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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun August 15, 2012 - 7:49am

Just a reminder, today is the last day to get in "official" reviews and comments. Once Scare Us is technically over, you will all still be able to comment on and rate stories you just won't be eligible for any goodies!

My initial look tell us that Scare us was a huge success. Thanks everyone!

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres August 15, 2012 - 10:23am

my goal, after I get home from work tonight, is to go through as many stories that have low amounts of reviews and try and help them out.  We'll see how successful I am getting through them, but I hope to be able to help some folks whose stories got lost in the last minute rush.  Good luck everyone!

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 15, 2012 - 10:56am

I have two more that I grabbed in my last to read batch.  Hopefully, I can get them done this evening!  Sheesh!  Why does the real world have to intrude so much!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 16, 2012 - 10:41am

I'm going through all these great reviews and I can't help but wonder...

Jonathan Riley and sean of the dead, do you know each other?  Because in my head I have invented a rivalry between the two of you where you only comment on stories that the other one has commented on, each bent on out doing the other.

Right? 

Am I right?

Is there some fort of geeky nemesis stuff going on here?

Please say yes. 

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz August 16, 2012 - 12:42pm

They both read my story and both gave great commentary. But I support their rivalry, even if they claim not to be. A good rival is hard to come by. However, is anyone is in need of differentiating between a nemesis and arch enemy, I suggest the following as outlined by the very wise Chuck Klosterman:

 

http://blog.garrytan.com/klosterman-on-the-importance-o

 

 

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres August 16, 2012 - 3:58pm

I didn't know Jonathan Riley until the very end of the challenge.  He wrote me and pointed out we had the same philosophy as far as the stories go, trying to read every one from newest to oldest.  I wish we were rivals.  I guess there's still a lot of time before the world ends, maybe we could become rivals...

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 17, 2012 - 6:09am

I would encourage this. 

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz August 17, 2012 - 9:41am

HE wrote YOU? Seems Jonathan is already establishing himself as the dominant force in this longstanding rivalry. 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 17, 2012 - 10:47am

So, now what for the Horror Challenge?  I want announcements. But what now? What comes next?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 17, 2012 - 10:59am

Glory. 

 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 17, 2012 - 11:04am

Glory?

 

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Scott MacDonald from UK is reading Perfidia August 17, 2012 - 11:07am

Yes Glory...Glory or death.

 

...or maybe cakes.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 17, 2012 - 11:11am

BZZT

I'm sorry, the correct answer was 'hallelujah'.  

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Scott MacDonald from UK is reading Perfidia August 17, 2012 - 11:14am

Ooops, was that a quiz.  No glory for me then...I'm off for cake.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 17, 2012 - 11:26am

No quiz, just the answer I wanted.  In my head.  

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun August 17, 2012 - 1:11pm

First announcement will be here on Monday. Our robots are crunching numbers.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland August 20, 2012 - 10:51am

Am i aloud to respect and admire my rival?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 20, 2012 - 11:20am

No, but you are allowed to. 

Haha - I'm a jerk.

But yeah, I would rather you respect each other.  You silly rabbits. 

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland August 20, 2012 - 11:30am

I'm loud too. Ha. And i hate messaging with my phone. I want a number crunching robot.

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 20, 2012 - 2:33pm

I guess the robots are running a little slow  . . . . the suspenseis killing me ;)

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lspieller from Los Angeles August 20, 2012 - 2:52pm

do we know when they're announcing winners?

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 20, 2012 - 3:26pm

Kirk said "First announcement will be here on Monday. Our robots are crunching numbers." but not a time  . ..

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Chris Johnson from Burlington NC is reading The Proud Highway August 20, 2012 - 3:55pm

They're testing us...waiting to see if we flip out...so if everybody just remains calm...

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Ethan Cooper from Longview, TX is reading The Kill Room, Heart-Shaped Box, Dr. Sleep August 20, 2012 - 4:27pm

My story for the future sci-fi challenge will involve robots crunching numbers.

Note: numbers = people.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland August 20, 2012 - 4:31pm

Lol Ethan I was thinking about bout that earlier. That's why i want one, so i can see it and write it better lol. Except mine would be crunching actual numbers,  erasing time or something lol.

 

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TigersMS from Australia is reading House of Leaves August 20, 2012 - 5:28pm

How about rampant numbers crunching robots? In a world of Math gone horribly wrong.... 

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Kirk from Pingree Grove, IL is reading The Book Of The New Sun August 20, 2012 - 6:43pm

Yeah, we had a bit of a hiccup, sorry folks. We should be good to go tomorrow.

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Wonder Woman from RI is reading 20th Century Ghosts August 20, 2012 - 7:01pm

To quote Coraline... "THAT sounds EXCITING!" ^_^

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 20, 2012 - 7:13pm

I've heard you can cure hiccups by scaring the sufferer . . .. So, which story did you use to cure the hiccups? :)  

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 21, 2012 - 10:43am

PRIZES!

Congratulations, guys.

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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading Black Spire by Delilah Dawson August 21, 2012 - 10:47am

Wow! I'm super surprised I was one of the top reviewers. I am in awesome company as Jane, Sean and Jonathan were so thoughtful and dedicated. It was a lot of fun and never got boring; I only wish I had the time to read everything. Congratulations all around!

