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Topic: Numbers
Posted By: nod1v1ng
Subject: Numbers
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2019 at 8:33am
Did a quick look at the numbers this morning.
In group 23 there are 25 people. 

Scores from last round are heavily skewed:
7 First Place
7 Second Place
3 Third Place
4 Fourth Place
4 Fifth Place

Also, she who beat me out for first place last round is in my group again. (Hiyas khodina!)
Gonna be a tough group.

Interestingly, it 80% female. (Making really wide sweeping assumptions based on names.) I wonder how that represents over the whole competition....

Anywho, I'm really just wasting time before a 9AM meeting. Then I'm going to close my office door and pretend to be working. LOL



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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2019 at 9:12am
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Did a quick look at the numbers this morning.
In group 23 there are 25 people. 

Scores from last round are heavily skewed:
7 First Place
7 Second Place
3 Third Place
4 Fourth Place
4 Fifth Place

Also, she who beat me out for first place last round is in my group again. (Hiyas khodina!)
Gonna be a tough group.

Interestingly, it 80% female. (Making really wide sweeping assumptions based on names.) I wonder how that represents over the whole competition....

Anywho, I'm really just wasting time before a 9AM meeting. Then I'm going to close my office door and pretend to be working. LOL


My heat is apparently a cypher.  Nobody has admitted being in it, and I don't recognize any names.  Then again, I know very few people's real names.  Two Brits, an Aussie, one Irishperson, and someone who lives within a hundred miles of me.

My office door is closed, my Bose headsets are protecting me from the world, and I'm here goofing off rather than pounding out ideas in Word.  Ok, I'm also pounding out ideas in Word. 

Time for more tea.




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Posted By: MrLipto
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2019 at 9:31am
Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Did a quick look at the numbers this morning.
In group 23 there are 25 people. 

Scores from last round are heavily skewed:
7 First Place
7 Second Place
3 Third Place
4 Fourth Place
4 Fifth Place

Also, she who beat me out for first place last round is in my group again. (Hiyas khodina!)
Gonna be a tough group.

Interestingly, it 80% female. (Making really wide sweeping assumptions based on names.) I wonder how that represents over the whole competition....

Anywho, I'm really just wasting time before a 9AM meeting. Then I'm going to close my office door and pretend to be working. LOL


My heat is apparently a cypher.  Nobody has admitted being in it, and I don't recognize any names.  Then again, I know very few people's real names.  Two Brits, an Aussie, one Irishperson, and someone who lives within a hundred miles of me.

My office door is closed, my Bose headsets are protecting me from the world, and I'm here goofing off rather than pounding out ideas in Word.  Ok, I'm also pounding out ideas in Word. 

Time for more tea.



Waddup, Random. Me and you, buddy. Group 12. Historical Journey. 


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https://tinyurl.com/yxo998ep" rel="nofollow - FFC C1 Pump & Dump (1st Place)
https://tinyurl.com/yykjyj63" rel="nofollow - FFC C2 The Sweet Chambers


Posted By: Seacore
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2019 at 9:39am
I've seen two people from my heat. One of them didn't post their round 1 story, so i don't know how they placed, and the other is a 1st placer like me.

I also don't know real names compared to screen names, so I have no idea if I've read their first round stories or not.

I seem to have about 1/3 men 2/3 women, but that's also going by names. I think that ration is probably representative of the entrant's ratio, but I have no data to make that claim legitimately 

In other news, I'm 900 words into my first draft, but it's about to be 1am here, so I need to stop soon.


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2019 at 9:43am
Originally posted by MrLipto MrLipto wrote:

Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Did a quick look at the numbers this morning.
In group 23 there are 25 people. 

Scores from last round are heavily skewed:
7 First Place
7 Second Place
3 Third Place
4 Fourth Place
4 Fifth Place

Also, she who beat me out for first place last round is in my group again. (Hiyas khodina!)
Gonna be a tough group.

Interestingly, it 80% female. (Making really wide sweeping assumptions based on names.) I wonder how that represents over the whole competition....

