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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies July 30, 2012 - 5:07pm

yeah, i'm not going to make it. good luck all!

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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading Black Spire by Delilah Dawson July 30, 2012 - 7:11pm

@Richard Aw, I was looking forward to reading yours!

 
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closure from Australia is reading The Ghormenghast Trilogy, by Mervyn Peake July 31, 2012 - 12:42am

Oh crap! I thought we had the whole of July to submit (i.e. until July 31), but it looks like the submission deadline says July 30! That'll teach me!

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David Ireland from London is reading Confessions of an English Opium-Eater July 31, 2012 - 4:43am

Wow! A lot of last minute submissions!

I'll read as many as I can. If anyone wants to read mine (The Shadow Man), I'll guarantee return feedback. I'm really keen to polish my story as much as possible, so appreciate the comments.

Thanks to those who have read it so far (Emma, Jess) -- I'll get to your stories over the next day or so.

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz July 31, 2012 - 5:18am

As a fellow last minute submitter, I'll read yours this morning David. 

Mine is up and is titled "Tsula's Return"

I read a small handful earlier in the month, then got pretty busy, but I'm going to try to read as many as I can over the next month.

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. July 31, 2012 - 6:55am

All right  . .. . What's the next step?

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies July 31, 2012 - 8:11am

just too much going on, emma. but thanks.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland July 31, 2012 - 8:54am

My word Microsoft Word processor count said 3997. But feed back from others said that there word count was about 50 words over. So i cut 90 words and tried to resubmit but the litreactor page was down from 9:30 till atleast midnight. I really hope you guys go by the count of microsoft word 2003.

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce July 31, 2012 - 9:53am

Sean - I'll read yours today! 

Otis & Jonathan - I'll schedule yours for tomorrow (I'm such a dork, I wrote myself a 'To Do' list for this week and included reviewing these stories in it).

I've read and given feedback on four so far, and each one has been unique and interesting in its own way, and seriously entertaining. I was rather optimistically hoping I could read each story, but there's been a massive glut of entries in the last day of the challenge.

How long do we get to review each other's stories? Is it all of August?

Jess

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. July 31, 2012 - 12:37pm

I haven't tried actually submitting but, it looks like the submission page is still up . . . 

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Jeff from Florida is reading Another Side of Bob Dylan by Victor Maymudes July 31, 2012 - 12:57pm

Just did five reviews.

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Wonder Woman from RI is reading 20th Century Ghosts July 31, 2012 - 1:04pm

I've really enjoyed reading these stories! I'm amazed by the number that came through the last few days, though. Does anyone know how long they'll be up for us to read? I'm going to be a downloading fool if you say tonight... ~_^

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland July 31, 2012 - 1:13pm

I've been trying to do 3-5 reads a comments a day.i haven't been connected with a network of writers since college 10 years ago so I'm trying to teach myself how to give helpful feedback and costructive criticsm. Thank you everyone who submitted. I have thoroughly enjoyes reading these storries. Bear with me i have about 110 left to go lol.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch July 31, 2012 - 1:27pm

What happens if someone's story has the exact same title as your story? (and you submitted first) - I just don't feel like changing my title. (yes, "you" was me in that question)

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce July 31, 2012 - 5:45pm

Maybe it's not a bad thing Liana... you might get some accidental traffic to your link you wouldn't have had otherwise!

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Pushpaw from Canada is reading Building Stories by Chris Ware July 31, 2012 - 7:15pm

Spooky coincidence -- I wrote my horror story "Soup of Life" last week, then posted it in the Scare Us challenge on Saturday night (July 28th). I won't say much about it except that it involves a fair amount of violence to the characters' bowels.

On Sunday night, the 29th, I have this terrible, vivid dream about being sick. Feeling achy all over, having a headache. On Monday morning, the 30th, I wake up feeling under the weather--exactly how I felt in my dream. I decide to heed the dream's warning and stay home, so I won't have to go home from work. At this point I'm just a bit under the weather and figure I'll be back at work in a day.

But...then I start feeling worse and worse. I get a temperature. I feel shitty all day. I use ice-packs and Advil and think I've got the fever under control.

Tuesday, July 31 (today), I wake up with an awful pain in my abdomen and an even worse fever. The pain is constant. I think it's gas, but it won't go away, so I start worrying about burst appendices and blocked bowels. All day I'm feeling this pain, and I think a number of times: "Why the fuck did I write that stupid horror story! I'm being punished for being so cruel to my characters' bowels!"

Around dinner time, I go to the clinic. The doctor diagnoses me with a viral infection in the bowels and tells me it will take a week to get over.

Part of me thinks I should never write another horror story again, and another part thinks that maybe writing the story was my subconscious giving me a premonition along the lines of: Beware! violence will occur to your bowels soon.

