DISCUSSION THREAD -- November 2021 -- 75 Word Writing Challenge

johnnyjet

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My Short List and *** Favorite ***:

Beer Hall Putsch – My Tenth Attempt - Bowler1
Don't forget to say 'Happy Thanksgiving' to the toaster – AnRoinnUltra
How to Communicate Gratitude in Plutonian – Guttersnipe
Harvest Festival – nixie
John - BT Jones
Respite – Daysman
Family Man – Provincial
*** Pariah - Justin Swanton ***
Put a Little Love in Your Heart and the World Will be a Better Place – Starbeast
The [Secret] Anthem of the AI Servitors - The Judge
 

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@Ursa major .... Foresight Saga: The Lost Kingdom .... Isn't it amazing how much you miss when you aren't sufficiently grateful?
*Parson wonders about a Forsyte Saga pun.

@Perpetual Man .... The Dictator: Deluded Justification .... An interesting take on why you should be grateful because there is nothing so bad that there isn't some good in it.
 

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My vote has gone to Synesthesia, but Don't forget to say 'Happy Thanksgiving' to the toaster and Gratitude Day made me wish I had more than one vote. That being said, I enjoyed reading many more than these, but those are my top picks.
 

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My vote went to @Betok_Haney, whose lovely reflection on the up-side to dementia made me feel quite hopeful for the future! The story was the first among equals, however, and I was delighted to see that all the others I considered voting for had already received a vote from someone else.
 

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Here are mine for the week. Lots of great stories but had only time to narrow down the top 3 and the winner.

@Astro Pen - Cold gold - a story worthy of the most discriminating palette
@nixie - Harvest Festival- a fresh take on an old myth
@Betok_Haney - a tale of dying that I hope to live on day

@BT Jones - John - a sweet tale about a life of service and gratitude
 

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Starbeast: Thank you for a wry look at more than one genre.

M. Robert Gibson: Thank you for an adventurous tale of sword and sorcery.

The Judge: Thank you for a poetic look at an unsuspected danger.

therapist: Thank you for a fantasy story with a unique concept.

Ursa major: Thank you for a taste of the importance of small changes.

Perpetual Man: Thank you for profound insight into the psychology of oppression.

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Short List:

JS Wiig

Cat's Cradle

nixie

Simbelmynë

Parson

Wayne Mack

Hugh

Bartok_Haney

Justin Swanton

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VOTE:

Dan Jones
 
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Justin Swanton

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Here's my shortlist. I just chose stories that I liked without that necessarily implying the others are inferior to them. My vote went to The Judge - I liked the theme and the poetry was really effective.

Astro Pen – Cold Gold
Cat’s Cradle – Synthesia
DF17 – Little Cynthia
Parson – The Attitude of Gratitude
Johnnyjet - Thanksgiving Day, Pluto, 2121 AD
Venusian Broon – Note for Amy
Provincial – Family Man
The Judge - The [Secret] Anthem of the AI Servitors
Therapist – Gratitude Day
 
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A lot of great stories this month, but more than a fair few I didn't understand (must be too late in the year for my poor head to process). Yes, it's a huge list, but there were so many honorable mentions that I just had to give credit to.

Honorables
Shortlist

Winner
 

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Dan Jones

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Good theme this month, and well done all to the entries. There were several others who could've made the top ten but I do try to be selective, and these were my absolute favourites.

So, top ten:

@Mon0Zer0 - thanks be to the earth.
@AnRoinnUltra - thanks be to the machines!
@Valtharius - thanks be to Brian Turner, and glory be to his name!
@mosaix - thanks be to lubricant...
@Hugh - thanks be to beauty
@chrispenycate - thanks be to those who make the right decisions, for there but for the grace of God go I.
@Betok_Haney - thanks be to the small things.
@Venusian Broon - thanks be to the babysitters, who do a good job all things considered.
@Phyrebrat - thanks be to those who keep their promises, and keep us to ours
@The Judge - thanks be to such verisimilitude, delievered with such pulchritude.

Any other month, I could have given my vote to The Judge, VB, or particularly Chrisp's, whose entry rocked me onto my heels. Those three were very good indeed.

But how can I deny the delicious satire of having my own name taken in vain? Bribery of the highest degree, perhaps, but who cares? Valtharius of course gets my vote!
 

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