Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Reflecting Pool: share your comments here

So? What did you think? How did WE, your hosts, do? Thoughts, comments, suggestions...let er rip! Just please be courteous all the way around. Thanks.

26 comments:

  1. Thank you for the announcements, Stuart. Great ideas all! It's been a blast participating and reading so many great stories. I'll be there again in May next year. See you all then!

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  2. I had a fantastic time! All of the hosts were wonderful and I look forward to the next #REN3=)

    One thing I would suggest: Maybe make the word count a bit higher the next time around. Something like 600-700. It would be only a slight change but may be able to bring out more of what people want to tell in the stories.

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  3. Hi guys you did a great job hosting the blog fest. The only thing I found difficult was finding the list of all the participants. There were times when I read a story but could not find the blog the next week. Perhaps easy access to the list of participants so that we can follow along? But other than that, every thing went fine. I like the 600-700 word count but keeping it low makes for more concise writing ;)

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  4. I think the hosting was great throughout the month--I really didn't have many problems, and it was a lot of fun!

    I like the 500-600 word count the way it is, though. It does force you to be concise, and passing readers who might not read a longer piece might be more likely to stop and check it out.

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  5. This turned out to be a lot more fun than I had thought. Overall, I think you guys did a great job hosting. I like the lower word count, around 600, especially if you are trying to keep up with several in your reading. I had some trouble keeping up with the participants to get back to their stories to read, even using a reader app. And sometimes, I'd just get confused, like in the last email. Do we leave our comments here for the short list stories? Or are we supposed to do a post about them? I am not clear on the "Actual feedback post on your blog" we are supposed to link to on November 4...but the poll is on this site. I know I confuse easily, I'm sorry.

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  6. Participating in REN3 did wonders for my creativity and my craftsmanship. I can't thank you enough. Being exposed to other writers boosted my morale.

    The only thing I would ask (and this is more of other participants) is that individual participants open their comments to more than just Google, et al. There were many stories I truly wanted to comment on but I was blocked out of the writer's comments.

    Also, please hold the word count down. Yes 500 to 600 words is a challenge. But it encourages craftsmanship.

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  7. I had a ball doing the REN3 Blogfest. It was a ton of fun, met some good writers I hadn't been aware of before, and also turned out to be a good writing exercise. Lots of good all around.

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  8. Rule of Three was great fun, and I'll be looking forward to another 'go-round'. It's been a pleasure reading the other entries - and looking back over the story I've created because of the geography, prompts, and information about Renaissance you ( the hosts ) supplied.
    I liked the story length of 500-600 words. It was a challenge to convey the happenings and supply emotion - all while being concise but not choppy!
    I'll admit that I got a tad frustrated when I clicked on the linky list and had to scroll around to try and locate the author's REN3 post. Maybe if each week we sign in to a new linky (and add the links to our previous entries in our own posts) it would be nicer. That way, we would go directly to the REN3 post.

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  9. I really enjoyed it. I had a broad idea of what I wanted to do. The prompts were challenging, but maybe it would be even more challenging to not have so many options. I didn't write until each Wednesday evening, and I wrote in long hand before typing it into my post. I think that 600 words is perfect. It's too big of an entry for a blog if it's any longer. 500-600 words seems to work really well in being concise and having just the right amount of description and drama, and leaving a fair bit up to the reader.
    I also found it hard to follow the blogs that I enjoyed. A list would be good. But I've found that I have just waited until the end to do much reading.
    It was frustrating that some of the fine-tuning of instructions came through after a couple of weeks. But that has probably sorted itself out for next time.
    Thanks for hosting.

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  10. Thanks all...
    Jacqui: a few answers: we gave a variety of prompts to help the variety of writers. We felt one prompt too limiting and scary for some people, esp our first time out. NOW you all have an idea of us, and we of you. You had a choice of the four and only had to use one. More was a challenge, that many met. Sorry for any confusion.

    We also apologized along the way for refining the rules as that came up. These are part of the growing pains and learning curve. We only strove to make this the best for you, the writers of Renaissance.

    Thank you for being with us, one and all (this is Stu speaking: Damyaqnti, Lisa & JC might have more to add, or not)

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  11. Thanks for the great comments! We had a lot of kinks to iron out at first, but overall I think it went well for a first effort. We are all learning together, and I think next time around will run much more smoothly. Thank you all for your patience. The main thing is that everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and a few who had trepidations found that they could, indeed, meet the challenge!

