Tcha! Democracy, eh? What can you do?
"The people have spoken, the bastards."Dick Tuck, on loosing an election for the California State Senate in 1966
May have something for your interior illustration soon. I send you a sample but it will be getting tweaked yet.
While I suppose I ought to be happier now that we have 12 voters...I'm not, because it looks like two of them just voted for one story each. (I did the math, and the numbers don't add up.)
It seems that the universe is out to make me lack confidence in the results of this vote. People not following the voting instructions makes me a sad panda. This is very weird, because I wasn't a panda to begin with.
Count me in on supporting the vote by message idea, since that will prevent this little issue from happening.
@ CM - yes, I'm afraid that something odd is going on.
I'm not sure how to address it.
I set the poll for anonymous voting, but it means that no one, me included, can see who voted for what. Let me check with some of the tech savvy mods if there is a way for me to get at that information. Whatever I find out won't invalidate a member's vote (up to three), but any votes beyond that will have to be culled.
I don't think there is any foul play, but members from other parts of the forum might not be used to our voting process. No worries all, I'll figure this out!
I'm proud to announce the winners of our first contest for the 2012 The End Anthology!
Relapse by norm
With a total vote of 9, norm's surreal tale won the hearts of many.
Empty Nest by DailyRich
With a total vote of 6, RailyRich's whimsical tale of the earth going on retirement will add some levity to what might become a depressing anthology!
Fly the Moon to Me by MrBF1V3
With a total vote of 6, MrBF1V3's story of dastardly deeds is clever and fun. For the title alone, it deserves a spot in the anthology.
To all who entered and were not picked for this round, I hope to see you submit a story for the second and/or third round of contests! I look forward to reading more stories about the end of the world.
(FYI - I will delete all the contest threads in one week. If you want a record of any feedback you received, please copy the html pages to your local hard drive. Thanks.)
The second of three contests for 'The End' anthology is now open for submissions. Your stories must be apocalyptic in nature (immediately pre-, during, and post- is appropriate but the closer to the event the better) and somehow involve a wind-related disaster. Stories can be in the science fiction/fantasy genre of your choice.
Submissions will be accepted from June 1st, 2012 until August 15th, 2012. Stories must be within 2,000 and 5,000 words. Please submit in .doc, .rtf, or .gdoc format to nilaewhite (at) gmail (dot) com.
EDIT: please optimize the formatting of your submissions for this forum (i.e., use the appropriate tags for centering lines, and bold or italic font).
Submissions will be posted for reading on August 16th, 2012 in the Stories sub-forum.
NOTE: new voting procedures.
Voting will be conducted via PM (private messaging) on this forum from August 16th, 2012 to August 31st, 2012. Once you have read (or tried to read) the stories, submit your top three choices (you may include your own story in your list) directly to me. I will tally and present the votes on September 1st.
If you have any questions, please ask here or contact me through the private messaging system on this forum or via email: nilaewhite (at) gmail (dot) com.
Good luck and happy writing to all.
Last edited by tmso; July 1st, 2012 at 01:01 AM.
Tmso, are you going to reveal who wrote what other than these three?
I have an idea for competition number two but no story yet.
NOW, you tell me! :-)(you may include your own story in your list)
Last edited by JunkMonkey; July 1st, 2012 at 05:22 AM.
Here's what I original posted about the themes.
The wind theme can include ANY sort of meteorological or air related disaster. Disease spreads in the air (zombie stories anyone?). Alien zeppelins from the sky might work if atmospheric conditions support the theme. Lightning? Solar wind? Use your imagination, but please tie it back to the theme: the end of your story world by some sort of wind/air/meteorological disaster.
Last edited by tmso; July 1st, 2012 at 02:07 PM.
HOW do I vote?
We each have three votes per contest to dole out to those stories we think are deserving. You can use all three or just one, it is up to you. However, you can not vote three times for the same story. And, yes, you can give yourself one vote. Thatís not very sportsmanlike, but you are entitled to do so.
But now it's sportsmanlike?
I hate to keep bumping this thread to the top (I feel like I'm talking to myself), but I get so excited when things come together, I just have to share!
We have TWO reviewers who have agreed to review the anthology when it comes out. The first is our very own: Rob B who will do an official review to post here on SFFWorld.com and his blog. Woohoo!
The second is a blogger, Procrastin8or (look him up if you'd like), that said he'd do a mini-review for each story, and plaster the review on his blog and post on Amazon.com. Woohoo!
I'm shopping/begging for more review commitments, but really I can't do too much in this department until we publish later this year. But, these reviews will ensure that we'll at least get a few more readers than our collective family members.