Sunday, 21 December 2014

When things work.

Ahhhh...the thrill of logging into Prediction the first time with no issues.  Granted, I had to leave my house to do it, but that's all right.

I'm currently sitting at a friends house, borrowing her laptop.  I'm cat-sitting.  The Tome has been somewhat disgruntled by the travel, and the cats.  It is currently hiding beneath the lighted Christmas tree, growling at the Premier League Soccer game on the TV.  Go Sunderland!

I must confess that I wondered what you all would do with the words this week.  "Pastry" particularly intrigued me.  I am amazed and thrilled with the way you have all "risen" to the challenge.  See what I did there?  Pastry? Risen?  ....Little joke...Ahhh never mind.

Our winner this week is Chris Allinotte with The Uprising:  What a clever story!  As I baker of breads and pastries, I was thrilled with this.  In spite of my giggles, I found it had just enough of the horror aspect to send a shiver up my spine and have me pondering the fate of the poor pumpernickel! Thank you!

Also in the winners circle this week is Sandra Davies with After the Fall:  What a horrific bit of writing.  Again, very clever use of the prompts!  I particularly love  your description of the caterpillars and blood.  Thank you!

And now I have coaxed the Tome from beneath the tree to give us new words!

Mound
Powder
Cider

As Christmas is fast approaching and I am aware that many of you will busy with family and friends, I'm giving two weeks for entries.  Feel free to post as many entries as you wish or have time for.  I very much look forward to reading all.  I consider each entry a gift to be treasured. 

So you have until Friday, January 2nd,  11:00 PM Eastern time with winners and words on Saturday, January 3d. 

Other that that, 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.
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.

Here's wishing you all the best and brightest of the holidays. 

And with that...

The Gates Are Open!





Monday, 8 December 2014

The Show Must Go On

Good morning.  I believe the issue with logging in has been solved, at least for the moment.  Many, many thanks to RRKovar for agreeing to post my posts for me!  I was considering leaving the admin position because of my internet troubles.  It would have broken my heart to do so.  Hopefully, this will be the solution to THAT difficulty!  I cannot thank you all enough for your patience and support while this got worked out!

Let’s get right to it, as I am, in fact, two days late, hopefully for the last time!

That we had but two submissions this week made my decision much harder, rather than easier.  BOTH stories were rich, vivid and full of descriptives and wonderful use of the prompts.  I therefore declare it a tie.  I simply cannot decide!

Antonia, Infinity (79) was, as always, a treat for the senses!  I can always smell the salt air and hear the creaking of the ship as I read the Captain’s words.  I can see the journal as he makes his entries.  This installment in particular instilled a deep sense of being there.  My deepest thanks to both you and the Captain!

Rob, your untitled entry this week made me sick with fear.  Again, wonderful use of the prompts. I was literally holding my breath and clenching my hands as I read.  This story will elicit a truly visceral reaction in any reader, which to me, is one of the hallmarks of good horror fiction.  Thank you!

And now the Tome, which has for once been waiting patiently, after hearing my shrieks of frustration at my internet issues, has timidly come forth and given new words.

Colony
Pastry
Increments

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 12th 19th. Winners and words will be posted by 11 PM, Saturday, December 20.

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.

The Gates Are Open!

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!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

My favorite holiday!

Call it Halloween, or Samhain or by any other name, it's my favorite.  For me, it is a seamless blend of the spiritual and the commercial.  Candy corn and candle light go hand in hand.  Fear holds a whispering tingle of fun and frivolity.  And death is merely another part of the cycle.  Huh...I almost feel like that could be the beginning of a story!  Perhaps...

But now, it's time to choose.  A difficult choice indeed, this week.  Every story seemed to touch a bit deeper, for some reason.  But choose I must.  And so...

Our winner this week is Zaiure with On Mother's Bones:  I simply cannot stop reading this!  Thank you!

Also in the winner's circle this week is Antonia Woodville with Infinity 74:  The prompts are so beautifully woven into this wonderfully crafted chapter of the Captain's story.  It was a joy to read.  Thank you!

And now the tome has been coaxed from beneath the witches hat that is part of my costume and has given us new words!

Tower
Moss
Reform

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. Due to the holiday and my impending spiritual observances, I am leaving the gates open until early morning on Saturday, November 1, with winners and words up on Sunday Nov 2.  I appreciate your indulgence.

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.

And with that...
The Gates Are Open!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

On to the next thing.

Good evening, all.  This weekend is the last weekend of King Richard's Faire, the renaissance faire I've been working at for about 22 years now.  It's funny, at the beginning of every season there's excitement and freshness, and by the end of the season, I'm exhausted and cranky and want it to be over, except I don't really.  It's kind of like being assimilated by the Borg.  At any rate,  that's how I'm spending my weekend.  Tomorrow is closing day and as imagined, it is bittersweet to think about.


