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Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 15 – Ray Manzarek Edition

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 15.

This is a flash fiction challenge.  The prompt is a song.  You are not required to write about or even mention the song.  It’s there only to get the ideas moving around in your brain pan.  If you want to write about the song (or the video- it’s all good here) go for it but don’t feel like you have to.

The rules;

500 words, but it’s a slushy 500, meaning you can go up to 700 or as low as 300.

Post your entry right in the comments section of this post.

MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR TWITTER HANDLE NEXT TO YOUR WORD COUNT AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POST

The challenge starts whenever I post this on Tuesday and ends at 4:30PM Pacific Time on Friday.  You read that right.  Pacific Time.

This week’s tune is presented in memoriam of the great Ray Manzarek of The Doors…

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The song is… “Take It As It Comes”.  Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/MI_RVIl4ZsA

This week’s Judge is fellow flash fiction phenom… Lizzie Koch!

That’s all from me…

The challenge is now live and is open until 4:30PM on Friday, May 31.

So go write!!!!!

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Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 14 WINNERS

I’m just gonna shut up and let Judge Jesse James Freeman have the floor…

When Jeff asked me to judge the contest and I saw the song prompt I felt the power-house excitement. I’m a Skid/Mojo fan, but I kinda wondered how qualified I was all of the sudden. I’ve never really been a fan of Elvis.

I know all the songs, my grandmother worshipped him. I can remember being a kid and going to her house for Christmas, she had Elvis in his Hawaiian costume tree ornaments. She was living the dream.

And don’t every try to tell her he was dead, because she read in the Enquirer that he was still alive. “It was all that bitch Priscilla’s fault because she was really a space alien and she double-crossed Elvis and got him abducted.” (off the toilet, no less)

Then Priscilla became a Scientologist and I’m starting to think Granny Freeman might have known what the hell she was talking about after all — God rest her (and maybe Elvis’) soul.

I did listen to the Elvis channel on Sirius/XM for about three songs as research (one of which was the one he sang about the ghetto, because there’s no greater pleasure in all of music than listening to Elvis sing “geh-het-toe”).

Then I watched Bubba Ho-Tep.

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Then I watched True Romance.

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Then I was ready!

This was a hard decision and I loved all of your stories.

I know everybody says that every week, but I promise I’m not making it up (like I did that time when I told Elle Macpherson that I was a resistance fighter from the future and if we didn’t go to Tahiti together for the weekend that the entire time/space continuum would collapse and the planet would be thrown back into dinosaur times).

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It was truly hard to make this decision, and I can assure you that me and Elle Macpherson loved all your stories!

(I’m just gonna throw out my thoughts, because we’re all adults and we write and nobody wants someone telling them how to write. And, ultimately, what the hell do I know about anything anyhow? They replaced part of my brain with a little bag of sand.)

First Place

@Valeriebrbr / “One For The Team”

I really like things that go off-kilter, over the top genre — and throwing Elvis imagery into such a fully realized and futuristic setting was a deal-maker for me. I found the piece very descriptive and layered and I kept reading it and going, “Who would’a thought to put this with your Elvis?”

 

It’s like that commercial where that kid on drugs trips and chocolate flies into the air and then lands in a bucket of peanut butter … wait, Elvis dug peanut butter.

And bacon.

And drugs.

Weird.

You put a lot of thought into this world, or you watch a lot of Star Trek (like too much), or you got really high in a Radio Shack one time.

(Great story, I actually want to read more about that world now — Elvis is optional)

 

Second Place

@bullishink / TUPELO TWO STEP

I loved you using Tupelo (I had to make a flying 24 hour road trip to there from TX one time — don’t ask). It was a great way to stay in theme. Your dialogue is fantastic, and I like short pieces that are dialogue heavy (I like full-grown pieces that are dialogue heavy too).

“Next time I’m late for work, they’re gonna cut me loose, and if I lose my waitressing job, I’ll have to drop out of beauty school.”

— I mean, we’ve all been there — in danger of dropping out of beauty school (this line made me laugh, like a lot). I can hear it playing out in my head, probably because I’m from the South and big-hair, and the licensed ability to pile it higher, is definitely a concern.

