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Title: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on October 14, 2007, 07:00:46 AM
*Between the stories being posted on October 31st and midnight GMT on 2nd November, all entrants must vote on this thread for their favourite three entries.*  

Voting procedure:

Who can vote?
Everyone who is a member of Cafedoom as of 12th October 2007 is eligible to vote in the competition. You do not need to have written an entry to vote.
If you have written an entry for the competition, you must vote.

Can I vote for my own work?
No. 

How does voting work?
List the titles of the entries to which you give first, second and third place, like this:

 
1st place - [enter title of story]
2nd place - [enter title of story]
3rd place - [enter title of story]


If you like, you can comment on the entries.

(NB: Each 1st place is worth 5 points,
each 2nd place is worth 3 points
and each 3rd place is worth 1 point.)

Post your voting information to this thread.

How long do we have to vote?
Voting will open as soon as I post the stories on 31st October 2007 and close at midnight on 2nd November 2007.

If there is anyone who has entered one of the competitions who has not yet cast their vote by the end of the second day, I will let you know and I will send this person a PM as a reminder. Anyone else who fancies giving them a bit of a nudge is also welcome to do so! They then have 24 hours in which to cast their vote. If they fail to cast their vote within the 24 hour time limit their entry will lose all points, and their story will be disqualified from the competition.

When voting is complete I will reveal the identities of the authors and announce the winners.
Title: voting
Post by: delph_ambi on October 31, 2007, 07:37:27 AM
A brilliant collection of stories. Thoroughly enjoyed reading them all. Here are my votes:

1st place: INTERNAL POLITICS
2nd place: THE CHICKEN SHACK KID
3rd place: VULTURE LAKE
Title: voting
Post by: Ed on October 31, 2007, 12:42:29 PM
Wow - that was quick, Delph :afro:

Believe it or not, I haven't read through all the entries, yet, and I'm out tonight to watch Sean Locke's stand-up routine, so I've got a bit of reading to do sometime :smiley:
Title: voting
Post by: delph_ambi on October 31, 2007, 01:34:15 PM
I read them all complete, giving marks out of ten, then re-read all the ones that I'd given marks over seven (that was about half of them), discarded all but the top five, skimmed through them again, and decided on the final places. Mind, I didn't get much else done this morning... lol. First place was easy to decide. Others were much closer, and took quite a long time. Went purely on gut reaction for all of them. A thoroughly enjoyable process.  :yes:
Title: voting
Post by: starktheground on October 31, 2007, 02:08:37 PM
Okay, that was entirely too much fun! There are some really great stories here. I hope everyone here (even those of us who don't win) know how incredibly gifted they are! But, since everyone can't win, here are my favorites:

1st Place: Dealing Death
2nd Place: Holding Back the Years
3rd Place: Shade

In Dealing Death, I absolutely loved the dialogue, and the descriptions may have been a little lengthy, but they put me right into the story. Holding Back the Years was just fun to read and a completely original storyline. In Shade, I didn't go so much for the storyline but loved the author's play on words.
Thanks, everyone, for the great reads!
Title: voting
Post by: SamLeeFreak on October 31, 2007, 02:40:02 PM
A wonderful way to spend Halloween day!  :yess: I wound up with seven favorites, which I then whittled down to the necessary three. Not an easy task!

1st Place "Vulture Lake" The ending broke my heart  :'(

2nd Place "Internal Politics" 

3rd Place "Crack baby"
Title: voting
Post by: Sallyq on October 31, 2007, 03:25:10 PM
'Eck that was tough! I started reading at around 3.30pm, and only just finished, though I took a few breaks so I could read works refreshed. Lots of very good stories, with lots of contenders for winners, but here are my three votes.

1st Place Internal Politics -  I felt this would be my first the moment I read it, and as good as the others were, I didn't change my mind. Wonderful sci-fi story and made me think of Asimov, which is probably why I liked it.

2nd Place Special Collection - Very atmospheric, with the air of an old-fashioned horror story that I really enjoyed. I guessed the ending, but it was still a good story.

3rd Place The Chicken Shack Kid - Very convincing portrayal of the horrors that kids do (and go on to do). Reminiscent of Stephen King's treatment of teenage relationships.
Title: voting
Post by: kolia gogol on October 31, 2007, 03:27:54 PM
1st - flogging a dead horse
2nd - roast chicken & pineapple
3rd - surviving the moon
Title: voting
Post by: Geoff_N on October 31, 2007, 05:40:11 PM
1st Shade
2nd Razorblades
3rd Flogging a dead horse
Title: voting
Post by: PaulH on October 31, 2007, 07:00:20 PM
Wow! Talented bunch, you made it hard to pick faves. But I had to, so here are my votes:

1. The Bushes Scream
2. Holding Back the Years
3. Roast Chicken and Pineapple

Congrats to everyone who entered though, some really excellent stories in there.
Title: voting
Post by: LashSlash on November 01, 2007, 12:36:58 AM
1 - razorblades
2 -surviving the moon
3 - do it yourself
Title: voting
Post by: Ed on November 01, 2007, 03:23:43 AM
Thanks for voting in such timely fashion - you're putting me to shame :afro:

Still anybody's contest with another fourteen votes to count. Those of you who haven't voted yet, please cast your votes as soon as possible :smiley:
Title: voting
Post by: delboy on November 01, 2007, 04:08:32 AM
Wow, you guys are brilliant, sick, twisted, talented, and did I say sick? Must confess I was a little apprehensive about reading 20+ stories in one evening but as it happened it was a great way to spend a few hours.

