Saturday, 28 September 2013

Good evening once again, my friends.

Things are a bit hectic here just now and I didn't want to be late, so...

We had to bid goodbye to The Tome's favorite companion, Mofo, this week.  If you don't remember, Mofo was my housemate's tarantula.  Sadly, she passed on Tuesday.  The Tome has been sitting on top of her cage of late.  It obviously misses her, as does my housemate.  Christmas is coming, however, and I am considering the notion of gifting my friends a new friend.  We shall see.

Rest In Peace, dear.

On to winners and words.

This weeks winner is Sandra Davies with A Change of Focus (56):  This was just such a snapping good bit of writing!  As always, great use of the prompts and the story continues to surprise at every turn.  Thank you!

And in second place is Antonia Woodville with her untitled continuation of the Captain's journal:  Antonia, this story continues to fascinate.  This has a lovely, rich, texture to it.  Thank you.

Make ready, m'dears.  The Tome has brought forth new words!

Alabaster
Pore
Waxwork

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, October 3d, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, October 4th!

And with that...The Gates Are Open!



Saturday, 21 September 2013

Perfectly crafted nightmares.

Good evening!

The Tome is sitting by the open window tonight, looking out into the dark.  There's a small patch of woods across the street from our house, and I have come to believe that it can see things in them, that I cannot.

However, I have enticed it away from the window for a few moments, with the usual treat of bacon, and we are ready to announce winners and words!

All of this week's entries were darkly brilliant and as usual, you've all made it very difficult for the Tome and I to choose!

This week's winner is Zoe Farr with Bring Me The Head Of 18):  Zoe, it was the amazing dialogue that netted you the win this week.  It was just so perfectly natural feeling.  Really nicely crafted.  Thank you!

In second place is Angel Zapata with Deadbolt: Angel, you did an amazing job of building tension with this.  I could feel Benjamin's madness and desperation as the story progressed.  The last line was so powerful and frightening.  I just love this piece.  Thank you!

And now for our new words!

Fallacy
Visage
Anoint

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 26th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, September 27th!

Go forth and craft us new nightmares to read, my friends.

The Gates Are Open!






Saturday, 14 September 2013

I'm terrible at titles!

Evening all!

Really.  I have the hardest time coming up with titles for anything!  Ask RR.  I often have to ask her for title ideas for my stories.

Any rate,  I was very excited to see some folks back, and a new author come to play as well, this week!  The Tome was quite pleased for the extra stories I had to read to it this week.  We sit in the darkness of my room, the only light coming from my little computer screen, and I read your work to it. It seems to find the nightmares you all so beautifully craft, quite soothing.

And so...on to winners and words.

This week's winner is Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw with Parting Sorrow:  Veronica, I must repeat myself.  I loved this.  It instilled that deep, slightly sick feeling that only stories based in reality can elicit.  And it continues to remind us that some monsters are real.  Thank you!

And in second place this week is Antonia Woodville with Infinity (22):  Antonia, as always, the Captain is beautifully eloquent and the complexity of his character continues to intrigue me.  I love the depth you've given him. I often find myself wondering what his "private" journal looks like.  Thank you!

I have called the Tome out of it's nest beneath my bed, and given it some bacon, and it has rewarded me with lovely new words!

Interbreed
Caliber
Unclean

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 19*th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, September 20th!

The Tome has retreated to the darkness beneath the bed to snore and dream of the stories you will write.  I'll be waiting too.

The gates are open!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

They talk in my head.

Good evening!

This evening I find myself recovering from an entire day of being pretty much rigid with impotent anger at several situations that have been going on for some time.  Here's the thing about that, though.  Some of my characters, who had remained pretty quiet whilst the previous week's moods were more fear, apprehension, worry and doubt, have made themselves heard today in no uncertain terms.  Nate in particular has been incredibly vocal for the last several hours.

That being said, I find myself wondering if all writers go through this sort of thing with their characters, or am I just nuts?

The tome is snuffling about on the desk nearby and is awaiting my request for new words, and so let's announce this week's winners.

For sheer nightmare factor, this week's winner is RRKovar with Circa 1906:    This is just beautifully horrible. That you have couched it in the normalcy of workers plodding in to start their day, makes it all the more so.  That the reporter rated a "gourmet" label just made me laugh.  Thank you.

And in second place this week is Antonia Woodville with Infinity (21):  I seriously cannot wait to figure out what's up with the shadow people.  Also, I'm pleased to see the Captain continuing the tradition of cheating the crew a bit.  It's historically correct, if I remember my reading correctly, and besides...Pirate!   Lovely phrasing in this piece as well.  Thank you.

All right, time for new words!

Hateful
Branch
Throne

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 12th, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, September 13th!

The gates are open!