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, 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)?


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.


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.


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.


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.

*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.

*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.


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:

"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!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Winner: "Silence Lies Broken"

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


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.

(album cover to Nelson's The Silence is Broken)
*image taken from

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!