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Which story should win?

This poll will close on Jul 1, 2017 at 9:09 AM.
  1. The shed

  2. Since That Night

  3. Half-Measures

  4. Dead Man's Diary

  5. Final Blood

  6. Betty Baxter, and the Lava Sex Corn

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  1. Tenderiser

    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    Open Voting Vote Now - June 2017 Contest (Voting closes 30 June)

    Discussion in 'Bi-Weekly Short Story Contest' started by Tenderiser, Jun 15, 2017.

    Who should win the shiny medal?

    1. Read the entries: https://www.writingforums.org/threads/june-2017-short-story-contest.152492/

    2. Vote. Authors, please do not vote for your own story. If you don't want to vote for another but still want to know the poll results, don't worry - they will be visible to all once voting closes. If you really can't wait then feel free to PM me and I'll tell you the current results.

    Voting will close at midnight (GMT) on 30 June.

    You can use whatever criteria you like to choose a winner. If you want some guidance, the criteria we used for the 10th anniversary contest was:
    • Technical ability (spelling, grammar, etc)
    • Entertainment
    • Originality
    • Use of the prompt
    Please don't read the replies to this thread until you have voted! They may contain spoilers.
     
  2. Tenderiser

    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    Woohoo! Each entry already has at least one vote. Keep 'em coming. :)
     
  3. Homer Potvin

    Homer Potvin Active Member

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    Good stories this month. My favorite game is to guess who wrote each one... some are easier than others.
     
  4. Tenderiser

    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    Hint: They were all me MWUAHAHAHAAHAHA
     
  5. Homer Potvin

    Homer Potvin Active Member

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    That would be quite impressive. And not just the variance in voice but the consistent grammatical tells too!
     
  6. Tenderiser

    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    I'm quite practised at it because, in fact, the whole board is me. Me and you. Alone.
     
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    Homer Potvin Active Member

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    Shhhh... keep yer voice down! The others will hear... oh, I guess they won't.
     
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  8. Fernando.C

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    Ah...so, um....does that mean I'm either you or Homer? Fuck.
     
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    Yeah, I'm confused too. I don't think you're me, but who knows?
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    We are one.
     
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    WE ARE THE BORG. YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. RESISTANT IS FUTILE
     
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  12. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale "Cue the artillery" Contributor

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    Egg by Andy Weir. We are all one, and that One wrote some amazing stories this month.
     
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    Eerie.. but @Homer Potvin and @Tenderiser probably know who I voted for.. What with them being me and everyone else and all.. :eek:
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    Ah yes, of course I (we) know. But I (we) won't reveal it for purposes of the competition.
     
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    And all the other dirty things you like to do when you think you're alone....
     
  16. Tenderiser

    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    *puts hands above the table*
     
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    fair play, cyborgs :bigwink::-D
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    Just to clarify, @Homer Potvin is a normal human. This entire forum of mes has been set up just to talk to him, like The Truman Show.

    Which, of course, leads to an obvious question... who but Homer would go to the effort of making someone who would make all that effort to talk to him?
     
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    Woo hoo! Normal!
     
  20. Iain Aschendale

    Iain Aschendale "Cue the artillery" Contributor

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    Elson Roa.

    I realize that the pool of apparences who recognize that name is likely to be small, but still....

    Elson Roa.
     
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    Who's Elson Roa? I absolutely have no idea :confused:

    I hope @Tenderiser doesn't mind me mentioning in this thread but the poetry contest needs more votes! It don't matter if you don't know nothing about poetry. You just need to check it out and vote! Choose whatever poem resonates with you. I got all faith in the forum's voters. If the competition even gets half the number of voters coming for the flash and short-story contest, already that will be progress. Vote. Vote. Vote!
     
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    Iain Aschendale "Cue the artillery" Contributor

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    Elson Roa is the leader of a band of Solipsist mercenaries in Against a Dark Background. He sees everyone else in the world as the result of him having a split personality, since he's a solipsist. Members of his unit all have the same opinion, and
    when one of them leaves or is killed off, they view it as a positive thing, since they're obviously getting better now, and have integrated that aspect of their personality into the core, central personality who is the only real thing in the universe.
     
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    I just finished reading them all. Overall, I found this batch to be especially dark in nature, I guess it was the theme. I also find it fascinating that every single entry is prompt 2. I was expecting something sci-fi out of the crop circle image.

    I voted for Half-Measures. I'm honestly not sure why, it just stuck with me. I thought the pacing was right and every sentences painted the picture of two very down and out girls on the fringe of society. Everything from working the graveyard shift, to the old pickup, to the phrase "Pot-kettle much?" gave a cohesive, folksy feel to it. I knew how it was going to end quickly, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of reading it.
     
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    Yes, they were all dark and all prompt two (a dark prompt, so maybe that's why they were mostly crime stories). It made it particularly tricky to choose between them but also.. they were all really good.. !!

    Oh.. reference makes sense since you said ''solipsist mercenaries''. I get it now. :D.
     
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    I'm wondering if maybe the crop circle thing was too specific—unless crop circles motivate you to write a story about them. Which it apparently didn't, in this case anyway.

    I suspect a more general photo prompt—one without some specific 'oddness'—might produce more stories. For example—what if it had just been a photo of a field with a crop planted? Somebody might well have come up with a story about crop circles, but there could have been lots of other kinds of stories generated by the sight of a planted field. Nostalgia? My photo drone has just left me for good. Worry about crop failure? The nature of pesticides? How good it feels to get harvest home. My plane is about to crash into a cornfield. An eagle chases a rabbit through the cornfield, but the rabbit turns at the last second and bites the eagle's leg off. And etc.

    I think a photo prompt has a wider appeal if it gets people thinking about what the image means to them, rather than dictating a specific thing the story must include. If that particular odd quirky 'thing' doesn't appeal ...well, that's the contest over, then.
     
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