What an astonishing response to my first week as Prediction host!! The last time comments on this site went into treble figures was June 2013, although those on Lily Childs Friday Prediction often reached 200.
I’m truly grateful for the wonderful response from regulars and from friends from both the Word Cloud and the House of Writers who not only submitted pieces of startlingly vivid writing but also, knowing how we writers crave recognition from our peers, took time to comment on others.
With thirteen participants, judging WAS difficult. Above all else it was the imagery evoked that grabbed me and enabled me, eventually, to whittle down a shortlist of ... eight. From Tim’s blue-eyed rats, through Rich’s Code Blue, via moving war-time evocations from Mashie and Baz to Rebecca’s ever-addictive prose and Michael’s succinctness. But in the end I had to choose so, I went for those who gave me the biggest surprise. Which narrowed it down to Abi and Gita. By the merest whisker, Gita’s ‘orgasm that was building but still had a ways to go’ beat Abi’s jism and ‘kinda peachy tang, thick as crude and mighty fillin’
Next week’s words are: cost, exquisite, slow
Entries by midnight Thursday 18th June, new words and winners will be posted on Friday 19th
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