Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 38 WINNERS
So… we matched our all-time low number of entries this week but, man, did we get four quality stories, as noted by Judge Eric Martell…
Only four entries this week, but four powerful ones. These craftspeople worked inspiration from the same song into stories of heartbreak, redemption, hope, and despair.
LurchMunster – You surprised me at the beginning, trapping the POV character in a dumpster, where he couldn’t be an actor in his own story, but you really made it work. The darkness of the lives he saw end or continue in depravity would make almost anyone’s life desirable. Vivid imagery and a strong story.
Stephanie Fuller – A “lighter” story, if someone losing their job can be considered light, but in this grouping it certainly was. A nice exploration of the redemptive and healing power of music. Looks like Louise might not find a solution to losing her job today, and she might wake up in the morning a bit worse for the wear, but it might not be a bad night overall.
Miranda Kate – I’m pretty sure I don’t want to know what he asked his children to do, and their lives will forever be harder and less wonderful after the injuries they suffered, but part of me did want you to keep telling me about them, as hard as it would be to read. I liked the phrase “coming into teenage.”
Ruth Long – The staccato shortness of the sentences you used acted as a great storytelling device, the brutal intensity of the language mirroring the brutality of Detective Martinez’ thoughts. Good men can be beaten down by a hard life, and he’s had one, but it’s not over for him, not when he reaches beyond himself and discovers that the world still has surprises in store for him.
Runner-up – LurchMunster. I felt like I spent that night in the dumpster, too. Wonderful story.
Winner – Ruth Long. I just loved this story. Exceptional writing.
Congratulations to all of our writers.
Ruth– here’s the Winner’s Badge, for your collection;
Thanks to all of our writers, readers, and to Judge Eric.
See you all– and hopefully some of our long, lost friends too– on Tuesday for another edition of… The Mid-Week Blues-Buster…