Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Road to Hell

is often littered with distractions, as is my life of late. The most recent thing that kept me from my judging duties was not burdensome in the least; my husband's first batch of home-brewed beer occasioned a party for the tasting, and it took far more time to prepare the house and victuals than I had expected. The beer was a delight, as was the company, and so I arrive here late but only slightly repentant.

As usual, the stories last week were varied and interesting. I would love to find a wider audience for all of your delightful tales, whether stand-alone or serials, as I think we have an astounding collection of talent here.

The winner of last week's challenge is Sandra Davies with A Change of Focus [71]. As others noted, the brilliant use of sound filled out an already intense interaction. It's difficult to keep a serial fresh, but Sandra keeps finding ways to do so.

The Tome has belched forth words, which makes me suspect it got into the pantry and had a bit of the mister's homebrew. Ah, well. We can spare it. He's already made more.  See what you can do with these little delights:


Discord
Inhabit
Cumbersome

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum (excluding 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 and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.


Hey, look at that! We just passed 25,000 hits on the new home of The Prediction. Let's see if we can break 100K by the end of the year.  Please feel free to pimp your stories on Twitter or Facebook, and, as always, new friends and old are welcome to stop by and play.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Change of Plans

One of the things I love about writing is that you can start out with one idea in your head, and by the time you get to the end - or the middle, or sometimes the second chapter - it takes a turn you didn't expect and becomes something else entirely, and as long as it's the story you want to be telling in that moment, it's perfectly fine that it's not what you thought it might be.

The same is true for reading, and the many serials we have going here are living proof of the way ideas evolve or morph or take sudden sharp turns. In fact, it's why I'm always so eager to read the new entries. The conversations that arise in comments are also interesting and often informative, which is a rare and beautiful thing in the vast universe that is the internet.

The win this week goes to John Xero for the latest installment of (rise). Olivia's tale is all about change, so I think it's fitting.

The tome has no intention of changing its ways, which I suppose is good, as it accommodates our request for fresh words:

Enormous
Heritage
Torch

I suspect you all can do quite a lot with those words, and if you've friends who might like a go, please invite them to play.

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum (excluding 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 and stems are fine.

And in the spirit of change, I am switching up the schedule to better mesh with mine.  You have until Friday evening. New words will come on Saturdays from here out.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Things That Go Bump

In my case, on the stairs, and obscenely early in the morning, rather than in the night.  I appreciate you all bearing with me while I started my recovery from an epic slide down a Victorian staircase. Steep suckers, those. Woke the family and scared the hell out of them in the process. I was a bit afraid myself. Funny how I love to be frightened by stories, but find it quite unpleasant in real life. I suspect that is because stories rarely leave me bruised, even though they often have great impact.

What fantastic stories you all presented last week! I never cease to wonder at the talent in this group. It does, however, make the judging more difficult, for which I must thank you. An embarrassment of riches you give me. (See what happens when I'm on pain meds? I gush.)

For pure horror, the win goes to Zaiure for Aria. I'm still not sure if Elaine was having a psychotic break or really witnessing that awful scene.

Most honorable mention goes to John Xero for the ambitious start to his new serial Cosmic Discord, in which he used the words in all four entries. Very well played, and I hope to see more of this story.

Now for new words. The tome has been remarkably well behaved, perhaps sensing I could not wrestle with it this week. (Seriously, even taking the book from the shelf was difficult.) So it gently offers up these words for your contemplation and use:

Muscle
Fabricate (will take fabrication, etc.)
Sloppy

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum (excluding 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 and stems are fine. You have until Thursday evening.

As always, we welcome newcomers and encourage you to invite friends over to our place to play.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Resolutions

Welcome to a new year at The Prediction! I am grateful for each and every one who reads, writes, or comments here. You have helped to sustain a community of creativity and support. Thank you so much for that gift.

The holidays made for a short list of players over the past two weeks, but the quality was, as always, top-notch.The lush phrasing and building tension of Sandra Davies' Served right takes the honors. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend you do.

Blend
Exceptional (will take exception and all roots, if it so please you)
Symphony

The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum (excluding 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 and stems are fine. You have until Thursday evening.

As always, we welcome newcomers and encourage you to invite friends over to our place to play.