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Title: Say Hello
Post by: Ocicat on June 14, 2017, 02:51:56 AM
If you're planning on voting in the contest, you need to be a registered forum user.  To be a fully registered user, you need to make at least one post on the day you sign up (it's a spam prevention measure).  So feel free to make that post here. 

And if you're already a forum user, but plan on participating in the contest, feel free to post here too and introduce yourself.  If you're submitting a story, feel free to say so, just don't describe it.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: GreySkies on June 14, 2017, 01:16:40 PM
Hello! *waves*

I'm a fan of Podcastle and Pseudopod, and I submitted a flash piece for the competition.  ;D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: SailorM on June 19, 2017, 12:55:43 PM
I submitted a story too! I'm excited to see what everyone thinks and to read the other stories!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: shawnproctor on June 19, 2017, 01:42:36 PM
Me fail English? That unpossible!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: SteveW on June 21, 2017, 01:45:08 PM
Hello. 


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: hwaffle on June 22, 2017, 09:16:57 AM
Just sent my story in :) I think this is my third EA contest now? Can't wait for the fun of reading the submissions.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: danooli on June 22, 2017, 09:25:02 AM
My story is in. This will be my first time ever as a submitter. I've run a contest and voted, but this time I managed an entry!

I am really looking forward to this, although it is nerve-wracking. 


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: dagny on June 23, 2017, 05:58:07 PM
I'm baaaaaaaack!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: astrokath on June 26, 2017, 04:20:45 AM
This is so exciting! I can't wait to read all the stories.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: benjaminjb on June 26, 2017, 09:09:56 AM
Hello! I have no hope for my flash, but I got into this forum for the flash contest and I've met so many amazing people, so I had to write something.

So many good things can come out of this contest if you put some time and energy into it. Good writing and good reading, folks!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Schrodingrr on June 26, 2017, 03:48:38 PM
Can't wait to read everyone's stories! Feeling pretty good about the piece I submitted for this one! :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Deborah L. Davitt on June 26, 2017, 04:01:22 PM
Hello. :) I've submitted, and am looking forward to reading what everyone has written.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Christi Nogle on June 28, 2017, 03:24:28 PM
Hi everybody! Can't wait to read the flash fictions!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: snap the magic on June 28, 2017, 03:42:43 PM
Happy Wednesday


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: shanehalbach on June 28, 2017, 07:58:30 PM
It's almost time, it's almost time!

Stiff competition this time around...I've heard from lots of good writers who have submitted (some of them already here in this thread!). Looking forward to voting!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: astrokath on June 29, 2017, 03:53:38 AM
Is it July yet? Is it July yet? Is it July yet?   <-- my brain right now.

Can you tell I can't wait to read all your stories? :D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: danooli on June 29, 2017, 07:26:59 AM
Is it July yet? Is it July yet? Is it July yet?   <-- my brain right now.

Can you tell I can't wait to read all your stories? :D

You have a slight advantage over us 'Mericans. It's July 5 hours earlier for you than me! (Although Graeme, Aidan and the rest of the 'Stralians' are even mre futuristic.)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: norand on June 29, 2017, 08:24:26 AM
Greetings fellow sentients! I have submitted a story and am excited to read everyone else's!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Scott W Baker on June 29, 2017, 08:29:17 AM
Howdy folks! I'm in. Can't wait to start reading. These are always fun. Good luck to all.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Marguerite on June 29, 2017, 08:33:28 AM
Looking forward to publicly commenting along with the contest this year!

---Marguerite


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Frank Evans on June 29, 2017, 08:54:59 AM
Good luck to all. Really looking forward to reading everyone's submissions.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Ocicat on June 29, 2017, 02:58:42 PM
Get ready folks!  There are currently over 120 entries, and more are still flooding in here in the final hours before Friday night's deadline. 

It will take me a couple of days to finish formatting all the stories for the forums, and arranging them into groups.  But sometime after the 4th of July we'll be voting on which stories should be purchased and run on Podcastle!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: danooli on June 29, 2017, 03:02:47 PM
Thanks Ocicat!!!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Superrob on June 29, 2017, 03:31:28 PM
Hi, everybody! Making my requisite post to participate in the voting! So...[Looks right, then left] Whatcha'all do for fun 'round here?   



Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: gumboeditor on June 29, 2017, 04:37:39 PM
Where did the month go!? I was sure I had plenty of time to work on my story and now... Well... At least I can read everyone else's submissions  :(


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: inertia on June 29, 2017, 05:03:14 PM
Hello! I've joined the forum just now so I can submit my story but I've been a regular listener for a couple years. I love the Podcastle and its delightful friends. This contest was a good opportunity to get back into fiction writing and I'm really glad I took it. I'm looking forward to reading other people's submissions. Good luck to everyone!

