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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 30, 2011 - 8:35am
Averydoll
31% (5 votes)
tattoojunkie
69% (11 votes)
Total votes: 16

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy November 30, 2011 - 11:38am

David, you might want to add the word "poll" to the title to make it obvious what this thread is.

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 30, 2011 - 12:09pm

THIS IS A POLL!!!!!

--that's an excellent point Tim... I just looked for a way to edit/delete this since no one has voted, but there isn't.  I might be able to flag it as offensive and have one of the admins take it down. Then reopen a new one. Not sure though, anyone have any ideas outside of caps lock and excalmation points? 

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy November 30, 2011 - 12:21pm

Maybe see if one of the admins can change it.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 30, 2011 - 12:23pm

Don't delete it!  I voted!  And if I have to vote again I might change my mind. 

Or delete it, either way. 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest November 30, 2011 - 12:28pm

I think, for those of us that vote, we know this is the poll. I say leave it as it is. It's like a little secret society that only a select few are privy too. 

@David: Any word on this being coded into the site? And someone mentioned brackets, I think Avery(?). Great idea. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 30, 2011 - 12:31pm

I'm all about the brackets! 

*she said moments before getting knocked out in the first round

But if we did that I think we would need a serious sign up sheet.  And someone would need to purchase a crown for the winner. 

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Instag8r from Residing in Parker, CO but originally from WV is reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy November 30, 2011 - 12:39pm

I can donate one of those crowns you get with a Burger King kid's meal.

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 30, 2011 - 12:47pm

@R.Moon, Kirk is monitoring how we actually use the battle system before doing any coding. He said--rightly so, from my experience in IT--that although they wanted to include the feature in the site initially, it's tricky to code before they figure out how people actually use it. Also, secret society. We need a handshake.

@averydoll, we can do a match up system. We've already got a few battles completed, maybe we just start pairing off the winners with the winners and the "losers" with the "losers" and kind of keep this rotating for people that are interested in staying in the ring. We could probably keep track of that in the thread.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 30, 2011 - 12:50pm

Why are losers in quotes but winners aren't?  Interesting choice. 

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. November 30, 2011 - 1:00pm

I like the brackets idea. I guess who ever can use Excel and is familar with brackets can get us started. I vote the responsibility is laid on David though (sorry David) so he can decide who to match up in the bracket. 

The workshop is busy so I know their is plenty of potential contenders. So if you're lurking the battle thread, show us what you've got.

I'll get to reviewing and voting on your guy's pieces soon!

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Dave Hanson from Connecticut is reading Incredibly pulpy fantasy and sci-fi November 30, 2011 - 1:07pm

@averydoll, great point.

From here on foreword: Winners will now be known as Victors. Losers will be the Temporarily Vanquished.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 30, 2011 - 1:36pm

Random matches might be a nice idea.  Just so when I get challenged I don't assume it is because the other person thinks I'm easy prey....

 

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. November 30, 2011 - 5:40pm

Well I mean after the first round. 

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz November 30, 2011 - 9:09pm

I think it is a tie. Can I just vote for both? Especially since they are the exact same number of words and were introduced the exact same way? This is way too close. Good job you two. You done gone and made a Reactor proud.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 1, 2011 - 6:54pm

Thanks - I appreciate that.  Either way I'm pretty happy with this little experiment.  Tattoojunkie's story is really tight.  If I lose to that, well, I don't really have anything to feel bad about. 

Meanwhile if i win, I get an extra sangria Saturday night!

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 1, 2011 - 7:27pm

Sangria?!?! Red or white? You say red and I'm bringing my ass to Kentucky to share in the fun! Fucking love Sangria.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 2, 2011 - 5:01am

RED!!!  I'll be in Indiana though.  My birthday is coming up and I'm doing the celebration thing Saturday.  I'm stupid excited.

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. December 2, 2011 - 5:45am

Happy early birthday doll. Maybe I can buy you a beer in a couple years. We need a birthday thread!

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 2, 2011 - 8:38am

@Avery:Where at in Indiana? I used to live there.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 2, 2011 - 8:39am

And... Happy B-Day! How old will Doll be this year?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 2, 2011 - 8:56am

Evansville, just hopping over the river to get to a better restaurant!

how old?  twenty nine. 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 2, 2011 - 9:05am

Cool... I lived in Martinsville. Well, happy 29th B-Day.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 2, 2011 - 12:25pm

I love both stories - one gives more of a punch, the other more depth. Grrrrr!

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. December 2, 2011 - 12:29pm

Half of my day is spent stuck in traffic going over the bridge to Indiana.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 2, 2011 - 1:10pm

Different bridge!  My bridge is happily traffic free.  I was in Louisville a couple weeks ago - odd I didn't see you there.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 2, 2011 - 2:07pm

@Liana - thanks!  I'm glad it is a hard choice!

