Friday 24 May 2024

Aiming for inspirational variety

 Sincere apologises for the occasional repetition of prompt words (but not too sorry insofar as it prompted Terrie’s erotic herbalist!) Thank you for much appreciated participation.  

This selection of words for the coming week - flesh jagged thief - taken from the CD titles on the shelf above my monitor:

 Entries by midnight  Thursday May 23rd,  new words Friday 24th 

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine.

Friday 17 May 2024

Every one a winner!

 

A week of exceptionally rich offerings – much thanks to each and every one of you. Hopefully words from the titles of my to-be-read pile will be as inspirational:

Words for the coming week: delirious tackle unfortunate  

Entries by midnight  Thursday May 23rd,  new words Friday 24th 

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine.

Friday 10 May 2024

Scheduled words

 

 to cover my absence, for week following Friday 10th May, taken (to avoid mis-influencing) from my pinned-up address list: 

blacksmith drew  ocean

 Entries by midnight  Thursday May 16th,  new words Friday 17th 

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Facebook or whichever

Friday 3 May 2024

First, an apology

 I should have been more alert  to the fact that a ‘cousins’ ending to Thresholds new, along with a head full of following up family trees  my choice of  prompt words was unintentionally influenced in my favour. To avoid a repetition I’ve made sure to avoid making the same mistake again and have chosen

words for next week from the pile of to-be-read books two feet from my left elbow: consume delirious yesterday

 Entries by midnight Thursday 9th May, new words scheduled Friday 10th

 Usual rules: 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. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine.

Friday 26 April 2024

Nothing entertaining to say

 Having remembered, at 5 a.m., I’d this post yet to write – distracted yesterday evening by following up family history queries (interest recently awoken after some fifteen or so years, it’s taking time to remember who’s who, and how I ascertained it) I find I’ve nothing to say, except my usual thanks to you for turning up and posting and commenting, so …

Words for next week: ancestor evidence  probate 

Entries by midnight Thursday 2nd May, new words posted Friday 3rd

 

 Usual rules: 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. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine.

Friday 19 April 2024

Bringing characters alive

Terrie’s surprise , at the unexpectedness of Raven’s companion wearing a skirt, echoed mine when I I saw her readying herself for Raven’s healing applications. I saw her  complete and vivid, recognised the likely input of Westerns but carried on regardless, which is one of the glorious charms of being a writer. Reading other’s  creations is the other side of a valuable coin, for which I thank you.

Words for next week: starch, steam, stonemason 

Entries by midnight Thursday 25th April, new words scheduled  posted Friday 26th 

 Usual rules: 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. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine.

 

Friday 12 April 2024

Innocuous words portraying nastiness

This was the initial idea behind Lily Childs beginning Fridy Prediction, and once again, much ingenuity was brought to bear on last week’s innocent trio, giving rise to much enjoyment. Thank you all.

Hopefully, the words for next week (taken from titles on an adjacent pile of to-be-read novels) will do likewise: consume  mist  relish 

Entries by midnight Thursday 18h April, new words scheduled Friday 19th 

 Usual rules: 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. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. 

Friday 5 April 2024

One night away

To celebrate the 61st anniversary of our getting together, my husband has booked a night away, in the vicinity of Middleham, where Richard III grew up – joyously wide, windy and high-sky beautiful Yorkshire countryside,with the occasional sight of racehorses - so as I’m not sure when we’ll be back, here are next week’s works: corner forbid, smother

Entries by midnight  Thursday April 11th,  new words Friday April 12th

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Facebook or whichever. 

Friday 29 March 2024

One of those mornings

 where I bring my just-poured coffee upstairs. Collect and take downstairs the washing and put it onto wash. Come back upstairs, clean my teeth, check my emails, search my laptop for the Prediction folder (it is fond of playing hide and seek) then spot my coffee lurking and gone cold.

So, last week’s posts. All very good – entertaining and thought-provoking - and good too to have a visit from John Howe – hope to see you again, John.

Words for the coming week: avalanche list swivel

Entries by midnight  Thursday April 4th,  new words Friday April 5th

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Facebook or whichever.

Friday 22 March 2024

Binge-reading books in a series

 Tuesday saw the long-awaited arrival of book #11 in Jane Casey’s Maeve Kerrigan series, so that day lost to reading, Wednesday ,I re-read the entire book. Which not only explains my tardiness in posting and commenting but also leaves me very envious of Jane Casey’s talents, and prompts; hence the following prompt words:

Words for the coming week: adopt jealousy talent

Entries by midnight  Thursday March 28th,  new words Friday March 29th

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Facebook or whichever.

Friday 15 March 2024

Access non-negotiable again?

 I was away from home much of the past week, but apart from Terrie’s stalwart effort, activity once again appears to be challenging. Hope use can be made of this week’s offering:

                                   Words for the coming week: bath removal tea

Entries by midnight  Thursday March 21st,  new words Friday March 22nd

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Facebook or whichever.

