Saturday, 30 March 2013

Good Evening!

The tome and I are oddly energized this evening.  It could be that it was warm enough to open windows for a bit today, and there's been a lovely, cool breeze all day.  The evening is a bit more chilly, and there's an almost wild scent in the air tonight.

The tome is stretched out at the edge of my bed, sniffing mightily at the curtain as it blows inwards on the wind.  It seems content enough for a few minutes while I announce winners.

I had a very hard time this week.  Every story used the prompts beautifully.

This week's winner is Jon Xero with (Alpha):  The visuals are what got me in this story.  You do a brilliant job with description.  It's one of the things I consistently love about your work.

And my runner up this week is RR Kovar with Uncommon Courtesy:  I just love this piece.  Knowing RR's writing style as I do, I'm sensing there's at least one twist here that we haven't seen, even if she doesn't favor us with any more from these characters.  Though I really hope she does.

And now...new words!

Turbulent (Turbulence, or any form is fine)

Grunt

Handbook

Hmmmm...interesting combination there.


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, April, 4th to get your entries in.  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:00 PM on Friday, April 5th.

The tome has gone to sleep.  Go and create, my friends.  We'll be waiting...






Saturday, 23 March 2013

Horror Springs Eternal...

Evening all!
I have no idea where that title came from, except that it's First day of Spring here, and we write horror and...

Anyhow, the tome seems to realize I've made a timing change.  It has harumphed its way up the stairs from visiting with Mofo, and is currently snuffling about at my feet as I write.  I've provided a small snack, as has become my habit when I want new words.  It should be finished with that and ready to provide new prompts in just a few moments.

First of all, Happy Spring!  Don't know about the rest of you but I've about bloody had it with winter.

Second, I'd like to apologize for not commenting this week.  As admin, I feel particularly badly about that.  I'm slowly getting settled into my new life and job, but it's been a bit more complex a process than even I imagined, and it's not over yet.  Still, I have read every word each of you has written, and I've been thrilled, entertained, appalled, and frightened.  It's been grand!  Thank you.

Now to our winners this week.

First place goes to AJ Humpage with Just Another Face In The Crowd:   What a horrific notion, that demonry is the cause of such mundane horrors.  And to give us his thoughts, knowing what he does, as he waits to detonate the bomb.  Brilliantly awful!

And our runner up is: Matt Farr with: Except from "The Practical Demons Guide to Perils of the Mundane Realms":   Matt, this was great stuff!  I adore the idea that as RR said, they are as afraid of us as we are of them, and that they have a whole agency to deal with dealing with us!  LOL.  

Congratulations to our winners!  Fantastic writing from all, as always.

Seems the tome has brought forth the new words whilst I wasn't looking.  Little blighter "brought them forth" onto my shoe!  Right, so...

Eldritch

Manse

Aristocracy

*I was chatting with a friend as I was writing this.  He told me one of his favorite words.  It's syzygy.  I had to look it up.  Anyone who'd like to add to their challenge, can feel free to include this one as well.  It's just such a great word.  Including it, or not, will not affect my decision-making this week.  I just figured I'd toss it out there as a fun thing for anyone who might want to give it a shot.


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, March 28th, to get your entries in.  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:00 PM on Friday, March 29th.

Go and create, m'dears.  The tome and I will be waiting...







Thursday, 21 March 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey gang,

Winners and Words will be posted by 11:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on Friday, March 22nd.    

RR is unable to post for me this week as she's going to be travelling.  

I'd also like to continue with that time on Fridays, going forward, if there are no objections.  It will make it easier for me to maintain things and guarantee that the posts get made on time every week.  

If the new time is going to cause serious problems for anyone across the pond, please let me know and I'll make an effort to do something more convenient for all.

Thanks so much!

Friday, 15 March 2013

Times, They Are A-Changing

Well, Colleen sent this to me this morning, and I completely spaced that she is in the Eastern time zone, whilst I am in Central. Pray forgive me for posting this late.  - Rebecca
 
 
Good day!

The tome has built itself a nest under my bed.  It crawled out to greet the new day covered in shamrocks.  I suppose it could be covered in far worse things and I'll not complain.  Not sure where it got into the shamrocks, but I can only imagine it's a nod toward St. Patrick's Day, which is fast approaching.  Any rate, at the moment, it's exploring the confines of my bedroom.  