About me: I'm a 20-something game programmer from Scotland. I like tea, but not coffee.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: danooli on June 29, 2017, 05:35:20 PM
Where did the month go!? I was sure I had plenty of time to work on my story and now... Well... At least I can read everyone else's submissions  :(

You have some time! Sharpen that pencil, and get writing :)

welcome everybody!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: wendyn on June 29, 2017, 06:43:12 PM
Hi, all. I'm Wendy. I'm here for the contest!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Cutter McKay on June 29, 2017, 11:30:16 PM
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Hi everyone! It's been a long time. I was a regular in these parts several years ago, but have taken the last few years off for school. (I started my last class EVAR last week. Almost there...) Good to see some old familiar faces--Benjaminjb, Schrodingrr, danooli--and many new ones.

I've submitted to many of the previous flash contests, and even got into the finals in one. I'm very excited about my story this time, and eagerly await everyone's brutal, soul-crushing critiques. ;)  These contests can be harsh, but they're so much fun to participate in. Good luck everyone!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: deank on June 30, 2017, 04:57:06 AM
Hello! I'm Kelsey. I'm going to try to participate on the forum this year since I submitted something. :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Citizen Q on June 30, 2017, 06:48:48 AM
I've just submitted a story!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: danooli on June 30, 2017, 07:25:36 AM
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Hi everyone! It's been a long time.

Welcome home, Cutter! Glad to see you back, and best of luck with your last class!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: statisticus on June 30, 2017, 08:44:49 AM
Is it July yet? Is it July yet? Is it July yet?   <-- my brain right now.

Can you tell I can't wait to read all your stories? :D

You have a slight advantage over us 'Mericans. It's July 5 hours earlier for you than me! (Although Graeme, Aidan and the rest of the 'Stralians' are even mre futuristic.)

Alas, it doesn't mean we Aussies get to read the stories sooner.  We have to wait until it is July in Yank-land instead.

On the plus side, though, it gives us a little more time to finish off and polish our own stories (says he who is having a go at this story writing business for the first time).


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: danooli on June 30, 2017, 08:52:41 AM
No no no...you're in the future! ! :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Thunderscreech on June 30, 2017, 10:03:54 AM
Got one in.  Struggled to think of a story, then promptly wrote myself into a corner.  Ended up stuck there for a couple weeks, was getting increasingly worried I'd squander this opportunity to get writing feedback!

Finally, while sitting in a dark hotel room in Tijuana a couple days ago, the answer came to me and I finished up.  As always, my first draft went a couple hundred words over the limit and as usual, they were all gooooooold but I somehow managed to make it work.  I mean word-count-wise, not necessarily that it's a good story.  But it's 500 DAMN WORDS, who needs definitive articles, pronouns, and verbs anyhow?  Crutches, the lot of them!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: stcapps17 on June 30, 2017, 10:10:47 AM
Hey all, just signed up and wanted to make sure I was completely registered.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Serenity Dee on June 30, 2017, 12:00:11 PM
*waves* Hello hello!

I've submitted this year, even.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: TCM on June 30, 2017, 12:43:28 PM
Hello everyone!

I will be submitting my story later today.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Schrodingrr on June 30, 2017, 03:10:09 PM
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 Good to see some old familiar faces--Benjaminjb, Schrodingrr, danooli--and many new ones.

Cutter! Good to see you again too! Your critiques are always spot-on. :)
Also jazzed to see sooo many new people joining the forum for this one! Big welcome to all the new faces. Looks like the contest this time around is going to be huge. Looking forward to spending the next few weeks making some really difficult voting decisions...


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: dagny on June 30, 2017, 05:55:11 PM
Hi everybody! Can't wait to read the flash fictions!

CHRISTI! Did you submit a story?


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Cirrhosa on June 30, 2017, 08:35:33 PM
I'm making that post now. It's me, I'm making the post. Long time listener, first time caller.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: chyskia on June 30, 2017, 10:29:37 PM
Hello! I submitted and I'm looking forward to reading through the other entries. :D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: LauraJane on June 30, 2017, 10:30:40 PM
Hi, everyone.  New here.  Looking forward to reading.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: knigget on June 30, 2017, 10:52:44 PM
Subbed!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: thebibliomancer on June 30, 2017, 11:01:45 PM
Hello, I am new here. I have also submitted a flash fiction for this contest type deal.

Dang though! Over 120 entries!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Ocicat on June 30, 2017, 11:51:18 PM
Dang though! Over 120 entries!

Plus the 60 or that came in today.   :o


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: KrystalClaxton on July 01, 2017, 12:21:58 AM
Good luck everyone!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: danooli on July 01, 2017, 04:31:51 AM
Dang though! Over 120 entries!

Plus the 60 or that came in today.   :o

Wow, Ocicat! That's a lot of stories.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Mil on July 01, 2017, 04:55:15 AM
Hello there... I have also submitted a story... So excited to be part of this  :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Marguerite on July 01, 2017, 09:10:38 AM
Dang though! Over 120 entries!

