Damn it Eric!!

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The two saxon vampire guards heard screeching and crashing from inside the room they were set to guard.  After turning to look at each other they hear a female yell.

“Damn it, Eric! They have already left.  They are not expecting to come back until the 29th.”  the voice is heard as the saxons wonder what is going on.  CRASH!   “You … you… you…you killed my laptop…my brand new laptop!!!”

The door is opened and the viking’s head peeks out the door.  “Get everyone back here now!” Then he promptly slams the door.

“How are we suppose to do that?” they stated together as they glance down the hallway where the ladies had left 5 hours ago.

“Well, hello again everyone seems Eric was impatient and decided to surprise everyone as soon as I finished the banners today.” the woman glared at him as he stood to the left holding a mangled laptop.  With over 9800 votes … here are the winners…

2015 Winners

The Best of Both Worlds Award: Best Combo of TB/SVM

The Best of the Best Award: All-Time Favorite Story

The Charlaine Harris Award: Best Rewrite of SVM

The Eagle Eye Award: Best Beta

Ericizmine Award: All-Time Favorite Author

The Greatest Love Story Award: Best Romance

Hit Me With Your Best Shot Award – Best One Shot

The Human Award: Best All Human (we had a tie for 2nd place)

The Hybrid Award: Best Crossover

Mr January Award: Best Lemon

Pins and Needles Award: WIP Story you wait anxiously for updates

Tissue / Kleenex Award: Best Angst

Van Gogh Award: Best Artist

The Alan Ball Award: Best Rewrite of True Blood

The Roller Coaster Award: Best Drama

” You owe me a brand new laptop, Eric Northman!!” the lady yells at him from across the room as the Viking Vampire grins at her from across the room.

“You love me Robin.” He purrs.

“I Know that is the problem!!” she said as she stomps out of the room “Where did Godric put your sword again?”

“Wait…Robin…let’s talk about this.” the viking pleads as he vamps after her as he hears a sword crash to the ground.

Final note from 4padfoot:

Yes, the winners have been announced earlier than expected.  I hope everyone is happy and continues the well wishes to each other.  Continue to leave reviews for your authors cause I can promise the more reviews they get the more chapters you get to read.  It’s a win win for everyone!  I will be re-designing the site and then hopefully post the upcoming expectations for the New Blood Awards on the 29th.  I hope that the veteran authors will help nominate as many new authors as possible.   I will continue to do what I can to keep the fandom alive and communicating.

~Enjoy!

Robin

(4padfoot)

 

All my posts are beta’d by the wonderful, amazing, excellent, Meridian who also smells wonderful

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Voting Is Open for 24 hours!!

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In response to yesterday’s announcement, a large crowd of writers, readers, and stalkers has gathered at the door. Soon they are led down a long, dark hallway to eventually arrive at a single door guarded by a face familiar to many, if not all.

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“Freakity frack fuck….that is Alcide….I want…” MistressJessica could not stop the words from tumbling out as she eyed the male guarding the door as though she didn’t know if she wanted to tackle the man or the door first.

“Hold her back,” Magsdonald whispered to the ones around them. They all quietly chuckled in response.

“Welcome back, everyone! I am glad that you guys were able to find time in your schedules to come back and vote to help keep the fandom on strong footing as we all move forward,” Alcide said, his deep voice cut across the gathering.  “We are to wait here until 4padfoot returns, but I just want to say that I am proud of all of you who are determined to help keep this fandom alive and thriving.”

The huge door behind Alcide opens and a single woman comes through and looks at the crowd.  “Hello, everyone!  Glad you have all made it.  I hope that you are all following Eric’s suggestion and leaving lots of messages with the authors.”

There are some smiles and giggles as whispers are heard of inboxes being full, and a couple murmurs of “Oops, I need to still do that.”

“Ok, well, I see everyone still has to-do lists for later, but as the Polls will open in two minutes, I’d like to go over the changes that have already been made regarding the Awards. For each category, you will be allowed to vote only once, but you may select up to three options. Remember: one vote with up to three options per category. Just consider that you are voting for first, second, and third place.

“You will also see that the Newcomer Award is missing.  I made the decision to hold this one back until the New Blood Awards next month.  I have also removed myself from the Van Gogh Award. If at any time in the future I am nominated for anything, I will remove it then, too. This way I am as unbiased a third party as I can be in a fandom that I love. If you want to recognize me just swing by my website or my Youtube channel and do it there.  

