I find myself needing to apologize again for being late. There is something seriously wrong with my home network, methinks. I am able to get onto some sites sometimes, but rarely the ones I need to get on all the time. I will continue to see if the problem can be fixed. In the meantime, as ever, I very much appreciate your patience!
With the holidays fast approaching, The Tome and I have decided to throw a strictly volunteer challenge out to all our wonderful writers. Anytime between now and Saturday, December 20, 2013, I'd like to see how many holiday themed horror drabbles we can gather. I have a notion to gather them all up and put them in one big post for all to read and enjoy before the New Year. You may write about any holiday you wish, religious or secular, or make one up! You may use the prompts from any week from now until then. Serials are welcome, as long as they are completed by December 20. On that day I will make a separate post containing all the submissions and will announce winners. As I said, this is strictly voluntary, a little something extra and fun.
I'd like to keep the stories a surprise until I make the final post on the 20th, so if you'd like to participate, please email me your stories at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are welcome to submit as many as you are inspired to write during that time. When you submit a story, please include Holiday Horrors in your subject line, and please note the date and what the prompts were. It'll help me keep track of things a bit more readily.
I'll be networking this as much as I can, in the hopes of attracting new folk to come and play with us. Please feel free to do the same!
And now let's get on to winners and words!
Even though we had but three authors eligible to win this week, I still found it very difficult to choose.
This week's winner is Sandra Davies with A Change of Focus (63): The dialogue is snappy and has a wonderful, natural, feeling to it and your surprise ending is a fantastic hook to keep the reader wanting more. Thank you!
The Tome has had it's treat of bacon, and provided new words for us to play with!
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.
As the Thanksgiving holiday is approaching this week for some of us, I will accept submissions until Friday, November 29th at 3:00 PM. Winners and words will be posted by 11:30 PM that evening.
The Gates Are Open my friends. Take what the Tome has offered and craft your nightmares into reality!