The world has begun to shake off the Winter for another year. But it's still cold at night and the wind sometimes whips through the branches of the trees around my house. I'm rather an insomniac , and so many nights I lie in bed and listen to the house creaking through the wee hours. My mind percolates with ideas and pictures of horrific and lovely things. They meld together and become story ideas.
And so I often wonder, during those wakeful hours, where others find inspiration. Please feel free to share.
And now it's time. As always, you have all made choosing so difficult.
This week's winner is John Xero with Fractured: This piece is beautifully textured and so descriptive! Every sentence built on its predecessor with such skill. I can't stop reading it and each new reading reveals new things. Thank you, John!
And in second place this week is Noah Heinrich with Technical Difficulties: I am simply charmed with this story. It's fresh, original, and both humorous and terrifying. I am so glad that you decided to join us. I can't wait to read more from you. Thank you!
And now for 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.
Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media best pleases you and, if you like, remind your friends that we are open to new and returning writers.
The gates are open!