Anywho, I'm really just wasting time before a 9AM meeting. Then I'm going to close my office door and pretend to be working. LOL


My heat is apparently a cypher.  Nobody has admitted being in it, and I don't recognize any names.  Then again, I know very few people's real names.  Two Brits, an Aussie, one Irishperson, and someone who lives within a hundred miles of me.

My office door is closed, my Bose headsets are protecting me from the world, and I'm here goofing off rather than pounding out ideas in Word.  Ok, I'm also pounding out ideas in Word. 

Time for more tea.



Waddup, Random. Me and you, buddy. Group 12. Historical Journey. 


Well, welcome to the club!  There's only room for three more now!

Go kick some hysterically fictional butt, Sir Lipto!


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Posted By: Meggles
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2019 at 2:22pm
I'd never thought about how much info could be gleaned from those spreadsheets! In a masterful display of procrastination, I decided to look at Heat 24.

25 people

5 1st place
4 2nd place
4 3rd place
4 4th place
8 5th place

13 male, 12 female, I think.

And only five of us posted our first round stories in the forums.



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Posted By: MrLipto
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2019 at 10:24pm
Hey, Rando. Do our group. What’re the stats?

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https://tinyurl.com/yykjyj63" rel="nofollow - FFC C2 The Sweet Chambers


Posted By: MsVickie
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2019 at 11:27pm
This is so fascinating! I never thought to do this before but thank you for the inspiration and the excuse to procrastinate.

Guessing on the sex of a few names but I have roughly 8 men and 17 women. 
5 first place
6 second place
3 third place
5 fourth place
6 fifth place

No one who won from my previous heat is with me this time.


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2019 at 11:37pm
Originally posted by MrLipto MrLipto wrote:

Hey, Rando. Do our group. What’re the stats?


Trying to distract me?  Well, it will work...

1st: 4 (Comedy, Drama, PolSat, Romance)
2nd: 4 (A/A, Crime Caper, Ghost, Thriller)
3rd: 5 (Comedy x4, Romance)
4th: 4 (A/A, Fairy Tale, Romance, RomCom)
5th: 8 (A/A, Crime Caper, Drama, Fairy Tale x2, Romance, RomCom x2)

I made some guesses based on first name and came up with 13 women and 12 men.  That could easily be off by a couple.


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Posted By: OnyxLily
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 6:54am
Dammit I’m going to have to do this for my group tomorrow when I should be writing. I don’t recognise the names of anyone in my group (9) though.

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Posted By: SLK43
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 7:47am
Originally posted by Meggles Meggles wrote:

I'd never thought about how much info could be gleaned from those spreadsheets! In a masterful display of procrastination, I decided to look at Heat 24.

25 people

5 1st place
4 2nd place
4 3rd place
4 4th place
8 5th place

13 male, 12 female, I think.

And only five of us posted our first round stories in the forums.

You are a champion! I was wondering about our group and thought I'd have to do it tomorrow....



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MF R1 G42
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Posted By: Meggles
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 8:56am
Originally posted by SLK43 SLK43 wrote:

You are a champion! I was wondering about our group and thought I'd have to do it tomorrow....


Hi!! Happy to help. And by “help” I mean “procrastinate.” Hope you’re having fun with the prompts! 


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SSC 2019 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-h116-drawing-conclusions_topic20224.html" rel="nofollow - Round 1 Story


Posted By: justmel
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 11:16am
I'm in Heat 18.  I don't recognize any of the names listed, but as others have noted, I don't know many forumites' IRL names.  I haven't tried to break it down by m/f, but my group consists of 25 as well:
1st    6
2nd   3
3rd    5
4th    9
5th    2


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Posted By: dashesndots
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 11:38am
Heat 26:
8 - 1sts
3 - 2nds
2 - 3rds
7 - 4ths (including me)
3 - 5ths

And for some reason 2 people I cannot find on the Round 1 results sheet...not sure what's up with that (if they used a pen name, wouldn't it be the same on both the results and the assignments?)

One person was in the same heat as me in Round 1 (99).


