:12 AM
Don't forget you can get feedback in the  Critique Thread

I only voted for Henry this month as I thought it was the best story by far only two other people thought the same  ;D
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on April 02, 2016, 10:11:16 AM
but this theme really wasn't for me

It's good to be challenged through ! Are you Nora?  ;D its becoming a tradition ,I'm always amazed when she likes a theme.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Blackthorn on April 02, 2016, 10:22:25 AM
but this theme really wasn't for me

It's good to be challenged through ! Are you Nora?  ;D its becoming a tradition ,I'm always amazed when she likes a theme.

Oh it was definitely a challenge, and I posted a pretty late entry because of indecision on what characters to use. Its just that I don't particularly write fanfiction well and even worse a crossover. it isn't something I had much faith writing a story on so I figured I might as well enjoy the fun and write a poem without worrying about wasted opportunity.

Personally glad no one voted for me  ;D.
I wanted to have something to enter but this theme really wasn't for me and I wouldn't have wanted my drivel to waste a well earned vote for anyone else.

I can feel you, this was a very difficult month for me as well, I wasn't motivated and when I had half of a decent idea, it relied so much on a big, well described cast that I felt like I was forced to pare my story to its bones. I'm surprised I did this well votes-wise, I imagine a few people recognized the MC and his magic system.

But don't brand yourself so harshly. I read and rather enjoyed your poem. I could not write a poem to save my life, so you have my respect for catching my interest all along, but I think the worry was that the month's topic wasn't ideal for that format. Mine was better suited (I mean the "arena fight" rather than the epic poem) in my own opinion, so my votes went for similar stories, more confrontational and visual.
Given the looks of the podium, I think that's why you ended up with no votes, rather than for anything intrinsically wrong with your poem...

I actually didn't recognize any of your characters that I can think of, but you still got my vote. I like your overall concept, and it was impressive you managed to fit so many characters. I also went for the more confrontational stories, but I had fun with the poem as it isn't something I do often.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on April 02, 2016, 10:30:28 AM
but this theme really wasn't for me

It's good to be challenged through ! Are you Nora?  ;D its becoming a tradition ,I'm always amazed when she likes a theme.

You little @£#!!%&1 !!

I liked Nightmares a lot, and I like Dystopia as well! What next, are you gonna say I'm the house gloomy writer as well?! 
Damn it people I'm gonna go find myself an avatar with a gloomy Poe-esk writer frowning over a pile of coffee stained parchments!!

Like this :
(http://i.imgur.com/z4KCDCg.jpg)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on April 02, 2016, 10:34:07 AM
You just made me burst out laughing Nora!  ;D
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on April 02, 2016, 11:41:23 AM
You're welcome.

 :P
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on April 02, 2016, 12:48:20 PM
So two people basically rotate winning this contest?  Think I'll be passing on this event in the future.
In the past 12 months, we've had 8 different people win. This contest isn't biased towards any particular person (Hell, I first won after I'd only been here a month or two), it's biased towards who can write the most entertaining story. I'm good at that, thanks to my comic talents, which is why I win a lot. But I'm far from perfect. I've lost a lot of contests, even with comedic stories. But if you write a good enough story, people here will sit up and take note.

But the one way you're absolutely certain to lose is if you give up and not bother entering just because you're frustrated with not winning. First time I ever entered this contest, I only got 2 votes for my story. If I'd thrown in the towel then, decided it wasn't worth it, where do you think I'd be? Certainly not with the 5 wins I have now.

Besides which, you're missing that winning isn't the only point of the Writing Contest. Certainly, the wins are nice and all, but the thing I got the most out of the Writing Contest was experience. Experience from coming up with interesting ways to play with the chosen topic, from writing up a story that feels well written and well paced and naturally fits into the short story format, and from tirelessly clipping away to actually try and get the blasted thing under 1500 words. And enjoyment as well. Because I, like most people on here, enjoy writing. Otherwise we wouldn't be doing it. Certainly, it's often disappointing if you lose, but that doesn't undo the progress you've made and the good times you've had.

The other thing that confuses this, @Nerf (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=41035), is the number of ties. In my four wins over 16 months of stories, I've been in 2 ties. This means I've only outright won twice. And one of the ties included Rukaio. So he and I joke about domination, but it's completely untrue. @Rukaio_Alter (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40087) is not dominating the contest. Truly.  >:( 

one day i will sing over his dead body and the poisonous chicken bone i hid in his potpie. Yes, one day, i will be triumphant!
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Raptori on April 02, 2016, 01:27:48 PM
My impression of the voting trends is that comedies or whimsical stories tend to get a lot more votes, and most of the winners fall into either or both of those categories. Feels like I'm generally an outlier, since the majority of the comedy stories do nothing for me and as a result I rarely vote for the winner! It'd be interesting to see whether that fits the facts.

...brb.  :P
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on April 02, 2016, 04:35:18 PM
So two people basically rotate winning this contest?  Think I'll be passing on this event in the future.
Besides which, you're missing that winning isn't the only point of the Writing Contest.

