Saturday, 23 November 2013

Holiday Horrors!

Good morning!

I find myself needing to apologize again for being late.  There is something seriously wrong with my home network, methinks.  I am able to get onto some sites sometimes, but rarely the ones I need to get on all the time.  I will continue to see if the problem can be fixed.  In the meantime, as ever, I very much appreciate your patience!

With the holidays fast approaching, The Tome and I have decided to throw a strictly volunteer challenge out to all our wonderful writers.  Anytime between now and Saturday, December 20, 2013, I'd like to see how many holiday themed horror drabbles we can gather.  I have a notion to gather them all up and put them in one big post for all to read and enjoy before the New Year.  You may write about any holiday you wish, religious or secular, or make one up!  You may  use the prompts from any week from now until then.  Serials are welcome, as long as they are completed by December 20.  On that day I will make a separate post containing all the submissions and will announce winners.  As I said, this is strictly voluntary, a little something extra and fun.

I'd like to keep the stories a surprise until I make the final post on the 20th, so if you'd like to participate, please email me your stories at ravenways@gmail.com.  You are welcome to submit as many as you are inspired to write during that time.  When you submit a story, please include Holiday Horrors in your subject line, and please note the date and what the prompts were.  It'll help me keep track of things a bit more readily.

I'll be networking  this as much as I can, in the hopes of attracting new folk to come and play with us.  Please feel free to do the same!

And now let's get on to winners and words!

Even though we had but three authors eligible to win this week, I still found it very difficult to choose.

This week's winner is Sandra Davies with A Change of Focus (63):  The dialogue is snappy and has a wonderful, natural, feeling to it and your surprise ending is a fantastic hook to keep the reader wanting more. Thank you!

The Tome has had it's treat of bacon, and provided new words for us to play with!

Alto
Histrionic
Ticking


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.

As the Thanksgiving holiday is approaching this week for some of  us, I will accept submissions until Friday, November 29th at 3:00 PM.  Winners and words will be posted by 11:30 PM that evening.

The Gates Are Open my friends.  Take what the Tome has offered and craft your nightmares into reality!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Well it's about TIME.

Good morning, all.

First off, let me extend many thanks to RR for posting to let you all know about my continuing tech issues. Next, let me thank all of you for your infinite patience in putting up with said issues.  Being trusted to host Prediction is a huge honor for me, and I am so grateful to have such understanding folks here with me.

All right.  I'll get right to it.

This week's winner is RRKovar with Modus Operandi: I must agree that "silvered young" is one of my favorite phrases here. I half get the idea that the woman in question has no idea whether she'll become "partner in crime", as it were, or "victim", and that she'd be quite happy either way.  I do hope we get to find out exactly what's in that lab, and what becomes of her.  Thank you!

And this week's runner up is Antonia Woodville with Infinity (31):  This story continues to fascinate. VERY nice use of the prompts this week.  I'm very curious as to just what the Captain believes that crew mate is thinking!  Thank you!

The Tome has offered new words.  Give me just a moment to gather them up.  Ahhhh...there we go...

Crosswind
Intervene
Cajole

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, November 21st , to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, November 22nd.

The Gates Are Open my friends.  Take what the Tome has offered and craft your nightmares into reality!



Saturday, 9 November 2013

Expedience

Good evening all!

I'm a tad rushed just now, so I hope no one minds if I get right to it.

This weeks winner is John Xero with his continuation of (rise) Olivia continues to fascinate and I like the hints into the personalities of the other characters.  This story still has me completely hooked.  Thank you.

And in second place this week is Sandra Davies with Finale:  Brilliant work weaving things together and ending all!  I loved this!  Very nice use of the prompts.  Thank you!

And now on to new words!

Beacon
Grandiose
Wisp

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

The Gates Are Open my friends.  Take what the Tome has offered and craft your nightmares into reality!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Prompts and writer's block.

Good morning.

I suffered a bit of writers block this week, while trying to move a thing I've been working on forward.  For the life of me I couldn't decide how to get it where I wanted it to go next.  Every paragraph I came up with scanned as trite and immature.  I finally gave up completely for a couple of days.  Then I had an idea-rather a desperate one, but....I picked up the Tome and begged it for one word.  Just one.  At first it was loathe to cooperate.  It knows its job is to give words to Prediction.  I finally convinced it to give me just one to use on my own.  It worked. The word it gave me inspired a fresh idea and I got my little scribble moving again.

The experience allowed me to see just how useful and challenging, even one word that you don't have to think of yourself, can be.  The Tome earned itself a treat of bacon for helping me understand more fully how prompts work.

And with that said, let us get on with winners and words, shall we?

This weeks winner is RRKovar with Well Laid Plans:  My first thought was "Poor Donal and his garish cow."  Both about to be victims of the machinations of their peers.  The prompts were nicely used, and the story itself left a slightly bad taste in my mouth, which is precisely what good horror is supposed to do.  Well played, my friend.  Thank you.

In second place this week is Antonia Woodville with her continuation of the Captain's story.  I love that you named a ship Foxglove.  This piece is, as usual tightly written and the prompts well used.  I love that we finally got a solid hint as to the possible origin of the shadow people.  Thank you!

The Tome has indicated that it would like to provide words now, as the sun is shining on my work desk and it likes to sit there in the mornings.  So, let us indulge the toothy critter with a scritch along its spine and see what happens.

Provenance
Godforsaken
Answer

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, November 7th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, November 8th.

The Gates Are Open my friends.  Take what the Tome has offered and craft your nightmares into reality!