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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 1, 2012 - 11:14am
Rough House
2% (1 vote)
WAR
37% (15 votes)
Flash Me!!
32% (13 votes)
Beyond Thunderdome Writer Battles
29% (12 votes)
Total votes: 41

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 1, 2012 - 11:22am

We take great pride in the creativity of the people within this community.  Some exciting things have come from our members.  Below are links to a few of the amazing challenges and writing competitions created by LitReactor members.  Which was your favorite?

Rough House 

WAR 

Flash Me!! 

Beyond Thunderdome Writer Battles 

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons October 1, 2012 - 9:13pm

War was awesome but the Flash Me! offers something new each month. I can't decide.

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons October 1, 2012 - 9:14pm

War was awesome but the Flash Me! offers something new each month. I can't decide.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 2, 2012 - 1:29am

Damn it was hard to pick between WAR and Flash Me!

War was possibly the most fun 8 weeks or so this site will ever see. I really enjoyed it. Plus, y'know semi-finalist and all :)

Flash Me! though - I love this thread. Love it. Flash fiction is the tits, and Chester deserves the recognition for that beast. So I voted flash.

 

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Chelsea Cain! October 2, 2012 - 1:57am

War was awesome, but flash me is there every month.

Flash me!!

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human October 2, 2012 - 2:18am

All of them besides Rough House. That thing blew!

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin October 2, 2012 - 9:08am

My favorite isn't on the list, and I know why, it wouldn't be anyone else's favorite.

My favorite, frankly, would inspire no end of rage from virtually everyone else.

But it got the best story out of me. Before all of that went down. I'm sorry for bringing it up, I'm not trying to start anything or be obnoxious. The destination sucked, I'm not going to argue with anyone about that, but the journey was the most fulfilling for me.

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I liked war though, I miss war, I was looking forward to the Doubles tourney, I'd like to see more tournaments.

Thunderdome is awesome, but still only my third favorite.

Flash me has totally sold out.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 2, 2012 - 9:15am

@Nick - I never saw that as a challenge or competition. 

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin October 2, 2012 - 9:17am

I don't see it as much of anything else.

;)

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 2, 2012 - 10:55am

Flash me has totally sold out.

How exactly? Quite the opposite really, when Rob started doing Flash Smackdown it would have been easy for Chester to fold. I have been one of Flash me!'s biggest advocates and even I was pondering if LitReactor needed two flash competitions. But Chester is dedicated to the cause and he decided to stick at it. Glad he did too, because they are different beasts.

Sold out? Not at all, good sir.

Though I agree with you that the ill-fated psych antho was a good time for productivity around here. I too wrote the best thing I managed all year for that project.

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks October 2, 2012 - 11:08am

I was fairly disappointed that LitReactor started the official Flash competition, to be honest. I liked the home-grown vibe the competitions offered the site, but it was done in good faith and I eventually came around and realized that it made the site even more home-grown because the members got to contribute so whole-heartedly to its development.

That said, I voted Thunderdome. My best stories (one's been published, one's coming out this month) have come from that competition and it really helps me buckle down and get shit done.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 2, 2012 - 11:32am

I was fairly disappointed that LitReactor started the official Flash competition, to be honest.

So was I, to start with. Me and Rob almost had a fall out after I shot my mouth off about it, but I am glad to report that is all water under three different bridges. I calmed down a few hours later and realised I was being dumb, I mean, extra reasons to get people writing flash - never a bad thing. Plus Flash Me and Smackdown are different competitions. The ethos is different. Smackdown is a bit more formal, with a regular wordcount. Flash me mutates to reflect how many beers Chester had before he posts the prompt, or to reflect a guest judge.

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. October 2, 2012 - 1:00pm

So was I, to start with. Me and Rob almost had a fall out after I shot my mouth off about it, but I am glad to report that is all water under three different bridges.

I felt the smack when the Litreactor Podcast was announced. Seeing as I help host Books and Booze. 

No sense in being bitter, it just prompts people to work harder to keep their thing relevant. Keeps us from getting creatively lazy. 

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Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks October 2, 2012 - 1:34pm

I was turned off by the podcast, too. In all honesty I'm still unsure of how it makes me feel, and will therefore keep my mouth shut.

