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Re: It has begun
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2013, 04:00:35 AM »
Sorry guys, Group 3 got away from me.  I think someone sabotaged the cage.  Damn kids, they don't know what they let loose.
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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Re: It has begun
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2013, 07:58:24 AM »
Whoa... are you going to be releasing a group a day now?

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2013, 11:32:07 AM »
No, like I said, it ran away from me.  I tried to keep it hidden from the world but it seemed to have a mind of its own!
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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Re: It has begun
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2013, 03:20:40 PM »
Sounds like fun.

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2013, 04:09:37 PM »
Will group four be posted in two days, or three?  (On the 8th or the 9th?)  I only ask because I'm going to be travelling soon and don't want to come to the next group late.

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2013, 04:12:49 PM »
9th, normal day (at 12am).  Like I said, this one just escaped early.  I hope no one was seriously injured.
I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
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Re: It has begun
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2013, 04:16:53 PM »
(I thought the "escaped" comment was just color text.  Sorry for the confusion on my part.  No problems, just clarification.)

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2013, 10:05:45 PM »
Hi all, I am new here and thrilled to be a part of the competition. May the most ghoulish win!
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Re: It has begun
« Reply #28 on: March 07, 2013, 03:13:21 PM »
Every time someone quotes a story in a thread, it says quote by me, and there's always a second when I wonder where/when I said such a thing.  It's weird.
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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Re: It has begun
« Reply #29 on: March 07, 2013, 06:13:12 PM »
Every time someone quotes a story in a thread, it says quote by me, and there's always a second when I wonder where/when I said such a thing.  It's weird.

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #30 on: March 08, 2013, 12:21:06 AM »
Here's something I'm noticing about a lot of these stories:  In the Escape Pod contest, one could complain that many stories had a style like Asimov, a great writer whose style often left something to be desired, although he made it work for him with great ideas and a certain snappiness and wit which don't always translate to imitation well.  But poorly imitated Asimovian-blandness fades into the background without adding much.  In the Pseudopod contest, it seems that everyone wants to be Lovecraft or maybe Clive Barker in the gorey cases, both good with overblown description, which again does not often translate well when imitated by us lesser beings.

I'm not saying there are no good stories, there definitely are, but I find it interesting that there is so much stylistic similarity in each genre and that the failure points of so many stories I didn't like seemed to be the same thing.  For Escape Pod it was no style, for Pseudopod it is overwritten, adjectivey style.  I wonder if the Podcastle contest will be filled with unneeded songs and poetic descriptions of food?  (Is it weird that I kind of hope so?)

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #31 on: March 08, 2013, 03:35:18 AM »
Aww, I didn't see BDoomed's post about the next group arriving on the 9th.
I've been stalking the forum all night, refreshing the page, wondering if I'm being punished for something...

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #32 on: March 08, 2013, 07:19:07 AM »
I'm not saying there are no good stories, there definitely are, but I find it interesting that there is so much stylistic similarity in each genre and that the failure points of so many stories I didn't like seemed to be the same thing.  For Escape Pod it was no style, for Pseudopod it is overwritten, adjectivey style.  I wonder if the Podcastle contest will be filled with unneeded songs and poetic descriptions of food?  (Is it weird that I kind of hope so?)

I think this hits it right on the head of what I don't like about some parts of horror.  I could handle reading the Asimovian blandness in escape pod, but I find myself getting almost angry at the overwritten purpleish language in some of these.  Truthfully, I haven't read past the first paragraph on a couple of them because they were so annoying.

And then I ask myself... are my stories just as bad?  What if I didn't see my own overblown use of adjectives?  And I've got this great story I'm working on for Podcastle... that has a song about food in it... Aaaaaah!  I'm a failure!

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #33 on: March 08, 2013, 10:05:53 AM »
For Escape Pod it was no style, for Pseudopod it is overwritten, adjectivey style.  I wonder if the Podcastle contest will be filled with unneeded songs and poetic descriptions of food?  (Is it weird that I kind of hope so?)
Note to self: For next EA flash contest, imitate Tolkien and GRR Martin when writing sf, Asimov when writing horror, and Lovecraft when writing fantasy.

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #34 on: March 08, 2013, 10:43:43 AM »
For Escape Pod it was no style, for Pseudopod it is overwritten, adjectivey style.  I wonder if the Podcastle contest will be filled with unneeded songs and poetic descriptions of food?  (Is it weird that I kind of hope so?)
Note to self: For next EA flash contest, imitate Tolkien and GRR Martin when writing sf, Asimov when writing horror, and Lovecraft when writing fantasy.
... doesn't work.  Lovecraft actually wrote a good bit of fantasy.

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2013, 11:28:44 AM »
For Escape Pod it was no style, for Pseudopod it is overwritten, adjectivey style.  I wonder if the Podcastle contest will be filled with unneeded songs and poetic descriptions of food?  (Is it weird that I kind of hope so?)
Note to self: For next EA flash contest, imitate Tolkien and GRR Martin when writing sf, Asimov when writing horror, and Lovecraft when writing fantasy.
... doesn't work.  Lovecraft actually wrote a good bit of fantasy.
Yeah--but his fantasy style includes a lot more Dunsanian language than his horror style. I should've specified "Lovecraft-the-horror writer when writing fantasy." Or, heck, I want a little more humor in some of these flashes, so maybe "Lovecraft-the-letter-writer when writing fantasy." Funny how we pigeonhole Lovecraft as all "squamous" and "unnameable" when he's got those other facets.

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2013, 11:32:38 AM »
Funny how we pigeonhole Lovecraft as all "squamous" and "unnameable" when he's got those other facets.
I love the fact that what he always really wanted to do was be a poet, and his poetry is probably the thing for which he is least remembered.

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2013, 12:37:08 PM »
Hello, hello.  :D

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2013, 01:42:03 PM »
I love the fact that what he always really wanted to do was be a poet, and his poetry is probably the thing for which he is least remembered.

Just like Sousa always wanted to write walzes, but is only remembered for Monty Python.

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Re: It has begun
« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2013, 10:12:14 PM »
um....have any of the other stories been posted yet?  Um...cause I'm only seeing the first three groups...
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