Saturday, 29 June 2013

Good morning!

The tome has been frisking about the room this morning, whilst I've been trying to wake up and start my day.  It's funny how it remains quiet until I have gotten my first cup of coffee.  It seems almost to know and have respect, for the fact that I am so VERY not a morning person.

However, I am dressed, and that first cup is half empty now, so let's start the show.

Winners and words.

My winner this week is RRKovar with Turning The Tables:  This is just a brilliant and elegant bit of writing.  You've moved the story forward with brutal efficiency.  Also, was NOT expecting Nate to stab his brother.  Nice twisty bit there.   Thank you!

And this week's runner up is Zoe Farr with Flashback (20):  Zoe, every glimpse into Ame's character makes me hungry to know more.  You did a great job of weaving the prompts in, too!

As always, thank you all for playing!  Each week brings so many amazing stories.  You continue to make it hard to choose!

And the tome has brought forth new words!  Yay!

Bristling

Ejective

Crossroad

I am particularly in love with Ejective, though at this stage I have no idea what I'll do with it!  The tome continues to challenge!

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 EST on Thursday, July 4th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, July 5th.

The gates are open!  Let the games begin!






Saturday, 22 June 2013

She shoots! She...drops the ball!

My apologies all.

Yesterday was a bit stressful.  It was GOOD stress, for a change, but enough that I obviously completely forgot about my duties here.

The tome has reminded me, by crawling from beneath my bed and glaring pointedly up at me, whilst biting my foot.

And so I shall delay no further.

In first place this week is John Xero with Rise:  John you are just brilliant with dialogue.  You wove the prompts into the rest in such a way that's it's seamless and feels completely organic while giving new insight into the folks we already know AND introducing new ones.  No easy task, that, and you accomplished it beautifully.  Thank you!

And in second place this week we have Matt Farr with Peace of Mind:  Matt, it's just insidious.  I love it.  The feeling reminded me of Soylent Green and the Stepford Wives and even Equilibrium.  There's a quiet, creeping horror here, all wrapped up in a pretty "this is GOOD for you." bow.  I loved it.  Thank you!

And now to words.  The tome has just showed me where it left them last night while I was absent.  They're a bit dried out and flaky now, but I've managed to get them separated and sorted...

Distortion

Trammel

Implausible

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 EST on Thursday, June 28th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, June 29th.

The gates are open.  Let the games begin!





Saturday, 15 June 2013

Barkeep! Another round!

Good evening!

It's been a pretty dull  week around here and I don't really have much to say for an intro, so let's just get right to it shall we?

Winners!

First place goes to Tony Cowin with: Child Safety Locks: As  Standard:  Tony, I know I shouldn't, but I can't stop giggling at this.  Her absolute casual attitude is just grand.  And the red pen.  In terms of horror, it's a great piece.   Well written and just plain fun to read.  Thank you.

Second place this week goes to Philamber with: Leopard Spots:  I actually cried the first time I read this.  His sorrow for her, still felt in the midst of her gruesome betrayal is such a powerful image.  Thank you.

I've given the tome a break this week, and so the lovely RRKovar has provided us with words.  Many thanks, dear!

Numerous

Swell

Invent

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 EST on Thursday, June 20th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, June 21st.


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Changing Perspectives.

Good evening!

Changing perspectives, indeed.  Sometimes it's as simple as standing in a different corner when you look across a  room.  Seeing things from a different direction can change the way they look and "feel".  The same can be said for looking at a situation from a slightly different point of view.  I've been doing that today, and, lo and behold, I have found a new perspective on it.  It doesn't have to be quite what I thought it was.

Why bring this up?  Because it happens that examining the above mentioned situation from a different point of view, also had the effect of encouraging me to look at my own writing from a new perspective.  I have always seen my writing as something I enjoy doing, but am not particularly good at.  When people liked my stuff, I considered it a lucky coincidence, having nothing to do with any innate talent I may actually have.  This, in spite of having been told flat-out, by folks I consider knowledgeable about such things, that I am  a pretty good writer.  And now I find myself wondering if other writers go through the same thing.  I imagine they do.

So.  My question is this.  Have any of you gone through that?  At what point did you finally think, "I'm a writer.", without feeling uncomfortable saying it?

Anyhow, the tome is ready to do its thing, so let me announce our winners this week.

In first place, is Sandra Davies with Muttered Conversation:  Sandra, I love the dialogue here.  I love not knowing who is saying what, just yet.  I also find it a very intriguing way of introducing new characters.  Thank you.

My second place winner is Matt Farr with The New Overseers Speech:  As always, Matt, you've incorporated the prompts seamlessly.   More so, however, was the subject matter and the way you approached it.  Thank you.

And now for new words!   Ready?

Defeat

Crafty

Malefaction


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 EST on Thursday, June 14th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, June 15th.

The gates are open!  Let the games begin!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

And then I'm late...

Good morning all,

My apologies for my tardiness, again.  One's family occasionally does "unexpected" sorts of things when they get old.

The tome is a bit out of sorts this morning.  The last couple of days here in the Northeast have been hot and humid.  Evidently, the little darling likes that sort of weather just as little as I do.  It watched me install the air conditioner on Thursday.  It seemed amused by my struggles with the electric drill but was happy enough to settle right in front of it when all was said and done.

I imagine I ought to get on with winners and words, as the tome seems to realize we are late, and is hovering at the very edge of the the table near my desk, drooling greenish stuff with random letters floating about in it. I don't believe it likes our forced tardiness anymore than I.

Winners!

First place this week goes to Zoe Farr with Bring me the head of (12):  Zoe, there's an underlying tension in this that carries through the whole piece.  That can be tough to maintain and you've done it wonderfully.  Your dialogue is tight and the you worked the prompts in very smoothly.  And again, that last line is killer!  Thank you.

And in second place is RR Kovar with her Seth and Nate piece, This Modern World:  RR this is just the perfect set up piece.  Its tone is so quiet and matter of fact, and yet you conveyed Seth's tongue-in-cheek "concern" about Nate's reaction so perfectly.  I had a hard time answering with what I thought was matching quality.  Thank you!

And now....the words!

Escort

Utility

Heresy


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 EST on Thursday, June 6th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, June 7th.

The gates are open.  Let the games begin!