Monthly Archives: May 2014

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.11

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 11.

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 a recent release from a new wave legend… Gary Numan.

The tune is… “Here In the Black”. The link; http://youtu.be/kbQuq3GeFIs

This week’s Judge is author and all-around neat person… Christine Fitzner-LeBlanc!

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday May 30th.

Now… go write!!!

 

#SnippetSunday – Night Train (Noir)

Welcome to my inaugural #SnippetSunday post.

Snippet Sunday is a Facebook group for writers I’ve been privileged enough to have been accepted into.

From the group guidelines;

“Welcome to Snippet Sunday, where writers come together to share a few sentences of their current project–whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.”

 

Today’s Snippet comes from the latest chapter of a serial noir novella I’ve been putting out.

The premise of the story goes like this…

It’s 1928. New York gangster Moe Shabansky has had a run-in with his boss, Big Jack Lerner. After a confrontation, Moe skips town in the company of the beguiling Cajun, Madeline Perilloux, in an attempt to buy himself some time to consider his options and plan his return to New York. We pick up the action with Moe and Madeline on the run after a disagreement with some locals…

Madeline grinned and hit the accelerator. Our pursuers kept pace.
“How many we got back there, chouette?” she drawled.
I stuck my head out the window and took another look.
“Three. That I can see.”
“Only three?”
She sped up some more. The trees lining the side of the road became a shadowy blur in the fading light.
“You know where you’re going?” I asked.
“I got the water to my right,” she replied. “How hard could it be?”

Thanks for checking me out. I hope to see some of you back to see how the story develops…

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.10 WINNERS

So… Week 2.10 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster has come to a close.

We didn’t exactly light the world on fire in terms of number of participants but the entries we got are top notch.

Judge Regina West was tasked with sorting it all out.

So speaketh Judge Regina;

Thank you, thank you, Jeff, for letting me judge this week. All of the entries did a fantastic job of building suspense. I HAD to read more; I just had to know what was going to happen. It was a lot of fun.

Okay, here goes.

Third place: Trapped by Chinchin.Unicorn / @chinchinunicorn

The word that sprang to mind as I read this piece was “atmospheric.” It immediately plunges the reader into a dark, sick world, and I like that the author drew from the song’s theme of being caged. However, I needed a bit more information about the narrator’s motivations for the story to fully resonate.

Second place: Untitled by Miranda Kate / @PurpleQueenNL

This story is really well written. The pacing is excellent, and I like the complexity of the main character, Lydia. Although she is stealthy and dangerous, she also struggles morally with her chosen line of work. This could easily grow into a longer piece, complete with a showdown at the end.

First place: For Seven Brothers by Dr. Magoo / @drmagoo

This story has all the things I look for in short fiction: clear, concise theme; symbolism; and a perspective on the human experience. The narrator’s morning ritual of caging his baser urges so that he can function in his everyday life was brilliant. Creative story. Loved it!

Honorable Mentions:

Plenty of Time by Ruth Long / @bullishink

Sheridan’s noble-hearted willingness to sacrifice himself for his nephew struck an altruistic chord with me. There were a few dangling threads in the story, but they could be tied up nicely into an interesting, longer piece.

Time for What by Giselle Marks / @GiselleMarks1

The twist at the end is excellent, and I didn’t see it coming. I also enjoyed the corporate intrigue. Although Mr. Anderson makes for a bitter main character, he gets his comeuppance in the end.

 

Mazel tov to everyone who wrote for us this week.

Eric- here’s another Winner’s Badge for your collection;

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Thanks to all of our writers & readers, and thanks to Judge Regina West…

See you all on Tuesday… and hopefully we’ll see a whole lot more of you too…

 

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.10

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 10.

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.

We’ve had a couple of oldies in a row here at the Blues-Buster so this week’s song prompt is of more recent vintage…

It’s, “You’ve Got Time”, by Regina Spektor. Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/6rGldaxh_eg

This week’s Judge is author, editor, and self-proclaimed word nerd… Regina West!

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through Friday May 23rd.

Now… Go write!!!!!

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.9 WINNERS

Week 2.9 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster has come to a close…

We had a moderate turnout this week as far as number of entries but we were treated to some fine writing, nonetheless.

Judge Danielle Young was on the job. Here are her decisions;

First I want to thank Jeff for letting me judge this great contest! I love writing for this and loved judging. All the posts were great, but alas there can only be big winner.
 
3rd:
The Roxy by Miranda Kate-This was a fun story all about that great first love. It was a sweet tale and brought me back to a time when things seemed more simple.
 
2nd:
The Party by @MissBliss- I was instantly drawn to this story and felt the fun vibe. I could feel the music and excitement through the words. A great fit to the song.
 
