Good morning! My apologies for being a bit late. I had connection issues and could not get hold of Miss Rebecca. Things seem to have righted themselves for the time being.
So, the rumor is that here in New England we are expecting about 23 inches of snow in the next two days or so. Mind you, it likely won't be that much, but there's a part of me that hopes it will be. There is something wonderfully relaxing about that much snow. You simply cannot go out, and no one is going to argue with you about that. It's an opportunity to let one's mind be enveloped by the deep, thick, silence that comes with that much snow, and to make a little magic in the kitchen with a huge pot of soup or some baked goods.
I find myself already thinking about what dark things might come out in such weather, and what sort of horrors they would bring with them.
This weeks stories were as always, amazing. I must say again how thrilled I am to have new writers among us. And with that, let me get on with it.
Our winner is is Kerry Liz with Ivory Silence: I don't think there's anyone who doesn't know the feeling of wanting screaming children to be quiet. Vanessa's resentment at her situation only heightens that feeling for her, and her solution is terrible and desperate. Thank you!
In second place this week is Patricia Purvis with THE THROWBACK: Lovely use of the prompts and great dialogue here. The last line made me chuckle. Thank you!
And so, the Tome has brought forth new 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.
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.
You have until Friday, January 30. Winners and words on Saturday January 31st. As the 31st is New Years Eve and some folks may have celebrations to plan, or attend, if anyone would like me to extend the deadline by a day or two, let me know in comments and we can do that.
All right, m'dears. The Gates are Open!