Thursday, 30 August 2012

The Prediction - it's a slipperly little beastie

Why, hello again. More words from the past coming to greet you. Hope that everyone enjoyed the bank holiday weekend and that you were able to have some fun with 'squid'.
 
Now, if everything went to plan then we had a winner announced for last week. If said writer would be so kind, do let everyone know who you thought was the outstanding entry this week. As I said last week, no obligation but would be nice if you could.
 
If we had no winner announced then such is life and you shall still have your new words.
 
Further to last week's newspaper stories about a strange beastie causing havoc on the moors, there are unconfirmed rumours of an actual attack! Etched into the victim's body were three simple words:
  • Post
  • Shield
  • Immoral 
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 6 September to get your entries in. New words will be displayed shortly afterwards. 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!
 
Really looking forward to catching up on all the wonderful tales that are pouring forth!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Prediction - you can bank on it!

Greetings all, Phil here speaking from the past! I hope that you have been treating The Prediction well in my absence. If I am right in my planning then this week should be bank holiday in Britain so an extra day of writing to be had. It will be raining anyway!!!
 
Now, if everything went to plan then we had a winner announced for last week. If said writer would be so kind, do let everyone know who you thought was the outstanding entry this week. As I said last week, no obligation but would be nice if you could.
 
If we had no winner announced then such is life and you shall still have your new words.
 
There have been stories in the papers of a vicious, leather clad beast roaming the moors, muttering strange words. Now the words drifted to me in my sleep by some unholy union and they sounded like:
  • Ration
  • Squid
  • Flatter
Oooh, squid looks like it could be nasty but I am sure you will all come up with amazing takes on that trio.
 
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 30 August to get your entries in. New words will be displayed shortly afterwards. 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!
 
Now keep playing nicely!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

The Prediction - over to you

Ok, as I forewarned a couple of weeks back, I won't be able to comment on the Prediction entries for a few weeks. Wait, I hear you cry, what does that mean for us? Well, dear friends, I am handing the asylum over to the inmates (so to speak). Whilst I will cunningly arrange for new words to appear every Thursday evening after each Prediction closes I cannot fulfil my role as judge.
Solution, this week's winner will choose next week's winner(s) and runner-up(s). No obligation to comment on all entries, just to say who you felt was best. Post your winner, etc in the comments section (and preferably on the Friday if you can). Then that week's winner chooses the winner for the next week. If the winner is unable to choose for that week then no worries - there will still be words for everyone to play with, after all that's the fun of this right! Hope that's all clear and I'll resume judging duties for the Prediction the week which ends Thurs 13 September. 
Right, to my winner for this week.
First spot goes to RR Kovar with Intransigent. Rebecca - it was the shock ending which lifted this ever so slightly above the rest of the entries this week. I really wasn't expecting it and can still envisage myself shouting 'no!!!' at my computer screen as I read it. Can't wait for your response to Ravenways' retort.

I am so torn about this week's runners-up that I am collectively going to give it to all the other entries. That's not me bottling it, just recognising the level of quality from everyone this week - so tough to separate you all this week with some truly amazing pieces.
Congratulations to Rebecca and you will have the honour of choosing this coming week's winner. However, no obligation as said above. And a big round of applause to everyone else for some stellar writing.
Now, the tome is getting excited at the prospect of being unleashed from me for a bit and is fairly chomping at the bit. Please phone the police if you see it rampaging anywhere near you and, for your own safety, approach with caution! Without further ado....

...this week's words are:
  • Convert
  • Swag
  • Mishap
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 23 August to get your entries in. New words will be posted just after then around 9.30pm.  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!
That's it, The Prediction is all yours (for now), treat it kindly!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

The Prediction - listen up!

Hear ye, hear ye! Listen up one and all. For those of you that don't know, I podcast on the Geek Syndicate network with Dion and a couple of others. As part of a Geek to Geek special the lovely Lily Childs, the wonderful Dion Winton-Polak and my good self had a good old natter about Flash Fiction. You can hear the edited version on Geek to Geek here http://geeksyndicate.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/geek-to-geek-issue-5/ about 57 minutes in and also hear Matt Farr, Keehar and I discuss horror about 1 hour 39 minutes in Both are well worth a listen and you get to hear what we all sound like!
 
A longer version of the flash discussion will be released later on Scrolls with Dion, Lily and I reading some of our favourite flash which includes some of the works to grace The Prediction. I'll let you know when it's out.
 
Right, to my winners for this week.
 
First spot goes to the is Marietta Miles with her Untitled piece. Marietta - there was such a dark lunacy running throughout this vividly gory piece. The phrase 'insides turned out and outsides set aside' was such a great line amongst an excellently painted scene. As I said at the time, nightmares await those bold enough to read this piece.
 
I have plumped for two runners-up this week. My first is......
 
......Sandra Davies with her long running saga The Blacksmith's Wife Part 29. Sandra -  the use of language in this installment was superb and that ending left me with a massive smile on my face (though I suspect Gabriel would have a different take on matters). Another great addition to this fantastic series. For those wanting to catch up on the whole saga click here.
 
My second runner-up is Matt Farr with the final entry of the week Shadows in the Dark Light. Matt - I thought this opened brilliantly and then that visciously sinister ending surpassed it. The clever bit was leaving our imaginations to go wild at the end as to just what had been dragged below. Very good and I urge those who have read it yet to go take a little peak.
 
My wholehearted congratulations to Marietta, Sandra and Matt. Thanks to everyone else for the wonderful uses of the prompts this week and a special mention to Antonia for being the only person to think of Goblin vacuum cleaners. Oh, and sorry all for Fifty Shades of Green - I couldn't resist!
 
And in homage to FSoG, the tome this week appears to be sporting a tight little leather number. Oh dear, I'm a bit nervous about what is going to come forth.....
 
...this week's words are:
  • Vaccine
  • Ground
  • Address
A brief reminder, the winner for this coming week will be choosing the following week's winner. I'll give more details when I make my judging announcements on Thursday night/Friday morning.

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 16 August to get your entries in. The winner will be announced by 9am Friday 17 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!
 
Let your words be an antidote to the humdrum that surrounds us!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Prediction - planning ahead

Before I announce this week's winners, a little heads up for everyone. In a couple of weeks I'm going to have to duck out of judging for about three 'rounds'. Rather than halt The Predicition over that time I have come up with a cunning plan. The winner of each week will judge the following week's winner and runner(s)-up until I can resume my duties. I will pre-choose the words and set Blogger to auto-post for 9.01pm each Thursday (ain't technology clever) so that will all be taken care of. The 'judge' will announce the winners as soon as they can in the comments box. Hopefully that all makes sense but will explain more the week it kicks off. Right, to this week's winners.
 
My winner this week is John Xero with Savage. John - this was a story which just drew me in from the off. Great world building in so few words and I was instantly wanting our 'tribe' to best the goblins. Throwing in the werewolf was great but even better was the use of this week's words, the previous week's words and, what's this, the words for next week too (but how? see below).
 
My runner-up is Nick Roberts with From Hell 2012  Nick - FH2012 had a really dark feel to it throughout. Showing us the dark underbelly of the city, we are shown the sleaze beneath the sheen. The contemporary meets the historic as a blood thirsty anarchist looks to set panic loose in the streets. Great bit of writing.
 
So congratulations to John and Nick - great writing guys amongst a host of brilliant entries. Wonderful to read everyone's works this week and good to see old and new faces alike coming to play The Prediciton.
 
So, the words this week, where did they come from? I thought I would give the tome a week off and give a little nod to this week's winner. As John used the words from two weeks I thought I would pinch some of his spare words in Savage for the new challenge. Hopefully you'll like the ones I've pulled out:
 
This week's words are:
  • Goblin
  • Flicker
  • Spear
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 9 August to get your entries in. The winner will be announced by 9am Friday 10 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!
 
Amaze me with your writing this week, let me gobble up your delights!