Sunday, 30 November 2014

Giving Thanks

Hello, my friends. Our apologies for the long delay in posting winner and words. It's been a rather complicated week. Colleen is having difficulty accessing the site, which I am trying to fix. She has also started a new job, which involves cleaning up a terrible administrative mess while simultaneously learning everything about the business and the programs it takes to organize it.

Here in the States, we celebrated Thanksgiving - a day for family to gather and reconnect over a good meal, or a festival of gluttony and enduring relatives you hope to see only once a year, depending on one's situation. I have always thought Black Friday, our national day of shopping madness, should be dedicated instead to sleeping in and being thankful for surviving another holiday.  I hosted my mother in law, who is a lovely woman, but as we had not seen each other in a year, there was little time for me to get on line. Colleen had two things to celebrate on Thursday, as her birthday coincided with the feast day, and the celebration, as I understand it, lasted through the weekend.

The stories the week before last were all very good, making my decision so much more difficult. The winner, with an old-fashioned yet still potent horror tale, is AJ Humpage for Famished. Runner up is Chris Allinotte's Ethics 1A, a twisted tale of logic and the result thereof.

The Tome, restless at having been so neglected, spit these at me and then turned its back:

Rhythm
Reconcile
Spicy

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, December 5.

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 November 2014

As the crow flies.

Good morning!
It never ceases to amaze me how you all cover such great distances moving your stories forward in just a hundred words, and with prompts that I sometimes worry will present awkward challenges.  And yet each week, you come back with amazingly dark and wonderful tales.  I wanted to take this time to thank you all so much for continuing to play, and for being an incredible inspiration to me, and to each other.

And now on to it!

Our winner this week is Michael B. Fletcher with To Dispel A Myth: First of all, 41 words!  41...words!  Brilliant.  This is a clean, concise, and quietly terrifying read.  I found myself both marveling at the brevity and wishing for more words! Thank you so much for joining us!  Please continue to do so.

In second place this week is Sandra Davies with Weighing Probabilities: I had such a visceral reaction to this story. As mentioned, there's a deep and awkward psychological thing going on for me.  One that makes me wonder if other women share it, and almost frightened to ask. Beneath the peril of being assaulted or trying for the river, there is something much deeper.  Thank you, Sandra!

The Tome obligingly left words, last night, while I was trying to connect to my network.  They're a bit dried up and crisp now, but I believe I can make them out.

Cheat
Brass
Loaf

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, November 21st., 11PM EST.  Winners and words will posted by 11PM EST on Saturday November 22nd.

Please feel free to share the doings here at Prediction on your social networks.  New folks are always welcome to play!  Thanks so much!

The Gates Are Open!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Winners and Words. SUCH a Creative Title, Right?

And Good morning!

I apologize for my tardiness this weekend.  My housemate does something with his super-computer on occasion that seems to eat up a ton of bandwidth, leaving my poor dilapidated laptop unable to connect and cowering in corner for the duration.

In the interest of expediency, I'm going to get right to it.

Our winner this week is Rob Evangelista with his untitled tale of a missing little girl.  The final line actually twisted my gut a little bit.  I was kept hanging all through the description of her beauty and charm, knowing some horror had to be coming.  Really nice piece.  Thank you.

And now the Tome has given us new words:

Ink
Myth
Seal

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, November 14th., 11PM EST.  Winners and words will posted by 11PM EST on Saturday November 14th.

Please feel free to share the doings here at Prediction on your social networks.  New folks are always welcome to play!  Thanks so much!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

First of the season.

Good afternoon!
Here in the Northeast U.S., we are experiencing our first snowfall of the winter. It is perhaps a bit earlier than either expected or hoped for, but I am quietly thrilled. The weather folks are calling it  a "wintry mix".  That's is false.  This is snow, plain and simple. Snow complete with the hush in the air you can feel rather than hear, and the chill, metallic tang on the back of your tongue as you inhale.

It always strikes me as a time for both quiet reflection and rest, with periods of action and forward progress. The things I want to read and write take a much darker turn at this time of year, as if I don't read and write enough dark things the rest of the year! ; )  

Here at Prediction my hope is that we will continue our tradition of fantastically dark and entertaining stories. You are all so talented.  It is my honor to serve as your admin.

Now, let's get on, shall we?

This week's winner is Rich with Turning Point:  Really nice use of the prompts!  A really nice look at mob mentality from the opposite side of the coin.  Thank you!

Also in the winners circle this week is Sandra Davies with False Estimates: This piece is so richly descriptive both the physical hardship and emotion of her situation.  And again, the final line is brilliant!  Thank you!

The Tome has been sitting at my side, growling and chittering at the snow like an angry cat.  I have coaxed it away from this activity long enough to obtain new words.

Orchestra
Family
Envy


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, Oct 7th., 11PM EST.  Winners and words will posted by 11PM EST on Saturday Oct 8th.

The Gates Are Open!