Monthly Archives: March 2014

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.2 WINNERS

And thus Week 2.2 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster comes to a close.

After a very slow start, Judge Jenn Monty ended up with several entries to read. Here are her decisions…

Everyone did a great job with the song and you guys made it very difficult to choose just 3. I loved all the different uses of the phrase “what difference does it make” – great stuff all around.

But I did have to choose, so I found myself looking at different criteria than normal: unique references to the song itself and unexpected suspense and storytelling.

3rd place – Time Served by Ruth Long / @Bullinkink. This story had a different take on the song by removing any romantic reference and using familial relationships to demonstrate the phrase “I’d do anything you’d ask”; there was also a flip in the person who leaves. All a nice twist on the song and an added suspense.

2nd place – Daffodils by Miranda Kate / @PurpleQueenNL. This piece had some great Morrisey and Smiths references. It also had suspense from the first sentence. I found myself holding my breath as the MC opened the bathroom door. And the last sentence! “…memories rather than dreams…” brilliant phrase.

1st place – All Men Have Secrets by Jim Lockett. The references to the two different single covers, the reference to milk and The Collector, stealing, lies, the one who left – every little detail of the song was added to this story with amazing tie-ins. Everything related back to the story in unexpected ways and I truly enjoyed the reference to isolation created by the dystopian setting. And as much as I love The Smiths, I laughed at the last line – “I never really cared for The Smiths.” Excellent stuff.

Congrats to all of our Winners.

Jim – here’s the Winner’s Badge for your collection;

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Thanks to all of our writers & readers, and thanks to Judge Jenn Monty…

See you on Tuesday!!!

 

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Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.2

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 2.

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.  IF YOU’RE NOT ON TWITTER GIVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS OR SOME OTHER WAY TO GET A HOLD OF YOU!

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

This week’s song prompt comes from Manchester, England… a bright, happy little band known as… The Smiths.

The tune is, “What Difference Does It Make?” Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/Uzp5ocWvzck

This week’s Judge is the Brewed Bohemian… Jenn Monty!

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through midnight PACIFIC TIME on Friday March 21st.

Now go write!!!!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.1 WINNERS

The first week of our second year is in the books…

Judge Miranda Kate had some hard choices to make, but, as she’s never one to shrink from a challenge she got the job done.

Here are her decisions.

First place – and overall Winner – Cecilia @cc_lark This tale encapsulated all elements of both the song and the theme for me and the feel of the Irish and what it is like to be out drinking with them. The opening line was perfect with “He was an ugly little bastard but who looked at his face once he opened his mouth” summing up the lead singer exactly. And the essence of the Irish was conveyed in one line for me: “When they sing it is like a doorway into the world of Fey.” I could picture it all, the dancing and the seduction. Really enjoyable read.

Second place goes to Jim Lockett I was totally intrigued by this story; it left me wanting to know so much more, building enough about the character to keep you wanting to know more. Who was this man who knew how to stem blood flow from the brain, and no qualms about doing it? Why did things explode round him as a child? And why didn’t he know where he was and who the whore was, yet remain cool and collected the entire time? Jim was also able to encompass the song and feel of the band. It’s a good piece.

Third place goes to Mark Ethridge @LurchMunster Mark drew a different picture of drinking on St Patrick’s Day, and what it meant for some, particularly the elderly. I loved the term ‘took a train to Dublin’ and what it’s true meaning was. It was a nice concise story that flowed well, with engaging dialogue.

A hearty mazel tov to all of our Winners.

Cecila – here’s the Winner’s Badge for your collection;

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Thanks to all of our writers and readers, and thanks to Judge Miranda Kate…

See you all on Tuesday…..

 

 

 

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.1 – St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 1!

 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.  IF YOU’RE NOT ON TWITTER GIVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS OR SOME OTHER WAY TO GET A HOLD OF YOU!

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

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day this week’s song prompt is a rousing tune by none other than the mighty Pogues…

The song is, “Sally MacLennane”. Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/mUeeZK_FDsw

This week’s Judge is… The Purple Queen herself… Miranda Kate.

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through midnight PACIFIC TIME on Friday March 14th.

Now, have a Guinness and go write!!!!

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 52 WINNERS

And thus Week 52 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster comes to a close. One year of blues-busting….

Judge Bryan Taylor presided over the challenge this week. Here are his decisions…

First Place: Unnamed by @drmagoo Really like this one, brings to mind the fear of togetherness bringing destruction, and leaping anyway. Also, very much like the imagery of love seeming like a whole new world, and even creating one literally. Very sweet and touching, and inspiring. The dialogue is full of gentle affection, and even the sacrifice one would make for their love, just so long as the memory of their face could go with them.
Second Place: Memoriam by @Snellopy Very interesting perspective on the song. Good description of the impatience of teenagers, and what a great reminder that tomorrow is never a guarantee. There’s a real sense of the lost wife in the activities of the day, and the bar scene is a great reveal of the essence of piece that’s only hinted at throughout the story.
Third Place: Good Enough by @bullishink Lovely exchange, and tasty little hints of a longer story. Excellent capture of the self destruction of bitterness, and the way it can try to toss something wonderful away. Could easily see this growing into a classic detective / urban fantasy piece. Dialogue is strong and definitely captures the essence of the song of the week.

