Alice’s Restaurant

October 8, 2006

Tough Crowd

Filed under: FanLit — aliceaudrey @ 3:53 pm

Either everyone has gotten a lot pickier, of my work has slid into suckiness.  I’ll have you notice that I did NOT take the suck pledge because I don’t want to do anything that might even remotely cause me to write below my ability, be it ever so humble.

I can too be humble!  Sometimes.

It looks like this round is going to have to be one of those times.  No “wow”s for Alice today.  Humble pie, anyone?



  1. Don’t beat yourself up about it. 🙂 I thought your entries were well-written, and you have plenty to be proud of, IMO. FanLit judging is so unpredictable!

    Comment by Lynne — October 9, 2006 @ 8:15 pm

  2. LOL I don’t think the suck pledge is about really writing below anyone’s level. I guess I don’t take the contest as seriously as most. It saves me stress, I would think.

    Comment by Cat — October 10, 2006 @ 6:02 am

  3. Given the way the judging goes, Cat, it’s very difficult to take the contest seriously. There are so many anomalies that I don’t think any writer should feel it’s a reflection on her skills if she doesn’t make the top ten — or even the top hundred, for that matter. Like I was saying on Jacqueline’s blog, my favorite entry of the whole contest was 143rd the week it was entered. I’ve judged six RWA contests this year, and I’m telling you the truth when I say that some excellent FanLit entries that would’ve made the finals in any halfway decent RWA contest have been ranked far lower than they deserved. (And I’m talking about other people’s entries here, not my own.)

    There are three things I take seriously about FanLit: a) the quality of whatever I submit (it’s gonna be tagged to my real name, after all), b) the fairness of the ratings and comments I give to others, and c) the way I behave on the forums. And that’s it. 🙂

    Comment by Lynne — October 10, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

  4. OK, I’ve got my head out of the FanLit clouds for a moment, being out of invites for now.

    Lynne, I know I shouldn’t take all the compliments to heart, but I still like the affirmation of having a couple dozen people tell me what I write is good. I know I’m not going to “win” this contest, but I still want to wow people. Now that my stuff has been out a little longer I’m getting the response I’m after, so everything is cool.

    Cat, I’m extremely superstitious. Not in a traditional way. I couldn’t care less about ladders and used to own black cats. But anything that smacks of an affirmation I take seriously, even when it’s not meant that way. I applaud those who do it. Power to them. But I’m not going there.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — October 10, 2006 @ 10:04 pm

  5. I’m telling you the truth when I say that some excellent FanLit entries that would’ve made the finals in any halfway decent RWA contest have been ranked far lower than they deserved.

    -That does make me feel a lot better! There were plenty of entries I liked (not my own) and that I thought should have made top 10. I really felt alienated from other voters because I thought my tastes were so different!

    Comment by Cat — October 11, 2006 @ 4:33 am

  6. There’s just screwy stuff going on with the voting. I don’t think FanLib (the company behind it) has ever run an event this large, and my hope is that they’re learning some lessons from this one.

    Comment by Lynne — October 11, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

  7. There are a number of things about the way it’s run that I’d like to change. And not just getting rid of the –, 0 , and .5 bandits.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — October 11, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

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