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Posted By: LyndaD
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 12:30pm
For some reason, I often change places on n alphabetical list from first to second round. I list two last names, and in the first round I was listed by the second, while in this round, I'm listed by the first last name.
Like this:
Registered as: Jane Smith Doe
First round alphabetized under Doe
Second round alphabetized under Smith Doe

It's happened at least a couple times in these competitions, and causes me a few moments of panic when I can't find myself where I think I should be.


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Posted By: Seacore
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 7:04pm
Heat 17 is

5 - 1sts
3 - 2nds
4 - 3rds
5 - 4ths
7 - 5ths

1 that I couldn't find.


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FFC CH2 H76 - https://bit.ly/2m1rhqm" rel="nofollow - A Princess in Distress


Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 7:25pm
Ok, now I'm feeling a little squirrely. Why am I in the group with the highest number of 1's & 2's? 

<Ducks back into the draft all frantic like>


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 7:38pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Ok, now I'm feeling a little squirrely. Why am I in the group with the highest number of 1's & 2's? 

<Ducks back into the draft all frantic like>


Because you're scary good and anything else would be sending lambs to slaughter.


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 8:00pm
Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Ok, now I'm feeling a little squirrely. Why am I in the group with the highest number of 1's & 2's? 

<Ducks back into the draft all frantic like>


Because you're scary good and anything else would be sending lambs to slaughter.

aw, shucks. Embarrassed


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Posted By: beadbalm
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 9:26pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Did a quick look at the numbers this morning.
In group 23 there are 25 people. 

Scores from last round are heavily skewed:
7 First Place
7 Second Place
3 Third Place
4 Fourth Place
4 Fifth Place


I'm in this group too...Oh well, there's always next year!!! (This is really interesting though! - thanks!)


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Posted By: OnyxLily
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 9:29pm
Ok, I finally did it for group 9.

1st - 7
2nd - 3
3rd - 5
4th - 6
5th - 4

So pretty even, but more 1st than anything else. Eep!


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 9:30pm
Originally posted by beadbalm beadbalm wrote:


I'm in this group too...Oh well, there's always next year!!! (This is really interesting though! - thanks!)

Courage in the fray, beady! Let's do this! 


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Posted By: T.E. Bradford
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 9:41pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Did a quick look at the numbers this morning.
In group 23 there are 25 people. 

Scores from last round are heavily skewed:
7 First Place
7 Second Place
3 Third Place
4 Fourth Place
4 Fifth Place

Also, she who beat me out for first place last round is in my group again. (Hiyas khodina!)
Gonna be a tough group.

Interestingly, it 80% female. (Making really wide sweeping assumptions based on names.) I wonder how that represents over the whole competition....

Anywho, I'm really just wasting time before a 9AM meeting. Then I'm going to close my office door and pretend to be working. LOL


Aaaaand... now I can panic, because I'M in group 23 too!!!! ConfusedConfusedConfused

I, umm... guess this is a good way to practice bravery??? Hehehe  ConfusedConfusedConfused


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 9:49pm
Originally posted by T.E. Bradford T.E. Bradford wrote:

Aaaaand... now I can panic, because I'M in group 23 too!!!! ConfusedConfusedConfused

Damn. Where'd you come from TEB? Another tough competitor with a history of strong specfic.   
<pours more wine and rethinks everything>


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Posted By: crumhorn
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 10:26pm
Heat 3 (fantasy/a loan/an introvert) statistics:

nine 1s
three 2s
five 3s
four 4s
four 5s

Of course a 5th place in one heat could be as good/better than a 1st in another heat.  And any set of prompts could lead to a better or worse story for any particular writer.  So I think this was procrastination fun, but not necessarily indicative of how competitive the heat will be.  I'm sure they'll all be competitive!  Top 3 out of 25 seems tough.  I don't know how anyone could feel extremely confident they'll make it to round 3.  I'd love to, but I'm not deluding myself. :-)


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Posted By: T.E. Bradford
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 10:41pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Damn. Where'd you come from TEB? Another tough competitor with a history of strong specfic.   
<pours more wine and rethinks everything>

Heart Thank you for that vote of confidence. At least if I don't go on I'll have a really clear idea why this time. LOL  LOL

--Tracy


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Posted By: justmel
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 10:59pm
Originally posted by crumhorn crumhorn wrote:

 Top 3 out of 25 seems tough.  I don't know how anyone could feel extremely confident they'll make it to round 3.  I'd love to, but I'm not deluding myself. :-)
 
Top 3?  I went into this thinking top 5, then realized it was probably going to be top 4.  Top 3 makes me want to curl up in a ball and suck my thumb.


