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.