And finally 1st place!
As Red As Her Lips by @chinchinunicorn- This story of love from afar was both sweet and sad and struck a nerve with my romantic heart. It was vivid and the perfect beginning for what could be a great story!\
 
Congrats to all of our winners.
@chinchinunicorn- here is the Winner’s Badge;
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Thanks to all of our writers & readers, and thanks to Judge Danielle Young…
See you all on Tuesday for another thrilling episode of… The Mid-Week Blues-Buster…
 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.9

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 9.

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 a classic by late blues legend… Koko Taylor.

The tune? It’s, “Wang Dang Doodle”. Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/qp5NIxWdUbI

We have a rare first-timer for a Judge this week… Many, if not most of you already know her. For those who don’t…. meet Judge Danielle Young!

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday May 16th.

Now… go write!!!

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.8 WINNERS

Week 2.8 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster has come to a close.

Judge Bryan Tinker had some good stuff to read… Here are his decisions.

Several powerful stories from a song that has a pretty heavy topic. The range of dependency is well covered in the stories, from medical to recreational, and some of the lyrics in the song definitely spurred some creativity, especially the bit about “doctors with no faces”. It’s always hard to choose which stories fit in which places, and sometimes it just comes down to the way they capture the song of the week, at least for me.

First: Untitled by @drmagoo. Strong piece, with an unusual time labelled format. Good capture of the situation and the scene, the painful time of just waiting to die. Reality woven throughout with dreams, all coming tgoether one IV drip at a time. Also, it’s nice to see the Fates getting some attention. Very fresh way of describing that the doctors and nurses don’t see hope for recovery.

Second: Long Time Going by @mishmhem. Very strong descriptions, such as being kept on file or the reference to smoker’s fingers. Very well hidden twist at the end, but when going back and reading it again, it’s all right there. Very Sixth Sense-y and well executed. Plenty of room for the imagination to fill in the gaps that led her to this course of events, from the attraction they had before to finding them in this state.

Third: Kicking by @MissBliss. Very good descriptions of the agony and perspective of the detox process. The bit of exposition on the path down to addiction is a compelling reality. Very evocative and sad, with the helplessness of the victim as well as the nurses. The descriptions of the wasps and honey are very good.

Since I find my favorite part of weekly prompts is the feedback, I’m including notes for the other stories as well.

David Defeats the Phil E. Stein Army by @CharlesWShort. Fun twist on word choices and older stories in the title and character names. Love how the definition of “honest buck” shifts in interesting times. I especially like that the women were far from helpless. It’s interesting that the group is borderline incompetent and just trying to get ahead in the shifting world they find themselves in. Definitely a story of a world in which there really aren’t any “good guys”.

In Plain Sight by @FallIntoFiction. Good capture of the desperate and nearly mad verbal style. I could easily see that coming across the radio in a larger story. Love the direction taken from the lyrics of the song, with the facelessness. It’d be very hard to find support when everyone else thinks a person is crazy, even at the end of the world.

Mazel tov to all of our Winners.

Eric- here’s another Winner’s Badge;

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

See you on Tuesday…

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.8

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 8.

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 a dark one. We’re going to go to some ugly places this week…

The tune comes to us from a little known rock & roll outfit known as… The Rolling Stones.

The tune is… “Sister Morphine”. Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/3FRwnkrolYc

This week’s Judge, fresh off his Week 2.7 triumph, is… The Rogue Tinker… Bryan Taylor.

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday May 9th.

Now… go write!!!

 

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.7 WINNERS

Week 2.7 of the Mid-Week Blues-Buster has come to a close.

The Book Hipster– Judge Stephanie Fuller– had a tough job, but she prevailed.

So speaketh Judge Stephanie…

This week’s song was a popular one on the radio for quite a while. Wasn’t sure what you’d all come up with…not too shabby. 😉

After much deliberation, and shaking my Magic 8 Ball (okay, okay…it’s my daughter toy!) for advice…I think I’ve picked my top three…drum roll, please…

3rd place – @y311er A simple, but to the point story of how one choice can change everything. Good or bad. I was relieved at the ending. Thank you for giving me faith that people can make the right choice.

2nd place – @PurpleQueenNL Reuniting with an old flame after many years have passed is quite the idea. I love how they fell back into place…the smiles, the jokes, everything! My heart broke with their awkward departure and the one character’s sadness…this made me feel things. I also love that you were able to keep each character gender neutral…I don’t know which person is which gender…and my mind got to choose. I love stories like that!

and…

winner, winner…chicken dinner – @BryantheTinker ! I loved the idea of Kodran seeing this woman tending to a fallen man and his realization as to what she truly was, yet still being in love with her and her beauty. As the other man joked that he could end his life to be with her faster, Kodran knew that wouldn’t be the proper thing to do and would live his life as he should in hopes of seeing her again when his time came. I loved it! Loved! Well done! 🙂

Wow! I’m telling you, this week was hard to choose. Thank you, everyone, for a great read!

Congrats to all of our Winners.

Bryan- here’s the Winner’s Badge;

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Thanks to all of our writers & readers… and thanks to Judge Stephanie Fuller!

See you all on Tuesday………