Good morning, all! My apologies for being a few hours late. However, I'm quite grateful that my connection issue only lasted a short while. I think it's getting better!
The long dark of winter has begun in earnest here in New England. Most days are overcast and dull, and a bitter cold has settled in. Trees creak in the evening wind, as do my bones upon rising each morning. It's the time of year when my thoughts always turn to my own mortality. I don't fear these images, slithering and scratching quietly through my mind. I embrace and explore them. Time passes for all things and the cycles of life continue, after all.
My writing often takes a much darker turn during this time, as well.. So dark, that in the past, there have been stories I have been hesitant to commit to paper, as it were, fearing them perhaps too frightening to be read.
That being said, before I get to winners and words. I have a question for all of you. Have you ever written something you thought too "dark" to publish or show to anyone? Answering, obviously, is voluntary, but I'd be interested to know.
And now on to the reason we call come here each week:
Our winner this week is Michael B. Fletcher with The Trap: Michael, the sheer scope of this, conveyed in so few words, amazed me. Thank you!
Also in the winner's circles is Sandra Davies with A Change of Focus (113): Sandra, this has to be my favorite installment so far! I have always loved the relationship between Vanessa and Pettinger, and to me this piece expresses it beautifully. You have a wonderful talent for both dialogue and action! Thank you!
The Tome has obligingly brought forth new words for us to play with.
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. Serialized fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine.
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.
You have until Friday, January 23d. Winners and words on Saturday January 24th.
The Gates are Open!