Friday, 28 December 2012

The Prediction - all of a muddle

Phew, you made it past the apocalypse and ploughed your way through richly deserved Christmas merriments. I have to apologise to everyone as I have become befuddled with days of the week over this yuletide period and thought today was Thursday hence now being a day late to proclaim my winner!

So, without further ado, and much grovelling for forgiveness, here is my winner for this week....

.....RR Kovar with Pageant. Rebecca - if I am right this is the second time you have provided poetry for us and grabbed first place. I really liked Pageant, the way it weaved stories within stories. A beautiful mythos unfolding as we discover more about the world, and the fate, that the orphan queen has thrust herself into. Just felt that this one had a wonderful sense of legend about it at this time of the year. A deserved winner.

My congratulations to Rebecca and I will abstain from naming a runner-up this week in my haste to get new words out to all. Needless to say, I have enjoyed reading all the offerings over the past fortnight and look forward to reading more of your delights over the next seven days.

Despite being on the naughty list yet again, my tome still received a Christmas treat, a fresh jacket and I understand the occupant within was warmly received too. Fully fed, my tome is slightly more docile so I shall brave retrieving three words for our pleasure....
  • Incite
  • Thread
  • Septic
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 3 January 2013 to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced by 9am Friday 4 December. 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!
May you all have joyous New Year celebrations and I hope to see all of you regularly in 2013!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Prediction - the end of the world as we know it?

If you believe the stories being bandied around on the internet and in the tabloids, the world is due to end on Friday 21 December as foretold (or not) by the Mayans. So, will the impending apocalypse inspire you or send you screaming to the hills? Well, I guess we shall have to see.

In the meantime, you have a fortnight to get your entries in as I have a social engagement on Thursday next week so will be unable to judge. Therefore I will close The Prediction on Thursday 27 December so you have a bit more time to fit writing around last minute Christmas shopping (or world destroying meteor showers, whichever comes first).

If you want a chance to write over both weeks then don't forget to check out Hunted, our collaborative chain story. Sandra added another piece this week. Do go and check it out and write the next installment if you are so inclined.

Now on to the winner for this week. Tough, tough decision this week (isn't it always though) and I've thought long and hard about this one. My winner, after much deliberation is.....

.....Lily Childs with Cellular. Lily - back for one week and you rock in with this bleak, dark offering. This is a piece which challenges the reader, dares them to read it again, as the first time wrenches at your perceptions and sensibilities. Stunning imagery and, to paraphrase Sandra, no-one quite writes horror like you.

And a very close runner-up is John Xero with Vivisection and Insomnia. John - both pieces were so good in their own way and undoubtedly would have won in another week. Vivisection shows us the breaking point of a sentient universe which oozes with righteous indignation whilst Insomnia plunges us into the insane state of a sleep deprived lunatic. Both excellent and showing the versatility of your imagination.

I must give a mention to RR and Colleen though. Their tales of Nate and Seth are so good and the way they maintain the tension and develop the characters and plot each week is outstanding. I sincerely hope that this will be turned into a novel next year.

Congratulations to Lily and John plus my usual admiration for everyone's scribing. The quality of the writing is what brings me back to judge week after week after week.

If the world does end then I strongly suspect that my tome will manage to survive the zombie apocalypse with ease. Let's see what words he wants to divulge this week:
  • Crown
  • Orphan
  • Sterile
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 27 December to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced by 9am Friday 28 December. 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!
Normally I throw in a pithy comment linked to the week's words but, this week, I would like to wish all the Predictioneers a Merry Christmas. May you get to spend it with loved ones.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Prediction - getting the chills

It's starting to get a bit cold outside, I'm having to scrape frost off the car of a morning and there are definitely a few more layers going on before I step out. And yet the weather doesn't chill me half as much as the tales which you lay at my door every week.

Speaking of tales, a while back I started up a collaborative chain story on here called Hunted. With the site design it rapidly fell down the pages until a brainwave hit me! I have now put a permanent link to the story on the right hand menu. Take a look and add to the story as you see fit. Marietta has added another twist to the tale just this week. Really want to see where you all take us with it.

Now on to this week's judging. As always the entires were of the finest quality yet one still managed to shine out to me above the rest.

My winner this week is Zaiuregrey with Stolen Youth. Zaiure - this was a masterclass in description. Some excellent turns of phrase which painted such a vivid picture for the reader. Coupled with that was the menace and imagination of the tale. My favourite line was "Iron fingers pinched his ruined jaw, then drew back to rouge her milk-white cheeks." I would encourage everyone to read this piece and also to visit Zaiure's blog for more of her writing; very talented.
My runner-up this week is Dex with Magpie Blood.  Dex - where Zaiure shows us the art of description, you show us how to present fully formed characters using dialogue and a couple of reactions. I was able to jump straight into their world, a world of magic and death it feels like to me, and instantly wanted to read more after that final sentence. Great writing and I hope we get to see the final product of your NaNoWriMo endeavours in bookshops some day.