In fact, I just read it again and laughed again. It’s hard to make me laugh. I have a cold, mostly dead, heart.


Third Place

@BrewedBohemian / Cadillac Satin

I’m pretty sure you can turn on a police scanner in Las Vegas and hear similar tales of woe, one after another, but I loved the flow of this and the dialogue. It’s short, but visually it all plays out in my head like the opening teaser of a TV show. I also like to think that in some strange, alternate universe that Elvis and a Stripper are on a Bonnie & Clyde type crime spree — but it’s a nice crime spree, because Elvis makes people happy.

I guess strippers can too.

 I’m not saying anything else about strippers — but good to know that you’re not supposed to give them your bank account numbers.

Entertaining and educational!

I’d like to thank Jeff for asking me to judge this contest. I really enjoyed doing it and reading all your work. I’ll be seeking more stories out by all of you, thanks for writing them!

Say hi on Twitter: @jessejfreeman

 

That’s it…. Mazel tov, Val!  Here’s the Winner’s Badge!

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Congrats to all of our winners and entrants.  Big thanks to Brother Jesse for judging.

See you all on Tuesday for another exciting edition of… The Mid-Week Blues-Buster!!!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 14

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 14.

This is a flash fiction challenge.  The prompt is a song.  You are not required to write about or even mention the song.  It’s there only to get the ideas moving around in your brain pan.  If you want to write about the song (or the video- it’s all good here) go for it but don’t feel like you have to.

The rules;

500 words, but it’s a slushy 500, meaning you can go up to 700 or as low as 300.

Post your entry right in the comments section of this post.

MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR TWITTER HANDLE NEXT TO YOUR WORD COUNT AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POST

The challenge starts whenever I post this on Tuesday and ends at 4:30PM Pacific Time on Friday.  You read that right.  Pacific Time.

**I made the command decision to extend the challenge into Friday.  I don’t get online until after work anyway so why not give people a little more time to work?**

We’re going a little off the wall with this week’s prompt.

Meet… Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper!

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The tune is called… “Elvis Is Everywhere!”  Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/e_hkIN38qnY

This week’s Judge is a badass among badasses, the creator of Billy Purgatory… Jesse James Freeman.

So there you have it.

We’re live…. Challenge ends at 4:30 on Friday May 24th.

Are you still here?

Go write!!!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 13 WINNERS

Week 13 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster was a great one.  We got eight great entries… our second-highest total to date.

Thanks to all who came out to write, read, & judge.

Speaking of Judge… here’s Judge Cara Michaels’s decisons…

Winner: Passengers / Ruth

Chosen because I feel the craftsmanship of this story is the strongest of the group, and also because the story offers a damn interesting hook. Passengers, handlers, the musical delivery of instructions… and to watch it all begin to unravel with a single kiss. I would love to see this story expanded and learn more about Paolo and Josette.

Honorable Mentions:

The Getaway / Valerie

A close 2nd place choice here. Woohoo, what a ride! I love a good adventure, and this one is a corker. Love the layered meaning to “getaway,” too.

Unexpected Trip / Steven

Intriguing set up, with loads of fun questions dangling at the end. Is she the agent catching a bad guy? Is the bad guy the agent? And just how does she define, “bad”? Nice job.

 

There it is…

Thanks, Judge Cara!  Congrats to all of our winners.

Ruth– here’s the badge… again!

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See you all on Tuesday for another thrilling episode of… The Mid-Week Blues-Buster!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 13 -Note Time Change!

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 13.

This is a flash fiction challenge.  The prompt is a song.  You are not required to write about or even mention the song.  It’s there only to get the ideas moving around in your brain pan.  If you want to write about the song (or the video- it’s all good here) go for it but don’t feel like you have to.

The rules;

500 words, but it’s a slushy 500, meaning you can go up to 700 or as low as 300.

Post your entry right in the comments section of this post.

MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR TWITTER HANDLE NEXT TO YOUR WORD COUNT AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POST

The challenge starts whenever I post this on Tuesday and ends at 1:30PM Pacific Time on Friday.  You read that right.  Pacific Time.

