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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day March 15, 2013 - 6:04am
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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! March 15, 2013 - 6:14am

Got to keep up with all the pimping out round here :)

A Burning Girl

 

 

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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day March 15, 2013 - 3:13pm

^^^ Em's story is quite good, check it out.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! March 16, 2013 - 12:21am

Aww, thanks Nick.

Nicks story is also great, you should read it. Talking dogs....go on you know you want to :) 

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Robert Gislason from Iceland is reading Ender's game March 16, 2013 - 1:07am

Thirst

So far I've gotten really good and constructive comments on what to fix. This has been very helpful. I also got some good reviews like:

  • A really fast and fun read, I love the sense of suspense!
  • Liked the hard-core scifi in this one! Hissing spacesuits and blinking airlocks, lovely.
  • For a debut story in English, wow!  I am dead certain with a little more exposure to the language, both reading and writing, you'll be up there with the best of them.

Thanks all. 
Robert.

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Tim Needles from Port Jefferson, New York is reading Stories edited by Neil Gaiman March 17, 2013 - 8:10am

My story How to Lose Your Heart, Escape a Dying Planet, and Tell a Joke on Mars is my first short story since 3rd grade so I welcome any comments.  I've been reading the stories and learning quite a bit from the experience.  There are a few killer stories, I think my favorites so far are: Implant, The Human Argument, and Call Me Tim but I'm looking forward to reading some of the others that have been suggested.

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. March 16, 2013 - 11:00pm

If I've done my math right, there are 159 stories still out there, and I've made it through all but 51 of them. To keep up with my schedule, I should have had about 42 left. Life can be bloody annoying at times. :( I guess I've got a long reading list for tomorrow!

Incidentally, give Corporate Person, http://litreactor.com/events/teleport-us/corporate-person, a read. (I'd link it but entering html on my phone is messy to say the least).

Also, Gravidism, http://litreactor.com/events/teleport-us/gravidism, deserves some attention.

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations March 17, 2013 - 5:33am

Gravidism is on my to read list, so I'll definitely get to it. List is 10 long currently!

@ArlaneEnalra - You have, it would appear, reviewed four times the number of reviews your story has got.  Still trying to work out what this means. I've reviewed a mere factor of two times more, and with other obligations, (including writing, and selecting stories for another group) I know I won't get to read them all. :( 

Anyone done them all yet? If they have, it's one of only ten people... :)

I've read a number of random, all the ones who reviewed mine (or are on the list to be reviewed if not quite got round to it - Tim Needles!) and a number of discussion highlit stories. I also intend - if I have time - to read any that are looking strong towards the end - just to see what it is that made them popular. Unfortunately, that means many good stories may be starved of oxygen (or more likely, sunlight) but I can't do much about that.

xenophobe

Liam

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scifiwriterguy from Chicago, IL is reading Iscariot by Tosca Lee March 17, 2013 - 2:43pm

I plan to make a second run through and read a number of stories I missed the first time around. Again, if anyone has a specific request, PM me and I'll add you to my reading list.

Also, I updated my current story based on excellent feedback from a few (and especially Nathan Scalia, CKevin--you guys know how to give helpful, constructive feedback!). The third draft is up: http://litreactor.com/events/teleport-us/corporate-person

Thanks all--this has been a blast. I can't wait for the "Trim the Fat" class to start in a few weeks. Anyone else signed up for that one?

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ender.che.13 from Northwestern U.S. living in the southeast peach. is reading Ken Follett March 17, 2013 - 7:42pm

Ye gods! Sorry, everybody! My job shifts from week to week, and this last and the coming three are all slammers, so I'm backed all the way up the seventh level of Dante's. I'm not ignoring anybody, and I really appreciate all of the reads, and I'm trying to get caught up on replies and doing a few critiques while I'm at it. (You're at the top of my list, Mess Jess!)

 

Love, bebes

Smooches.

The Gorund

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Fhhakansson from Sweden is reading Odd Interlude - Dean Koontz March 19, 2013 - 5:51am

I've been really busy these past few weeks and only managed to read about 10 stories. I will do my best to read at least 2 stories a day until the 28th - starting with http://litreactor.com/events/teleport-us/xenophobe

Regards, Fredrik.

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things March 19, 2013 - 4:09pm

Yeah, overtime has been cutting into my ability to read these. It's not that I can't read them, but it's not really easy to read, make notes, and respond appropriately on a phone during a lunch break. I kind of have to be sitting at my desk to do this right.

