Monday, 28 July 2014

Brain fog.

It's been a bit hot and humid here for the last few days.  Such periods of time tend to make my brain feel as damp and foggy as the weather.  I've admittedly been suffering from a bit of writer's block as well the last couple of weeks.  In spite of my own difficulties, I'm thrilled each week to read your stories.

And so, one hopes that posting winners and words will help break my own block.

Our winner this week is Antonia Woodville with Infinity (63):  The Captain never ceases to entertain and intrigue!  As ever, the tone and cadence of his voice rings through your writing, Antonia.  Thank you!

The Tome has been, like myself, a bit cranky with the heat, poor dear.  Its fur has gotten a bit knotty with the humidity and I have discovered it does not appreciate being brushed.  However, I've managed to coax it out from under the bed to give us some new words.

Cruel
Fossil
Muzzle

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. Serialized fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until 11 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) Friday, Augst 1st.

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.

All right darlings,
The Gates Are Open!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Head full of angry bees

Despite being sober a vast majority of the time, I routinely wake up on Sundays with dreadful headaches. Perhaps I should start drinking. If it does not prevent the headaches, at least it will give me a good reason for them.

The winning stories this week are chock full of pure horror. First place goes to dex for elegant decay. The tension was superb and the payoff beyond frightening. That story barely edged out Token by AJ Humpage. The last line nearly did me in.

My being indisposed most of the day has put the tome's snout out of joint. It has spat out these words and gone off in a huff:

Harbor
Abandoned
Upheld

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. Serialized fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until 10 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) Friday, July 25.

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.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Technology finally cooperates.

Oi!  As usual, I'm late because my computer seriously seems to hate loading this site.  I have no idea why.  As always, my deepest apologies.  From this point hence, if I find this happening, I will send RR my posts and have her get them up for me so we have no more delays.  I ought to have thought of that sooner!

The Tome is suffering from a serious case of indigestion and is quite grumpy with me at the moment, so I'll get right on with it.

Our winner this week is Sandra Davies with Parley:  Everything about this piece is rich and detailed.  As always, your dialogue was a pleasure to read and I am truly excited to see what happens next.  Thank you!

In second place is John Xero with Cosmic Discord (15):  A beautifully wrought piece. You've conveyed the emotions of your characters so well.  Harriet continues to inspire.  Thank you.

Our new words are:

Observer
Elegant
Decay

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. Serialized fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. Because I'm so horrifically late this week, I'm leaving the gates open until Saturday evening, July 19.  I WILL get winners and words up one way or another by Sunday evening, and we can get back on schedule from there.  Again my deepest apologies for my continuing network issues!

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.

The Gates Are Open!




Monday, 7 July 2014

I'm late...I'm late...

Good afternoon, all.

As I am emulating Alice's White Rabbit, I shall get right to winners and words without further ado.

This week's winner is Rich with Hard Lesson:  There is nothing I don't love about this story.  The phrasing is fantastic and the timing is quick and crisp.  Really nice writing.  Thank you.

Second place goes to RR Kovar with Outskirts:  No idea why, but I see these two as quite young when they make their break for it, and that makes it all the more interesting.  I'd definitely like to read more of their adventures.

The Tome has brought forth new words and gone back to sit in the patch of sun on my work desk.

Heretic
Plaster
Scar

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. Serialized fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening, July 11.

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.

The Gates Are Open!