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December 4th, 2003
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BaMoTTuSto Reader's Choice Awards!
BaMoTTuSto is over (woot! I made it!), and now I need to pick the stories that have earned the little purple star in my journal index (and maybe get some feedbax on my writing besides). The poll is unavoidably huge, so I'll try to keep the rest of this post short.

Please feel free to answer even if you haven't read every single one of the stories. Please also don't feel rushed, if you want to take a few days to browse through the interesting-looking ones. It's a reader's choice poll, after all. You're the readers. ];=8)

I would love to have more detailed feedback in post comments. Anyway, thank y'all for reading.

Poll #214816 BaMoTTuSto -- Reader's Choice

Choose up to three of my BaMoTTuStories that you think were the best. (PART 1 OF 2 -- choose 3 stories OVERALL, please)

"Haunted house" -- Ash and Pete spook kids.
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"The Talk" -- A young werewolf talks birds and bees with his mom.
0(0.0%)
"Sensei Wolf" -- Martial artist J.E. copes with her transformation.
1(8.3%)
"Love poultice No. 95" -- A sick mage learns to ph33r the common cold.
0(0.0%)
"Ward C, 10:12 p.m." -- Hospitals started going crazy the night of the Changes.
1(8.3%)
"Candle" -- Ash fights the darkness before the dawn.
0(0.0%)
"Secrets" -- A teenager finds out what his classmate's been hiding.
1(8.3%)
"Random encounter" -- The greatest LARPing story ever told?
1(8.3%)
"Undercover" -- A mage chats with black-suit spooks from the ... INS?
0(0.0%)
"First flight" -- College friends talk a gryphon into a daylight shape-change.
0(0.0%)
"Right Here, Right Now" -- Watching the world wake up from history, or at least the L.A. riots.
0(0.0%)
"Voice in the wilderness" -- A fallen hiker has a chance encounter.
0(0.0%)
"Acts of faith" -- A Christian mage discusses his concerns with his pastor.
0(0.0%)

Choose up to three of my BaMoTTuStories that you think were the best. (PART 2 OF 2 -- choose 3 stories OVERALL, please)

"The pet lady" -- Laika and Jenny critically evaluate new-age claims.
1(7.7%)
"Kata" -- J.E. reaches a low point as she's developing a theri martial arts style.
0(0.0%)
"Top of the world" -- In which it gets a little crowded at a Yosemite summit.
1(7.7%)
"Shelter" -- An evangelical Christian has some second thoughts about theris after a January tornado.
1(7.7%)
"Snow cats" -- Hessus and Shadow in the high Sierra.
0(0.0%)
"Lottery winner" (news) -- An unexpected magical jackpot.
0(0.0%)
"Waiting room" -- A werewolf sits in the ER for a tetanus shot.
0(0.0%)
"Duck amuck" (news) -- A theri tries to turn an old joke into a real-life prank.
0(0.0%)
"Ad battle" (news) -- PETA and a theri group clash over an unintentionally painful ad campaign.
0(0.0%)
"Rock invitation" (news) -- No 'Beast' for the 'Antichrist Superstar,' alas.
0(0.0%)
"Grudge" -- Small-town politics play out with a post-Changes smear campaign.
0(0.0%)
"Opening night" -- A theri prepares to come out of the closet during his school's winter play.
0(0.0%)
"Hiss and Purr" -- A look back at the problems of the first post-Changes furry convention.
0(0.0%)

Which story, out of the 26 listed above, do you think could benefit most from severe editing and/or rewriting?

Be honest. With 1=vomit-inducing drivel, 5=tolerable, 9=is leaving withdrawal symptoms, and 10=professional quality, how would you rate my BaMoTTuSto writing? [Feel free to expand on this in comments.]

Mean: 7.93 Median: 8 Std. Dev 0.77
1
0(0.0%)
2
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3
0(0.0%)
4
0(0.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6
0(0.0%)
7
5(33.3%)
8
6(40.0%)
9
4(26.7%)
10
0(0.0%)

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From:baxil
Date:December 4th, 2003 03:12 am (UTC)
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Truth be told, my personal favorites were "Random encounter," "First flight," and "Right Here, Right Now" -- but I had trouble narrowing it down to three! Which is, I suppose, the sign of a successful month of writing, and/or a dangerously big ego. ];=8)

"Acts of faith" is solid, and "Shelter" is a good mood piece. "Top of the world" and "Hiss and Purr" were fun. I can't think of anything significant I'd change about "Haunted house," "The Talk" or "Love poultice No. 95." For all its flaws, and for all that it was a pain to write, I ended up thinking "Candle" came out OK -- definitely could use a second draft, but it makes the impression I want it to make.

(Of course, that's all IMHO, and I'm biased because I know all the world background and the big story arcs I haven't written yet.)

Maybe I should have have asked for more than the top three. Well, if you have additional nominations, go ahead and list 'em here, I suppose.
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From:eredien
Date:December 4th, 2003 12:02 pm (UTC)
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"Sensei Wolf" and "Ad Battle" were also favorites of mine: "Wolf" for how wonderfully you portrayed J.E. as revelling in her new self, and "Ad" for how accurately I feel that portrays PETA's outlook and policy--they really do think of it as a crime in those exact terms.

"Hiss and Purr" was interesting -- one wonders if there would be a danger of smaller theris being trampled underfoot in the rush to get into the dealer's rooms, for instance, or if there were unusual requests at the hotel resturant ("How would you like that done, sir?" "raw, please." "...").

In fact, I think I'm inspired to write a Tlands story now.
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From:baxil
Date:December 7th, 2003 04:43 am (UTC)
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Hooray inspiration! ]B=8) I eagerly await your efforts.
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From:katster
Date:December 10th, 2003 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Hi Baxil,

Wandered over here off another comment elsewhere, and came across this...and *damn* you're good. I still need to go through the second list of stories, but I've pretty much liked them all. I really like "Acts of Faith", though, for some reason.

-kat
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From:baxil
Date:December 11th, 2003 12:49 am (UTC)
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Thank you. ]B=8) Down, ego, down!
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