Plus the 60 or that came in today.   :o

Is that a new record??!?!

-Marguerite


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: danielpatrickrosen on July 01, 2017, 09:38:25 AM
Fun! I'd never realized there was an active forum here. I guess this is my obligatory post.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Ocicat on July 01, 2017, 12:50:36 PM
I haven't gone through all of them to make sure they all qualify yet, but right now it looks like 196 entries.  That is a record number of authors participating in any EA contest.  These contests used to allow two entries per author, and even then it's more stories than either of the two previous Podcastle contests.  I believe only two EA contests had more stores: the first one, back when only Escape Pod existed, and Contest IV: Pseudopod, which got 212 and is why we now limit to one submission per author.


Title: Re:
Post by: Serenity Dee on July 01, 2017, 01:08:07 PM
 :o :o :o

(Apparently this forum doesn't like Unicode emoji.)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: RajivMote on July 01, 2017, 01:29:46 PM
Hello!

I was drawn here by danooli's dedicated Twitter publicity. Looking forward to reading the stories!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: bakersc on July 01, 2017, 02:17:10 PM
Hello all! I am Stewart C Baker, author and other things. I have entered the contest and look forward to reading the others. :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: SSchreiber on July 01, 2017, 02:27:24 PM
Well, this is me saying hello! Also -- when can we expect to see the stories?

Thanks!

-S


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: hwaffle on July 01, 2017, 02:49:48 PM
I haven't gone through all of them to make sure they all qualify yet, but right now it looks like 196 entries.  That is a record number of authors participating in any EA contest.  These contests used to allow two entries per author, and even then it's more stories than either of the two previous Podcastle contests.  I believe only two EA contests had more stores: the first one, back when only Escape Pod existed, and Contest IV: Pseudopod, which got 212 and is why we now limit to one submission per author.

Holy wow


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: benjaminjb on July 01, 2017, 03:13:53 PM
It warms my cold, ossified, stored-in-a-box heart to see so many new names and so many old names here!

Cutter, how have you been?

(The worst part about the stories being anonymous for so long is I never successfully sync up stories to names, so I have no idea who wrote the stories I loved most. But I can't wait to read these stories!)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: quercus on July 01, 2017, 03:14:48 PM
Hi everyone!

I entered this contest shortly after it opened! I'm a newbie writer though, and I didn't quite grasp that there was a forum and voting  :o (don't worry, I did follow the other instructions closely!!) So does every story that was entered get posted here, or is there a shortlist?

Good to meet people here -- best of luck all, and I look forward to diving into these 500-word gems. :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: astrokath on July 01, 2017, 03:35:04 PM
So does every story that was entered get posted here, or is there a shortlist?


They'll appear in batches - you can still have a look at past contests for examples.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Thunderscreech on July 01, 2017, 03:36:52 PM
it looks like 196 entries

SWEET CHRISTMAS.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: asato on July 01, 2017, 05:13:08 PM
oops. forgot to make my OP, so I had to reregister.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: asato on July 01, 2017, 05:17:49 PM
it looks like 196 entries

SWEET CHRISTMAS.

cool.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: BeeJay on July 01, 2017, 05:31:41 PM
Hi. I submitted a story. Am looking forward to reading everyone else's.  :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Subtle on July 01, 2017, 05:37:03 PM
Hello hello! Brand new to the forums! I've submitted. Hope it qualifies, it's slightly under 500 words.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: LesleyDonaldson on July 01, 2017, 05:41:31 PM
Squeeeee it's July 1st!! Happy Canada Day and happy reading/posting/voting/allthething-ing

Lesley


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: quercus on July 01, 2017, 07:46:22 PM

They'll appear in batches - you can still have a look at past contests for examples.

Thanks! So interesting to look at the past contests!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Christi Nogle on July 01, 2017, 08:13:40 PM
Hi everybody! Can't wait to read the flash fictions!

CHRISTI! Did you submit a story?

Of course I did!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Ghostntoast on July 01, 2017, 09:53:03 PM
Hi, good luck everyone!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Ocicat on July 02, 2017, 02:53:10 AM
Hello hello! Brand new to the forums! I've submitted. Hope it qualifies, it's slightly under 500 words.

Everything that was submitted to the contest and was 500 words or under "qualified" for the contest.  And if there was a problem, you would have gotten an email.  But there are 196 stories, and only the 50 or so that you voters like best will survive to the second round.  Only 3 win!  Though admittedly, the editors may end up buying more than the three stories voters select...


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: FictionPhial on July 02, 2017, 02:53:38 AM
Hello! I registered a few days ago but when I tried to login today, it said I didn't exist  :o  But now I've seen this thread so I'm wondering if perhaps I disappeared because I didn't post? Anyway, here I am! I have a story in the contest!  :D Good luck everyone!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: danooli on July 02, 2017, 06:57:17 AM
Hello! I registered a few days ago but when I tried to login today, it said I didn't exist  :o  But now I've seen this thread so I'm wondering if perhaps I disappeared because I didn't post? Anyway, here I am! I have a story in the contest!  :D Good luck everyone!