Finally, an honourable mention to Zoe Farr who presented us with a delightful, humourous tale with the wonderful creation of the Elebatbirdthing in The Sunday Comet: Letters to the Editor.

So congratulations to Zaiure, Dex and Zoe plus warm applause, on these frosty days, to the rest of you talented lot. I do hope you will play again this week.

Now, on to this week's words. A mince pie in hand, think meat not fruity, I approach my tome in the hope that he will offer me up something interesting to play with. And it is not long before he utters:
  • Seam (will allow seamstress) 
  • Etiquette 
  • Weary
Hmmm, wonder what you will do with those this week.
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 13 December to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced by 9am Friday 14 December. 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!

Hopefully you'll have everything sewn up in double quick time this week!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Prediction - naughty or nice

And so we start to veer towards the Christmas season. Whilst the supermarkets have had their decorations up for a whole month already, we in our household shall uphold tradition and not put up our sparklies until 1 December. Santa Claus is firmly in the mind of my son and, with all this in mind, I do have to ask all my visitors, have you been naughty or nice this year ;-)

Having read the entries this week I think I know the answer to my question. So, who has been the most devious?

My winner this week is Mr John Xero with Wildwood. John, this was an absolutely perfect example of how to do horror in 100 words. MR James would have been proud to produce such a piece and I can hear the trees whispering as I walk past them on my way home of an evening now. Excellent!

My runner-up this week is Sandra Davies with It's not me, it's hymn. Sandra - I loved the way that this initially felt like a kitchen sink drama, a loveless marriage leading to years of drudgery, but then we are presented with those two simple questions; they died, or did he?  Totally lifted it up a level and has been rattling round my head ever since. Very nice writing. 

Congratulations to John and Sandra and with thanks to the rest of you who let us peek into the deepest secrets of your minds this week. One thing I would like to add is that some of you do post without commenting on the other entries. Whilst there is no obligation to do so, please try and comment if you can, call it my entry fee if you like ;-) 

Now, on to this week's words. Winter is approaching but I don't think that is what is causing the chill in my household. I approach my tome with trepidation and a hot water bottle as my breath plumes before it. The crisp pages open and the following words spill forth:
  • Madam
  • Chirp
  • Jab
An interesting threesome for us this week. Wonder what these will conjure.

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 December to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced by 9am Friday 7 December. 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, as I said, do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!

Looking forward to seeing what you hit me with this week!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Prediction - giving thanks

As my friends across the pond celebrate Thanksgiving, I thought it only right to offer a word of thanks to each and everyone of you, irrespective of nationality, that visits my humble blog each week for The Prediction. I stalk follow a number of you on social media outlets and often see comments about how the community here has spurred people on in their writing endeavours when those voices of doubt about writing ability have crept into people's heads. Do give yourselves a pat on the back and take my thanks for coming by each week to read, write and comment.

Speaking of social media, Cindy Vaskova is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of her blog. As a one off special, she is inviting people to drop by before Sunday and offer three words for her to write a 100 word flash. She will write a flash for EACH set of prompts given. I urge you to go visit as I am sure the resulting tales will be amazing.

One more quick plug and then the winners, 99fiction (where my flash Screamless is) are holding  their latest 99 word flash fiction competition. More info here and comp closes 9 December. Do drop in an entry and I believe a bottle of wine is on offer.

Now the winners this week. Well there were a lot of stand out entries but, with the weather turning distinctly dark today as the wind howls outside my window, I decided to go for what I can only describe as pure horror.

Congratulations Marietta Miles with your second entry The Island. Marietta, you left me with a total sense of desolation. To command such a feeling within 100 words shows the power of the piece. Even now I am haunted by the image of Marie, violated by the men of the island, living an eternal death in the bottom of that well. I would urge others to re-read this and just dwell on the image we are left with.

And my runner-up this week goes to Matt Farr with The Empty Space in the Soul. Matt, similarly to Marietta you scored a direct hit with my emotions. The phrase 'last week I smiled and the guilt nearly overwhelmed me' was so powerful and knocked me for six in just ten words. The Empty Space in the Soul is such a sad tale and one which I fear too many people have experienced first hand. Strong stuff indeed.

So, on a slightly downbeat, congratulations to Marietta and Matt and bravo to the rest of you. There were a number of stories I was considering for first and second place which could easily have won on another week.

