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Title: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 02, 2017, 10:25:50 AM
It's time to vote on January's Writing Contest: Urban Fantasy!

We got 18 entries this month - thanks to all of you for participating!

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your four 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: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 02, 2017, 11:02:52 AM
Alright. I don't want to come across as pushy, but I'd like to re-state that if you have read my submission earlier in the month, a story about a cop chasing an artist, then please, read again, as my story has been replaced by something entirely different. Sorryyy~~
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 02, 2017, 02:19:40 PM
Alright. I don't want to come across as pushy, but I'd like to re-state that if you have read my submission earlier in the month, a story about a cop chasing an artist, then please, read again, as my story has been replaced by something entirely different. Sorryyy~~

@Nora - I haven't read your updated story yet, but I did LOVE your cop artist story.

*plants the nefarious seed of doubt. ::)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on February 02, 2017, 03:00:29 PM
ebook versions for all my friends!

===========================================================
kindle mobi:
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/urban-fantasy-noauthor.mobi
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/urban-fantasy.mobi

generic epub:
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/urban-fantasy-noauthor.epub
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/urban-fantasy.epub

word document:
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/urban-fantasy-noauthor.docx
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/urban-fantasy.docx

critique sheet:
https://fantasyfactiontools.github.io/writing-contest/critiques-urban-fantasy.md

NOTE: Files with '-noauthor' appended only have the author
names listed at the beginning, on the table of contents.
===========================================================
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 02, 2017, 04:06:49 PM
Alright. I don't want to come across as pushy, but I'd like to re-state that if you have read my submission earlier in the month, a story about a cop chasing an artist, then please, read again, as my story has been replaced by something entirely different. Sorryyy~~

@Nora - I haven't read your updated story yet, but I did LOVE your cop artist story.

*plants the nefarious seed of doubt. ::)

Thank you for the compliment, glad you liked it and truly sorry I'm doubling your load for me this month. But ultimately I love this one more. So, no reegrats!  :D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: DevinBM on February 02, 2017, 04:41:15 PM
sooooo many stories right at the end. I have to find some spare moments to read them all. Stupid Egyptian language refresher is messing with my reading time.  >:(
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 02, 2017, 04:48:33 PM
sooooo many stories right at the end. I have to find some spare moments to read them all. Stupid Egyptian language refresher is messing with my reading time.  >:(

Just vote for me, and be done with it. Fast and easy!  ;D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: DevinBM on February 02, 2017, 04:51:12 PM
OH NO!!! I voted for two of them, but couldn't get the other votes in. It won't let me vote for the others now!!! HOW DO I FIX THIS?

If I can't, I'll post them here. Maybe someone can throw my votes in with theirs?
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 02, 2017, 04:54:45 PM
Help @xiagan! The stupid code messed up again, and it's showing votes now >:(
I can't fix it, please do so for me, thanks!

And it's not allowing people to change their votes (even though I selected that)!!! I voted for one just to test Devin's problem and now it doesn't let me vote again/correct my votes >:(

And please remove 2 days from the duration, it's showing voting ending on 3rd March ::)

I've locked voting for now, to reduce the mess until xia's able to fix it (**mumble mumble no actual useful moderator abilities mumble mumble**)

ARGH! :'(
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: DevinBM on February 02, 2017, 05:47:17 PM
If you end up resetting the voting, can you see who voted for what and auto-input back in, or do we have to recast our votes after it resets?
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 02, 2017, 10:27:34 PM
Help @xiagan! The stupid code messed up again, and it's showing votes now >:(
I can't fix it, please do so for me, thanks!

And it's not allowing people to change their votes (even though I selected that)!!! I voted for one just to test Devin's problem and now it doesn't let me vote again/correct my votes >:(

And please remove 2 days from the duration, it's showing voting ending on 3rd March ::)

I've locked voting for now, to reduce the mess until xia's able to fix it (**mumble mumble no actual useful moderator abilities mumble mumble**)

ARGH! :'(

ARGH!!!  ;D

Good thing we have 26 more days to vote.

But...is it truly enough time?

Should we keep the time of voting until March 2nd to account for the short month of February, therefore pushing back every month of voting by a few days until we all quit voting/posting stories because it makes no logical sense?