That's it precisely! If you register, but don't post that day, the account gets purged. This is to combat bots. (Well, the ones we don't invite for Escape Pod, at least.)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Abrigella on July 02, 2017, 08:40:56 AM
This'll be fun.


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Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: SteveW on July 02, 2017, 10:25:30 AM
Hello! I registered a few days ago but when I tried to login today, it said I didn't exist  :o  But now I've seen this thread so I'm wondering if perhaps I disappeared because I didn't post? Anyway, here I am! I have a story in the contest!  :D Good luck everyone!

That's it precisely! If you register, but don't post that day, the account gets purged. This is to combat bots. (Well, the ones we don't invite for Escape Pod, at least.)


I know that has been stated as a rule, but I created my account on June 6, and didn't post until June 21. Maybe I was a fluke?

Either way, I am really looking forward to this competition.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Subtle on July 02, 2017, 10:52:15 AM

Everything that was submitted to the contest and was 500 words or under "qualified" for the contest.


Thank you. Even though the rules said the limit was 500 words, some of the posts here made me think that 500 words exactly was the requirement.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Serenity Dee on July 02, 2017, 12:12:05 PM

Everything that was submitted to the contest and was 500 words or under "qualified" for the contest.


Thank you. Even though the rules said the limit was 500 words, some of the posts here made me think that 500 words exactly was the requirement.

I imagine it's just shorthand. This isn't like a drabble, which is defined as exactly 100 words.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Minstrel on July 02, 2017, 03:01:20 PM
I submitted to this contest.  Look forward to reading everyone's stories!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: FictionPhial on July 02, 2017, 03:56:33 PM
Hello! I registered a few days ago but when I tried to login today, it said I didn't exist  :o  But now I've seen this thread so I'm wondering if perhaps I disappeared because I didn't post? Anyway, here I am! I have a story in the contest!  :D Good luck everyone!

That's it precisely! If you register, but don't post that day, the account gets purged. This is to combat bots. (Well, the ones we don't invite for Escape Pod, at least.)

I'm sure I didn't get a message or anything to warn me about this, though? If I hadn't read Ocicat's post here I would never have realised what was going on. Does it say somewhere that you have to post? Did I miss it?  :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: EtMirage on July 02, 2017, 05:16:03 PM
First time submitting, look forward to reading all of them ^^


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Ocicat on July 02, 2017, 08:38:37 PM

Everything that was submitted to the contest and was 500 words or under "qualified" for the contest.


Thank you. Even though the rules said the limit was 500 words, some of the posts here made me think that 500 words exactly was the requirement.

I imagine it's just shorthand. This isn't like a drabble, which is defined as exactly 100 words.

Interestingly, the shortest piece we got is exactly 100 words.  So I guess when voting starts see if you can spot the drabble!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Qynn on July 02, 2017, 09:26:07 PM
If you're planning on voting in the contest, you need to be a registered forum user.  To be a fully registered user, you need to make at least one post on the day you sign up (it's a spam prevention measure).  So feel free to make that post here. 

And if you're already a forum user, but plan on participating in the contest, feel free to post here too and introduce yourself.  If you're submitting a story, feel free to say so, just don't describe it.

Hello!

Good luck, folks.



Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: GirlErrant on July 02, 2017, 10:00:26 PM
I got my story in, and I'm so jazzed to read all the entries.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: spacebrain on July 02, 2017, 10:28:32 PM
Hi! I also submitted to the contest and am looking forward to reading the submissions!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Cutter McKay on July 03, 2017, 08:57:35 AM
Cutter! Good to see you again too! Your critiques are always spot-on. :)

Aww, thanks Schrodingrr. You sure know how to make a guy feel welcome at home.  ;D

Cutter, how have you been?

I'm good, Ben. Busy. You know, work, school, wife 'n kids, getting ready to move, job hunting, entering a flash fiction contest that I have no time for... the usual. What's new with you?

And you're right, there are a LOT of new faces this time around, which is exciting. Anyone know if any of the other old-timers are playing along this time? Listener, FireTurtle, MCWagner, etc? (I know Varda and JKJones did not get stories ready in time, but they're moving cross-country, so it's understandable.)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Obleo21 on July 03, 2017, 09:38:03 AM
And you're right, there are a LOT of new faces this time around, which is exciting. Anyone know if any of the other old-timers are playing along this time? Listener, FireTurtle, MCWagner, etc? (I know Varda and JKJones did not get stories ready in time, but they're moving cross-country, so it's understandable.)