“Next you will notice that the voting ballots are set up exactly as before excluding the changes mentioned except for a link at the end.  You can fill out this survey as many times as you want – just click the link at the end of the ballot and you should be allowed to fill in only that section again.  *At least it worked that way in my testing.* You can use that survey to send me suggestions, comments, or ideas.  

“Finally, the polls will be open until 12:00 pm (noon) EST tomorrow, May 24, 2015.  This will give you guys a full 24 hours to vote.  Now, are there any questions?  If so, contact me!  Otherwise…”  the kind, wonderful, amazing, decent, sweet, brilliant lady *What the heck! Where did that come from sorry gotta go take Godric away from my editor she snuck that in here* glances over the crowd and turns to knock in a quick five-beat pattern.  The doors are then opened by two very familiar faces.

“Good afternoon, ladies…won’t you come in,”  Godric invites as the two hold the door open to the voting room.

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Remember EVERY vote counts.

 

 

 

 

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Here is the direct link to the Comments and Ideas survey.

http://4padfoot.polldaddy.com/s/comments-ideas

 

Let me tell you a story . . .

Last year, a group of us were sitting in Kittyinaz’s Facebook group waiting for the Fanfic Fanatics (or whatever they are called; sorry but I’m horrible at keeping names straight) winners to be announced. It seemed like every award was won by a Twilight story with the exception of the categories that were fandom specific. It seemed so sad that all these wonderful authors who wrote all these wonderful stories in the TB/SVM fandom were shut out of the awards because of sparkly vampires. (Sorry Twilight fans, but vampires should never, ever sparkle!)

As a joke, MistressJessica1028 suggested that we start our own awards. And it snowballed from there. Five women, Magsmacdonald, MistressJessica1028, Kittyinaz, 4Padfoot, and Gyllene, worked very hard to create the awards categories, banners, website, etc. Hours upon hours of work went into just setting up the damn things. To be fair and try to get everyone, old and new, acknowledged in the awards, we allowed ALL stories from the beginning of the fandom to May 1, 2014, to be considered for entry. There were 27 categories people could nominate for. And do you want to know something?

We absolutely fucking killed ourselves last year!  We had to verify over a THOUSAND nominees. An entire weekend was spent working on the verification process alone. And to be honest, it wasn’t easy. People didn’t understand some of the categories, and we realized we weren’t clear on some things. But we had never done this before; we were learning. Plus they didn’t fill out the nomination forms completely so we had to go hunting for stories.

The winners were announced and we brainstormed on ideas to make things better. We listened to the fans that asked us to streamline the categories, since you said the nomination and voting process were too involved.

Skip forward a year.  In April, we started discussing the awards. Magsmacdonald and MistressJessica1028 said they were stepping back due to real life obligations. Based on last year’s suggestions, we trimmed the number of categories down from 27 to under 20, getting rid of the ones that were too difficult to verify. We also trimmed down the timing for stories, limiting them to stories started or updated after May 1, 2014. Another thing we did was say that if the ballot wasn’t completely filled out, we were disqualifying the entry.  The reason for that was to make the verification process easier on us. Sorry, but sometimes that does have to factor into all of this: our time and effort.

So nominations opened. You wanna know something?

We had a whooping 47 nomination forms.

Talk about disappointing.

Each category was only to have 10 nominees, again to make the verification process easier. When there were ties among all the nominees, we put it up to the voters to decide who would make it out of the wild card round.  The Authority had NOTHING to do with who made it in and who did not. And before you ask, we each voted once in the wild card round, and once in the actual voting. Could we have voted more? Sure. Did we? No, because we had other things on our minds.  Have other people voted more than once? Probably. Do we care? Not really, because that means that the readers are passionate about the stories they love.

We’ve heard that the awards are skewed to favor The Authority. To be clear, the only person that knows what’s going on with the voting is 4Padfoot because she created the poll for voting and she is the website adminstrator; she isn’t an author.  MistressJessica1028 had 6 nominations, Kittyinaz had 3, and Gyllene had the most of the active Authority members with 15. Do you want to know why Gyllene and Meridian had the most nominations this time around?

It’s because they sent out a reminder in one of their posts saying which stories were available to be considered.  But they weren’t the only authors to do that.

That’s like when films starting campaigning for an Academy Award.  It’s not right; it’s not wrong; it is what it is.

So to recap, we only had 47 nomination forms, yet we’ve had over 30,000 votes. Again, the only one that has seen what is happening in voting is 4Padfoot.