Our winner this week is RR Kovar with Dance With The Devil:  This is just gorgeous from one end to the other.  Your use of the prompts was seamless, and the story itself makes me want more and more.  Thank you!

And now the Tome has obliged with new words:

Coddle
Lock
Delete

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, .Oct 24th.

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.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Where the days grow ever shorter.

Good evening all!

Such an amazing crop of stories this week! I've loved reading every one of them. I am in the middle of a long weekend working so I'm going to get right to it.

Our winner this week is Sandra Davies with Change of Focus 103:  Sandra this is a beautifully woven chapter.  "Sick fear lodged, pebble-like, in the hollow of his throat..." is my favorite phrase.  But this is full of quirky and descriptive phrases. As always, Pettinger never ceases to be interesting.  Thank you.

And in second place this week is Rob Evangelista with Less than Humane:  Another story full of intricate phrasing.  I have always wondered what goes on in the head of suicide bomber.  I like the tone of resignation here.  Thank you.

The tome has brought forth new words and crawled under the bed to nap.

Froth
Bargain
Staple

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, .Oct 17th.

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.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Too many leaks.

Sometimes the world just seems too big and all the "things" be they mental demons or mundane tasks, start to leak through the walls of a constructed life and go sluicing away.  And like the little boy who stuck his finger in the dyke, you can stop one or maybe two of those leaks, but if anything else cracks, you're pretty much screwed.  So you stand there, unable to move to do anything to fix the leak you've got a finger jammed into, and pray nothing else breaks. That feeling of being both overwhelmed and unable to act is potent beyond measure.  It is fear, helplessness, hopelessness, fight or flight, frustration, and finally, resignation. It can lead a person to some pretty interesting places...and actions.  

I could not decide this week, between two of your tales, and so we have a tie.

First is David Barber with Chunky:  There is so much unspoken here, all perfectly conveyed by so very few words. The sense of defeat and frustration, combined with a final act, both desperate and defiant, is so strong here. This story made me want to cry with the intensity of personal memories brought to the forefront.  This is, in fact, a total compliment.  To me, good horror is supposed to do that on some levels and you've done it perfectly.  Thank you.

Also far too good not to be in first place is Antonia Woodville's Infinity 71:  "...perhaps I be casting too many spells or taking too much on these old shoulders. " is my favorite line here.  Again, here is a piece that conveys so much.  The Captain's voice has always been a very quiet one, in my head.  Here it remains so, but feels as if it has also taken on a desperate quality in his impatience. I hear a soft growling in my head now, as he speaks.  Thank you.

The Tome has also grown impatient and has grudgingly spat out some new words.

Pebble
Cord
Bittersweet

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, .Oct 10th.

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.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Rotting on the Vine

It has been a terrible year for tomatoes here. I make and put up sauce, having long since lost my taste for the manufactured variety, and with three times the plants I grew last year, I've yet to put up as much as got us through last winter. Such are the vagaries of the growing season. We got all the rain, and a cool summer, and to the west of us, the land burns with drought. For all that it made my harvest rough, I'd rather our lot than theirs.

And I would far rather my safe and mostly comfortable world than any we put forth on this blog, though the stories are rich and complex and compelling. You are all a wonder, and I feel blessed that you come to share your work with us.

The winner of last (two) week's challenge is John Xero with his blood-drenched tale, What cost, humanity? That one will stick with me for a long time.

I would choose the entire lot as runners up, so good were they, but having to select, I pick Fate, by Zaiure and Thwarted, by Sandra Davies. Both tales were strong and very tightly written. I hope to see more of each of those stories.

The Tome cares nothing for my feats of vegetative brilliance (and there were a few), hoping instead to be rewarded with something a bit more carnal for the offering of these words:

Condition
Chunky
Taught

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, September 26.

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.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

To everything there is a season.

It has not officially arrived as yet, but there has been a distinct cool and dry feeling to the last couple of days that reminds me wistfully of autumn.  This is the time of year I become impatient for it.  Mentally and physically weary of the hot, humid days of summer, I anticipate the arrival of my favorite season. The physical and emotional changes that occur within me are truly magical.

Also magical, in the most deliciously dark and twisted ways, are this weeks entries. I can't thank you all enough for contributing them.

Our winner is RR Kovar with Damned Blessing:  I love the tone of this piece.  So cynical and yet matter of fact.  Thank you!

And the tome has come down from the window ledge and given forth new words.

Sanity
Paranoia
Value



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, September 12th 19th.


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Dog Days


End of summer is always a crazy time for me. My sons start school and the plants I've been tending all season start to give in abundance, forcing me to pick and process them and do almost nothing else. I am grateful for the good harvest and my thriving offspring, but sometimes, I wish I could have another few hours each day. Perhaps then I could get more writing done.

