Ahhhh...the thrill of logging into Prediction the first time with no issues. Granted, I had to leave my house to do it, but that's all right.
I'm currently sitting at a friends house, borrowing her laptop. I'm cat-sitting. The Tome has been somewhat disgruntled by the travel, and the cats. It is currently hiding beneath the lighted Christmas tree, growling at the Premier League Soccer game on the TV. Go Sunderland!
I must confess that I wondered what you all would do with the words this week. "Pastry" particularly intrigued me. I am amazed and thrilled with the way you have all "risen" to the challenge. See what I did there? Pastry? Risen? ....Little joke...Ahhh never mind.
Our winner this week is Chris Allinotte with The Uprising: What a clever story! As I baker of breads and pastries, I was thrilled with this. In spite of my giggles, I found it had just enough of the horror aspect to send a shiver up my spine and have me pondering the fate of the poor pumpernickel! Thank you!
Also in the winners circle this week is Sandra Davies with After the Fall: What a horrific bit of writing. Again, very clever use of the prompts! I particularly love your description of the caterpillars and blood. Thank you!
And now I have coaxed the Tome from beneath the tree to give us new words!
As Christmas is fast approaching and I am aware that many of you will busy with family and friends, I'm giving two weeks for entries. Feel free to post as many entries as you wish or have time for. I very much look forward to reading all. I consider each entry a gift to be treasured.
So you have until Friday, January 2nd, 11:00 PM Eastern time with winners and words on Saturday, January 3d.
Other that that, 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.
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.
Here's wishing you all the best and brightest of the holidays.
And with that...
The Gates Are Open!