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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 1:56pm

This is the thread for Round 1:  I'VE GOT YOUR NAME

This song is dedicated to all of you.

Welcome to Round 1 of WAR2:  PRIDE, the (Un)Official LitReactor Battle Tournament.  For the official rules of the tournament, read the first post of this thread.

Come here to this thread to check out the bracket, see who's fighting whom, talk shit, place side bets, etc.

Prompts will drop into contestants' in-boxes this coming Friday, November 2, at 7:00 pm US CST.

When it comes time to vote, please bear in mind some wisdom from LitReactor's own Richard Thomas:

1. If you can, read all of the stories. If you can't read both stories in a bracket, don't vote.

2. Don't vote based on politics or strategy (e.g., to try a face a "weaker" opponent, or to try and make somebody else face a "stronger" opponent). Vote for the best story.

3. Seeds don't mean anything. As Sugar says, "Write like a motherfucker." As they say in the NFL "Any given Sunday." Which also means, bring your "A" game, and ANYBODY here can be beaten.

4. Don't question any winners, don't berate any losers. Be nice. Egos and feelings can get hurt. That doesn't mean we can't talk smack, but just be aware of the dialogues that are going on.

5. The "best story" is whatever YOU liked the most. Period.

Also, and this is very important:  Do not reveal which story in the polls is yours.  Do not reveal what your prompt was.  We are trying to keep this as anonymous as possible.  So don't identify your story.  This rule is right up there with turning your submissions in on time:  failure to follow will result in your disqualification.

Let's end this on a positive note.

My guns are loaded, and one of my bullets has your name on it.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 1:56pm

THE MOMENT YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR:

BRACKET!

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Fish Bites Cop by David James Keaton October 23, 2012 - 2:08pm

Brackets! Yay. Recon time!
The brackets look awesome from what I know of these writers there are some really great first round match ups.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 23, 2012 - 2:03pm

Hope everyone is terrified!

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Sound from Hesperia, CA is reading Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer October 23, 2012 - 2:08pm

I'm terrified in the sense that I have never read any of my first opponent's stuff.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 23, 2012 - 2:09pm

I have - and it's good. 

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CaremTran from PDX is reading Tess Gerritsen's STOLEN October 23, 2012 - 2:10pm

Emma!

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Fritz October 23, 2012 - 2:11pm

Coo. Good show. Feels more real now

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 23, 2012 - 2:18pm

I'm making some projections...and round two could be really epic.  I'm extremely excited to see this stuff.

 

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines October 23, 2012 - 2:29pm

I am puke in my shoe excited about this. I have no idea what to do or how the process works, and I don't have time to educate myself, so I am going to do what I typically do in these scenarios and throw money at something and write like a motherfucking banshee when a prompt drops. Someone nudge me when it gets close to drop time, ok? There's some hella strangeness afoot on planet Dre at the moment. Also, I may have just pre-emptively eliminated myself with all the hyperbole in the previous sentence....death to me, death by hyperbole. 

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Fish Bites Cop by David James Keaton October 23, 2012 - 2:32pm

My opponent has no workshop submissions for me to get to know my enemy. Also he calls Richard Thomas Rich. I'm officially shitting my pants.:)

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres October 23, 2012 - 2:32pm

Big thanks to Averydoll for posting the brackets!  You did a great job Jessica!  Thanks so much, from all of us!!

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Sound from Hesperia, CA is reading Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer October 23, 2012 - 2:33pm

@Avery, thank you for injecting me with doubt and fear. Just have to ask, am I in your round 2 projections?

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Sound from Hesperia, CA is reading Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer October 23, 2012 - 2:34pm

@Utah, great job on the brackets. From the looks of it, no one gets an easy ride.

 

DAMN YOU! You were supposed to randomly give me an easy ride.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff October 23, 2012 - 2:40pm

Ooo oooo Jeffrey Grant Barr, a serious writer! Uh-oh I must study.

The brackets are randomly well done. Exciting!

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 2:41pm

@Drea:  It's pretty easy.  I have faith in you.  Just, you know, don't cheat.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 2:42pm

@Omerta:  just don't use adverbs.  JGB has no chance if you avoid adverbs.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 23, 2012 - 2:46pm

My projections are secret...

but I see a crutch without an owner...

 

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff October 23, 2012 - 2:47pm

I wanted to use adverbs as a secret weapon.. never mind.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 2:48pm

but I see a crutch without an owner...

WTF?

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Fish Bites Cop by David James Keaton October 23, 2012 - 2:49pm

How pissed would KGB be if he got beat with an adverb stick. Do it!

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Sound from Hesperia, CA is reading Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer October 23, 2012 - 2:49pm

but I see a crutch without an owner...

Dammit, is this the prompt? Don't play with my emotions.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 23, 2012 - 2:50pm

Uh, like...

A Christmas Carol?  And the spirit says that...

never mind

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce October 23, 2012 - 2:50pm

@Sound - I'm terrified for the same reasons. Fear of the unknown is strong in me. (let the stalking commence!)

