I suffered a bit of writers block this week, while trying to move a thing I've been working on forward. For the life of me I couldn't decide how to get it where I wanted it to go next. Every paragraph I came up with scanned as trite and immature. I finally gave up completely for a couple of days. Then I had an idea-rather a desperate one, but....I picked up the Tome and begged it for one word. Just one. At first it was loathe to cooperate. It knows its job is to give words to Prediction. I finally convinced it to give me just one to use on my own. It worked. The word it gave me inspired a fresh idea and I got my little scribble moving again.
The experience allowed me to see just how useful and challenging, even one word that you don't have to think of yourself, can be. The Tome earned itself a treat of bacon for helping me understand more fully how prompts work.
And with that said, let us get on with winners and words, shall we?
This weeks winner is RRKovar with Well Laid Plans: My first thought was "Poor Donal and his garish cow." Both about to be victims of the machinations of their peers. The prompts were nicely used, and the story itself left a slightly bad taste in my mouth, which is precisely what good horror is supposed to do. Well played, my friend. Thank you.
In second place this week is Antonia Woodville with her continuation of the Captain's story. I love that you named a ship Foxglove. This piece is, as usual tightly written and the prompts well used. I love that we finally got a solid hint as to the possible origin of the shadow people. Thank you!
The Tome has indicated that it would like to provide words now, as the sun is shining on my work desk and it likes to sit there in the mornings. So, let us indulge the toothy critter with a scritch along its spine and see what happens.
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.
You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, November 7th, to get your entries in.. Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, November 8th.
The Gates Are Open my friends. Take what the Tome has offered and craft your nightmares into reality!