Outside looking in we can easily make assumptions but I’m glad you mentioned this. Nonetheless, I fully support your take on this transition! Personally I like the idea behind gauging the reader’s interest but their execution could’ve been a lot better.
Thanks for the kind words, Justin Thor Simenson! What I love most about the competition is meeting other creative people in a fun atmosphere. The conversations that happened after the event felt very natural — total opposite from going to some networking event where you’re forced to chat with other people.