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Mess_Jess from Sydney, Australia, living in Toronto, Canada is reading Perfect by Rachael Joyce October 7, 2012 - 12:07pm

I want a different song to play when I open this thread!

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres October 7, 2012 - 12:16pm

this is my vote for page 2 of this thread

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff October 7, 2012 - 12:16pm

right Jacks, hell yeah WAR avatars

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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading Black Spire by Delilah Dawson October 7, 2012 - 12:21pm

oooOOOooo much better than what I was thinking, La Pen Nikita

 

...fuckit, I'm changing my username anyway. 

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Stacy Kear from Bucyrus, Ohio lives in New Jersey is reading The Art of War October 7, 2012 - 12:30pm

Fuck I'm gonna have to battle some literary badass. I mean I am gOnna take down some literary badass!

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter October 7, 2012 - 1:51pm

Imma gonna take y'all down!

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Fritz October 7, 2012 - 2:23pm

In

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Jeff from Florida is reading Another Side of Bob Dylan by Victor Maymudes October 7, 2012 - 4:01pm

Count me in.  I yearn for battle.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. October 7, 2012 - 4:20pm

I hate auto-playing songs in threads.  

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. October 7, 2012 - 4:36pm

I hate auto-playing songs in threads.

*like*

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres October 7, 2012 - 4:39pm

I love to force my morals (music) on others.

(sorry guys)

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. October 7, 2012 - 4:42pm

Has anybody asked Nik and Lidia to sharpen their swords yet?

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt October 7, 2012 - 6:46pm

War...avatars?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 7, 2012 - 6:49pm

Your dumb little picture, you change it to something war inspired, or whatever.  I believe my old one needs a reboot. 

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Stacy Kear from Bucyrus, Ohio lives in New Jersey is reading The Art of War October 7, 2012 - 7:09pm

I put up my War picture, I am summoning the destructive power of Autumn. I'm gonna burn you all and watch you fall beautifully to the ground, make a big pile and jump in it. 

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt October 7, 2012 - 7:35pm

I'm in a children's petting zoo, feeling an evil goat, and wearing a badass Kiss shirt. What's more War-ish than that? 

You're right, I'll think of something.

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underpurplemoon from PDX October 7, 2012 - 7:45pm

WAR

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland October 7, 2012 - 7:48pm

Did Somebody say war avatar?

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt October 7, 2012 - 8:06pm

So, when I think of war...I think Mel Gibson. 

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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading Black Spire by Delilah Dawson October 7, 2012 - 8:18pm

Username appropriately badassed. War avatar up. The force is strong with this one.

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JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life October 7, 2012 - 8:40pm

OK, I finally read the rules. 

 

WAR

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt October 7, 2012 - 8:42pm

You sure you're drunk enough, Jeff? 

 

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JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life October 7, 2012 - 8:56pm

Oh. Hey there, sub-Matt. Didn't see you there. What was that you said? Almost sounded like you have something to say to me. Do you? You got something you want to share with the rest of the class? Something you want to say to my face? Huh, do you? DO YOU? DO YOU, HAVE FUCKING SOMETHING, TO SAY?

YOU THINK YOU'RE BETTER THAN ME?!??!?!?

 

I mean: yes. I am, in fact, more than drunk enough.  

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Ira Levin October 8, 2012 - 2:01am

Add me please !!!

War ~ never been so much fun

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 8, 2012 - 2:29am

REAPING DEATH

There is a place beyond the dreamworlds,
Past the womb of night,
Lying in wait beyond the barriers of light,
Shunned by the living, cursed by the dead
Here's no peace, here's no peace

None within, none without
Skinned bare by daggers that never doubt
Timeless in wisdom, unbound in might,
Holy Evil!

By trembling hands concealed,
Yet by fearless ones revealed

There the blood of Abel impregnates the soil,
In which hungry darkness dwells and serpents coil,
So that plants may rise to bear the strangest fruit,
For all of ye that hunger

Higher! Higher! Come on you sons of fire!
Daughters of the black moon,
Practitioners of art most dire

Dance! Dance! In twisting, white-eyed trance,
Let us praise the flowering darkness

Brush forth across the land of Nod ye wicked ones,
Ye who wear the mark and hold the keys,
Come now, let us worship,
At the womb of blasphemies

Rivers of blood! Rivers of blood!
For the black earth's quenchless thirst,
The offering must never cease,
Until the last man has been slain
Upon the altar of Mefisto

Higher! Higher! Let's set the night on fire!
Black moon bear witness to our rite,
Beneath the devil's pyre

Unchain, Set free, the flames of the Adversary!
Scorch the earth and devour all,
That sifted from the ashes be

Hail! Hail! Thou who makes the cosmos wail!
In anguish as we fuck the world,
And sodomize the god that failed

Cain! Cain! By thy blade let all god's men be slain!
Harvest now the fruits of death and set the night aflame!

Again!
Fire!

Gather! Gather! Raise the flames for so long scattered!
For aeons cursed, yet proud we stood,
Our liberation all that mattered

It's time! It is time! The bells of Armageddon chime!
Rejoice ye now, oh hungry ones,
Harvest time has come...


 

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 8, 2012 - 2:29am

^ gonna do that to all your faces

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 8, 2012 - 5:30am

Fun WAR Fact:  Last time it took us around two weeks to get enough people for a 32-contestant tournament.  This time, it took right at 34 hours.  Realistically, it took about 26, but I didn't post the last 3-4 names until just now.

