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After all of the recent flap about the Write Off, I feel compelled to say a few things. I don't know exactly what prompted one member to remove his piece and himself from the competition, but I have a good enough idea.

This Write Off was a bit of an oddity because we didn't manage to get a banner on the front page as usual due to some unforseen difficulties. I understand that the banner draws more views and keeps the Write Off top of mind, but some of us oldtimers remember when there was no banner and the Write Off did just fine.

Secondly, one commentor took exception to the facts presented in one piece, and his detailed corrections may have had an influence on later votes. But keep in mind his comment was not malicious nor was his rating low... I know criticism can be hard to take, but competitors know how it works when they agree to participate. I myself have had people drive by rate some of my better pieces, and leave inscrutable comments that I couldn't make heads nor tails of, but it's part of the experience.

Lastly, none of the complaints about this Write Off were ever directed to me, the person solely responsible for running this aspect of the site. If you can't follow the channels then don't be suprised to find your complaints unanswered..

To close this out, I'm saddened by the lack of fairplay and adolescent whining that surrounded this competition, but will continue to run the Write Off. We have many successes and every once in a blue moon someone gets upset when they find themselves lower on the totem pole than they imagined... If you take your toys and run when you aren't winning the game, then the Write Off is no place for you.

However if you enjoy the challenge of testing your writing chops against fellow writers, drop me an email at and I'll welcome you to the kitchen. Just be warned, sometimes it gets a little hot.

Smile if you're stupid,
laugh if you understand.


The following comments are for "Write Offs: The Inside Poop"
by Bartleby

inside this mys-tery.
i think it was because someone else challenged the accuracy of the deleted piece, which prompted a (now deleted) comment and there you go. shame really, because i was willing to look past and perhaps reinterpret his play on mythology in favor of poetic license. that is, after all, what the author asked for in a comment.

thick skin. more people should get it.

( Posted by: die_daily [Member] On: September 3, 2004 )

that this kind of thing happened. Bravo, however, for such a great response.

( Posted by: xitwound117 [Member] On: September 3, 2004 )

i understand perfectly, claire.

and all the posters say

( Posted by: die_daily [Member] On: September 3, 2004 )

I want to transfer here my thanks for inviting me to join the write-off.

Only one thing though, I noticed you didn't announce the winner between me and William unlike in Arc's and Odysseus', does that mean we're 'TIE'? LOLOL. Just kidding, I know that William won. Congrats, William. And thanks again, Matt.

( Posted by: PETERPAULINO [Member] On: September 3, 2004 )

Die daily
What do you mean by the posters saying "BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU"? I know the reference but what do you mean in this situation?

( Posted by: arc [Member] On: September 4, 2004 )

very much appreciated
Bart, I don't think I've ever properly thanked you for all the hard work you put in running the Write Offs, so let me do that now: Thank you!

I love the write offs - both reading and writing them. As a reader the quality of the write off work is always good, and they help to highlight individual writers. As a writer, I've found that being involved in a write off is a really does give my creative side a boost; I've written stories for write offs that I count as some of my best, and none of them would have been written if it hadn't been for this competition.

So thank you, Bart. I really do appreciate all your hard work. :)

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: September 4, 2004 )

Write Off
I would be more than happy to participate in a Write Off, it is great for the learning curve and really helps to understand someone elses perspective.

I really hope that Odysseus comes back, I did enjoy his poetry and hoped to see more. I think everyone was comparing rather than treating it as an individual piece. It prompted peoples knowledge of events.

I think all the staff on Lit do a great job on the various tasks they have to do in managing so many people effectively that visit this site.

Alex :-)

( Posted by: londongrey [Member] On: September 4, 2004 )

Write Off
I regret the way I've handled this whole situation, and apologize to the community of writers at Lit Org. I have already expressed my sentiments to Arc about this whole thing privately.

I feel my actions were justified, but unfortunately nobody knows the motivation behind those actions.

So, I will tip my hat to Arc, say I'm sorry, and move on. Best wishes to everybody......and dare I write...Namaste

( Posted by: Odysseus [Member] On: September 4, 2004 )

Next time I see him, I'll tell E.B. that you miss him. He's a good friend of mine.


( Posted by: the Co.konspirator [Member] On: September 4, 2004 )

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