I'm back this year. I haven't entered since the first Podcastle competition in 2010 (I got third!). Too much going on during the last two. My posting rate on the forums have dropped over the years, but I'm still here  :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: keeperofimaginarybeasts on July 03, 2017, 10:14:35 AM
Hello writers, readers, and listeners! I love listening to the escape artists podcasts while I'm making dinner. At first I was afraid the quality of my meals would go down, being distracted and all, but it hasn't. I mean, I've burnt a few meals and my kid swears she found a half-drowned fairy and the remains of crashed spacecraft in the soup once, but she's probably just exaggerating. Kids and their crazy imaginations.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: FireTurtle on July 03, 2017, 01:21:13 PM
Cutter! Good to see you again too! Your critiques are always spot-on. :)

Aww, thanks Schrodingrr. You sure know how to make a guy feel welcome at home.  ;D

Cutter, how have you been?

I'm good, Ben. Busy. You know, work, school, wife 'n kids, getting ready to move, job hunting, entering a flash fiction contest that I have no time for... the usual. What's new with you?

And you're right, there are a LOT of new faces this time around, which is exciting. Anyone know if any of the other old-timers are playing along this time? Listener, FireTurtle, MCWagner, etc? (I know Varda and JKJones did not get stories ready in time, but they're moving cross-country, so it's understandable.)

I'm here!!! *waving madly*

Got my story in with only a few days to go. Dealing with a toddler has wrecked my usual uber-early timeline.  ;D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Schrodingrr on July 03, 2017, 02:30:04 PM
Anyone know if any of the other old-timers are playing along this time?
I know Dagny has also submitted a piece, so yeah. Plenty of stiff competition this time around. Finals are gonna be brutal!  ;D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: benjaminjb on July 03, 2017, 02:43:41 PM
Ha, oh, I am not planning on making it far this time around. (I think I've made it through the first rounds most time, but my favorite part is (a) reading the stories that are so amazing and do things I never even thought you could do with flash and (b) talking about the backstories behind the stories.)

Wait, Cutter, did you have a wife and child last time you were in the mix here? Because I just recently changed my status from "committed relationship" to "married with kid" and gah! why did no one warn me about children?


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Feverwood on July 03, 2017, 03:41:46 PM
Hello everyone

I'm Nyssa,
I babble, I may have submitted but I'm not sure if I made a post in time.

Oh well next time.

I'm a quiet brunette from the wild roses of the dominion of Canada


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Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Ocicat on July 03, 2017, 03:57:37 PM
Hello everyone

I'm Nyssa,
I babble, I may have submitted but I'm not sure if I made a post in time.

Oh well next time.

I'm a quiet brunette from the wild roses of the dominion of Canada


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If you submitted before the deadline, you should be in the contest.  There's no deadline on saying hi here, it's just to keep your account open so you can read and vote!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: asato on July 03, 2017, 04:09:30 PM
Anyone know if any of the other old-timers are playing along this time?
I know Dagny has also submitted a piece, so yeah. Plenty of stiff competition this time around. Finals are gonna be brutal!  ;D

Cool. I'm a newbie, so it's good to know I'm up against the best and the bravest as well the largest pool of noble competitors in recent digital history. ^_^


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Cutter McKay on July 03, 2017, 04:13:30 PM
Wait, Cutter, did you have a wife and child last time you were in the mix here? Because I just recently changed my status from "committed relationship" to "married with kid" and gah! why did no one warn me about children?

Hehe, yeah, last time I was active around here, which was about two years ago, I had two kids. Now we've got three, (the new one is eight months old), and yes, they are a handful. But they're so much fun, too. I've already instilled quite a few fandoms in them. The daughter, who is ten, loves Harry Potter, and is halfway through the series. The boy, who is six, is obsessed with Legos, Star Wars, and of course, Lego Star Wars. It's so much fun to introduce them to all the "cool" stuff.  ;)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: prestond on July 03, 2017, 04:42:03 PM
I'm in too. I submitted to this contest once before, and loved the comments. Alas, I didn't win. So excited to participate again, and happy to see some familiar names on this forum. Good luck, everyone, and let the reading begin!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Feverwood on July 03, 2017, 04:58:52 PM
Hello everyone

I'm Nyssa,
I babble, I may have submitted but I'm not sure if I made a post in time.

Oh well next time.

I'm a quiet brunette from the wild roses of the dominion of Canada


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If you submitted before the deadline, you should be in the contest.  There's no deadline on saying hi here, it's just to keep your account open so you can read and vote!


Oh good.

I was worried.

Thank you.


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Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: red_pineapples on July 03, 2017, 08:07:37 PM
hello


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: thesamim on July 03, 2017, 10:51:05 PM
I'm not impatient or anything, but wasn't voting supposed to have started 7/1? Did it? Am I missing something?

Asking for a friend. :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: mjarvis on July 03, 2017, 11:35:17 PM
Entered the contest and looking forward to reading the stories!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: SkaldTheo on July 04, 2017, 01:28:47 AM
Hello, all. 

Look forward to reading your work. 


