Sunday, 31 August 2014

Dog Days


End of summer is always a crazy time for me. My sons start school and the plants I've been tending all season start to give in abundance, forcing me to pick and process them and do almost nothing else. I am grateful for the good harvest and my thriving offspring, but sometimes, I wish I could have another few hours each day. Perhaps then I could get more writing done.

Luckily for me, you are all writing up a storm, and I get to enjoy your creative output. The winner this week is Sandra Davies with Lesson part-learned. This serial keeps getting stronger and more complex.

The tome has come out from under the shade of the porch to offer up these words.

Tendency
Simplistic
Convert


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, September 5.

The Gates Are Open!.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The White Rabbit.

Good evening!

As stated earlier, I feel like Alice's rabbit lately.  I keep scrambling around trying to keep up with everything, but trying to do so has become its own horror story.  At any rate, I'm going to get right to it, as I AM in fact, still late!

Our winner is Antonia Woodville with Infinity 67:  This is probably one of my favorite chapters in this serial.  I love the dark tone of the Captains thoughts.  I also love that he cleaned his own cabin.  For some reason, even though the reasons were wholly valid, it made me chuckle anyway.  Thank you!

The Tome has obliged with some new words, without too much fussing.

Missed
Fleet
Tears

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, August 29th.  I know that doesn't give us much time, but I'm really trying to see if I can get admin back on track for all of you. Thanks so much!


The Gates Are Open!.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Change is Going to Come

I apologize for dropping the ball on this post. I have been terribly distracted of late. My older son starts college tomorrow, and while he's not going away for it, there has been a great scrambling to make sure everything is in place. My younger son starts his senior year of high school, and I admit that this combination of events has had me suddenly desperate to spend what time with them I have. Too soon, they will be out in the world. I already wonder how they got from babes in my arms to the tall men they've become. I confess this shift has been overwhelming.

All this familial turmoil - including my mate being gone more than two months now and not due to return for another three weeks or so - has also taken a toll on my writing time. I have no idea how single parents do it, but I've not carved out the space in my head, much less a slot in my schedule, to focus on turning ideas into words. I hope that settles down soon, as my mind needs the quiet space that writing affords. Although I suppose I should set aside thoughts of finishing my current book, as I've recently signed a contract for my first novel to be published. I suspect I'll be up to my ears in revisions in no time. I will still come to play here, however, because I love this outlet. It's amazing what one can do with a hundred words.


The winner this week is AJ Humpage, with the shiveringly delightful Famished. I very much enjoyed not knowing from what creature the meat came.

The tome was in quite the huff for having been ignored, but I've managed to placate it (I'll not say how) and coax from it these words:

Request
Messy
Connect

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, August 22.

The Gates Are Open!.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Always Searching.

It occurs to me that our entire lives are made up of searching, in both big and small ways.  We spend just about every moment of every day either quietly or actively searching for something.  From the meaning of life, to "where the hell are my car keys", our minds are almost constantly percolating away looking for answers.

Lately, I've been searching for my inner writer.  She walked off weeks ago and took all my words with her. Even now, after finally managing to get something posted here, and hopefully breaking the block and luring her back, I find myself still casting about for direction in my writing.  And it never ceases to amaze me where ideas can come from.  I went to my favorite local cemetery yesterday, and found the next chapter of my serial.  But ideas have come from much more mundane occurrences as well.

So, as a tiny extra this week, to any who feel like sharing.  When you post, let us know one of the strangest, or most mundane things that have helped spawn a story idea?  I'd love to hear them!

Our winner this week is John Xero with (Rise #38): There are so many lovely little turns of phrase here.  Olivia's constant, quiet, bravery never ceases to inspire.  Thank you!

Also winning this week is Sandra Davies with Found Unwanting:  The amount of tension you've managed to build in so few words is brilliant.  The contrast between Helvinsson's gentle treatment of the child to his very ungentle treatment of its mother, is beautifully written.  Thank you!

And now, The Tome has finished searching for, and found, it's treat of bacon, and has brought forth new words!

Onion
Spine
Quarry

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, August 15th

The Gates Are Open!.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Cool and collected

We've been treated to the effects of repetitive "polar vortexes," making for a very cool summer. This has been great for my family and the utility bill, but my poor vegetables are a bit confused. They, like me, expected a blazing July. I won't complain, but it makes me a tad worried about what that promises for winter. And they say there's no climate change. Perhaps it's magic at work, and wouldn't that be a fun place to start a tale?

This week, we had two entries, both all too believable horror, that really struck me. The winner this week is AJ Humpage with Coda. War produces so many terrible possibilities.  Runner up is Olivia Arieti with the chilling Haunts, which leaves us with an aftermath rich with implications of what came before.

The Tome has been chilling out, quite literally, and so gave forth these words with hardly any coaxing necessary:

Substance
Attractive
Plan

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, August 8.

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.

I cannot wait to read your stories!