DEBATE
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on February 02, 2017, 10:31:51 PM
In Trumpian voice:

I'll have no problem at all debating. I'm the best, the master debater, no one comes close.
The contest can end when I say it ends. Let's make the Forum great again!

(Meanwhile, JMack says, end it on 28'Feb.)  :)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 02, 2017, 10:41:21 PM
In Trumpian voice:

I'll have no problem at all debating. I'm the best, the master debater, no one comes close.
The contest can end when I say it ends. Let's make the Forum great again!

(Meanwhile, JMack says, end it on 28'Feb.)  :)

I'm just thrilled to have stepped into my first role as debate moderator (self-appointed of course).

Though I'm pretty sure the debate will end right there. But it won't stop me from putting it on my resume ;)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: LightRunner on February 03, 2017, 03:19:51 AM
ebook versions for all my friends!

Thanks for putting these out in a different format! I very much appreciate being able to take notes in the Word doc before voting.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: gennerik on February 03, 2017, 07:02:59 PM
ebook versions for all my friends!

That's very helpful.  Thanks, m3mnoch!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on February 03, 2017, 08:32:06 PM
Just finished reading the Urban Fantasy stories. There's one total stand-out for me, and three strong contenders, along with a bunch of good stories too.

Unfortunately, I can seem to vote. Is it just me, @xiagan, or is everyone seeing the list of stories but no voting buttons?
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on February 03, 2017, 09:10:18 PM
Hey all, votes should be hidden now again and you should be able to change them and add some more if you want to (if you didn't use all four yet). I shortened it about one day, because February is so short. And I didn't reset your votes, so you don't have to vote again. :)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 03, 2017, 09:14:44 PM
Hey all, votes should be hidden now again and you should be able to change them and add some more if you want to (if you didn't use all four yet). I shortened it about one day, because February is so short. And I didn't reset your votes, so you don't have to vote again. :)

How can we change them? They're completely blank, as if vote had ended. It doesn't offer anything.

@Jmack : prepare to be grilled for info tomorrow.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: gennerik on February 03, 2017, 09:18:19 PM
Yep, I see no method to vote. It appears like voting is closed, but there are no results, either.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on February 03, 2017, 09:19:06 PM
Now? This poll thingy is buggy as hell...
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on February 03, 2017, 09:32:27 PM
Looks like it's open with me. I hadn't voted for anything yet, so could that be a factor?
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 03, 2017, 09:33:19 PM
Now? This poll thingy is buggy as hell...

All good now, thanks @xiagan
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: gennerik on February 03, 2017, 09:47:04 PM
Working for me as well. Thanks!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 03, 2017, 10:46:09 PM
Daaaaamn!! I can't believe the size of the two typos I've made  :'(
Any way I could squeeze in two corrections @ScarletBea ? At least for the story's potential posterity? T_T
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on February 03, 2017, 11:06:27 PM
i'm really excited to read this month's stuff.  i'm going to start in on it tonight, i think.

btw, the like for nora's post is support for getting typos corrected.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 04, 2017, 12:35:01 AM
Thanks. In the same passage section, I wrote "reminding" instead of "remaining" and later "an urchin dream's" instead of "an urchin's dream".
Shameful.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: eclipse on February 04, 2017, 08:03:56 AM
I've voted but I can see the current results

One story stood out for me too.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 04, 2017, 09:42:17 AM
@xiagan, the 'hide results until the end' isn't working :-\ can you please fix that?

@Nora, I'll fix that for you :) --> done!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on February 04, 2017, 09:57:37 AM
@xiagan, the 'hide results until the end' isn't working :-\ can you please fix that?

 :P spoil sport
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 04, 2017, 11:35:01 AM
Thanks a lot Bea!!!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: SJBudd on February 04, 2017, 10:35:23 PM
Thanks @m3mnoch !
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on February 05, 2017, 02:00:32 AM
Thanks @m3mnoch !

you're welcome!

(for whatever it is i did, but i'm sure it was AWESOME!)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 05, 2017, 04:55:26 PM
Voted nice and early, so I can focus on my own WIP this month. I'm happy to have it all out of the way. It was an interesting month. More varied than the last, and some delightful stories.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on February 06, 2017, 02:51:10 AM
Got my votes sorted. Even though I don't read Urban Fantasy, I think this month has given me a good sense of the genre.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on February 07, 2017, 11:11:49 AM
Alright. I don't want to come across as pushy, but I'd like to re-state that if you have read my submission earlier in the month, a story about a cop chasing an artist, then please, read again, as my story has been replaced by something entirely different. Sorryyy~~

@Nora - I haven't read your updated story yet, but I did LOVE your cop artist story.

