I wasn't sure of how I was supposed to vote... whether I was supposed to reply to the thread or send a private message to Veyrael or Gold. I ended up changing my comment on the thread to something else and sending a message to Veyrael.
And dangit, I screwed up and got my entry in one day late. I thought it was being extended to Tuesday, not Monday. Oh well, guess it's my own fault....
Votes are posted directly into the thread itself, just like in the ZU Awards; in other words, you had it right the first time. And that stinks that you got it in late. Actually, I was a bit confused by that, too, but I got my entry in on Monday night just before midnight, just to be on the safe side. I lost a couple hours of sleep doing that, but it was worth it.
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Dang, looks like I really screwed up this time. I'm stupid when it comes to trying new stuff... I'm saying this because I've only been active on the forums for about a month, so I'm still getting accustomed to how things work. I've made a lot of mistakes. If I make any more, someone please slap me. Maybe I'll get it eventually...
I'm actually liking the fact that the last two contests haven't had very many restraints no length. Could we just do that with all contests from now on? We could institute some kind of maximum word count, but leave the rest up to the writer.
There's a book I bought, a collection of the world's shortest stories, they have to be 50 words or less. There are some good things in there. Its amazing the way stories are told in such simple terms. I believe its possible for a good writer to write something of any length. However, I've noticed we have some people who simply get lazy and cut a lot of things out of their story that are necessary to it. Not sure which way to go on that one, but Holden is right, so far, it hasn't been too bad.
I think that's a pretty good idea, actually. In my Creative Writing class at school, we wrote essays that had to be 200-250 words, and I hated it. I felt so restricted. I ended up writing an essay that turned out to be 700 words, and I had to cut most of it out. It kind of... hurt. All that beautiful work consumed by the evil Backspace button... :'(
Anyway, the concept of no word-limit-rules makes me happy.
My first thought upon seeing the theme was to write about secrecy, since that was how I interpreted the phrase. However, now I'm starting to wonder whether Anju was posing a question that we were expected to answer - so, what is in my closet rather than a general story about secrets. Clarification, advice?
Oh, you're free to interpret the theme however you like. Whether you wanna go litterally with it or go more outta the box is totally up to you. Ze people who will be voting for your story are just members like you.