Hoping to get a few more knocked out. I definitely won't be able to get to everyone, but outside of prioritizing people who have responded to my story, I'm just relying on the random button.

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. March 19, 2013 - 5:20pm

@Nathan Yeah, I've done a number of these on my phone. It's really annoying to switch back and fourth between the story and the comment box.

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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day March 19, 2013 - 6:27pm

This is really good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sETy7giC4AE

 

"if you don't want people to read your emails, don't send them." - Margaret Atwood

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klahol from Stockholm, Sweden is reading Black Moon March 20, 2013 - 12:54am

Damn you LitReactor! Damn your dulcet tones and your siren song! 

Just signed up for The Choreography Of Violence by John Skipp. 

I am getting deeper into this addiction. Soon you'll see me in some form of support group for LitReactor addicts. 

By the by, what's the story on the whole Teleport Me competition? The top five list (which I'm on, not complaining) is still topped by the guy who got booted for cheating, three weeks later. And while the forum and the participant community is positively sparkling, the organizers are mighty silent. Who is at the helm of this great paper boat of ours? 

/Klas

 

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations March 20, 2013 - 2:19am

Helm? Hello? Come in helm? Is that... I can't quite see for all the mist - an iceberg ahead?

I'm slimmed down my list of stories to read, to 8 or so, both by slowly working my way through, and by dinging a couple whose authors haven't been active on the commenting on others stories. Figure it has to be a two way flow, right? (Which you can see via "track") So I have space for... maybe five more, that I'll be able to get through before competition end. That's a subtle hint for you to start dropping subtle hints, for anyone I haven't already gone to town on... :)

(Gravidism, Call me Tim, and How to lose your heart  are all in my list already FYI, I'll get to you soon!)

Liam

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TomMartinArt from Amherst, MA March 20, 2013 - 5:13am

The top five list (which I'm on, not complaining) is still topped by the guy who got booted for cheating, three weeks later.

Wait, who's the guy that cheated? ...and how do we view the top 5 list? If it's not "this week's hot stories," then I'm at a loss and I don't see klahol on that.

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Ethan Cooper from Longview, TX is reading The Kill Room, Heart-Shaped Box, Dr. Sleep March 20, 2013 - 5:45am

Let me just say that LitReactor is so fast now, I'm canceling my plans to break all those glasses of water with a baseball bat.

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klahol from Stockholm, Sweden is reading Black Moon March 20, 2013 - 5:46am

First page, baby! 

And the guy at the top of that list was found guilty of creating mutiple accounts to vote for his own story, dragged out back and shot in the base of the neck. Or just kickbanned, ask Kirk. 

I have no idea how the so called top five list is chosen. 

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations March 20, 2013 - 6:23am

Whatever is used to show the top 5, it would be nice to be able to sort all the stories by that criteria, so you can know if you're story is creeping up the charts or not. Though that's a double edged sword, as mine was on the "hot stories" list, where (I guess) it attracted the attention of someone who didn't like it. Ah well. The public is a cruel mistress...

Klahol's is up there as it's had oodles more votes than mine, and overwhelmingly positive. No idea what the formula is, and I doubt LitReactors saying (as this might just encourage the wrong sort of behaviour... metrics!)

Liam

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TomMartinArt from Amherst, MA March 20, 2013 - 6:44am

Huh. I wonder what the actual top 5 list is, if it's that or the one I thought it was. I also wonder which the ranking favors- 30 votes at 95% positive or 15 votes at 100% positive. Curious stuff.

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klahol from Stockholm, Sweden is reading Black Moon March 20, 2013 - 7:01am

I have no idea how the five are chosen, but given that the late Mr Pratt is still on top, it would be semi-safe to assume that list was made by hand, long ago. I was early and had the good fortune to get a bunch of votes in the beginning, which may account for my position on that list. The last dance is there because of its awesomeness. Havent checked, but that story should be on top, for good reason. 

On the topic of metrics: I have a bunch of anonymous downvotes that are really a thorn in my side. I'm not greedy, its just that they appeared very close together for me and basycally everyone else who was at the list at that time, during a single weekend. At the same time Pratt's story got a bunch of upvotes that turned out to be bogus. 

There. That's the last I intend to mention this. 

