Got to keep up with all the pimping out round here :)
A Burning Girl
^^^ Em's story is quite good, check it out.
Aww, thanks Nick.
Nicks story is also great, you should read it. Talking dogs....go on you know you want to :)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!)
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
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.
@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.
This is really good.
"if you don't want people to read your emails, don't send them." - Margaret Atwood
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?
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!)
The top five list (which I'm on, not complaining) is still topped by the guy who got booted for cheating, three weeks later.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
Oh wow, he didn't just upvote himself but he downvoted others?? What a jerk.
Just out of curiosity, has anyone done a count to see how many stories were entered?
I did, once- it came to 159.
Wow. That's alot of words :D
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!
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.
So it'll all come down to how well you promote your story? I hope that's not the case.
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.
Working hard to avoid bad cyber-karma and make sure I return all the reviews... After that, it's random button time!
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
My favorites are:
Servants of the Last Man
Call Me Tim
Matt Herbert's story, cant remember the name, but loved the MC.
@ 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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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. :)
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!!
^ I need to read that one. The title has been stuck in my head for weeks.
Have to second Klahol's comments - that is a beautiful piece of writing.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.