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Title: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 04, 2019, 05:48:06 PM
It's time to vote on the January Writing Contest: "Air"

This time we got 11 entries, wahey - thanks to all who participated.

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: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on February 06, 2019, 06:54:18 AM
Wow!  I'm not the very last person on the list for once!
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on February 06, 2019, 07:51:54 PM
Wow!  I'm not the very last person on the list for once!

@Lanko, this should've been your post. Where are you?
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: Jake Baelish on February 10, 2019, 02:08:42 AM
Voted. Went for three very different stories, one not normally my thing but just done SO well  :)
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: Jenny HJ on February 10, 2019, 03:05:33 PM
Voted,
One really awesome one that caught me. Awesome stories guys! Thanks for the read. 
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on February 12, 2019, 06:25:18 AM

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Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on February 16, 2019, 02:32:07 PM
I voted for two, so far.
I’m really torn between two others, so i’ll Need to come back and make a decision.
Really interesting takes on Air this month.  :D
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: Carter on February 17, 2019, 11:03:43 AM
Voted.  thanks again for all the good stories everyone.  Interesting to see how this month pans out with the variety on offer. 
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 21, 2019, 01:41:33 PM
7 people voted so far, 1 week to go.

I'm still halfway through my reading: have you started yet?
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on February 21, 2019, 09:56:26 PM
7 people voted so far, 1 week to go.

I'm still halfway through my reading: have you started yet?
Halfway through too.
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: OnlyOneHighlander on February 26, 2019, 10:10:25 AM
Voted. Great stories folks  :) :)
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on February 26, 2019, 06:19:02 PM
Voted!
I also had 2 clear choices and then the 3rd vote was between 2 stories, just on a whim.

At the moment one story's in front, but there are a couple more just behind, so your vote can still make a difference :)
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on February 28, 2019, 04:13:21 AM
Voted. This seemed a more difficult subject to get to grips with this time. One was easy winner for me, but then five more so close, had to make hard choices for last two votes.
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 01, 2019, 05:53:20 PM
Congratulations @J.R. Darewood!!!

I really loved your story, and I also loved @OnlyOneHighlander's - hey, I want to read a full book with the adventures of this group and their flying ship!!
My 3rd vote went to @Alex Hormann, who just gained over @JMack because the ending was less confusing :)
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on March 01, 2019, 06:15:46 PM
Hey, congrats Bradley!
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on March 01, 2019, 07:42:47 PM
Congrats, Bradley!
Your story was so good it attracted some onion ninjas.  :'(
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on March 01, 2019, 09:11:19 PM
What an excellent story, @J.R. Darewood.
It got one of my two votes. The other went to @OnlyOneHighlander.
I was stuck on two others for third place, and decided to just do two.

Great stories, everyone!
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: Jake Baelish on March 02, 2019, 04:23:15 AM
Congrats @J.R. Darewood. I think you've only posted a couple of times since I started doing this, and I've loved your stories both times - please do more  ;) :P

Any story that elicits an emotional response is a winner for me, and I had tears in my eyes reading the father's realisation he had to go to save his daughter. Despite not being much of a sci-fi fan (Star Wars aside) that alone made it my number one.

Also voted for @JMack  and @Jenny HJ
Loved trying to figure out what was going on in the room along with the MC; although I agree with Scarlet - what was that ending???

Jenny, your spiders were sweet and I felt so bad for them. Another great sci-fi story  :)

Almost went with @OnlyOneHighlander  too. It was really well written and enjoyed it a lot!
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: OnlyOneHighlander on March 02, 2019, 10:35:08 AM
Well done Bradley! That story was a real tear-jerker. Brilliant work.

The others I voted for were: @Jenny HJ and her spiders - I like a story from a non-human perspective and the spiders were very well realised.

And: @Cell18 - I really liked the idea of giving someone a slice of history. Reminded me of both Calvino's Invisible Cities and the Sandman story about Baghdad. Great stuff!

Thanks to all who voted for me. I had fun with my story. Might need to bring those characters back for another trip
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: D_Bates on March 02, 2019, 05:07:49 PM
This was a tough one to choose from. There were 4-5 really good ones, but strangely most had one minor flaw around the setting that threw me out, so it became a tough balancing act of which was more pervasive.

