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.

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...


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.


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.


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.


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!


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...


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!


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.


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.


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.


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Reminder: "There's Gotta Be A Catch"

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

*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).

*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!


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...

*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!