October Flash Fiction Voting Thread

Discussion in 'Writing' started by PeteMC, Oct 25, 2012.

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Vote for your two winners

Poll closed Nov 4, 2012.
  1. Sleepy Dead

    10.0%
  2. An Evening With Victoria

    30.0%
  3. My Soul to Keep

    10.0%
  4. Must be in the fifties

    20.0%
  5. Evangelina

    30.0%
  6. Punch and Judy

    50.0%
  7. Dollhouse

    10.0%
  8. Champions

    10.0%
  9. The Dunbar Dolls

    10.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. PeteMC

    PeteMC @PeteMC666

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    Okay folks, voting time. We’ve got an impressive nine entries this month, so I reckon you can vote for your two favourites.

    Our entries this month were as follows:


    Slynt – Sleepy Dead

    Norm – An Evening With Victoria

    Aiasminor – My Soul to Keep

    Noumenon – Must be in the fifties

    Wulfen – Evangelina

    PeteMC – Punch and Judy

    Glen – Dollhouse

    Fung Koo – Champions

    Funky mosquito – The Dunbar Dolls


    <EDIT> I can't count so I messed up the timeout on the poll, voting will CLOSE ON 30th OCTOBER so we can have a Halloween winner.
     
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  2. Wilson Geiger

    Wilson Geiger Greymane

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    These are all such good stories, tough to vote, as always! There's not a single one I didn't like.
     
  3. zachariah

    zachariah Speaks fluent Bawehrf

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    A lot of good reading this month, all authors can pat themselves on the back. My personal favourites were:

    Evangelina, for the clear and compelling picture it drew in my head of an ultra-violent future sport, and a very believable human emotional attachment to an inanimate object.

    An Evening With Victoria, for being unselfconsciously funny about a very silly situation, and pulling off a psychotic narrator who I could still sympathise with.
     
  4. R.J.

    R.J. Is Winter Coming?

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    All right, been reading them all and I'm pretty sure which two I find the best this month, so avoting I will go (PeteMCs story and aiasminor's, I've forgotten the titles. Stupid brain)
     
  5. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Oh - I'm so glad the voting deadline is next weekend. Now, I'm off to go read all your excellent stories! :)
     
  6. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    What? It says right there on the top of the poll - Nov 4th!! How dare you?

    I'll try to get them all in, but no promises... :(
     
  7. norm

    norm We parley for nobody

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    I've read them all, now I'm just trying to figure the other part- what to comment on and who to vote for.

    This is a hard one. How to decide; process of elimination perhaps? I’ll call ‘em as I see ‘em, no sugar coating:

    I’m not voting for Evangelina. . . I think. It’s really well written, but I guess it just doesn’t have enough actual storyline for my liking, nothing I can really sink my teeth into. Interpretation of the theme is maybe a little too loose.

    Must be in the Fifties; I enjoyed it. I actually didn’t question the whole Celsius/Farenheit thing until you mentioned it( being Canadian the use of Celsius just made sense to me.) Well written, well developed setting, decent dialogue, good pacing and build up. Amusing. Nothing about it that I didn’t like.

    The Dunbar Dolls; I enjoyed this. It feels almost like an excerpt from a larger story though and not really a self-contained flash fiction piece. The pace in which the story is revealed would be excellent for something bigger- but here it just gives us a taste without letting us know what we’re reading. I feel this lacks too many important details to really grab me. Do I vote for this? Maybe.

    I’m not voting for Champions. It felt a little too hazy for me, I didn’t really get a clear image of what was taking place or why. Didn’t really grab my interest.

    I’m not voting for My Soul To Keep. I didn’t care for the repetitive style, I found it very hard to get into.

    I’m not voting for Punch and Judy. I didn’t find the dialogue exchange between the two characters all that interesting, or the characters themselves. One minor thing threw me off: When Judy touches something ‘cold and sticky’ it felt ambiguous; I was thinking it was something spilt between the cushions and not a solid object like a knife.

    I’m not voting for Sleepy Dead. As others said, it felt a little too imbalanced, I didn’t get a good sense of what happened at the end.

    I’m not voting for Dollhouse. The idea was interesting, but somehow I feel it could have been better implemented. As it is, I don’t get much story; just scene setting. A guy who knows nothing about who or where he is or why, has to seek answers of course. But with this we only get the questions, without a hint of understanding as to what it all means. It confines my imagination, it doesn’t give me a direction to think in, doesn’t give me any possibilities to consider. By the end of the story I’m left in the dark. There’s not much intrigue.

    So my votes go to Must be in the Fifties, and. . . I think Dunbar Dolls. Or Evangelina. No, Dunbar Dolls.
     
  8. Andrew Leon Hudson

    Andrew Leon Hudson sf-icionado / horror-ator

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    Thanks to this month's boss for this - I didn't realise we got two votes apiece until after I picked one, but my second vote will be counted if it's mailed in here: Evangelina.
     
  9. PeteMC

    PeteMC @PeteMC666

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    Just a reminder that voting CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (yeah yeah, I screwed up posting the poll....).
     
  10. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Midnight in what time zone. By my clock, I still have a bit less than 5 hours.
     
  11. N. E. White

    N. E. White tmso Staff Member

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    Darn it. Only two votes?

    I wanted to vote for An Evening with Victoria, Punch and Judy (excellent), and Evangelina. But, since our ogre-leader has only given us two votes this time, I voted for Punch and Judy and Evangelina.

    Well done, everyone!
     
  12. PeteMC

    PeteMC @PeteMC666

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    Happy Halloween everyone! Our October winner is.... me.

    <awkward>

    Thanks folks – I’ll see if I can think up another theme for November!
     
  13. Glen

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    Congrats PeteMC!
    Thanks for the vote Fung Koo - you have impeccable taste! :0)
     
  14. Andrew Leon Hudson

    Andrew Leon Hudson sf-icionado / horror-ator

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    Well worthy, well done.
     
  15. R.J.

    R.J. Is Winter Coming?

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    Congratulations, PeteMC, well deserved and WHERE IS THE NEXT FLASH FICTION COMPO go go go go go go go go go go go