Luckily for me, you are all writing up a storm, and I get to enjoy your creative output. The winner this week is Sandra Davies with Lesson part-learned. This serial keeps getting stronger and more complex.

The tome has come out from under the shade of the porch to offer up these words.

Tendency
Simplistic
Convert


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, September 5.

The Gates Are Open!.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The White Rabbit.

Good evening!

As stated earlier, I feel like Alice's rabbit lately.  I keep scrambling around trying to keep up with everything, but trying to do so has become its own horror story.  At any rate, I'm going to get right to it, as I AM in fact, still late!

Our winner is Antonia Woodville with Infinity 67:  This is probably one of my favorite chapters in this serial.  I love the dark tone of the Captains thoughts.  I also love that he cleaned his own cabin.  For some reason, even though the reasons were wholly valid, it made me chuckle anyway.  Thank you!

The Tome has obliged with some new words, without too much fussing.

Missed
Fleet
Tears

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, August 29th.  I know that doesn't give us much time, but I'm really trying to see if I can get admin back on track for all of you. Thanks so much!


The Gates Are Open!.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Change is Going to Come

I apologize for dropping the ball on this post. I have been terribly distracted of late. My older son starts college tomorrow, and while he's not going away for it, there has been a great scrambling to make sure everything is in place. My younger son starts his senior year of high school, and I admit that this combination of events has had me suddenly desperate to spend what time with them I have. Too soon, they will be out in the world. I already wonder how they got from babes in my arms to the tall men they've become. I confess this shift has been overwhelming.

All this familial turmoil - including my mate being gone more than two months now and not due to return for another three weeks or so - has also taken a toll on my writing time. I have no idea how single parents do it, but I've not carved out the space in my head, much less a slot in my schedule, to focus on turning ideas into words. I hope that settles down soon, as my mind needs the quiet space that writing affords. Although I suppose I should set aside thoughts of finishing my current book, as I've recently signed a contract for my first novel to be published. I suspect I'll be up to my ears in revisions in no time. I will still come to play here, however, because I love this outlet. It's amazing what one can do with a hundred words.


The winner this week is AJ Humpage, with the shiveringly delightful Famished. I very much enjoyed not knowing from what creature the meat came.

The tome was in quite the huff for having been ignored, but I've managed to placate it (I'll not say how) and coax from it these words:

Request
Messy
Connect

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, August 22.

The Gates Are Open!.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Always Searching.

It occurs to me that our entire lives are made up of searching, in both big and small ways.  We spend just about every moment of every day either quietly or actively searching for something.  From the meaning of life, to "where the hell are my car keys", our minds are almost constantly percolating away looking for answers.

Lately, I've been searching for my inner writer.  She walked off weeks ago and took all my words with her. Even now, after finally managing to get something posted here, and hopefully breaking the block and luring her back, I find myself still casting about for direction in my writing.  And it never ceases to amaze me where ideas can come from.  I went to my favorite local cemetery yesterday, and found the next chapter of my serial.  But ideas have come from much more mundane occurrences as well.

So, as a tiny extra this week, to any who feel like sharing.  When you post, let us know one of the strangest, or most mundane things that have helped spawn a story idea?  I'd love to hear them!

Our winner this week is John Xero with (Rise #38): There are so many lovely little turns of phrase here.  Olivia's constant, quiet, bravery never ceases to inspire.  Thank you!

Also winning this week is Sandra Davies with Found Unwanting:  The amount of tension you've managed to build in so few words is brilliant.  The contrast between Helvinsson's gentle treatment of the child to his very ungentle treatment of its mother, is beautifully written.  Thank you!

And now, The Tome has finished searching for, and found, it's treat of bacon, and has brought forth new words!

Onion
Spine
Quarry

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, August 15th

The Gates Are Open!.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Cool and collected

We've been treated to the effects of repetitive "polar vortexes," making for a very cool summer. This has been great for my family and the utility bill, but my poor vegetables are a bit confused. They, like me, expected a blazing July. I won't complain, but it makes me a tad worried about what that promises for winter. And they say there's no climate change. Perhaps it's magic at work, and wouldn't that be a fun place to start a tale?

This week, we had two entries, both all too believable horror, that really struck me. The winner this week is AJ Humpage with Coda. War produces so many terrible possibilities.  Runner up is Olivia Arieti with the chilling Haunts, which leaves us with an aftermath rich with implications of what came before.

The Tome has been chilling out, quite literally, and so gave forth these words with hardly any coaxing necessary:

Substance
Attractive
Plan

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, August 8.

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.

I cannot wait to read your stories!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Brain fog.

It's been a bit hot and humid here for the last few days.  Such periods of time tend to make my brain feel as damp and foggy as the weather.  I've admittedly been suffering from a bit of writer's block as well the last couple of weeks.  In spite of my own difficulties, I'm thrilled each week to read your stories.

