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pdblake
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You going to give us the scores on the doors so we can see how badly we did?
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I will tell anyone who wants to know how they did, however, everything relevant you'll find in the critiques. I have more to attach but its late.

Yawn.


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snapper
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But before I do. How would you like to match the authors with the stories? A list of who played. The one who gets the most wins a free crit. You may want to get your own wrong to throw the rest off. Feel free to edit your picks.

In alphabetical order.

Axeminister
Brendan
JosephineKait
LDWriter
Meredith
Owasm
PDblake
RoxyL
Shimiqua
Snapper
Tiergan
Twiggy
Utahute
Wireless Librarian
WriterDan



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Utahute72
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I think I recognize snapper in Future Hero.
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Utahute72, I don't think Snapper's story is Future Hero. I'm going to guess his story is Green Tongue.
As for the other matches, I'm not sure, but I wonder if your choice could be a cunning plan to throw us off. So, I am going to suggest that your story is Future Hero.

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I dont think Snapper was either of the ones mentioned.
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Well, I'm going to guess that Shimiqua's story was "finally".
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Maybe we should turn this into a competition to decide which one snapper wrote.
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I'll help you all out, I didn't write either Future Hero or Green Tongue, although those are the two I wish I had written. I haven't read enough of everyone to get a good feel, but what I have read of snapper has that same sense of humor as future hero. Although Axe and Writer Dan could fit for either of those two also. But I'm guessing Writer Dan did Interim.

I agree on Shimiqua and Finally, I was thinking the same thing.

OSWAM has to be either Gristan's reward or the Seeker.

Beyond that I'm stumped, other than mine of course.


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Ok, here are my guesses, and I mean guesses

Axeminister - Iterum
Brendan - The Sword and The Shield
JosephineKait - The adventure
LDWriter - Finally
Meredith - Unknown Territory (15)
Owasm - THE SEEKER
PDblake - Unfamiliar Territory
RoxyL - Veteran
Shimiqua - The Road to Geronimo
Snapper - Gristan's Good Deed
Tiergan - Gods of the Tenth Realm
Twiggy - The Deepest Law
Utahute - On The Pull
Wireless Librarian - Green Tongue
WriterDan - Future Hero

A couple were based on what I've read in the 13 lines boards from time to time, but most were just wild stabs in the dark. Oh, and I deliberately got my own wrong, so at least one other will be too


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quote:
A couple were based on what I've read in the 13 lines boards from time to time, but most were just wild stabs in the dark. Oh, and I deliberately got my own wrong, so at least one other will be too

In that case, I know for a fact that you got at least 4 wrong.


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I'll bet it's more than four
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Do you have inside info Meredith? Or are you judging the four errors on yours being wrong too. That could everyone else a clue.
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quote:
Do you have inside info Meredith? Or are you judging the four errors on yours being wrong too. That could everyone else a clue.

Not saying.


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Okay... Interesting. I don't think I will give it a try though. I don't know anyone's writing that well. I know guess but at this point it would be a total guess I would want a couple, at least, to be educated guesses.

And even though only one person has listed their guess I would suspect that some of the older hatrackers would know my writing(mistakes) well enough to say.


And that is older as in being here longer, not age.


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Oh this is fun. First one to get 13 right is the winner. Here's a hint...

PD is 0 for 15 in his guesses

Got some new critiques posted in the other thread.


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I demand a recount

See, I said it would be more than four At least I got my own wrong on purpose.


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Revised selection - ever so slightly.
Axe, maybe I have a strange sense of humour but I found your last post hilarious.


Axeminister - Future Hero
Brendan - The Road to Geronimo
JosephineKait - - The Deepest Law
LDWriter – Veteran
Meredith - On The Pull
Owasm – Unfamiliar territory 15
PDblake - Gristan's Good Deed
RoxyL - Iterum
Shimiqua - Finally
Snapper – Green Tongue
Tiergan – THE SEEKER
Twiggy - Gods of the Tenth Realm
Utahute –The sword and the shield
Wireless Librarian -The adventure
WriterDan –Unknown Territory (10)

[This message has been edited by Twiggy (edited July 10, 2011).]


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Well, there's at least two wrong there
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I'm sure there will be more wrong than that. I only am certain of the one.
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My humble guesses:

Axeminister -- On the Pull
Brendan -- Iterum
JosephineKait -- The Deepest Law
LDWriter -- Veteran
Meredith -- The Seeker
Owasm -- Gristan's Good Deed
PDblake -- The Adventure
RoxyL -- Unknown Territory (15)
Shimiqua -- Finally
Snapper -- Green Tongue
Tiergan -- Future Hero
Twiggy -- Gods of the Tenth Realm
Utahute -- Road to Geronimo
Wireless Librarian -- The Sword and the Shield
WriterDan -- Unknown Territory (10)

MAN, that's pretty rough deductive reasoning... LOL


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WD and Twiggy both did better than PD.

