My judgements for round 2:
Dead guy eating brains - Both stories were very engrossing. One was more reality-related, one was more supernatural related. I am into supernatural stories in general. Both had great picture use. Mythago's had an obvious reference to a recent event (SE Asia quake/tsunami). I lost a little on Eeralai's because I don't have the depth of musical knowledge, and that seemed a bit vague. But, it seemed to flow better and was a tad more engrossing. My vote, Eeralai 2-1.
Twin girls - Again both great stories. I guess that happens a lot around here huh?
. Smart animals - Loved the idea, the re-creation story. Some of the picture use was a bit, hm, under-dramatic, like the twin girl for example. But the idea and the conclusion and moral implications were GREAT. The misfit team - liked the idea and the story flowed nicely. It was a great little adventure story. Had better picture use, smoothed very nicely, and I liked the humor mixed in a lot. Would make a great book, movie or adventure. It was funny and exciting, though there wasn't much of a build-up/climax. But Macbeth's story was more mind/heart-wrenching for me, so I have to vote for it, again 2-1.
French Maid - I think this was the first set of pictures I've seen that could be explained without something refering to magic. Lovers trip - I liked the opposing sides of their personalities, science vs. art, that kinda thing, I thought it was very romantic and they were a great couple, if they don't kill each other. Had a couple minor problems, a little syntax and it seemed a little too detailed in some parts, kinda lost a little of the flow of the story for the details. Though of course some of the details were perfect and riveting. I liked showing her the world through different glasses/vision. I liked the last being a blindfold, and including some touch sensation in that (feet on the grass). But it also made me thing that there should be a little bit of each of the senses awakened. My main problem with it, was that I liked the guy a lot more when I thought it was just him and being spontaneous. I minded the amount of planning he did a little, though maybe he needed to, because it took away from that spontaneity. I really minded that he had talked to her father about it. Basically, I liked the guy a lot more when I thought it was all style and seat-of-the-pants going with the situation. The fact that he planned it all out shows that he is not showing her to think less about details, but that she should make the details perfect and invisible. Also, the use of a couple of the pictures wasn't ingrained into the story as well. All that being said, I liked the style and the idea a lot, and am still thinking about it. PI's trip - The main and secondary characters are interesting and believable. The place took on a life that kept my interest throughout. The pace is even and fast. The picture use is outstanding. The writing is pretty much impeccable. I have a small problem with it seeming like a little part of a much longer story. Maybe you should write serial movies
. It made it seem a little like a half-story. At the end, the last line, I wasn't sure if he was being accepting of his fate, or sarcastic, and maybe you meant to leave that thought, or maybe you specifically meant one or the other. I understand him changing and accepting at least the idea of fate, and that seems like an appropriate transition because it was being moved toward throughout the story. I understand him being sarcastic and saying it ironically. I guess the only possibility I don't like is that he decided to go with that name, because it was only recently revealed, and he said he always hated it like 4 paragraphs before that, and I think that would have been a little too quick of a reversal. Anyway, I have typed more on these 2 stories than I did on round 1
. I wouldn't call it a butt-kicking, actually I think they were pretty close in level of writing and interest, though I think a little more on Thorod's side, as well as better picture use, and so he gets my vote, again 2-1.
Diving board girl - I have many more thoughts but no more time, leaving on a plane tomorrow a.m. and still have to pack the computer. Anyway, the short answer is I like OB's idea a lot but I think Firelance's flowed a lot better. OB had a great beginning and end but the middle was too jumpy for me. I vote for Firelance, and sticking with my 2-1 trend.
My judgements(official judgements):
Eeralia vs Mythago - Eeralai(Mythago)
Macbeth vs Maddman75 - Macbeth(Maddman75)
Thorod Ashstaff vs MarauderX - Thorod Ashstaff(Thorod Ashstaff)
Orchid Blossom vs Firelance - Firelance(pending)
My favorite story for round 2 goes to Thorod Ashstaff for Total Eclipse