Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Prediction - let the games begin!

Oh, oh, oh! The Olympics are here. The Olympics are here!!! A fortnight of the world's finest coming together to compete for glory in honour of the ancient gods. So let us pay homage to the ancient gods here on this week's Prediction challenge and see what Herculean acts of writing can be achieved over the 100 words dash!
 
Before I fire my starter's pistol though, let me tell you who is on the podium this week.
 
My gold medalist this week is Matt Farr with Exhibit F - Note Found Next To First Body. Matt - I thought that this was an incredibly well written piece which drew us into the mind of the killer. A tale which tells us the dangers of letting obsession become all consuming with a killer final line. Superb.
 
My silver medallist is the ever elegant Lily Childs with 'untitled'.  Lily - there was just something wonderfully mystical about this piece. There's a lovely ambiguity to the situation which intrigued me greatly, making me read those delicious words over and over again. Gorgeous.
 
And the bronze medal goes to Ravenways with Out of Stock. Lolly - this was a great mix of darkness and humour. As I said in my comments, it was the little touches within the piece which gave it an incredible depth and, for those who peeked beneath the comedy, there were horrors to be found. Excellent.
 
So congratulations to our winners this week and my thanks, as always, to everyone for the effort put into crafting such wonderful tales for everyone to read. Plus nice to see a few old faces coming back for a visit, always welcome whenever you can stop by.
 
And now to wrestle this week's words from the ancient tome. Greco-style you understand. Wish me luck! Eeek, ouch, oooooh anywhere but there!!! Phew, made it out alive, just.....
 
This week's words are:
  • Down
  • Hem
  • Solicit
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 or science fiction. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine. Just have fun!

You have until 9pm (UK time) Thursday 2 August to get your entries in. The winner will be announced by 9am Friday 3 August when new words will then spill forth. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!
 
Relishing reading the great stories which will you're going to bring down my way this week.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

The Prediction - firing your imagination

Gosh, it feels like an eternity since I last judged The Prediction and yet only two weeks have passed. A busy time in my life but also in the lives of the Predictioneers as we have been coming into the mad rush before everyone scoots off on their summer holidays!

Over here in the UK everything is gearing up towards the Olympics and the Olympic Flame is touring the country before the greatest sporting spectacle in the world kicks off next week. In the meantime, Predictioneers have kept the fire burning here at Phlambler's World with some top notch flashing (oo er missus!).

So, without further ado, here are this week's winners:

Gold medal goes to Marietta Miles for The Ordinary. Marietta -  you really struck a chord with me with this piece. Written just before the five year anniversary of the 7/7 London bombings, I was transported to a time of chaos and panic where the lives of so many ordinary (and extraordinary) people were changed forever. You captured everything perfectly.

My silver medallist is John Xero with As(sass)in. John - a complete lesson in how to build a scene through the use of dialogue. Brilliant from start to finish and the twist at the end was superb.

And a bronze medal to Antonia Woodville with her untitled piece. Antonia - you made me smile and I think that is such a talent. Great dialogue and a lovely sense of humour. This one turned things up to 11.

So, congratulations to my medallists and thanks to everyone else for your stalwart writing; whilst I may not have been visibly present, I was kept thoroughly entertained by your wonderful works and I wish the podium had been bigger.

Onto this week's Prediction! With the Olympic Torch in such close proximity, it is coming through our town this week, the old tome is a little agitated; I think it is the whole paper versus fire scenario. Therefore I will be quick to snatch the words from its pages!

So, this week's words are:
  • Twist
  • Ginger
  • Moon
An interesting trio for everyone to reflect on and possibly a delight for anyone who has seen the brilliant horror film Ginger Snaps!

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 or science fiction. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

You have until 9pm (UK time) Thursday 26 July to get your entries in. The winner will be announced by 9am Friday 27 July when new words will then spill forth. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!
Let your fingers play across those keyboards and delight me with delirious twists!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

The Prediction - putting the fear into everything!

Why hello there, nice of you all to pop round once again for another installment of The Prediction. I decided to post my results and new words this evening as I always write this on a Thursday night before bed and then schedule it to appear on the Friday morning. Do you prefer it this way or would you rather wait for Friday for it to appear? Do let me know.

Also, another change for this week  I am going to give you two weeks to get your entries in. I'm out for drinks with a friend who just recovering from a v. serious illness on Thursday night and then it's my wedding anniversary on Friday (yes, that's right Friday 13th and it was also Friday 13th when we get wed five years ago up in bonnie Scotland). So, rather than try the impossible and fit everything in, I thought I would postpone judging until Thursday 19th July. Hope it gives you all more time to play and that you will forgive me my indulgences just this once and we will return to weekly after that.

So, let's announce the winner from last week and let you have some delicious words to play with over the next fortnight.

Just one winner this week and I am sure that you will all agree that RR Kovar's poem Cross-Step deservedly takes the crown. Rebecca - I absolutely loved this piece, the rhythm of it, the descriptions, the playfulness and then the final reveal about the fate awaiting the ladies. I am sure that I will be reciting this to myself over the coming weeks and must make sure that I don't slip it in amongst my son's nursery rhymes!

No runner-up this week as I just couldn't choose between the rest of you so do give yourselves a well earned pat on the back for some quality entries :-)

Now I have been having words with the book after throwing up such an awkward trio of words last week. Now I think that I have tamed it this week but I am not sure I shall every see that index finger of mine again! So, fully fed, here are the words which it spewed forth this week:
  • Rock
  • Formal
  • Protege
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 or science fiction. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.

Remember, you have a fortnight this time, so you have until 9pm (UK time) Thursday 19 July to get your entries in. The winner will be announced by 9am Friday 20 July when new words will then spill forth. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!
Hoping that you're all going to rock my world with your fabulous entries over the next fortnight.