There were quite a few of these that, at one time or another, were in poll position. But Del's final scores on the doors are:

1st place - Vulture Lake
2nd place - Sealed With Blood
3rd place - Of Half Measures

Great stuff and well done!

Del
Title: voting
Post by: alex on November 01, 2007, 09:30:29 AM
1st place - The Chicken Shack Kid
2nd place - Shade
3rd place - Dealing Death

Alex.
Title: voting
Post by: David_E_Greske on November 01, 2007, 10:40:51 AM
First off, Great job to everyone.  I enjoyed all the stories and picking three has really been a challenge.  So, here are my choices:

1st--Roast Chicken and Pineapple  I really liked the way this stroy was written.  I really felt as if I was apart of it.

2nd--Of Half Measures  This story reminded me of a new take on the 'Portrait of Dorian Gray"

3rd--Holding Back the Years  I've always been fascinated at the extremes people will go through in the name of vanity.  To me this story was the ultimate sacrifice, which unlike I expected had a somewhat happy ending. 
Title: voting
Post by: Bev Vincent on November 01, 2007, 04:23:08 PM
1: Dealing Death -- I think the title telegraphs the story too much, but it's very well written
2: Vulture Lake -- How could I not like a story where the male character's name is Beverly?! Nicely done.
3: Holding Back the Years -- a clever idea and an amusing story
Title: voting
Post by: leatherdykeuk on November 01, 2007, 04:48:07 PM
1. Razor Blades
2. The Chicken Shack Kid
3. Vulture Lake

All good entries though.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 01, 2007, 05:19:52 PM
In case anybody's wondering -

I've split off the votes already cast to a hidden thread. The intention is to hide the votes from people who have not yet cast their votes, in order that they're not inadvertently influenced in their decisions.

The original votes will be merged back into this thread at the end, when all the votes are in.  :afro:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SharonBell on November 01, 2007, 09:23:01 PM
Thanks, Ed. I've been studiously avoiding reading others posts--except yours! :cool:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: sylvrilyn on November 01, 2007, 10:27:09 PM
I loved reading these!  Here are my favorites.

1st place - Internal Politics
2nd place - Holding Back the Years
3rd place - Dinner with Father
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: rootofevil on November 02, 2007, 05:05:13 AM
1. Flogging a Dead Horse
2. Internal Politics
3. Chicken Shack Kid
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Geoff_N on November 02, 2007, 08:47:20 AM
Nobody liked mine.  Waaaaaaaa    :shocked:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SharonBell on November 02, 2007, 09:20:03 AM
Hello Everyone! Thanks for the fun reads.  :afro:

The time on the elliptical machine flew by while I read all these tales. I had some difficult choices to make, but here are my votes and opinions (this is a subjective business!)  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

1) Dealing Death--Loved the JUSTICE served, "Revenge is a pudding best served cold" theme.
2) Special Collection--I will NEVER, EVER look at my library the same way again! Loved the gnomes.
3) The Bushes Scream--This story put the FUN in dysFUNctional. Incest is best, but crazy wins!

AND my pick for the not allowed Honorable Mention (sorry ED!)

Sealed with Blood. Woe is thee and me if you stray, baby. YIKES!
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SamLeeFreak on November 02, 2007, 11:24:24 AM
Nobody liked mine.  Waaaaaaaa    :shocked:

Heh heh, join the club!  :afro:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Geoff_N on November 02, 2007, 02:09:13 PM
Nobody liked mine.  Waaaaaaaa    :shocked:

Heh heh, join the club!  :afro:
They don't recognise genius, Sam.  :bleh:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SamLeeFreak on November 02, 2007, 02:26:18 PM
Nobody liked mine.  Waaaaaaaa    :shocked:

Heh heh, join the club!  :afro:
They don't recognise genius, Sam.  :bleh:

Just like Lovecraft. *ego swells*  ;)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: joneastwood on November 02, 2007, 02:27:12 PM
 :hidin:

Ok, this has been fun, but i have finally made decisions.

1. Of Half Measures - Really liked this. The writing was smooth and the characters engaging. An easy first place.

2. Sealed With Blood - Erotic and creepy, yet not disturbingly so. A very enjoyable read.

3. Holding Back The Years - A horror tale with a moral. Simple, yet effective.

Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 02, 2007, 02:29:16 PM
Don't get downhearted - there are still a few votes left to be counted. And even if you don't get any votes on your tale, as Sharon says, this is a very subjective business. I think this bunch of readers is likely to be quite a difficult audience to please, too. Probably harder to please than your average person in the street :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Geoff_N on November 02, 2007, 03:05:59 PM
Ah, Ed, you missed the point from me and Sam: our tales were too good for the man in the street and over or under the wise heads here.

And I don't kid myself do I?

Not much!!

You did say I wouldn't be able to write a good story on the plane to Spain, and you must be right!

Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 02, 2007, 03:17:40 PM


You did say I wouldn't be able to write a good story on the plane to Spain, and you must be right!



