DISCUSSION -- October 2017 300-Word Writing Challenge (#27)

  1. Cathbad

    Cathbad Level 30 Geek Master

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    A big thank you to my second stealth-voter! :)
     
  2. Cat's Cradle

    Cat's Cradle Time, now, to read...

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    I just noticed a vote...thank you, mosaix!:) And many thanks to you, Starbeast, for the listing!!
     
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  3. dannymcg

    dannymcg Well-Known Member

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    I know we got three votes apiece but it's amazing, when looking at the poll, to see how many people are actually voting this time round.

    Well done you mods for drawing attention to this in recent weeks and raising awareness; here's hoping it keeps up :)
     
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  4. Ihe

    Ihe Forum Revolutionary

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    Thanks @Calliopenjo for the stealth vote. I mirror @dannymcg's feelings on the matter. I also got four votes. FOUR! First time ever, in any challenge. What a glorious day it is.:LOL:
     
  5. Perpetual Man

    Perpetual Man Tim James

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    Well there's no need to go quite that far, but you are welcome.
     
  6. Kerrybuchanan

    Kerrybuchanan Delusions of Grammar

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    And a huge thank-you from me, @Perpetual Man, for the stealth vote. :)
     
  7. Perpetual Man

    Perpetual Man Tim James

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    In, vote, out like a ninja (turtle)

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  8. Teresa Edgerton

    Teresa Edgerton Goblin Princess Staff Member

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    Thank you to everyone who mentioned my story, and a big thank you to nixie and Cathbad who voted for it.

    ***

    And here are my long list, short list, and votes

    Hoverdasher
    Starbeast
    johnnyjet
    Vaz
    Bashfull
    Ashleyne
    Cathbad
    TheDustyZebra

    Luiglin
    Rafellin
    Phyrebrat

     
  9. Vaz

    Vaz We're in the pipe, five by five.

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    I have a big list of favoirites I am still whittling down, but here are my vote winners for this month. Awesome work everyone who entered.

    Votes

    Teresa
    Spoots
    Peter V

    I shall post my fave list tomorrow, hope that is ok.

    v
     
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  10. SPoots

    SPoots Well-Known Member

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    Thanks so much for the vote! I think that puts me a 6 now which is incredibly encouraging.
     
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  11. Joshua Jones

    Joshua Jones Well-Known Member

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    Thanks also to @Phyrebrat and @Shyrka for the mentions and a huge thanks to @Ashleyne for the vote! The promised cake is on the way...
     
  12. Peter V

    Peter V Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Cathbad, Talysia, Cats Cradle, Spoots and Shyrka for the mentions and shortlisting.

    And thank you Titanium Ti, Vaz and Bashfull for the votes. In such esteemed company it is humbling.
     
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  13. johnnyjet

    johnnyjet Western PA High Tech Country Boy

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    Up to 2 votes and 4 mentions! Thanks, Peter V, Starbeast, Phyrebrat, and Teresa for the listings and dannymcq & Perpetual Man for the stealth votes.
     
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  14. dannymcg

    dannymcg Well-Known Member

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    Five.
    Oh boy oh boy.
    Five.
    *sitting with jawbreaker grin.*.
    Five.
    Five.
    Five.
     
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  15. dannymcg

    dannymcg Well-Known Member

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    Thanks to you all.
    Hope you lot who haven't voted yet are noticing this, you'll find it very easy, just scroll down to me and click 'vote' :whistle:;)
     
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  16. The Judge

    The Judge Truth. Order. Moderation. Staff Member

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    Lots of excellent stories this quarter, though I have to add my usual gripe that a few of them missed the genre in my view. I appreciate "speculative" might include horror, for instance, but I'd still want to see something otherworldly there. A pity as a couple of the not-quite-genre stories would have reached my shortlist, at the very least, if not for that lack of an SFF or otherwise speculative element.

    Anyhow, even with that way of culling the stories, my shortlist is still longer than usual:

    Ashleyne -- Grandmother's Garden
    Bashfull -- [untitled]
    Dan Jones -- Convalescence?
    Kerrybuchanan -- A Long Way Home
    Luiglin -- I'll be sittin' when the evenin' come
    Phyrebrat -- Bag Lady
    Shyrka -- Unseen & Unsung
    SPoots -- Changeling
    Teresa Edgerton -- Tidying-Up
    TheDustyZebra -- The Quick and the Dead
    Vaz -- The Rogue of Roses and The Goddess
    Victoria Silverwolf -- The Veil
    Wruter -- Pas Ce Soir

    My first two votes were relatively easy, as I'd put metaphorical stars by Luiglin's gentle reverie and Vaz's fragrant romance at the first reading and subsequent readings only increased my pleasure in the stories. Choosing the third, well that was more difficult and required a great deal of walking around, sitting down and re-reading, walking around again and changing my mind. I could easily find arguments for each and every one to have the last vote, and though I didn't quite get to the stage of tossing a coin, it was a close-run thing. Finally I plumped for Dan's nightmarish haunting.


    Well, I'm a bit surprised my story proved in any way popular, especially as my other half didn't think much of it, though his reaction might have been coloured by the fact that all the actual railway stuff and background detail he gave me for the setting had to be edited out for the sake of word count -- he didn't see why plot had to take precedence over all the really interesting bits about the trains... :rolleyes: Anyhow, many perfectly-formed model thanks for the mentions/longlistings/shortlistings Peter, Kerry, SPoots, johnnyjet, LittleStar, Phyrebrat and Shyrka and neatly-trimmed rose-basketed thanks for the lovely acknowledged votes Talysia, Ihe (thanks for the compliment!), CC (thank you, too, for the lovely words!), Chris p and Joshua, and the just as lovely but surprising stealth votes nixie, ratsy, TDZ and Lex!
     
  17. Ursa major

    Ursa major Bearly Believable Staff Member

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    The poll has now closed and we have a winner:

    Congratulations, Victoria Silverwolf!
     
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  18. mosaix

    mosaix Shropshire, U.K.

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    Congratulations, Victoria! :)
     
  19. Ursa major

    Ursa major Bearly Believable Staff Member

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    Oh, and here are the full results of the Ursa jury, with the stories in posting order within the categories:


    Honourable Mentions:
    • Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow by TitaniumTi
    • The Demon of Whitecastle by Joshua Jones
    • Tidying-Up by Teresa Edgerton

    Runners Up:

    • Mary's Boy Child by dannymcg
    • The Veil by Victoria Silverwolf
    • A LONG WAY HOME by Kerrybuchanan

    Winners:

    • Dial 'M' for... by mosaix
    • Convalescence by Dan Jones
    • Model Citizens by The Judge
     
  20. dannymcg

    dannymcg Well-Known Member

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    Well done Victoria with the veil. :)

    Also major thanks to all who voted/listed/mentioned my story - I'm really amazed considering the large number of high quality entries there was.
     
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