There is no restriction to the type of entry here.
Prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photography, art, audio, video...
if it fits the Muse, it is welcome.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Winner: "Extreme Robot Vodka"

Without confessing to having actually having any experience in this kind of thing, yet convincing us of the OH&S/OSHA issues associated with a Sexbot, we have a winner:

Baino!

It was a tie for first (with Patti), but Baino held the tie-breaker. Congrats! Check out the winning entry: 


Baino's Muse will appear on January 16th. Come back on New Year's Day for Julie's! Speaking of... Happy New Year to everyone and good luck with the next Muse.

-10thDoM

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for "Extreme Robot Vodka." The votes will be made public shortly (check the Voting post) and the winner will be announced in 12 hours.

-10thDoM

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Voting: "Extreme Robot Vodka"

Sauced and soused? Time to slam the shot glasses on the table, count the empties and tally the winner.

Vote cyborgs and lushes. List your Top 3 in the comments. Remember to list separate entries as (A), (B) etc.



Just 2.5 days to vote and the winner will be announced on the 29th (Yes this admin is busy drinking Caiporoska and programming the oven this week.)

Voting Reminder: Multi-part entries are voted for as A SINGLE ENTRY in its entirety. Do NOT vote for "Entry, Part 3" or "Entry, Part 7." Vote for "Entry."

-10thDoM

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Reminder: "Extreme Robot Vodka"

Hey, it's the festive season. Where's the alcohol? C'mon, wet your whistle and show us your Extreme Robot Vodka . . or just make something up.



Fingers of Aidos - "Shooting the Breeze"
*Bad Man, Brian Miller did not vote! We'll finger you gently given it's the season to be jolly.

Other Active Fingers: Joanny, Noiseless Patient Spider, Not for Jellyfish

10thDoM News:
  •  Our illustrious founder, JeffScape, is stepping down from his role as lead admin here as of January 1st. Not to worry, though, since he's leaving 10thDoM in the capable hands of Krys. He's staying on as an admin through the 2nd Annual River of Mnemosyne Challenge, but after that... who knows?

To you all, have a wonderful, happy, safe and creative Christmas. Or Chanukah/Hanukkah. Or Beer Day. Or Extra Sleep Day. Or Whatever.

-10thDoM

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Extreme Robot Vodka"

Tom's been hitting the turps, imbibing on the ridiculous and challenging our sobriety. Interpret this as you will, a couple of bevvies might make it easier:

"EXTREME ROBOT VODKA"
*image taken from Matt Dixon

Time to tinker with your motherboards, activate your capacitors and get into a state of flux. Just watch the kerb on the way down.



Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 22nd. Voting begins on the 26th!

-10thDoM

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Winner: "Shooting the Breeze"

The breeze has been shot. Who submitted the entry with the hottest air?

Julie!

With only one vote left, and three other entries capable of tying, Julie had all the tie-breakers! Check out her winning entry:

Runner-Up: JeffScape, "Action"

Julie's Muse will appear on New Year's Day. Come back on December 16th for Tom's.

Also, Patti would like to everyone to check out a video she found: "Shooting the Breeze"

-10thDoM

Monday, December 13, 2010

Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for "Shooting the Breeze." The votes will be made public shortly (check the Voting post) and the winner will be announced in 12 hours.

-10thDoM

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Voting: "Shooting the Breeze"

Posting for "Shooting the Breeze" is closed and voting has begun. Who's the best talker of them all?

List your Top 3 in the comments!



Remember, there are 2.5 days to vote and the winner will be announced on the 14th.

Voting Reminder: Multi-part entries are voted for as A SINGLE ENTRY in its entirety. Do NOT vote for "Entry, Part 3" or "Entry, Part 7." Vote for "Entry."

-10thDoM

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Reminder: "Shooting the Breeze"

Still talking? Not writing? Quit shooting the breeze and shoot the breeze. Time's almost up.



Fingers of Aidos - "Shafts of Grace in the Corner of a Room"
*Noiseless Patient Spider did not vote. Well, he did, but it was a vote we couldn't accept. Attempts were made to contact, but he's one of those "hidden email" bloggers. NPS, you get a finger!
*Not for Jellyfish did not vote. Finger.

They join Joanny in having active fingers. Heh.

Multiple Entries and Multiple-Part Entries
We continue to have voting issues concerning participants who routinely post multiple entries, as well as multiple-part entries, so we're gonna try something new.
  • Beginning immediately, when submitting multiple entries, please label each separate entry using an alphabetic identifier. Use the identifier (A) if you know you're submitting (or think you might try to submit) more than one entry. Example:
    • Bobby
    • Bobby (B)
  • When submitting multiple-part entries, please label each part using a numeric identifier. Example:
    • Jackie (Part 1 of 2)
    • Jackie (Part 2 of 2)
  • For posterity's sake, here's an example of multiple entries and multiple-part entries:
    • Teddy (A)(Part 1 of 2)
    • Teddy (A)(Part 2 of 2)
    • Teddy (B)
    • Teddy (C)(Part 1 of 3)
    • Teddy (C)(Part 2 of 3)
    • Teddy (C)(Part 3 of 3)
So, in the third example above, voters would vote for A, B, or C. Do NOT vote for individual parts of a multiple-part entry.

JOIN 10THDOM!!!
*We want new blood! We realize some of you fear the competition and/or don't like to share, but everyone else should write a "come join us" post on their individual blogs, explaining what 10thDoM is and how it works. Because, you know, that would prove you're not a prima donna and a coward.

-10thDoM

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Shooting the Breeze"

Inhale, pull, hold, aim, exhale, squeeze. Or something like that. Whatever the order, Julie wants us all to be...

"SHOOTING THE BREEZE"
*image taken from Hurricane-Facts.com

Shoot it! It's a breeze!



Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 7th. Voting begins on the 11th!

-10thDoM

Monday, November 29, 2010

Winner: "Shafts of Grace in the Corner of a Room"

Who found the shafts? Who figured them out? Who knows why they were in the corner of a room?

Tom!


Give it up for our newest Erymanthian Boar! Check out the winning entry:

Runner-Up: Julie:

Tom's next Muse will appear on December 16th. Come back on December 1st for Julie's!

-10thDoM

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for "Shafts of Grace in the Corner of a Room." The votes will be made public shortly (check the Voting post) and the winner will be announced in 12 hours.

-10thDoM

Friday, November 26, 2010

Voting: "Shafts of Grace in the Corner of a Room"

The shafts of grace have been found. Or have disappeared. Either way, posting is now closed and voting is now open.

Everyone vote for your Top 3.



There are 2.5 days to vote and the most graceful shafter will be announced on the 29th.