You had that kid tapping the top of your head and kneeing you in the small of your back all the way there, did you? :grin: Every so often taking a break from the tapping to stick his fingers up his nose and then ram them into your ears while still wet and slimy.

You were probably right in the first instance, though - you two were just too brilliant for your own good. Nobody likes a show off, you know :fugly:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SamLeeFreak on November 02, 2007, 03:28:02 PM


You did say I wouldn't be able to write a good story on the plane to Spain, and you must be right!



You had that kid tapping the top of your head and kneeing you in the small of your back all the way there, did you? :grin: Every so often taking a break from the tapping to stick his fingers up his nose and then ram them into your ears while still wet and slimy.

You were probably right in the first instance, though - you two were just too brilliant for your own good. Nobody likes a show off, you know :fugly:

 
Show off is such a smelly word. I like unheralded geniuses better.  :smitten:

Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 02, 2007, 03:32:56 PM


You did say I wouldn't be able to write a good story on the plane to Spain, and you must be right!



You had that kid tapping the top of your head and kneeing you in the small of your back all the way there, did you? :grin: Every so often taking a break from the tapping to stick his fingers up his nose and then ram them into your ears while still wet and slimy.

You were probably right in the first instance, though - you two were just too brilliant for your own good. Nobody likes a show off, you know :fugly:

 
Show off is such a smelly word. I like unheralded geniuses better.  :smitten:


:laugh2: :laugh1:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 02, 2007, 03:48:24 PM
I suppose I had better get the cattle prod out and hassle the folks who haven't voted yet. One of them I can't get hold of via e-mail, so I'm not sure what to do about him :scratch:

Only three and a bit hours of proper voting time left, then we're into overtime, and I want to keep that to a minimum.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: PaulH on November 02, 2007, 03:50:07 PM
Don't be downhearted if no one likes your story
I know you don't write simply for the glory
But you do it for the pure creative pleasure
That makes every word your child to treasure
And now the others have stopped reading this poem
Look at who's voted, Geoff, Sam, do you know 'em?
Get your shotgun, shout 'So you thought it was crap?!'
And give them a blast in both their kneecaps!

In all seriousness though, it is TOTALLY subjective, so don't worry - it's not that you can't write, just that your tastes are too rarified and eclectic for the mere mortals among us to share. A bit like savages thinking technology is magic.  :cheers:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 02, 2007, 03:52:30 PM
Even though I was sure about my first place, I had several possibles that I'd just have happily have put in second and third place, and who knows (yet) who was among those I couldn't vote for? The standard was very high all around, imo, and made voting very difficult.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: PaulH on November 02, 2007, 03:55:20 PM
I suppose I had better get the cattle prod out and hassle the folks who haven't voted yet. One of them I can't get hold of via e-mail, so I'm not sure what to do about him :scratch:

Only three and a bit hours of proper voting time left, then we're into overtime, and I want to keep that to a minimum.

Guess all you can do is email again and politely say 'if you haven't voted by X, I'm sorry but you'll be disqualified.' Shame, after actually taking the time to write a story, but it was made clear in the rules. Come on whoever you are, look at your emails! You might be winning and not know it!
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: jerrag on November 02, 2007, 04:37:59 PM
Wow so many great stories, so few votes to cast!

I guess mine would have to go like this:

1 - Holding back the Years

2- Flogging a Dead Horse

3- It is the Fate

There sure is a lot of talent here on this board!

WRITE ON!
Jerry
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 02, 2007, 04:43:43 PM
Thanks for your prompt response, Jerry :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SamLeeFreak on November 02, 2007, 06:29:19 PM
Don't be downhearted if no one likes your story
I know you don't write simply for the glory
But you do it for the pure creative pleasure
That makes every word your child to treasure
And now the others have stopped reading this poem
Look at who's voted, Geoff, Sam, do you know 'em?
Get your shotgun, shout 'So you thought it was crap?!'
And give them a blast in both their kneecaps!

In all seriousness though, it is TOTALLY subjective, so don't worry - it's not that you can't write, just that your tastes are too rarified and eclectic for the mere mortals among us to share. A bit like savages thinking technology is magic.  :cheers:

But, I do think technology is magic!  :shocked:
In all seriousness though, it's not like I would have voted for my own story. At least not for number one. Maybe number three. All I care about is that at least one person thought it was neat. I'm happy with "neat." It's one step above "well at least it didn't suck."  :grin:


Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: starktheground on November 02, 2007, 06:32:38 PM
I, personally, didn't think any of the stories were bad. I'm not sure (yet) who's story is which, but I'd be proud to say I'd written any of them!! In a way, we're all winners. (I know; it's cliche, but it's also true!!)
 :cheers:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Geoff_N on November 02, 2007, 06:46:59 PM
I, personally, didn't think any of the stories were bad. I'm not sure (yet) who's story is which, but I'd be proud to say I'd written any of them!! In a way, we're all winners. (I know; it's cliche, but it's also true!!)
 :cheers:

I love Stark  :cheesy:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: starktheground on November 02, 2007, 06:51:56 PM
I, personally, didn't think any of the stories were bad. I'm not sure (yet) who's story is which, but I'd be proud to say I'd written any of them!! In a way, we're all winners. (I know; it's cliche, but it's also true!!)
 :cheers:

I love Stark  :cheesy:
;)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 02, 2007, 06:53:29 PM
Where's the group hug smiley when you need one? :grin:


Right - I've PMd and e-mailed each of the folks who have failed to vote (at least one of whom is in the running to be in the top 3), and as yet haven't heard from them. Bearing in mind that if each is disqualified for not voting, the prize fund will drop a band to $150, how much extra time should we give these folks to get their votes in? :huh:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: starktheground on November 02, 2007, 06:56:35 PM
When is the competition over anyway? I'm a little confused by the time zone difference (it's about 7 pm here.)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 02, 2007, 06:58:30 PM
When is the competition over anyway? I'm a little confused by the time zone difference (it's about 7 pm here.)