Here's another hint...

They got their own right


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Well, I must say I'm honored to have been picked to have written the stories suggested above. Excellent stories all.

But what I don't get is why two of the three were the funny stories. Do I typically come across as funny? Or is it one of those, he's the cynical bastage, so he could be funny kind of funnies?

Heck, the title of my blog is "note to self, don't be so grouchy." Which I'm failing at miserably. If I see a kid with a balloon, I just want to pop it. (The balloon, not the kid.) I haven't actually done it yet, but someday - There Will Be Crying.

I would love to take some guesses, but they'd just be stabs in the dark at a target that isn't there.

Axe


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If your clues are correct, Snapper, then here are my attempts. I'm intrigued by the convergence here with others - there were a couple that I had placed on my list prior to reading the above comments which are the same as on other lists. But there were a number of guesses.

Entry # 1 The Adventure Wireless Librarian
Entry # 2 Gristan's Good Deed Tiergan
Entry # 3 THE SEEKER Meredith
Entry # 4 finally Brendan
Entry # 5 On The Pull PDblake
Entry # 6 The Road to Geronimo JosephineKait
Entry # 7 Future Hero Snapper
Entry # 8 Green Tongue Axeminister
Entry # 9 Gods of the Tenth Realm Twiggy
Entry # 10 Unfamiliar Territory WriterDan
Entry # 11 Iterum RoxyL
Entry # 12 Veteran Utahute
Entry # 13 The Sword and The Shield Owasm
Entry # 14 The Deepest Law LDWriter
Entry # 15 Unfamiliar Territory Shimiqua

[This message has been edited by Brendan (edited July 10, 2011).]


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There are several wrong in there. Here's another clue. "The Deepest Law" appeared in a previous challenge and LD was not the author.
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snapper
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Current standings

WriterDan - 8 correct
Twiggy - 7
Brendan - 6


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Ok. I've changed some of my choices and there is a danger my score will go down. The way I see it, I am trailing so I've nothing to lose. Please can you update my score Snapper?


Axeminister -Gristans good deed
Brendan - The Road to Geronimo
JosephineKait - - The Deepest Law
LDWriter – Veteran
Meredith - On The Pull
Owasm – Unfamiliar territory 15
PDblake - The adventure
RoxyL - Iterum
Shimiqua - Finally
Snapper – Green Tongue
Tiergan – THE SEEKER
Twiggy - Gods of the Tenth Realm
Utahute –-Future hero
Wireless Librarian - The sword and the shield
WriterDan –Unknown Territory (10)


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You sure Twiggy? Could be a tactical mistake. You may have 12 correct and the first person that reads this could take advantage of it. Oh well, not going to turn down a request like that.

7. Reshuffled, no change in score.

This mini-contest will end when...

A) when someone gets 13 correct. Or...

B) when the third judge sends his results

Speaking of which, I have received results from 2 judges. Because of an unusual circumstance, I have kept all 4 authors apprised of an rather extraordinary situation. So not to influence the last judge (just in case he is monitoring this thread) I will not be forthcoming of what is going on.
Sorry to be encrypted, but I'm sure the finalist would all agree that darkness at this time is most prudent.

Wait one second and let me put on my hard hat before you start throwing rocks again.


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OK, here's a shot.

1. The Adventure - PD Blake
2. Gristan's Good Deed - OSWAM
3. The Seeker - Meredith
4. Finally - Shimiqua
5. On the Pull - Brendan
6. The Road to Geronimo - Utah Ute
7. Future Hero - Snapper
8. Green Tongue - Axeminister
9. Gods of the Tenth Realm - Twiggy
10. Unfamiliar Territory - Writer Dan
11. Interim - LD Writer
12. Veteran - Wireless Librarian
13. The Sword and the Shield - Tiergan
14. The Deepest Law - JosepheneKait
15. Unfamiliar Territory - Roxyl

[This message has been edited by Utahute72 (edited July 10, 2011).]


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Ok, one last try, based on what's been said above (I copied and pasted Twiggy's and jiggled it about a bit to save me typing them all out again )

Axeminister - Future Hero
Brendan - The Road to Geronimo
JosephineKait - The Deepest Law
LDWriter – The Adventure
Meredith - Gristan's Good Deed
Owasm – Unfamiliar territory 15
PDblake - On The Pull
RoxyL - Iterum
Shimiqua - Finally
Snapper – Green Tongue
Tiergan – THE SEEKER
Twiggy - Gods of the Tenth Realm
Utahute –The sword and the shield
Wireless Librarian -Veteran
WriterDan –Unknown Territory (10)


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That looks pretty good PDblake.

But no way OWASM wrote a story without swords/wizards/mages.

I want to know what bloke wrote Iterum...
If it was indeed a bloke.

And did WriterDan tip his cards or what? Everyone has him picked for 10.

