Saturday, 27 July 2013

So THAT happened.

My deepest apologies my friends.  Technical issues prevented me from getting online last night to post winners and words.  Things seem to be back to normal for the nonce.  As I'm late, I won't bother with introductory bits.  Let's just get right to it.


This week's winner is Phil Ambler with Start Over:  This is such a great bit of writing.  I really like your use of the prompts this week.  The idea of creation by committee, of a new world, and the destruction of the old one, is chilling in its practicality. The implication is that said destruction and creation, is also a simple task.  There seems to be no indication of any difficulty in accomplishing the thing.  Simply decide, and do.  It brings to mind the standard question of who would get to make such decisions?  Who are they?  Thank you!

And this weeks runner up is RRKovar with Cause and Effect:  Rebecca, the repetition here, rather than being dulling and redundant, makes the story doubly hard-hitting and effective.  It makes the impact and irony of the final line that much more.  Thank you!

The tome has had its breakfast and is ready to bring forth new words.  Let's see what it has for us this week.

Kin

Cinnamon

Wrangle

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 EST on Thursday, August 1st, to get your entries in..  Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on August 2nd.

The gates are open!


22 comments:

  1. technology, far from being our friend, is our enemy most of the time. We battle it endlessly... I know I do. My internet connection could be much better than it is but still, you got there and it's time to say congratulations Phil - brilliant writing, and RR, equally brilliant writing.

    Good words this week, thank the tome for me, I will see what the Captain can make of them. Perhaps earlier than Thursday, if the ship building is going well. You never know.

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  2. Gosh - wasn't expecting that at all. Thanks Colleen and well done to RR too. It is a shame that you can't have your own pieces in the pot Colleen as I truly thought your last minute entry was amazing and the outstanding piece of last week!

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  3. Thanks so much, Phil! If I can get some folks willing to guest judge for us, I'd allow my bits to be in on those weeks, as long as it was OK with everyone else. But I'm thrilled that you liked it anyway!

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  4. Wow, thanks! That piece showed up like a slideshow of everyday horror, full-blown in my head. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    Congratulations to Phil, whose piece is still at the edges of my mind, scaring the heck out of me.

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  5. Congratulations Phil and RR - well done.

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  6. Showgirls

    The scars had healed, albeit poorly, leaving ragged white lines on her cinnamon arms. Vick leant her a pair of long, black gloves, which Ysenia tugged gratefully up to her elbows, feeling a little less self-conscious as the Black Hats, the cowboys in midnight stetsons, wrangled all the women expected to perform for the evening’s show.

    “She’ll make me leave,” Ysenia said softly, adding a bit of rouge to the cleavage forced up by her blood-red corset. “Kin or no.”

    “Some men like scars,” Vick said, squeezing her arm. “The General-”

    Ysenia’s face paled. “Some men give them.”

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    1. Oh intriguing - I want to know how she got the scare now. ^_^

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    2. Oops scare should read scar ^_^

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    3. that comes with back story and leaves itself wide open for more. Good one!

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    4. This is an amazing piece. So rich in detail in so few words, with the horror both subtle and real.

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    5. Exactly what RR says - stunning.

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  7. Tricky words again, but I think I can nearly bring my little serial to an end, one more maybe will do it. ^_^

    The Dare #5

    The ghoul snarled and flung itself once more at him. Freddy began to hum: a deep resonating tone. At once the amber light turned to a dark cinnamon, with it came a sweet and sickly aroma. It spun around him to envelop his body. His humming grew more intense. The spirit hit the light with full force, yet it could not touch him. Within the vibration it heard Freddy’s words.

    “I call the kin of this abomination of a spirit. Come for I have found it for you.”

    “No!”

    Freddy’s eyes flashed open. “I’ll not wrangle with you. It’s done.”

    To be continued....

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    1. I love the manifestation of Freddy's spell. Great imagery! How's the ghoul going to get out of this one? ;)

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    2. beautifully done and leaving us with a cliff hanger, again!

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    3. What a clever and resourceful boy! I, too, love the spell imagery and the sense of both imminent danger and Freddy's power adding strength to the story.

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  8. all good intention went by the board... the heat, the tiredness and the lack of the captain's presence meant nothing was written until tonight. But... tonight is good, I even did my tax return!!!! Double Wow and Yaaaaayyyy...

    17.
    The crew was wrangling about how they would know when we got near the Indees. I said follow the scent of cinnamon, you fools, tis enough. Thank the Lord of the seas they baint kin, I could not be polite to them if they were.
    The amber sunset brought a blow like we’d not seen in many a long year. Almost lost the tops’l and shipped more water than enough. It drained out, the Infinity’s a fine ship for the rough seas, I did see to that before we left port.
    It didn’t wash the shadows overboard, more’s the pity.

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    1. Loved the final line about the shadows. Sounds like it is his biggest worry no matter what occurs. I agree with Helen, loved the line about this kin. :)

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    2. Oh, this was lovely. I love his complicated relationship with his crew - he needs them, but they drive him batty. They may be more like relatives than he realizes.

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    3. Yet another superb episode - well done Antonia.

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  9. The captain's strong but underneath it all is that concern about the shadows. I loved the line 'Thank the Lord of the seas they baint kin, I could not be polite to them if they were.' - made me chuckle. ^_^

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  10. Not many players this week, but fabulous writing from all. It's still going to be hard to choose! Thanks to all!

    It's about that time, m'dears. Feel free to continue to comment as you will. I'll be back tomorrow with winners and words.

    The gates are closed.

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