It's two minutes to midnight here, so the comp is supposed to be done and dusted within the next five minutes. :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: joneastwood on November 02, 2007, 06:58:45 PM
I thought 24 hours was the figure being bandied about for extra reading time. Seems fair enough to me - after all, its Saturday tomorrow, so people are less likely to be at work and will have more time to read and vote.
Although I have to work tomorrow. And it'll be busy as hell. >:(
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: starktheground on November 02, 2007, 07:00:23 PM
Part of me does not want to wait a whole 24 more hours to find out who won  :evil:
The other part of me knows it's more important to be fair  :'(
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Geoff_N on November 02, 2007, 07:17:16 PM
I must have missed the concluding discussion on giving a week to allow members time to read all the entries. But if only a few are left then it seems the result is just about done.

Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: PaulH on November 02, 2007, 07:22:00 PM
I'm torn. Part of me says, yes, give them another 24 hours. The other part says, no, the rest of us managed to get our votes in when we were asked to. I think I'm leaning toward the more hard-assed side of that internal squabble, regardless of the prizes.

Oh, and I agree with Stark - there wasn't a 'bad' story in there. Very impressed with all of you!
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: starktheground on November 02, 2007, 07:27:43 PM
Good point, Paul. I don't know how anyone could not have posted their votes by now. It only takes a few hours to read all the stories . . . However, I also realize everyone's not as obsessive-compulsive as I am!!!  ::)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 02, 2007, 07:32:01 PM
Just goes to show how subjective judging 'best' story is, though, doesn't it? Eleven of the twenty-two stories have been named as #1 by at least one voter, and the votes that are left to be cast could completely change the top three over all winners of the comp - the voting is that tight. Pretty cool, really. It's a bit of a nail biting finish. :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: starktheground on November 02, 2007, 07:35:48 PM
That it is, Ed. That it is!  :/
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SamLeeFreak on November 02, 2007, 09:16:27 PM
I can live with another twenty-four hours. That said, people were given plenty of warning when the contest was announced (unless my memory is wonky). True, some people are too busy to read them all in one sitting (or one day) but the time frame was fair.


Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: sandman on November 02, 2007, 09:39:48 PM
1. Of Half Measures
2. Internal Politics
3. Sealed With Blood
 
 



Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 03, 2007, 03:06:29 AM
I'm stuck between thinking they should have another 24 hours, rather than lose votes and entries, and thinking 'well we all managed it in time'.

But, giving the benefit of the doubt, I did think there was a discussion about having longer to read the entries, so maybe those who haven't voted thought so too. On the other hand, we all read the voting thread which told us exactly how long we did have.

You're the boss, Ed. Do what you think is best.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 03, 2007, 03:24:31 AM
Thanks for your prompt response, Sandman :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 03, 2007, 03:52:06 AM
Shouldn't be too hard on the late voters - some might not have realised they were expected to vote.

Several people didn't include their forum ID with their submission, which was asked for in the comp thread, too. So it's not inconceivable that people missed the part that said they had to vote. The missing ID was more annoying for me, because I had to trawl through over a hundred member profiles to establish whose e-mail addresses married up with what name, in order to see who's voted or not :bangh:

Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 03, 2007, 07:42:26 AM
Sorry, folks, but it's in the rules, and stated at the beginning of this thread:

If the following two members fail to vote by midnight tonight (GMT) their entry will lose all points, and their story will be disqualified from the competition. I have tried to reach both people via PM and e-mail, and have received no response as yet. Could be that the e-mails are getting eaten by their spam filters, I suppose, but you would think they would be stopping in to see how the comp was going :scratch:

Daniel Goodwin - forum name Quolm - last logged in here 15th October 07
Glen Batchelor - forum name BloatedFlesh - last logged in here 19th March 07

One of them could still place, if they both get their asses in gear.

I'll post my top three last.

Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SharonBell on November 03, 2007, 12:53:39 PM
Good heavens! You'd think they'd be taking a peek every now and then?
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 03, 2007, 01:20:33 PM
I know I've popped in several dozen times a day to see how things are going. ::)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Geoff_N on November 03, 2007, 02:51:33 PM
I know Daniel Goodwin and have sent him an email just in case it is different to the one you have, Ed.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 03, 2007, 05:43:54 PM
Thanks, Geoff :afro:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: starktheground on November 03, 2007, 07:16:16 PM
So, Ed, out of curiosity, when do we get to learn the final results? I'm dying to see who wrote what!  :cheesy:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 03, 2007, 07:28:27 PM
So, Ed, out of curiosity, when do we get to learn the final results? I'm dying to see who wrote what!  :cheesy:

As soon as I've finished typing it up - in a minute :afro:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 03, 2007, 07:36:39 PM
Well, I got an e-mail from Glen Batchelor/BloatedFlesh to say sorry, he forgot about the comp. Still haven't heard anything from Daniel Goodwin/Quolm, though. I notice both have logged in within the last twelve hours, so I was hoping they would get on and cast their votes. That's obviously not going to happen, though, sadly.