And so, one hopes that posting winners and words will help break my own block.

Our winner this week is Antonia Woodville with Infinity (63):  The Captain never ceases to entertain and intrigue!  As ever, the tone and cadence of his voice rings through your writing, Antonia.  Thank you!

The Tome has been, like myself, a bit cranky with the heat, poor dear.  Its fur has gotten a bit knotty with the humidity and I have discovered it does not appreciate being brushed.  However, I've managed to coax it out from under the bed to give us some new words.

Cruel
Fossil
Muzzle

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, Augst 1st.

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.

All right darlings,
The Gates Are Open!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Head full of angry bees

Despite being sober a vast majority of the time, I routinely wake up on Sundays with dreadful headaches. Perhaps I should start drinking. If it does not prevent the headaches, at least it will give me a good reason for them.

The winning stories this week are chock full of pure horror. First place goes to dex for elegant decay. The tension was superb and the payoff beyond frightening. That story barely edged out Token by AJ Humpage. The last line nearly did me in.

My being indisposed most of the day has put the tome's snout out of joint. It has spat out these words and gone off in a huff:

Harbor
Abandoned
Upheld

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 10 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) Friday, July 25.

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.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Technology finally cooperates.

Oi!  As usual, I'm late because my computer seriously seems to hate loading this site.  I have no idea why.  As always, my deepest apologies.  From this point hence, if I find this happening, I will send RR my posts and have her get them up for me so we have no more delays.  I ought to have thought of that sooner!

The Tome is suffering from a serious case of indigestion and is quite grumpy with me at the moment, so I'll get right on with it.

Our winner this week is Sandra Davies with Parley:  Everything about this piece is rich and detailed.  As always, your dialogue was a pleasure to read and I am truly excited to see what happens next.  Thank you!

In second place is John Xero with Cosmic Discord (15):  A beautifully wrought piece. You've conveyed the emotions of your characters so well.  Harriet continues to inspire.  Thank you.

Our new words are:

Observer
Elegant
Decay

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. Because I'm so horrifically late this week, I'm leaving the gates open until Saturday evening, July 19.  I WILL get winners and words up one way or another by Sunday evening, and we can get back on schedule from there.  Again my deepest apologies for my continuing network issues!

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.

The Gates Are Open!




Monday, 7 July 2014

I'm late...I'm late...

Good afternoon, all.

As I am emulating Alice's White Rabbit, I shall get right to winners and words without further ado.

This week's winner is Rich with Hard Lesson:  There is nothing I don't love about this story.  The phrasing is fantastic and the timing is quick and crisp.  Really nice writing.  Thank you.

Second place goes to RR Kovar with Outskirts:  No idea why, but I see these two as quite young when they make their break for it, and that makes it all the more interesting.  I'd definitely like to read more of their adventures.

The Tome has brought forth new words and gone back to sit in the patch of sun on my work desk.

Heretic
Plaster
Scar

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 evening, July 11.

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.

The Gates Are Open!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Unexpected Detours

Hello, Predictioneers! Most humble apologies for failing to post yesterday. Events turned in unforeseen ways, and I had to scramble to deal with them. Nothing tragic, merely time consuming. With Colleen off on an adventure, there was no one to cover me (as I am covering for her).

Great stories last week, both serial and stand-alone.  The winner is AJ Humpage with A Beautiful Burden. It had an enormous impact on me. Second place goes to Noah Heinrich for Immanence, in part because I am partial to stories of angel in-fighting, but also because there was such joy in the escape, regardless of the motivation therefor.

The tome, sulking at being ignored for a full day, has given us these fine words:

Penalty
Mismatch
Dauntless

Well, that ought to be interesting! I am certain to be pleased with whatever your creative minds bring forth.

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 evening, July 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.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Ring out, solstice bells!

Welcome to the longest day of the year! Blessings on those of you for whom this is a holiday. Heck, blessings on everyone else, too. I hope you are enjoying the delights of early summer.

The variety of stories last week was excellent. Thank you all so much for taking the time to write and share them with us. It was difficult to choose, but I finally decided I must give the win to Sandra Davies for Dawn Chorus. This story continues to grow in depth of both plot and emotion.

Honorable Mention goes to Rich for Decision Time. I don't know if this was a one-off or something larger, but it really captured my imagination.

And now the tome has been so kind as to give forth these words:

Flight
Merciful
Approve

So many ways one could go with those. I am excited to see what you come up with!

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening, June 27.

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.

The Gates Are Open!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

A Summer of Horrors

Good morning all,

The tome and I are awake and have decided to get on the ball early today.

