I've spent a good deal of time thinking about the title of this post the last couple of weeks. I've been ridiculously busy and not getting much sleep into the bargain. While I'm still writing, I have found the more busy and tired (and yes, a bit stressed) I get, the darker my work is becoming. RR and I have often discussed the effects our personal lives have on our characters and the situations we put them in. Anger, depression, and frustration lend their own flavors to any writing done when in the throes of those emotions.
Normally, when I'm too long without sleep, I simply put writing aside. I think I will experiment with continuing on to see what happens to my characters.
Also, enough with winter. Just sayin'
Winners and words!
My winner this week is AJ Humpage with The Man Who Would Be King: I love stories that look at a well-covered subject from a different point of view. This had a wonderful flow to it.
Second place this week goes to Zaiure with Proof of Deed: I could almost here the Countess sputtering.
And now, the tome seems to have made the trip back to New England quite well and has brought forth new words.
The usual rules apply: 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. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.
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