Smut Marathon: Round 2 Voting Is Now Open

In Round 1 of the Smut Marathon we each wrote our own metaphor. In Round 2 we were challenged to take one of those metaphors and turn it into a piece of micro-fiction. The voting has now opened for the 62 micro-fiction pieces that were submitted. Please do give them all a read and place your votes. Only 40 of us will make it through to Round 3, so getting the votes from as many people as possible is so important to all the writers.

I was so eager on Sunday evening to read through all the entries and place my own votes. At the time of writing this it is Wednesday and I have only just done it. Partly because I had a little bit of post-kink recovery going on, but also because it was so hard to choose my favourite three. I managed to get down to my six favourites, but from there it was tricky to favour only half of them.

I had three possible pieces to submit for this round and I have this niggling feeling that I have made the wrong decision on the one I finally chose. I still love it, and I worked hard on making it the best I felt it could be. I think one or even both of my other options might have told a more unique story, that would perhaps have drawn in more votes.

The feedback I received in the last round was helpful once I’d digested it, but I must admit it wasn’t what I was expecting to hear. This time round I think I have a fair idea of the feedback I might get. If I’m right, and this piece doesn’t get me through to the third round, I still think this is a valuable lesson. Yes, I needed to see my entry alongside others to see where I might have gone wrong, but maybe in the future I will hone that skill so I can make alterations ahead of time.

One of the things I touched upon in ‘Smut Marathon: Round 2 Is Upon Us’ was leaving more feedback. Turns out that is easier said than done. I’ve got feedback for my top six, but would ideally like to contribute a little more, as I know many entrants were frustrated by the lack of feedback they got. With that in mind I’m going to try and focus on; Did you make me feel something? If so, why? And if not, why not? I don’t feel remotely qualified to comment on the technical aspects of writing, so it seems unfair to do so.

My entry from the first round has been used twice for this round. Which in itself is an absolute delight. Going into this round I did harbour a hope that at least one person would be inspired to use my piece for their round 2 entry. I can’t share which metaphor I used, as it would narrow down which piece is mine, I do hope that the person who wrote it originally enjoys what I have done with it though.

Whatever happens with the voting of this round I wish all the writers taking part the very best of luck, and I hope that those who don’t make it through to Round 3 will return next year to give it another shot. I know I will definitely be back, no matter what the outcome of this year’s competition is.

Many of the other entrants are sharing their thoughts on the ongoing progress of the Smut Marathon too, so why not swing by their blogs and give their posts a read.

2 thoughts on “Smut Marathon: Round 2 Voting Is Now Open”

  1. I will be voting in this round also. Lots to read though, and I want to find a couple of hours, uninterrupted hours, to do justice to these. I saw both uses of your metaphor. Very good! I’m looking forward to reading the entries

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