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Title: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 06, 2018, 08:40:44 AM
It's time to vote on the September Writing Contest: "Meetings"

This time we got 8 entries - thanks to all who participated.

Please read through all of the entries in the submission thread and place your votes for your two favourite entries in this thread. You won't be able to see the vote breakdown until the vote closes, so spread the word for others to come and vote! We do ask that if you entered, to vote for someone else.

The key for the numbers of votes is this: 1-5 entries: 1 vote, 5-10 entries: 2 votes, 11-15 entries: 3 votes, 16-19: 4 votes, 20-25: 5 votes, 26+: 6 votes

Remember that the winning entry will be posted on the main Fantasy-Faction site in a few months.

Good luck to all our entrants and thank you for taking the time to read the stories and vote! :)
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: ShadowKnight on October 06, 2018, 01:15:05 PM
Voted.

Fascinating stories, really enjoyed reading them. Well done everyone.
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: Jenny HJ on October 06, 2018, 03:23:01 PM
Voted! That was a tough choice!
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: Jake Baelish on October 07, 2018, 03:07:17 AM
Wow. A few great stories in there. I certainly enjoyed one of them the most but then a few strong contenders for my second choice, had to reread over a few before making my final decision but got there. Another vote or two would've helped lol. Nice reads  :)
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: Slaykomimi on October 07, 2018, 11:37:23 AM
really wonderful entries, it was very hard to vote but I think that I am not the only one who faced this hard decision.
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 23, 2018, 12:27:43 PM
One week and a bit left to vote, better start reading the stories!
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: ryanmcgowan on October 26, 2018, 12:53:43 AM
Voted! Only two choices tho! A difficult decision this month.
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: OnlyOneHighlander on October 29, 2018, 09:48:52 AM
Voted! I liked that the meeting setting has led to a rich spread of characters - Ents, Centaurs and even monkeys. Hard to narrow it down to just two. Well done everyone!
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on October 29, 2018, 12:22:00 PM
Voted.  :)
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 30, 2018, 09:12:27 AM
 :'(
I've got 3 stories I really want to vote for: how can I choose which one to remove?

Edit: in the end, I chose, but could as easily have voted for the other one too...
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on October 30, 2018, 08:50:21 PM
Voted!
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on October 30, 2018, 10:46:04 PM
Voted.  :D  Enjoyed being the secret observer at all of those meetings. Good theme.
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on October 31, 2018, 09:18:24 AM
One story currently in the lead, then 3 stories tied for second place: it just reflects my dilemma in voting too, hehe

2 DAYS TO GO

(actually, less than 2 days, around 46 hours ;))
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on November 02, 2018, 10:30:24 AM
Congratulations, @OnlyOneHighlander! That’s a thorough win.  ;D
And a fun, clever story.
I used only one vote, for @Jake Baelish’ s “Ruby Gauntlet.” I liked the cast of characters and the twisty plot.

And thank you to the folks who liked my peaceful story. It’s a bit too much the beginning of something longer, rather than a stand alone piece, but Marya has been in my head for many years and it was great to finally take her out for a spin.

Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on November 02, 2018, 11:45:09 AM
Yay, congrats @OnlyOneHighlander!
I really loved your story, and voted for you and @JMack.

I could easily also have voted for @Carter, I really enjoyed your story too!

One comment for those who didn't have any votes: your ideas were quite good, but I just feel you need some experience. Continue writing, read other short stories and check tips and tricks. We all need to start somewhere :)
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: OnlyOneHighlander on November 02, 2018, 12:44:19 PM
Thanks everyone! That's made my day. I'm especially pleased this one did well as I'm thinking of using the characters in the WI in my next novel, so it's good to have an early vote of confidence. Missus will return!

I found it very hard to choose this month - in the end I voted for @Jake Baelish (kept me guessing right to the end) and @Jenny HJ  (I can never resist a story with Ents in it). I particularly enjoyed @ShadowKnight 's story too. The curse of the conference call can't be escaped even here!

Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: Alex Hormann on November 02, 2018, 01:31:34 PM
Congratulations @OnlyOneHighlander

I gave my vote to @Jenny HJ . It was nice to see some classic high fantasy. (I too love me some Ents.)
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: Jenny HJ on November 02, 2018, 01:49:34 PM
 @OnlyOneHighlander  congratulations!  I enjoyed your story hugely and loved the twist.  I gave my second vote to @Jake Baelish who had me hooked from the start. 

It was a hard decision as I also really liked @Carter's story and @Alex Hormann's story.  You guys are an awesome bunch!  I can't wait to see what other stories everyone comes up with in future and have been looking back over the archives to see all the huge range of topics and ideas.

(Thank you for the Ent love! I just can't fit them into my WIP, and I do love some Ent! Maybe I need a whole another book just to feature them...  Must. Not. Get. Distracted...)
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on November 02, 2018, 05:35:42 PM
Congrats @OnlyOneHighlander! I'll pop this up on the Twitter feed when I'm home from work.
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: Slaykomimi on November 02, 2018, 06:15:07 PM
congrats to @OnlyOneHighlander

when I read it I instantly knew I wil vote for it.

But also congratulations to @Alex Hormann  for his beautyful story, it really started to absorb me and was definetly my favorite among these stories and I hope to read more from you.

I want to also congratulate everyone else and also thank you for the wonderful stories, and also the voters (I can imagine why I got not a single vote).

üAnd now I need to get some inspiration for this months contest.
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: ShadowKnight on November 02, 2018, 07:03:44 PM
Congratulations @OnlyOneHighlander. I thoroughly enjoyed your work and I'm glad you liked mine.

My second vote went to @Alex Hormann's piece, but I could have easily voted for @Jenny HJ's or @JMack's as well. Fascinating stories all!

One comment for those who didn't have any votes: your ideas were quite good, but I just feel you need some experience. Continue writing, read other short stories and check tips and tricks. We all need to start somewhere :)

Thank you for the encouragement @ScarletBea. Can't hide the fact that I'm disappointed my story didn't get any votes, but I'll keep trying.
If any of you have feedback on what you liked/didn't like in my work or have suggestions as to how I could improve my writing, your help would be most welcome.
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: xiagan on November 02, 2018, 07:50:58 PM
Congrats, man! Haven't seen a story that much in the lead in a while! :)

(I can imagine why I got not a single vote).

Maybe it's a good month to restart our critique thread. Especially newer members have a good chance to profit from it. I'll open it now.

@Slaykomimi, I bet you didn't notice that you switched between past and present tense, for example.

One comment for those who didn't have any votes: your ideas were quite good, but I just feel you need some experience. Continue writing, read other short stories and check tips and tricks. We all need to start somewhere :)

Thank you for the encouragement @ScarletBea. Can't hide the fact that I'm disappointed my story didn't get any votes, but I'll keep trying.

We only had two votes. That makes it incredibly likely that not every story gets votes.
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: Lady Ty on November 03, 2018, 03:23:58 AM
Congratulations @OnlyOneHighlander that was awesome and funny and got my vote, although shame the W.I. had no time for the mandatory tea and scones. Do non-UK readers understand the significance of the W.I. and their terrifying power? Australians think CWA, but I don't know other national equivalents.

@Jenny HJ my other vote went to you, not just because I'm rather fond of dragons, but yes, Ents rule.  ;D And it was a fascinating story with a great ending.  I do love to read of humans getting the punishment they deserve.

 @Carter and @Alex Horman you were both very close for me, but I had to make tough final choices.Thanks for all the stories, good entertainment.