As we get further into summer, I find myself more and more inspired to write, and to find new horrors to explore.  Summer is outside time, and it has always been my habit to read a good horror story, sitting on my porch, late at night, with naught but the dim porch light.  It's spooky and peaceful all at the same time.  I look forward to a summer filled with terrible delights from all of you!

And now, as this morning's tarot counseled expediency and progress, I'm going to get right on with winners and words.

This week's winner is Zaiure with Gestation:  Everything about this is visceral, horrible, and wonderful.  The final line, delivered so casually is positively chilling.  Thank you!

I also wish to honor William Davoll's Make No Bones:  As an middle aged gal who has a tendency to enjoy the company of younger men, this story gave me just a bit of pause!  It's tightly written and I love the very businesslike tone of the whole thing.  And "Cougar Surprise" just made me laugh, albeit a bit fearfully.  Thank you!

And now the Tome has brought forth new words, thanks to a few scritches along the spine.

Faithless
Distortion
Revolt

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening, June 20.

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.

The Gates Are Open!


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Every Little Thing

Summer is presented as a time to mellow out, lay back, enjoy the "lazy days." That may be possible for some folks, but I haven't had that experience since I was a young woman on the road working at renaissance faires. These days, summer means yard work and growing vegetables and trying to fix up the outside of buildings before it gets cold again. I don't mind, it's good to take care of a place and the people on it, but it certainly doesn't leave a lot of time for being lazy!

That said, it's a poor excuse for not getting winners and words up sooner. Therefore, I am extending the time frame for getting your stories in to Friday, June 13. Ominous? I sure hope so!

I am giving the win to Colleen Foley for It's Going To Be A Great Show (6). It was such a calm piece that portents so much. Six episodes in, and I'm totally hooked on this serial.

The tome has been sulking, a result of my tardiness, no doubt. Reluctantly, it has given forth three words and huffed off to spend time with Colleen.

Clarify
Canvas
Optimal

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening, June 13.

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.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Re-purposing The Future.

I'm always looking for new ways to come up with story ideas.  The friend who visited recently, gifted me with a new deck of Tarot cards.  I've been reading for many years, and I collect new decks, mostly because I love the art.  However, I've been suffering of late, for new story ideas as well.  I wanted desperately to start something new, as therapy for the sort of week I'd been having. I happened to be randomly laying out cards from the new deck, simply admiring the art.  I wound up with a nifty little story idea based on the meanings of the cards.  I'm looking forward to writing it.

The experience serves as a reminder to me that ideas can come from anywhere.

And with that little story told, on to winners and words.

Our winner this week is Chris Allinotte with Monument:  I got so caught up in this that the ending totally took me by surprise!  Great story!  Thank you.

And in second place is John Xero with (cosmic discord):  I love the description of the AI personality, and as a bit of a computer geek, the naming of Dumb Intelligences and how they are used.  Was great fun to read this.  Thank you.

The tome has been given a bit of bacon, left new words, and gone off to sit at the window and growl at the birds.   This week's words are:

Dove
Card
Mold

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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.

The gates are open!  As ever, thank you all so much for playing here!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Anticipation

I am anticipating the arrival of a very good friend this week.  Everything I do feels sweeter, and more interesting just now.  It adds a sharpness, a clarity, to all things.

Writing for Prediction is like that, too.  Prompts written on a scrap of paper anticipate being used.  I anticipate finding the time to work with them, weave them into something beautiful and frightening.  I spend the week anticipating what all of you will do with them.  I am never disappointed by any of it.

My apologies for being late.  Prediction, on occasion, sees fit to prevent me from logging in.

Our winner is Tony Cowin with The Mulberry Girl: I cannot stop reading this piece.  The visuals are stunning and it's beautifully written.  Thank you, Tony.  I'm so glad you're here with us.

In second place this week is AJ Humpage with Dead Perfect:  Another fantastically visual piece!  Last line is absolutely killer. Really liked your use of the prompt "ruthless".  Thank you!

The Tome reminds me that it has been, for some time now, anticipating giving forth new words, and so...

Chisel
Punishment
Tap

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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.

The gates are open!  I can't wait to see what you all bring back!





Monday, 5 May 2014

Like a Needle to the Brain

That could describe the headache I've battled since last night, but also the way a story can slide into your head and stay there, a growing presence that requires you to go back and read it again and again. That's what makes a winning entry, at least for me - the sort of story that grabs me and won't let go, so I find myself thinking about it when I'm driving or working in the garden.

This week, there wasn't a single story I didn't think about more than once. Since I have to pick, I'm going with Misdirection by Sandra Davies. That gut-wrenching piece haunted me, not least because it echoes every parent's nightmare of their child being lost or stolen.

Second runner up goes to Noah Heinrich for The Sales Pitch. Very convincing, indeed.

I must give honorable mention to Michael B. Fletcher, whose first ever entry, Fat Chance, was not only delightful, but used all three prompts AND gave us a whole story in just 31 words. I can't wait to see what you do with the full contingent!

