I apologize for dropping the ball on this post. I have been terribly distracted of late. My older son starts college tomorrow, and while he's not going away for it, there has been a great scrambling to make sure everything is in place. My younger son starts his senior year of high school, and I admit that this combination of events has had me suddenly desperate to spend what time with them I have. Too soon, they will be out in the world. I already wonder how they got from babes in my arms to the tall men they've become. I confess this shift has been overwhelming.
All this familial turmoil - including my mate being gone more than two months now and not due to return for another three weeks or so - has also taken a toll on my writing time. I have no idea how single parents do it, but I've not carved out the space in my head, much less a slot in my schedule, to focus on turning ideas into words. I hope that settles down soon, as my mind needs the quiet space that writing affords. Although I suppose I should set aside thoughts of finishing my current book, as I've recently signed a contract for my first novel to be published. I suspect I'll be up to my ears in revisions in no time. I will still come to play here, however, because I love this outlet. It's amazing what one can do with a hundred words.
The winner this week is AJ Humpage, with the shiveringly delightful Famished. I very much enjoyed not knowing from what creature the meat came.
The tome was in quite the huff for having been ignored, but I've managed to placate it (I'll not say how) and coax from it these words:
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 11 p.m. (U.S. Eastern time) Friday, August 22.
The Gates Are Open!.