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Winter 2006/2007 Contest
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ScottyDM
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Stories are Ready

And we have six strong stories this season. I've decided to give each of the stories a 5 for plot. Although some may not be obvious and some may have been a bit creative, all use the suggested plot elements in the correct order.

We have three new authors; one author returning from when the contest was the WatchingStone AnthroStory Contest, managed by Nadan; and two of our regulars. All have done quite well and this should be a close competition.

The Stories


Authors, look over your stories and make sure everything looks right. If need be I can change things, but only during the first 24 hours.

Everyone, tell your friends about the contest. The more we have reading and judging the stories, the better for all. The deadline for filling in your ballots is March 10th, one second to midnight, GMT.

The website's homepage is www.anthrofiction.net.

Thanks again.

Scotty

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2007 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just finished sending in my last ballot! Rating the stories was pretty fun. Maybe I'll submit something next time!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SATURDAY!

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm a procrastinator. I suspect, hope, I'm not alone because voter turnout so far for the contest is dismal. And there are less than three days left. Here are a few statistics:

2 people scored all 6 stories. Huzzah for Terrihorn and Virmir!

3 stories have only 2 ballots each.
2 stories have 3 ballots each.
1 story has 7 ballots!

Obviously one author is telling their friends, although it is best if as many people as possible score more than one story: how can the reader know the relative goodness of a story with nothing to compare it to? But it may also be because of that story's position on the list. Maybe people start scoring with the first story and they will eventually get around to scoring the other stories.

If you're an author and haven't scored the stories, or haven't finished scoring the stories then shame on you. And you may score your own story. Also, tell your friends. I realize the time is growing short and we should have been promoting this three weeks ago, but better late than never.

I've started carefully looking at the stories and preparing my comments. I hope you're doing the same. When I was prepping the stories for the contest (generating the PDF files, etc.) I was struck by how good these stories are. It would be a shame if no one reads them.

Finally, you may only score each story once! One person, one vote.

Scotty

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Argh! I knew there was something I meant to do... one of the stories rather turned me down so I never got around reading the rest... I should get to that.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Error corrected.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tremendous! More ballots. And I have scored and written brief critiques for 3 of the 6 stories (although I haven't turned them in as ballots yet).

Here are current statistics:
1 story has 9 ballots
5 stories have 5 ballots each

It seems one of the authors has been beating the bushes for readers. While it'd be great if people read all the stories, or at least more than just one, it's okay to have supporters. However, I do check for duplicates.

Also, authors, you may score your own story. Some give themselves all 3s (I guess they figure it's an average score), some give themselves all 5s (maybe they figure no one else will), some try to evaluate their story against the others and score theirs accordingly, and some feel it's impossible to be impartial and so refuse to score their own story. Do whatever you feel is right.

There are about 15 1/2 hours left to finish scoring the stories.

Thanks again for your support.

Scotty

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohhh, I have an idea. Let's "cheat"!

Only moments left and the statistics are:
1 story with 10 ballots
5 stories with 6 ballots each


CritiqueCircle is a writer's website. People join to post their works-in-progress to gain critiques, and to critique others. They also discuss writing on the forums there. One recent forums subject was: "Critique my First Line (2)", in "On Writing". So I posted the first sentence or two of each story, with links back to each story's page and an invitation that if the opening was interesting enough, the reader should follow the link and read and score the story.

Not wanting to give the poor CCers only 20 minutes, I bumped the deadline out by another 24 hours.

So we now all have <looks at time> 23 hours and 55 minutes.

Yaaaay for cheating.

Scotty

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whale Poop!

We have the scores. We have the comments. We have the graphics. But I've broken the blippity website.

I've been fighting this all day (the 12th) and am almost there. It is a combination of patch files on top of patch files for a website design that was never meant to last four quarters. You can see it especially when you look at the past contest results, the way information is presented isn't quite right. Because I've been a little fearful of flooding you with pages of error codes--missing and misplaced patch files mostly--I've been a bit timid about the changes I've been trying. So I set the server to block all but my IP address. Now I can rip into the guts, fling about the smelly ofal, and not disturb the visitors.

But I'm tired and I'm cranky so I'm going to bed. 99% chance of fair skies tomorrow with a functioning website and complete results. Hopefully by sundown, my time.

Scotty Evil or Very Mad

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RESULTS!

Finally, the website is working... pretty much. I don't have next quarter's contest up yet... tomorrow.

Details and comments on each story's page.

The Winner with a score of 4.38
Love’s Discretion by Kada

Second place with a score of 4.19
A Little Slice For Desire by Dr. Kayngi

Third with a score of 4.01
The Festival by Vaperfox

With a score of 3.92
The Magic of Music by Tygon Panthera

With a score of 3.90
Furvert by Rabbit

With a score of 3.86
The Legend of Tal-niene by Red Vixen

Congratulations to Kada for the winning story. But also, congratulations to all the authors. These scores are the highest as a group for this past year, and I believe the spread is the narrowest. Every story got at least one five in every category.

We had a bigger turnout of stories and a bigger turnout of ballots than before. Be sure to thank your readers and I'll get your e-mails out soon.

Scotty

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't have thought that I would get that low a score on creativity...

Anyway, congrats to the winner.

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