It's been a bit of a slow week here at The Prediction. Those who were not able to play this week were sorely missed. Those few stories that were left at the gates however, filled the void with amazing complexity and quality. Many thanks to those of you who were able to play.
I'd like to put forth a proposition. I've been considering the notion of occasionally entertaining guest judges. I've been talking to a few writer-types who are interested in that, and so I'd like to know how you would all feel about it. It's not something I'd do often, because I love doing this. I thought perhaps one week every other month. My thinking is that it might be a good way to get some new folks to come check us out, and perhaps stay to play after their stint as a guest judge. Also, if any of you regulars would like to take the helm for a week, please do let me know! I'd love to do that, as well. Please let me know what you think when you leave your entries this week.
The tome has perched on one of my stereo speakers, patiently awaiting my call for new words. It's watching as I write to you all. It seems to like Gregorian Chant, and The Ramones, and Walk The Moon. We'll leave it to listening to Vampire Weekend while I announce winners for this week.
My winner this week is Sandra Davies with Opportunity Knocks: Sandra, the whole situation you set up in this chapter is just so intriguing to me. And the phrase "virgin witchling" is still randomly skating through my head. You have a consistent skill for moving things along quickly in spite of the word limit. Thank you.
And in second place (but not really), is Zoe Farr with Bring me the Head of...(10): Zoe, I love the way you write dialogue. The way the characters speak to each other feels so natural and real, and yet you convey the tension they're feeling beautifully. Thank you.
And now. to the tune of Everlong by the Foo Fighters, I have coaxed new words from the tome:
Use of the prompts as root words is, as always, fine.
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.
The gates are unlocked and opened wide.
You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, May 9th, to get your entries in.. Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, May 10th