Monthly Archives: December 2014

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.31

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 31.

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 taste of the blues. The tune is, “Slow Train”, by Joe Bonamassa.

Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/1YDAB1wSVtI

This week’s Judge is… author Lori Fetters Lopez!

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday January 2nd.

Now… Go write!!!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.30 WINNERS

I hope everyone’s enjoying their holiday season…

We had exactly half the number of entries this week as we did last but Judge Karmin Dahl had four great stories to read.

Here’s Karmin…

I’d like to thank Jeff for allowing me to be a judge. It sent me into a small fit of giggles, really. Next, I’d just like to say that judging is based on personal opinion, and this is exactly that, my opinion.I’ll also admit that so I did not get any pre-formed ideas, I didn’t actually listen to the song until I read the stories. So, let’s get started.

First place: I’d like to give first place to Lisa Shambrook for “From Black Gold to White Diamond”. I really enjoyed this story and felt like it could easily translate into a novella (at the very least). Lisa managed a perfect mix of intrigue and a mysteriousness along with whetting the reader’s appetite for revenge and a feeling of betrayal in less than 600 words. I’d love to read a full version of Trent’s story and what prompted the heist.

Second place: Second goes to Bullish for “Denied”. What I enjoyed about this was the sudden thrust into the mind of a young psychopath. I’m a sucker for a well-written, totally understandable, yet completely out there phsycho and “Denied” delivered that quite well.

Third place: DrMagoo also made a successful crazy. Here, my enjoyment was found in the character’s complete belief that his murder-spree was justified, but also knew how important it was not to get caught. A rational crazy is so fun to read and easy to connect with, and this one was done well.

Honorable mention: Honorable mention goes to MySoulStears. Here was a great story about a man hell-bent on not becoming boring again. What I felt was the most outstanding bit of this particular story was that when reading it, it felt very real, very easy to identify with. I mean, who hasn’t felt rejected and instantly NEEDED to change? Very well done.

Mazel tov to all of our Winners.
Lisa – here’s another Winner’s Badge for you;
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Thanks to all of our writers & readers, and thanks to Judge Karmin Dahl.
See you all in a little bit for another thrilling episode of… The Mid-Week Blues-Buster!!

#SnippetSunday – Hard-Boiled/Noir WIP – December 28, 2014

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.”

This week’s snippet is an early slice of the WIP I posted from last week. Our hero, Jake, has just rolled into town…

It was well after sunset when I pulled into the parking lot of the Sunshade Motel.

The night hadn’t yet gone full dark. The sky was still a little bit red and a little bit blue. The moon was just getting started.

I climbed out of my Oldsmobile and leaned against the open door, looking out into the late summer half-light. A long but finite line of coastal nothingness lay to the south. The bright lights of the boardwalk glowed far out to the north, where weary vendors worked to wring those last few dollars of the season out of end of September vacationers.

From the edge of the parking lot, two lanes of asphalt and about a hundred yards of beach– bisected by a line of sand dunes– separated me from the ocean. I took a minute to enjoy the sound of the waves as they crashed in. A gentle breeze carried fresh, briny air all the way up to the Sunshade.

As always, thanks for stopping by to check out my work…

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.30

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 30.

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 great tune by indie rockers Cowboy Mouth.

The song is… “Man On the Run”. Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/cmLmWBPcs7I

**UPDATE**

Due to problems my European friends are having with the YouTube link I’m going to post some alternative ways to hear the song;

For Spotify users; https://play.spotify.com/album/3czlqmZ7ujWQEQymURqK4h

A very, very rough live video from YouTube; http://youtu.be/Nwr9f-Qs0ao

And… a link to the song lyrics if you’d just like to read them; http://lyrics-keeper.com/en/cowboy-mouth/man-on-the-run.html

Hopefully, at least one of these solutions helps.

***UPDATE OVER***

This week’s Judge is editor extraordinaire Karmin Dahl!

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday December 26th.

Now… Go write!!!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.29 WINNERS

We had a big week (for us) here at the MWBB.

Eight writers entered the challenge, providing some terrific reading for Judge Mark Ethridge.

Here’s Mark…

Thanks for all the stories this week. I enjoyed reading them, and letting them cook in my brain cells overnight on Saturday. Now, that she’s finally gotten home, I’m able to write the results. These are purely subjective. After all, what has picking a best story got to do with objectivity? It’s all about how the story makes me feel, how it makes me react, how it makes me think.