Mazel tov to all of our Winners.

Eric, here’s the Winner’s Badge;

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Thanks to all of our readers & writers, and thanks to Judge Bryan for a job well done.

See you on Tuesday!

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 52

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 52!

Week 52… sounds like a year to me! Thanks to everyone for making the Blues-Buster a success! Happy Anniversary….

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.  IF YOU’RE NOT ON TWITTER GIVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS OR SOME OTHER WAY TO GET A HOLD OF YOU!

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

 This week’s song prompt comes from one of my favorite artists, the late Warren Zevon.

The track is, “She’s Too Good For Me”. Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/c0NRrBNMpFM

This week’s Judge is the talented writer, and MWBB regular, Bryan Taylor.

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs until midnight PACIFIC TIME on Friday March 14th.

Now go write!!!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 51 WINNERS

Week 51 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster is over and done…

Judge Ruth Long had a bunch of great entries to wade through. Here are her decisions…

I say it every time but you guys make judging so damn tough! There’s something to love in every one of these stories! This is one of my favorite songs and it was so fan to see wide variety of stories it spawned! Thank you to everyone who offered up their ink. Special thanks for all the terrific encouraging comments!

 

First: Celia for Dark Silence – This piece totally nailed the essence of the song. I loved the character and setup, and would love to see more of both!

 

This line clinched it for me: “God don’t let me lose my nerve.” I don’t want to disappoint the kid.

Second: Snellopy for All Ye Sinners – This piece threw me for the most enjoyable loop. Whoa! So much fun to read! I sure hope there is a lot more Aithan up your inky sleeve.

 

Third: Bliss for Whisky and Self Pity – This. Yeah. Love this. Every now and then, life relents and sends us an external angel to help fight our internal monsters.

 

Honorable Mentions for killer closing lines!

 

Dr. Magoo: “… the things under the bed would have the most wonderful time watching me devour her brains.”

 

The Rogue Tinker: “It was like there was an angel with her hand on my hand at the end.”

Congrats to all of our Winners. Celia, here’s the Winner’s Badge to add to your collection;

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Thanks to all of our writers & readers and thanks to Judge Ruth for a job well done.

See you all on Tuesday, when we celebrate one year of Blues-Busting…

 

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 51

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Week 51!

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.  IF YOU’RE NOT ON TWITTER GIVE ME AN EMAIL ADDRESS OR SOME OTHER WAY TO GET A HOLD OF YOU!

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

 Now, you’ll probably notice the absence of a photograph of the artist in this week’s post. This is not an oversight. It’s a conscious decision made as a result of horror stories I’ve heard from other bloggers, stories about overzealous copyright enforcement efforts.

Let me state right here and now that I fully support the rights of artists to receive credit and compensation for their work, but when it’s being used in a way that the user derives NO tangible gain from, monetary or otherwise, I just don’t see the harm in it. Still, I can’t afford to be sued so unless I happen to have photos of artists that I’ve personally taken there won’t be any more pictures posted here.

Anyway…

This week’s song prompt is one of my favorite tunes… a great track by Santana with a guest vocal by Everlast.

The tune is… “Put Your Lights On”.  Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/KCBS5EtszYI

This week’s Judge is the Mortuary Mama, the guru of Bullish Ink… Ruth Long!!!

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs until midnight PACIFIC TIME on Friday March 7th.

Now go write!!!

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 50 WINNERS

Week 50 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster is in the books.

Judge Leslie Fulton had a stack of fantastic entries to read. She had a tough job ahead of her and she did it well.

So speaketh Judge Leslie…

And I have my winners! First place: Lizzie Koch. This piece was well written and nicely paced. I wanted to learn more about the dancer’s motivation. I could feel the ex-boyfriend’s rising lust.

Second place: Miranda Kate. I loved the flow of this piece as well as the age-old sexual power struggle between men and women. Nicely done.

Third place: Ceridwen Wales. I liked the twist that lust is something not only felt by humans and that all of the senses are heightened. Wasn’t expecting the “enticing rip of skin”. That phrase made me sit up and go “hmmm … where is THIS going?”

Congrats to all of our Winners.

Lizzie – here’s the Winner’s Badge; Image

Thanks to all of our readers & writers, and thanks to Judge Leslie Fulton.

See you on Tuesday!