Meanwhile, my votes, in case anybody is interested, are:

1st Place - Internal Politics - Nicely rounded story, well written, absorbing.
2nd Place - Chicken Shack Kid - Again, nicely written, smooth narrative.
3rd Place - Special Collection - Started out thinking the MC an idiot, but revelation of the metaphor at the end provided context.

Others in my final list were:

Razors - engaging, original use of language.
Roast Chicken and Pineapple - nicely written, smooth narrative.
Vulture Lake - for 85% of the story, I thought it would be in my top three.

I'll tot up the final totals in a sec, and then up put a list of the stories, names and points ASAP - another ten minutes, I'd guess. Thanks for your patience, folks :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 03, 2007, 08:24:24 PM
My tally is as follows, but feel free to tally the votes yourselves and tell me if I've totted-up wrong.

Do It Yourself (Sharon Bell Buchbinder)...........................................1 point  (1)

Chicken Shack Kid (Delboy Rutherford)............................................16 points  (3+1+3+3+1+3)

Crack Baby (David Greske)...............................................................1 point  (1)

Dealing Death (PaulH)......................................................................16 points  (5+1+5+5)

Dinner With Father (Jerrag)..............................................................1 point  (1)

Flogging A Dead Horse (Daniel Abelman)..........................................14 points (5+1+5+3)

Holding Back The Years (Sally Quilford)..............................................17 points (3+3+1+1+3+1+5)

Internal Politics (Jon Eastwood).........................................................29 points (5+3+5+5+3+3+5)

It Is The Tale (Bev Vincent)................................................................1 point  (1)

Of Half Measures (Ed Dempster ; ) )...................................................14 points  (1+3+5+5)

Other Hells (RootOfEvil)......................................................................0 points  (0)

Razorblades (Reb)..............................................................................13 points  (3+5+5)

Roast Chicken And Pineapple (delph_ambi)........................................9 points  (3+1+5)

Sealed With Blood (Leatherdyke)........................................................7 points  (3+3+1)

Shade (Adrian White)..........................................................................9 points (1+5+3)

Special Collection (Sylvrilyn).................................................................7 points (3+3+1)

Surviving The Moon (Alex Wilson)........................................................4 points  (1+3)

The Lake (Sam Lee Freak)...................................................................0 points  (0)

The Bushes Scream (Glen Batchelor)....................................................Disqualified

The Day I Turned Blue (Daniel Goodwin)..............................................Disqualified

Vulture Lake (Starktheground).............................................................15 points  (1+5+5+3+1)

4... 3... 2... 1... (Geoff Nelder)................................................................0 points  (0)


Sorry about the lumpy delivery there - somebody was trying to hack the forum while I was posting the results ::)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 03, 2007, 08:33:10 PM
I've merged the original posts from the thread back into this thread, so you can all see what went before and check the totals for yourselves  :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 03, 2007, 09:21:46 PM
Oh, and I'm going to unlock the story thread, so you can leave comments on the entries, if you want to :afro:

Anybody checked my figures, yet?
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SamLeeFreak on November 03, 2007, 09:25:37 PM
Congrats Jon Eastwood!  :cheers:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SharonBell on November 03, 2007, 09:50:50 PM
Well, I'm stunned I received ANY votes, so whoever voted for my story: THANKS!

And boy am I ticked that author of one of the stories I voted for didn't bother to show up!!!! :pissed:

And Congrats to JON!! :dance:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: PaulH on November 03, 2007, 10:06:39 PM
With you there Sharon - one of my vote winners was a DQ as well.

Thanks to all who voted for Dealing Death, it's my sole contribution to the zombie genre, so I'm kinda proud of it!

And big congrats to Jon!  :afro:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: rootofevil on November 04, 2007, 01:55:46 AM
Congrats to John and everyone else!  Some good stuff  ;)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 04, 2007, 02:52:52 AM
Well done to Jon Eastwood.  :cheers: :cheers:That was my absolutely favourite story in the competition so I'm especially delighted it won. Very very well deserved.

And er... have I come second?   :dance: Perhaps I should save the dance till Ed confirms ...  :yes:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 04, 2007, 03:15:41 AM
Ed, I hate to say this (as it's going to push me to third :D) but Chicken Shack Kid got a 1st place from Alex, so one of those 3s should be a 5.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 04, 2007, 03:50:59 AM
Ed, I hate to say this (as it's going to push me to third :D) but Chicken Shack Kid got a 1st place from Alex, so one of those 3s should be a 5.

Phew - you're kind of right, but the total was and is right anyway. It was just a mistake on my part when copy typing the list of votes (bleary-eyed, sleep deprived, half-cut, fighting off a hacker :grin: ).

I make it that Jon is in first place, Sally Q in second, PaulH and Delboy share 3rd place. And since, thanks to the two no-shows, the prize fund is lower than it should have been, I won't split the 3rd place monies.