This! Yes. I think the "contest" part throws people new to the forums. Like you have to win or quit.

Don't think of this as a writing contest ... think of it as a writing contest. "Winning" is fun for a day or two and a nice confirmation that you're improving as a writer, but the fun comes from actually brainstorming a story for a specific theme, seeing what you can do with that idea, and then sharing it with others (at least for me). I love it!

Since I started participating I've written at least 6 stories I would *never* have written otherwise, and gained valuable experience each time. The prompt provides a seed that inspires me to write something cool. I even post these short little stories over on a blog, and people (both fans of my existing work and people who might become fans from reading my short tales) enjoy them there too.

So yeah, the fun is in the writing. If you happen to win a month, that's just a neat little bonus. :)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Raptori on April 02, 2016, 04:43:46 PM
"Winning" is fun for a day or two and a nice confirmation that you're improving as a writer
The flip side of that is that if you never win, you'll inevitably come to the conclusion that you're doing something wrong.  :P


Anyway, to check whether my impression was at all close to the mark, I looked back at the winners since I joined. I scanned the ones I vaguely remembered and ended up rereading a few as well. Comedic/whimsical stories (imo) in bold:

Dec 2014: Religion
Wardu's Wager by Jmack
Ailurophilia by Carter

Jan 2015: Science Fiction
Junk Mail by Giddler

Feb 2015: Fanfic
Ghost in the light by Saraband

Mar 2015: Rogues
The 7 Tenets of Roguishness by Rukaio_Alter

Apr 2015: Plot Twist
A Twist Too Far by Rukaio_Alter

May 2015: Fairy Tales
The Sun, the Moon, and the Morning Star by Jmack

Jun 2015: Multiple POVs
The Braying Jack by Jeryn

Jul 2015: Flash Fiction
For Evil to Triumph by wakarimasen
Last Regrets by OnlyOneHighlander

Aug 2015: Space Opera
Space Opera by Jmack

Sep 2015: Politics, Scheming and Intrigue
The Translator by tebakutis

Oct 2015: TNotSSmbtoaFBbtSiathatdwtB
The Exorcist by Nora

Nov 2015: Mighty Beasts
The Magnificent Mythical Zoo (No Refunds) by Rukaio_Alter

Dec 2015: Young Love
Adrift by tebakutis
An Unconventional Proposal by Rukaio_Alter
The Library of Alexander by Jmack

Jan 2016: Breaking the Fourth Wall
But, I'm a F#@%ing Dragon! by m3mnoch

Feb 2016: Fanfic
Mistaken Identity by Rukaio_Alter

That's 15/19, so roughly three quarters of the winners! A couple might be debatable, but regardless it's pretty clear that people tend to vote for the stories they find funny over anything else.  ;)

Incidentally, my favourite story out of the lot was actually from the one month last year in which I hadn't read any and therefore didn't vote: December. If I'd have voted, it'd have broken the three-way tie in favour of Adrift; Rukaio & Jmack would have one less winner's medal each!  :o
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 02, 2016, 04:53:59 PM
this is where i take issue with your findings, raptori.

it's fairly obvious that "But, I'm a F#@%ing Dragon!" is a hard-hitting allegory castigating the mathematical fallacies perpetrated upon unsuspecting tabletop game participants.  it brings to light a serious issue that needs addressing, rather than simply perpetuating the practice in the name of simple tradition.

um... and some other stuff.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Raptori on April 02, 2016, 04:55:32 PM
this is where i take issue with your findings, raptori.

it's fairly obvious that "But, I'm a F#@%ing Dragon!" is a hard-hitting allegory castigating the mathematical fallacies perpetrated upon unsuspecting tabletop game participants.  it brings to light a serious issue that needs addressing, rather than simply perpetuating the practice in the name of simple tradition.

um... and some other stuff.
Can I double-like this?  ;D
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on April 02, 2016, 05:15:22 PM
this is where i take issue with your findings, raptori.

it's fairly obvious that "But, I'm a F#@%ing Dragon!" is a hard-hitting allegory castigating the mathematical fallacies perpetrated upon unsuspecting tabletop game participants.  it brings to light a serious issue that needs addressing, rather than simply perpetuating the practice in the name of simple tradition.

um... and some other stuff.
Can I double-like this?  ;D
Let me check the rule book...
No, you cannot.

 ;)
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Raptori on April 02, 2016, 05:22:52 PM
this is where i take issue with your findings, raptori.

it's fairly obvious that "But, I'm a F#@%ing Dragon!" is a hard-hitting allegory castigating the mathematical fallacies perpetrated upon unsuspecting tabletop game participants.  it brings to light a serious issue that needs addressing, rather than simply perpetuating the practice in the name of simple tradition.

um... and some other stuff.
Can I double-like this?  ;D
Let me check the rule book...
No, you cannot.

