Nominations - Best Drabble

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Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby normsherman » Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:50 pm

It's that time of the year again - the Drabblecast People's Choice Awards. As indicated, nominations arise from you, the listeners. Please select only from the list of eligible 2011-2012 drabbles that appears below.

Nominate (list) your top 5 favorite Drabble stories!





196 - Lavendar by Justin Quintata.
Man has fantasy about a woman in elevator because of her perfume.

197 - Whodunnit? by Jeff Johnston.
Dinner party murder mystery... regarding an unclaimed poot.

198 - Mixed Martial Hearts by Peter Diamond.
A loving couple beats the tar out of each other as professional mixed martial arts fighters.

199 - Dead or Alive? by Benjamin Parker.
A clerical tax error launches a zombie-related nuclear apocalypse.

206 - The End of the World by C.S. DeFrance.
Spectators from the spaceship "Salvation" watch the world fall apart below on Earth.

207 - And the Sky and the Ground and the Cold, Cold Air by Nathan Lee.
A man tries to turn his apartment into an air-born vessel.

208 - On the Inside by Kayla Bashe.
Butterflies hatch from a girl's avocado and spoil it for lunch.

209 - Pork Wood by Danger Slater.
A man imagines a world where he doesn't have to mow down meat trees with his chainsaw.

211 - Mommy Issues by Rish Outfield.
A family visits their old senile mother and spiderman brings into question whose really going crazy.

212 - Impulse Buy by Evan Quinlan.
Dystopian future where couples can win perfect babies from old-time coin-operated claw-reach games.

214 - My Hot Spot by Jessica Broughton.
Erotic handling of sentient toast.

215 - The Story Teller by Steven Lidster.
A story teller relays a maddening tale to another inmate and continues the dread cycle.

216 - My Secret Co-Author by Evan Quinlan.
An author reveals an accursed and mysterious co-author secreted away under his barn.

217 - Their Stock is Down but They Still Won't Die by Nathan Lee.
An investment banker has a hard time working with his board of zombies.

218 - With 90 Seconds to Go by Christopher Munroe.
A man puts change in the 'parkour meter' before going back out for more roof-jumping action.

222 - Duckhunt by John Murphy.
Killing the annoying dog in the Duckhunt video game brings ill-fated results.

223 - Déjà vu by Ben Parker.
Offered the opportunity to re-live the happiest moment in his life, man inevitably goes back to the time he was made the offer.

224 - Gary's Tension by Edgar Arthur.
A man's anxiety during a job interview manifests itself into a hideous inner monstrosity.

225 - Imaginary Runner by Tesseract McCrea.
The imaginary runner a child once envisioned running alongside the car on trips is smeared against the asphalt.

227 - Creator by Nathan Lee.
Web-bots question - - which came first, the Programer, or his creation?

228 - Last Christmas by Greg Winkler.
Senile parent accidentally bakes child for Christmas dinner.

229 - Lab Rats by Nicholas J. Carter.
An intelligent multilingual lab rat's fate lies in the hands of another intelligent lab rat.

230 - Sheep by Phenopath.
Two men that think they are sheep are perplexed about being thrown out of a field.
Last edited by StalinSays on Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:17 am, edited 2 times in total.
Reason: Title and author name were incorrect for #214
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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby StalinSays » Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:53 pm

My 5 picks are:

    Mixed Martial Hearts
    My Secret Co-Author
    Gary's Tension
    Imaginary runner
    Lab Rats
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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby Scattercat » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:23 am

1) 229 - Lab Rats by Nicholas J. Carter.
The obvious twist conceals the secondary twist until the end, resulting in a nasty line of reasoning about the behavior of sentient beings. I approve.

2) 230 - Sheep by Phenopath.
Earns points for not making a fuss about it and leaving it to the reader to realize the implications of that fervent final statement.

3) 218 - With 90 Seconds to Go by Christopher Munroe.
Puns are the lowest form of wit. I endorse them heartily.

4) 222 - Duckhunt by John Murphy.
Reminds me of some of my own stories, with comedy shifting abruptly to tragedy in a way that can't quite be pinned down.

5) 225 - Imaginary Runner by Tesseract McCrea.
Similar to "Duckhunt" but a trifle more blatant. Still enjoyable for the imagery.


I am constrained by my sense of fair play from voting for any of mine. I trust you all will account for my forbearance in your own selections? (At least this year I only have three options knocked out instead of six.) (Wait, maybe that means I'm slipping. Crap.)

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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby Beth Peters » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:46 pm

Mixed Martial Hearts-- Was sweet and also crazy weird, a very hard balancing act.

My Hot Side-- Clever and funny. Perfect for the 100 word medium.

Their Stock Was Down.... Nathan Lee does this kind of dark humor very well I've noticed. This one was exceptionally funny and well done.

Sheep... so random. A hilarious change of pace for drabbles on the drabblecast. "Surreal" doesn't even come close.

Lab Rats-- yes, very creative, concise and clever. The three C's!!


Honorable Mentions:
The Story Teller some sinister, scary stuff. Love that we never know the 'story'.
On the Inside So cute and fun. Just wanna pinch this drabble's little cheeks.
Déjà vu Interesting premise and executed well.
A Jetson Your Llama! I never said that it was a Mexican McDonalds!

