Saturday, 27 April 2013

I'm terrible at titles!

Evening all!
There's a fat, just past full-moon, shining in through my bedroom window.  The tome is basking in the blue-white light as I write this.  We have something of a routine now, and it waits quietly for me to ask politely for new words each week.

I'll get right to it, as I seem to be suffering from a tiny case of writer's block.

My winner this week is Antonia Woodville with Infinity (4):   Antonia, this is so seamlessly written and it moves things along beautifully!  Thank you!

My runner-up is John Xero with Games:  John, that last line is really what hooked me.  The story moved quickly along, but hat last line was just brilliant.  Thank you!

As always, my deepest thanks to those who played this week.  All the entries were such fun to read.  Thanks to all.

And now as I turn to the window, I see the tome has already quietly disgorged new words.

Cover

Taboo

Endowment



The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the 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 as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, May 2nd, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, May 3d.

And so the gates are open again.  Come in and leave your offerings for the tome!


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Dawn breaks on new horrors.

This has been a week of horrors, far too real, and too close.   And so, in typical perverse fashion, I find myself exited to be here this evening, about to announce winners and coax new words from the tome.

Why?

Because the horrors we concoct here are fictitious, and delicious, and to me, just plain fun.  And I love the way I can come here each week, and read what you all have brought, and have the real nightmares cleansed away a bit.  I know that may not make sense to some, but the community we're building here, provides a sense of stability and safety that the rest of the world has seriously lacked for me these last weeks.

And so...

Our winner this week is Matt Farr with Departure:  Matt!  Welcome back!  This story is just gorgeous and lush and ...I honestly don't even have words.  I can't even tell you why it effected me so deeply and I'm not sure I even care. The visuals here...just amazing.  This story made me happy.

Second place this week goes to Sandra Davies with Body of Evidence:  There is something about the flow of this...it's so smooth.  Truly a beautifully woven piece.


And now, on to words....

Intimate

Caustic

Avenge


The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the 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 as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, April 25th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, April 26th.

Go now, my friends, and create new horrors for me to revel in!  The tome sleeps....


Saturday, 13 April 2013

Loss and Gain, Creation and Destruction, and other cyclical things.

Good evening all.

This week has served to remind me of the cycles and circles of all existence.  I lost a dear friend on Tuesday, but have gained a deeper sense of myself and my soul through musing on that loss.  As Winter continues to fade, and Spring to flourish, I am reminded of the creation/destruction/creation cycle of all things.

The tome seems to be somehow aware of this as well.  It appears to be shedding a bit, and has taken to perching on my bed, watching birds fly by.  It growls and mutters to itself, or to me.  At the moment, it is sitting by my feet, gnawing happily on the edge of a small area rug made of rags.  It really does love chewing on things.  It also seems to know, more and more, when it's time to bring forth new words, and seems almost to be awaiting a cue from me.

Let's get on with with winners so we don't keep the little dear waiting too long, eh?


My winner this week is Helen with The Offering (Part 5):  Elspeth becomes more and more fascinating with each turn.  Also, I simply couldn't get over "His skin, marmoreal to the touch...".  That was just creepy and wonderful.  I cannot wait to find out more about Elspeth, and what she does next!  Thank you.

Second place goes to RRKovar with The Mechanic:  I have read this about a dozen times now, and I get something new each time.  This has flavors Shadowrun, and The Transporter movies, and Dean Winchester's love for his car.  And yet...both character and story feel fresh, lively and new.  Thank you.

Again this week, I have an honorable mention, because I just HAD to!  Zoe with Flashback:  Zoe besides being a great story, your unbridled creativity in working in the prompts simply had to be mentioned!  This is a  great bit of writing!  Thank you.

As always, every story this week was a wonderful gift and I thank you all.

And now, I have scritched the tome on what I guess is the approximate location of it's chin, and it has obliged with some new words.

Impress

Locus

Sentient

Many thanks to RR for helping me coax words from the tome this week!





The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the 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 as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, April 18th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, April 19th.





Saturday, 6 April 2013

On the elusiveness of words and webs...*grin*

Evening all!

Seems that both the internet, and the tome, have a bit of wanderlust tonight.  I've been chasing the latter about the place for some time now.  Each time I get it settled and begin to write...my network goes *splut*!  Not to worry about the tome, though.  I've hauled out the big guns (bacon, no less), and it should be along any moment.  As for the internet...

Hopefully, third times the charm.  Let's find out, shall we?

This week's winners are....drum roll, please!

First place goes to Antonia Woodville with Infinity (1).:   Antonia, I loves me some pirates and your mention of a particular favorite tickled me.  Besides that, though, your story is lush and rich with visuals and good solid starting arc. Just plain good writing, lady.  Thank you.

Second place goes to Zaiure with Deep:  I said it in comments, and I'll say it again here.  This is just a gorgeous little story.  The characters are interesting right off the bat and you set a beautiful scene.  I particularly love your description of the jelly fish.  Thank you.

And finally, but not last by any stretch...I must give honorable mention to Asuqi, with B and John and All the Rest of Us:   I must admit, this made me cry a bit.  It's beautifully written and evokes so many levels of thought and emotion each time I read it.  Thank you.

As always, I must thank all of you who come to play here, and leave such beautiful gifts each week.  I'm so honored that so many of you return again and again, and that more new folks seem to be finding us.

Please continue to spread the word about our dark little playground!

And now as I look to the floor by my chair, I see that the tome has made off with the snack I left, and has left some new words...

Charity

Trample

Piston


The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the 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 as stems are fine.

You have until 11:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, April, 11th to get your entries in.  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:00 PM on Friday, April 12th.

Off you go, m'dears.  As always, the tome and I await your return!






Temporary Delay

Miss Colleen has had quite the week, and is just now getting settled in to make her decision and present us with new words. Once she catches the tome, which last I heard is leading her a merry chase. Her post will be up shortly.