Saturday, 31 August 2013

Working Title

Good evening all!

I'm gonna get right to it this evening.  Whew!  You all made it very difficult this week.  EVERY story was brilliant, each for reasons unique to author and subject.  Thank you!

However, as it is my job to choose, chosen I have.

This week's winner is Zoe Farr with Once They Get A Taste For It:  What an amazing, horrifying, little world you've created here.  Brilliant phrasing.  And the subject matter is just nightmarish!  Thank you!

In second place is Zaiure with The Post:  Dragons!  As mail delivery vehicles.  Lovely!  I adore Camille's scars and burns, and her attitude. Fantastic intro to a character I definitely would like to know better.  I agree with RR.  You get us seamlessly into the world.  It feels completely natural.  Thank you!

Honorable Mention:  I'd be remiss if I didn't give RRKovar's Somewhere After The Fall  a nod.  It made me chuckle.  It takes a delicate touch to horrify and amuse at the same time, and it's a skill you definitely possess.  Thank you!

All right, the tome has obliged whilst I've been typing and so...

Muckrake

Gloss

Trappings

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, September 5th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, August 6th.

Before I leave you this evening, I must again thank every one for your patience at my absence, and for your warm comments upon my return!  You are all wonderful.  Thank you again!

That being said:

Let the games begin, my friends.  The gates are open!

Monday, 26 August 2013

*headdesk*

Good evening,

Again I must offer my deepest apologies for leaving you all hanging for so long.  It seems as if my life has gone into a permanent state of "mercury in retrograde" the last month or so.  Besides some ongoing tech, health and car issues, fate saw fit to deal me an employment thing as well this last week or so.  All honestly, I got so caught up in trying to straighten it all out, with only moderate success, that Prediction, and one or two other things, simply got away from me. 

I'm very much hoping that enough of the rough has been smoothed over that such will not happen again.  I love Prediction.  I love being admin, and I adore my authors.  Yes, I think of you all as my authors, at least when we are all here.  *grin*

So!  I am back and ready to move forward.

The Tome has missed you all very much and it is more than ready to bring forth new words. But first, our winners for this round!

This week's winner is Sandra Davies with A Change of Focus (51):  Wow!  Sandra, I was completely sideswiped by the revelation at the close of this!  What a lovely twist!  And I must make comment on ..."a voice harsh as grated skull-bones."  Just brilliant!  Many thanks to you!

In second place is Antonia Woodville with her untitled continuation of the Captain's story!  Another amazing installment.  This story gets better and better and you never cease to impress the hell out of me with your flair for gorgeous phrasing!  Thank you!

As always, every story thrilled and intrigued.  My thanks to all of you.  And now, our new words.

Impotent

Blatant

Whelp

 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, August 29th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on August 30th.

I realize that I'm leaving us a bit short-timed this week in an attempt to get us back on track.  Again my deepest apologies for the inconvenience.

The gates are open!





Saturday, 10 August 2013

No rest for the electronically challenged.

I think I'm going to start saving my posts in Word, so that I can re-post them on  Saturday morning, when my computer decides it can't be bothered on Friday night!  Jeez!

Good morning, all. 

The Tome is not going to be happy about this.  It's 7:00 AM here in the states, and I'm going to have to wake the little darling to get new words.  It's rather a nocturnal creature, you know.  Perhaps if I toss a bit of bacon under the bed, where it nests...

Anyway, let's announce winners whilst we wait for it to wake up, shall we?

We had a good crop of amazing stories this week, and choosing winners has been challenging indeed.  However, there were a couple for me, that did stand out.

Our winner this week is Sandra Davies with A change of focus (50):  Sandra, this is just gorgeous from one end to the other!  It reads and flows like poetry.  Your use of the prompts is fantastic!  And the surprise ending makes reading this a perfect treat.  Thank you so much! 

In second place is Helen with the conclusion of The Dare:  I've been hooked on this story from the beginning.  Freddy has been such an interesting character.  Loved the little twist at the end as to where his power came from.  Thank you!

And this week, I must give honorable mention to Zoe Farr for her Untitled piece.  First and foremost it made me chuckle.  But I love the normacly of the conversation combined with the fantasy aspects of the world that converastion is taking place in.  This was great fun to read.  Thank you.

The Tome has left new words as I've been typing.  Let's see what we have.

Threshold

Grate

Invert

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, August 15th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on August 16th, tech issues permitting.

Please feel free to post, tweet, and otherwise network our little game.

The gates are open! 

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Take Two!

Good thing I noticed that the post I made last night didn't actually post.  Grrrrrrrr....so what I said was :

Good evening!  My technology issues continue, so let's hope all goes well.  
It's been sort of a quiet and introspective, yet very busy week.  The Tome and I have been dealing with a few issues that require tons of paperwork and much time spent on the phone, leaving time for very little else besides my work obligations.  Looking at our small number of entries this week (3, to be exact), I find myself wondering if I'm not the only one experiencing such a time right now.  

In one of the few quiet moments I was able to glean out of the week a story idea occurred that is mildly reflective of this.  In it, Satan tailors the hell each soul experiences, to the personality of the person that soul belonged to.  For each of us, as writers, that hell was being kept etenally busy with torturously mundane, yet life threatening activities, while simultaneously coming up with one brilliant story idea after another, and never, ever, being allowed to write them.  Forever.  Did I have time to write it?  I did not.  ;)
OK, so maybe it was just MY hell, but I thought I'd share it anyway.

And now:

As we had but 3 entries this week, and as they were all amazing bits of writing, I'm declaring that all three are winners.

Zaiure with Showgirls:  I just love the last line.  I honestly didn't see it coming.  Thank you.

Helen with The Dare #5:  Freddy is just such an interesting character!  I really like the humming to initiate his defensive actions.  Thank you.
  
Antonia with Infinity 17: The captain's continued apprehension about the shadow people, and the fact that the severe weather bothered them not a bit was a lovely touch.  Thank you.
 

 Seriously ladies, each of your entries this week embodied everything that I look for in a winner.  Prompts were used creatively and to great effect.  The writing in all three pieces was tight and yet flowed quite naturally, and each story kept me hooked and desperately wanting to know what's going to happen next.   

While I've been writing, the Tome has brought forth new words.  Lets see what it has given us, eh?

Bury
Sacred
Vibrato

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, August 8th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on August 9th.


Please feel free to post, tweet, and otherwise network the hell out of or little game.  I'd love to see some more folks coming to play now and again.  I'll be doing the same, as my tech issues permit. 


And now, venture forth and when you return, bring me the nightmares you have wrought!
The gate is open!


And hopefully this goes through this time!