Now on to this week's words. My tome is starting to nest at the moment as the cold nights are drawing in. A bed of feathers and fur seem to be his wont but what's that secreted just beneath his spine, something pink and thin with a sticky end. Oh dear God, has anyone misplaced a finger.....well, whilst you all count your digits, here are our three prompts:
  • Invisible
  • Touch
  • Gall
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 29 November to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced by 9am Friday 30 November. 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's see what you can do to my senses this week!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

The Prediction - nano nano

So, it's NaNoWriMo at the moment or, as I believe it is called, National Novel Writing Month where people have one month to write a novel. I am envious of people who are capable of doing this as it takes me ages to craft such a thing. However, I would be really interested to hear from any Predictioneers who are taking part and how they are finding it.

What I do tend to do quickly though is flash and I was pleased that 99 Fiction decided to published my flash fiction piece Screamless this month. Take a look here and see what you think.

Right, you read that, back now, good. That brings me on to this week's winner which is.....drum roll please.....

......well I've got joint winners as I just cannot separate them, both being so good that it wouldn't be fair for one to 'lose'. My winners are AJ Hayes and Zaiuregrey.

AJ - I loved The Ladies In Hats. There was something about the way you intertwined the exquisiteness of the fine Sunday morning dining and the elegance of the aunties with the grotesque of the caged/chained child. The ending was uplifting as much as it was darkly disturbing. Such a well balanced and executed tale.

Zaiure - Favors was a punch to the gut of a story. Packed with excellent description, this is a vivid depiction of a 'lamb' fighting back against a cunning predator. I was reminded of the superb film Hard Candy and this was more than a match for it. You truly captured the scene to perfection within 100 words.

No runners-up this week, just my admiration for how well everyone used that curveball that was myopic.

So, onto this week's words. It's late and my tome seems slightly docile at present, a nice juicy steak washed down with some chianti seem to have abated him this evening but I do wonder how I will get the stains out of his pages. Anyway, no matter, let's see what words he will whisper to me....
  • Interfere
  • Pitch
  • Shade
Innocent enough looking words but where will they take you this week. And I am going to give you a fortnight, in fact, as in typing this up I realise that the deadline would be my dear wife's birthday and I doubt she will be very happy for me to be judging when I should be wining and dining her. So a fortnight you shall have.

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 22 November to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced by 9am Friday 23 November. 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!

Show me what you have and make it pitch perfect!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

The Predition - serial killer

So Halloween has been and gone. I trust that you came through it with your souls intact and your demons sated.

Now before I go into judging mode I want to make note of a couple of things. The first is, for those who didn't clock it in the comments section last week, that our very own John Xero came runner-up in The Times' 50 word ghost story competition out of a field of about 1,500 entries. Our sincerest congratulations to John, the talented bugger, whose story can be found here: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/competitions/article3580545.ece.

And secondly, I have not paid tribute to Sandra Davies for her long running serial The Blacksmith's Wife. For 41 episodes (which is equivalent to ten months!) Sandra kept us enthralled with the tales of our headstrong heroine. Some of us, me included, were unsure if she would survive the end of episode 41 but our worst fears were realised. A toast to Sandra whose complete work can be found here: http://sandra-linesofcommunication.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-blacksmiths-wife-serial.html.

I urge you to go check out both John's and Sandra's pieces using the links above.

Now onto the winners for this week. Well, I have to say that the standard was exceptionally high this week, and we know that high is the norm here, so it made it tougher than usual. After much procrastinating I have forced myself into a decision and this week's winner is.....

....Asuqi with Fried Ends. Asuqi, there was just a beauty to the writing and the whole feel of this piece which just cried out to me. A feeling of loneliness permeates throughout. There is just one word to sum up this piece for me. Perfect.

My runner-up this week is AJ Hayes with Killing Field. AJ, this was a lesson in how to let the reader's imagination do the work. Hints of what is happening dangled before us, glimpses at best, which tantalise us all the way. And I loved the way the reprieve for our potential victim is so short lived. Top writing.

So congratulations to my winner and runner-up mixed and the gentlest of curses on the rest of you for making my task so hard with such great writing. Do keep it up!

And onto this week's words if I can just get our trusty tome to co-operate. He's always crabby after the Halloween period once the pumpkins flames are extinguished and the spirits tend more to the alcoholic than the otherwordly. Let's give it a try.....and the words are: 
  • Chamber (will allow chambermaid, chamberpot, etc)
  • Myopic 
  • Divert
Hmmm, seems like he does have a grump on as those could be tough, especially myopic, but let's see what you can all come up with. I have thoughts brewing already.