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: aiogden on July 04, 2017, 06:59:33 AM
Hello, world! Looking forward to reading and voting!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: danooli on July 04, 2017, 07:23:07 AM
I'm not impatient or anything, but wasn't voting supposed to have started 7/1? Did it? Am I missing something?

Asking for a friend. :)

The deadline to submit was 7/1, but Ocicat, the gentle and noble Ocicat, wrote that there were a record of 196 stories entered. Each entry takes a bit of work to format properly for posting to the forums and he has to first figure out how many stories to put in each group (impossible to do until the very end of the end of subs window) then randomly assign each to a group.

The first group of 12 - 13 stories goes live 7/5/17 :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Tango Alpha Delta on July 04, 2017, 09:08:36 AM
hello

Hey, I know you! ;)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Anthony Creamer (Poisonwaters) on July 04, 2017, 10:33:23 AM
Hey guys, I'm one of those 196, and I got my brother to submit too. Looking forward to reading your stuff and seeing what you think of ours.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: ACreamer on July 04, 2017, 10:41:09 AM
Hello,

Nice community you have here, I'm new to the forums but have enjoyed Escape Pod for a few years now. Submitted a story for the Pod Castle contest.

p.s. I'm Poisonwaters brother.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Thunderscreech on July 04, 2017, 10:43:47 AM
Hello,

Nice community you have here, I'm new to the forums but have enjoyed Escape Pod for a few years now. Submitted a story for the Pod Castle contest.

p.s. I'm Poisonwaters brother.
Welcome to the forums and good luck!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: benjaminjb on July 04, 2017, 10:51:26 AM
... Ocicat, the gentle and noble Ocicat,

Gentle, noble, and wise Ocicat!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: BadConjunction on July 04, 2017, 02:21:53 PM
Helloooooooo!  :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Amberdine on July 04, 2017, 03:24:32 PM
Here I am, saying hello! Looking forward to reading and voting.  :D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: quercus on July 04, 2017, 04:40:24 PM
hellooooo again! Checking in to find out about the voting schedule. Thanks moderators for taking care of all our entries! Good luck to those of you in the first group, see you tomorrow for reading and voting! :D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: tamlyn on July 04, 2017, 10:53:54 PM
Hi.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: lordvoltrex on July 05, 2017, 01:20:02 AM
Hello everyone! Best of luck to all the authors!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: NeilW on July 05, 2017, 02:54:00 AM
I was sure I had already created a profile and left a message to activate it.

Pretty sure.

Yet here I am registering again. Hi there. Looking forward to the stories, except the one I submitted, which I already know too well.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Anonymouse on July 05, 2017, 05:17:01 AM
Hello there,


I submitted a flash piece for the contest. I'm looking forward to doing this.


Best regards,


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Paul R Hardy on July 05, 2017, 05:25:38 AM
Now let's see how many of these stories I can read before my brain explodes with the awesomeness

 ;D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: puddleglum on July 05, 2017, 10:08:22 AM
Hello!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: refried sushi on July 05, 2017, 10:18:15 AM
Hello folks.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: julirew on July 05, 2017, 11:06:00 AM
Here we go sublime. Luck to all!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: mckinneycantwrite on July 05, 2017, 11:26:36 AM
Good luck everybody!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Tami792 on July 05, 2017, 12:00:15 PM
Hi everyone  :)
All the best!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: haroldgross on July 05, 2017, 12:23:53 PM
And I'm here<g> Not to get to some reading...


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: reasie on July 05, 2017, 12:56:55 PM
Whee! I am posting! :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: citedby on July 05, 2017, 03:23:28 PM
Looking forward to reading all the entries. Good luck to everyone!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: MJ on July 05, 2017, 04:21:10 PM
Hello


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Faye01 on July 05, 2017, 06:56:25 PM
Hi there! *waves*


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: danooli on July 05, 2017, 07:30:58 PM
Hello!

I was drawn here by danooli's dedicated Twitter publicity. Looking forward to reading the stories!


Yay! It worked!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Devoted135 on July 05, 2017, 08:21:13 PM
Hey everyone! I haven't been able to be around recently (new baby, new house, etc) but I had to come back for this! Hope you've all been well! Now to go read the first set :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Matencera Wolf on July 05, 2017, 09:56:01 PM
This is a post!

But seriously, good luck to everyone in the contest!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: 1977chevy on July 05, 2017, 10:49:41 PM
Hello.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: carbonburger on July 06, 2017, 01:45:58 AM
Hi everybody! This is my very first Podcastle. Very excited to be a part of this. Please vote for me. Or not, if you prefer.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: shanehalbach on July 06, 2017, 09:32:12 AM
Whew, 197? That's a lot of reading (and voting)!

Well, nothing for it but to start....

Here I am, saying hello! Looking forward to reading and voting.  :D

LAURELLLLLL


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: ableabelian on July 06, 2017, 10:04:33 AM
Hello.