 ;)
:'(
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Mr.J on April 02, 2016, 05:23:46 PM
I'll take 4 votes for spewing some nonsensical bullshit, please and thank you.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on April 02, 2016, 05:41:13 PM
on a serious note, tho.

i've done a ton of analysis on the contest over the last year or so -- both the objective, data-driven kind and the subjective, ask-a-creative-writing-professor-or-three kind.

the conclusion?  our votes are weird.

from a statistical relevance perspective, we're a fairly small group of writers and the contest gives us lots of votes each.  that, in itself, produces LOTS of noise.  worse, even tho a few of us cluster together on taste, there are still probably 6 or 8 different flavor-camps our regular voters group to.

so, statistically, it's noisy.  and taste-wise, it's all over the map.

pushing those tastes to the secondary judging criteria is indeed a winning strategy.  that means well-written fun-and-whimsy (everyone likes funny!) as the primary theme is really the only crossover-friendly flavor that is appealing to most of us.  hence, it's what can win consistently.

the real challenge is pulling off a non-funny primary motif in less than 1500 words yet still appeals to a plurality of us.  that's freakin' hard.

what would "fix" it?  giving out points to your favorite stories instead -- most points wins.  personally, i'd start with factors of 2.  (so, three votes would be: 4, 2, 1)  so, basically, a second-place story needs twice as many votes as the first-place story.

is that easy to do in the forum software?  nope.  does it REALLY matter?  personally, i don't think so.  writing stories, stretching ourselves on topics, and gaggling over the results is fun.  winning be [cool, but still] damned.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on April 02, 2016, 05:46:08 PM
Everybody loves humour but people like different humour , I really don't like humor through
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Mr.J on April 02, 2016, 05:49:47 PM
Will be interesting to see if anyone can pull out the funny, and in what way, with the Dystiopia theme. Aside from making fun of Hunger Games that is...and if anyone does I'm calling you out now for taking a low shot :P
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Raptori on April 02, 2016, 06:19:40 PM
on a serious note, tho.

i've done a ton of analysis on the contest over the last year or so -- both the objective, data-driven kind and the subjective, ask-a-creative-writing-professor-or-three kind.

the conclusion?  our votes are weird.

from a statistical relevance perspective, we're a fairly small group of writers and the contest gives us lots of votes each.  that, in itself, produces LOTS of noise.  worse, even tho a few of us cluster together on taste, there are still probably 6 or 8 different flavor-camps our regular voters group to.

so, statistically, it's noisy.  and taste-wise, it's all over the map.

pushing those tastes to the secondary judging criteria is indeed a winning strategy.  that means well-written fun-and-whimsy (everyone likes funny!) as the primary theme is really the only crossover-friendly flavor that is appealing to most of us.  hence, it's what can win consistently.

the real challenge is pulling off a non-funny primary motif in less than 1500 words yet still appeals to a plurality of us.  that's freakin' hard.

what would "fix" it?  giving out points to your favorite stories instead -- most points wins.  personally, i'd start with factors of 2.  (so, three votes would be: 4, 2, 1)  so, basically, a second-place story needs twice as many votes as the first-place story.

is that easy to do in the forum software?  nope.  does it REALLY matter?  personally, i don't think so.  writing stories, stretching ourselves on topics, and gaggling over the results is fun.  winning be [cool, but still] damned.
You should totally publish these analyses.  :P
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on April 02, 2016, 07:32:35 PM
Incidentally, my favourite story out of the lot was actually from the one month last year in which I hadn't read any and therefore didn't vote: December. If I'd have voted, it'd have broken the three-way tie in favour of Adrift; Rukaio & Jmack would have one less winner's medal each!  :o

Aww, thank you :)

It is really interesting to see the breakdown of winners, and the idea of humor having the most crossover appeal is absolutely food for thought. I think people should consider just finishing a story an accomplishment, however. You wrote something, so recognize that accomplishment! A lot of people don't even get that far.
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on April 02, 2016, 09:28:48 PM
Interesting discussion. :) But it doesn't take into account voters like me, who only vote for stories submitted on days that are prime numbers.  ;D
On a more serious note: Should I cut it out of this thread and post in a new thread or into the "My voting pattern"-topic?
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on April 02, 2016, 10:11:30 PM
Interesting discussion.
On a more serious note: Should I cut it out of this thread and post in a new thread or into the "My voting pattern"-topic?

That would be better. Didn't we have a thread with an earlier voting analysis by Raptori ? Maybe it was within a voting thread.
My voting reasons change month by month depending on theme and usually read without noting writer. All our winners have been well deserved. The only times I entered it was for the enjoyment of having a go at actually writing, not just dreaming around in my mind. Love the contest, one of top sections of forum. Xia nearly gave me fatal shock this month. :o
Title: Re: [Feb 2016] - Fanfic - Voting Thread
Post by: Eclipse on April 20, 2016, 07:07:33 AM
So two people basically rotate winning this contest?  Think I'll be passing on this event in the future.

Nerf did you enter the new contests?