So that's my spooky coincidence.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland July 31, 2012 - 8:18pm

Liana, unfortunately titles can't be copyrighted. But if you love it keep it. No matter what they write it still belongs to you.

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun July 31, 2012 - 11:17pm

Just for your information. New entries to Scare Us are closed! Thanks to everyone who submitted a story. As our first event we didn't know what to expect but with 156 stories submitted in a month, I think we were successful.

At any rate, we're not done yet. Now, the most important thing is that people spend some time reading as many stories as they have time for. Because, as hinted, there will be prizes to follow! And not just prizes for those who submitted stories but also for those who took the time to write a review.

Congrats everyone! Now on to the final phase!

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WesFord from America (CO, NE, NC, AK, NY, WA) is reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Portable Atheist by Hitchens, 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill July 31, 2012 - 11:40pm

Kirk,

How long will we be able to read, rate, and review?

Wes

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun August 1, 2012 - 9:34am

Wes,

There is going to be a post today that tells you everything that happens next. But, you should be able to read the stories indefinately. However, for the actual scare us event, we're going to put a 2 week window up for reviews to actually count.

So, if you want to read a few stories and don't know where to start, ead over to the main listing and choose a few stories from the "needs readers" column.

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WesFord from America (CO, NE, NC, AK, NY, WA) is reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, Portable Atheist by Hitchens, 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill August 1, 2012 - 11:39am

Fabulous news and I just read the article! I shall work on my patience.

Thanks for the response.

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Pushpaw from Canada is reading Building Stories by Chris Ware August 1, 2012 - 11:49am

Anyone else unable to download stories from the Scare Us challenge? I can download normal workshop submissions, but when I click download for the Scare Us stories I get a page with weird characters on it. Have been trying for past few days.

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun August 1, 2012 - 12:03pm

If you're having problems it is probably because the file is .docx. Try right-clicking the download link and doing a "save". Then open it from your computer. Word can sometimes be stupid like that.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 1, 2012 - 12:43pm

Make sure to keep reading and reviewing!  The writers still need your awesome feedback. 

And if you're into ulterior motives...make sure to keep reading and reviewing! 

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XyZy from New York City is reading Seveneves and Animal Money August 1, 2012 - 1:46pm

@Kirk: Yeah, I'm running into this problem too, and figured it was a .docx thing, but it doesn't seem specifically to be the old ".docx is weird" thing that usually happens when .docx is being weird. (note all these problems I've had are with .docx files in the Scare Us challenge)

In firefox (7.0.1) I can't download it at all. Clicking the "download" button opens to a new page full of gibberish:

PK�����!���7f�� ���[Content_Types].xml �

and right-clicking it only gives me link options, open in new tab, open in new window, save link, bookmark link... download is not an option.

So I tried explorer (some version of 7) and was able to download the file, but it didn't download a .docx file, it downloaded a zip file (delirium_short_story_horror.zip) full of .xml files. Which I did open. I think my favorite part was:

<w:t xml:space="preserve">The walls began swaying back and forth, back and forth. The ceiling tapestry formed new mazes previously undiscovered, previously impossible. Red turned to pink, black switched to blue, reality flirted with insanity. There was knocking at the door. Or was it just a distant sound? No, knocking. It was knocking. Someone was there, someone knew. But they couldn’t know. Nobody could know. It was still the infancy of his evil. He enjoyed doing this. His psychosis made him feel</w:t>
  </w:r>
  <w:proofErr w:type="gramStart" />
- <w:r w:rsidRPr="00747A5B">
- <w:rPr>
  <w:sz w:val="24" />
  <w:szCs w:val="24" />
  </w:rPr>
  <w:t>good,</w:t>
  </w:r>
  <w:proofErr w:type="gramEnd" />
- <w:r w:rsidRPr="00747A5B">
- <w:rPr>
  <w:sz w:val="24" />
  <w:szCs w:val="24" />
  </w:rPr>
  <w:t xml:space="preserve">made him feel at ease.</w:t>

I've done some messing around, I 've found a .doc in the scare us challenge, and it opens fine, and I've found a .docx in the regular workshop and it opens fine. This is an issue I've found with only this machine (running xp... I haven't had an issue on any of the macs I normally use) and the .docx file format in the Scare Us Challenge section of the site.

I am currently looking for someone to have put up an LBL of a .docx in that section and see if those files also come out weird, or if it is only from the big red "download" button.

EDIT: found one, and it had the same results. Apparently older windows machines do not like .docx files in the Scare Us Challenge section of the site.

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 1, 2012 - 2:39pm

@XyZy

 

Couple of points:

* A docx file is a special form of zip file, so if you download the a .docx file and it turns into a .zip file, you can safely rename it .docx and shouold have a working file a again.

