SIYE Time:4:06 on 25th May 2019

Carpe Diem Challenge (2017-1) -- Let the Voting Begin!

Dear all,

Five days late, but with good reason.  We have six wonderful challenge stories for you all to read, as listed at: 

Please register your votes for the People's Choice Award via the following link:

Sadly, I do not yet have word on a resolution to the technical problem with leaving story reviews, so please feel free to use this discussion space to comment on stories.

Also, please continue to state your preferences for the next challenge topic (2017-2), ideally within the earlier update discussion:


We look forward to announcing the 2017-1 challenge winners, and the upcoming 2017-2 challenge topic, on April 1.

No foolin'!


ghl on 2017.03.21 - 08:33AM ()


GHL came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.23 - 08:57AM to say:

Well, I for one can't keep quiet so easily, so I'm going to take my own suggestion and fill up this comment space with some reviews that I'm currently unable to make within the story review sections themselves. I hope to review all six challenge stories here over the coming week, but for starters...

Bravo to DukeBrymin for his beautiful tale!

Several times during the telling I worried that the story was going to get weighed down beneath frivolous fluff, but the wonderful surprise pulled everything together brilliantly!

GHL came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.23 - 11:37AM to say:

And thence to "Save the Princess"!

Brilliantly unexpected take on how to conquer the great obstacle -- very much doubt I'd ever have dreamed up such an adventitious way to hook them up, but that was a perfectly sweet little twist!

pleurocoelus came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.23 - 05:01PM to say:

Thanks, GHL. After starting and abandoning a few other stories, this one just flowed. I hope to someday finish the others, especially the one where Arnold the Pygmy Puff plays matchmaker.

I can't claim originality, as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and several other stories contained this theme long before I wrote it. Besides, the "power he knows not" IS supposed to be LOVE.

pleurocoelus came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.23 - 05:04PM to say:

Sorry about the horizontal lines, I was trying to use the hard return tag there.

GHL came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.23 - 08:55PM to say:

Still smiling after reading Sunlit Hufflepuff's "Vivacious"! Short, but spicy, just like someone we know, yeah?

What's catchy, also, is the fact that the story pretty well suits for both of the challenge topics that had garnered the most interest prior to announcing this round, with the close runner-up having been the prank challenge concept. Kudos to that sort of versatility!

That reminds me, readers who haven't already registered opinions for next challenge cycle should consider doing so -- there are three topics currently running neck and neck -- pranks, magical creature hunt, or 'something surprising'.

GHL came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.24 - 09:27AM to say:

Caspita! Che meravigliosa! Considering that I did validate some of the chapters of Starfeather's "Raindrops and Ginger", I'm not sure how I missed the elegant imagery and sweet melancholia.

There are some minor language issues in there (you can blame one of the slipshod archivists for that, of course), but that doesn't detract from the musical flow of these vignettes.

Vignettes they are, of course. This is not a traditional 'story' in that sense, but it is nonetheless great writing!

GHL came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.26 - 06:52AM to say:

"Picking up the Pieces" -- classic Jonathan; like stepping somewhere into the first half of 'Accidental Magic', with our young friends pulling through canonical drama with a light banter that is far more tween than Rowling permitted.

And that's fine. It seems very natural to read about kids who sound, and act, like kids.

The plot deviations from canon are interesting as well. Some twists may seem a little arbitrary within a story that reflects the title in being a bit fragmentary, but the writer's mastery of his own little genre bursts to light in a final passage where it all comes together.

With a smile.

GHL came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.26 - 02:35PM to say:

And then came the Moments that Matter. Beautifully written, but what sets the story apart is how very close to canon it is, and how CharmHazel walks us through canon moments that we knew well, yet can now see through a very different set of eyes.

Great job!

CharmHazel came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.27 - 09:24AM to say:

Aww, thank you, GHL.

ngayonatkailanman came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.27 - 02:03PM to say:

I am so sorry to read that there is no resolution to the reviews problem. I would like to say KUDOS to the author of FRED'S LEGACIES who just completed one of the most fun and imaginative stories submitted to SIYE.

notadryeeye came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.27 - 04:00PM to say:

Has anyone had any issues responding to or sending Private Messages? I'm trying to respond to someone and I get no indication that it was sent.

GHL came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.27 - 07:04PM to say:

Yes, for some reason the Sent Box stopped working some time ago -- before the DDOS attacks, so it's most likely unrelated. That said, however, I have sent PM's that have garnered successful replies, so it appears that things are getting through, even if you don't get a 'sent' confirmation.

carolyn jinn came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.28 - 09:40PM to say:

I have been trying to register my vote for the People's Choice but it won't register.

carolyn jinn came out of the woodwork on 2017.03.28 - 10:34PM to say:

Disregard the last message, it finally registered. Yay. Good luck everyone!!

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