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 11:12pm
Originally posted by justmel justmel wrote:

Originally posted by crumhorn crumhorn wrote:

 Top 3 out of 25 seems tough.  I don't know how anyone could feel extremely confident they'll make it to round 3.  I'd love to, but I'm not deluding myself. :-)
 
Top 3?  I went into this thinking top 5, then realized it was probably going to be top 4.  Top 3 makes me want to curl up in a ball and suck my thumb.


Fun thing about individual sports (or contests), you can't really affect what anyone else does, so the only game you have to worry about it your own. 


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Posted By: ssalloway
Date Posted: 06 Apr 2019 at 11:57pm
Hello, fellow Group 3 member!

Just wanted to say good luck and that I hope I get to read your story on the forums. I didn't participate in the forums last round but I'm looking forward to it this time :) 



Posted By: roccapia
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 4:00am
Random and MrLipto, I'm in your group too :)

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Posted By: crumhorn
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 7:29am
Originally posted by ssalloway ssalloway wrote:

Hello, fellow Group 3 member!

Just wanted to say good luck and that I hope I get to read your story on the forums. I didn't participate in the forums last round but I'm looking forward to it this time :) 


Hi! I  look forward to reading yours!  I was very happy with our prompts,. Just hope misanthrope and introvert are interchangeable enough. Tongue


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Posted By: ssalloway
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 10:39am
Originally posted by crumhorn crumhorn wrote:

Originally posted by ssalloway ssalloway wrote:

Hello, fellow Group 3 member!

Just wanted to say good luck and that I hope I get to read your story on the forums. I didn't participate in the forums last round but I'm looking forward to it this time :) 


Hi! I  look forward to reading yours!  I was very happy with our prompts,. Just hope misanthrope and introvert are interchangeable enough. Tongue

I completely understand that haha And I was so excited when I saw the prompt!

For myself I'm doing everything I can to not veer into "fairy tale" territory. Should be ok as long as I stay mindful.


Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 10:58am
Originally posted by crumhorn crumhorn wrote:

Originally posted by ssalloway ssalloway wrote:

Hello, fellow Group 3 member!

Just wanted to say good luck and that I hope I get to read your story on the forums. I didn't participate in the forums last round but I'm looking forward to it this time :) 


Hi! I  look forward to reading yours!  I was very happy with our prompts,. Just hope misanthrope and introvert are interchangeable enough. Tongue


I am not a misanthrope!

Ok, maybe a little.  Actually it describes me pretty accurately...


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Posted By: ABC
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 2:12pm
Finally did group 21:

5 in First
7 in Second
5 in Third
3 in Fourth
5 in Fifth

What a way to procrastinate... ;-)


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Posted By: sidle_by
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 3:03pm
man, i thought this would be a fun thing to do while i waited for last round of betas, but now i see the numbers for my group i regret everything hahaha

Group 22 (sci-fi/preservation/military recruiter)

10 in First
2 in Second
4 in third
2 in fourth 
6 in fifth 
1 i couldn't find

a number didn't post in the forums, and a handful took top spot in sci-fi in rd 1
LOL guess i better cancel the time off I'd booked for just-in-case over rd 3 hahaha


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Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 3:40pm
Okay, I caved and did Group 10. (Drama, visiting hours, a fast food employee)

1st - 2
2nd - 6
3rd - 5
4th - 7
5th - 3

and 2 I couldn't find.