*plants the nefarious seed of doubt. ::)

Thank you for the compliment, glad you liked it and truly sorry I'm doubling your load for me this month. But ultimately I love this one more. So, no reegrats!  :D



I'm glad I caught the cop-artist-magic-paint story before it vanished into the that black hole where things deleted on the internet go... :)  I quite enjoyed it too!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: eclipse on February 07, 2017, 11:45:40 AM
Same here I might have voted for that one ;-)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 07, 2017, 11:50:48 AM
Same here I might have voted for that one ;-)

Whoa whoa whoa!!! Are you guys saying you preferred the cop-artist story over the esper one so that it's loosing your vote?  :o

Tsssk.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: eclipse on February 07, 2017, 12:03:22 PM
Then again I might prefer your new story better you have to wait to  see ;-)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 07, 2017, 12:52:51 PM
Then again I might prefer your new story better you have to wait to  see ;-)

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/30/a5/ed/30a5eddded2254d821c27a842b58cae1.gif)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: gennerik on February 07, 2017, 11:25:53 PM
I like your new story, Nora.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 08, 2017, 01:31:28 AM
I like your new story, Nora.

Don't worry, the guys are just being terrible teases and I'm playing along with them. I'm glad you enjoyed it, but I'm not fussed if they don't.  ;)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on February 08, 2017, 03:14:12 AM
I like your new story, Nora.

Don't worry, the guys are just being terrible teases and I'm playing along with them. I'm glad you enjoyed it, but I'm not fussed if they don't.  ;)

I hate all Nora's stories. Never vote for them.  ;)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on February 08, 2017, 08:11:37 AM
I like your new story, Nora.

Don't worry, the guys are just being terrible teases and I'm playing along with them. I'm glad you enjoyed it, but I'm not fussed if they don't.  ;)

I hate all Nora's stories. Never vote for them.  ;)
Same here J, all that wishy washy lyricism  and maudlin unrequited love. Yuck
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 08, 2017, 09:17:39 AM
I like your new story, Nora.

Don't worry, the guys are just being terrible teases and I'm playing along with them. I'm glad you enjoyed it, but I'm not fussed if they don't.  ;)

I hate all Nora's stories. Never vote for them.  ;)
Same here J, all that wishy washy lyricism  and maudlin unrequited love. Yuck

I'm totally using that on my signature!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 21, 2017, 09:14:58 AM
Eeek, only 8 days to read and vote!
I'd better start today (after work, hehe)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 23, 2017, 10:08:26 PM
I knew that Urban Fantasy isn't much my style... I'm finding it hard to enjoy the stories this month :-\
(although to be fair I've only read 4 out of the 18 yet...)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: DevinBM on February 24, 2017, 12:44:53 PM
Nooooo! I just found out I'm going to be out training in the field when we get the results. Grrr.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on February 26, 2017, 04:13:48 AM
I am great fan of Urban Fantasy, there have been superb conventional stories here plus many which are excitingly different. I've read through, many twice and am in a bad spot.

The voting is killing me, one stands out, but now I'm left with seven others all equally fantastic in different ways.

To only vote one seems mean, because of placing, but I honestly do not know how to choose.

ETA Have voted for four, but this has been the hardest of all contests to choose. Congratulations everyone.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 26, 2017, 10:42:02 AM
I see we're getting the results March 2nd, but I assume we get the new topic the 1st as usual? Is it to compensate with the shorter month?
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 26, 2017, 10:53:26 AM
Yes, we wanted to give people some more time to read/vote :)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on February 26, 2017, 07:03:53 PM
Yes, we wanted to give people ScarletBea some more time to read/vote :)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 26, 2017, 07:14:59 PM
Yes, we wanted to give people ScarletBea some more time to read/vote :)
:o
but...
but...
 :o
I asked xia to change when I noticed my mistake (yes, I counted the days wrongly, sorry :-[) and he was the one who said, let's give people more time!

