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« Reply #1950 on: July 13, 2010, 06:43:17 PM »


Would I do it again? Absolutely yes.


Eek! I was the 2008 prose judge and I honestly don't know how i found the time to do anything *but* read and judge. I was thankful in the later rounds when people started dropping out.

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« Reply #1951 on: July 13, 2010, 07:44:30 PM »


Would I do it again? Absolutely yes.


You mean judge? Or have you entered as a contestant before? Would you enter again? Or the first time?
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« Reply #1952 on: July 14, 2010, 03:25:40 AM »


Would I do it again? Absolutely yes.


You mean judge? Or have you entered as a contestant before? Would you enter again? Or the first time?

I mean as a judge. I've never been a contestent for the Whittaker. I have often entered comps but I can't envisage being able to be so productive as you have to be in the Whittaker, rewarding though it might be!
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« Reply #1953 on: July 14, 2010, 03:30:31 AM »

It's much, much easier being the poetry judge simply because poems are much, much shorter. One in round eight was only one line long this year. Although there's no minimum wordcount for the prose section, I bet nobody quite has the nerve to enter a tiny flash. This year they've tried to reduce the prose judging workload problem by having two prose judges, but I think that's proving a problem for the contestants as they can't start to tailor their work to the taste of the judge as they go along (which for me is half the fun of the challenge).

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« Reply #1954 on: July 14, 2010, 07:06:11 AM »

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I never knew people could make a living out of playing recorder.

During the Cumbrian shooting spree there was mention that one of the victims was the local mole catcher. That was another occupation that I'd never considered anyone could make a living at (or that such a role even existed) but a few weeks later there was an article in our local paper about our mole catcher. He catches upwards of 6000 moles a year and does, apparantly, a vital job.

Great characters for stories...  a mole catcher and a professional recorderist are thrown together to battle the forces of evil quietly gathering in the rural concert halls of 21st century Great Britain...

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« Reply #1955 on: July 14, 2010, 08:20:09 AM »

This year they've tried to reduce the prose judging workload problem by having two prose judges, but I think that's proving a problem for the contestants as they can't start to tailor their work to the taste of the judge as they go along (which for me is half the fun of the challenge).


Mmmm, I wouldn't say that. Three of my first four entries scored from 2 to 7 points below the median, but my last four scored 6 to 15 points above the median. For me, the biggest problem is that one of the judges took a week to ten days to return the scores, where the other one always had them back within a day or two. I much preferred the faster turnaround!
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« Reply #1956 on: July 14, 2010, 08:43:14 AM »

Yes, fast turnaround is infinitely preferable! I've found it frustrating when I've got all the poetry scores to Donna within a day or so, and then had to wait over a week to see them posted. One of the prose judges is certainly taking his/her time this year.

I should have said 'some of the contestants' in my last post. I know from what some have been saying to me (and I've been very good and NOT talked directly to anyone who's been doing poetry, just prose) this has definitely been the case - as I know it was for me last year, as I tried each round to craft a story closer and closer to Geoff's taste, my reasoning being that if he had half a dozen stories each equally well-crafted, he wouldn't be able to help a tiny bit of subjectivity creeping in to separate them out score-wise.
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« Reply #1957 on: July 14, 2010, 10:55:47 AM »

Yes, it can pay off to research or learn what the judge's personal tastes are. I'd hope that my passion for sensual Show leads to powerful writing after the comp anyway, and some writers were already doing that. I agree that a flash would find it difficult to score with last year's categories for points - it requires about 2k words for characters and plot to develop - as a rule.
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« Reply #1958 on: July 14, 2010, 01:29:37 PM »

I'm not sure how I'd go about writing a story that you'd like, Geoff. I don't think you've liked anything I've written yet scratch I think I'd be scuppered if you were the judge afro
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« Reply #1959 on: July 14, 2010, 06:37:02 PM »

Of Dirt and Dust has got TONS of sensual Show in it!  I think I filled 70% of the word count up with it lolololol  but seriously, that's something I am very aware of ever since a few crits ago, and try to include, but some stories really, really deserve it more than others, I reckon.

Anyway, went to my friends for tea tonight, because he said he had a small surprise for me.  His girlfriend ended up inviting a couple of other people along (including my housemate) and she cooked a three course meal!  Roasted butternut squash, Moroccan lamb, home-made lemon cheesecake - very posh!  We also had these shots of gin filled with pomegranate seeds - I love gin but this was a bit much even for me  grin then the surprise - we went through to the lounge, and he said 'close yours eyes and tell me what this is, going purely by sound' and it ended up being a DVD version of one of my favourite films, In The Mouth of Madness, which I didn't think was possible to get on DVD in this country.  A very nice sweet surprise indeed, and a really lovely evening.  On Friday night we're going to do some snail racing!
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« Reply #1960 on: July 14, 2010, 08:05:35 PM »

snail racing?   scratch
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« Reply #1961 on: July 15, 2010, 02:56:27 AM »

Our country is small, Pharo. If we race anything faster than snails, they fall off the edge.
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« Reply #1962 on: July 15, 2010, 03:52:28 AM »

Quite so - I've lost track of the number of damn fine racing beetles I've lost to the briny off Land's End. Tsk... undecided
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« Reply #1963 on: July 15, 2010, 07:52:56 AM »

I'm not sure how I'd go about writing a story that you'd like, Geoff. I don't think you've liked anything I've written yet scratch I think I'd be scuppered if you were the judge afro

Hey, you mustn't equate a tough critique with not liking a story. I certainly liked your running novella you used to have in the Crit weeks.
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« Reply #1964 on: July 16, 2010, 05:26:17 AM »

snail racing?   scratch
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My friend's made a large circle of wood, and collected a whole load of garden snails, and he's going to put them all in the centre of the circle, and the first snail past the edge wins!

I do live in Scunthorpe, so it's either snail racing for entertainment or get someone pregnant 
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