It has been one rough week around here, m'dears. However! Things are a bit brighter and the tome, which now rests on the huge, round, glass top coffee table in our living room, has brought forth some new words. I think it may still be adjusting to being moved about so much in the last few weeks. It made something of a mess.
Also, I'm not certain it's entirely fond of my housemate's pet. Said pet is a female tarantula, named Mofo, whose cage is in a corner of the living room. The tome has been creeping to the edge of the coffee table and growling a bit, mostly at night. Mofo remains unimpressed, for the nonce. We shall see what comes of that!
And finally, I must apologize to all of you for not having gotten here to comment this week. My internet connection in the new digs are still pretty skitchy, and I can access a connected computer only when the housemate isn't using it. That and all the rest that's been happening...well...my sincerest apologies to all. I have read every story and as always they are all brilliant, thought-provoking and pleasantly dark.
Anyway, let's get on with it, shall we? Winners and Words!
First place goes to Sandra Davies with A Change of Focus(22): Sandra, I loved this piece. It's just beautifully woven, if that makes any sense. The last line leaves me really, REALLY wanting to know what happens next!
Again this week, I have a runner-up. J.O. Vaughn with Four-leaf Clover: J.O. So few words! And yet, you tell a complete and intriguing story. You possess an amazing skill. I'm thrilled you found your way here!
Finally, I hope it won't be considered a conflict of interest if I toss a public nod in the direction of my dear friend and writing partner RR Kovar for her clever use of this week's words in updating you all on the roller coaster ride I was taking this week. It was a brilliant and creative way of passing along news! Well done, my friend!
And now the tome is staring pointedly at me and snarling quietly. Right. Words!
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 (Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, February 28, to get your entries in. Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday, March 1st..