Hmmmm... Does this mean Jane and I have a rivalry then?

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz August 21, 2012 - 11:03am

Oh, sweet, I won a reviewer prize! AWESOME! And thanks again to everyone who participated.

Also, special thanks to Emma, Jane, Sean & Jonathan. Not coincidentally, all four of you took the time to review my story and i know how much effort and time you put in to reading as much as you could. You're deserving of the top prizes. Congrats.

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce August 21, 2012 - 1:28pm

I agree. Those reviewers all gave me feedback that I'll actually use to make a better story... when I eventually get around to a second draft.

And I got an e-book, good stuff!

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 21, 2012 - 1:45pm

WOO HOO!  Congrats to All!  It's been a long time since I've read so many diverse stories and styles.

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres August 21, 2012 - 4:39pm

Turning into a sappy sort for a moment...I was honestly really happy to be a part of this and to read as many stories as I did because there are so damn many good ones in here.  I just joined the site around the time this challenge started, and since then I've gotten to meet a bunch of awesome people (meet on the internet at least) and read some really amazing stories at the same time.  Not to mention get some great feedback for my own story.  This has been a blast, and I really hope there is another challenge following this one.  I'll be right there again, reading as much as possible.  

 

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland August 21, 2012 - 10:14pm

No one is going to believe that it is a coincidence that I'm following Sean the Dead (my rival)! But here I am once agian. Scare Us was "Scary Awsome."(1998 deushbag allusion intended) Can't wait to do it agian. Hope to jump in earlier next time. I'm new to the sight and I know alot of people (especially me) want people to read their story and tell them what they think about it or how to improve it or both. I've never given a written reveiw before this challenge so I just hope that atleast some of mine were helpful. I feel like I mostly just drooled over all the fantastic stories this competition produced. But since I did alot of drooling I got alot of great prizes. Those shirts are awsome! Thanks to everyone who submitted stories. So sorry I didn't have time to read more. But also thanks to all those other remarkable reveiwers. My story is going to benefit greatly. So congrats, and my hat's off to everyone who had anything to do with "Scare Us" (My arm hairs still tingle)

Special thanks to Jane, She was the first to read my story and I was inspired by her commitment to read and give excellent reveiws. 

I would totally be down with a Jane and Emma rivalry!

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 22, 2012 - 9:16am

I expect the writer's workshop to explode with tons of critiques now.  I've been taking a class and having too much fun with summer riding (my lame excuse for slacking).  This Scare Us challenge has been great for the site and for every writer who took part.  I loved getting fresh eyes on something I wrote.  

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 22, 2012 - 9:17am

Plus, in the writer's workshop, you get POINTS and ACHIEVEMENTS!  

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 22, 2012 - 9:27am

And sometimes I review stories in the workshop.  Don't you want to be reviewed by me?

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz August 22, 2012 - 9:47am

I've been a real douche paying for the membership and not partaking in the workshop. I plan to be less of a douche in the very near future.

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lspieller from Los Angeles August 22, 2012 - 12:42pm

FREE BOOK YES AHHH GIVE IT 

 

im fine. 

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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 22, 2012 - 4:37pm

I actually didn't upload anything to the workshop because of the event. Sort of figured everyone's attention would be elsewhere. Then I started doing Craig's class, and that's taken up all my free time. Looking forward to uploading something new soon, and we've certainly seen a lot of new faces... hopefully everyone gets into the workshop soon if they haven't already!

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Ethan Cooper from Longview, TX is reading The Kill Room, Heart-Shaped Box, Dr. Sleep August 22, 2012 - 7:03pm

I really enjoyed writing for this challenge, and it was great to receive relevant and helpful feedback. Makes you feel better about your end result when you know it's gone through several refining fires.

But better than that, getting the chance to read work by others was more rewarding for me personally. Nobody I read took the same approach to the challenge, and I learned something from each story I read--some, what to do better and some, what to avoid.

So grateful for the chance to participate.

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Scott MacDonald from UK is reading Perfidia August 26, 2012 - 6:18am

Any news yet on the stories?  I don't want to sound over-eager or anything, just wondering if there are further announcement dates for the stories.

- Scott

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 26, 2012 - 9:44am

Something will be showing up early in the week on that.

So say my sources.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 28, 2012 - 10:28am
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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. August 28, 2012 - 11:16am

Congrats to all :)

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 28, 2012 - 11:28am

This is so fucking cool.  Some of the best writers around reviewing our stories.  It's just amazing. Lit Reactor rocks. 

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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading Black Spire by Delilah Dawson August 28, 2012 - 1:04pm

Congratulations, everyone! So many great stories here. I'm excited to see what the pros have to say about all of them, and hope to see another challenge soon.

Out of curiosity, has any one else noticed that since the window closed several stories have gotten thumbs down without comments? Some of them (like Hatch and Follow the Leader) had been perfect, so it's kind of a bummer that they got voted down without an explanation. If you take the time to read and vote you should take the time to comment, too, especially if you go thumbs down. <end bitching>

 

 
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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters August 28, 2012 - 1:17pm

YEAH!