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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 5, 2012 - 10:03am

@ Manda lynn:  My main objective is to get votes, period.  I would love for these stories to have as many people as possible participate in the voting process.  So I'll see what I can do to have the potential readership as broad as feasible without losing us all our first publication rights.

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 5, 2012 - 10:04am

@richard still on topic. i'm sure it won't be too hard to guess who some of the pieces are written by :)

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies March 5, 2012 - 10:07am

^so you're saying i need to write either splatterpunk or erotica? i think even if i attempted a romance story it'd just end up being dark and twisted. sigh. 

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel March 5, 2012 - 10:09am

I just plan on kiling everyone and everything...erotically, but make it heart-breaking. 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 5, 2012 - 10:13am

I have decided I will write stories with a deep seashell metaphor.  Those seem like the in thing lately.

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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 March 5, 2012 - 10:13am

Alien will love that.

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 5, 2012 - 10:14am

@richard that'd be one way of stretching yourself ;p i thought about shaking things up and doing something different. but who knows?!

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 5, 2012 - 10:18am

Utah - but then everyone will think you are me!  That won't be good for you.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 5, 2012 - 10:22am

But see, if everybody thinks I'm you then they won't vote against Utah...or something.

You are generally better-liked than me.  I can only see this as being a win for Utah.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 5, 2012 - 10:23am

I think you are mistaken.  I'm generally hated. 

 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 5, 2012 - 11:09am

 

Battle Ready!

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig March 5, 2012 - 11:25am

@Utah--haha thanks for the formal send off.

@Chester--I will do!

@Richard--Day one of the course, reading her lecture, and the intros from my "classmates" I already feel a hole in my heart where her book should be! I am definitely picking it up next I am near the bookstore (I live in BFE).

 

Everyone else--good luck, keep your head down, and always wear your body armor.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human March 5, 2012 - 11:48am

My song.

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. March 5, 2012 - 11:54am

3 days now???

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies March 5, 2012 - 3:02pm

brackets? 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 5, 2012 - 3:04pm

^ someone is getting antsy!  LOL!

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 5, 2012 - 3:06pm

Okay.  I'm at work right now and I can't put it together now.  But I will get the brackets together and posted tonight. 

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies March 5, 2012 - 3:08pm

although, since it's blind, i guess i'd only get a list of numbers. man, this whole blind thing kind of takes some of the wind out of it, yeah? maybe we shouldn't do it that way. it'd be great to see who is up against who, and see an "underdog" work their way up the system. i don't know. not to set of a storm of response, but when i watch the NCAA basketball tourney you root for underdogs, you root against teams you hate, etc. i mean, here, we'd still vote for the best stories, right?

thoughts?

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. March 5, 2012 - 3:08pm

I will get the brackets together and posted tonight.

 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 5, 2012 - 3:12pm

No, the brackets will have names. 

The prompts are given anonymously and stories posted blind.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 5, 2012 - 3:13pm

@Richard:  Names will be in the brackets.  You'll see who's on whom.  What you will not see is their prompts.  Those will be delivered by PM.  And the stories won't have author names attached to them until voting is over.  So we'll all get to see who's fighting whom in the brackets, but not in the polls.  The polls will just be:

POLL:

Story 1

Story 2

Vote!

No ascriptions. 

After the voting we see the names and advance the brackets.

And of course, if somebody says, "Hey, yeah, that one up there is mine" we'll have to play "Happy Trails" for them. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 5, 2012 - 3:14pm

"You'll see who's on whom."

 

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. March 5, 2012 - 3:15pm

EDIT

Nevermind.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies March 5, 2012 - 3:31pm

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH. okay. duh. that makes a lot more sense. 

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 5, 2012 - 4:52pm

Sweeeeeeet. Can't wait to see brackets!!! Ahhhh! so yeah, pretty excited.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 5, 2012 - 7:32pm

@Utah: So I will need to know if Workshop membership will be a necessity or not. 

