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!
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;
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…