Saturday, 25 May 2013

I'm Early!

Evening, dears!

The tome is frisking about in front of the fan as it blows a lovely cool breeze across the desk.  It's been quite warm and humid here the last few days, and I think both of us were feeling a bit heat knackered. The cooler evening seems to have revived our spirits just a bit.

As always, I must thank everyone who came and played this week.  The stories and poems you leave are brilliant gifts that glitter in the darkest recesses of my mind as I read them to the tome in the night.

And with that, this week's winners are:

John Xero with (rise):  John, the whole piece is packed with tension and I loved it.  The first line, however, is just gorgeous!  I liked the boy right off, and find myself hoping we see more of him.  Lovely work.  Thank you!

Second place this week goes to Sandra Davies with 'Twas ever thus:  Sandra, I just love this girl!  "Smugly sanguine" is just lovely!  It's nice to see Tao thrown a bit off his game.  I'm very eager to see what happens next.  Thank you.

And now I have coaxed the tome to come close.  Let's see what it gives us this week...

Huddle

Antiquated

Dimsighted


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 30th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, May 31st.

The gates are open.  Let the games begin!


Saturday, 18 May 2013

I'll be brief. LOL

Good evening, m'dears!

It's that time again.  I don't have a whole bunch to say this evening, so what say we just get to it, shall we?

This week's winner is Matt Farr with  Bonfire of the Vanities:  Matt.  Wow.  I'm still almost speechless.  This is just lush and beautiful and savage from one end to the other.  I love the feeling of transformation through destruction.

In second place this week is Zoe Farr with Flashback (14a):  I really liked how this piece gave us a much deeper insight into Nina's personality.  The combination of both self-confidence and lack thereof was really interesting to read.  I loved both the stealth and bravery she displayed in this piece.

And so on to our new words.

Disarm

Spurt

Jockey


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 23d, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, May 24th

The gates are open.  Let the games begin!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

It Was A Dark and Stormy Night...*grin*

Or rather, it is a grey and bleak morning.  It's fitting enough, I suppose.  We write some pretty bleak stuff around these parts.  And that is a beautiful thing.

The tome is glaring accusingly at me from the foot of my bed.  Poor dear sounds like it might be suffering from a bit of indigestion from holding on to the new words.  I shall make amends later.  There's bacon in the fridge.

And so let's begin.

When I first took over The Prediction, RR and I decided that her Nate and Seth stories would not be considered for award each week, because we felt it might constitute a conflict of interest, as I co-author with her.

I am thrilled, however, to be able to announce that her Dining In? is my choice for first place this week.  RR, this is just a brilliant bit of writing, all the way about.  It's lushly descriptive.  I've met the waitress with the lavender eye shadow, more than once.  She's always a bit sketchy, isn't she? I believe that we have all visited an eatery that inspires just a bit of "not quite right", and you've captured that feeling perfectly here.  And the reveal at the end is perfect.  Thank you.

In second place is John Xero with (Alpha):  Honestly, John, I had a really hard time deciding between this and (Rise).  Both are fantastic entries.  However, your use of the prompts in (Alpha) was incredibly smooth.  The dialogue felt completely natural.  And, as always, you've moved the story forward brilliantly in very few words.  Thank you.

Finally, Honorable Mention this week, must go to Matt Farr with Generals:  Matt, every now and again, one of us writes a tiny little story (that 100 word limit, you know...), that makes my head explode in thinking about a larger picture.  This did that.  A death on a battlefield is sadly commonplace in our world, but you've taken that, and expanded it into a consideration of the value and reality of faith.  Thank you.

As always, you all gave the tome and I a run for our money, this week.  Deciding was very difficult.  Thank you.

And now, without further ado:

Salvo

Modesty

Function

The tome has crawled off to nap beneath in the closet and I must get ready for work.  Many thanks for your patience this week, my friends.  I hope you find the words to your liking after the wait.


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 16th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, May 17th

The gates are open.  Let the games begin!




Winners and Words on Sat, May 11

Good evening, all.
I hope no one will mind too much, but I'm putting off winners and words until tomorrow morning.  I'm feeling  a bit head achy and I'd like to go to bed a bit early tonight. I'll have the new post up by 10 AM EST tomorrow.  Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Something new.

Good evening!

It's been a bit of a slow week here at The Prediction.  Those who were not able to play this week were sorely missed.  Those few stories that were left at the gates however, filled the void with amazing complexity and quality.  Many thanks to those of you who were able to play.

I'd like to put forth a proposition.  I've been considering the notion of occasionally entertaining guest judges.  I've been talking to a few writer-types who are interested in that, and so I'd like to know how you would all feel about it.  It's not something I'd do often, because I love doing this. I thought perhaps one week every other month. My thinking is that it might be a good way to get some new folks to come check us out, and perhaps stay to play after their stint as a guest judge.  Also, if any of you regulars would like to take the helm for a week, please do let me know!  I'd love to do that, as well.  Please let me know what you think when you leave your entries this week.

The tome has perched on one of my stereo speakers, patiently awaiting my call for new words.  It's watching as I write to you all. It seems to like Gregorian Chant, and The Ramones, and Walk The Moon.  We'll leave it to listening to Vampire Weekend while I announce winners for this week.

My winner this week is Sandra Davies with Opportunity Knocks:  Sandra, the whole situation you set up in this chapter is just so intriguing to me.  And the phrase "virgin witchling" is still randomly skating through my head.  You have a consistent skill for moving things along quickly in spite of the word limit.  Thank you.

And in second place (but not really), is Zoe Farr with Bring me the Head of...(10):  Zoe, I love the way you write dialogue.  The way the characters speak to each other feels so natural and real, and yet you convey the tension they're feeling beautifully.  Thank you.

And now. to the tune of Everlong by the Foo Fighters, I have coaxed new words from the tome:

Pungent

Heaven

Asinine

Use of the prompts as root words is, as always, fine.


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.

The gates are unlocked and opened wide.

You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, May 9th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, May 10th