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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt May 19, 2015 - 9:09am
To The Rescue - Strange Photon
50% (8 votes)
Lullabies - Sound
50% (8 votes)
Total votes: 16

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 20, 2015 - 10:01am

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)

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest May 20, 2015 - 12:04pm

Read. Voted. Great stories guys.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 20, 2015 - 12:59pm

Me too, I already voted :)

Nice work, guys!

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SamaLamaWama from Dallas is reading Something Wicked This Way Comes May 21, 2015 - 7:25am

Great stories! Civic duty complete.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 21, 2015 - 5:47pm

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.  ;)

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 22, 2015 - 6:48am

A turn out of eight for a thunderdome battle isn't too bad you know. Sure more is preferable, but there has been worse. 

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 22, 2015 - 7:55am

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?

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland May 22, 2015 - 8:01am

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.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 22, 2015 - 8:09am

Wow, that's a bummer. Nothing good ever comes from homogeneity, especially when the like elements are so few.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 22, 2015 - 8:10am

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 :(

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland May 22, 2015 - 8:18am

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.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland May 22, 2015 - 8:27am

Oh! Forgot to mention. Also, I voted.Thought both stories were great. Had to read them both twice. Very hard call. Nice work fellows.

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Tucson from Belgium is reading Late Essays - J.M. Coetzee May 23, 2015 - 7:26am

Voted

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 23, 2015 - 8:10am

You, sir, are a good citizen.

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Adam Jenkins from Bracknell, England is reading RCX Magazine (Issue 1 coming soon) May 23, 2015 - 8:48am

I voted, and I'm almost never here. Entertaining stories, both.

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Tucson from Belgium is reading Late Essays - J.M. Coetzee May 23, 2015 - 10:23am

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.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 24, 2015 - 11:30am

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!

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 25, 2015 - 11:41am

One day left, people. Vote, or forever be a punk-ass bitch. Or just someone who didn't vote. One or the other.

Or both!

;)

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Hooram Terica R... May 25, 2015 - 12:11pm

Voted

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Oleta May 25, 2015 - 12:24pm

My friend Terica sent me here, great site by the way.  Wonderful pieces, both of them.

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MattF from Tokyo is reading Borges' Collected Fictions May 25, 2015 - 11:29pm

Your friend Terica sent you here?

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 26, 2015 - 3:15am

What!??

A tie :( 

But also: two new people join just to vote in Thunderdome? Anyone think that's a bit weird?

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MattF from Tokyo is reading Borges' Collected Fictions May 26, 2015 - 3:41am

yes.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 26, 2015 - 5:04am

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.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt May 26, 2015 - 9:32am

Nah, I'm fine with a draw. Until next time, sir.

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Tucson from Belgium is reading Late Essays - J.M. Coetzee May 26, 2015 - 10:03am

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.

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics May 26, 2015 - 10:26am

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 ;) )

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland May 27, 2015 - 1:46pm

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.