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Posted By: G1nsbergB3ats
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 3:54pm
Heat 7 (now that I've submitted, I'll allow myself a look). I am one of the 4th places, so call me an oddity

1st - 4
2nd - 7
3rd - 6
4th - 3
5th - 5


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2019 SSC R2 H7
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Posted By: Littledaylight
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 4:32pm
Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

Okay, I caved and did Group 10. (Drama, visiting hours, a fast food employee)

1st - 2
2nd - 6
3rd - 5
4th - 7
5th - 3

and 2 I couldn't find.

I'm in this group! How do you feel about the numbers? I was a 4, so seeing only 2 firsts is comforting :)


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Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 4:34pm
Originally posted by Littledaylight Littledaylight wrote:

Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

Okay, I caved and did Group 10. (Drama, visiting hours, a fast food employee)

1st - 2
2nd - 6
3rd - 5
4th - 7
5th - 3

and 2 I couldn't find.


I'm in this group! How do you feel about the numbers? I was a 4, so seeing only 2 firsts is comforting :)


Hey, heatmate!

I'm one of the 2's. Also found it a bit comforting to see only 2 1's.

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Posted By: Littledaylight
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 4:38pm
Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

Originally posted by Littledaylight Littledaylight wrote:

Originally posted by chrissie0707 chrissie0707 wrote:

Okay, I caved and did Group 10. (Drama, visiting hours, a fast food employee)

1st - 2
2nd - 6
3rd - 5
4th - 7
5th - 3

and 2 I couldn't find.

I'm in this group! How do you feel about the numbers? I was a 4, so seeing only 2 firsts is comforting :)


Hey, heatmate!

I'm one of the 2's. Also found it a bit comforting to see only 2 1's.

Congrats on placing so high in Round 1!!  This is my first year. It's been fun


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Posted By: LeonaAnn
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 4:57pm
Hello Heat-Mate,

Hope you jumped into this a bit easier than I did! My initial draft somehow morphed into a 1000 word, instrument themed soft-core porn so I had to start again. So bad.





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Posted By: redhart
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 6:48pm
Group 1

2 x 1st
3 x 2nd
8 x 3rd
7 x 4th (1 is mine)
4 x 5th
1 I couldn’t find

Thanks for starting this great procrastinating thread nod!


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Posted By: Funkylamb
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 8:18pm
Yikes! 7 firsts. I'm really not feeling this round so this just makes me feel worse about my chances. Ah well, proud to be among so many good writers.

Cheers,

Amelia


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2019 at 8:24pm
Originally posted by Funkylamb Funkylamb wrote:

Yikes! 7 firsts. I'm really not feeling this round so this just makes me feel worse about my chances. Ah well, proud to be among so many good writers.

Cheers,

Amelia


Come on, guys.  Those numbers are fun, but they mean precisely nothing.  The contest started over Thursday at midnight.

Performing well in one round has no bearing on the next; prompts, judges, it's all new.  Don't start gauging your odds based on the statistical insignificance in this thread.


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Posted By: Coups
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 12:16am
Just looked at group 3:
9 Firsts
3 Seconds
5 Thirds
4 Fourths
4 Fifths
 
I'm not liking my chances this round... It's going to be a very tough heat! Confused


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Posted By: redhart
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 12:27am
Originally posted by Coups Coups wrote:

Just looked at group 3:
9 Firsts
3 Seconds
5 Thirds
4 Fourths
4 Fifths
 
I'm not liking my chances this round... It's going to be a very tough heat! Confused

We only have 2 x 1sts in group 1, but still not liking my chances.CryCryCryCry


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Posted By: redhart
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 1:24am

Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by Funkylamb Funkylamb wrote:

Yikes! 7 firsts. I'm really not feeling this round so this just makes me feel worse about my chances. Ah well, proud to be among so many good writers.

Cheers,

Amelia


Come on, guys.  Those numbers are fun, but they mean precisely nothing.  The contest started over Thursday at midnight.

Performing well in one round has no bearing on the next; prompts, judges, it's all new.  Don't start gauging your odds based on the statistical insignificance in this thread.