* The "Save Link" or "Save Link as" options in your context menu (The pop-up you get with a right click) is the equivalent of download.  It should give you the option to save the file where you want to.

* docx files require a relatively new version of Office to work.  If you have an older version, you may be able to use something like Google Docs to read the file.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne August 1, 2012 - 2:53pm

I sincerely wish I had more time for this. It makes me feel guilty that I haven't really been able to stick around and work on reading/reviewing. Hopefully I can work it into my schedule at some point. I hope!

Congrats on the event, though, everybody. I'm glad I got to submit something though I haven't had the time to rework it, and am bitterly disappointed that being one thumbs-up away from perfect knocked me off the main page. Note to self, write better stories. :D

This was cool, though, and I'm loving my spooky skeletal zombie dude (currently hanging above my monitor from the blinds) and my LR coffee mug (from which I'm currently drinking frozen coffee). Once the hubbub from this dies down I'll likely submit to the workshop and try to participate again, but it's going to be rough with my upcoming school schedule. Fingers crossed!

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Pushpaw from Canada is reading Building Stories by Chris Ware August 1, 2012 - 2:53pm

I use Pages on a Mac - I did what Kirk said and did a "Save Link As" by clicking mouse + control and it appeared to solve the problem. Pages automatically converts docx files. Looks like I can finally return the favour to the kind folks who reviewed my story.

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XyZy from New York City is reading Seveneves and Animal Money August 1, 2012 - 6:18pm

* A docx file is a special form of zip file, so if you download the a .docx file and it turns into a .zip file, you can safely rename it .docx and shouold have a working file a again.

Interesting... Well, I'll give that a shot when I get back to work. It certainly explains why the issue has manifested in the way that it has, but still doesn't explain the issue. As in why this isn't a problem in the regular workshop. It also explains why .docx files have been such a pain in the ass for the past 5 years...

* The "Save Link" or "Save Link as" options in your context menu (The pop-up you get with a right click) is the equivalent of download.  It should give you the option to save the file where you want to.

Yes, but the main issue I have isn't that there is a work around. It's that the .docx format does something very strange to the website's programming. It isn't that I get a file from the website and my program jumbles it when I open it, it's that the website is for some reason confusing what the file is and sends me a jumble of gibberish as a new web page. And i've done the "save link as" and I get a text file named .docx, but that's still not a .docx file named .docx. (even if that is preferrable. I like text files. And hell, if I wanted a download workaround, I just drag the download button into my downloads window on my mac.)

So sure, it can be worked around, but that isn't the point of having the big red download button. The point is to click the button, a window pops up and asks you where you'd like to save the file, or if you'd just like to open it directly into your word processor, and then reading the file it sends you is up to the word processors you have installed on your computer (the same way that it works with all other file formats... even that poor bastard step-child Rich Textformat... god bless him, he tries.)

Instead of giving me the option to download the file, at litreactor.com/sites/default/files/events/5423/5876/delirium_short_story_horror.docx for example, it is opening that page in my browser. Which is different than what happens when I tell firefox to open litreactor.com/sites/default/files/private/ww/6086/hiimandimchanneledrevised_0.docx where firefox automatically knows that this is a PC ZIP Archive file (ah, that makes a lot of since now) and can't read it and wants to know what it should do with it, save or open?

For some reason this is an issue only with .docx files, and only in the Scare Us Challenge section of the website. It is also apparently not dependent on windows systems because the same thing is happening on my mac now, running 10.8 and firefox 14.0.1.

* docx files require a relatively new version of Office to work.  If you have an older version, you may be able to use something like Google Docs to read the file.

Yes, I understand this. But if I can download .docx files from the regular workshop area and open them with Open Office, then I'm fairly confident that I should be able to download .docx files from the Scare Us Challenge area and open them with Open Office... only I can't, so there's an issue. And it's not the opening them part.

But mostly I'm confused as to why there's only a handful of us running into this problem. Does everyone else just automatically right-click and save as?

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun August 1, 2012 - 8:19pm

Well, I think I finally identified the source of the issue. It seems that Firefox changed how it was downloading open document files like .docx. So I have hopefully made a change that will help Firefox understand what to do with those files.

If you continue to have an issue, provide me with a link to the submission in question.

Since Firefox started their rapid-release schedule, thier quality control really seems to have gone down the toilet. All because they wanted to look competitive with Chrome by greatly increasing their version number. Or at least that's been my experience.

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 1, 2012 - 9:18pm

Is there a way to see the number of up/down votes or the total number of votes rather than just the precentages?

 

DOH!  It's right there in the mouse over isn't it . . . 

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Ethan Cooper from Longview, TX is reading The Kill Room, Heart-Shaped Box, Dr. Sleep August 1, 2012 - 10:07pm

Are we still able to post new revisions of our story during these next two weeks?