To our new writers, the more you write the better you get, we have seen it happen often over time here. Please keep joining in and good luck. ;D
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on November 03, 2018, 09:07:07 AM
Do non-UK readers understand the significance of the W.I. and their terrifying power?
This was one of the reasons I liked the story so much - and FYI, I've been tempted to join at times ;D
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on November 03, 2018, 09:31:19 AM
Congrats @OnlyOneHighlander! I'll pop this up on the Twitter feed when I'm home from work.
By the way @tebakutis, your pinned tweet is still for the June story, could you please change that too? Thanks!
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: JMack on November 03, 2018, 12:48:21 PM
Do non-UK readers understand the significance of the W.I. and their terrifying power?
This was one of the reasons I liked the story so much - and FYI, I've been tempted to join at times ;D
I have no idea about the W.I. as a thing.
Kept trying to figure out if it stood for Witches Inc or Werewolves Inc.
Is it a trade union?
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: OnlyOneHighlander on November 03, 2018, 01:19:43 PM
Do non-UK readers understand the significance of the W.I. and their terrifying power?
This was one of the reasons I liked the story so much - and FYI, I've been tempted to join at times ;D
I have no idea about the W.I. as a thing.
Kept trying to figure out if it stood for Witches Inc or Werewolves Inc.
Is it a trade union?

They used to hold their meetings in the village hall before my judo classes when I was growing up and were always talked about in mysterious, hushed tones, but the underlying message was they were much more powerful than they appeared and one should tread carefully.

As to what they really are @JMack ... I'm afraid I've never been allowed in one of the meetings so it's still a mystery to me ;-) They do make cracking cakes though.
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: ScarletBea on November 03, 2018, 02:36:01 PM
Do non-UK readers understand the significance of the W.I. and their terrifying power?
This was one of the reasons I liked the story so much - and FYI, I've been tempted to join at times ;D
I have no idea about the W.I. as a thing.
Kept trying to figure out if it stood for Witches Inc or Werewolves Inc.
Is it a trade union?

They used to hold their meetings in the village hall before my judo classes when I was growing up and were always talked about in mysterious, hushed tones, but the underlying message was they were much more powerful than they appeared and one should tread carefully.

As to what they really are @JMack ... I'm afraid I've never been allowed in one of the meetings so it's still a mystery to me ;-) They do make cracking cakes though.
Oh you teaser ;D
@JMack it's the Women's Institute: https://www.thewi.org.uk (https://www.thewi.org.uk) ;)
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: tebakutis on November 03, 2018, 10:06:57 PM
Congrats @OnlyOneHighlander! I'll pop this up on the Twitter feed when I'm home from work.
By the way @tebakutis, your pinned tweet is still for the June story, could you please change that too? Thanks!

Done! I've been bad about keeping up with the F-F contest Twitter, but will try to stay on top of it better. :)
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: Jake Baelish on November 04, 2018, 01:53:25 AM
Thanks @JMack @OnlyOneHighlander and @Jenny HJ for your votes (I only got 2 on the poll though, tech issues?  ??? ). Glad my story had the desired effect  :)

My votes went to @OnlyOneHighlander and @Carter

I really loved OOH's. In fact, your style and plots are something I'm really into generally it's turning out. In this case, the women talking of the loss of loved ones due to 'heroes' was a cool concept. I'd also love to see this developed!

Carter's was also interesting. The heroes who have to save the world again and again. Had a darkly comic feel to it which I liked. It had been a toss up between this and Jenny's story for second  :)
Title: Re: [Sep 2018] - Meetings - Voting Thread
Post by: OnlyOneHighlander on November 12, 2018, 08:59:25 PM
Thanks @JMack @OnlyOneHighlander and @Jenny HJ for your votes (I only got 2 on the poll though, tech issues?  ??? ). Glad my story had the desired effect  :)

My votes went to @OnlyOneHighlander and @Carter

I really loved OOH's. In fact, your style and plots are something I'm really into generally it's turning out. In this case, the women talking of the loss of loved ones due to 'heroes' was a cool concept. I'd also love to see this developed!

Carter's was also interesting. The heroes who have to save the world again and again. Had a darkly comic feel to it which I liked. It had been a toss up between this and Jenny's story for second  :)

Thanks @Jake Baelish - that's really nice of you. I've been working on the idea again today, trying to fit it into a bigger narrative. Watch this space!

Thanks again everyone. Being part of this group has really helped me improve and gives great motivation to keep practising and improving.