But Random,
We are writers; intrinsically insecure, forever searching for ways to doubt ourselves. LOL


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 8:02am
Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Come on, guys.  Those numbers are fun, but they mean precisely nothing.  The contest started over Thursday at midnight.

Performing well in one round has no bearing on the next; prompts, judges, it's all new.  Don't start gauging your odds based on the statistical insignificance in this thread.

Yes and no. It's absolutely true that there are tons of variables that this doesn't take into account, and as you say everything is new in the next round. And of course, I am intimately aware that you can make a data set say whatever you want with the right narrative. LOL

However, if look you at trends, many of the folks who take the 1 & 2 spots historically do well. Truth is, a good writer is a good writer, no matter what prompts you throw at them.




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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 8:35am
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Come on, guys.  Those numbers are fun, but they mean precisely nothing.  The contest started over Thursday at midnight.

Performing well in one round has no bearing on the next; prompts, judges, it's all new.  Don't start gauging your odds based on the statistical insignificance in this thread.

Yes and no. It's absolutely true that there are tons of variables that this doesn't take into account, and as you say everything is new in the next round. And of course, I am intimately aware that you can make a data set say whatever you want with the right narrative. LOL

However, if look you at trends, many of the folks who take the 1 & 2 spots historically do well. Truth is, a good writer is a good writer, no matter what prompts you throw at them.




All of which is true, but the last thing most of these people need in their heads mid-contest is doubt.  Worrying about onesies and twosies is a distraction many of the people here don't need.  You would not be so easily perturbed, but you're one of the aforementioned varsity.

Big smile


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 8:51am
Originally posted by Random Random wrote:


... last thing most of these people need in their heads mid-contest is doubt.  Worrying about onesies and twosies is a distraction many of the people here don't need. 

Fair. When I started the thread I just needed a bit of whine to go with my cheese and a little distraction since I wasn't in a place I could really start writing. Didn't realize everyone was going to play along. ShockedBut it was interesting to see how the stats shake out... highly variable from group to group!


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 9:02am
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by Random Random wrote:


... last thing most of these people need in their heads mid-contest is doubt.  Worrying about onesies and twosies is a distraction many of the people here don't need. 

Fair. When I started the thread I just needed a bit of whine to go with my cheese and a little distraction since I wasn't in a place I could really start writing. Didn't realize everyone was going to play along. ShockedBut it was interesting to see how the stats shake out... highly variable from group to group!


Totally with you.  It looks on the surface to be somewhat *cough* random, but I also noticed in my heat, at least, nobody had the same genre in the first round.


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Posted By: justmel
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 9:03am
Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Come on, guys.  Those numbers are fun, but they mean precisely nothing.  The contest started over Thursday at midnight.

Performing well in one round has no bearing on the next; prompts, judges, it's all new.  Don't start gauging your odds based on the statistical insignificance in this thread.

Yes and no. It's absolutely true that there are tons of variables that this doesn't take into account, and as you say everything is new in the next round. And of course, I am intimately aware that you can make a data set say whatever you want with the right narrative. LOL

However, if look you at trends, many of the folks who take the 1 & 2 spots historically do well. Truth is, a good writer is a good writer, no matter what prompts you throw at them.

All of which is true, but the last thing most of these people need in their heads mid-contest is doubt.  Worrying about onesies and twosies is a distraction many of the people here don't need.  You would not be so easily perturbed, but you're one of the aforementioned varsity.
Big smile
 
I've finished in the top five in R1 in four of the five years I've been doing the Short Story comp, including two firsts and a second, but I've never yet made it into R3.  Just saying.


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Posted By: Lisa_Who
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 9:05am
You all finally made me curious enough to put in the 5 mins required to assess this...so, my group is majority 2s and 3s. :) I fit right in!

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Posted By: td333777
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 9:36am
For the last three years, I've done this exact exercise, mostly as a way of trying to apply math/statistics to something that is inherently difficult to quantify.  Also, as a supreme distraction.  In the end, these minor differences in rank (1st, 3rd, 5th, 2nd...) just don't mean anything.  Sure, if given the choice, I'd rather be in a group of 24 other "5" scores, as opposed to a murderer's row of 24 1st placers, but since your score in one round of random people bears very little relevance to your score in a different round of random people, it just shouldn't worry anyone.  Particularly when you consider the big genre shifts.

