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Vote - Week 30

A few words from clauderainsrm:

This week was all about the choices we make: YOU had to choose between picking one of your “Favorite” entries and writing a brand new piece with the topic “Critical Hit”.

Some decided on one route. Others took a different one.

But that’s what is so great about making choices isn’t it? It’s the Choose Your Own Adventure book of life. You make it, and then you just keep going as one choice leads you into the next one.

You made yours.

One of you actually made the choice to sacrifice this week. Which is unfortunate. But I know Real Life has a way of doing that to people.

It’s a shame though, she’s going to miss the fun.



Last week was “Gauntlet”.
You didn’t really think THAT was the full gauntlet you had to run did you?

You didn’t think you were nice and safe this week? That the monsters weren’t still out to get you?

Because they most definitely are.

You had to post two pieces this week. One of them in the Topic thread and the other in the Killing Floor. People asked me questions about that second one - and now I can answer: No. Immunity isn’t an option this week.

And no, those aren’t going to be a poll.

Why did I have you post them there? A distraction. Misdirection.

To get you looking one way so you missed what that was coming from the other direction.

Also - doing constructive criticism on those pieces will keep you busy.

Because THE GATEKEEPERS are here.

Who are they? A hand-selected group of people I trust to give me honest and candid opinions - I put your fate - and my game - in their hands for a few days, and they send me their votes, I tally them (much like a Contestant Only vote) and then I announce their collective results.

How many people are we losing? 8-12. (depending on where the vote-break ends up being) Pretty sure that qualifies as a "critical hit"

They have until THURSDAY AT 8pm EST to send their votes.




Good luck to all of you.

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theun4givables
Dec. 9th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
I had a feeling. A FEELING, I TELL YOU.

Actually, I thought last week was going to be Gatekeepers because the topic was Gauntlet. =p
fodschwazzle
Dec. 9th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
So we're in a maze and they're like minotaurs that... judge us with judging beast eyes?
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alycewilson
Dec. 9th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
Well, that explains it then! I kept wondering what the twist would be.

First?
roina_arwen
Dec. 9th, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
I don't know about you, but these twists are making me dizzy!
ryl
Dec. 9th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
Now I know what that evil laughter I kept hearing in the distance was all about.
zhent
Dec. 9th, 2014 01:42 am (UTC)
eep!
roina_arwen
Dec. 9th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
Orp! :)
halfshellvenus
Dec. 9th, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
Yargh. I suppose I should have seen it coming!
witches
Dec. 9th, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
i thought this might happen and just hoped i was wrong tbh XD d'oh!
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anyonesghost
Dec. 9th, 2014 01:50 am (UTC)
I'd feel better about seeing this coming from a mile away if I'd, y'know, listened to my inner editor and written something a little less ridiculous. :-p

Good luck, all!
kickthehobbit
Dec. 9th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
I KNOW THAT FEEL, BRO.
crisp_sobriety
Dec. 9th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
Oh. Shit.

Well, nothing to do but hope for the best, I suppose.
kickthehobbit
Dec. 9th, 2014 01:55 am (UTC)
Your entry was excellent. You're going to be fine.
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suesniffsglue
Dec. 9th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
Suppose I made the wrong choice. Arrgh.
reckless_blues
Dec. 9th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
Greeaaat.

This week's piece was rough, and I'm sure everyone reading it is going to be just thrilled with me as a person. Hopefully I wrote it well enough to last out the week.

I've been dying to get that one out of me, though. I'm worried about the conversations we have as a culture about abuse. I don't think the rhetoric we hear now is helping abuse survivors recognize what's happening to them so they can get out, or helping abusers understand that they're being abusive and need serious help. It troubles me a lot because you can see it pretty much everywhere if you Google around as a survivor or perpetrator looking for help.
kickthehobbit
Dec. 9th, 2014 02:12 am (UTC)
as another survivor: I identified with a lot of your piece and felt that it was really strong and handled things well.
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halfshellvenus
Dec. 9th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
You know, this is where lrig_rorrim's choice to put the tried-and-true older entry up for the prompt looks like genius. :O
crisp_sobriety
Dec. 9th, 2014 02:06 am (UTC)
I know, right?

I'm kicking myself, now. I should have seen through Gary's clever ruse!
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crackpotpie
Dec. 9th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC)
Well, it was a lot of fun playing with you guys.
fodschwazzle
Dec. 9th, 2014 02:24 am (UTC)
Aye, you too.
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yachiru
Dec. 9th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
No polls to refresh?! Noooo.
fodschwazzle
Dec. 9th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
I want to say thank you to my fellow competitors: I've deeply enjoyed these past few months because I knew that I could always look forward to writing to you, reading from you, or breathing on you (?). It's been life changing.
kickthehobbit
Dec. 9th, 2014 03:50 am (UTC)
If you get voted out it's only because people don't appreciate a good shaggy dog story. :P
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rattsu
Dec. 9th, 2014 05:10 am (UTC)
I suspected it was a gatekeeper round, however, I thought this one would be voting on the critical hit entry and that the gatekeepers would have been let loose on our best work.

Well played, Gary, well played.
eternal_ot
Dec. 9th, 2014 07:09 am (UTC)
Whoa! Interesting twist...All the best everyone.
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