Secondly, I have news this week, something which I have been pondering for a little bit and something which I hope you will understand.
I have decided that I will retire from hosting The Prediction, having taken it on from Lily back in May last year. Whilst it has been a great honour to host such fine writers over the past eight or nine months, I am finding that my time is getting more and more limited in life and my own time for writing has dwindled greatly. Something needs to give and, unfortunately, it is The Prediction. Please be assured it is not a decision I have taken lightly and I have changed my mind a number of times (even whilst writing this) but this feels (kind of) the right decision for me at this time in my life. My biggest concern is letting you all down and I apologise that I will be unable to host this wonderfully supportive group in the future.
If anyone would wish to take over hosting The Prediction then do come forward and let me know. Who knows, maybe The Prediction will become a trusted gift passed from person to person over time. I quite like that idea. I intend that the last Prediction to be hosted on this site will close on Thursday 31 January (31.1.13 - a nice palindromic date). So that gives us four more weeks to play together and five more winners to announce as I need to crown this week's winner.
My winner this week is Marietta Miles with a late entry entitled Purpose. Marietta - this piece reminded of the atrocities that man commits. Very reminiscent of tales of the holocaust with a supernatural element mixed in. A dark mirror to be held up against the evil that men do which made me tearful as the purpose was revealed. Chilling.
My runner's up slot this week goes to Antonia Woodville for her tales of a zombie as a whole. Antonia - I really like the way that you have managed to instill a personality into a zombie, something which I have never seen before, and kept it going for so many installments. Whilst there is a lighthearted side to these pieces which frequently makes me chuckle, there is a subtle undertone of mental breakdown going on which makes these much more than may appear on the surface. Keep them coming.
So, congratulations to Marietta and Antonia with thanks to all of you who were able to find time over the festive period to drop by with an entry or a comment.
So, my tome is getting agitated, he can sense that there is change afoot. I fear that I shall have to don the metal gauntlets and tweezers to pull forth the words this week. Let's see what they shall be....
You have until 9pm (
time) Thursday 10 January to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced by 9am Friday 11 January. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. UK
Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it!
Come tangle me up in your words this week!