Sunday, 9 November 2014

Winners and Words. SUCH a Creative Title, Right?

And Good morning!

I apologize for my tardiness this weekend.  My housemate does something with his super-computer on occasion that seems to eat up a ton of bandwidth, leaving my poor dilapidated laptop unable to connect and cowering in corner for the duration.

In the interest of expediency, I'm going to get right to it.

Our winner this week is Rob Evangelista with his untitled tale of a missing little girl.  The final line actually twisted my gut a little bit.  I was kept hanging all through the description of her beauty and charm, knowing some horror had to be coming.  Really nice piece.  Thank you.

And now the Tome has given us new words:

Ink
Myth
Seal

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, November 14th., 11PM EST.  Winners and words will posted by 11PM EST on Saturday November 14th.

Please feel free to share the doings here at Prediction on your social networks.  New folks are always welcome to play!  Thanks so much!

32 comments:

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  2. Congratulations, Rich, superb writing!
    Having caught up properly with 'paperwork' - since when did technology spawn such a lot of paperwork? contracts, submissions and the like... I can now go comment properly, with a peaceful mind.
    Good words this week.

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  3. A very well-deserved win, Rob - congratulations. Now to try and write pieces which contain all three prompt words!!

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  4. To Dispel a Myth

    The blade drove hard, stopping the heart, sealing the great artery. A dribble of blood stained the white page adding red to the black ink. That he couldn’t die proved to be a lie, a myth born of a false belief.

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    1. There's a lovely elegance to this - like a fine crafted stiletto.

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    2. there's a whole story in here, one I would like to see extended, Michael, Go write it!

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    3. A very well crafted piece of action and what sounds like the end to an epic battle or war. It does cast some intrigue around the story leading up to this final moment.

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    4. This is amazing! So much said in just 41 words! I love it. Thank you!

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  5. Well done Rob - a much deserved win.

    I'm not feeling very well this week so unless I feel better in the next day or so will be giving it a miss this week - hoping to be participating again next week though!

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    1. Sorry to hear that Rich - hope you feel better soon.

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    2. No worries, Rich. Everyone is encouraged to play when they can. Prediction is for fun. Do feel better soon, though! I miss your terrific stories!

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  6. Weighing probabilities

    More than river water trickling caused my flesh to crawl.
    The twins, black-inked calligraphic strokes, would be a pleasure, singly or together, but the Toad’s ugly depravity put him kin to every mythical monster ever existed.
    He full knew the effect he had, accurately read my recoil from his wart-strewn hands.
    But I wasn’t ready to accept that my defiance had sealed my fate.
    Adjudged that if his siblings would not save me – far from certain since they looked more cowed than I – it would have to be the river.
    As I turned he reached, grasped and held my hair.

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    1. this is dark indeed, so much imagery here has made it feel bigger than it is. Love the 'black-inked calligraphic strokes'

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    2. Loved this one. Really creepy feel and great imagery. Makes you feel that you know the setting but you can't be really sure.

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    3. The tone invoked by your writing is very dark and I'm always wondering what will happen next and whether I want to know. Great job.

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    4. Creepy indeed! There's a whole psychology thing for me here, with her thoughts about being assaulted by the twins, instead of wart guy. Very thought provoking. Thank you!

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  7. A change of focus [108]

    Monday morning, the post’s arrival on John Pettinger’s desk coincided with Ben Brickwood. One item was a thrice-used Jiffy bag, on the back of which, in fat black letters, written with a leaky-inked felt tip pen was spelled ‘PRIVATE & PERSONAL’.
    Bizarrely, the flap itself was stuck down with old-fashioned sealing wax, a dozen bloody blobs along the join.
    Brickwood laughed, ‘Looks like a bomb, made in someone’s shed.’
    ‘That was always urban myth.’
    Picking it up, turning it over, Pettinger saw his name.
    Self-same script as had been tattooed on Edward Cherrystone’s back.
    Same as his boss's handwriting.

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    1. ooh, the plot thickens... now need to know what's in that Jiffy bag, why it was sealed like that, why the writing is the same...

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    2. The plot does thicken indeed. A story behind all this, but what is it? I like the intrigue.

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    3. I agree with everyone that things look to be heating up with a bit of a twist. Really liked the description of the bag and can't wait to find out its contents.

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    4. The plot definitely thickens, and in such wonderfully frightening ways! Thank you!

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  8. Infinity 77.
    This Creature be a myth to some but reality to me. It sealed my fate when it boarded the Infinity and I faced it and was not cowed. Respect on both sides, methinks. We sail on for the Indees, seeking merchantmen loaded with booty. I need to cheer the crew if they be intent on staying with me. Listening now for the lookout that they sight sail. I wonder whether the shipwreck survivors will be crew? Should I ask and write it in ink in the ship’s log or not admit to their being here, in case I need them?

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    1. So-o-o smooth, your inclusion of the prompts, and surprisingly complex given that it's only 100 words Captain looms large in this episode.

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    2. Indeed a massively complex story for only 100 words. Nice feel and location. Needs to be longer, of course.

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    3. He seems to have regained focus of his other endeavours without the creatures hunger to distract. On to the shipwreck, sounds like more than it may appear.

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    4. Oh Captain, my captain! Every word is a treat. I agree with the others. Amazing use of the prompts. You have an amazing skill at moving forward by leaps and bounds, with so few words, and nothing ever seems forced. Thank you!

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  9. Thank you for choosing my story! Some really good work on this weeks words already.

    That Old Book Smell

    I find some amazing stuff in secondhand stores; this old leather bound book was the stuff of myth. Owner of the shop said he wasn’t able to open the sealed lock; its treasure was still mine.

    I sat at my desk, book in front of me and tools neatly beside it. But before I damage anything I take a close look at the lock, as my finger brushed along it something cut me and I recoiled.

    The blood seemed to seep into the lock, it clicked open. The smell of old paper and ink was strong as I opened it.

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    1. Such a vivid evocation of the scene and an excellent lesson in how to create tension with the smallest of actions, second sentence a subtle example of this.

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    2. this was good, not often I read such vivid depictions of the senses, good one!

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    3. Oooh! Lovely stuff here. I could smell that old book smell as it was described. Wonderful tension building. I would love to hear more about this book! Thank you!

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  10. And The gates are closed. Finally. Bloody network. Working on winners and words right now, while I still have a solid connection.

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