**I made the command decision to extend the challenge into Friday.  I don’t get online until after work anyway so why not give people a little more time to work?**

This week’s prompt comes courtesy of Kira Skov.

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The tune is, “Riders of the Freeway”.  Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/_rl6WCUgo_Y

This week’s Judge is… the incomparable Cara Michaels!

So there you have it.

We’re live…. Challenge ends at 4:30 on Friday May 17.

Are you still here?

Go write!!!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 12 WINNERS

And just like that Week 12 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster is in the books.

We got a great response this week.

Thanks to everyone who cajoled, needled, & browbeat folks into writing.  Thanks also to everyone who allowed themselves to be cajoled, needles, & browbeaten.

Big thanks also go to our Judge, Siobhan Muir.

Speaking of Siobhan…

Miranda Kate (@PurpleQueenNL) is my winner. What I loved about the story was the careful detail the main character paid to the wedding dress. Everything pointed to a happy marriage and memories warming his heart, the dress being the physical embodiment of that. But as the story continued, the details painted a very different picture and his mild regret for ruining the dress with her blood. I was totally sucked in and amazed with the final result “He’d never imagined that frying pans could do that much damage.” and “After all that’s what she used to say the most, wasn’t it? “You’re useless Paul, never ready for anything, or anyone; you’ve never got your shit together.” He was happy to prove her wrong today.” Wow, totally powerful and I completely sympathize with him. Nicely done, Miranda.

Close second was Cara Michaels (@caramichaels) story of Claire and Jonathan Bryant. The whole sci-fi time is fluid thing sucked me in and held me until Claire stood alone with nothing and no one around her. I love that she didn’t know him, yet he had met her before, and told her how. I want to see this one done because the twists will be awesome as only Cara can make them.

Third, I’d pick Mark Ethridge (@LurchMunster) for the sweet sorrow and glorious memories of a love now lost. I could totally picture myself as an older person with my loved ones gone. Nicely done, Mark.

Congratulations to Miranda – you win the ecopy of Not a Dragon’s Standard Virgin, my hot new release, and I hope you enjoy. Thanks for asking me to judge, Jeff. I appreciated the opportunity to see how this challenge works.

Mazel tov, Miranda.  Here’s the Winner’s Badge…

 

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See you all next week for another exciting episode of…. The Mid-Week Blues-Buster!!!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 12

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 12.

This is a flash fiction challenge.  The prompt is a song.  You are not required to write about or even mention the song.  It’s there only to get the ideas moving around in your brain pan.  If you want to write about the song (or the video- it’s all good here) go for it but don’t feel like you have to.

The rules;

500 words, but it’s a slushy 500, meaning you can go up to 700 or as low as 300.

Post your entry right in the comments section of this post.

MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR TWITTER HANDLE NEXT TO YOUR WORD COUNT AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR POST

The challenge starts whenever I post this on Tuesday and ends at 11:59PM Pacific Time on Thursday.  You read that right.  Pacific Time.

This week’s song prompt is 180 degrees away from the last couple…

It’s “Sea of Love” by The Honeydrippers…

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Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pROMOdRYGvs&feature=youtu.be

Sorry about the ad.

This week’s judge is author & host of the Thursday Threads flash fiction challenge… the fantastic Siobhan Muir.  We have a special prize this week– the 1st place winner will receive a copy of Siobhan’s latest release…

Okey then… That’s it for me… get out there and write, write, write!  The challenge is open from right now ’til 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Thursday May 9…

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 11 WINNERS

And just like that… Week 11 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster is history.

Judge Lisa McCourt Hollar breaks it down for us;

All wonderful stories. Not easy to choose. I went back and forth a few times.

First Place: @bullishink I loved this. I have often speculated that there is a driving force that feeds the serial killer, allowing them to kill.

Second Place @ashviper: The twist in this story was delicious. I enjoyed the hint at the end, the daughter carrying on the family tradition.

Third Place: @PurpleQueenNL A chilling story and I wonder why he would even move next door. Just gave me the shivers thinking about it.

Thanks to everyone who came out to write, read, & judge.

Ruth- here’s the Winner’s Badge. 

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See you all Tuedsay, same Bat Time, same Bat Blog…