@shiz-Nikki and manda-lini: When I find out how we are going to privatize the competition or whathaveyou, I will or will not look into setting up some temp memberships. But right now I am under the impression that locking a thread is tied to a regular account, not a workshop account. Is this correct?

Has anyone contacted Kirk? Kirk to Enterprise?

This is going to be fun. As for blindness? That will add an amusing air to the affair. I agree though, it won't always be completely blind, but who cares. 

This is quasi-beta-war.

@Richard: I assume AWP was fun? 

 

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies March 5, 2012 - 7:35pm

@chester - AWP was a blast. saw Nik Korpon, Caleb J. Ross, Eddy Rathke, Gordon Highland, Nic Young, Sean P. Ferguson, Misty Bennett from the Velvet/Cult/LR as well as authors like xTx, Mary Miller, Amber Sparks, Amelia Gray, Blake Butler, Kevin Sampsell, Roxanne Gay, Gina Frangello, etc. exhausted.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 5, 2012 - 7:37pm

I'm literally hanging out here waiting for some brackets.

Don't let me down, Utah. 

 

 

I'm getting sleepy.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 5, 2012 - 7:45pm

@Richard: Shit that sounds fun. Someday I hope to see you there.

@Dolly: Prop your eyelids open with truncated toothpicks. I can't wait to see who's on whom. I hope I am on someone or someone is on me.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 5, 2012 - 7:49pm

"I can't wait to see who's on whom. I hope I am on someone or someone is on me."

I know, me too!!!

 

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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 March 5, 2012 - 7:50pm

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 5, 2012 - 7:52pm

That would be weird if you were on me or I was on you. I mean, for real and not just figuratively, especially after we just had this little exchange. 

edit: Yes Mr. Moon, I was talking to you.

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 5, 2012 - 7:54pm

@chester thx!

@richard sounds like you had a blast.

@everyone I can't wait to see who I get to finger first!

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 5, 2012 - 7:54pm

Actually, Rian, that is interesting how you slipped between Avery and me just then. Depending of course who's on whom.

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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 March 5, 2012 - 7:54pm

Aww, thanks... You just made my day.

Chester, this is for you, bud:

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 5, 2012 - 7:56pm

@Nikki: Come here. Yeah, a bit closer. Don't be shy, that's right...smell my finger.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 5, 2012 - 7:56pm

Brackets will be around this evening.  Might be late, but they'll be up.

As to Workshop membership/non-membership:  The contest is open to all.  The question remains whether voting will be open to non-payers with locked polls.  I PMmed Kirk about that earlier.  I hope to hear back from him tomorrow some time so I can pass the good word.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 5, 2012 - 7:57pm

Oh, Utah - I have to go to sleep soon. 

Because I'm 80.

I'll have to wait until morning to see who's on whom. 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry March 5, 2012 - 7:58pm

Sometimes that's best. 

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 5, 2012 - 7:58pm

@Rian: I sing that to my wife all the time.

@Utah: Thanks Man, I will keep my ears peeled.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 5, 2012 - 7:59pm

Sweet dreams Jessica. Sweet who's on whom dreams.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 5, 2012 - 7:59pm

Chester - I believe that you do.

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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 March 5, 2012 - 8:00pm

Okay, 'nough love. Back to War...

I come to bring the pain...

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 5, 2012 - 8:00pm

I'll be dreaming about who's on whom all night long!

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 5, 2012 - 8:02pm

Skyrockets in flight...

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 March 5, 2012 - 8:07pm

@Jess

That's dirty.

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 5, 2012 - 8:26pm

@chester i'd come closer to smell your finger but i got the stank of christina hendicks all over my face and i'm just not willing to part with that odiferous gift yet. but ya can smell my mouth if ya want.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 5, 2012 - 8:37pm

Only if it smells like odiferous hendicks.

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three March 5, 2012 - 8:38pm

yeah, well that, and my finger.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz March 5, 2012 - 8:45pm

If you like Christina, then go half-way down this page for a doppelganger.