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« Reply #120 on: November 02, 2011, 10:08:25 PM »

I am about to read #37.
It will be tough to pick a winner.
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« Reply #121 on: November 02, 2011, 11:11:53 PM »

I'm on #5...damn I'm a slow reader.
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« Reply #122 on: November 03, 2011, 01:55:04 AM »

I'm amazed and envious that anyone has read all the stories already. Only on #10 myself. But really enjoying them so far.  afro
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« Reply #123 on: November 03, 2011, 04:45:13 AM »

I'm making headway... a couple each morning with my coffee, a brace at lunchtime with a cup of tea, a few in the evening with a beer. I shall probably miss it when I'm done.

Some cracking reads - currently have about eight stories on my shortlist for re-reading. Let's hope I don't have 58 on that shortlist once I've got to the end...

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« Reply #124 on: November 03, 2011, 08:27:24 AM »

I'm on #50. Good haul this year! afro
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« Reply #125 on: November 03, 2011, 08:56:52 AM »

I'm about to start #33. Hope to get through the rest at the weekend. While I agree there are some great ideas presented in the stories, many fall short in the area of characterization. My top picks will focus on those that combine a good idea with well-drawn character(s).
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« Reply #126 on: November 03, 2011, 09:13:20 AM »

I already said this in my voting post, but I just wanted to say it again: this was great fun and I was really impressed by the entries.  I'm so glad I stumbled onto these forums and entered this contest.

One of the coolest things about this is the way it shows through the voting method how subjective a reader's taste can be when it comes to picking winners out of a batch of strong stories.  Even with the few votes that are in so far, there are a lot of different kinds stories up there in those top three picks.  So it's been an interesting, fun and eye-opening experience for me.
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« Reply #127 on: November 03, 2011, 09:34:57 AM »

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One of the coolest things about this is the way it shows through the voting method how subjective a reader's taste can be when it comes to picking winners out of a batch of strong stories.  Even with the few votes that are in so far, there are a lot of different kinds stories up there in those top three picks.  So it's been an interesting, fun and eye-opening experience for me.

This is exactly right, and why I love this comp' so much. It's also a lesson I fail to learn every year.  undecided  We can clearly see here how one story can be unplaced with a reader and yet for another it can be a number one choice. We all know that's the case and we should carry such knowledge with us when we submit tales...yet I for one still tend to submit once, get a rejection, and drop the story into my bottom drawer never to resurface... Maybe one day I'll learn  rolleyes

In one way, reading the voting comments is almost as educational and fun as reading the stories - where else can you  get such a clear perspective on how varied our individual tastes are, be able to compare those tastes with your own, and with other people's, and thus start to really understand the nature of this writing malarky?

Anyway, I still have a way to go yet, so I'm off to read another tale (I was cursing the 3k limit whilst writing, but it does make the reading a little quicker!).

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« Reply #128 on: November 03, 2011, 10:56:09 AM »

I just want to thank the folks who leave comments on every story, even though I only comment on my top three. I might make a resolution for next year to write comments...
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« Reply #129 on: November 03, 2011, 12:18:13 PM »

Just finished reading the 27th. Still very much impressed.

I thought, going in, I'd easily be able to pick something out using a short list of criteria, but now I don't know. Yes, this one has typos but wow - what a story; not much in the way of horror but oh, such beautiful characterization; formatting's driving me crazy here, but the tempo -

On and on. It makes me appreciate what an editor has to go through, and I suspect I need to re-examine my list of no-no's. It's also a good learning process for me as a writer, being able to see what works, what doesn't.  Brutal, but this will help me quite a bit, I think.

Okay. nearly half way through!
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« Reply #130 on: November 04, 2011, 04:42:27 AM »

Phew... I'm there  cheers  Except I have 14 stories on my short list that I now need to reread and make notes on and then pick some winners from. Loads of cracking tales, sick minds, and great writing. Good work one and all.

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« Reply #131 on: November 04, 2011, 07:57:04 AM »

Finished the first read through yesterday. Now I'll go over the 23 (!) I marked for rereads and whittle them down. Terrible decision this year.  Shocked

Good job, guys!  afro
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« Reply #132 on: November 04, 2011, 07:18:43 PM »

I'm near to halfway through the stories. So far I've found a few I like. cool
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« Reply #133 on: November 04, 2011, 10:55:54 PM »

Just finished reading the last entry. Phew! Decisions, decisions.
There are some very inventive minds out there, but after my reading, I'm not going out to meet THEM! Aaaarrrrgggggghhhh!
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« Reply #134 on: November 06, 2011, 07:32:42 AM »

hahaha I hope I'm one of those, are maybe I don't?  Cheesy

Tomorrow's my 'sort it out!' day for this. Yessirreeeeee!
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