Huge congrats to all the winners, and many thanks to everybody (except the two no-shows) for entering stories and taking part in the comp. I've enjoyed it all very much, and I hope everybody else did, too :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 04, 2007, 03:52:19 AM
Actually, even taking that 5 points into account, Chicken Shack Kid's result is 16 points. So you must have added it up right, but put the wrong numbers in when you filled this in.

I'm just going through all the others (have got as far as Shade) and all the rest seem to be okay.

Ah, I've just seen that you noticed that!
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 04, 2007, 03:53:33 AM
 :dance: :dance: :dance: Thanks to everyone who voted my story into second place! It was much more than I imagined I'd get when I saw the quality of the rest of the stories. Well done everyone!
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Geoff_N on November 04, 2007, 04:13:29 AM
Congrats to Jon. I did enjoy his story - well it was scifi  :cheers:
 In fact because it was in my own genre I felt I might be biased towards it and so didn't put it in my top 3 - howz that for warped logic! :scratch:

After a bit of mining two of the submitters have confessed that they didn't get around to reading the last few stories because they'd met such good ones earlier on in the list. Reading fatigue had obviously set in for some.

I could say that my 4321 story didn't get any votes because no one read it - last in the list - or that it lacked the visceral noir element most of the others had. Anything but the truth that it was a crap story - one for the shredder.

Congrats to Sallyq for her enigmatic story too.

Paul and Del - gritty stuff, well done.

Geoff
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 04, 2007, 04:38:39 AM
Thanks Geoff! I think there's always a chance that reading fatigue might set in, which is why I kept going for breaks. I did like your story, but by the time I got to the last few I think I'd already set on my favourites, and perhaps that's what a few others did.

Tip for next time. Have your title beginning with a letter at the front of the alphabet (then Ed will post them in reverse alphabetical order :D)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: delboy on November 04, 2007, 05:09:53 AM
Congratulations to everyone! And especially Jon, SallyQ, and Paul. The level of professionalism, imagination, and style across all the tales (not just the winners) was stunning.

This was a really interesting methodology for a competition (so special thanks to Ed). Being able to read all the entries and then afterwards see how the individual authors/readers voted really demonstrates both the breadth of talent and the breadth of taste, and more than anything helps one to understand that, in the world of fiction, though you can't please all the people all the time, just pleasing one or two makes it all worthwhile. And normally, this pleasuring of another, sotospeak, goes unnoticed. So it's nice to see the process revealed.  Ahem. :shocked:

Special thanks to Geoff who introduced me to the Cafe and hence the competition in the first play.

More later!

Del

Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: quolm on November 04, 2007, 05:29:36 AM
God I have no excuses I am completely slack! Sorry guys/ gals for not voting and being rubbish. I'll pull my thumb out next time.  :(
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: joneastwood on November 04, 2007, 05:57:07 AM
WOW! Thanks everyone!!
I'm REALLY happy about how many people thought highly of my story - especially compared to the high standard of the others.
This is actually the first story I ever wrote! I'm very new to writing actually - and i was struck by how experienced and professional everyone sounded. Thanks to Ed for a great competition!
 :cheers: :cheers:

And congrats to all - especially Sally, Paul and Del!!
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 04, 2007, 06:08:06 AM
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This is actually the first story I ever wrote!


You're kidding, Jon?!  :cheesy: It just shows that sometimes talent is there and doesn't have to be learned. Well done indeed!
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: delph_ambi on November 04, 2007, 08:15:09 AM
Well done everyone, and especially well done Jon - superb story.  :yes:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SharonBell on November 04, 2007, 10:20:47 AM
This is actually the first story I ever wrote! I'm very new to writing actually - and i was struck by how experienced and professional everyone sounded.

Oh, Jon!! Life as you knew it is officially over. This win has guaranteed that you are HOOOOOOKED!  :afro: You will never be the same again. Now you are one of us in the land of obsessive-compulsive writers. :grin: :evil: I'm delighted that we wil be able to say we knew ya when!
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: sylvrilyn on November 04, 2007, 10:46:35 AM
Congrats to everyone!  Jon, that's an amazing first story!  I would never have guessed it was your first.

And Ed, not that it matters in terms of prizes, but I think you gave me two extra points.  I should have had 3+3+1, since you voted me 3rd, not 2nd.   So I think I have 7 points.   :scratch:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: SamLeeFreak on November 04, 2007, 10:53:46 AM
WOW! Thanks everyone!!
I'm REALLY happy about how many people thought highly of my story - especially compared to the high standard of the others.
This is actually the first story I ever wrote! I'm very new to writing actually - and i was struck by how experienced and professional everyone sounded. Thanks to Ed for a great competition!
 :cheers: :cheers:

And congrats to all - especially Sally, Paul and Del!!


You're dicking me! That is fantastic  :grin:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: alex on November 04, 2007, 03:02:41 PM
Congrats to the winners!

And thanks to those who voted for mine.

Alex.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: BloatedFlesh on November 04, 2007, 03:59:24 PM
My apologies (BloatedFlesh) for being an ignorant plonker and not reading the rules, especially to those who took the time to vote for me. No excuses; I registered with CD on whim then forgot about it til I was invited to submit. Amazed and humbled am I that one of you chose my story as the best. Be sure I will now become a regular on CD.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: starktheground on November 04, 2007, 04:57:26 PM
Congratulations Guys!!! Well done, and all that!  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: (And, Geoff, I liked your story. I was debating between picking The Shade and yours for third place, before settling on The Shade.) I still can't believe my story got so many votes. Even if I didn't place, it still feels pretty darn good.  :grin:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Geoff_N on November 04, 2007, 05:07:16 PM
(And, Geoff, I liked your story. I was debating between picking The Shade and yours for third place, before settling on The Shade.)

