Read both stories, then vote. Reading and voting are hip, man. All the cool kids are doing it. You wanna be cool, doncha?
So far, only three cool cats rolled up on the scene. I mean, not including the two battlers - the coolest mofos in dis 'hood, ya dig?
Reese's Peace, baby...
(don't ask why)
Read. Voted. Great stories guys.
Me too, I already voted :)
Nice work, guys!
Great stories! Civic duty complete.
I really wish there was some way to display the icons of those who've voted - kind of like the way many web pages will have on the side, a row of profile pics of people who've liked/subscribed to a page. That'd be cool to see just who is participating in the voting aspect of these contests without divulging exactly what their vote was. It'd probably require some monkeying with code, which I haven't the foggiest idea how to do. But it would be a really interesting widget if someone ever put it together.
Still a lot of time to vote, people!!! Hop to it and be a good citizen, like SamaLamaWama.. and the rest of y'all. You thought I'd forget you, but I didn't. ;)
A turn out of eight for a thunderdome battle isn't too bad you know. Sure more is preferable, but there has been worse.
Maybe I was just around when it was at its peak or something. I remember there being about 20 votes, total. And that even seemed like it could've been more, considering the high activity in the discussion threads at that time. Is it really as quiet as it seems lately, or is everyone just enmeshed in the workshop?
The workshops not even that hoppin. I started reviewing again and there's a lot less activity than a year or two ago when O was real active.
Wow, that's a bummer. Nothing good ever comes from homogeneity, especially when the like elements are so few.
Yep, there did used to be that many votes at one time, and a lot more workshop participation. It all been a bit tumbleweeds for a while now tho :(
I think the last rounds of TD were going while Arrest Us was in action. Those contests always bring new players and spark up forum activity.
Oh! Forgot to mention. Also, I voted.Thought both stories were great. Had to read them both twice. Very hard call. Nice work fellows.
You, sir, are a good citizen.
I voted, and I'm almost never here. Entertaining stories, both.
Maybe a short explanation. Both stories were great and did interesting things with the prompt.
I looked at structure, content, voice, logic, perspective and ending. Sometimes one was better at this, the other better at that.. Eventually I picked the one which had (for me) the better voice.
But it could've gone either way.
With the holiday weekend (for those of us in the US) I figure there's a lull, but don't forget there's still time to read and vote on this battle. It's actually closer than expected, so every vote actually counts!
One day left, people. Vote, or forever be a punk-ass bitch. Or just someone who didn't vote. One or the other.
My friend Terica sent me here, great site by the way. Wonderful pieces, both of them.
Your friend Terica sent you here?
A tie :(
But also: two new people join just to vote in Thunderdome? Anyone think that's a bit weird?
I don't know about anyone else, but Terica is a friend of mine who I told about the site awhile ago. Seeing as the voting was so one-sided from the beginning, I am willing to concede the match regardless of the numbers to avoid any hint of impropriety. I wasn't expecting my own friend (and possibly some of her friends) to come and do anything to the numbers, so if that has altered the outcome artificially, then I'm man enough to say it's automatically Sound's win.
Nah, I'm fine with a draw. Until next time, sir.
It all depends, of course. If your friends voted for the best story, there's no harm. If they voted for your story because you told them which one it was, there'd be cheating involved.
I can only speak for myself here, but I, for one, wouldn't stand for friends who would even agree to that sort of thing. This is a contest of pride, and not anything more, so fenagling the outcome is pointless. That being said, I did tell Terica about the contest and told her to read since there weren't as many readers as used to come to these. She knows my writing, as do many others who are regulars and newbies here, so that's why it isn't exactly fair enough for me to accept the outcome, yet not so insidious that I would twist my moustache and cackle like a villain.
Sound won this. That's the bottom line. Everything outside of that fact is meaningless.
Fantastically touching story, Sound. I had you on mechanics and utilization of the prompt, but my story did indeed lack a deep emotional punch, and yours had it in spades. Now I want to know what sorts of adventures the pixie baby will take its new mama on! (I usually loathe fantasy stuff, but now I loathe you for making me kinda like it ;) )
Congrats Sound I guess. But Congrats to you both. I had a difficult time deciding on this one. My first instinct was to go with To The Rescue. It felt like the cleanest and most complete of the two stories, but I did feel it was a bit predictable. But that was okay, because the detail was awesome and the characters were good.
Lullabies was well written too but in the end I felt like it was somehow incomplete. Like it was just the begining of something meant to be much longer.
Upon waking the next day I found that Lullabies had stuck with me a little more and I decided to read them again because I still thought I'd probably vote for To The Rescue. Upon the 2nd readings I discovered that I got a lot more out of Lullabies than I did the first time through. Picked up things I hadn't noticed before and the ending hit me harder, and while I still feel like it's not a complete story, I think it does stand alone pretty well, and it is very heartwarming. In the second Reading of To The Rescue, I liked it just as much as the first time but didn't get anything new from the second read.
This was an unusual vote for me because I typically read both stories once and know within a minute or two afterwards which one wins my vote. This one was back and forth for me and I ultimately settled on Lullabies.
Thought you guys might like to know a little about how that process went. Either way. I thouroughly enjoyed both. Can't wait to read your next matches.