(I've got 7 left to read - yes I'd do it in 2 days, but now I'll do it in 3 ;) )
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on February 26, 2017, 07:23:45 PM
It was just a joke, Bea! I have to grab every opportunity to nag at people being late cuz you know...  ::)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 26, 2017, 07:25:21 PM
I knew it was a joke, don't worry!
My reply was also told jokingly (imagine a "oh poor me, I'm so misunderstood" tone ;D)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: eclipse on February 26, 2017, 07:38:24 PM
Least Bea votes unlike the writers  who somehow forget to vote ;-)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on February 26, 2017, 08:36:44 PM
Looks good so far!

19 votes, everybody got at least one vote and the top places are 7,6,6,5,5 so it's pretty exciting!

If you haven't voted yet - your vote counts! It can dethrone
ha ha, you didn't really think there was a name here, did you?
or boost one of the others to first place!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on February 27, 2017, 09:54:47 PM
Least Bea votes unlike the writers  who somehow forget to vote ;-)

New rule:

Only authors who actually vote - FOR OTHER PEOPLE!!! -  can actually receive votes.
@xiagan ?

[rubbing hands]I wonder who this will burn......?[/rubbing hands]
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on February 27, 2017, 10:03:58 PM
Least Bea votes unlike the writers  who somehow forget to vote ;-)

New rule:

Only authors who actually vote - FOR OTHER PEOPLE!!! -  can actually receive votes.
@xiagan ?

[rubbing hands]I wonder who this will burn......?[/rubbing hands]

*Hopes that xiagan doesn't notice that @Lordoftheword, @L0rdoftheword, @Lordofthewerd and @L0rdoftheweird all voted for my story this month...*  ::)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 27, 2017, 10:06:18 PM
We see everything, I say.  EVERYTHING 8)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on February 27, 2017, 10:24:15 PM
I have not voted yet, as I generally let it slide when I'm busy. But I will! Pinky swear. :)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 28, 2017, 12:34:46 AM
Not being part of a competition for the month is making me twice as impatient as usual to get the next topic.  :-[
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on February 28, 2017, 12:57:33 AM
Not being part of a competition for the month is making me twice as impatient as usual to get the next topic.  :-[

Write us a story about Harry Potter having a discussion over coffee with Frodo about how they were both chosen ones and how they wish they hadn't been. :)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on February 28, 2017, 02:26:04 AM
No, I have a serious distaste for fanfiction, and not keen on using pre existing characters at all. I can't enter their psyche, don't want to either. My attempt last year bolstered my dislike and I don't plan on voting for the month either. It's like taking time off, and I've been somewhat productive for my own stories, but the monthly is just such a rush each month, I miss it.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on February 28, 2017, 09:10:54 AM
Oh yeah, should probably start reading these.  ???

Just kidding. I have read some of them already.

And by some I mean 3.
 :-[
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 28, 2017, 09:17:49 AM
I'm split in 2, AAV!
On the one hand, I just *love* your post (and the nesting), but on the other I'm screaming "Bad boy!!!" ;D

At least I only have 4 still to read (I guess I really needed the extra day after all ;) )
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on February 28, 2017, 04:53:16 PM
I'm split in 2, AAV!
On the one hand, I just *love* your post (and the nesting), but on the other I'm screaming "Bad boy!!!" ;D

At least I only have 4 still to read (I guess I really needed the extra day after all ;) )

Get cracking!
(http://i.imgur.com/GAC8icP.jpg)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: eclipse on February 28, 2017, 05:58:13 PM
This is a reminder  for Scarletbea and others like her who vote at the last minute that time is ticking down to vote!

Please vote!!!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on February 28, 2017, 06:15:30 PM
voting right now!

edit:  dammit.  looking at my sheet, i have 5 stories on the top tier.  *sigh*
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on February 28, 2017, 09:38:46 PM
Hey, there's plenty of time to read and vote. Two whole days!

And I'm making progress: Halfway through already.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 28, 2017, 10:02:40 PM
Ok, ok, voted now!

*checks votes*
Wow, it's really close, and it can still change!!!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on March 01, 2017, 01:45:56 AM
I'm kinda disappointed that I can't vote for @Nora 's magical graffiti story :/
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on March 01, 2017, 01:56:41 AM
I'm kinda disappointed that I can't vote for @Nora 's magical graffiti story :/

Yeah, me too :(
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on March 01, 2017, 10:49:55 AM
 :'(

Why are you guys saying this and making me sad?! Both were sort of hopeful stories, but I felt much more compelled by the esper one, which has a more concrete ending, way more action, etc. The graffiti might have been good if I had 2000 words for it.

Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on March 01, 2017, 11:15:20 AM

@Nora it's a compliment!!!! Don't be sad!  I just particularly liked the graffiti artist one so much i wish it was around to vote for :)

(But I guess the rule that you can't enter too many times is designed to keep you from snapping up all the votes!)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on March 01, 2017, 11:17:06 AM
Now I'm curious, as I didn't even get to read that story...

I always wait for m3mnoch's Kindle files.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on March 01, 2017, 11:48:28 AM
Here is what The Artist looked like @Lanko.

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/15965276_2183294195230907_514403619297912810_n.jpg?oh=9d392197144e8670b89c756529c46d69&oe=59387ABA)

Iain Hund, former supernatural homicide detective, now mere magical vandalism inspector, feels the staleness of his car's air like a strangling hand upon his thoughts. He sends a last baleful glare at the wall he has pointlessly stalked for the past eight hours and starts his car to drive back to the station.
Stuffiness is a feature of long stake-outs, he's used to it; but somehow knowing you're sacrificing so many hours of your ever-shortening-life not to catch a murderer but a vandal whose only offence is to paint fine magical art on the city walls has a way of speeding the apparition of glumness.

Iain can't help but wonder how many criminals walked free while he stared at the Artist's work.

The question is a new torment for Iain, who's always stoutly believed that his career was a fair price to pay to put Jack Harris off the streets.
When he shared confidential case information with someone who had no clearance for supernatural cases (indeed, a woman in the judicial system who was not even aware of the supernatural community's existence), when he faced demotion for it, when he put down his things on his new cramped desk at magical vandalism; even after a year chasing Blues dealers, petty curse carvers, and weres doing their claws on public property, Iain Hund remained serene.
It was worth it. Against any doubt, he needed only to close his eyes, and stand in the blood soaked memory of the Harris case.

Regret burgeoned when the Artist was made his top priority.

Tom Dubois, whom he shares his desk with, is a cold shoulder to cry on.

"No chance with this new stake-out then?" Met only by moody silence, Tom pushes a box of donut accross the desk. "They're from the Donut Plant. You look like you need some."

"You eat donuts like a normal's road cop."

"Well, those guys know what's up. Didn't you work with them, back in the day?"

"Yes," Iain sighs, dunking his hand in the proffered box, "and this case is the most pointless and disheartening task I've been given in my career, which includes these old patrols with the normal's police, writing tickets and shit."

"Come on, the Artist has been taunting us for years, but she can't be flawless. Guy with an ability like yours-what's that, magic and colour synaesthesia?-why go for old stake-outs and CCTV footage? Why not make some traps? You've got more magical ability than this whole floor put together!"

"Tom, I'd need so many warrants for one trap, it's not ever happening. I think I got given this task as extra punishment. Something to run after until I retire."

"What if they really think you can catch the vandal who's never been caught?"

"Why would they want that this bad anyway? Because some loony normal might scrap some paint off a wall and somehow figue out there's something off with it? What am I to say to her if I catch her? 'You're under arrest for artistry. Your fingers will be broken... No, sorry, I mean, I need your address so we can send you fines!' Don't you think we'd all be better off with more art like hers in NY, and less wendigos or murderous weres I could put behind bars?"

"Ever wonder how the world's gonna get along after you're gone Hund? Like, dead gone? Just fine, that's the answer. Moaning to me isn't getting you back into homicide, you know it. Artist is no murderer, maybe you've got to change your tactic, get original."

Iain, knowing good advice when it falls in his ear, thinks about the changes he can make. The police, sup or normal's, has no name, face or address to put on the Artist. Even her gender is as good as the street word, rumours from the guy who knows a guy who's seen her.

