Friday, 22 February 2013

Just Breathe...

It has been one rough week around here, m'dears.  However!  Things are a bit brighter and the tome, which now rests on the huge, round, glass top coffee table in our living room, has brought forth some new words.  I think it may still be adjusting to being moved about so much in the last few weeks. It made something of a mess.

Also, I'm not certain it's entirely fond of my housemate's pet.  Said pet is a female tarantula, named Mofo, whose cage is in a corner of the living room.  The tome has been creeping to the edge of the coffee table and growling a bit, mostly at night. Mofo remains unimpressed, for the nonce. We shall see what comes of that!

And finally, I must apologize to all of you for not having gotten here to comment this week.  My internet connection in the new digs are still pretty skitchy, and I can access a connected computer only when the housemate isn't using it.  That and all the rest that's been happening...well...my sincerest apologies to all.  I have read every story and as always they are all brilliant, thought-provoking and pleasantly dark.

Anyway, let's get on with it, shall we?  Winners and Words!

First place goes to Sandra Davies with A Change of Focus(22):  Sandra, I loved this piece.  It's just beautifully woven, if that makes any sense.   The last line leaves me really, REALLY wanting to know what happens next!

Again this week, I have a runner-up.  J.O. Vaughn with Four-leaf Clover:  J.O.  So few words!  And yet, you tell a complete and intriguing story. You possess an amazing skill.   I'm thrilled you found your way here!

Finally, I hope it won't be considered a conflict of interest if I toss a public nod in the direction of my dear friend and writing partner RR Kovar for her clever use of this week's words in updating you all on the roller coaster ride I was taking this week.  It was a brilliant and creative way of passing along news!  Well done, my friend!

And now the tome is staring pointedly at me and snarling quietly.  Right. Words!

Carrion
Sleeve
Reticent



The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, February 28, to get your entries in.  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday, March 1st..




Friday, 15 February 2013

New Words!

Greetings Authors!

(Hee hee!)  That was fun to say!

Sorry for the rather lame title of this post.  I'm suffering a bit of brain cramping today.

The tome was a bit recalcitrant about words today.  It's just disgorged them as I was rushing about getting ready for work.  So, winners first, and then I shall reveal its wisdom.

I don't think judging is going to get any easier from week to week.  You all positively shine every week!  It's truly an honor to judge such amazing talent.  I thank you.

OK, short on time, so...

My winners this week are:

David Barber with Hatred.  David, as I said in my comments, you have captured the nightmarish reality of such a situation to its very roots.  Brilliant writing.

I do have a runner-up this week as well:

Crimson Archer with Broken, The Devils Chapel.   Mr. Archer (or should it be Mr. Crimson??),  this is a lushly descriptive bit of work.  I could feel, hear, and smell that chapel, Sir.  And your black angel?  He's fabulous.  His unabashed and almost manic glee in his own evil was very refreshing.  Your closing lines had me chuckling for hours, by the way.

Congratulations winners!

New words!

Articulate
Pelt
Whorl

Any and all meanings and variants allowed, 'cause I'm feeling generous and happy!  *grin*

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, February 21, to get your entries in.  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday, February 22.

Create, create, create, my dears!  I'm waiting!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Ms. Antonia!

If you look to your right, you'll notice a link for your page here, called The Skullface Chronicles.  I didn't know if you have a title for your series picked out yet, so I went with something obvious for setup purposes. The page name can easily be changed.

There's an intro post there, for the nonce.

The page is pretty basic for now, but if there are any specific changes you need made to make things easier for you, let me know here, in comments, and I'll take care of them.

I'm so pleased that you accepted my offer to give your zombie his own room here!  I cannot wait to see what he does with it!  

Friday, 8 February 2013

It's Snowpocalypse.

Some of the local weather channels have named it NEMO, but the flatmates and I have renamed this storm Snowpocalypse.  As we still have power, I'm going to do my thing just a few minutes early. In truth, we're in no danger of losing power at this time.  I'm just terrifically excited about my first time judging!

I knew that I would have a hard time with this judging thing.  It's been great fun, but it's HARD!  Everyone who posts here is so incredibly talented and creative.  You made it very hard for me to choose.  

However choose I did.  And so, without further ado, this weeks winner is:

Steven Chapman with That warm fuzzy feeling inside.  Steven, I have to say again how much I loved this story. The sense you give, of  Mr. Oak's contentment and satisfaction with his solution to whatever poor neighbor Bill may have done to annoy him is just brilliant.  This is a nice, tightly written, piece.  And I have to admit, again, that it touched the revenge fantasy part of my wicked little mind, in all the right places.  

I also have a runner-up this week.  Though I hesitate to use that phrase really, because John Xero's (Rise) is a standout piece on its own.  John, I  love how you've captured, in so few words, the look and feel of Steampunk.  Alfred is brilliant!  I very much want to know more about these folks and what's happening with them.

They say that doing something new for the first time, is always the most difficult.  In all honesty, I sincerely hope that you all continue to make my judging duties just as difficult as you did this week.  I may have had a hard time, but I have loved how you've all challenged and entertained me this week.  

So!  Ready for the new words?  (Drum roll, please!)

Cantankerous
Oratory
Wobbly (wobble is acceptable)

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, February 14 , to get your entries in.  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday, February 15.  Heh...just realized our deadline next week falls on Valentine's Day.  

All right, darlings.  Get to it and show me the love!  And remember, love isn't always...pleasant!

Friday, 1 February 2013

It's Starting.

The tome has awakened.  I was quite concerned for a bit there.  I'd unwrapped it earlier, and discovered it still bound tight in its silken coverings.  I let it rest as instructed and have tried to ignore the intermittent gurgling and twitching.  Several moments ago, the covering tore open with much gnashing of teeth and a very loud growl, and it revealed itself to me.  It has since happily eaten the last of its wrappings and a napkin left on the table from dinner and belched forth this week's words.

Before I reveal them, I'd like to beg  your indulgence for just a moment.  I cannot tell you how honored I am to be the new caretaker of The Prediction.  RR can tell you, I have never considered myself a writer.  I scribble.  And that's that.  However, from my very first visit to The Prediction, when it was still with Lily, and on through its time in Phil's care, those of you who play each week have greeted my efforts with enthusiasm and more support than I could ever have hoped for.  I am challenged, and inspired each week by all of you.

I won't lie and say that deciding to give the tome a new home wasn't a hard decision, knowing that I would no longer be able to compete in the weekly challenge, but it is one I'm so glad I made.  I can already tell I'm going to love doing this thing.

The tome is growling again, and giving me pointed stares from its perch on the table.  I believe it is time to start the show.

So what words did the little darling disgorge?  They are as follows:

Disgrace
Lance
Trundle

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, February 7, to get your entries in.  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday, February 8.  I apologize in advance for mucking with the timing a bit.  I'm hoping the new times will make the time zone issue a bit easier for everyone to deal with, and admittedly, give me a bit of extra time for judging.  I'll own up to being QUITE nervous about that bit!

I still have so much to learn about how all this works, but I'm so very happy to have been able to provide a new space for The Prediction!

Let the games begin!