Monthly Archives: April 2014

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.7

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 7.

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 breaks the streak of tunes from way back… a lovely, bittersweet tune from singer/songwriter James Blunt.

The song is… “You’re Beautiful”. Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/oofSnsGkops

This week’s Judge is the Book Hipster herself… my pal, Stephanie Fuller.

The challenge runs from the moment you read this post until MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on FRIDAY MAY 2nd.

Now.. go write!!!

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.6 WINNERS

Year Two, Week 6 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster is in the books… and it was another good one.

We had a great turnout for Judge Siobhan Muir… Here are her decisions;

Third Place: Lizzie Koch / @Lizzie_Koch I loved the story about dancing in the dark and how she led us to believe it was only the lights being off as to the reason she didn’t see him. But the lovely twist at the end showing us she’s blind – ah, the sweetness of hope and love despite her lack of sight. Warmed my romantic heart.

Second Place MT Decker / @mishmhem: In the Dark, a Choice Wow, so powerful. At first I thought it was a woman losing her lover/husband to another woman, but the twist of finding her fighting for his life, trying to convince him to stay with her nailed it for me. A deadly game and she’d only won the first round, but there’s hoped. Well done.

First Place Michelle / @Chelle87Fox Dance of the 12 Princesses I have a soft spot for the 12 Princesses, but the way the tale unfolded was wonderful. They’d been spellbound, like Percy Jackson in the Las Vegas casino with the Lotus Eaters, and if she showed she’d awakened, the day was lost. Awesome. But in the end, again, there is hope. Hope that the day can be saved and the deadly game can be won. I want to know what happens next and where the demons came from. Great tale.

Everyone had such different takes on the prompt and it was a delight to see where they’d go with it. Thanks again for having me judge.

Congrats to all of our Winners.

Michelle- here’s our Winner’s Badge for your collection;

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Thanks to all of our writers & readers, and thanks to Judge Siobhan Muir for hanging out with us…

See you on Tuesday for another exciting episode of… The Mid-Week Blues-Buster…

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.6

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 6.

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 courtesy of the great Nina Simone…
The tune is, “In the Dark”.
Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/HmANmf7fXUI

This week’s Judge is author, temptress, and host of the Thursday Threads flash fiction challenge… Siobhan Muir!

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday April 25th.

Now… go write!!!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.5 WINNERS

So… we all dig Suzanne Vega, don’t we?

And since she favorited one of Ruth Long’s tweets about the challenge it appears that she digs us!

Anyway, Week 2.5 was a nice return to form for us here at the MWBB.

Judge Mark Ethridge had twelve entries to read… Here are his decisions;

Well, now. It seems Suzanne Vega’s little song, “Left of Center” pulled a lot of words out of people this week. Let me review who’s muses spoke about the song.

@Lizzie_Koch @MissBliss @disturbiakiss @Evermore_Evil @ScottsJamaican @violetgrendel @drmagoo @FallIntoFiction @PurpleQueenNL @bullishink @alexbrightsmith @BryantheTinker

12 entries! Wow!

Normally, I’d say something specific about each entry, but with 12, I’m going to keep things simpler.

Thank you, all 12 of you, for taking the time to write this week. I have read every word of every story. I have found each tale was well done, and presented its own little world very well, making the task of picking out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place tales a grand challenge, and a very subjective, arbitrary process. Because, per directions, I can’t pick all 12 as being in 1st place. Sigh.

That said, here are my picks for the top three, from third place to first place.

3rd Place – @BryantheTinker for the little tale, “Watching From Between”. A tale of two worlds existing in the same place and time, one not aware of the other. Oh, the ideas this one elicits.

2nd Place – @FallIntoFiction’s tale “Centre”. A very Matrix like concept. I like the idea of inside and outside. Normal and aberrant. Controlled and free. Makes me think of the great masses of people being asleep to life, and the few being awake. A respectable start to a universe of ideas and stories.

And… (Insert drumroll here – Look, @bullishink! I’m learning! :))

1st Place – Evermore_Evil’s tale “Night People”. The story of Granger, no longer welcome in society, pushed into a world not his own, for whatever reason. Who doesn’t like a tale of change? Of someone starting live over? Nice to see Granger start to forget what was.

There you have it. My subjective, arbitrary top three. Read all 12 tales. You’re top three may vary.

Mark. (@LurchMunster)

Mazel Tov to all of our Winners.

Cory – Here’s the Winner’s Badge for your collection;

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Thanks to all of our writers & readers… and thanks to Judge Mark Ethridge for both his patience and his hard work.

I hope everyone turns out again Tuesday for Nina Simone and Judge Siobhan Muir…

 

 

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.5

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 5.

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 straight from the ’80s.

It’s, “Left of Center”, by Suzanne Vega. Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/9YIBmZjONtA

This week’s Judge is still Mark Ethridge…

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through midnight Pacific Time on Friday April 18th.

Now… go write!!!

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.4 NO WINNERS

Well then.

Week 2.4 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster was a dismal failure.

We had three excellent entries, only two of which were eligible to win the challenge.

I don’t believe in default winning so I’m declaring this week null and void.

Big thanks to Jim, Cecilia, and Bryan for taking the time to create for us, and thanks to Judge Mark Ethridge for being willing to serve.

If Mark has no objection I’m going to keep him on for Week 2.5.

I’m going to give this thing another try. Maybe it’s time for me to re-evaluate the viability of this challenge.

Cheers, everyone. See you on Tuesday.

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.4

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 4!

 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 is by Brandon Flowers, better known as the frontman of The Killers.

The tune is, “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas”. Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/UIn3otlb4hQ

This week’s Judge is author and all-around good guy, Mark Ethridge.

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through midnight PACIFIC TIME on Friday April 11th.

Now… go write!!!!

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.3 WINNERS

Week 2.3 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster didn’t garner many entries but the ones we got were fantastic…

Judge Miranda Gammella was tasked with sorting it all out…

So speaketh Judge Miranda;

A small but great round of entries this week! The song choice really allowed for some nice varieties in genres and you all did not disappoint. So without further ado, there are my selections for the top three.

3) Moon Play by @purplequeenNL – A nice twist at the end of this werewolf tale.

2) Bite by @FallIntoFiction – This was a delicious step into the darkness as the woman completed her change, especially from the point of her human lover.

1) Walking with the Moon by @BryantheTinker – Reminiscent of Logan’Run, this was a sweet story, the wonder and innocence as “Two-Thir” explored the outside world and talked to what he thought was the moon. Great job.

 

Congrats to all of our Winners.

Bryan, here’s another Winner’s Badge for you;

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

I hope to see a few more of you on Tuesday…

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.3

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 3.

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 is by the criminally unknown band Tito & Tarantula.

The tune is… “After Dark”. Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/T5CF7mFwtgU

This week’s Judge is the talented author and head guru of the Daily Picspiration blog… Miranda Gammella…

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday April 4th.

Now… go write!!!