Definitely excited to get some reading in and to see how people handle the 500 word limit.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Anton Rose on July 06, 2017, 03:35:43 PM
Hey everyone! *waves*


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Unblinking on July 07, 2017, 11:45:58 AM
Cutter! Good to see you again too! Your critiques are always spot-on. :)

Aww, thanks Schrodingrr. You sure know how to make a guy feel welcome at home.  ;D

Cutter, how have you been?

I'm good, Ben. Busy. You know, work, school, wife 'n kids, getting ready to move, job hunting, entering a flash fiction contest that I have no time for... the usual. What's new with you?

And you're right, there are a LOT of new faces this time around, which is exciting. Anyone know if any of the other old-timers are playing along this time? Listener, FireTurtle, MCWagner, etc? (I know Varda and JKJones did not get stories ready in time, but they're moving cross-country, so it's understandable.)

I'm here!!! *waving madly*

Got my story in with only a few days to go. Dealing with a toddler has wrecked my usual uber-early timeline.  ;D

I am about, though I'm not sure how visible I'll be, I'm at least trying to read and vote, not sure if I'll manage discussion.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: astrokath on July 07, 2017, 02:10:12 PM
Hi there! *waves*

Hello! Are you the Faye I think you are?


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: KeyworkSavior on July 07, 2017, 10:26:11 PM
Hello!

I've been listening to Pseudopod, Podcastle and Escape Pod for over a year and am finally on the forums.
I wanted to make an entry for the contest, but didn't get the time to finish it until today sadly.

But hey, I finally finished a story!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: SaulWHolmes on July 08, 2017, 03:07:12 AM
Hello all!

Looking forward to reading all the entries, good luck to everyone that's entered.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: camillesinger on July 08, 2017, 09:30:47 AM
Hello!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: JimG on July 08, 2017, 01:42:15 PM
Hi everyone!
Jim


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: lakemom on July 08, 2017, 04:46:19 PM
Hello friends


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: SpareInch on July 09, 2017, 07:21:45 AM
Hey, folks! :)

I'm still not sure I've nailed this 500 word format yet. I so often end up with five thousand words instead.

Still, I love the reading and voting, so I'll be off to get stuck into that now :D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: momexmachina on July 09, 2017, 11:28:00 AM
hello! Feel daunted by the total number of stories, but looking forward to plunging in


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: jellyfish on July 09, 2017, 05:21:01 PM
Hi! I am new here and look forward to reading everyone's entries!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: X-bibliophile on July 09, 2017, 07:57:05 PM
Hello! Just getting around to making account and posting now. Excited to get started!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: HollowLoki on July 10, 2017, 02:17:45 AM
This should be great, looking forward to reading a lot of stories!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: LadyTea on July 10, 2017, 05:27:57 AM
I need coffee.  Also I write n stuff.  ;)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: ZombieofApathy on July 10, 2017, 09:57:00 AM
Post!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Whatshisname on July 10, 2017, 10:25:58 AM
Hello! Can't wait to read and vote!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: smartlikeatruck on July 10, 2017, 10:53:19 AM
Hello!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: MoxieFurious on July 10, 2017, 03:52:16 PM
Posting so that I can exist. I post, therefore I am. Looking forward to reading.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: meganleebees on July 10, 2017, 06:41:57 PM
Hi! Here for the contest and to possibly make future comments on all of the stories that impress me on a weekly basis because Escape Artists is Awesome.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Munchkinstein on July 11, 2017, 04:26:56 AM
Hello. Doing a nosy.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: wine cat on July 11, 2017, 06:03:26 PM
A mildly belated hello & salutations. Am looking forward to reading everyone's stories!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Great Lord of the Dark on July 11, 2017, 10:50:28 PM
Spam filter fake out successful.

Enjoyed Escape Artists podcasts for the last year, decided to submit a story. Keep up the good work.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: stormchasers on July 11, 2017, 11:42:31 PM
Hi all! I'm looking forward to reading everyone's no doubt excellent entries for the contest!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: GreySkies on July 12, 2017, 12:33:28 PM
*waving*

Hi!

I've posted a few times before. Submitted a story, can't wait to vote!
(I missed out on group 1 because I was on vacay.)

*plops down in comfy chair with a glass of wine, starts reading stories*

-GS


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: name on July 12, 2017, 09:22:12 PM
Ah, this explains much. Hello! There, I'm safe now.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: davidvonallmen on July 12, 2017, 09:26:01 PM
Well, hello there.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: eloreenmoon on July 13, 2017, 05:23:37 PM
I just found the forum and just figured out the thread for voting. Oops. Missed the first group. I provided a submission.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: moo on July 14, 2017, 12:33:49 PM
Better late than never...hi everyone!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: greggchamberlain on July 14, 2017, 01:35:13 PM
bonjour...man...lot to read.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: streetl on July 15, 2017, 03:39:36 PM
Hi, just joined!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: brotherchaos1980 on July 17, 2017, 07:45:36 PM
Extremely late to this party, mea culpa, I'm sorry