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 8 November to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced by 9am Friday 9 November. 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!

I look forward to your entries this week to divert me from the mundane!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

The Prediction - spooky goings on

And so we approach that annual witching hour that we call Halloween where spooks and spirits seek to suck our souls to hell (depending on what beliefs you subscribe to). Me, I see this as a gloriously wonderful time of year where the scary gets celebrated and we get the chance to see some glorious tales to chill our very cores.

I'm hoping that the Predictioneers will all rise to the challenge this week and give me something with a ghostly tinge to honour this time of year. But before then I am sure you want to know who the winner was from last week.

After much deliberation I have decided that my winner is......RR Kovar with Impact. Rebecca - this is a tale which I confessed in my comments that I didn't grasp at first (my dimwittedness rather than your writing) but when I understood the fullness of it, boy was I blown away. Clever, clever stuff which I would encourage everyone to go back and read.

My runner-up this week is Matt Farr with his two takes on Only the Mundane Vices and its sequel. Matt - a sombre tale which shows the depravities of men which are often supported by the blind eye and deaf ear of those around (how topical it seems). Two well presented takes on how the victims react, each with an incredible ending.

And an honourable mention to Mr John Xero for two pieces which put a smile on my face twice over with both sets of words I provided for play.

As always, congratulations to my winner and runner-up accompanied with huge pleasure at having read all the other wonderful entries. I do so hope you all decide to come play again this week.

So, to the spooky words that will be provided for our delight....well my tome is getting quite exciteable as we get closer to the 31st, it's like Christmas for him and I'll be leaving him out a special mince pie if he behaves (though I won't divulge the filling to you dear friends). Oh, oh, oh, he's telling me something....
  • Tumour
  • Farm
  • Lucid
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 1 November to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced 9am Friday 2 November. 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!

Astound me with your brilliance this week!

Friday, 12 October 2012

The Prediction - and life goes on

Hello all, my apologies that this will be a brief piece from me this week. Sadly my grandmother died recently and I have been away for the funeral which was later in the month than anticipated. Therefore I hope you forgive me my lack of commentary this time and I will post pictures of Lily and I plus review of FantasyCon next week when normal service will resume.

My winner this week is Matt Farr with In the Midst of Death. Matt - as I said in my comments, really good imagery and some emotionally charged stuff to boot. I loved the concept that the devil's playground is the war ravaged plains of Earth rather than some subterranean cavern deep below.

Runner-up is Sandra Davies with her two latest installments of The Blacksmith's Wife. Sandra - you left me shell-shocked at the end of both pieces and I doubt there was any other reader who didn't feel the same way. I fear for our heroine and yet am desperate to see what happens next (peeking from behind my fingers).

Congratulations to both and thank you all for entering and commenting this week.

Words for this week are:
  • Dodge
  • Pretend
  • Monastery
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 18 October to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced 9am Friday 19 October. 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!
 
Looking forward to reading some turbo-charged writing this week!

Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Prediction - it's all a big con

This weekend I am off to brush shoulders with some of the great genre writers of our time at FantasyCon in Brighton. I shall also get to meet the wonderful Lily Childs in person for the first time. I shall be sure to send her love and warm feelings from The Prediction gang.
 
Now, how the hell do I judge last week's offerings? Each one would normally have been a winner in its own right on any other week but it seems that the changing of the seasons has inspired you all into even higher levels of literary excellence. So a winner there must be and that winner is....
 
....MuckieDuckie with Riven. MD - you tugged on my heartstrings here to great effect. So much heartache throughout this piece, touching pieces of sentimentality littered throughout that work so well, and that final line just had me welling up. I will hug my son hard tonight. A well deserved win for an intense tale.
 
And my runner-up is, well I have two. Firstly Antonia Woodville with Twilight Thoughts. Antonia - I thought this was a beautifully depicted piece. Amazing imagery runs through this poetic piece and the end just leaves the reader wrought with despair. A marvellously crafted flash.
 
My other runner-up is Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw with Feeding Mother. Veronica - visual, visceral and veritably brilliant. A wonderful use of language brings the bloody nature of this scene to life. Excellent stuff
  
So congratulations to MuckieDuckie, Antonia and Veronica. High praise to be winners and runners-up amongst this week's superb collection of stories. Everyone just keeps raising the bar week on week.
 
Before the words are revealed I have to forewarn you that this will be a two week submission period. I have a funeral to attend later in the week and I won't be able to judge or lay new words this week. I hope you understand.
 
