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:
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!