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.