Hey, thanks Stark, that's cheered me up - really! It's a bit like how I once came runner up to an honourable mention years ago for a major comp and yet felt proud of it! Hah!

Geoff
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 04, 2007, 05:40:21 PM
Congratulations to everyone! And especially Jon, SallyQ, and Paul. The level of professionalism, imagination, and style across all the tales (not just the winners) was stunning.

This was a really interesting methodology for a competition (so special thanks to Ed). Being able to read all the entries and then afterwards see how the individual authors/readers voted really demonstrates both the breadth of talent and the breadth of taste, and more than anything helps one to understand that, in the world of fiction, though you can't please all the people all the time, just pleasing one or two makes it all worthwhile. And normally, this pleasuring of another, sotospeak, goes unnoticed. So it's nice to see the process revealed.  Ahem. :shocked:

Special thanks to Geoff who introduced me to the Cafe and hence the competition in the first play.

More later!

Del



Very true, I think. Object lesson in not taking criticism too much to heart - somebody out there will like it, others won't, but the few who like what you've done make it worthwhile putting the effort in :smiley:

My story didn't get any votes for a while, but then somebody voted it 3rd place, which made me very happy, then a second, which made me happier again, then two firsts, which prompted a celebratory lager :grin: Silly really, isn't it?

Mine needs a good edit, TBH. I started it ages ago, but only got around to writing the last fifteen hundred words or so on the last night of the comp. I literally finished it, read it through, made a few minor adjustments and then posted it the following morning. Thereafter, I went through the various stages of thinking it wasn't a bad effort, to thinking it was crap, and now I'm on to knowing it needs a good edit ::)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: joneastwood on November 04, 2007, 06:24:43 PM
This is actually the first story I ever wrote! I'm very new to writing actually - and i was struck by how experienced and professional everyone sounded.

Oh, Jon!! Life as you knew it is officially over. This win has guaranteed that you are HOOOOOOKED! 

It's true - a new short story has been brewing and is approaching writing point. I'll have to wait until after next week to actually write it, as I need to spend a little more time on a play I'm doing next week. Curse my limited brain!!
Any more competitions coming up...?
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 04, 2007, 06:47:15 PM
I was thinking about doing an anthology challenge over the course of a year or eighteen months, with a similar type of judging system to this comp every month or two, to decide which stories go into the antho (again, similar to the TWI system). There wouldn't necessarily be a cash prize, but I haven't thoroughly thought it through, yet, so anything's possible. It all depends upon how many people would be interested in taking part.

Judging by the turnout for this comp, we could get a really good collection of stories together over the course of a year or eighteen months :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 05, 2007, 04:39:07 AM

And Ed, not that it matters in terms of prizes, but I think you gave me two extra points.  I should have had 3+3+1, since you voted me 3rd, not 2nd.   So I think I have 7 points.   :scratch:

Sorry - missed your post yesterday. Yes, when I first typed out the list I got it wrong, but changed it the following morning. Sorry about that. I hummed and harred which should be 2nd and which 3rd for quite a while, and to be fair, I thought your story deserved more votes overall than it got. It was well written, nicely rounded, and the irony at the end puts the spotlight firmly on the reader himself, which I like. :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: sylvrilyn on November 05, 2007, 02:40:49 PM
Thanks.  I'm glad you liked it.  I'm so delighted I got votes at all, since this was my first foray into the genre.  :)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 05, 2007, 07:26:37 PM
Vouchers should be with the winners within a couple of days :afro:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 06, 2007, 02:57:43 AM
 :dance: Are they coming by post, Ed?
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 06, 2007, 03:46:17 AM
No, I thought I'd do a drive-by on your houses with a molotov - the voucher being the wick :afro: Hope you don't mind :/

(Yep - they're coming in the post  :smiley: )
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 06, 2007, 04:38:07 AM
 :D

They can be sent by email, which is why I asked as I've had problems with stuff going into my junk mail folder, and I didn't want to miss them!
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: PaulH on November 06, 2007, 05:44:24 AM
No, I thought I'd do a drive-by on your houses with a molotov - the voucher being the wick :afro: Hope you don't mind :/

(Yep - they're coming in the post  :smiley: )

Would you mind, Ed? It'll save me a lot of clearing up and the insurance money will come in handy too.  :evil:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 06, 2007, 06:42:34 AM
Cafe Doom - The 'Explosive' website :evil:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 06, 2007, 12:45:54 PM
:D

They can be sent by email, which is why I asked as I've had problems with stuff going into my junk mail folder, and I didn't want to miss them!