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Ocicat on July 17, 2017, 08:02:15 PM
Extremely late to this party, mea culpa, I'm sorry

Always welcome!  You don't need to have voted in the early groups to vote in the current ones.  And when the Semis come around you'll get to read the best of the groups you missed.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: coffeeautomaton on July 17, 2017, 11:39:20 PM
Hi guys! I submitted a story, too. Excited to see what other awesome flash got submitted. :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Snarkmaiden on July 18, 2017, 09:18:30 AM
Checking in very belatedly!!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: hollyberry29 on July 19, 2017, 06:05:13 AM
Can I just say that I'm loving learning about the magical critters associated with each group  :D This being my first flash fiction contest, I've decided that if I make it to the semifinals, I will have whatever creature I am grouped in tattooed somewhere on me... any excuse for new ink, LOL  ;D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: JustinTChan on July 19, 2017, 07:53:07 AM
Hi,

Just introducing myself. My name is NOT Justin T. Chan.  :P


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Davbo on July 19, 2017, 01:23:08 PM
i am not spam? I don't understand.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Schrodingrr on July 19, 2017, 02:32:58 PM
I've decided that if I make it to the semifinals, I will have whatever creature I am grouped in tattooed somewhere on me
That's a cool idea!  :D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Subtle on July 19, 2017, 02:56:10 PM
If I make it into the semifinals  going to (look at pictures of) Disneyland. I'm poor.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: chidorme on July 19, 2017, 03:54:06 PM
Hullo! Late to the party. Excited to read.

--Julia


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: daxiaolinspires on July 21, 2017, 01:56:59 PM
I'm a submitter and excited to read! Thanks!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: nausicaa on July 22, 2017, 08:33:39 AM
Belated helloz!  ;D


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: DarkBubba on July 22, 2017, 02:49:34 PM
Howdy, Howdy, Howdy ...


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: wisteria on July 22, 2017, 06:07:39 PM
i'm real


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Graeme Rodaughan on July 22, 2017, 06:13:38 PM
Hi Everyone. Just joined Escape Artists. I'm into action heavy fantasy and sci-fi.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: pencilnpaper on July 24, 2017, 12:36:22 AM
Hi I am interested in reading other's fiction and learning from them. Thanks


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Clgbutterfly on July 26, 2017, 12:49:49 AM
 :-\


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Guancyto on July 27, 2017, 06:35:30 PM
Hello, everyone! Big fan of Escape Artists, interested in seeing how this contest unfolds.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: JohnAMcColley on July 30, 2017, 08:39:51 AM
Hello [Escape Artist] World!

Just now checking in on the contest. This whole thing is new to me and when entries closed, the Submittable page went away. I relied upon the kindness of strangers to get me here. I hope it's going well. I look forward to reading a lot of flash!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Ocicat on July 30, 2017, 12:58:37 PM
Always glad when people come in in the latter stages of the contest, makes up for the authors who stop voting after their story is eliminated and such.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: LK on August 04, 2017, 05:23:58 PM
Hello


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Myrtlewood on August 14, 2017, 04:39:14 PM
Hello!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: AKMcFall on August 15, 2017, 07:05:48 PM
I am new here and cannot wait to take part in the voting!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: thischarmingand on August 15, 2017, 08:19:33 PM
Oh good I was looking for a thread where it wouldn't be weird to comment! As a horror/sort of sci-fi podcaster myself I'm looking forward to reading some good good fiction.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: ianpepple1 on August 16, 2017, 11:13:58 AM
Hello.


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: PuggyPaw on August 17, 2017, 06:09:20 AM
Greetings, all.   


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Black Dahlia on August 17, 2017, 07:25:43 AM
Dying to read everyone's flash. Keep it creepy!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Subtle on August 17, 2017, 03:47:47 PM
Hello to the folks who jumped in for the Pseudopod contest. The Podcastle contest is currently in the semifinal round and has lost some voters. A few of the races are neck and neck. You are welcome to read and vote in this contest too. And good luck in the next one!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Frogzombies on August 18, 2017, 08:41:01 AM
Hello!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: wintersweet on August 26, 2017, 08:25:52 PM
Hello! Coming in at the last minute to check things out. :)


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: jomiles on August 27, 2017, 08:59:32 AM
Hello!


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: karibeth on August 28, 2017, 11:20:32 AM
hello


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: shawnproctor on August 29, 2017, 01:11:57 PM
...is it me you're looking for?


Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: Feverwood on August 30, 2017, 10:26:18 AM
Always glad when people come in in the latter stages of the contest, makes up for the authors who stop voting after their story is eliminated and such.

I know I was near the end and there were a lot of stories but I think entering the contest one should make at least a vote per group.




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Title: Re: Say Hello
Post by: RodMarsden on September 05, 2017, 09:21:33 PM
Hello!