-10thDoM

Monday, November 22, 2010

Reminder: "Shafts of Grace in the Corner of a Room"

Figure it out yet? Shafts of light? Mine shafts? Shafts of... well, have you found anything? Time is running out.



-10thDoM

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Shafts of Grace in the Corner of a Room"

Baino, in a strange reinterpretation of an album title, wants us to find something odd. Something hidden; hard to see. Something few of us will ever find...

"SHAFTS OF GRACE IN THE CORNER OF A ROOM"
*image taken from BBC News and is property of the Associated Press


Figure out what shafts of grace are. Then find them. It is your destiny.



Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 22nd. Voting begins on the 26th!

-10thDoM

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Winner: "Under the Kiss of the Blood-Soaked Tree"

The blood-letting is done. The kiss - how sweet, how surreal, how evil - is over. Who survived the lips of the tree?

Julie!

Our newest Nemean Lion! Congrats! Go (re)read her winning entry:

Runner-Up: Baino (& JeffScape):

Julie's Muse will appear December 1st. Come back November 16th for Baino's!

-10thDoM

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for "Under the Kiss of the Blood-Soaked Tree." The votes have been made public (check the Voting post) and the winner will be announced in 12 hours.

-10thDoM

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Voting: "Under the Kiss of the Blood-Soaked Tree"

Watch your lips. It's time to vote.

Everyone needs to vote for their Top 3.



There are 2.5 days to vote. Don't wait too bloody long! Winner will be announced on the 14th!

Voting Procedure: There was some confusion during voting for the previous Muse (despite instructions posted everywhere), so here are some friendly reminders (also found at the F.A.Q.):
  • Multi-part entries are voted for as A SINGLE ENTRY in its entirety. Do NOT vote for "Entry, Part 3" or "Entry, Part 7." Vote for "Entry."
  • Vote for only as many entries as the instructions state above. In this case, THREE (3). Not one, not five, not "everybody." THREE (3).
Votes should look something like this:
1. Best
2. Close
3. Pretty Good

We can't and won't count improperly submitted votes. Also, while admins will attempt to allow you to fix improper votes, there's no guarantee they'll notice or get to it in time. The earlier you vote, the better chance mistakes will be discovered and rectified. Once the "Voting Closed" post goes up, voting is over, and even if admins are in the middle of working out a voting error with a participant, voting is over.

-10thDoM

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Reminder: "Under the Kiss of the Blood-Soaked Tree"

Are your fingers bloodied yet from typing so much? If not, get there, or get close. We want to see some effort here... In the form of crimson bodily fluids.



Fingers of Aidos - "Confession"
*She Writes did not vote! However, since there was a miscommunication with an admin, she will not collect a Finger of Aidos!
*Joanny did not vote! It seems she tried, but just... well... hard to explain. Sorry, Joanny, you're getting a Finger!

*Runners-Up - You might have noticed a Runner-Up last Muse. That's because we've decided that runners up for Muses will be announced and listed depending on the number of entries in a given Muse. There will not be a separate "Runners-Up" page, but you'll be able to check "Winner" posts to see who came oh, so close. One placement will be announced for every 10 entries received. Basically, this means:
  • 1-10 entries: Winner only.
  • 11-20 entries: Winner and 1st Runner-Up.
  • 21-30 entries: Winner and 1st and 2nd Runners-Up.
  • And so on...

We also retroactively listed runners-up for previous Muses, so check some of the more popular Muses of the past to find out who they are.

-10thDoM

Update: Some of you might have noticed the link widget was closed for a brief time at around 4 AM (GMT) on November 10th. This was due to a rescheduling of the widget closing (necessitated by the DST switch). The widget should now be re-open. Please contact an admin if you have any trouble linking prior to the actual closing time.

Monday, November 1, 2010

"Under the Kiss of the Blood-Soaked Tree"

JeffScape notes that there are all sorts of things you can do with a tree. Climb it. Use it for shade. Cut it down and burn it. But sometimes, just sometimes, the tree will find something it can do with you.

"UNDER THE KISS OF THE BLOOD-SOAKED TREE"
*image from oceandots.com

We know you might be biting your lips at this one, but keep some Chapstick handy in case your Muse slinks by...



Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 7th. Voting begins on the 11th!

-10thDoM

Friday, October 29, 2010

Winner: "Confession"

Who gave the best confession? Who has saved themselves in the eyes of the law? Who has... ah, let's get this over with...

Baino!

Congratulations! Baino is our newest Ceryneian Hind (three-time winner). Her tale of playful deceit apparently struck some chords. Admit it, you all want to try it. Check out her winning entry here:

Runner-Up: Amanda, "A Prayer for Alejandro"

Baino's Muse will appear November 16th. Come back on November 1st for JeffScape's!

-10thDoM

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for "Confession." The votes have been made public (check the Voting post) and the winner will be announced in 12 hours.

-10thDoM

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Voting: "Confession"

Feel better? There isn't much a good confession can't fix. The best part with this confession is you get to see everyone else's.

Everyone needs to vote for their Top 3 in the comments.



Remember, multi-part entries are voted for as a whole, not as individual parts.

You have 2.5 days to vote. The best confessor will be announced on the 29th.

-10thDoM

Friday, October 22, 2010

Reminder: "Confession"

We're speeding toward atonement... have you confessed yet?

Make sure you step out of the little closet in time for voting on the 26th!



Fingers of Aidos - "Hardly-Spoken Bullets; Softly-Spoken Lips"
Maha (here's your finger)

*The Infanticide Exchange - For those of you who participate in both 10thDoM and InEx, please remember that 10thDoM and InEx are unrelated endeavors. Personal relationships between bloggers aside, take care to police your comments on 10thDoM entries and participant blogs.

-10thDoM

Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Confession"

I'm sure for some of us it has been a while, so start thinking hard. For this muse, Amanda's telling us to give our...

"CONFESSION"
 
(photo courtesy of psioniks)

Think of your wrongdoings (and maybe a few from a friend) and get writing!



Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 22nd. Voting begins on the 26th!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Winner: "Softly-Spoken Bullets; Hardly-Spoken Lips"

Has the shooting stopped? Hard to tell... wait, wait... somebody's finally speaking out. Who is it?

JeffScape


His aim was true (and quiet). Check out the winning entry:

Runner-Up: Tom (Half-Moose), "Quiet, but Deadly (It's Not What You Think)"

JeffScape's Muse will appear November 1st. Come back on the 16th for Amanda's (yes, she remembered this time).

-10thDoM

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for "Softly-Spoken Bullets; Hardly-Spoken Lips." The votes have been made public (check the Voting post) and the winner will be announced in 12 hours.

-10thDoM

Monday, October 11, 2010

Voting: "Softly-Spoken Bullets; Hardly-Spoken Lips"

All is quiet. Too quiet. Let the deliberations begin.

Fire up your Top 3!



Voting closes in 2.5 days and the winner will be announced on the 14th.

-10thDoM

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Reminder: "Softly-Spoken Bullets; Hardly-Spoken Lips"

Sniper! Sniper! burning bright... Don't speak too loudly tonight... What patient finger and eye... Should frame thy mortal symmetry?

(with silent apologies to William Blake)

Take the shot; whisper your thoughts... voting begins on the 11th.



Fingers of Aidos - "Suicide Seat"
PJ and Julie did not vote. So we've given 'em fingers.

Remember, beginning with this Muse, there is a penalty for not voting (in other words, PJ and Julie are not penalized... except for being given fingers).

*Alter Egos: After rampant deliberation, we've decided to disallow alter egos. There are lots of reasons why, including the logistics of it and the potential to cheat (no, the alter egos we've had have not been guilty of any such thing, and we're grateful that they brought attention to this). However...
  • You can still submit from alter egos, but - to keep things fair and fully disclosed - 10thDoM will reveal your identity to the other participants if you do.
  • Entries from multiple identities will be treated as multiple entries from one identity. Check the F.A.Q. if you're not familiar with those rules.
  • Anyone who submits from more than one identity without notifying the admins beforehand will have all of their identities banned from participating in 10thDoM.
As usual, these rules go into effect as of the next Muse.

*Labors of Heracles: Effectively immediately, we're changing how we list blogs on the Labors.
  • Previously, if a winner won multiple times from multiple blogs, each of the "winning blogs" would garner a place in the Labors. 
  • Now, regardless of how many blogs a participant submits from, the blog their most recent winning entry was submitted from will be placed on the Labors.

-10thDoM

Friday, October 1, 2010

"Softly-Spoken Bullets; Hardly-Spoken Lips"

Apparently JeffScape's lost his ear plugs, so won't everybody please quiet down just a little and help him find his silencer?

"SOFTLY-SPOKEN BULLETS; HARDLY-SPOKEN LIPS"
(if anybody knows where this image originated, let us know...
'cause it rocks)

What's it all mean? Take a shot... but quietly.



Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

Post as soon as you're ready.  We'll post a reminder on the 7th. Voting begins on the 11th!

-10thDoM

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Winner: "Suicide Seat"

The sword has fallen. Damocles' head has been cleft in two. The person who convinced him to sit down (in other words, the winner)?

Amanda!

Congrats to our newest Lernean Hydra! Check out her winning entry here:

And even though there were two non-voters (whose votes could not have changed the outcome, anyway), we just thought we'd mention that everyone who did vote, voted for Amanda as #1! That's a first!

Runner-Up: Willow, "Naugahyde"

Amanda's Muse (if she remembers to pick one in time, that is!) will appear October 16th. Come back for JeffScape's Muse on October 1st.

-10thDoM

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for "Suicide Seat." The votes have been made public (check the Voting post) and the winner will be announced in 12 hours.

-10thDoM

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Voting: "Suicide Seat"

Still alive? Then get the Hell out of the chair! Posting is now closed and voting is now open.

Everyone needs to vote for their Top 3 in the comments.



You have 2.5 days to vote. The last participant standing (hah... what resonance that has now, eh?) will be announced on the 29th.

-10thDoM

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Reminder: "Suicide Seat"

Still mulling a game of Russian Roulette? Don't think about it, just jump on in! Deadline's coming up!



Fingers of Aidos - from "Silence Lies Broken"
Megha did not vote! And so earns a "Finger." Yes, her vote could have changed the outcome.

*Not Voting: Uh oh... speaking of the Fingers of Aidos... looks like the admins are implementing a penalty for not voting.
  • Starting with the next Muse, people listed as "Fingers of Aidos" will lose points on their entries equivalent to first-place votes.
  • The penalty is cumulative. For example, anyone who posts twice in a row without voting will lose points equivalent to two first-place votes (and so on).
  • This penalty will apply until that participant finally participates in a vote (at which point their slate is wiped clean).

*We realize this might encourage people to vote without actually reading everyone's entries. Again, don't be "that guy" (or gal, as the first confirmed case happened to be). We've long had the capability to see who actually reads each others' entries and the introduction of Blogger Stats has only made that easier. Don't encourage Not for Jellyfish to pursue her "confirmed reading" rule (which the other admins have so far shot down, citing its current lack of necessity). Maintaining integrity is far easier to do on your own.

*As with all rules, this one takes effect next Muse.

*Alter Egos: We've recently been approached with a question concerning "alter ego" submissions. The admins are currently locked in a heated debate on the matter, but rest assured we will have established rules on the subject in the near future. In the meantime, anyone with a desire to separate entries along multiple identities should contact an admin before submitting from an alter ego.
  • Participants discovered using alter egos without prior disclosure to the admins will be banned from 10thDoM.
  • This has nothing to do with bloggers who have multiple blogs attributed to the same identity.

*Photo Entries: As we implied during the previous Muse, we're toying with "slightly different" rules for image-based submissions. This arose from questions pertaining to our "nothing old" rule. We're working on a fix that's fair to the writers while remaining conducive to the photographers. In the meantime, just proceed as you normally would.

*Winning; Submitting a Muse: There was some confusion regarding the deadline to submit a Muse after winning (probably JeffScape's fault, since most everything else is). Winners have until the "Reminder" post of the Muse following their victory. The "Reminder" posts goes up on the 7th or 22nd at 12:01 AM. In other words, you have until the 7th/22nd, or through the 6th/21st. Yeah, er... we guess that clears it up.

ADMINS WANTED
*Well... maybe. We're currently mulling adding more admins for a few reasons, one of which is to even out the current admin rotation (and to help cover emergencies, since all of the admins seem to schedule their personal disasters at the same time). Another reason is that we want to see if anyone - who has the time and wherewithal - can bring new ideas to the table. If anyone's interested, shoot one of the existing admins an email and let us know! Web design, graphic design, and widget programming skills are a plus, but by no means a requirement. Experience setting up not-for-profit organizations is another plus, but also not a requirement.

JOIN 10THDOM!!!
*Though we just went through a growth spurt, we'd still like to expand 10thDoM. While we prefer quality to quantity, if anyone would be willing to write a "come join us" post on their individual blogs, explaining what 10thDoM is and how it works, that would earn those who do some worthless brownie points.

-10thDoM

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Suicide Seat"

Since Amanda was keeping busy below the neck... er... that doesn't read how it should... anyway... Willow  has issued the ultimate challenge with the ultimate prize: your lives. Do you dare to place yourself in the:

"SUICIDE SEAT"
"The Sword of Damocles" by Richard Westall
*image taken from Wikipedia

Take a stand. And sit.



Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 22nd. Voting begins on the 26th!

-10thDoM

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Winner: "Silence Lies Broken"

You can unplug your ears. The yelling is over. The undisputed champion of the decibel is...

JeffScape!

Scream out the congratulations! And go read the winning entry here:

1st Runner-Up: Maha, "The Teacher"
2nd Runner-Up: Xander (Brian Miller), "Silence. Lies. Broken."

By the way, "Silence Lies Broken" has, well, broken the record for most participants in a Muse with 18. The record was previously held by "Moon" (early November, 2009) and "Live Like There's No Tomorrow" (late May, 2010), which both had 13 participants.

"Silence Lies Broken" has also broken the record for most entries, with 26 (previously held by "Live Like There's No Tomorrow," with 21).

JeffScape's Muse will appear on October 1st. Come back on September 16th for Willow's (yes, Willow's).

-10thDoM

Monday, September 13, 2010

Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for "Silence Lies Broken." The votes have been made public (check the Voting post) and the winner will be announced in 12 hours.

-10thDoM

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Voting: "Silence Lies Broken"

What? You hear that? Oh... it's finally quiet. Which means posting is closed and voting is open.

Post your Top 4 (that's FOUR) in the comment section!



You have 2.5 days to vote (don't wait until the last minute... yeesh) and the winner will be announced on the 14th. Let your voice be heard at the polls!

*One of our esteemed admins, Not For Jellyfish, is tossing around "confirmed reading" ideas again... let's not give her a reason to continue that brainstorm, eh? Several participants have suspected their entries of being skipped in the past and notified us of the possibility (and at least one participant was proven guilty of it... she knows who she is), but it's not yet a large enough problem for us to directly address. All we're saying: have some integrity and read everyone's entries.

-10thDoM

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Reminder: "Silence Lies Broken"

Are you staying quiet? Well... stop!



*Runners Up?: One of the admins here brought up a question concerning posting runners up. Is posting the top 2 or 3 something everyone would like to see? Let us know.

*Voter's Shame: Now called "The Fingers of Aidos," the participants who didn't vote in the previous Muse will appear in the "Reminder" posts from now on. The admin who implemented the section (cough, JeffScape, cough) feels like a turd for stealing thunder away from the previous winner... so we've moved the thunder-stealing here.

*Rule clarification: Our one and only content rule here at 10thDoM is that all entries must be new works. Specifically, new and original works created for 10thDoM. Meme combos are fine (and many participants post those), but the intent to link to 10thDoM must be clear.

-10thDoM

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Silence Lies Broken"

Brian Miller wishes you all would shut up and let him think. Unfortunately for him, he picked the wrong Muse... so feel free to yell in his general direction.

"SILENCE LIES BROKEN"
(album cover to Nelson's The Silence is Broken)
*image taken from http://www.artistdirect.com

Be loud! Break things! Create things!



Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 7th. Voting begins on the 11th!

-10thDoM

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Winner: "Below the Neck"

So there they were, two first-time participants head-to-head (neck-to-neck?), locked in a tie for first place while a veteran third participant lurked closely behind. One voter was left... one voter who would determine the clear-cut winner of "Below the Neck."

Except that voter never showed up, leaving the matter to tie-breaker.

Without further ado, the winner for "Below the Neck" is first-timer...

Amanda!

Congratulations! With the (obvious) exception of our very first outing, Amanda is the first first-timer to ever win a Muse! Check out her winning entry here:

Runner-Up: Willow, "White Man's Overbite"

Amanda's choice for follow-up Muse will appear on September 16th. Come back on September 1st for Brian Miller's!

*Just a reminder: if you want to know how you finished in voting, email an admin and we will let you know.

Voter's Shame
Who held the fate of this Muse in her hands but didn't vote? Moondustwriter, that's who! Shame.

-10thDoM

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for "Below the Neck." The votes have been made public (check the Voting post) and the winner will be announced in 12 hours.

-10thDoM

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Voting: "Below the Neck"

The body cannot live without the head. Posting for "Below the Neck" is closed and voting is now open. So use your head!

Everyone needs to vote in the comments (no, really... VOTE!) for their Top 3.



*As a courtesy for the vote tally, please NUMBER the entries you're voting for like so:
1. First Place Vote
2. Second Place Vote
3. Third Place Vote

It's not usually a problem, but when non-voting comments get mixed in with the voting comments, it can make things frustrating.

*Also, for the new participants, vote for multiple-part entries (such as Baino #1) as ONE entry (in other words, do not vote for each part individually).

*And please remember not to act like a certain occasional participant and not even bother to read the entries prior to submitting a vote. She knows who she is (it's called lack of integrity) and, yes, we know who she is (it's called technology). Don't be "that person."

Remember, only 2.5 days to vote. The winner will be announced on the 29th.

-10thDoM

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Reminder: "Below the Neck"

What exactly are you looking at? Oh, heh... sorry. Didn't mean to accuse. Just meant to remind that the deadline for "Below the Neck" is almost here!



*So why did we start a Voter's Shame? Here's why: in 12 of 22 Muses (including the River of Mnemosyne Challenge) there’s been at least 1 participant who didn’t vote. In 9 of those 12 occurrences, those missing votes could’ve affected the winning entry (and in 1 case undoubtedly did so). That's why. So remember to vote!

-10thDoM

Monday, August 16, 2010

"Below the Neck"

Baino's avoiding all eye contact for some odd reason (maybe it's because she "borrowed" this Muse), and she wants us to concentrate our endeavors...

"BELOW THE NECK"

Keep your heads down and create something!



Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 22nd. Voting begins on the 26th!

-10thDoM

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Winner: "There's Gotta Be a Catch"

This is the part of the movie where everyone is covered in blood, the evil bad guy is dead, and the hero has caught the girl. Our hero is....

Brian Miller!


The dude is tearing up the tie-breakers! Although we don't have a girl to give you, we can give you a round of applause! Go check out his winning entry:

Runner-Up: Tom, "Dent Keel, In the 21st Century"

On a more serious note, we've decided to start a Voter's Shame section. Neither Siobhan nor William voted (and both are repeat offenders), so drop by their blogs and give 'em an insult!

Anyhoo, check in on the 16th for Baino's Muse. Brian's will appear September 1st.

-10thDoM

Friday, August 13, 2010

Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for "There's Gotta be a Catch." The votes have been made public (check the Voting post) and the winner will be announced in 12 hours.

-10thDoM

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Voting: "There's Gotta Be a Catch"

The catch was....

...this wonderful Muse had to end. Now it is time to catch up on your reading and cast your top three in the comments.



Oh yeah, the other catch is that you only get 2.5 days to vote. But you saw that coming.

-10thDoM

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Reminder: "There's Gotta Be A Catch"

Catch anything yet? The truth perhaps? Only a few days left to try!