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. December 2, 2011 - 9:26pm

I think we need a Kentucky Litreactor meet-up. We could get Mark Vandercool to host it in Lexington. I don't think there is enough of us though :/

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 3, 2011 - 6:56am

Yeah...  I think it would just be the two of us, which seems somewhat awkward. 

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. December 3, 2011 - 12:23pm

I think Brian Howie is from lousiville area. Whatever you're not invited to the vegas meet up :P

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 4, 2011 - 7:59am

Oh!  Well if it's me and TWO other people, I'm really into it!  We'll find a halfway point and meet at a Waffle House. 

 

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. December 4, 2011 - 8:49am

That is why Mark already agreed to buy us a waffle. No drinks though. And no syrup either. And only he gets chocolate chips on his. Damn that would be so cool. The F*ck am I talking about? Can I just read the pieces and then vote and then go back and write reviews later, I seem to waste my time rambling and can't get anything productive done?

You know that is another thing, I think there should be an exception to putting a question mark at the end of a sentence if the sentence doesn't end in a damn question. 

"Do you want to do this heroin with me, I mean I cut it with drywall dust but it will still get us pretty high?"

See I mean it starts with a question which would technically need a "?" but it doesn't seem like a question on the second part of the sentence. The comma is overrated. I mean look what a comma can let a sentence get away with. It's preposterous. And why does a writing site have a spell check, we should be forced to used dictionaries? Maybe it's the same concept though. I know I usually don't remember how to spell the word because I can always spell check it again. And when will "?!" be a valid quotation? I think I need to sleep...

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. December 4, 2011 - 9:01am

Awesome stories guys. There is so much talent bursting at the seems of Litreactor. I hate this voting process, it's like picking your favorite kid. Parents do that right?

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 4, 2011 - 9:59am

If you're an only... Like myself. I'll always be the favorite. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 4, 2011 - 10:11am

...I feel like you've basically called me the least favorite child. 

 

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. December 4, 2011 - 10:17am

Haha, I was aware that the metaphor was a double sided blade there. But sorry Doll, maybe you can take the neglect and let it blossom and you can become a social worker and write a memoir and enter it into a writing competition. Oh crap, you're not a social worker are you? Well, its a vicious circle. 

Seriously though, I haven't felt this bad about voting since I was on an American Idol binge.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 4, 2011 - 10:18am

Nobody thinks that about you, Doll. We're all the least favorite. It's why we're writers... ;)

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. December 4, 2011 - 10:21am

I think I will quote you sometime Moon haha.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 4, 2011 - 10:26am

I want royalties... haha

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 4, 2011 - 10:29am

No, not a socail worker.  I hate people way too much for that.

I was an only child...and still somehow the least favorite. 

"I'm gonna go eat a whole cheesecake" - Jesus  (did anyone watch The State ever?)

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 4, 2011 - 10:59am

'I'm gonna dip my balls in it...'

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 4, 2011 - 1:43pm

R. Moon - You are my new BFF!!! 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 4, 2011 - 3:56pm

I guess it's fair to say I lost this one.  But I lost it honestly, the other story was really good.  Which makes it sting a bit less. 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 4, 2011 - 5:03pm

@Doll: SAWEEEET! I gots me a new best friend. A girl, and cute to boot. Thanks Doll, made my day. :)

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 4, 2011 - 5:40pm

Now I feel like you're mocking me.  I'm just going to go hum a few bars of porcupine racetrack to cheer myself up.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 4, 2011 - 5:44pm

Naw... I don't mock. 

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. December 4, 2011 - 7:14pm

Chocolate. Eat a lot of chocolate.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 5, 2011 - 4:55am

I don't need chocolate.  I found old clips from The State!  Life is complete! 

 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 5, 2011 - 8:07am

WHere did you find the clips? I want in on this action. You're my BFF, you should be giving me the low down on these types of things.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters December 5, 2011 - 8:25am

It is hard to find!!  I wanted so much to find this one clip where a man and woman are on a road trip, and the man clearly hates the woman...obviously I don't remember much about it...but what I do remember is the following:

Man: Want to hear my impression of a walrus?  (Makes weird walrus-like noise) *whispers* the walrus is you!

I say that to people all the time.  I have never gotten a laugh, because no one knows what the fuck I'm talking about, and I refuse to explain it. 

http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/375229/porcupine-racetrack.jhtml

http://www.mtv.com/shows/the_state/video.jhtml

 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 5, 2011 - 8:26am

Thanks Doll... Made me smile. :)