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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 7, 2011 - 11:10am
'Giving Up' by Bruno Hat
14% (2 votes)
'They Called Him Pandemonium' by Renfield
36% (5 votes)
'Filtered' by Wickedvoodoo
29% (4 votes)
'Napper' by jacks_username
21% (3 votes)
'Everlasting' by Aaron
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 14

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 7, 2011 - 11:19am

I like how the poll feature has been working for Beyond Thunderdome, so I decided to try it out for the November  

Flash Me! finalists. Plus it is nice to have some help because it is pretty difficult to decide. There is an interesting theme running through several of November's pieces as you'll see. 

Sarah Metts was October's winner with her piece 'Phantom Limb' and she chose Monica Drake's 'Clown Girl' from Hawthorne Book's Catalogue for her prize. Monica was even gracious enough to sign it for her.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted to Flash Me! so far and thanks for voting. Enjoy.

Good luck,

Chester Alabaster Pane

 

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts December 7, 2011 - 4:15pm

I voted for myself just to be a dick. Seemed easier than deciding between Bruno's and Martin's anyway. Real good stuff that month.

 

is Alabaster seriously your middle name? That's too fucking cool, so I don't believe it.

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. December 7, 2011 - 4:16pm

Tits. Good stories guys. I'm happy I'm a finalist at least.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. December 7, 2011 - 4:22pm

Yay. Twenty four years I have waited for the chance to say this.

Vote for me, kids!!!!

Nah, I'm happy just to be picked for the vote. Those other cats totally deserve it more.

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Jay.SJ from London is reading Warmed and Bound December 7, 2011 - 7:26pm

Dug it,will definitely take part next time. When will the next comp be?

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 7, 2011 - 7:33pm

Hell yes, would love to read some Slayton-Joslin flash. Please, please do.

It is continuous--monthly. December is already underway here:

http://litreactor.com/discuss/flash-me

SWEET

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff December 8, 2011 - 6:28am

Good stories, all of them.

And the >500 words format is perfect for my pc screen-related attention span shrinkage.

 

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff December 8, 2011 - 6:29am

Man, this is the first time I vote in centuries. Awkward.

But it's a good cause :)

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. December 8, 2011 - 9:26am

Come on people - we be needing some more voters. Lets get democratic up in here!

 

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Bruno Hat from Glasgow, Scotland is reading writing and arithmetic December 8, 2011 - 12:45pm

Typical Scotland. We get to the finals then fail to perform.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 8, 2011 - 2:01pm

Just keep bumping to the front so people will vote just to make it go away.

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Bruno Hat from Glasgow, Scotland is reading writing and arithmetic December 8, 2011 - 2:24pm

Sounds like a plan Chester.

By the way, is this a secret poll or can everybody see I voted for myself?

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 8, 2011 - 2:23pm

If only there were an autopilot.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff December 8, 2011 - 2:26pm

yay democracy!!!

I have no idea what that is. Something Greek I thought.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 8, 2011 - 3:05pm

What what was, Democracy? They don't have that in Italy? He-he.

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. December 8, 2011 - 4:57pm

Chester, what does the winner get again? Flesh light?

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts December 8, 2011 - 6:44pm

I lost my early lead, hangin in by a thread! stoked/scared (starked)

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff December 9, 2011 - 5:37am

Yeah, democracy. In Italy we've got dinosaurocracy. Fossils rule here, like inna museum but way more boring.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. December 9, 2011 - 9:08am

The suspense is killing me. Heh.

@ Chester - eventually, if the Flash Me! thread keeps going and people keep entering flash pieces, you should put together a little E-book or something.

 

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. December 9, 2011 - 12:10pm

@Voodoo Dude thats a great idea! Would it be for all of the finalists or for all of the winner's though? Just winners might take a long time.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 9, 2011 - 1:54pm

@Renfield, Alabaster is my real middle name, but everyone calls me 'Al'. 

@Martin and Dakota: Yeah, you guys read my mind. We will see how the thing evolves, but I think it would be great if it became a LitReactor fixture. The whole idea originally was to tempt writers to write something manageable and a place to post for others to read it. I figured it wouldn't hurt to have some carrot-dangling for encouragement. Hopefully I will be able to make that carrot bigger and bigger as time goes on. 

For now, the carrot is this: Go to my friend Rhonda Hughes's Publishing catalogue and pick any one book from Hawthorne Book's currently available titles (be sure to see if it is in print or released unless you want to wait for something that has a future release date.)

Then tell me which book you want, and I will take care of the rest. Of course I will need the winner's address. Sarah Metts, the October winner, chose Monica Drake's Clown Girl. When I told Monica about it, she signed that copy, and though I can't make any promises, I will try to get the authors to sign whenever possible.

I know this thing is in its infancy but I kind of hope it might become something like the Wordstock Ten. (I know, I know, high hopes) where there would be perhaps ten finalists anthologized. Of course there would have to be prizes. 

What would be really cool is in addition to the electronic version: A slim paperback version like the one Wordstock publishes. Then when LitReactor gets the store up and running, it could be made available there!

The other thing I think could be cool is if it generates traffic into the site to grow our community. 

One can dream, can't one?

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. December 9, 2011 - 3:33pm

@ Chester - that all sounds pretty good to me. I hope it does keep going strong.

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Brian Ingham from Stillwater Oklahoma is reading There is No Year by. Blake Butler December 9, 2011 - 3:55pm

I love this, what a great idea. Just voted finally, took some mulling over first. I'm excited to enter in this months competition. By the way, I know I've said this, but since I'm new here I might as well reiterate, I fucking love this site. So glad I found it.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz December 9, 2011 - 4:43pm

Hi Brian Ingham.

Sweet, thanks for voting and I'm sure I speak for everyone here when I say I'm glad you found this site. Look forward to reading you.