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Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I have noticed this happening in the lower groups, mostly.  My thinking is that the old hands want to take advantage of the cheaper entry fee and NYC Midnight is filling up the groups as the entries come in - they do it this way, I am assuming, because they can't know how many will enter.  I would say you managed to get put into a tight group.


While this is a reasonable guess on how NYC does things, it is incorrect. I am an optometrist here. I always take advantage of the early entry discount. AND the coupon! I have found myself in as high a group as 55.

Grouping the competitors can easily be done by computer. Those in charge can do it in a matter of minutes. They can wait till all the entries are in and spin the wheel, so to speak.

However, you may be correct that this phenomom may have happened primarily in the lowered numbered groups, but if so, not because NYC purposely grouped the regular writers there.
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I am LMAO! I didn't write that I was an optometrist! I wrote old-timer! Damn autocorrect!
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Originally posted by sootfoot5 sootfoot5 wrote:

I am LMAO! I didn't write that I was an optometrist! I wrote old-timer! Damn autocorrect!


mmm.  I got a new phone a couple of months ago, and it's auto-"correct" is still the bane of my existence.
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Originally posted by sootfoot5 sootfoot5 wrote:

I am LMAO! I didn't write that I was an optometrist! I wrote old-timer! Damn autocorrect!


LOL. I was trying for the life of me to work out the link! I thought, perhaps he just SEES things really clearly.... haha

And 'an optometrist here'... as if there's loads of them at the site doing their thing. Haha, that has tickled me.

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Originally posted by Vernacula Vernacula wrote:

Thanks for the input, Suave! I hadn't thought about how the rounds are filled out. I do agree, it feels a little weird to have our scores in early rounds and then...nothing. I expect it in a contest like SSC, because we don't ever see scores. In FF, it would be helpful to have that through-line and info on solid areas for improvement.

I'm just wondering if I'm up for it again. I got two great pieces out of it (maybe three? Hard to tell), but it felt sort of empty at the end.

Please Vernacular, you must enter. Your work is always so excellent, it sets a benchmark for many of us. It is good to have good people to go up against; it makes us all lift our game. And your stories are always worth reading. 


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Originally posted by sootfoot5 sootfoot5 wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I have noticed this happening in the lower groups, mostly.  My thinking is that the old hands want to take advantage of the cheaper entry fee and NYC Midnight is filling up the groups as the entries come in - they do it this way, I am assuming, because they can't know how many will enter.  I would say you managed to get put into a tight group.


While this is a reasonable guess on how NYC does things, it is incorrect. I am an optometrist here. I always take advantage of the early entry discount. AND the coupon! I have found myself in as high a group as 55.

Grouping the competitors can easily be done by computer. Those in charge can do it in a matter of minutes. They can wait till all the entries are in and spin the wheel, so to speak.

However, you may be correct that this phenomom may have happened primarily in the lowered numbered groups, but if so, not because NYC purposely grouped the regular writers there.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Averah Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jul 2017 at 2:15pm
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I have noticed this happening in the lower groups, mostly.  My thinking is that the old hands want to take advantage of the cheaper entry fee and NYC Midnight is filling up the groups as the entries come in - they do it this way, I am assuming, because they can't know how many will enter.  I would say you managed to get put into a tight group.




I registered late, and am in a ver low group number. I think entries are just randomized.
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Originally posted by Averah Averah wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

I have noticed this happening in the lower groups, mostly.  My thinking is that the old hands want to take advantage of the cheaper entry fee and NYC Midnight is filling up the groups as the entries come in - they do it this way, I am assuming, because they can't know how many will enter.  I would say you managed to get put into a tight group.




I registered late, and am in a ver low group number. I think entries are just randomized.


Yes, I think you are right.  I registered early and have a high number this time, but in times past always had a low number.  The last FFC all the heats won with a single score were in the high numbers, that was my reason for making the supposition.
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Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Yes, I know your pain.  I really enjoy the chase though.  I know my grammar and punctuation is very weak, had a brain injury and I just can't quite wrap my head around it - can be elusive.  I have been trying to get an advance out of a really good story, but I am afraid that is not enough, especially with the burgeoning numbers of contestants.

If you ever want someone to read specifically to help with the grammar and conventions, ping me (contest or otherwise, though I'll need lead time if it's long). I'm an English teacher and a line editor/proofreader at heart. You helped us all out during the short story contest, I'm happy to return the favor in a somewhat different venue :)
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Originally posted by ottersdaughter ottersdaughter wrote:

Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Yes, I know your pain.  I really enjoy the chase though.  I know my grammar and punctuation is very weak, had a brain injury and I just can't quite wrap my head around it - can be elusive.  I have been trying to get an advance out of a really good story, but I am afraid that is not enough, especially with the burgeoning numbers of contestants.

If you ever want someone to read specifically to help with the grammar and conventions, ping me (contest or otherwise, though I'll need lead time if it's long). I'm an English teacher and a line editor/proofreader at heart. You helped us all out during the short story contest, I'm happy to return the favor in a somewhat different venue :)


Thank you so much!  I may take you up on that, it will be your Sunday night though, I do not find it helpful early in the proccess, so I will private message you if I get ready in time.  Thanks, again.
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