JOIN 10THDOM!!!
*Existing participants and admins alike have wondered how to increase the number of participants at 10thDoM, and while we prefer quality to quantity, if anyone would be willing to write a "come join us" post on their individual blogs, explaining what 10thDoM is and how it works, that would totally rock.

*Tie-Breaker Clarification - We have two tie-breakers here in the event of ties in votes (which, so far, has only happened twice). The first tie-breaker is dependent on which of the tied entries has more "higher-level" votes (1st place, then 2nd place, etc.). The second is dependent on which entry was posted first. In light of some participants posting multiple-part entries, we will apply the method used for our River of Mnemosyne Challenge, which is the first one to post the final part of their overall entry takes the tie (however many parts it may be).

*Collaborative Entries - Last Muse we had our very first collaborative entry, which was a pretty cool phenomenon. But, it drove us crazy because we had to figure out how to handle it fairly for voting. So here's how it's gonna work from here on out: Collaborative entries - regardless of how many collaborators - are considered one entry from one author. It's up to the collaborators to decide who links the entry (or its parts). The linker receives the right to vote for that Muse, regardless of whose blog the links take you to (part 1 at Writer A's blog, part 2 at Writer B's blog, for instance). Essentially, collaborations are treated as normal multi-part entries from one author.

Here's the rub: Should non-linking, non-voting collaborators submit extra entries for a particular Muse - thereby earning a vote - they cannot vote for the collaboration. As with all new rules, this will take effect next Muse.

*Voter Integrity - It's not our job to regulate who reads what and who votes how (as mentioned previously), but since participants have been consistently expressing disappointment at other participants not even bothering to read their entries, we'll mention it again.

Participants SHOULD view and read ALL of the entries prior to voting. It is what is expected, it is how 10thDoM is set up, and, by the way, it is what is fair. That stated, we're still not going to check up on anyone (although if the particular admin who wants to enforce this finds an effective and easy way of doing so, we'll more than happily implement it).

ADMIN WANTED
*Speaking of admins, we're currently in desire someone who has the time and wherewithal to become an admin for 10thDoM. We do have a few already under consideration, but if anyone's interested, shoot one of the existing admins an email and let us know!

-10thDoM

Sunday, August 1, 2010

"There's Gotta Be A Catch"

I'm not sure Tom at Half-Moose believes that he's won a previous Muse, because he's ranting and raving about something or another...

"THERE'S GOTTA BE A CATCH"
*image taken from The Daily Mail

Go get 'em.



Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 7th. Voting begins on the 11th!

-10thDoM

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Winner: "The Morning After..."

The sun has set. The winner of "The Morning After..." is:

Baino!

Congrats! Check out her winning entry here:

Runner-Up: JeffScape, "The Road"

This is Baino's second win, but her first from Creative Infanticide. Her choice of Muse will appear August 16th, but be sure to come back on August 1st for Tom's!

-10thDoM

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Voting Closed

Voting is now closed for "The Morning After..." The votes have been made public (check the Voting post) and the winner will be announced in 12 hours.

-10thDoM

Monday, July 26, 2010

Voting: "The Morning After..."

It's afternoon! Which is just a funny way of saying that posting is over and voting is now officially underway.

Those finally awake need to vote for their top 3.

*Remember, moondustwriter and JeffScape #2 are multi-part entries. Multi-part entries are voted for as a single whole.

*There is, however, a first here, and that is brian miller and newcomer tina have teamed up for a story. The admins will revisit how to approach such collaborations in the future, but for now, each of their individual posts should be voted for as individual entries.



    You've got 2.5 days to vote. The winner will be announced on the 29th.

    -10thDoM

    Thursday, July 22, 2010

    Reminder: "The Morning After..."

    Still waking up? Better do it by the end of the 25th!



    JOIN 10THDOM!!!
    *Existing participants and admins alike have wondered how to increase the number of participants at 10thDoM, and while we prefer quality to quantity, if anyone would be willing to write a "come join us" post on their individual blogs, explaining what 10thDoM is and how it works, that would totally rock.

    -10thDoM

    Friday, July 16, 2010

    "The Morning After..."

    Brian Miller wants us all to sleep on it, then wake up and describe...

    "THE MORNING AFTER..."
    *image taken from Tankard, the Official Site

    What the Hell happened? Let us know!



    Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

    Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 22nd. Voting begins on the 26th!

    -10thDoM

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    Winner: "War"

    The guns are silent. Through the settling dust, a sole survivor has emerged...

    Tom at Half-Moose!

    Hoorah! Check out his winning entry here:

    Tom's Muse will appear August 1st. Stick around, though, because Brian Miller's will be revealed on July 16th.

    -10thDoM

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Voting Closed

    Voting is now closed for "War." The winner will be announced in 12 hours.

    -10thDoM

    Sunday, July 11, 2010

    Voting: "War"

    The wars are over and voting has begun. Who were the generals and who were the privates?

    Vote for your top 3 battles in the comment section (comment approval will be activated for voting).



    The last one standing will be announced on the 14th.

    -10thDoM

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010

    Reminder: "War"

    The warring continues... for a few more days. Send out the posts!



    *The deadline for the past winner to submit the next Muse has officially passed. However, as this is the first go at our new schedule, we'll extend the deadline for Brian Miller (cough, cough) another 24 hours.

    -10thDoM

    Thursday, July 1, 2010

    "War"

    Way back in early January the Muse was "Dirty!" The winner of that Muse by a landslide was Cinnamon. Only, she forgot to vote... so JeffScape won (which is how we wound up with that insane "Clarity Through a Cinnamon Mist" Muse).

    Anyway, long story short, because of the new procedure in picking Muses, we've given the honor of selecting early July's to Cinnamon, the true first two-time winner here at The Tenth Daughter of Memory, and she's selected...

    "WAR"
    *image taken from the BBC

    Let the battles begin.



    Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site  and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

    Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 7th. Voting begins on the 11th!

    -10thDoM

    Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    Winner: "Merlot and Coffee"

    The cafes are closed. Voting was tight and our second-ever use of a tie-breaker (and first for a non-River of Mnemonsyne entry) results in our winner:

    Brian Miller!


    Congrats to our newest two-time winner! Check out his winning entry:

    Remember, Brian Miller's Muse will appear in late July! Come back on July 1st for the next Muse (chosen by a special guest).

    -10thDoM

    Monday, June 28, 2010

    Voting Closed

    Voting for "Merlot and Coffee" is now closed. The winner will be announced in 12 hours.

    -10thDoM

    Saturday, June 26, 2010

    Voting: "Merlot and Coffee"

    (Writing) Vessels down! Its time for you to toast your top three comrades!

    If you are voting for someone who was a bit overzealous about our foray into the wilds of caffeine and alcohol infused literature, be sure that you specify which one you are voting for. And remember that multiple-part entries (such as JeffScape's) are voted for as one entry.