Dusting donut crumbs from his notebooks, Iain peruses through weeks of drawings. When seen by normals, or photographed, the Artist's work is static, graffiti art.
The drawings were to capture the details of what sups–anyone with a shred of magical ability–saw instead: myriads of images, sometimes a whole scene, with characters turning to the watcher, mouth opening in mute calls, sometimes the paint exploding out of the walls, pulling you in its own universe of coruscant particles.
In his book Iain has little boats on the calm waters of a lake, the face of a submerged god half hidden under lotuses, a pale man weeping liquid gold, a woman playing a sitar, each sound coming alive in the shape of a fantastical animal, the dramas of a dozen, exotically dressed men bartering in dunes of sand you could almost feel blowing into your eyes, a highway bridge pillar turned into an aquarium in which twirled a bigger-than-life mermaid.
His book is far thicker than the case file ever was.
In the last pages he finds the sketches made of a long mural of dancers. Their appearance changed depending on the angle you looked at it, a masquerade of shapeshifters. It is a message for the man the Artist knows is on her trail, for hidden behind the legs of a dancer stands a black wolfdog–for Hund–and though it has no collar, a golden tag gleams beneath its jaws, etched in the faintest strokes with the name Iain.

That's how she must see me: the law's dog on his invisible leash.

"Okay then, let's get original."

"Mmh? Where are you going?"

"Hudson Heights. I'm gonna get friendlier with our local alchemists."

He leaves Tom to choke on his donut.

Alchemists have no claws or tooth to rend through you, but they don't need them. The power they wield, and their tendency for single minded obsession, make them a prickly bunch, and the Sup-PD has a special unit for policing them.
Iain's badge feels like a flimsy shield in his hand as he steps down from the sunny, all-American street and into the subterranean entrance to the alchemy quarters.
The skills of the Artist and the finesse of her alchemical paints has already sent Iain deep inside those hidden galleries of shops and studios, where his questions revealed envy, admiration, and wholesalers of raw materials who do most business online and all proudly claim her as one of their customers, whilst unable to prove anything.

The man at the entrance door is sipping on a Starbucks coffee.

"What do you want this time cop?"

"Well, today I was hoping to come as a customer, though the purchase is work-related."

The doorman grins, his voluptuous black lips twisting almost from ear to ear in glee.

"A master getting cop dollars? Now that's excellent! Which master will it be?"

"Toby Smith please."

The man, still smiling, reaches for the door's handle, flips its dials with the dexterity of long experience, and opens it wide for Iain to pass. Iain nods his thanks and scuttles past, through the door and the chill of its magic, right into the maddening chaos of Toby Smith's shop.

"What do you want now?" a disembodied voice asks from all corners.

Smith does business like this, never bothering to be present in the same room as his customers, his store guarded by an arsenal of curses that would make any hardened criminal as docile as a puppy.

"Paints."

"You're still after the Artist?"

"Ah, yes sir."

"You planning on defacing her work?"

"No sir. I like her work too, you know. She caters to her fans though, and I thought, maybe, I can get to discuss with her somehow?"

Drawers open at invisible hands, glass jars and packets start drifting towards Iain.

"You're planning some sort of lethal courtship via painting? You're a real dog, Hund! I like it. Leave two hundred behind, follow the instructions on the packs, and work on your spells before mixing, unless you want blowing your moronic face off."

"Thanks sir."

"Looking forward to see your work Hund."


Iain follows the instructions by the letter, spends several days practising, and more building the final spell-works and paints before going out. He's mapped the Artist's work through Manhattan, found places she was likely to walk by.
When he is ready, when he pulls a dark hoody above his black curls, and sits behind the wheel of his own car, ready to go into the night to do what he's paid to stop, Iain feels shivers of anticipation and dread, a kinship to his prey, and a respect stronger than ever for the woman who so inconspicuously prowls the nights.

He does her portrait, suggested, unfinished, broad strokes of paint revealing how little he knows of her. Sitting beside her stands a black hound with a golden tag, his muzzle resting in her lap, starring into her unpainted eyes, waiting to be filled.

Two days later, Iain finds that the mouth of the Artist has been repainted in a slight smile.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on March 01, 2017, 04:19:45 PM
I have voted! Man, it was tough to pick my favorites. Great stories as always, folks!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: DevinBM on March 01, 2017, 11:52:20 PM
Oh man. I voted so early I had time to change my mind. Grrr. What do I do?
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on March 02, 2017, 12:32:45 AM
you click on "remove vote" and vote again.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 02, 2017, 12:57:07 AM
you click on "remove vote" and vote again.

tho, that button only works if you click the checkbox next to "Demon-X".  just sayin'.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on March 02, 2017, 02:31:06 PM
Popped along this morning to see how I'd fared and realised, to  my horror, that it says 9PM not 9am.