Thanks Utah & Jessica for organising this!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 23, 2012 - 2:51pm

I mean Sound is going to die.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 2:55pm

@Jess:  Thank you for participating!

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 2:57pm

Could not do the autoplay on that song any longer.  It's important to have mood music, but today is not my day for that.

bryanhowie, would you care to autoplay a song?

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Richard from St. Louis is reading Something Wicked This Way Comes AND Spent October 23, 2012 - 2:58pm

oh, man. seriously? if i get past mckay i have to face bek in the SECOND ROUND? seriously? well, one of us will be going down, that's for sure. dammit. booooooooooooo.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 23, 2012 - 3:00pm

Not that I'm making projections, but round 2 holds the possibility of Chris Carter vs Nik Korpon, and that idea excites me. Actually I'm pretty pumped about a few of these...

 

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Between Here and the Yellow Sea October 23, 2012 - 3:02pm

A'ight, best get started digging that well, running a hose, and stocking up on lotion.

Also, note that November 2nd is next Friday, not this Friday.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 3:05pm

Round 2 could be pretty tense.  Nice thing, for all of us really, is the whole double-elim idea.  Because there are several heavy matchups that would be a shame to be the true death knell of some of these contestants.

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines October 23, 2012 - 3:08pm

I am too simple to cheat. True story. 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading Books October 23, 2012 - 3:09pm

Who is this Ben Freeman character?

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines October 23, 2012 - 3:09pm

Also, I am now an official Workshop member. Avery gets commission on this sale though, Utah.  

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 3:14pm

That is total bullshit!

Also, was just looking for my promised matchup with WickedVoodoo.  All that requires is that I get through telegraphkiss.  And then Gordon Highland.  And for WV to get through Meredith103 and then Moon or his Round 1 opponent.

Soooooo, let's plan on the meetup in the afterlife, whatcha say Wicked?

Or we could both totally be not-humble and say, I'll meet you in round 3!

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Richard from St. Louis is reading Something Wicked This Way Comes AND Spent October 23, 2012 - 3:17pm

forgot this was double-elimination. see you all in the loser's bracket.

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wonderwoman from RI is reading Vampires In The Lemon Grove October 23, 2012 - 3:18pm

I just leapt from my chair...

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 3:18pm

Ricahrd, If you'd like to swap places with me, you can hope for the best in Round 1 and then take on Gordon Round 2.

 

I owe Rebecca.  One way or another I'm head-hunting her.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Between Here and the Yellow Sea October 23, 2012 - 3:26pm

From the looks of the matchups, that loser's bracket could get downright scrappy in a hurry. I bet the stories in that first round down there might be some of the best of the WAR, motivated as they'll be to survive.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 3:30pm

What I read in Gordon's post just there was, "I would love it if Utah and Richard switch places."

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading Books October 23, 2012 - 3:31pm

Either way, I'm gunning' for you Utah

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 3:32pm

Now, before everybody starts rattling the bars about wanting to trade places with other people, these is just jokes.  Richard and I won't be trading places.

 

Unless, you know, he wants to.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading Something Wicked This Way Comes AND Spent October 23, 2012 - 3:32pm

lol...well, i was hoping for a meeting with rebecca in the finals last year, so, if i can get by mckay we'll have that competition, at least.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 3:33pm

@Moon:  it's unfortunate I won't be able to battle you and Voodoo at the same time.  I wouldn't even care if Voodoo won, as long as I got one more vote than you.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 3:36pm

I LOVE ROUND 2!

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading Books October 23, 2012 - 3:37pm

Ha! Bring it!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 23, 2012 - 3:42pm

If I make it into round 2, which is not a given at all, I would have to face Emma - who I named as one of my favorites in the other thread. 

Fuck.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 3:44pm

So, you can all see that Rounds 1 & 2 will each have 64 stories.  I don't know about you guys, but that's a lot of stories to read in a week.  So we won't be doing them all in a week.  Here's the Rounds 1&2 format:

Half the prompts drop on Friday, Nov 2.  The writers in those matchups write like hell for a week.  That next Friday, they turn in their stories and we post the polls.  At the same time, we drop prompts for the other half of the writers.  They, in turn, write like hell for a week.  We post their polls as we close the first half polls. 

So, Rounds 1 & 2 will each take 3 weeks.

Intense, but not as intense as if we did them all at once.  That would go from being intense to being crap with a quickness.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 3:45pm

@Avery:  At least you don't have to meet Clint straight off. 

Which reminds me, I meant to have you meet Clint straight off.  Face your fears!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 23, 2012 - 3:47pm

I would cry if I had to face Clint right off the bat again.

Although in order to win I will have to knock out two women in rounds 1 and 2.  I feel pretty misogynistic right now. 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 23, 2012 - 3:51pm

That's why they are your randomly-selected first opponents.  Because I wanted to expose you as a hypocrite.

You need to unleash your inner Republican.