Literary Maneuvers March 2019 voting


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  • Battery Acid

    2 10.00%
  • Brexit: ten years after

    2 10.00%
  • Divine Darkness

    3 15.00%
  • Games Fat People Play

    0 0%
  • Is there a way I can delete my posts?

    1 5.00%
  • Look at the stuff I made!

    3 15.00%
  • The Stairway in the Stars

    2 10.00%
  • We were about to give up and call it a night when somebody threw the girl off the bridge.*

    3 15.00%
  • Warden I Want My Own Cell!

    4 20.00%
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    Literary Maneuvers March 2019 voting

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    * John D. MacDonald, Darker Than Amber


    Hidden Content Monthly Fiction Challenge


    Beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are barely able to endure, and are awed,
    because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.
    - Rainer Maria Rilke, "Elegy I"

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    Is this fire, or is this mask?
    It's the Mantasy!
    - Anonymous

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    C'mon everybody, don't need this crap.
    - Wham!





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    pick 1?
    pls.n.thx,

    *k. 1*
    Last edited by -xXx-; February 22nd, 2019 at 08:01 PM.

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    Am I allowed to say what I voted for? And encourage others to vote the same way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatclub View Post
    Am I allowed to say what I voted for? And encourage others to vote the same way?
    I'd rather not - though I'm happy for you to say here why you voted for what you did. You can always resubmit the one you like next month. Alternatively you could write a piece on the prompt you like and submit it to https://www.flashesofbrilliance.org/submissions/ or somesuch. I've done that loads of times.


    Hidden Content Monthly Fiction Challenge


    Beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are barely able to endure, and are awed,
    because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.
    - Rainer Maria Rilke, "Elegy I"

    *

    Is this fire, or is this mask?
    It's the Mantasy!
    - Anonymous

    *

    C'mon everybody, don't need this crap.
    - Wham!





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    Ok, I've voted for a prompt that I think will invite real stories rather than a line to be plonked in to any story. Also, something about it makes me think there's a good chance of humour - something that's often lacking in the submissions.

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    I find humour to be the absolute hardest thing to write, and I know I'm not alone in that. Unless you're a naturally funny writer I find most attempts at funny in prose end up engendering eye-rolls more than laughs. If you can write funny, you have my respect. I can be very funny in banter and conversation but in a story....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatclub View Post
    Ok, I've voted for a prompt that I think will invite real stories rather than a line to be plonked in to any story. Also, something about it makes me think there's a good chance of humour - something that's often lacking in the submissions.
    I still remember your Moon Landing submission. Had me wondering what the story had to do with the prompt right til he fell on his arse. Funny stuff.

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    That's the thing about being funny. You've either got it--or you don't.

    I love telling jokes, but people don't laugh because of the punch line. They laugh b/c I usually botch up the punch line.

    So no, even if the prompt ends up sounding suspiciously funny to you all, I still will not be submitting a funny story. No matter how hard I try, it simply won't be funny.
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    Let me get this straight. We have a history of x-many submissions per contest, and how many people have voted?

    History:

    Feb 2019
    8
    Jan 2019
    8
    Dec 2018
    4
    Nov 2018
    6
    Oct 2018
    7
    Sept 2018
    4

    8+8+4+6+7+4 = 37 / 6 = avg. of roughly 6 entries per event

    So, based on this six month look-back period, we can reasonably expect about 6 entries. Yet we have 19 votes. Yeah if we get 19 entries, but somehow I don't think that's likely. Kind-a reminds me of supply & demand; the readers (I'm assuming?) will overwhelmingly sway the topic that those who will be submitting will write on. Which is often how published commercial writing goes. But in the happy land of the internet, I kind-of came into this thinking you could only vote if you were at least planning on submitting something for the contest.

    I really have no point in this. It was purely a case of 'I must muse' & to point out the discrepancy between voters and contest submitters.

    "A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megan Pearson View Post
    Let me get this straight. We have a history of x-many submissions per contest, and how many people have voted?

    History:

    Feb 2019
    8
    Jan 2019
    8
    Dec 2018
    4
    Nov 2018
    6
    Oct 2018
    7
    Sept 2018
    4

    8+8+4+6+7+4 = 37 / 6 = avg. of roughly 6 entries per event

    So, based on this six month look-back period, we can reasonably expect about 6 entries. Yet we have 19 votes. Yeah if we get 19 entries, but somehow I don't think that's likely. Kind-a reminds me of supply & demand; the readers (I'm assuming?) will overwhelmingly sway the topic that those who will be submitting will write on. Which is often how published commercial writing goes. But in the happy land of the internet, I kind-of came into this thinking you could only vote if you were at least planning on submitting something for the contest.

    I really have no point in this. It was purely a case of 'I must muse' & to point out the discrepancy between voters and contest submitters.

    Maybe another way of viewing it is that most people vote for a prompt that doesn't win, so struggle to find a story to fit an unfavoured prompt


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