The tension is killing me.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on March 02, 2017, 05:59:15 PM
3h left to vote people!!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on March 02, 2017, 06:16:13 PM
@ScarletBea... impatient inquiring minds want to know:
> How many have voted now?
> Is it tight?
> Did I win?
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on March 02, 2017, 08:53:09 PM
3rd March for me, so impatient - Woke up straight here  Oh No 8 mins 20 see to go ????
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on March 02, 2017, 08:58:46 PM
I know for a fact I don't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning, so I'm rooting hard for my favourites!  ;D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: eclipse on March 02, 2017, 09:09:35 PM
Not Jmack again! Congrats
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on March 02, 2017, 09:11:49 PM
Congratulations, Jmack!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 02, 2017, 09:13:49 PM
good work, @Jmack!!  congratulations!

and, yup, i voted for you.  so, had i not voted, we'd have been tied!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: eclipse on March 02, 2017, 09:15:25 PM
I voted for @Jmack  @Elfy @DevinBM  And my favourite story goes to @Alex Hormann
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on March 02, 2017, 09:16:27 PM
With these votes, there are clearly 4 winners on top of all winners.
A really fun month.
I loved loved loved @Rukaio_Alter's gentle joke. I loved @m3mnoch's cool story of the outsider winning through. I also voted for @Nora's seething girlchild, and @gennerik's cool little mystery.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Nora on March 02, 2017, 09:18:50 PM
Congrats god emperor, a well deserved win! I voted for all top peeps this month, you, m3m, teb and Rukaio.

This long time record low convinces me more than ever to stay clear of hopeful stories. More sad stuff incoming!

I'll open the critique thread.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lordoftheword on March 02, 2017, 09:20:42 PM
Congrats @Jmack! And thanks to whoever gave me the pity vote for my shitty entry hahaha. I was close to removing it from the contest altogether.  ;D

I voted for @tebakutis's Gaia's Child, but my favourite story BY FAR was Troll's End by...Anonymous  >:( It stood out to me as one of the best stories I've seen in the contest since I've been here, so whoever it was...REVEAL YOURSELF TO ME NOW!...  ::)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 02, 2017, 09:27:24 PM
> Did I win?
Yes ;D
Yay!
I voted for you, @tebakutis, @Elfy and @Lanko
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on March 02, 2017, 09:35:56 PM
Congratulations @Jmack, great story
@Anon, wrote my favorite story this month, while  @gennerik @Rukaio_Alter and @LightRunner gave more terrific stories and got my other votes.
Pleased so many people trying out stories despite  comments they didn't read urban or thought it was mainly PR ;D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on March 02, 2017, 09:48:23 PM
Woo hoo! You are killing it on these contests, @Jmack! Now finish that first novel, get yourself and agent, and get something published. :)

There were so many good stories this month I had more than I could pick, so my votes went to those I subjectively liked the most, as follows.

@m3mnoch got a vote for "Demon-X", purely because I'm a sucker for demon hunters vs demons (that's why I liked Supernatural) and because I *loved* the twist. Being half-human (which had always made the protagonist a laughing stock), as it turns out, also made him immune to all the normal demon-killing methods ... which made him a nightmare for hunters. I think it was that twist alone that made me pick this story.

@Nora got a vote for "The Esper's Tears", mainly because, again, I'm a huge X-Men fan (and a fan of people with freaky psychic powers in general) and because I thought the emotions of the protagonist were fairly well done. I loved the father/daughter bond and the background on the protagonist. I also liked that, as bad as her circumstances were, she recognized that her powers still made her better off than other orphans. She came across a real and flawed, and I felt her pain when she thought her foster father was dead. And of course, as I said, I'm a sucker for people getting exploded by little girls with psychic powers. :)

@Alex Hormann got my vote just because of how mundane his protagonist's hunt ended up being. It was just a guy trying to get the cheapest labor possible! I loved that the story was fantastic (zombies!) while the actual goal of the guy being investigated was just to get some workers he didn't have to pay. It was the mundane motivations in a fantastical story that set this apart for me.

Finally, I want to say my favorite of the four I chose was @LightRunner 's "The Boy Who Spoke Dakota", because it was just a sweet story overall. It instantly conjured fond memories of the middle grade and YA fantasy I read when I was younger, and I just fell in love with the little Loch Ness Monster (which, for some reason, I pictured as a purple cartoon squid). It stood out because it was so different from the others, featuring a normal kid who didn't even have special powers, just the ability to speak a different language. He wasn't a private eye or a witch or a psychic or anything else. Plus, I loved the ending, and I felt something when he reunited the little squid with Nessie.