Think about it: a very accomplished, skillful writer of thrillers gets stuck with political satire.  Tears his/her hair out, comes up with something reasonably entertaining, takes 5th place and squeaks into round two.  But in round two, if this writer gets ANY of the genres that resemble thriller (suspense, action-adventure, drama) he/she is a TOTALLY different animal than the writer who got 5th in political satire.  Likewise with an experienced comedic writer--they destroy round one in their romcom heat and then get horror.

True story--back in 2017 I won the flash fiction competition.  When I entered the next contest, 2018's short story competition, I felt pretty good about my first round chances.  Then I sorted out the names in my first round heat to see who I was up against. The 2017 short story champion was in the same heat--what are the odds that two overall winners would be paired together so early?  What do you think the other 29 people in the heat would have thought had they noticed our names as well? 

Neither of us won the heat.  I took second, she took fourth.

Yes, good writers do well in competitions.  But the difference between 1st and 5th is less meaningful than you'd think.

Trey

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Posted By: Tricksie
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 9:49am
I think it's kind of an "any given Friday" thing, you know? 

Everyone who placed in the top 5 is going to be a good writer. Judging writing has a huge subjective element, so the difference between 1 and 5 could literally be one judge's personal feeling about some small thing. Comfort with the genre is also going to make a difference. Someone could have a head cold and a fuzzy brain and write worse one weekend than another. 

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Posted By: MsVickie
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 9:56am
Originally posted by Coups Coups wrote:

Just looked at group 3:
9 Firsts
3 Seconds
5 Thirds
4 Fourths
4 Fifths
 
I'm not liking my chances this round... It's going to be a very tough heat! Confused

Hey fellow heat member! If it makes you feel better, I got #1 in my heat for the first round but it was for a genre I'm very comfortable with (historical fiction). This fairy tale stuff though, I had no idea what I was doing and I'm feeling a significant amount of doubt I'll make it past round two. My husband read it and told me it was "okay" so now I'm getting a divorce. Hahahah. But he's right. It's not nearly as strong as my first entry. I think all of us are good writers and no matter where we placed last time, a new prompt/genre really shakes things up.


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Posted By: MsVickie
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 9:58am
Originally posted by MsVickie MsVickie wrote:

Originally posted by Coups Coups wrote:

Just looked at group 3:
9 Firsts
3 Seconds
5 Thirds
4 Fourths
4 Fifths
 
I'm not liking my chances this round... It's going to be a very tough heat! Confused

Hey fellow heat member! If it makes you feel better, I got #1 in my heat for the first round but it was for a genre I'm very comfortable with (historical fiction). This fairy tale stuff though, I had no idea what I was doing and I'm feeling a significant amount of doubt I'll make it past round two. My husband read it and told me it was "okay" so now I'm getting a divorce. Hahahah. But he's right. It's not nearly as strong as my first entry. I think all of us are good writers and no matter where we placed last time, a new prompt/genre really shakes things up.

Oh actually, I'm in heat 2, not heat 3. Sorry! Clearly I'm having trouble reading this morning. But I mean what I said about the prompts/genres shaking things up. I think we all have a good chance.


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Posted By: td333777
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 10:12am
Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention in my previous post, but further lends credence to the idea that 1st/5th isn't truly meaningful when the prompts and the heats are drastically different between rounds--

The rounds themselves are vastly different.  Eight days vs. three vs. one.  I know a LOT of writers who, if you give them more than a week to research, workshop, and edit a story, will produce brilliance in almost any genre.  But some of them, if only given a weekend, or 16 waking hours, will produce absolute dreck.  The time crunch is a MASSIVE equalizer in these contests.