And now, the Tome has nudged me so hard I've almost fallen off my chair, and offers us these words.

Silk
Ruthless
Convey

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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.

Monday, 28 April 2014

One Thing At A Time

As I'm late this week, I'm going to get right to it.  As always, thanks so much for your patience.

Our winner this week is John Xero with Cosmic Discord: The visuals here are stunning.  The pace and tightness of the writing make this a true joy to read.  Thank you.

In second place is Antonia Woodville with part 52 of the captain's tale:  I never cease to be amazed by the depth and detail in these stories.  The Captain's voice has taken root in my head.  I no longer have to think about how he sounds.  I simply hear him.  It's wonderful stuff!  Thank you.

The Tome has provided new words as I've typed.

Bible
Tissue
Riot

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Digging In

For me, Spring means planting vegetables. Lots and lots of vegetables. I live in one of the most fertile places on earth, and it seems ungrateful not to use the magic dirt to provide for friends and family. Which is why I spent almost 8 hours doing heavy labor in the garden this weekend. Exhausting work, but it pays off later, both in vegetables and fewer weeds. It also, it seems, distracts me to the point where I forget to post winners and words. I shall endeavor to improve.

There were fewer entries than usual on the last post, but the quality was superb. The winner this week is AJ Humpage with State of Happiness. As I said in comments, sometimes the worst horror is the one that can (and does) happen.

The tome has taken a break from eating my flowers to give us these words:

Hammer
Convince
Slim

I can't wait to see what you do with these!

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

All The Things.

Ever feel like you're doing All The Things, All The Time?   Yeah, this last couple of weeks has been like that. There are times when so many things go so wrong so fast that from one day to the next, you simply can't keep track.

Anyhow...I'm quite sorry for being so late.  *points upwards*.  It was THAT stuff caused it.

Our winner this week is Antonia Woodville with Infinity 50:  I think I felt as much relief as the Captain did at the resolution of this!

Like RR, I am having a difficult time choosing a second place winner this week, because everyone was so enjoyable.

So...on to words...

Cliff
Grease
Ladder

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. I'm going to leave the gates open until Saturday evening to give a bit of extra time since I'm so late posting this week.

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, 30 March 2014

Out Like a Lamb

In our case, a lamb to the slaughter, what with snow to start the week and a prediction of nearly 70 degrees for tomorrow. It's been a great mess.  And yet, I've seen the first flower bloom just today, so my spirits are greatly lifted.

As usual, the stories last week were varied and excellent. You all make this a challenge to judge!

The winner this week is AJ Humpage with Split Second. The realism in this was a gut punch.

The other stories were all so good, I can't decide on a runner up. You may call me coward, and I will accept that judgment.

I enlisted help wrangling words from the tome, and the quality of my assistant brought forth these rich delights:

Scandal
Iron
Sanguine

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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, 23 March 2014

The Rites of Spring.

The world has begun to shake off the Winter for another year.  But it's still cold at night and the wind sometimes whips through the branches of the trees around my house. I'm rather an insomniac , and so many nights I lie in bed and listen to the house creaking through the wee hours.  My mind percolates with ideas and pictures of horrific and lovely things.  They meld together and become story ideas.

And so I often wonder, during those wakeful hours, where others find inspiration.  Please feel free to share.

And now it's time.  As always, you have all made choosing so difficult.

This week's winner is John Xero with Fractured:  This piece is beautifully textured and so descriptive! Every sentence built on its predecessor with such skill.  I can't stop reading it and each new reading reveals new things.  Thank you, John!

And in second place this week is Noah Heinrich with Technical Difficulties: I am simply charmed with this story.  It's fresh, original, and both humorous and terrifying.  I am so glad that you decided to join us. I can't wait to read more from you.  Thank you!

And now for words:

Bubble
Wire
Safe

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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.

The gates are open!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

And a good time was had by all

Last week's challenge brought such an incredible bounty of excellent (and disturbing) tales! Thank you all so much for sharing your great stories and also for commenting. One of the things that has always set The Prediction apart - from its start at Lily Childs' Feardom through its tenure at Phil Ambler's place (anyone know his new blog address?) and into its new home here - is the great feedback and support of all the writers. Thank you all so much for that.

The winner of last week's challenge is Colleen Foley with Honey's Cooking Tonight. There was such a sense of playfulness that made the horror of the ending that much more impressive.

Runner up is Zaiure, whose Archive created an entire world in 100 words and left me wanting more.

In truth, every story had something to recommend it, and I read them all multiple times. I can't wait to see what you do with this week's words!

Concert
Shake
Broken

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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, 9 March 2014

The doors, they open...and close.