I'd still love to know what BenM thinks of all this hullabaloo over his story. =)

Axe


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Snapper tipped my cards for me. Well, for me and Twiggy.
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That's right. So we know 3 for sure.
Well those of us not you know 4.

Now Snaps needs to weigh in on that last guess by PD.

Axe


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Two new hints.

PD guessed his own correctly.

Unfamiliar Territory #15 is the only one missed by everyone so far.


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Hey, that didn't help. PBlake was one of my few certainties - it was written like an Englishman with all the b this, b that (while Twiggy, the only other UK person here, had used the word centre in her story, which is English spelling).


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Ok, for my second try

Axeminister - The sword and the shield
Brendan - The Road to Geronimo
JosephineKait - The Deepest Law
LDWriter - The adventure
Meredith - The Seeker
Owasm - Gristan's Good Deed
PDblake - On The Pull
RoxyL - Iterum
Shimiqua - Finally
Snapper - Green Tongue
Tiergan - Future Hero
Twiggy - Gods of the Tenth Realm
Utahute - Veteran
Wireless Librarian - Unfamiliar territory (15)
WriterDan - Unfamiliar Territory (10)


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axeminister would that be a blokess ?


But you'll sure about mine? That's the second story my name was put with twice.

I wonder if either was just a guess or if there is a reason behind the guess.


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I was hoping that Snapper would give us numbers, my algorithm will not work unless I get data.
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I will need to get my lap top to verify but I believe Brendan has 13 of 15.

Congrats to you.


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Nice, Brendan!

I thought for sure LDWriter did the Sword and the Shield. It just seemed like his style.

And Snapper, you deserve huge kudos for doing this and keeping it so interesting.


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If that's the case I think I can get to 15.
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Thanks, and thanks snapper for making this so much fun.

RoxyL, you may be right, swapping Axeminister and LDWriter's stories also works, probably the only alternative that improves the score from here. Does your algorithm show that's the case Utah, or are there other alternatives?

LDWriter, I chose The Adventure because I saw a similarity in voice between that and your current work in F&F - "An Unusual Day", although its not the usual voice you have. However, when I first read through, I thought yours may have be Veteran - but everyone else had put you up for that, so I had to be different.


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quote:

Hey, that didn't help. PBlake was one of my few certainties - it was written like an Englishman with all the b this, b that (while Twiggy, the only other UK person here, had used the word centre in her story, which is English spelling).

Next time I'll do a wild west troll


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I'll add another conundrum, while we are waiting. One critiquer wondered why my story was given its title. There are two reasons, one modern and one historic. What are they? Can you name both.


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Whoops. Double post

[This message has been edited by snapper (edited July 12, 2011).]


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I'll bite on this one, Brendan.
The current reason your story has its titled is that the operation that killed Bin Laden was named Geronimo. Key information was said to have come from interrogation. If Brendan's scenario had played out the way the time traveler wanted and not Jafeez (sorry, didn't look up the spelling), then one way or another we would not have had operation Geronimo.

The second is a little more ambiguous to me. Geronimo was an Apache whose first family was massacred. After that he led many attacks against the Mexicans and the US. He was known for his daring escapes (maybe like your character making prisoners 'disappear'?). In one case troops waited outside a cave for him, but he never came out - he simply vanished.

He was eventually captured and held (like your character) prisoner for seven years before he became somewhat of a (very sad) side show spectacle traveling with fairs etc. In his writings he did seems to be a thoughtful and intelligent person.

I'd love more explanation from you on the historical role of your title.

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Geronimo was also believed to have great magic and that he was impervious to bullets. So you can see where the magical part came from.

One thing that bothered me about the story was, if the MC wasn't part of the terrorist activity how could he know who was completely innocent. Wouldn't he have been as much in the dark as the others on the outside?


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You got it in one attempt RoxyL. Similar to Geronimo, the MC was attempting to "battle" two adversaries (or governments) in the name of justice, seeing no real difference between them.

Utahute, now that Jafeez is in a different timeline, he can use the time device to look into the past of his original timeline, and make his decisions accordingly. Of course, that ability may be limited, as Jafeez has already changed the past in that timeline.


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Okay, while we twiddle our thumbs, navel gaze, or otherwise occupy ourselves waiting for the results, anyone want to try one more exercise?

I was thinking this might be the perfect arena to practice elevator pitches - these stories are short, not too complicated and might be easier than an entire novel to put into one sentence.

Even so, I found myself fumbling about like an idiot when my sister asked me what my story was about (granted, I'd just admitted I was writing again, anyway, and feeling very self conscious.).

Anyone want to give it a go, either on their own, or anyone's who catches their fancy? (humor optional for those of us so impaired)

Here are a couple tries:

A girl uses all her feminine trollish charms to seduce a reluctant metrosexual mate.

Worm wielding pirate preys on smugglers in space.


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What are you talking about? I'm anonymous.

But I will give it a go for some random story.

Hmm... Let's try this one:

An average guy saves the day, becomes a super-hero, and gets the girl. Stellar.

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