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. October 2, 2012 - 1:59pm

I was turned off by the podcast, too. In all honesty I'm still unsure of how it makes me feel, and will therefore keep my mouth shut.

Don't get me wrong, it could be a really cool thing. Just as long as people don't forget about Books and Booze. 

:D

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres October 2, 2012 - 3:22pm

I voted for Thunderdome here because I had fun with it, and I've read some awesome stories other people have written for it.  That being said, I'm really excited for the next WAR, because I've heard awesome things.  So, if it ends up as fun as I hear it is, on the 2nd birthday, I'll be changing my vote.

Then again, I also like Flash Me & Rough House.  You guys have done a good job getting people's brains working.

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter October 3, 2012 - 10:01am

I voted for WAR, obviously.

It wasn't so much because I WON (if you didn't know, I WON), but because I felt it did create a bit of a closer-knit community around those of us who participated and voted. It was nice to have a little forum to talk about in between and during rounds, and I made pretty close online friends with those that I competed against. 

The time I spent in WAR was probably my most ambitious time all year. Since then I've been kind of sloping around with the occasional bout of ambition, but yeah...

Not to mention, some people (Utah and Averydoll, mainly) really stepped it the fuck up to keep the thing going, and it was just wonderful and amazing.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 3, 2012 - 10:45pm

I keep promising myself to return to Flash Me after participating only once. I promise, Chesters! 

But WAR was kick-ass!

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 5, 2012 - 6:01am

Here's what I think:

I think if we were in the white-hot center of WAR2 right now, the WAR competition series would be kicking this poll's ass all over the place.

I like to win.

Gets me to thinking...

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin October 5, 2012 - 8:37am

What about Writers United, Poetry Thread Ignited? Is that one gone?

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz October 5, 2012 - 2:22pm

Thanks for all the Flash Me! support guys. 

For me it was WAR. I had a blast participating in that.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 5, 2012 - 2:50pm

Ah, Chester, I owe you a foot rub.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 8, 2012 - 12:14pm

The real reason for WAR2 was so WAR might get a leg up in this poll.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz October 9, 2012 - 2:07pm

Polls and Legs up? Foot rubs?

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 9, 2012 - 2:19pm

;-)

Just for you, Chester.  Just for you.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human October 14, 2012 - 9:03pm

I got a vote! And I wasn't responsible for it!

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human October 14, 2012 - 9:06pm

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Flybywrite from Rocky Point, Long Island is reading The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, by Stephen Crane October 22, 2012 - 6:24am

Flash me to me is an excellent thing.  It just let's me wing it and sink my head into a something and then just chuck it out there.  So you can get invested pretty completely in a passionate flash.  There was the one that requested the writer record his first steps on the other side, which since it had no ground, gave me a gorgeous opportunity to overwrite something incomprehensible, and full of bad sentences, disjointed pictures and etc. all the while thinking it was really a marvel of unity.  But in the meantime you're really feeling it.   So, that's why the words "upon firther review" might be able to arrange some of that all over the emotional place, eventually into something good.  So, yeah, I like flashing in its legal literary form, and give it high marks for freedom.  A novel's like a damned cage after a bit of time, so you can take a day off and rid yourself of excessive language that might otherwise ruin a scene. 

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz October 28, 2012 - 11:07pm

Thank you Flyby...great handle btw. I am so grateful that my talented friend Martin Garrity is so supportive of Flash Me! along with the rest of you. Flybywrite...you nailed what my original intent was when I created that thread. A 'Splash'. To just put something down...not overwhelming...quick bursts. And occasionally nascent. There have been some great pieces. 

This is now Martin's baby as much as mine...oh, and did we mention we are getting married?

Flash.

 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 29, 2012 - 8:57am

Better choose a sympathetic state for the ceremony.  Maybe Utah...

 

 

Don't get married in me. 

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 29, 2012 - 2:57pm

*blushes*

It's gonna be my perfect day ;-)

Also, next month Flash Me! and WAR will work in harmony. Just a bit of fun really, but I'm looking forward to it.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 30, 2012 - 5:28am

*WAR extends the hand of comeraderie to Flash Me!  Unless, you know, Avery withdraws it.*

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 30, 2012 - 6:49am

*Avery allows the hand to be extended.  Unless you know, I have a bad day later*

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz November 1, 2012 - 3:17am

extended

hands

linger

flashing

wargasms

finger