Friday 8 March 2024

Poetry effective as a weapon?


I’d like to think so; Jim’s sterling effort well worth making, since a full house was entertainingly achieved  - thank you all. The following, I promise, not inspired by a visit to the dentist.

Words for the coming week: teeth torture transparent

Entries by midnight  Thursday March 14th,  new words Friday March 15th

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Facebook or whichever.

Friday 1 March 2024

March, coming in gentle but cold

 Last week’s two entries, if I may say so, gave me much pleasure – Terrie’s cleverness in her search for a use of  'estuary' and my getting a grasp on Raven once again. The weekly practice of crafting impact in 100 words once again worthwhile. I do hope Blogger wasn’t to blame for absences of other regulars.

Words for the coming week: bark  consume  vary

Entries by midnight  Thursday March 7th,  new words Friday March 8th

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Facebook or whichever.

Friday 23 February 2024

Lighter mornings, full moon and pink-framed clouds ...

 Led me to lie in bed, rehearsing an opening sentence.  Unsurprisingly the bubble burst before, finally arisen, I had it half-written. Good to see, however, that we had what amounts to a full house this last week, however, following a conversation with Terrie, I am wondering whether it is necessary/desirable for me to declare a “winner” each week? Please let me know your preference.

Words for the coming week: commit estuary plough

Entries by midnight  Thursday February 29th,  new words Friday March 1st

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction using all three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Facebook or whichever.


Friday 16 February 2024

Blogger clogging things up again

 And I regret I’ve no idea how to clear whatever is the sticking point. Knowing it has sorted itself in due course, I’ll persist for a while; if not I can only suggest someone else sets up a new version. Thanks, as always to Terrie and Jim for persistence and thereby providing excellent entertainment.

 Hopefully the words for next week will help: Words: caustic plumb rod

Entries by midnight Thursday 22nd February, words and winners posted Friday 23rd

 Usual rules: 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. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine.

Saturday 10 February 2024

Sticking to essentials

 Because having been nigh on a week without internet (changing suppliers not as problem-free as hoped) I’ll supply words for the week and get round to reading last week’s entries as soon as time permits. (And thank you for the 'January's gome'  suggestion, Patricia; I've not yet followed that up. 

Words for next week : boil funnel wither

Entries by midnight Thursday 15th February, words and winners posted Friday 16th

 Usual rules: 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. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine.

Friday 2 February 2024

‘January’s gone’

Which, I’m fairly sure is the title of a song, but nothing on Google rings any bells, and no further clues (unless I accept cookies) so I’ll maybe have to spend time searching the tapes made for me by my youngest son some years ago.

Another week with no need to declare a ‘winner’, since both of you are stars,  just to thank you for your participation. As ever I wonder about my choice of words, recognising the need for something which ignites a spark of inspiration, but does nothing to stifle direction.

Words for the coming week: fillet gnome yelp

Entries by midnight  Thursday February 8th,  new words Friday February  9th

 

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Facebook or whichever.

Friday 26 January 2024

Farewell Prediction Stalwart - may you rest in peace

Much saddened to hear news of Antonia’s death. Ever-reliable in her attendance at, and in support of, Prediction, ever-entertaining with tales of her shop, and her cats, and ever encouraging. To be asked for a story, then offered publishing  and payment — gave me a boost that lasted months.

So … no prizes last week, but heartfelt thanks for participation.

Words for the coming week: button skull wring

Entries by midnight  Thursday February 1st,  new words Friday February  2nd

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever.

Friday 19 January 2024

Lateness rewarded

 Sometimes, I draft this post some hours before midnight strikes and schedule it to appear earlier than I can guarantee I’ll be up. Today, my sometime tardiness in doing so has been amply rewarded with Terrie’s entry 256 from ‘The Secret Armadillo Soldier (SAS) Diaries’ ,  posted with just seven minutes to go, when I was tucked up in my bed. (A chilly walk to a local pub for a Thai chow mein having taken up my evening)

And while I’m sure we  all agree David’s ‘The Green Boy of the Wild Woods’ was the top place knockout entry of the week, I’m also awarding Terrie consolation prize for persistence, along with one to Jim for his weekly dose of gruesomeness and never-failing, always thoughtful and very welcome, comments. 

 Words for the coming week: behind coast laconic

Entries by midnight  Thursday January 25th,  new words Friday January 26th.

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever.

Friday 12 January 2024

Finger-crossing good

Thanks to crossed fingers or extra January energy, this was a week of rich and inspirational pickings for which I thank you all equally, while awarding Rebecca a ‘welcome-back’ prize - hope you are able to re-join the regulars.

 Words for the coming week: ash salt seed

 Entries by midnight  Thursday January 18th,  new words Friday January 19th .

 Usual rules: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialised fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and uses of the words and stems are fine. Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever.