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.