I'm gonna take my thumbs down medicine like a big boy and quit my bellyaching and conspiracy theorizing. But please, pretty please with sugar on top: if you don't like my story, give me the thumb, but add a few pithy words with it. 

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TomMartinArt from Amherst, MA March 20, 2013 - 7:14am

Oh wow, he didn't just upvote himself but he downvoted others?? What a jerk.

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dufrescm from Wisconsin is reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep March 20, 2013 - 7:19am

Just out of curiosity, has anyone done a count to see how many stories were entered?

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TomMartinArt from Amherst, MA March 20, 2013 - 7:24am

I did, once- it came to 159. 

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dufrescm from Wisconsin is reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep March 20, 2013 - 7:25am

Wow. That's alot of words :D

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce March 20, 2013 - 7:26am

I can't see Pratt's story anymore, it's clean gone. Personally I was more annoyed by someone (who has thus far left me alone) who left nasty, snide, passive-aggressive comments on EVERY story they reviewed. Doesn't hurt to say something positive now and again!

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SamaLamaWama from Dallas is reading Something Wicked This Way Comes March 20, 2013 - 7:59am

I think each up vote gets you 100 pts out of the total number of total votes you have. So the person who only has 5 up votes only has 500/500 pts, while the person who has 4600/5200 would still win even though the % is lower. At least that's how I read the email they sent out last month with the leader's board.

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TomMartinArt from Amherst, MA March 20, 2013 - 8:16am

So it'll all come down to how well you promote your story? I hope that's not the case.

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce March 20, 2013 - 8:29am

Tom, I think the rationale is to encourage an exchange of reading stories and providing comments. If you've read stories and provided helpful comments, I wouldn't worry at all about the self promotion. 

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Maria Stanislav from the UK is reading ALL the submissions! March 20, 2013 - 10:08am

Working hard to avoid bad cyber-karma and make sure I return all the reviews... After that, it's random button time!

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SamaLamaWama from Dallas is reading Something Wicked This Way Comes March 20, 2013 - 12:00pm

I’d love to get a few more reviews before the event closes. If you’re open to a trade and the darker side appeals to you, please read Yes, Admin. It’s the story of October, a Bridge Intelligent Being, who is operated by a human Administrator in a dark and dangerous world where violent games are played for sport and pleasure.   

I’ve received very useful reviews from Adam Jenkins--The Memory Remains; Whammer--http://litreactor.com/events/teleport-us/affirmnation; Klahol--http://litreactor.com/events/teleport-us/there-are-some-who-call-me-tim; Linda--http://litreactor.com/events/teleport-us/the-sea-came; Liam Hogan--http://litreactor.com/events/teleport-us/xenophobe. If mine doesn't appeal to you, their stories are pretty great and you should check them out. ~Sam   

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Frank Chapel from California is reading Thomas Ligotti's works March 20, 2013 - 12:40pm

My favorites are:

Servants of the Last Man
Gravidism
Call Me Tim
Matt Herbert's story, cant remember the name, but loved the MC.
Transport
The Gorund

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Liam Hogan from Earth is reading Hugo Nominations March 20, 2013 - 3:18pm

@ Klahol - I get your pain. First down vote hurts. Especially if the reasons don't seem fully justified, you have to imagine that it might be more about playing the game, than anything else.

So ignore, and just count your up votes. 35 is damned impressive!

Litreactor is being coy about this being a competition, competitive though I am, I know I'm not going to get enough votes to make any sort of leader board. But still, I'm happy people have read my work and - mostly - found it good, and while commenting on others is more time consuming than I expected (it's those 3900 word ones... and my tendency to go off on one when reviewing) people have been pretty positive about my feedback, and I have genuinely enjoyed more than I haven't. (Warning - I do down vote. Never without an explanation, though!)

First time at LitReactor. Still formulating my experience. More later!


Liam

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klahol from Stockholm, Sweden is reading Black Moon March 21, 2013 - 10:39am

A kind reviewer just called my story evil. Skipping around the apartment, giggling with uncontrolled glee. Worth waiting a week for. Doing a last revision tonight. Wooo! 

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klahol from Stockholm, Sweden is reading Black Moon March 21, 2013 - 2:27pm

Call Me Tim! New, shiny revision, with stunning new features such as:

- Correctly formulated Russian insults(TM)

- 80% less non-use of apostrophes(TM)

Get your new, improved Call Me Tim today! Call Me Tim. Don't leave home without it. 