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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby munsi » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:12 pm

only nominating three, is that cool?*

Pork Wood – Danger Slater
Their Stock is Down but They Still Won’t Die – Nathan Lee
Duckhunt – John Murphy

*if it's not cool, feel free to drive to calgary and complain about it to my face. Yeah, I didn't think so.

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Drabbles vote

Postby jbohbot13 » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:49 pm

1.#214 MY HOT SPOT BY JESSICA BROUGHTON
2.#214 MY HOT SPOT BY JESSICA BROUGHTON
3.#214 MY HOT SPOT BY JESSICA BROUGHTON
4.#214 MY HOT SPOT BY JESSICA BROUGHTON
5.#214 MY HOT SPOT BY JESSICA BROUGHTON

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Re: Drabbles vote

Postby strawman » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:21 pm

Okay, I had to approve you, although with prejudice. You ought to be ashamed to be so indistinguishable from a bot-fly.
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Re: Drabbles vote

Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:58 pm

Could be a bot, looks like a sock puppet, but maybe it's a user like my step-grandmother:
  1. It's clearly not a drabble, but posted in the wrong forum. (Will try to move it momentarily. Successfully moved.)
  2. All caps.
  3. The title of the drabble is incorrect -- exactly like this url, but not anywhere else in Drabblecast sites. (Actually, it looks like the first post in this thread was wrong until just a minute ago.)
  4. Ditto, the author's name is misspelled. (Actually, it looks like the first post in this thread was wrong until just a minute ago.)
Needless to say, this bears watching. ಠ_ಠ

Edit: This thread had incorrect information about #214's drabble (title and author spelling).

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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby gluaygluays » Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:29 am

#1 - 214 - My Hot Side by Jessica Boughton.

(Is it ok to nominate just one?)

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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:24 am

gluaygluays wrote:(Is it ok to nominate just one?)

Norm weeps, and Scattercat is cursing a blue streak. But, other than that, it's ok. :)

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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby sing3withaswing » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:27 am

214 - My Hot Side - by Jessica Broughton

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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby Scattercat » Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:59 am

Wow, what a lot of people inspired to sign up for the first time just to nominate that drabble.

I'm not cursing, but I am going "Hrmm" and making this face: :-\

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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby ROU Killing Time » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:05 am

Scattercat wrote:Wow, what a lot of people inspired to sign up for the first time just to nominate that drabble.

I'm not cursing, but I am going "Hrmm" and making this face: :-\

Seriously... :-/
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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:31 am

ROU Killing Time wrote:
Scattercat wrote:Wow, what a lot of people inspired to sign up for the first time just to nominate that drabble.

I'm not cursing, but I am going "Hrmm" and making this face: :-\

Seriously... :-/


Aw, don't be like that. 1 looks like a sock puppet, 1 is from the same zip code (close enough), and one is half a world away. Probably just has motivated friends (and a sock puppet). I think we should count the nominations, barring any escalated shenanigans.

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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby StalinSays » Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:53 am

I approved that last one. I'm being democratic and assuming someone is persuading friends in to creating accounts and helping them out. I don't want to discourage word of mouth and/or make nominations all about post count and forums seniority. Lurkers come in to the light!

That said, upon any further sign of shenanigans, I am for exercising prejudice.
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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby ROU Killing Time » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:05 am

Algernon Sydney is Dead wrote:
ROU Killing Time wrote:
Scattercat wrote:Wow, what a lot of people inspired to sign up for the first time just to nominate that drabble.

I'm not cursing, but I am going "Hrmm" and making this face: :-\

Seriously... :-/


Aw, don't be like that. 1 looks like a sock puppet, 1 is from the same zip code (close enough), and one is half a world away. Probably just has motivated friends (and a sock puppet). I think we should count the nominations, barring any escalated shenanigans.

PS: Welcome aboard, sing3withaswing!

That being said, someone of esteemed credentials and unquestioned intelligence and/or integrity pointed out elsewhere the benefits of using the forum Polling system. (Forcing 5 votes limits the possibility of multiple accounts gaming a particular entry and giving it undue weight. Maybe not an issue, and again, not saying there's shenanigan's, but clearly there are a few eyebrows raised.)
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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby ROU Killing Time » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:09 am

(in no particular order, other than numerical-like...)
217 - Their Stock is Down but They Still Won't Die by Nathan Lee.
An investment banker has a hard time working with his board of zombies.

218 - With 90 Seconds to Go by Christopher Munroe.
A man puts change in the 'parkour meter' before going back out for more roof-jumping action.

222 - Duckhunt by John Murphy.
Killing the annoying dog in the Duckhunt video game brings ill-fated results.

229 - Lab Rats by Nicholas J. Carter.
An intelligent multilingual lab rat's fate lies in the hands of another intelligent lab rat.

230 - Sheep by Phenopath.
Two men that think they are sheep are perplexed about being thrown out of a field.
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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby strawman » Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:30 pm

Hmmm, the shot pattern on those is awfully tight. Looks like the killer was no more than 3 feet from the victim.
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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby christireliv » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:33 am

#214 MY HOT SPOT by Jess. Broughton

Why? Because she draws you in. The moment the story starts you are hooked. When I listen to a story I want to be hooked within the first sentence or else I'll get bored or distracted; Ms. Broughton does just that, and she does it very well.

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Re: Nominations - Best Drabble

Postby Algernon Sydney is Dead » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:49 am

christireliv wrote:#214 MY HOT SPOT by Jess. Broughton

Why? Because she draws you in.

Voting for a friend is allowed, too.

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