TD


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Posted By: northernwriter
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 10:46am
I don’t know how I will do, but I did the same thing and looked at numbers and noticed that several people in my heat (25, action adventure) had action adventure in round 1 also. I wrote a first draft that I hated - it was fine on a technical level but really had no heart. I knew that since there were several people who had mastered action adventure, i couldn’t compete with them on a technical level for this genre anyway (meaning hitting all the elements of the genre.) So with the encouragement of some amazing beta readers, I scrapped the first draft and wrote the story I wanted to write instead. I don’t necessarily expect to proceed with it, but I had a lot of fun writing “Miss Zelda’s ballet school for bitches and badasses.” 

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Posted By: patsy
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 10:54am
Originally posted by Coups Coups wrote:

Just looked at group 3:
9 Firsts
3 Seconds
5 Thirds
4 Fourths
4 Fifths
 
I'm not liking my chances this round... It's going to be a very tough heat! Confused

I'm in there with you, but it's a whole new ballgame with different genres and time circumstance!  


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Posted By: Tim G
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 10:54am
I got a first place in R1. I'm still nervous about being in a group full of other people who placed. And so's everyone else who placed first!

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Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 11:27am
Originally posted by td333777 td333777 wrote:

Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention in my previous post, but further lends credence to the idea that 1st/5th isn't truly meaningful when the prompts and the heats are drastically different between rounds--

The rounds themselves are vastly different.  Eight days vs. three vs. one.  I know a LOT of writers who, if you give them more than a week to research, workshop, and edit a story, will produce brilliance in almost any genre.  But some of them, if only given a weekend, or 16 waking hours, will produce absolute dreck.  The time crunch is a MASSIVE equalizer in these contests.

TD

Great point. I’m the opposite - too much time and I drive myself insane. No matter how much time I have, the idea comes 24-48 hours before the deadline, so 6 extra days (or in this round’s case, 2) of pounding out bad stories is just frustrating.


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Posted By: Cassalass
Date Posted: 08 Apr 2019 at 1:56pm
Originally posted by td333777 td333777 wrote:

Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention in my previous post, but further lends credence to the idea that 1st/5th isn't truly meaningful when the prompts and the heats are drastically different between rounds--

The rounds themselves are vastly different.  Eight days vs. three vs. one.  I know a LOT of writers who, if you give them more than a week to research, workshop, and edit a story, will produce brilliance in almost any genre.  But some of them, if only given a weekend, or 16 waking hours, will produce absolute dreck.  The time crunch is a MASSIVE equalizer in these contests.

TD

Thumbs Up you get the award for most satisfying share of information to my panicked brain. Such brilliant analysis gives this number 5 hope that I'm not an imposter at the cool kids table.


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Posted By: ADave411
Date Posted: 09 Apr 2019 at 6:03pm
Originally posted by Meggles Meggles wrote:


And only five of us posted our first round stories in the forums.


Only four writers from Heat 24 have shared their title and synopsis so far, but hopefully more will post their full stories when the time comes. I'm eager to see how others were inspired by this prompt.

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Posted By: J-HardyCarroll
Date Posted: 10 Apr 2019 at 9:09pm
Shoot. I feel like a lame-o. I looked up how many people were in my heat (21) but really only wanted to see how many were first place. There was only one other. The rest were mostly fourth and fifth. It takes a lot of cross-referencing to find their stories in the forums, so I didn't bother. Hopefully more will post this round than last. I think the feedback is the best part of this (both giving and getting). We all get really attached to our stories, so if nothing else it thickens our skin. Writing well is so hard, and my worst enemy is myself (when I think something is good and/or finished!) ;-)

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Posted By: KevinC
Date Posted: 11 Apr 2019 at 3:10pm
Wow! Looks like a lot of work was done here. (-: I don't see my heat (27) dissected yet. (-; I haven't really paid attention to any of the numbers. For me, I see it as more of a luck of the draw of what you yourself get saddled with. I got first place in round 1...I was in a genre I was comfortable with. The stars aligned, I guess. But, to be honest...I really didn't like my story at all. I was certain I wouldn't even make it to round 2. I failed epically in round 2. Numbers don't always work. But now I'm curious about the breakdown in my heat. WinkSmile



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