Good evening.
As you know, RR and I have finally finished the Seth and Nate series.  It is so bittersweet for me.  This series has been such an amazing challenge and writing it has taught me so much.  I am both saddened and excited by its end.  I cannot wait to take all the new skills I've learned, and the new found confidence your support has given me, and write new things.  But I will miss those boys.  RR and I agree that at this time, we both would like them to come back, but not for awhile.  We put them through hell and they deserve some rest.

In the meantime, let's get on with winners and words.

Our winner this week is AJ Humpage with Sliced:  This is such a deeply frightening story.  So much feeling and back story in so few words.  The sense of quiet acceptance of both the act and the time to be spent in jail, is a quiet terror all its own.  Thank you.

In second place is Olivia Arieti with The Poem:  As I mentioned, I shared this young one's struggle with the restricting nature of iambic pentameter.  I love the boy's rebellion and your use of the prompts was lovely.  Thank you.

And finally, I hope no one will mind if give Honorable Mention to RR Kovar for Last Supper:  Not only is just damned fine writing, but it is also a simply perfect closing to this series. Thank you again, m'dear.

And now the Tome has had a bit of bacon and has given us new words.

Honey
Bonus
Rumor

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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.

The gates are open!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Limited Access

My Internet connection has been dicey these past couple weeks. I hope that will end tomorrow, when I change providers. In the meantime, I offer my apologies for the delay in posting winners and words.

Everyone stepped up to the plate last week and all knocked it out of the park. (That's a baseball reference, for my non-American friends.) You make the judging both difficult and rewarding.

The winner this week is Zaiure, with Adoration. The combination of joy and horror was superb.  Runner up goes to Sandra Davies for A change of focus [76]. There is so much story packed into 100 words, and the ability to keep this tale going so long is such a testament to her skill.

And now, my doves, the words.  I can't wait to see what you do with these:

Verse
Blame
Earthy

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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, 23 February 2014

The Effects of Exhaustion on Creativity.

I've spent a good deal of time thinking about the title of this post the last couple of weeks.  I've been ridiculously busy and not getting much sleep into the bargain.  While I'm still writing, I have found the more busy and tired (and yes, a bit stressed) I get, the darker my work is becoming.  RR and I have often discussed the effects our personal lives have on our characters and the situations we put them in.  Anger, depression, and frustration lend their own flavors to any writing done when in the throes of those emotions.

Normally, when I'm too long without sleep, I simply put writing aside.  I think I will experiment with continuing on to see what happens to my characters.

Also, enough with winter.  Just sayin'

Winners and words!

My winner this week is AJ Humpage with The Man Who Would Be King:  I love stories that look at a well-covered subject from a different point of view.  This had a wonderful flow to it.

Second place this week goes to Zaiure with Proof of Deed:  I could almost here the Countess sputtering.

And now, the tome seems to have made the trip back to New England quite well and has brought forth new words.

Gutter
Music
Souvenir
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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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 February 2014

Cabin Fever Redux


Winter continues to be a challenge this year, no matter where you live. We've all had harsh weather, and the rough stretch that is February seems a bit rougher this year. I'm more than ready for this season to be over, not least because going anywhere is more than a little problematic in the cold and snow and wet muck.  Luckily, we have this space in which to escape from time to time and visit the twisted worlds we each create and share.

Excellent work from all last week, making the choice difficult.  I give the win to Antonia Woodville for Infinity 43. Sustaining emotional resonance in a long series is such a challenge, and she knocked it out of the park this week.

The Tome is also restless and a bit cranky, so it was a challenge to pull the words from it this week. And yet, I have full faith you will all create excellent work with these:

Crown
Judge
Vulgar

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

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, 9 February 2014

The Old Switcheroo!

P.S.A:  Good afternoon, loves.

RR and I have decided to try something new with admin for our lovely little playground.  We will take alternate weeks doing winners and words.  I will be choosing winners and words this week, also allowing RR to be in the running for accolades, as she will not be choosing words.  Next week, she'll wear the admin hat, so that I can play for accolades, and so on...

I'm honestly surprised it took us so long to hit on this! I fear the poor Tome may weary of the travelling.  But it's a tough little bugger.  I'm sure it will be fine.  And so, off we go!

As always, your amazing talent has made it very difficult to choose.  There was such diversity in your stories this week!

This weeks winner is Sandra Davies with Looking To The Future:  This sort of choice is one of the most horrific things to read and Sandra, you did it brilliantly.  Thank you.

Second place goes to Olivia Arieti with Kitchen Utensils:   Lovely use of the prompts here and so good to see a new face, as it were!  The almost casual tone to the inner monologue is both amusing and horrible.  These are both very good things.  Thank you!

Many thanks to all of you for your amazing work!  It's such an honor to be here with you.

And with that the Tome is ready to bring forth new words!

Gallery
Bead
Parasite

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

Happy writing, m'dears!