That said, I was a big fan of many of the other stories as well (including @Jmack 's!) so I'm glad it won.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 02, 2017, 09:59:59 PM
Pleased so many people trying out stories despite  comments they didn't read urban or thought it was mainly PR ;D
Definitely this!
I mean, it wasn't my favourite month (not many stories got a 5 from me), and some of the stories were really not my style, but it was still good and very interesting to read :)

And to think... normally I always vote for Rukaio, but this month I decided to go somewhere different: if I'd voted for him, it would be another tie between him and Jmack ;D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: gennerik on March 02, 2017, 10:29:17 PM
Congratulations, @Jmack ! There were a lot of good stories this month, so well done to everyone, especially those top 4.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Lanko on March 02, 2017, 10:36:43 PM
Jmack for the double! And now he's the sole Lord Ruler!

My own votes went to @Elfy, @D_Bates, @Rukaio_Alter and @shadowkat678 .

I usually don't vote for comedy but the first three really made me laugh and the last one was Arthurian legend in urban setting without Arthur  :o
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on March 02, 2017, 11:38:38 PM
BTW, I just posted @Rukaio_Alter 's story from last February on the Twitter, so I'm going to give that a day to be cool before posting the news of @Jmack 's win. So I haven't forgotten, just don't want announcements crowding out other announcements. :)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on March 02, 2017, 11:47:41 PM
Thanks to those who voted for me. And congratulations to the usual suspect.  ;)
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: The Gem Cutter on March 03, 2017, 01:41:10 AM
Congratulations Jmack! I voted for you.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: Elfy on March 03, 2017, 04:12:29 AM
Congrats to @Jmack for this month. I did vote for it, but my favourite was @LightRunner's The Boy Who Spoke Dakota, however that didn't get a lot of love from the voters. Maybe it was a little too light and hopeful for many people's tastes.
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on March 03, 2017, 08:24:02 AM
Congrats, Jmack! It was really close and you weren't always on the pole position, so it was exciting to see the race! (Sorry you lot couldn't. ;))
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 03, 2017, 09:36:50 AM
Congrats, Jmack! It was really close and you weren't always on the pole position, so it was exciting to see the race! (Sorry you lot couldn't. ;))
Yep, definitely ;D
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on March 03, 2017, 03:43:52 PM
Congrats @Jmack !
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: shadowkat678 on March 03, 2017, 03:45:00 PM
Jmack for the double! And now he's the sole Lord Ruler!

My own votes went to @Elfy, @D_Bates, @Rukaio_Alter and @shadowkat678 .

I usually don't vote for comedy but the first three really made me laugh and the last one was Arthurian legend in urban setting without Arthur  :o

Wow. You voted for me? I'm flattered. Even though it was another rushed one because the idea was bigger than the space... XD
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: m3mnoch on March 03, 2017, 06:15:25 PM
oh!  i realized i didn't say who all i voted for!

@Jmack -- a witch?  in a skyscraper?  with a nine-lives twist?!?  of course i voted for that!

@tebakutis -- loved the non-standard earthy-as-urban fantasy lore.

@Rukaio_Alter -- my favorite story in the group.  both email chain letters and coffee shops have a near-and-dear spot in my heart.

@ArcaneArtsVelho -- a hard-boiled detective making out with devil chicks?  SIGN ME UP!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on March 03, 2017, 11:54:31 PM
I am totally with @m3mnoch ,
@Rukaio_Alter 's was my favorite!
Title: Re: [Jan 2017] - Urban Fantasy - Voting Thread
Post by: LightRunner on March 04, 2017, 02:48:43 AM
Congrats @Jmack! I loved the setting and how it impacted the story.

I also voted for:

@m3mnoch - I liked the twist at the end

@DevinBM - I was impressed by the strength of the MC's personality

@Rukaio_Alter - I've definitely never read anything that funny about coffee shops and chain letters

Also, thanks to @Lady_Ty , @tebakutis , and @Elfy for the votes! I haven't read much urban fantasy, so I just took the city I know best and added a fantastical creature. Maybe that's why what I wrote ended up on the lighter side.