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things March 21, 2013 - 2:55pm

So I'm incredibly happy with the feedback I've gotten. Only one negative review so far.

(Which is just daring people to ruin my day. I know.)

I haven't yet made any changes post-deadline, because I'm not really sure where public opinion is on that. There's just this one missing word that's been driving me crazy (yet only pointed out by one commenter), and I really want to fix the damn thing and move on. What say you?

A Singular Insect

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klahol from Stockholm, Sweden is reading Black Moon March 21, 2013 - 3:11pm

As far as I can see, people are updating their stories. Especially when it comes to typos and such, can't see the harm in that. This is not a spelling challenge. Use the feedback to hone your story, I'd say. Or maybe I just broke the rules and got disqualified. In which case, damn. 

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Wendy Hammer from Indiana is reading One Night in Sixes March 21, 2013 - 3:55pm

Klahol--I don't think that is a rule break at all.  I'm pretty sure I've seen something to the effect that you can change your story, but not the ratings. Those carry over. 

I'm going to do my revisions after the challenge, but I don't see anything wrong with your approach. 

 

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Ben_Sharp from London March 22, 2013 - 3:35am

Finally i have some more free time, and will get back to reading as many of these as i can. 

Also, might drop a small advertisement in here. Right here. Ready?

 

Oh HI! I didn't see you there. What's that? You want to read something? Well, do i have a thing for you! It has words, and letters, and everything. Also, globs of growing meat farmed by an android. What more could you want? reads/reviews greatly appreciated. :)

 

Thanks y'all. :)

 

http://litreactor.com/events/teleport-us/scrap

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Ben_Sharp from London March 22, 2013 - 3:35am

Finally i have some more free time, and will get back to reading as many of these as i can. 

Also, might drop a small advertisement in here. Right here. Ready?

 

Oh HI! I didn't see you there. What's that? You want to read something? Well, do i have a thing for you! It has words, and letters, and everything. Also, globs of growing meat farmed by an android. What more could you want? reads/reviews greatly appreciated. :)

 

Thanks y'all. :)

 

http://litreactor.com/events/teleport-us/scrap

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klahol from Stockholm, Sweden is reading Black Moon March 23, 2013 - 12:54am

I must have seen She Brings God Fire, Mere Mortals in the title list a hundred times and somehow thought meeeeeh.... read it later. Just read it. It is exquisite. Check it out!!

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Linda from Sweden is reading Fearful Symmetries March 23, 2013 - 1:36am

^ I need to read that one. The title has been stuck in my head for weeks. 

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Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) March 23, 2013 - 5:07am

Have to second Klahol's comments - that is a beautiful piece of writing.

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce March 23, 2013 - 6:49am

Klas, Linda, Adam - Agreed. So well written, I just wished it was longer.

Linda & Adam, I still have your stories on my "to read" list before the challenge closes!

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Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) March 23, 2013 - 6:54am

Actually you have already kindly read and commented on mine Jess. I have just 25 stories to read before I've finished them all, and I'm looking forward to Gravidism!

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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce March 23, 2013 - 7:49am

Haha! I'm losing my mind. I'll blame going out last night and only having a few hours sleep because my asshole neighbour decided using a powerdrill and a hammer was a BRILLIANT IDEA around 9AM on a Saturday.

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Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) March 23, 2013 - 8:15am

You'd have my sympathy other than the fact I'm working today. Though that has allowed me to read and comment on a number of stories in the quiet moments.

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ArlaneEnalra from Texas is reading Right now I'm editing . . .. March 23, 2013 - 9:09am

I feel for you @jess. This last week, complex I live in decided to relocate all five of the onsite dumpsters to a spot right next my apartment. Just close enough that when the garbage truck came by to empty the at 5:30 in the morning I lost a good two hours sleep!

@Adam Congrats on 25 left. I'm so behind in my reading right now. Ah well!

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Maria Stanislav from the UK is reading ALL the submissions! March 23, 2013 - 1:47pm

Not a TU issue specifically, but I assume that the majority of people who hang out in this thread are regulars, so forgive the misplaced question. I'm contemplating upgrading my membership to join the workshops (because from what I see so far, the people here are AWESOMELY helpful), but before I do that, I need to know what kind of limitations there are on story sizes. Most of my shorter-form hovers between 5 and 10k, so it'd be a bit of a letdown to join and find that the pieces I want to work on the most don't fit the rules.

Thanks!