In the end I went for Cell18, OnlyOneHighlander, and JennyHJ, but Bradley's was right up there and totally deserving the win.

Cell18's captured my vote with its interesting moral premise and the happy ending. Those are few and far between and, tbh, really hard to do, but I thought this one was done pretty darn well and worth recognising despite the strong competition.
OnlyOneHighlander nailed the characterisation of a pirate crew with great humour and an enthralling environment, and I'm still awed at how much characterisation he delivered on that ship just by giving it a cool name.
And I confess, I also fell in love with Jenny's spiders. The perspective of a different species always interesting to me and one of the appeals I have with fantasy, and the way she drew the twist into the theme of the month was beautifully done.
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on March 02, 2019, 05:20:01 PM
Funny how some of you praise Jenny's spiders - they just gave me the creeps, hehe (which I suppose is also a compliment ;D)
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: J.R. Darewood on March 02, 2019, 06:05:41 PM
Wow this is such a nice surprise!!!! I'm working on some project proposals all weekend and while short stories are totally unrelated to what I'm doing, all your nice words really lifted my ailing self-esteem and self-doubt. Thanks for the kindness!
especially Jake, that was very sweet. My muse does not like to follow rules, so I end up posting my stories that do not qualify in the discussion sections about 50% of the time!

I had a 4-way tie for who I liked, and in all honesty I debated changing my vote almost every time I logged in.

@Jake Baelish I loved yours because a story about farts is just beyond perfect and right up my toilet-humored alley

@Cell18 you did a really phenomenal job of hitting the theme on the head with a parable-esque story; I enjoyed the feel of it all

@JMack is the master of voice (as usual) and I loved your gentlemanly rivals letting the claws out

@OnlyOneHighlander you really deserved my vote as well, but I only had 3.  Honestly yours was probably the best put together and you had a very clean arc... though I guess I edged it out because it didn't nail the theme quite as solidly as the other three.  Give me 30 seconds and I woulda put it back in tho.

Another one I didn't vote for but really enjoyed was @Carter 's story.  I really frequently like your writing, Carter, and I loved the worldbuilding you did this time around! I wish you had 10,000 more words to develop that idea further!


Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: Jake Baelish on March 05, 2019, 07:11:34 AM
Wow this is such a nice surprise!!!! I'm working on some project proposals all weekend and while short stories are totally unrelated to what I'm doing, all your nice words really lifted my ailing self-esteem and self-doubt. Thanks for the kindness!
especially Jake, that was very sweet. My muse does not like to follow rules, so I end up posting my stories that do not qualify in the discussion sections about 50% of the time!

I had a 4-way tie for who I liked, and in all honesty I debated changing my vote almost every time I logged in.

@Jake Baelish I loved yours because a story about farts is just beyond perfect and right up my toilet-humored alley

@Cell18 you did a really phenomenal job of hitting the theme on the head with a parable-esque story; I enjoyed the feel of it all

@JMack is the master of voice (as usual) and I loved your gentlemanly rivals letting the claws out

@OnlyOneHighlander you really deserved my vote as well, but I only had 3.  Honestly yours was probably the best put together and you had a very clean arc... though I guess I edged it out because it didn't nail the theme quite as solidly as the other three.  Give me 30 seconds and I woulda put it back in tho.

Another one I didn't vote for but really enjoyed was @Carter 's story.  I really frequently like your writing, Carter, and I loved the worldbuilding you did this time around! I wish you had 10,000 more words to develop that idea further!

I appreciate those snippets you give us in those discussion thread too, J.R.  :D

Also, thanks for making me not the only one who can appreciate the acquired taste of finding flatulence at least mildly amusing  ;D
Title: Re: [Jan 2019] - AIR - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on March 05, 2019, 08:55:28 PM
@Jake Baelish I loved yours because a story about farts is just beyond perfect and right up my toilet-humored alley
Also, thanks for making me not the only one who can appreciate the acquired taste of finding flatulence at least mildly amusing  ;D
Oh boy, you should see my four years old son. He looooves farts. He's imitating them with his mouth instead of giving us kisses and his favorite insult/nick name for grown ups (especially me is 'Pupsnase' (Fartnose)).