    Don't forget, only 2.5 days to vote! The winner will be announced on the 29th.

    -10thDoM

    Tuesday, June 22, 2010

    Reminder: "Merlot and Coffee"

    Have the jitters? Or are you just shaking with excitement?

    This Muse is moving faster than my best friend on a double espresso. Get your posts up!



    Just a few carried-over reminders:
    • The schedule for winners of a Muse choosing the next Muse is being extended.
      • Beginning with this Muse, winners will have until the Reminder post of the subsequent Muse to decide.
      • If a winner fails to notify an admin of their Muse choice by the Reminder post of the subsequent Muse, the choice for the Muse goes to the second-place finisher.
      • Because of the "jump," the muse for early July will be chosen by a special guest.
    • There's been some confusion regarding voting for multiple entries by the same participant: yes, you can vote for more than one piece by a single participant.
    • Some participants have expressed a desire to encourage "constructive criticism" and a more open sharing of comments. We are considering a system in which a participant can annotate if they want more serious (and perhaps helpful) criticism on their entries. Please post any thoughts, ideas, and concerns about this in the comment section for this reminder.

    -10thDoM

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010

    "Merlot and Coffee"

    JeffScape has decided we all need a little metaphorical skip in our step. Or perhaps he found out that this weekend was the annual Drinking and Writing Festival in Chicago. Either way, he has chosen:

    MERLOT AND COFFEE


    [image stolen from Jeffscape... because he's just that cool]


    Uncork your creativity and let the creative juices flow!



    Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

    Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 22nd. Voting begins on the 26th!

    -10thDoM

    Monday, June 14, 2010

    Winner: "Reaching the Summit"

    Altimeter readings are go. The highest summit belongs to...

    JeffScape

    Congrats. Read his winning entry here:

    Runner-Up: Tom (Half-Moose), "The Acme of My Excess"

    Come back on the 16th for the next Muse.

    -10thDoM

    Sunday, June 13, 2010

    Voting Closed

    Voting is now closed for "Reaching the Summit." The winner will be announced in 12 hours.

    -10thDoM

    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Voting: "Reaching the Summit"

    The summit has crumbled. Clearly, it was a volcano. Damn you, Iceland!

    Vote for your Top 3 in the comments!



    Remember, only 2.5 days to vote! The winner will be announced on the 14th.

    -10thDoM

    Monday, June 7, 2010

    Reminder: "Reaching the Summit"

    We're almost to the top! Get your entries up!



    • The schedule for winners of a Muse choosing the next Muse is being extended. Many have complained and/or panicked (mostly panicked) at the thought of picking a Muse so quickly, so we're addressing that. 
      • Beginning with the Muse for late June, winners will have until the Reminder post of the subsequent Muse to decide. Yes, this means that winners will no longer be picking the Muse that immediately follows the Muse they won, but will be picking the second Muse that follows their win.
      • If a winner fails to notify an admin of their Muse choice by the Reminder post of the subsequent Muse, the choice for the Muse goes to the second-place finisher.
      • Because of the "jump," the muse for early July will be chosen by a special guest.
    • There's been some confusion regarding voting for multiple entries by the same participant: yes, you can vote for more than one piece by a single participant.
    • We've received some questions pertaining to "place finishes" on specific Muses. We do, in fact, track everyone's finishes (including who did and didn't vote) and if anybody is curious as to how they fared in voting, send us an email and we'll gladly let you know (we will be opening a dedicated 10thDoM email address shortly... in the meantime, simply contact an admin).
    • Some participants have expressed a desire to encourage "constructive criticism" and a more open sharing of comments. While the admins will not enforce any kind of "forced commenting," we are considering a system in which a participant can annotate if they want more serious (and perhaps helpful) criticism on their entries. Please post any thoughts, ideas, and concerns about this in the comment section for this reminder.

    -10thDoM

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010

    "Reaching the Summit"

    First Tom wanted us to live in the now... and now he wants us to live at the top!

    "REACHING THE SUMMIT"
    *image taken from alpineadventures.co.uk

    The sky's the limit, eh? How high can you go? And how far can you fall?



    Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site  and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

    Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 7th. Voting begins on the 11th!

    -10thDoM

    Saturday, May 29, 2010

    Winner: "Live Like There's No Tomorrow"

    Who will continue on to yesterday?

    Tom at Half-Moose!

    There's a tomorrow for the man who picked no tomorrow! Check out his winning entry here:

    1st Runner-Up: She Writes, "Marred"
    2nd Runner-Up: JeffScape, "Bougainville Was Yesterday... And Forever"

    Check back on the 1st for Tom's next Muse.

    -10thDoM

    Friday, May 28, 2010

    Voting Closed

    Voting for "Live Like There's No Tomorrow" is now closed. The winner will be announced in 12 hours.

    -10thDoM

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Voting: "Live Like There's No Tomorrow"

    Now there really is no tomorrow... for this topic!

    VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 4!  (TOP.  . .4 . . .4 . . .4!)

    We have a new record for most entries, 21, which supplants (and destroys) the previous record of 13 set way back in early November of 2009 during the "Moon" Muse (that Muse is still tied for the record for most participants). What's this mean? Well, we're kinda growing... slowly, but surely.

    Vote for your top four entries in the comments. Remember to vote for the entry, not the writer, and include the numeric designator (if applicable) since we have a few among us that give a extra reading assignments.

    Also, multiple-part entries (i.e., She Writes #2) are considered one entry, regardless of how many parts. In other words: do not vote for each individual part, if that's your inclination.

    Important Update (10:15 PM, Pacific Time, May 26, 2010): As one of our participants erred in both designating and linking subsequent entries, everyone needs to verify their votes are actually the entry they intended to vote for. Sorry for calling you out, She Writes, but we sort of have to...

    She Writes #1 is "Rockin' It"
    She Writes #3 is "Marred" (and was previously listed as "She Writes #1")

    If you posted the title in your vote, then don't worry about it. However, if you only listed "She Writes #1," please clarify which piece you intended to vote for.

    This is a ONE-TIME courtesy notification... mistakes on future Muses will be deleted and ignored (which is and always has been our usual policy, so no "crying foul").



    Don't wait for tomorrow to not come! Vote today!

    -10thDoM

    Saturday, May 22, 2010

    Reminder: "Live Like There's No Tomorrow"

    You should be writing like there's no tomorrow! (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.)

    Corny sayings aside, judgment day is coming soon. You don't want to be found empty handed! Voting starts on the 26th.



    Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly.

    -10thDoM

    Sunday, May 16, 2010

    "Live Like There's No Tomorrow"

    Tom has spoken and has predicted a short future (which might be why the admins dropped the ball and posted this late):

    "LIVE LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW"

    No worries, though.... tomorrows will be scheduled for the time being. So write away!



    Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site  and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

    Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 22nd. Voting begins after at 12:01 AM (GMT) on the 26th.

    -10thDoM

    Friday, May 14, 2010

    Winner: "Between the Sheets"

    Emerging from the Battle of the Bedclothes is....

    Tom (a.k.a. Halfmoose)!

    Congratulations, Tom! You can check out his winning bout here:

    Runner-Up: JeffScape, "Tender Are the Young"

    We're going to get some much needed time to rest up and then we're on to another muse on the 16th! Stick around and see where Tom takes us next!

    Reminder! Don't forget to vote! One of you out in blog land dropped the ball!

    -10thDoM

    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    Voting Closed

    Voting for "Between the Sheets" is now closed. The winner will be announced in 12 hours.

    -10thDoM

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    Voting: "Between the Sheets"

    Who has the writing worth 400 thread count Egyptian Cotton?

    Post your top three in the comments section and we'll find out!



    Remember, there are only 2.5 days for voting now! Voting closes at noon (GMT) on the 13th.

    -10thDoM

    Friday, May 7, 2010

    Reminder: "Between the Sheets"

    Have you posted? Or are you four sheets to the wind? The 10th is almost upon us!



    New Voting Procedure: Remember, beginning with this Muse, the vote now only lasts 2.5 days instead of 3. It will close at noon, Greenwich Mean Time, on the last day of voting.

    -10thDoM

    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    "Between the Sheets"

    Baino hounds her way to a place some fear to go...

    "BETWEEN THE SHEETS"
    "Between the Sheets" by Stuart Riddell
    *image taken from http://www.scoop.co.nz

    Exposed or covered? Is this a place you can muse or muse about?



    Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

    Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 7th. Voting begins on the 11th!

    -10thDoM

    Thursday, April 29, 2010

    Winner: "Hounded"

    In what is easily our closest vote to date (the top 4 were all within 1 point of each other... the leaderboard was hounded!), we have our winner...

    Baino!

    Winning on only her second attempt at a Muse, check out her winning entry:

    Runner-Up: Patti, "Outrunning the Hounds of Hopelessness"

    Come back on the 1st to see what she'll have us banter about.

    -10thDoM

    Monday, April 26, 2010

    Voting: "Hounded"

    The hunt is over, the stalkers have been arrested, the irritants have been calamined... or so they say.

    Every houndee needs to vote for their top 3 in the comment section.


    The calmest escapee will be announced the 29th.

    -10thDoM

    Thursday, April 22, 2010

    Reminder: "Hounded"

    Still hounded? Got three days to lose the scent!



    New Voting Procedure: Beginning with the Muse for early May, we are shortening the voting time from 3 days to 2.5 days and the end of voting will be announced via a "Closed" post (or something like that). This is solely to give the admins time to properly prep the winner post, as we've currently been doing it from the seat of our pants. It's not really been a problem yet... we're just thinking ahead to when our delusions of grandeur come to fruition and we have thousands upon thousands of eager participants.

    -10thDoM

    Friday, April 16, 2010

    "Hounded"

    The night was beguiled and all went wild for Krys' entry. Don't laugh. I'm a Muse-posting virgin (Jelly). Now let's get...

    "HOUNDED"
    *image taken from http://dogbreedinfo.com

    Scared much? What's the worst that could happen? Well, you could be unceremoniously ignored or get mean snarky comments, but hey, at least you know you did something with your time!



    Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

    Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 22nd. Voting begins after the 25th!

    -10thDoM

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    Winner: "Beguiled by Night"

    And coming out of dark is...

    Krys!


    She's too vain for a profile image, so we posted her banner instead! Check out her winning entry:

    Also, hmm... a bit of a conundrum. She's a two-time winner, but entered this one from a different blog than her previous winning entry. For now, we'll just put both blogs in the "one-time" section until the admins can deliberate about it. Ah, lack of foresight. How blind we are under your night lights.

    Runner-Up: Tom (Half-Moose), "Beguiled by Night"

    Come back on the 16th to see if she wants us to get "Dirty!" again... Uh oh...

    -10thDoM

    Sunday, April 11, 2010

    Voting: "Beguiled by Night"

    The after hours celebration has begun. Rank your top three nocturnal correspondents in the comment section!



    The contributor who puts stars in the most readers eyes will be announced on the 14th.

    Good Luck!

    -10thDoM

    Wednesday, April 7, 2010

    Reminder: "Beguiled by Night"

    Pull yourself out of your reverie and get writing! Only three days left!



    The night awaits your beguilement!

    -10thDoM.

    Thursday, April 1, 2010

    "Beguiled by Night"

    She Writes has put us in the dark yet again!

    "BEGUILED BY NIGHT"

    Our longer days can't put a damper on the beauty that happens after sunset!



    Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

    Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 7th. Voting begins after the 10th!

    -10thDoM

    Monday, March 29, 2010

    Winner: "A Shot in the Dark"

    Spotlight's on and it is illuminating...

    She Writes

    Two times in a row? She Writes is on a roll! We'd send her a flashlight as a prize, but we're cheap! Check out her winning entry here:

    Runner-Up: Yodood, "Shot in the Dark"

    Come back on the 1st to find out what her next Muse is!

    -10thDoM

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    Voting: "A Shot in the Dark"

    The lights are on and posting is closed. It's time to vote!

    Participants need to list their top 3 as a comment.



    The person with the best blind aim will be announced on the 29th.

    -10thDoM

    Monday, March 22, 2010

    Reminder: "A Shot in the Dark"

    Have you taken your shot yet? If not, open your eyes and pull the trigger, because you've only got 3 days left!



    You may have noticed that comment moderation was turned on for the previous Muse, then summarily turned off. You also probably don't care, but just in case you might, the reasoning is as follows: there have been accusations and concerns about "strategic voting" (basically, people vote for "worse entries" in the hopes that their entries will win), so moderation was turned on in order to prevent that. However, admin/moderator comments (and, hence, their votes) are not subject to moderation, so that seemed a bit unfair. We are working on a new system, but until then, we'll just go with how we've been doing things.

    -10thDoM

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    "A Shot in the Dark"

    She Writes has turned the lights out and has taken aim...

    "A SHOT IN THE DARK"
    *image taken from fineartamerica.com
    "A Shot in the Dark" by Greta Mattingly

    Take a chance, whether you can see or not. After all, what have you got to lose?

    Unless you're scared, that is...



    Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

    Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 22nd. Voting begins after the 25th!

    -10thDoM

    Sunday, March 14, 2010

    Winner: "A Corruption of Evidence"

    We've investigated, accumulated, interpreted, analyzed, and... most importantly... have voted.

    The Grand Jury has decided upon a winner.