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  12. This was a great challenge, and the month long nature of it made it easy to keep up. I like the word count fine, too; any longer would make it hard to visit all the other participants (I tried to pass by each writer at least once).
    Thanks to all our hosts!

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  13. (by the way, there's an 'a' missing in the public library title...)

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  14. ooops..thanks...my fingers are all screwy due to shingles. pain in the...fingers. grrr

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  15. Aww, sorry to hear that.
    Er, speaking of missing an a... if you guys ever need a copy editor...

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  16. I loved everything about this challenge. I am thinking about making my short story into a novel! It sparked creativity in my writing and birthed a totally new story. Very exciting. I also met a whole bunch of new blog writer folks, always the best thing for me!!

    I agree with the comments above re word count: "I like the 500-600 word count the way it is, though. It does force you to be concise, and passing readers who might not read a longer piece might be more likely to stop and check it out." Also, letting the winners expand upward after they win is a nice bonus. But please keep it to 500-600 for the sake of reading them all.

    I think having this new one-stop blog next time will help out with getting the details more easily. I found popping around to the hosts blogs each time I needed a prompt, or a link was a small issue.

    I would not change a thing. Cannot wait to see the winners, to buy my copy of the book, and do it all again next year!

    Great job to all of you, and THANK YOU for all the prize donors!

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  17. I'm on the 500-600 bandwagon. It keeps entries short - great for craft and useful when I'm trying to read everyone's. I still haven't made it through most of the conclusions at this point.

    I also really liked that it was a manageable size of participants. Obviously you don't want to curtail its growth if its popular, but perhaps if there are 100 people next time, you group them by 50s or so - might make the judging easier as well?

    Thanks for a great experience.

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  18. The comments are very encouraging, thankyou! And now that we have a common address for #REN3, things will smoothen out.

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  19. Thank you Stuart, Damyanti, JC & Li... this is the first blogfest that I've participated in. It's been great fun and a great creative outlet to give me a break from the cold, hard editing I've been putting my WIP through of late.

    500-600 words is perfect. Ditto to the comments above. Enough to create an interesting story and not too much so as to put you off reading the other contributions.

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  20. I really enjoyed the fest and found the background prep useful to flesh out my characters for NaNo... haven't been able to visit all the 4 entries of all writers...I think a new linky list for each week's postings here next time around would make it easier to follow the stories. I agree with most of the other comments.

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  21. This being my first time here I rather enjoyed it - it was the first time in ages I had a deadline to write against and that alone made a big difference in how I viewed the project. The prompts were good brain exercise because I found myself stretching and bending the story in my head and in the end it became something that I will develop in to a longer piece. Reading other authors stories was a blast - next time around I'll shake the shyness and comment.

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  22. This has to be one of the best blogfests I've ever participated in. It really gave me something new to try and helped make discoveries that I might not have found otherwise. The hosts are great, informative, and made sure to keep us in the loop.

    The word limit is perfect. I wouldn't change it.

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  23. So much cool love happening here.Thank you one and all.

    We will be talking about things soon enough. More coming on this site.

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  24. You four were awesome hosts, and I am anxiously awaiting the next event. This has been just about the best writing experience of the year.

    I enjoyed reading the other participants entries also. I regret I did not have time to read ALL the submissions; but what I was able to read just stunned me with the writing/story telling skills.

    I met a few new authors on this adventure, and I followed them because of the writing itself, not just as a follower gimmick. I also encountered bloggers I already followed or visited occasionally, and I discovered a new writing love for those sites.

    Very well done to all the participants, and the hosts.

    ...........dhole

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  25. Donna...you hit it for me: this is not a numbers game, which so many blogfests are about.

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  26. Thanks Stuart, Damyanti, JC & Li for making this a fun and easy process. I agree with the majority on keeping the word count between 500-600. Yes, I ground my teeth trying to stay within that limit, but it made me trim the fat and create a much better story.

    I didn't have any problems with the links...I just couldn't keep up with everyone. I'm still trying to finish reading all of the stories. There were so many good ones that deserve recognition.

    Kudos to our creators and participants.

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