As of now, voting is closed. We are debating whether to announce the winners or not, because all the negativity surrounding the awards has disheartened all of us. We have spent hours trying to bring these awards to you, to make them what YOU, the readers, wanted. I know of only one group of people who asked questions about the awards, and to be honest, it didn’t go so well. Personality conflicts on both sides; it happens.  But no one approached me personally to ask questions about the awards. I’m only learning today of people approaching Kittyinaz, and that is to tell her of a specific rant about the awards.  We are not naming names, because that is petty, but this is what we have to say in response.

If you truly had issues with the awards, then we would have appreciated it if you had come to any members of The Authority with your concerns. It’s extremely frustrating to hear so much discrediting us when we have tried to make this as something to recognize the authors. We can’t help that the readers have their favorite authors. We had talked about excluding winners from last year in this year’s awards, but that created backlash as well because people suggested it wasn’t a truly fair competition if they couldn’t compete against everyone in the fandom.

We can’t please everyone, though we have tried to do so, but it looks like we ended up failing abysmally.

We do not decide who wins and loses; we only post the winners that you the fans decide on.  If you don’t like what the fans have to say, then we are sorry.  The awards are not mean to depress or discourage anyone. We’re sorry if you have let something that is supposed to be uplifting do that to you.

Lastly, we are human.  We make mistakes.  If we missed something, well we hoped that after our many checks, that you will look over them.  We had mentioned that we are human and for any input to be given to us.  We listened last year to the complaints, and worked to make these better for you.  Instead of coming to us and telling us what the issues are, we instead find out from anonymous people who stepped forward to let us know of the complaints.  We had no idea they were being aired.

Based on our experience this year, we are seriously considering not hosting the awards next year. We will think long and hard before we do.  Why do something that people are treating negatively? It was meant to be fun, and this shit isn’t fun.

 

The Authority

Voting is now open!!!

Voting is now OPEN!!!

There is unlimited Voting!

So vote every day for your favorites  and lets see how many total of votes we can get. Each time you vote in an award category you can vote for up to 3 different stories each time!

The polls close on May  22nd.  Click the button below to take you to vote!

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Winners will be revealed on May 29th!

Thank you for all off your support!

The Authority

The Hour is Upon Us!!

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This is it, folks.  This is the last hour for the Poll to get your choices in for the Wild Card Places!!!!

In less than an hour, the polls will be closing.

Also. when our esteemed Banner Maker, did the double check (not State Farm’s since we don’t do the whole copyright thing you know) she found a place in two of those places you are voting available.  So your votes are going to determine more places!!!

So why are you waiting?  Click back into the site, and the poll will be posted right below this post.   Let’s get those votes in!!!!

The Authority.

Vote!

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Yep.  4Padfoot really rocks this ballot making thing.  But then, she rocks it all doesn’t she?!?!?

So here is the thing… You have one vote in each section.  There is the full list, of who all you can vote for, with how many places are available for wild cards.  And yes, there were seriously that many ties.  See why we said we would leave it up to you?  This is the awards for you guys.  The readers, writers, betas, artists and so forth.  And you already talked up your favorites.  Now go decide who of these people are going to be on the finals!!!

http://4padfoot.polldaddy.com/s/you-want-blood-awards-wild-card-race

Vote.  And these will close tomorrow, Sunday, May 10th Midnight EST.  So let your voice be held, and vote in your wild cards slots!

The Authority.

Holy Smokes Batman!!!!

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Oh they do, Eric.  They seriously do…

You guys seriously rock the nomination ballots!!

We actually got through them all already.  This shocked us too.  Thanks to all that sent in information to me, it helped.  And that whole mention to my own readers of being well read in the fandom helping?  Oh my.  It really does!!!!

But we have an issue.  You know that top ten idea we had to make sure you weren’t overwhelmed?  Well it seems we have alot of ties to fill in the last of the fields.  We talked about it ourselves, and since one or more of us are often in the category, we decided to allow you guys to make that decision.  It is only fair.

So what our wonderful 4Padfoot is doing right now is putting together a vote for you guys to decide who will be filling in the blanks we have now. Call it the Wild Card vote….  We wanted to give you a heads up, since this will only be up for about two days.  Like the rest of the day it is posted and the following day.  That is it.  We have our own work to be doing on the back end, and would like to have a chance to allow the nominees who are to be involved this year a chance to know before the big vote.

Thanks to all of you, without you, there would be no awards, since, as authors, if we didn’t write, there would be nothing to read, as readers, there would be no one to read the works, and those who took time out to nominate your favorites, or there would be no awards for us to put together.  Look for a post here soon to be able to add your vote in for the finals!!!!!

Thanks!

The Authority