Before I get to this week's winners I have a favor to ask of all of you.  The time frame for entries and judging is a bit difficult for me to juggle, due to my new training and work schedule.  Would anyone mind if I moved it by a few hours , in one direction or another, so that I can devote more time to the blog and my responsibilities as admin?  I'm trying to be mindful of the fact many of you are across the pond, and I don't want to make things inconvenient for you.  If anyone has major concerns, please feel free to let me know either in comments, or at ravenways@gmail.com.

And so on to this week's winners!

First place this week goes to Anthony Corwin with The Karmic Wheel:  Anthony, I loved this story from the first line.  I've a deep-rooted childhood fear of carnivals and I think it was brilliant to use one a the setting for your story.  Even with the 100 word limit, you moved the story quickly from start to finish while maintaining a very strong visual of your world.  Really enjoyable.  Thank you.

Our runner-up this week is Helen with The Offering:  Helen, I like this girl.  I want to know more about her.  Her casual attitude at having so easily turned the tables on her attacker is just lovely.  I want to know what that blood is going to be useful for!  This is a tightly-written and clever bit of writing.  Thank you.

As always, I want to thank everyone who came out to play this week!  I am in such fine, fine, company here and it's wonderful to see new people visiting and staying to write for us.  Thank you all.

And on that note, the tome has somehow gotten into my lap, and is making happy little chuffling sounds.  Let's see what it has for us...


Demonry  (If you really hate this, you can use any form of demon, though I would love to see what you do with "demonry", 'cause it just sounds so cool!)

Catalog

Abyss


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, March 21st, to get your entries in.  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday, March 22nd.

*sigh*  The tome has sneezed, and now I'm covered in shamrocks, too.

Go forth and create, my friends!

Friday, 8 March 2013

Marching Forth

Good afternoon, all.

A quick side note, before winners and words, if you'll be so kind as to indulge me.  

Lily and Phil often included in these posts, news and information about various writing contests and opportunities for networking.  If you know of such things, and would like to share them, please feel free to send all the pertinent information, including a link, if possible, to me at ravenways@gmail.com.

I'll be more than happy to include them in the weekly winners and words posts.  

That said, I have cleared the gates of snow and the tome has emerged from beneath my bed and is happily chewing on the corner of a sheet, waiting its cue to bring forth new words for us to play with. Let me get on with announcing the winners before the little dear goes for my brand new quilt, shall we?

I can't tell you all how lucky I consider myself to have the privilege of judging this little contest each week. I get to read fantastic stories written by folks I've come to know a bit, and that is a joy beyond measure.  I love our dark little playroom.

And so, this week's winners:

First place goes to Zaiure with Anatomy:  I just loved the whole tone and feel of this.  The almost lighthearted pragmatism in discovering a one-eye cat mucking about with a human hand, in a garden! You have a great skill at creating a sense of place, using very few words.  And again, Poe is just lovely.  I'd really like to see more of him.

My runner-up this week is Zoë Farr with Flashback 2:  Zoë, you did such a great job of capturing brother/sister "I hate you right now..." banter with your dialogue!  I've heard siblings snipe in exactly this fashion.  I also rather enjoyed Jiro's surprise at the end.  ; )

And now it appears the tome has finished its 250 thread-count snack, and is ready to bring forth new words!

Decant  (Decanter or any version thereof is also fine here)

Notch

Straddle

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, March 14th, to get your entries in.  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday, March 15th.

Hmmmm...I rather like these...

Have at it, m'dears.  See you back here soon!

Saturday, 2 March 2013

The Tome Ate My Homework

Hi!
Well, that went well, eh?   This morning, as promised, I wrote a post for winners and words and emailed it RR.  She never received it, nor can I even find it now.  I'm so very, very, sorry I dropped the ball gang.

OK, so...winners and words.

You are all still making it very difficult for me to decide.  Judging this week has been as challenging as ever.

However, without further ado:

First place goes to Phil Ambler with Dare You.  This is such a great little story, Phil.  Reading, I knew something was going to happen, but I had no idea what or to whom, until the last line.

Our runner-up this week is Matt Farr with Just Hanging Around: Matt, I still can't stop chuckling at that last line.  And it was a brilliant notion to let us know what it feels like to be a scarecrow!

Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to everyone of you who posted and entertained me so much!  I can't tell you how helpful reading your work has been this last week when everything's been so hectic.

I do not recall the words the Tome provided this morning, and so, after much pleading on my part, it has begrudgingly spit out some new ones.  Just let me peel them off my shirt...

There we are!

Herbs

Altruist

Wary


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, March 7th, to get your entries in.  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday, March 8th.

Again, I am so sorry for my email gaf.  Here's hoping this weeks words stir your creative juices!