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun August 2, 2012 - 7:21am

You can certainly edit your submission and attach a new file if you want, Ethan. 

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 3, 2012 - 10:01pm

@kirk  Just out of curiosity, when does the "2 week window" for reviews to count end?

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun August 6, 2012 - 10:15am

Just so it sounds official, August 15th!

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 7, 2012 - 6:33pm

Where'd everybody go!  I'm pretty sure people are still reading stories; I know I am.  My hope is to shoot for 2 or so a day plus or minus.  Anybody else out there?  Anyone found a real gem?

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres August 7, 2012 - 6:55pm

I got bogged down with so much garbage lately, I've hardly had time to log in lately.  But I plan making a surge through the newer stories in the next couple days, and also going back on some of the older stories that I'd read but not yet commented/voted on.  I hate when real life interferes with my happiness...

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 7, 2012 - 7:02pm

I know I'll never make it through all of these!  As you say, life has a tendency to get in the way.  Still, I hope to get through a good number of them before the 15th!  Glad to hear there's someone else out there though.

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce August 7, 2012 - 8:20pm

Life is getting in the way this week for me, too... Australian taxes, appointments with banks here in Canada, chirporactor visits... totally messing with my plan to do two LBLs a day for the horror challenge! 

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Scott MacDonald from UK is reading Perfidia August 8, 2012 - 9:49am

Ploughing through as many reviews as I can but I'm never going to get even half done before the 15th.  What's a respectable number so I can remain guilt free considering the amount of people who've kindly read mine?

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne August 8, 2012 - 11:51am

Unfortunately I'm too busy with a manuscript review group and a class here on LR, there's just no way. I barely have time to breathe at this point. Plus I'm still trying to rewrite some stuff so I can get back into submitting, including the one I posted for the Scare Us challenge... but that's going slow too due to the fact that real school, which I'm attending for the first time in 12 years, starts at the end of the month. My brain is seriously reaching critical mass.

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz August 8, 2012 - 12:28pm

Ok - I'm going to go & read one right now that needs a reader just because I have to. I'll try to get 1 or 2 a day from here til the 15th. A respectable number? Who knows. Life is life. When you can read one, read one. When shit's in the way, don't. We can all still group hug at the end.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland August 9, 2012 - 6:07am

Arlane. I've been averaging about three a day and I've probably read and reveiwed just over 50. I probably won't make half but I'm hoping 1/3 is respectable. I'm really enjoying all these great stories and the great feedback i have received on mine. Thank you all for submitting and reviewing. --Jonathan--

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 13, 2012 - 10:46am

So much for 2 a day. . . I barely made 2 in the last four days!

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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading Black Spire by Delilah Dawson August 13, 2012 - 1:19pm

I was doing so well reading, and then got swamped by all the entries in the last days of submission. I definitely made a point to read the stories written by the people who commented on mine, and then worked on some older stories and some newer ones that needed readers.

I've been absent because all the reading has gotten in the way of the 2nd draft revision I'm working on, and given me an excellent excuse to procrastinate so I decided to draw the line somewhere. I think I've probably done around 20 reviews.

Remember to leave a comment, even if it's a brief one, when you vote! 

 
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Shawn I. from New York is reading Important Things That Don't Matter August 14, 2012 - 9:00am

What an awesome contest and experience. Inspired me to write for the first time in forever. Gotten some great feedback. I've also had the pleasure of reading some fantastic stories. Trying to get to as many as I can.

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 14, 2012 - 11:00am

Keep writing Shawn!  

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Bob Pastorella from Groves, Texas is reading murder books trying to stay hip, I'm thinking of you, and you're out there so Say your prayers, Say your prayers, Say your prayers August 14, 2012 - 6:18pm

Since I've become employed again, my reading for this has come to a stand still. Other reading and writing engagements loom overhead. I'm done. Wish I could have read more than I have. I thank everyone for the kind comments and thoughful recommendations for my story. Maybe the next writing excursion will come at a better time for me. Good luck everyone. 

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz August 14, 2012 - 6:50pm

Well, I just knocked out two more. I may try to do one more tonight but I'm pretty beat. Tomorrow is the last day and I have band practice all night. I will hopefully be able to get to one or two during the day. But at the end of it all, I think I got around 15 read. While I wish I would have read more, I was at least able to surpass how many readers my story had so I don't feel greedy.

Thanks to everyone who submitted, it was a fun first contest and a good way to get to know a few of you a little better. I'll be interested in seeing how it all plays out on LitReactor once the reading deadline is up.

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On August 14, 2012 - 7:01pm

This was a great contest and I enjoyed reading the few I did (too busy and out of town the past couple of weeks to have read more, though I wanted to). I hope Litreactor posts another similar contest soon. Good luck everybody!