@susanoreilly3 – Interesting little tale of a nasty guy and karma.

@MissBliss – Wow! Love the internal and external dialog of this.

@ScotsJamaican – Grows on me each time I read it.

@ashviper – Cecilia finally took care of the problem she had all her life.

@Lizzie_Koch – Aww. The hero gets the girl.

@zevonesque – The realism in this piece, the wounded nature of the character. Well expressed.

@FallIntoFiction – A glimpse into a different realm, with different ways of doing things.

@PurpleQueenNL – Oh, my. A fairy tale.

As per direction, I’ve picked 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. So, here goes. As i said, this is subjective, and the results would likely be different for anyone else reading the same stories.

3rd place – @ScotsJamaican – Like I said. Grows on me each time I read it.

2nd place – @ashviper – Love tales when karma is served cold, and dark, and someone gets what they deserve.

1st place – @MissBliss – Like I said, the dialog, internal and external, grabbed my attention, and did not let go. Makes me want to read a lot more of this apocalyptic tale.

And there you have it, gang. Big cheers for all eight entries. Keep the stories coming. It’s great to see people being creative, bringing characters and worlds to life in a few hundred words.

Mazel tov to all of our Winners.

Mona, here’s another Winner’s Badge for you.

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

See you all on Tuesday…

#SnippetSunday – Hard-Boiled/Noir WIP – December 21, 2014

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.”

Meyer, Danny, Satsuke, and I need a little time away from each other. In the interim, I’ve returned to an older WIP, something I originally wrote as a serial and am in the eternal process of turning into one coherent work.

It’s a hard-boiled detective story featuring down and out private investigator Jake Tunner. Jake’s had it with the city and has gone on a road trip, ending up at a little beach town in the early off-season. He meets Marisa Reubens on the beach (I’ll probably post that snippet in the coming weeks). They hit it off and end up in Jake’s motel room.

Their post-coital pillow talk is this week’s snippet.

“Jake?”

“Yeah, baby?”

“You know how to hurt people, don’t you? If you have to.”

“It’s kinda late for rhetorical questions.”

She nestled in closer, ignoring my reply.

“You’ve killed before, haven’t you?”

 Images out of the past flashed through my head– the ugly, unwelcome kind of images. Sights. Sounds. Regrets.

“What makes you say that?” I grumbled, blinking the memories away.

She ran her fingers across my chest again, lingering around all of the nicks and scars.

“It’s written on your body.”

Those unwelcome images came back. I waited until the empty feeling they brought with them subsided before asking the question.

“You got somebody who needs hurting, Marisa?”

She took some time to consider before answering.

“I think I might, Jake,” she said. “I think I might.”

As always, thanks for reading. Let me know what you think….

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.29

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 29.

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’re going to stay with the neo-pagan folk rock theme started last week with this week’s prompt.

The song is by Netherlands-based band of earth warriors– Omnia.

The tune is… “Black House”. Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/W5ytw-uTbLw

This week’s Judge is author, Geek Squad Guru, & frequent MWBB contributor… Mark Ethridge!

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday December 19th.

Now… Go write!!!!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.28 WINNERS

We ended up with five entries this week… an avalanche of stories by our standards here at the MWBB.

Judge Jena Roudebush had some great stuff to read. She kept things short & sweet in her wrap-up…

3rd Place goes to… Erin McCabe!

2nd Place goes to… Lizzie Koch!

And 1st Place goes to… … … Mona Bliss!

Mazel tov on another win, Mona…

Thanks to all of our writers & readers and thanks to Judge Jena Roudebush.

See you all on Tuesday…

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.28

Welcome to the Mid-Week Blues-Buster Flash Fiction Challenge, Year 2, Week 28.

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 singer/songwriter and modern-day troubador, SJ Tucker.

The tune is; “Lady Vagabond”.  Here’s the link; http://youtu.be/ivPSqkttYR4

This week’s Judge is author & all-around nice person… Jena Roudebush!

The challenge opens the moment you read this post and runs through MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME on Friday December 12th.

Now… Go Write!!!

Mid-Week Blues-Buster Week 2.27 WINNERS

Low turnout for this first post-NaNo MWBB, as predicted.

However, Judge Ruth Long still had four great entries to read.

Here is what we’re all waiting for…

 
Congrats to… well… everyone!
Thanks to all of our writers & readers, and thanks to Judge Ruth.
See you on Tuesday for another thrilling episode of… the Mid-Week Blues-Buster!