It turns out #operaplot withdrawal is a real, medical condition, so you can definitely get a doctor’s note and take a few days off work. You’re welcome.
While you’re wandering listlessly around the Interwebs vaguely wondering how you will continue living without a plotting outlet, perhaps you could take a few moments a share your stories and what you thought worked and didn’t work about this year’s contest. If you’d rather not do it in public, drop me a line.
Stories: Mostly I’m just curious. Did you get an #operaplot idea in the middle of a meeting, dream about it, find yourself talking about the contest to people who couldn’t possibly be interested?
Questions from me:
Twitter: I’m always uneasy with Twitter being a barrier for to people who want to participate. Last year entries through the OM were allowed and about 10% of the total came from there.
The reason for making it Twitter only this year was primarily social. How important is this to you and how much less fun would it be to have the whole comp off Twitter?
Friends – It seems to me that #operaplot is great place to meet friends and functions kind of like a reunion. Is that the case?
Prizes: This year there are 5 main winners and likely 3-5 runners up. How important is winning (be honest). Are the low odds off-putting or does it not really matter in the end?
Orphans: Identifying the operas is a lot of work but also a lot of fun (for me at least). What do you think about the orphans? Fun/a drag? Should I spend some time finding a better way to identify the plots?
Checking Entries: On a scale of 1-10, how big of a pain was this? Any thoughts on how to make it easier?
Book: This is an idea I’ve been sort of kicking around. Would you be interested in a hard copy of all the 2010 plots? If yes in what format (paperback/hardcover) and how much would you be willing to pay for it?
It would be the plots, the participating houses, an essay from me, perhaps some words from the judge. Basic but beautiful at somewhere around 100-150 pages.
It there is enough interest, then I’ll get to work.
Anything else: It’s looking like this contest might be a permanent fixture. To make it better, I need to hear from the people that use it….namely you. I’m happy to hear whatever you have to say, so get to it!
Here’s to #operaplot 2011!