Sunday, 23 February 2014

The Effects of Exhaustion on Creativity.

I've spent a good deal of time thinking about the title of this post the last couple of weeks.  I've been ridiculously busy and not getting much sleep into the bargain.  While I'm still writing, I have found the more busy and tired (and yes, a bit stressed) I get, the darker my work is becoming.  RR and I have often discussed the effects our personal lives have on our characters and the situations we put them in.  Anger, depression, and frustration lend their own flavors to any writing done when in the throes of those emotions.

Normally, when I'm too long without sleep, I simply put writing aside.  I think I will experiment with continuing on to see what happens to my characters.

Also, enough with winter.  Just sayin'

Winners and words!

My winner this week is AJ Humpage with The Man Who Would Be King:  I love stories that look at a well-covered subject from a different point of view.  This had a wonderful flow to it.

Second place this week goes to Zaiure with Proof of Deed:  I could almost here the Countess sputtering.

And now, the tome seems to have made the trip back to New England quite well and has brought forth new words.

Gutter
Music
Souvenir
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.

Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media best pleases you and, if you like, remind your friends that we are open to new and returning writers.



Sunday, 16 February 2014

Cabin Fever Redux


Winter continues to be a challenge this year, no matter where you live. We've all had harsh weather, and the rough stretch that is February seems a bit rougher this year. I'm more than ready for this season to be over, not least because going anywhere is more than a little problematic in the cold and snow and wet muck.  Luckily, we have this space in which to escape from time to time and visit the twisted worlds we each create and share.

Excellent work from all last week, making the choice difficult.  I give the win to Antonia Woodville for Infinity 43. Sustaining emotional resonance in a long series is such a challenge, and she knocked it out of the park this week.

The Tome is also restless and a bit cranky, so it was a challenge to pull the words from it this week. And yet, I have full faith you will all create excellent work with these:

Crown
Judge
Vulgar

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.

Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media best pleases you and, if you like, remind your friends that we are open to new and returning writers.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

The Old Switcheroo!

P.S.A:  Good afternoon, loves.

RR and I have decided to try something new with admin for our lovely little playground.  We will take alternate weeks doing winners and words.  I will be choosing winners and words this week, also allowing RR to be in the running for accolades, as she will not be choosing words.  Next week, she'll wear the admin hat, so that I can play for accolades, and so on...

I'm honestly surprised it took us so long to hit on this! I fear the poor Tome may weary of the travelling.  But it's a tough little bugger.  I'm sure it will be fine.  And so, off we go!

As always, your amazing talent has made it very difficult to choose.  There was such diversity in your stories this week!

This weeks winner is Sandra Davies with Looking To The Future:  This sort of choice is one of the most horrific things to read and Sandra, you did it brilliantly.  Thank you.

Second place goes to Olivia Arieti with Kitchen Utensils:   Lovely use of the prompts here and so good to see a new face, as it were!  The almost casual tone to the inner monologue is both amusing and horrible.  These are both very good things.  Thank you!

Many thanks to all of you for your amazing work!  It's such an honor to be here with you.

And with that the Tome is ready to bring forth new words!

Gallery
Bead
Parasite

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.

Happy writing, m'dears!



Sunday, 2 February 2014

Ain't That a Kick?

We are having quite the Winter (one must capitalize it when the weather is this serious), and it has played merry hell with my internet connection. I started this post hours ago. I hope it lets me connect this time.

Last week you gave me a bountiful bouquet of stories, each one a treasure. It never ceases to amaze me how this little group of people is able to consistently turn out excellent pieces. I should start passing the judging baton around, so you all can see how difficult it is to choose winners each week. Not that I am complaining! I wouldn't have it any other way.

The winner this week is Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw with FEED ME. This story haunted my dreams. Literally. Very close second is Hangman by AJ Humpage. There is so much going on in this story and the last line is perfect. Ladies, we welcome you back whenever you want to share your work with us.

The tome is grumbling, and although the only words it gives are spat out, I get the sense it doesn't approve of vortexes, polar or otherwise.


Elicit
Instrument
Capricious

I note, with suspicion, that those words could describe the tome itself.  Let's see what we can conjure up with them!

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.