Yeah - I didn't realise they could be sent via e-mail until I was half way through ordering them. I suppose, when it comes down to it, the only part of the voucher you need to spend them is the number that's printed on them. :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 06, 2007, 01:15:54 PM
At least by real mail it's something nice to look forward to. I've already got my shopping basket full of books. I'm treating myself to some Philip K Dick short story collections, and buying my dad a Lee Child audio cassette for Christmas (dad's going blind so can't read books anymore). So thanks Ed! You've helped me sort one pressie out for Christmas :afro:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 06, 2007, 02:53:25 PM
Cool :afro:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: joneastwood on November 07, 2007, 06:01:21 PM
what's that Phillip K Dick collection called? Sounds good.
I think I'm going to get another USB memory key - i lost my last one, and it had 4 chapters of a book i was writing on it. I had other copies, so it wasn't a disaster, but i've missed having one.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 07, 2007, 06:10:40 PM
There are two Philip K Dick collections on Amazon, Jon. One is Minority Report (and other stories) and the other is We Can Remember it For You Wholesale (and other stories) which was filmed as Total Recall. I'm going to have them both. I was going to get Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep too but I wanted Stephen King's Everything's Eventual short story collection. I've only got about fifty Stephen King books so I feel a bit deprived ;)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: joneastwood on November 08, 2007, 05:41:37 PM
Sounds good - i loved 'Do Androids...' but i always felt that Blade Runner didn't quite do it justice.
Did you see the film of A Scanner Darkly? I thought Keanu Reeves was the most animated I've ever seen him   :grin:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 09, 2007, 03:09:21 AM
No, I haven't seen that. It sounds interesting. I saw the book the other day and considered it. I'll see how I get on with his short story collections first, I think. I've never actually read his work. I've only seen the film adaptations.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 13, 2007, 07:04:50 AM
My voucher arrived this morning. Thanks Ed :2thumbs: They can't be used on Amazon.co.uk (not sure why that is) so I've had a lovely browse and ordered my first ever items from Amazon.com. It's so exciting, knowing that I've got books coming from America! It also means I'll be able to leave reviews on Amazon.com now whereas I haven't been able to before.

A whole new world has opened up for me. :cheers:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 13, 2007, 01:00:22 PM
Cool - glad to hear you've got it - they took a while to come, didn't they? I was beginning to wonder if I should chase them up or not. Strange they won't accept them on amazon.co.uk. I had assumed they would, too :scratch:

I hope you enjoy your books :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: PaulH on November 13, 2007, 04:57:31 PM
I got mine today too thanks Ed. Still trying to decide what I should get from my ever growing Amazon wish list!
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 13, 2007, 05:16:58 PM
Thanks for letting me know you got it safely :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: joneastwood on November 13, 2007, 06:38:54 PM
Got mine today - excited to receive post for Jon Eastwood for the first time!!   :cool:
Having a browse on Amazon now...
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 13, 2007, 06:48:36 PM
Cool - thanks for letting me know :afro: I hope you enjoy your shopping :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: PaulH on November 13, 2007, 07:17:01 PM
I will, I promise! Book shopping is one of life's great pleasures. Of course, I might have to try to resist the pull of all those Marvel grpahic novels I want. (Yes, that's my way of trying to make reading comics sound grown up...)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 14, 2007, 03:47:19 AM
I think they're an art form in their own right - vibrant colours, plenty of movement, a little bit kitsch. What's not to like?  ;)
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: starktheground on November 14, 2007, 09:04:47 AM
I will, I promise! Book shopping is one of life's great pleasures. Of course, I might have to try to resist the pull of all those Marvel grpahic novels I want. (Yes, that's my way of trying to make reading comics sound grown up...)

Hell, yeah! My better half corrects me every time I call them "comics!" You should check out Marvel Zombies. Twisted.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 14, 2007, 10:13:27 AM
I don't know much about 'comics', but I gather Japanese anime is considered a great art form and collected by people all over the world. It must take some skill to depict a scene in one picture which doesn't move, and just the chance of adding a few words.
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: PaulH on November 14, 2007, 07:04:50 PM
If you watch Heroes, a lot of stuf they do in that is lifted from comics. Then again, it's hardly a surprise as a lot of the show's creators are comics people.

Oh, and I could tell you which comics to read to see where they got some of their plotlines from!
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Sallyq on November 15, 2007, 03:31:04 AM
Oh I love Heroes. I haven't a clue what's going on half the time, but I love it. Yes, I can see the influence of comics upon the plot, as well as comic art, which is pretty much what Isaac the artist blokey does, isn't it?
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: PaulH on November 17, 2007, 09:03:04 AM
Woo hoo! My Amazon order has been despatched. I now have all six books in Tanya Huff's blood series to look forward to, plus a couple of Green Lantern graphic novels. Thanks again to Ed and everyone who voted for my story  :afro:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 17, 2007, 09:34:33 AM
Cool :afro: Thanks for taking part in the first place :smiley:
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: delboy on November 19, 2007, 06:13:21 AM
Ed, just to let you know I've now picked up my voucher from my mail forwarding address. Many thanks again. I think what you're doing here is extremely generous and inspiring.  :afro: I'm quite tempted to purchase The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer. Always liked Mailer and, with his sad passing a few days back, this would seem like a fitting tribute.

On another subject, my house move is (hopefully - touches wood) going to be complete later this week and if all goes well I may have regular access to the web again; just in time for the December story week.

Regards,
Del
Title: Re: 3rd Anniversary voting thread
Post by: Ed on November 20, 2007, 03:53:02 AM
You're welcome, Del - I enjoyed the comp as much as everybody else, so it wasn't without gain for me. Glad to hear you got the voucher safely, and that your house move is going well. I hope you enjoy the book :smiley: