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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #210 on: November 01, 2010, 05:47:38 AM »
I've gone through them all reading the first few paragraphs. That's weeded out three or four that I know I'm going to struggle to read any further. Still leaves a LOT of stories of course. I'm now going through seeing how far I can get into each story. The variety of styles and content is extraordinary. Fascinating stuff. This is going to be VERY hard to judge.

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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #211 on: November 01, 2010, 07:09:06 AM »
I'm most of the way through the first page. Lots of good stuff here and it's going a lot faster than I thought it would. I am quite curious who wrote what.   
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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #212 on: November 01, 2010, 07:20:44 AM »
Yesterday I spent most of the day on this, and got a little over halfway through, reading every story (except one which I couldn't finish despite trying twice) from start to finish. Totally agree with delph--it's going to be tough to judge. I'm impressed with the quality of the entries!

I *think* I know who wrote a small number of them, but then I recognize two from their starts either in the weekly flash fiction or the critique group.

On to the remaining half!  :dance:

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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #213 on: November 01, 2010, 07:33:10 AM »
I skimmed through  a few yesterday but I'm going to make an earnest effort to read through a bunch today.  Part of the fun is trying to guess which story belons to whom - I was wwaaayyy off last year haha
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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #214 on: November 01, 2010, 09:03:48 AM »
The only problem I'm having with reading is the dog. She keeps climbing in behind my back to get warm. Try sitting up to read for a couple hours.  :/

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« Reply #215 on: November 01, 2010, 11:14:47 AM »
There were at least 101 things I was supposed to do today. I've only done one of them (read and re-read all the stories). It's been a good day! And amazingly, I've narrowed it down to my top three. Couldn't have done it if I'd had to work today, but I had a rare day off so made the most of it.


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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #216 on: November 01, 2010, 03:02:37 PM »
I've seen a lot of variety already. It's fun to read a story without having any notion of the writer behind it.

I'm trying to skip between pages, so I don't get sick of reading after page 1 and find myself less enthused for pages 2-4.

It's been a fun insight into the "slush sorting" process for me.

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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #217 on: November 01, 2010, 03:07:27 PM »
I have just finished reading the tenth story and I have to say that I am enjoying them so far. I am making myself read the entire thing and then giving it a mark out of ten to create a shortlist, then am going to go back over the top five and decide on my winners.


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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #218 on: November 01, 2010, 04:53:26 PM »
I'm on the sixth story.  I'm a slow reader, so it's a good thing I have two weeks.  I'm taking the same approach I do when reading for an anthology.  It's fun reading each person's top three as they trickle in on the voting thread.
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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #219 on: November 01, 2010, 05:04:13 PM »
So what was the final tally? I can't see the story forum.
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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #220 on: November 01, 2010, 05:09:51 PM »
So what was the final tally? I can't see the story forum.

Are you sure you can't see it, Ken? It should be visible to all members, here -- http://www.cafedoom.com/forum/index.php?topic=3428.0

The final tally was fifty stories. Three more than last year :afro:
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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #221 on: November 01, 2010, 05:10:19 PM »
Wow...I need to read faster.  I have even more respect for editors now but this is truly fun!

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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #222 on: November 01, 2010, 05:40:35 PM »
I'm still only on one. Oh dear! Luckily I have Friday morning off - hopefully I can get through a couple then...
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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #223 on: November 01, 2010, 05:57:44 PM »
I am doing fairly well, in that I read them all yesterday and have begun re-reading my shortlist. (Having a cold is a wonderful excuse to stare at the computer most of the day...)

But, on the other hand, I have very little idea which ones I am going to vote for... so having the two weeks looks like a good thing!  :afro:
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Re: CafeDoom's Sixth Annual Writing Competition -- Rules thread
« Reply #224 on: November 01, 2010, 06:04:11 PM »
So what was the final tally? I can't see the story forum.

Are you sure you can't see it, Ken? It should be visible to all members, here -- http://www.cafedoom.com/forum/index.php?topic=3428.0

The final tally was fifty stories. Three more than last year :afro:
I can see it. Sorry about that. Apparently I was looking for something far less obvious. Haha.

And very cool on the response! I hope you're in better spirits now. =)
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