And now my tome is back at home, safely under lock and key where he can do less harm save for the occassional paper cut. He seems docile tonight so let me see what I can coax from within him. And the words are:
  • Hip (hippy allowed)
  • Owl
  • Burst
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 11 October to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced 9am Friday 12 October. 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 go and show me your groovy moves! (And don't forget you have two weeks this time)

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The Prediction - changing times

It's that time of year when the leaves are changing colour, the nights are drawing in and we're all asking ourselves what happened to summer (well those of us in the UK, I hope the sun is shining on our international friends). I hope that the beauty of the season will inspire you all in your writing endeavours.
Now before I announce the winner this week, I just wanted to highlight a query that came up in last week's comments. Is it ok to promote other writing sites on here? Absolutely, as long as they are reputable sites then plug away. I very much see this site as a place for everyone to support each other and have some fun writing. So please feel free to let people know about any writing opportunities that are out there - I know that I'll be following up on them!
Now, onto this week's winner. After much deliberation, the person who stood out for me this week was....
.....Marietta Miles with Forgiveness. Marietta -  this piece started gently, a tale of confessional, which seemed innocent enough. But there was a wolf hidden in this sheep's clothing that came bursting forth with ferocity. There was something dark and dangerous within this which really grabbed me and was perfectly written. I urge people to take time to go back and read it.
Runner-up this week is Sandra Davies with The Blacksmith's Wife (part 38). Sandra - really liked the way the power play went back and forth between these two and some cracking turns of phrase (as ever) throughout. A high standard as always.
  
So, applause to Marietta and Sandra as well as to everyone else who entered this week. And a special mention to welcome back MuckieDuckie with a late entry. I always feel a little conscious about people who submit late on as their tales often get overlooked. If you have the time, do go back and have a look at MD's piece as well as re-reading the other wonderful tales.
Ok, onto the words. It's all about the words! After leading me a merry dance across the southern coast last week, I am delighted to announce that I have re-captured my errant tome. I found him deep in the woods, cradled at the roots of an ancient oak. I think it might have been his mother. As I picked him up he purred these words to me:
  • Rabbit
  • Clamp
  • Languish
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 27 September to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced 9am Friday 28 September. 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!
Right, hop to it!

Friday, 14 September 2012

The Prediction - back into the swing of things

So, after several weeks and a multitude of time zones, I find myself back here at Phlambler's World judging the latest Prediction entries. In my travels I have stood atop volcanos, seen near extinct species flocking and watched mighty beasts breaching from the ocean, yet I am still amazed by the quality of writing and the diversity of imagination from amongst the Predictioneers.
 
It was great, and possibly worring for my exalted position, to see The Prediction continue to run so smoothly in my absence [even with some generous interpretations of the word swag into swagger along the way ;-) ] and I offer my thanks to my guest judges Matt, Rebecca and William for keeping this ship afloat.
 
Well, it's been a while since I've said this but my winner for this week is........
 
.....John Xero! John stunned me with the beautifully crafted Crepuscular. It painted a vividly bleak future for mankind. The way you created such a fully formed world and brought Carla to life within 100 words was amazing; a talent I am in awe of. Let me know when you have your first novel out there John as I will be straight to the head of the queue to buy it!
 
My runner-up this week is an absent friend returned to the fold of The Prediction. Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw brings us a manga-esque vision in her tale Under a Killing Moon. This was such a visual piece Veronica which I could easily see being turned into a graphic novel or live action animation. Superb writing and so glad that we were able to entice you back to our little game. As I said in my comments, there is only one thing to say; brava!
 
My congratulations to John and Veronica for their excellent entries and thanks to all of you for your brilliant flashes. I have missed reading your wonderful tales and it is a privilege to be able to experience them once again.
 
Now whilst I was away I hear tell that my tome has been causing havoc across the nation. So the hunt is on to find Tommy (a pet name, Tommy the Tome, forgive me please). I believe that I have his scent and capture may be on the cards. For now we just have the following places along the south coast in which he has been sighted to go upon:
  • Battle (Sussex)
  • Wool (Dorset)
  • Pennance (Cornwall) - ok, we'll use the word Penance but it's close enough
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 20 September to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced 9am Friday 21 September. 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 battle commence!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

The Prediction - look out, he's coming!

And here we are into the final week before I can give my time back to judging your entries.
 
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. The winner for this week will not have to judge the coming entries. Normal service will resume and I shall be announcing winners on Thursday night.
 
We're now into the third week of our leather clad beast's rampage and reports of another victim abound. He was found babbling in the bushes, repeating the same words over and over again:
  • Eclipse
  • Stiff
  • Dangle 
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 13 September to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced 9am Friday 14 September. 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!
 
Looking forward to playing again soon!

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!