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Covewriter from Nashville, Tennessee is reading & Sons October 8, 2012 - 6:02am

My War avatar is up. I didn't use one last time.Maybe this will help. I feel stronger already.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Ira Levin October 8, 2012 - 6:16am

Oh hey, just wondering ~ whats going to happen over Christmas/new year? Are we have a war-free week or something?

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 8, 2012 - 6:18am

Most likely, yeah.  As that get closer we'll do a bit of a temperature check with everybody, see where the days fall, all that, and make whatever adjustments we need.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 8, 2012 - 6:20am

HEY, HAVE WE LEFT OUT ANYBODY WHO HAS ASKED TO BE INCLUDED?  THIS THING LIT UP LIKE CRAZY, AND IT'S VERY EASY TO OVERLOOK A THREAD ENTRY.

So if you've asked to be put on the list and we haven't yet, there's a good chance we need reminded...

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 8, 2012 - 6:29am

Also, Avery and I just looked at the math on this thing:  95 matchups.  190 stories. 

If that's not exciting, you're probably a Communist.  But I think Nick's a Communist, and I'm pretty sure he's excited, so you're probably not even a Communist.  Just more of a...I don't know.  You just suck.

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Michael Thomas from South Jersey is reading books October 8, 2012 - 6:37am

Been waiting for another War. Sign me up, please.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 8, 2012 - 6:42am

My own War avatar confuses me.  I love these in theory, in practice I am easily confused. 

I can't wait to spend time and effort creating 95 prompts that you guys are going to complain about constantly!!  I've missed your collective bitching and moaning.  I've also missed being openly rude to all of you and feeling justified in that. 

WAR brings out the best in me.

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies October 8, 2012 - 7:52am

right on, bek. i'll find the time. and yeah, i wanted to meet up with you in the finals last time. that prediction was only HALF right. :-)

game on, people.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 8, 2012 - 7:56am

Avery has just informed me that Ms. Gowin shall grace us with her presence once again.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 8, 2012 - 8:15am

Hey Utah, hey Jessica.

Been thinking, and I have a couple of concerns.

Is the first reading week gonna be just that? One week to read and vote on sixty-four stories? Seems like a large ask for the voters. We will end up with a situation where the first dozen or so duels will get more votes than the later ones.

2.5k words x 64 stories = a potential 160,000 words. Two novels worth. In one week? Not everyone can commit to that.

Also, how are seedings being arranged this time? Last time was experimental, and therefore fair enough, but I think it should be more transparent this time round as there were some curious choices in the seeding last time.

 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 8, 2012 - 8:16am

*casually adds Nik Korpon to the list

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 8, 2012 - 8:25am

I believe, and I could be completely wrong, that we are planning to stagger those first couple rounds.  Utah is the one who understands sports, so i let him worry with how brackets and such works.  We realized that would be difficult/impossible as far as reading and I think that is what we decided.  He can confirm.

Seeding.  This is another thing we've been discussing.  With a group of this size, I am leaning toward random assignment.  Still in development there.

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Sound from Azusa, CA is reading Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt October 8, 2012 - 8:35am

Prompt me now! 

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore October 8, 2012 - 8:41am

I enthusiastically anticipate this gentlemanly competition after high tea in the presence of dignitaries and purebred sporting hounds, during which I will slap you with a silken glove and then most rigorously fuck your sister. The spoils, yo.

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Profunda Saint-... from Calgary, AB is reading Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series October 8, 2012 - 8:45am

I would like to join in, I have a crazy load of school work though, so please forgive me if I become a drop-out, but I'm sure I could probably use a lunch hour or two for writing and reading...

 

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Flybywrite from Rocky Point, Long Island is reading The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, by Stephen Crane October 8, 2012 - 8:51am

I just joined the Lit Reactor workshop this morning; I'm new to cyber-sites so it'll take a while to get familiar with the terrain; but I think going to literary war with other members will be a nice bloody way to do so, and to get to know some of you. I love that Hemingway quote about no catalog ever having affected the ceaseless reality.  He also said a thing that sets up like a bad echo designed to summarize my sitch after a month or so of over-writing: "There's a writer deep inside everyone, and in most cases it ought to stay that way."  So clever, so war-like, and from a writer who blew lions apart with big bore rifles  Anyway, looking forward to it. I'm currently arming and thinking of depressingly violent pseudonyms to distance myself from the subject.  War, huuuh, what is it good for?  Absolutely nothing, say it again y'all."

 

      

                                                        

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. October 8, 2012 - 8:59am

I really hope there is a WAR party afterwards again. 

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TomorrowHill from Newfoundland, Canada is reading your mind. You like Castlevania, don't you? October 8, 2012 - 9:33am

You know, it's about time I dive back in around here. This sounds like a blast, so count me in. Even Vault Boy can put on a WAR face :) 

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. October 8, 2012 - 9:42am

Gordon & CLC in? This is really hotting up.

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines October 8, 2012 - 9:42am

FUCK IT; I'm in. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters October 8, 2012 - 9:46am

I'm so excited I could vomit!

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry October 8, 2012 - 9:47am

I just pooped myself a little. 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner October 8, 2012 - 9:55am

So it is time again. I have returned. I'm in.