Sunday, 2 February 2014

Ain't That a Kick?

We are having quite the Winter (one must capitalize it when the weather is this serious), and it has played merry hell with my internet connection. I started this post hours ago. I hope it lets me connect this time.

Last week you gave me a bountiful bouquet of stories, each one a treasure. It never ceases to amaze me how this little group of people is able to consistently turn out excellent pieces. I should start passing the judging baton around, so you all can see how difficult it is to choose winners each week. Not that I am complaining! I wouldn't have it any other way.

The winner this week is Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw with FEED ME. This story haunted my dreams. Literally. Very close second is Hangman by AJ Humpage. There is so much going on in this story and the last line is perfect. Ladies, we welcome you back whenever you want to share your work with us.

The tome is grumbling, and although the only words it gives are spat out, I get the sense it doesn't approve of vortexes, polar or otherwise.


Elicit
Instrument
Capricious

I note, with suspicion, that those words could describe the tome itself.  Let's see what we can conjure up with them!

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Road to Hell

is often littered with distractions, as is my life of late. The most recent thing that kept me from my judging duties was not burdensome in the least; my husband's first batch of home-brewed beer occasioned a party for the tasting, and it took far more time to prepare the house and victuals than I had expected. The beer was a delight, as was the company, and so I arrive here late but only slightly repentant.

As usual, the stories last week were varied and interesting. I would love to find a wider audience for all of your delightful tales, whether stand-alone or serials, as I think we have an astounding collection of talent here.

The winner of last week's challenge is Sandra Davies with A Change of Focus [71]. As others noted, the brilliant use of sound filled out an already intense interaction. It's difficult to keep a serial fresh, but Sandra keeps finding ways to do so.

The Tome has belched forth words, which makes me suspect it got into the pantry and had a bit of the mister's homebrew. Ah, well. We can spare it. He's already made more.  See what you can do with these little delights:


Discord
Inhabit
Cumbersome

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.


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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Change of Plans

One of the things I love about writing is that you can start out with one idea in your head, and by the time you get to the end - or the middle, or sometimes the second chapter - it takes a turn you didn't expect and becomes something else entirely, and as long as it's the story you want to be telling in that moment, it's perfectly fine that it's not what you thought it might be.

The same is true for reading, and the many serials we have going here are living proof of the way ideas evolve or morph or take sudden sharp turns. In fact, it's why I'm always so eager to read the new entries. The conversations that arise in comments are also interesting and often informative, which is a rare and beautiful thing in the vast universe that is the internet.

The win this week goes to John Xero for the latest installment of (rise). Olivia's tale is all about change, so I think it's fitting.

The tome has no intention of changing its ways, which I suppose is good, as it accommodates our request for fresh words:

Enormous
Heritage
Torch

I suspect you all can do quite a lot with those words, and if you've friends who might like a go, please invite them to play.

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine.

And in the spirit of change, I am switching up the schedule to better mesh with mine.  You have until Friday evening. New words will come on Saturdays from here out.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Things That Go Bump

In my case, on the stairs, and obscenely early in the morning, rather than in the night.  I appreciate you all bearing with me while I started my recovery from an epic slide down a Victorian staircase. Steep suckers, those. Woke the family and scared the hell out of them in the process. I was a bit afraid myself. Funny how I love to be frightened by stories, but find it quite unpleasant in real life. I suspect that is because stories rarely leave me bruised, even though they often have great impact.

What fantastic stories you all presented last week! I never cease to wonder at the talent in this group. It does, however, make the judging more difficult, for which I must thank you. An embarrassment of riches you give me. (See what happens when I'm on pain meds? I gush.)

For pure horror, the win goes to Zaiure for Aria. I'm still not sure if Elaine was having a psychotic break or really witnessing that awful scene.

Most honorable mention goes to John Xero for the ambitious start to his new serial Cosmic Discord, in which he used the words in all four entries. Very well played, and I hope to see more of this story.

Now for new words. The tome has been remarkably well behaved, perhaps sensing I could not wrestle with it this week. (Seriously, even taking the book from the shelf was difficult.) So it gently offers up these words for your contemplation and use:

Muscle
Fabricate (will take fabrication, etc.)
Sloppy

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Thursday evening.

As always, we welcome newcomers and encourage you to invite friends over to our place to play.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Resolutions

Welcome to a new year at The Prediction! I am grateful for each and every one who reads, writes, or comments here. You have helped to sustain a community of creativity and support. Thank you so much for that gift.

The holidays made for a short list of players over the past two weeks, but the quality was, as always, top-notch.The lush phrasing and building tension of Sandra Davies' Served right takes the honors. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend you do.

Blend
Exceptional (will take exception and all roots, if it so please you)
Symphony

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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Thursday evening.

As always, we welcome newcomers and encourage you to invite friends over to our place to play.