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Old 12-06-2017, 08:08 PM   #226
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Yep, that's it.

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I have until 11:59 pm tomorrow to submit, correct?

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Old 12-07-2017, 11:47 AM   #227
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Just made a very, very last minute submission.

Phew.

Didn't have time to edit it much but I knew that if I waited 'til next year, I'd never publish it.

So there it is.
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Old 12-07-2017, 02:55 PM   #228
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Just made a very, very last minute submission.

Phew.

Didn't have time to edit it much but I knew that if I waited 'til next year, I'd never publish it.

So there it is.
Same for me. Just submitted my Group story. The editor that promised to look over it went incommunicado after I sent her the draft (maybe it's shit?). So I had to do a last minute edit myself. Risky, because I know I'm bad at spotting my own mistakes. But at least they are all my mistakes this time. Started this one for the 2015 contest, so didn't want to wait another year.
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Old 12-07-2017, 04:57 PM   #229
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Just submitted, and I actually feel more responsible this time than I did last, because last time I only got it in the last hour before the cut-off. I'm improving!

Not a lot, but still.
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Old 12-07-2017, 06:36 PM   #230
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Valentine's Day is coming...!

I won't start the Valentine's Day support thread yet but remember that the first day for entries is in about the third week of January and Christmas is in the way.

We are in the last hours for entries to the Winter Holidays contest.

Read, vote and comment on the entries that are posted, please.
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Old 12-08-2017, 04:21 AM   #231
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My story posted.

https://www.literotica.com/s/from-the-heart-1

It's so cool how quickly it happens for special contest entries.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:14 AM   #232
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Good luck to everyone that got a story in. Been enjoying reading my way thru them all with no competitive streak kicking in
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:02 AM   #233
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Good luck to everyone that got a story in. Been enjoying reading my way thru them all with no competitive streak kicking in
You off colour, girl?
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:04 AM   #234
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You off colour, girl?
Lol. No, I had a deadline for another story (the "Blood Sacrifice" one and then I went back to working on "Mistaken Identity." I had a good concept for the competition but not enough time to write it so I passed. The next one tho ....
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:32 AM   #235
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Lol. No, I had a deadline for another story (the "Blood Sacrifice" one and then I went back to working on "Mistaken Identity." I had a good concept for the competition but not enough time to write it so I passed. The next one tho ....
I started targeting that winged menace right in his diapered butt last night. But, ideas kept coming to me, so I switched to a scatter gun. (3 stories started and saved at roughly 12kb.) How you doin'?
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:18 PM   #236
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Read, vote and comment on the entries that are posted, please.
I've brewed over this idea for a while now, and your quoted comment (after some delay) has prompted my response.

I don't think that contestants should even be able to vote or comment on other author's stories in the contest. I'm surprised that you would encourage it. There's should be a 'fair competition' ethic that prevents contestants from voting on their competitor's entries.
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Old 12-09-2017, 12:10 AM   #237
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There's no way of knowing whether the votes even count. It's often been speculated that contestant votes are wiped out from all stories in the very first pass.

As to commenting, that's what used to be one of the best things about the contests. Large numbers of AHrs would read, vote, and comment ( RVC ) on every story in the contest they possibly could. The comments were rarely negative, and sometimes even included constructive criticism healthily sprinkled with praise for what worked well.

If you really didn't like something, you simply didn't vote or comment on it.

That commentary and support continued in these threads, with stories often getting highlighted by other contestants who found someone else's story particularly good.

This was back when people didn't take the whole thing so fucking seriously. It was a group activity for the AH, purely for fun, and thrills from the roller-coaster of sweeps.

Dig back into the archives of Oggs contest threads sometime. Look at how the threads used to be back before around 2008.

RVC was a huge part of what made those threads the positive places they were.

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I've brewed over this idea for a while now, and your quoted comment (after some delay) has prompted my response.

I don't think that contestants should even be able to vote or comment on other author's stories in the contest. I'm surprised that you would encourage it. There's should be a 'fair competition' ethic that prevents contestants from voting on their competitor's entries.
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Old 12-09-2017, 12:36 AM   #238
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That sort of "contest" shouldn't also come with monetary awards. That's really counterproductive. Not that it's really a contest anyway.
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Old 12-09-2017, 12:43 AM   #239
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98 entries. Is that fewer than previous years? It certainly seems quieter.

I've only had four comments on my story. I did expect a few more. C'est la vie.
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Historically, it's a light year. If I remember correctly, this contest typically averaged closer to 150 due to the longer submission period, while Valentine's and Halloween typically were around this 100 level. Every other contest was a distant fourth to those.

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98 entries. Is that fewer than previous years? It certainly seems quieter.

I've only had four comments on my story. I did expect a few more. C'est la vie.
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:31 AM   #242
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How can you even tell when it's hit by several 1 star votes in quick succession? Just by calculating what it would take to shift your score so suddenly?
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The late zings are more or less all "sound and fury". They have little to no chance of surviving the bone-cutting final sweeps, and the story is well outside the honeymoon period where the ( temporary ) reduction in score can hurt your readership potential.

Just giggle at the impotence of petty little trolls desperately trying to be relevant

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I think I just received my first troll comment.

It was...strange.
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You have to be far enough from the debut for your activity to have slowed to a trickle, and checking fairly regularly to see the dips. There's no place to view any individual vote.

Alternately, if you're in a low-vote category like Erotic Couplings, Sci-Fi&Fantasy, etc., you can sometimes see them through the plunging score throughout the lifespan of the story.

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Had to look. LOL

Yeah, that's odd, to say the least. It's written like praise and suggestion for future episode, but so full of off-putting vulgarity that it's suspect as some kind of trolling performance art.

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I'm only now getting over frequently refreshing Holly Jolley.

It's exceeded my expectations. Closing in on 1700 votes, over 200 favorites, 20 some-odd comments, over 70k views, several emails, and I've moved up from 203 to 164 on the favorite author list since it came out.

Had enough activity to put me at #1 on the Mature category popular authors list even though I haven't posted a story in that category in months. I haven't been keeping close track, but I would imagine I've had a significant boost in votes on my back catalogue. There's certainly been lots of favoriting and a few comments coming from stories across all categories.
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Just me then. Oh well. I'll have to write something for a more popular category next time.
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I'm only now getting over frequently refreshing Holly Jolley.

It's exceeded my expectations. Closing in on 1700 votes, over 200 favorites, 20 some-odd comments, over 70k views, several emails, and I've moved up from 203 to 164 on the favorite author list since it came out.

Had enough activity to put me at #1 on the Mature category popular authors list even though I haven't posted a story in that category in months. I haven't been keeping close track, but I would imagine I've had a significant boost in votes on my back catalogue. There's certainly been lots of favoriting and a few comments coming from stories across all categories.
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I'm so jelly.

But nah, you've been way more active than I have and gotten there with a lot of work that I fail to put in. So respect!
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