    She Writes

    Congrats! A relative newbie (the River of Mnemosyne was her first go... poor soul), this is her first victory. Read her winning entry here:  

    Come back on the 16th to see which Muse her clues take us to!

    -10thDoM

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Voting: "A Corruption of Evidence"

    The cases are closed. It's time for the juries to deliberate.

    Please list your three favorite corruptions in the comment section.



    The innocent will be revealed on the 14th.

    -10thDoM

    Sunday, March 7, 2010

    Reminder: "A Corruption of Evidence"

    There are crimes yet to be solved and only three days left to submit entries!



    Let's get some evidence of corruption! Or, you know, let's corrupt some evidence.

    -10thDoM

    Monday, March 1, 2010

    "A Corruption of Evidence"

    And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming...

    JeffScape, the last winner of our normal challenge, wants us all to examine the clues:

    "A CORRUPTION OF EVIDENCE"

    *image from NetSecurity Magazine

    Truth or lies? Proof or plant? Let's get to the bottom of this.



    Remember, don't sign up until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page). In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know you're game!

    Post as soon as you're ready, and we'll post a reminder on the 7th. Voting begins after the 10th!

    Also, one of our regulars has temporarily left the blogosphere for reasons unknown, and we'd like to give her a shout-out... COME BACK, CINNAMON! WE MISS YOU ALREADY!

    -10thDoM

    Saturday, February 27, 2010

    Winner: RoM01

    It's official: the first-ever River of Mnemosyne Challenge is complete. There are a lot of "firsts" involved in the challenge, including:
    • First-time entrants Tom, She Writes, Nessa, sarahjayne smythe, and Mumsy (brave souls, all).
    • Our first-ever 1st Place tie, which led to our first-ever use of our tie-breaking procedures (most 1st Place votes).
    • A new admin's failure to post even the First Muse.
    Anyway, enough about us, here's the winner:

    JeffScape!


    Congratulations!

    We have to apologize, however, in that the trophy banner is not quite ready (due to our graphic designer spending a week beating up cops... seriously... he was teaching police officers Aikido defense techniques). Rest assured, we will get the trophy out as soon as possible. In the meantime, you can read the winning entry at the following links:
    Also, we've decided that the River of Mnemosyne Challenge was a success (relatively speaking, of course) and it will absolutely make a return in 2011.

    In the meantime, get ready for our return to our regular schedule... check back March 1st for the next Muse!

    Thanks to everyone who swam in the River of Mnemosyne!

    -10thDoM

    Monday, February 22, 2010

    Voting: RoM01

    The Muses are all ashore and the river is dry. It's time to vote, ladies and gentlemen.

    Congratulations to those who gave it a shot! Extra kudos for those who completed the challenge!

    Refresh yourselves with the entries below and post your top 3 (in order of preference) in the comment section.



    The participants and their number of submitted Muses are as follows:
    • hvninhell - 8
    • JeffScape - 9
    • Jelly - 9
    • Krys - 3
    • Mumsy - 2 
    • Nessa - 9
    • sarahjayne smythe - 9
    • She Writes - 6
    • Tom - 9
    VOTING REMINDERS:
    •  DO NOT vote for yourself.
    • If you didn't submit an entry for the first Muse ("A Random Memory), you cannot vote.
    • If you don't vote, you cannot win.

    You have five days to pick your favorites! The winner will be announced on the 27th.

    Congrats again and kudos to everyone who participated!

    -10thDoM

    Thursday, February 18, 2010

    Reminder: RoM01

    Just a friendly reminder: the last day to submit entries is February 21st. The widget will close automatically at midnight GMT and voting will begin on the 22nd.

    For you observers and/or hesitant participants out there, keep in mind that all you have to do to earn the right to vote is submit the first Muse ("A Random Memory"). Want to help your favorite win? Knock something out!

    All nine Muses are in, and here they are:

    The Nine Muses:
    1. 1. "A Random Memory"
    2. 2. "Fear of Writing" - (submitted by Jelly)
    3. 3. "An Ambiance of Technology" - (submitted by JeffScape)
    4. 4. "Omitting Your Mistakes" - (submitted by Tom)
    5. 5. "Of Feral Mind and Carnal Heart" - (submitted by JeffScape)
    6. 6. "Earnest Mockery" - (submitted by She Writes)
    7. 7. "Shattered Mirrors"- (submitted by hvninhell)
    8. 8. "This Business of Jupiter" - (submitted by Tom)
    9. 9. "Infinite Possibility" - (submitted by She Writes)

    If you forget any rules, refresh yourself here: 1st Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge.


    MORE REMINDERS:
    • Don't link until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page)
    • 10thDoM operates on GMT time, so if you plan on burning midnight oil in order to post at the last possible minute, don't forget to adjust your internal clock!
    ***the admins have realized that the possibility to combine Muses into one post exists: this is NOT allowed. Well, it is allowed (write/create what you want, after all), but it will only count as one chapter for purposes of entry and of voting.

    -10thDoM

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    RoM01-9: "Infinite Possibility"

    She Writes has submitted her second Muse, and gets the honor of picking Muse #9!

    "INFINITE POSSIBILITY"

    This will be the theme for the ninth and final chapter/entry of your story/creative expression. If you forget any rules, refresh yourself here: 1st Annual "River of Mnemosyne" Challenge.


    REMINDERS:
    • Don't link until you've posted the entry on your site and link that entry directly (not your blog home page)
    • Keep in mind that if you want to participate in the voting process, you MUST submit an entry for at least the first Muse. This means that even in you only submit a first Muse, you are eligible to vote on the entire competition.
    ***the admins have realized that the possibility to combine Muses into one post exists: this is NOT allowed. Well, it is allowed (write/create what you want, after all), but it will only count as one chapter for purposes of entry and of voting.

    Also remember that 10thDoM operates on GMT time, so if you plan on burning midnight oil in order to post at the last possible minute, don't forget to adjust your internal clock!

    The Nine Muses:
    1. 1. "A Random Memory"
    2. 2. "Fear of Writing"
    3. 3. "An Ambiance of Technology"
    4. 4. "Omitting Your Mistakes" 
    5. 5. "Of Feral Mind and Carnal Heart"
    6. 6. "Earnest Mockery" 
    7. 7. "Shattered Mirrors"
    8. 8. "This Business of Jupiter"
    9. 9. "Infinite Possibility"
    A congrats to all of the Muse-pickers (seducers?): Jelly ("Fear of Writing"), JeffScape ("An Ambiance of Technology" and "Of Feral Mind and Carnal Heart"), Tom ("Omitting Your Mistakes" and "This Business of Jupiter"), She Writes ("Earnest Mockery" and "Infinite Possibility"), and hvninhell ("Shattered Mirrors").
      -10thDoM