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mjarvis

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Reply #25 on: September 15, 2017, 08:00:58 PM
Looks like the competition is going to be fierce! Looking forward to all the stories!



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Reply #26 on: September 15, 2017, 08:33:26 PM
this is my first trip down in the mire...
Um, rude! The corridors of the Pseudopod dungeons are kept meticulously mire-free, thanks to the insatiable hunger of our roving swarms of maggots.

This sentence serves no purpose, so you don't have to read it if you don't want to.


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Reply #27 on: September 15, 2017, 10:31:25 PM
5 hours left! We have a ton of entries and this is going to be so fun.

Cheers.

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #28 on: September 16, 2017, 01:37:36 AM
Juuuuuuuuust squeaked in under the guillotine.  This is not a genre I'm comfortable in so this was difficult but damned if I'll miss an opportunity to grow as a writer.  I mean....  the kind of growth I can get without taking classes or reading writing books or all the other things serious writers do to improve.  I'll never miss an opportunity....  to do the minimum effort?  Because I'm a hack, I guess?  That sounds less commendable the more I read it.  Oh, I know, I'll just hit 'Post' then the painful introspection can go away.



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Reply #29 on: September 16, 2017, 03:51:11 AM
In with ten minutes to spare...



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Reply #30 on: September 16, 2017, 04:27:30 AM
Good luck everyone! I can't wait to be horrified.  :D



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Reply #31 on: September 16, 2017, 06:05:18 PM
Stoked to get out of my narrator zone and write something! :D Can't wait to read everyone's submissions!



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Reply #32 on: September 16, 2017, 07:24:35 PM
Newbie question: I was going through past competition threads and realized there are some rules that were mentioned (ex: three votes [per group? per round?], nobody who knows the author can vote for their story), but I couldn't find a current comprehensive list of voting rules. Way back in a 2007 thread there was a link for "judging guidelines," but that's now a dead link. Is there a current link I'm (probably) missing?  :)



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Reply #33 on: September 16, 2017, 07:53:29 PM
this is my first trip down in the mire...
Um, rude! The corridors of the Pseudopod dungeons are kept meticulously mire-free, thanks to the insatiable hunger of our roving swarms of maggots.

Yes, but what do you do when those industrious maggots transform into flies? Do you have a back up beastie?



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Reply #34 on: September 16, 2017, 10:34:57 PM
this is my first trip down in the mire...
Um, rude! The corridors of the Pseudopod dungeons are kept meticulously mire-free, thanks to the insatiable hunger of our roving swarms of maggots.

Yes, but what do you do when those industrious maggots transform into flies? Do you have a back up beastie?
Are you telling me that you've never once wondered why every member of Pseudopod's staff is made entirely of spiders?

This sentence serves no purpose, so you don't have to read it if you don't want to.


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Reply #35 on: September 17, 2017, 03:43:51 AM
Newbie question: I was going through past competition threads and realized there are some rules that were mentioned (ex: three votes [per group? per round?], nobody who knows the author can vote for their story), but I couldn't find a current comprehensive list of voting rules. Way back in a 2007 thread there was a link for "judging guidelines," but that's now a dead link. Is there a current link I'm (probably) missing?  :)

You're not missing anything. Each voting round will list the 'three votes' rule (and restrict you to that number even if you try to vote for more).

And if you know the author of another story, you must refrain from voting for it (either by skipping that round entirely if you feel it necessary, or simply by voting for other stories)

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #36 on: September 17, 2017, 04:17:16 AM
Anyway... submissions are over! wooo.

We have 199 total submissions (wow... this is going to be fun) so I'll be posting all the stories over the next week, and we'll get this thing kicked off on September 25th.

This is a lot to tackle no matter how you cut it, so I think this is how we'll break it down.

We'll have 17 initial groups of 11 stories each, and one group of 12.
That will narrow it down to 54 stories for the second round, divided up into 6 groups of 9.
Semifinals will be 18 stories, so 3 groups of 6 which will give us 9 stories for the Final Round.

I hope you're all ready for a long journey!

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #37 on: September 17, 2017, 05:26:37 PM
...We have 199 total submissions (wow... this is going to be fun)...
I hope you're all ready for a long journey!

Looking forward to reading everyone's work!



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Reply #38 on: September 17, 2017, 08:20:51 PM
...We have 199 total submissions (wow... this is going to be fun)...
I hope you're all ready for a long journey!

Looking forward to reading everyone's work!

Ditto



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Reply #39 on: September 19, 2017, 09:38:12 AM
Anyway... submissions are over! wooo.

We have 199 total submissions (wow... this is going to be fun) so I'll be posting all the stories over the next week, and we'll get this thing kicked off on September 25th.

This is a lot to tackle no matter how you cut it, so I think this is how we'll break it down.

We'll have 17 initial groups of 11 stories each, and one group of 12.

Whoa, that's a lot of reading! Are you going to be opening groups daily, or every 48 hours like Ocicat did for PodCastle?

Not the droid you're looking for.


Bdoomed

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Reply #40 on: September 20, 2017, 11:46:08 AM
Anyway... submissions are over! wooo.

We have 199 total submissions (wow... this is going to be fun) so I'll be posting all the stories over the next week, and we'll get this thing kicked off on September 25th.

This is a lot to tackle no matter how you cut it, so I think this is how we'll break it down.

We'll have 17 initial groups of 11 stories each, and one group of 12.

Whoa, that's a lot of reading! Are you going to be opening groups daily, or every 48 hours like Ocicat did for PodCastle?

Every 48. Daily is too heavy.

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #41 on: September 20, 2017, 05:39:29 PM
I am in! I even had to write something new because I didn't have anything unpublished in the range that hadnt been in a previous contest, first new fiction from me in over a year. I didn't even hate it! I look forward to commenting on its thread after its voted out in the first round!



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Reply #42 on: September 20, 2017, 11:26:34 PM
May you yet live to eat those words.

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


Frank Evans

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Reply #43 on: September 21, 2017, 10:56:50 AM
I look forward to commenting on its thread after its voted out in the first round!
I loled at this.



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Reply #44 on: September 21, 2017, 02:44:29 PM
What the heck is going on in those four other threads?



Thunderscreech

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Reply #45 on: September 21, 2017, 03:19:57 PM
Spammers.  They show up occasionally to pop out nonsense threads and advertisements.



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Reply #46 on: September 21, 2017, 03:20:34 PM
What the heck is going on in those four other threads?

I'm guessing it's spam of some kind based on the fact they've got links in their signatures.

More on topic I look forward to seeing what people think of my first complete piece of fiction.



Not-a-Robot

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Reply #47 on: September 21, 2017, 04:45:15 PM

More on topic I look forward to seeing what people think of my first complete piece of fiction.


I look forward to reading it. I submitted two of my first stories to the last Pseudopod FFC (last FFC was two stories 750 words each).
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Reply #48 on: September 25, 2017, 04:11:02 AM
Okay, folks. Final tallies are actually in this time, taking into account some withdrawals. Ignore my earlier count, I guess I was lying to you. That's what we do here at PseudoPod towers. Misdirection.

We have 191 stories in 12 different groups. 11 groups of 16, 1 group of 15.

Groups will be posted at 6PM EDT every 48 hours. So you can expect the first group to come live right around then today. (ETA: 18 hours)

I'm excited to be hosting another one of these and I'm thrilled to have so many entries! I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do. You all rock!

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #49 on: September 25, 2017, 07:42:22 AM
So, it'll be three rounds rather than four?

Not the droid you're looking for.