07:01:57 am on September 7, 2011 |
Challenge #5 winner post
Today I have a special treat for all the contestants: Bringing back the Mixer MASH UP!
We had a total of 24 contestants this #tuesdaytales It’s a new record… and due to how many entries there are the flash fiction is more than 100 words… but its full of awesomeness check it out! Be sure to also check out the oringal stories HERE:
TUESDAYTALES MIXER MASH UP
The Mixer: 1 line from every entry to create the ultimate group effort flash fiction story!
How much can a Bellwether take before quiting?
“It’s damn hot,” John said to no one in particular. He was the bellwether of the pack, pushing ideas forward and manipulating others to get what he wanted with the cool controls of a puppet master. Summer or not, it was unfitting for the Almighty’s Instrument of Retribution to be perspiring so, he frowned. Something about the vinegary, bitter flavor seemed to do it now.
More than one entity had come forth…and they said, “Is it good to be the bellwether?” Shading his eyes with a hand he squinted breathlessly up at their balcony. It was a simple enough question I guess but there was something in her tone that made me curious.
“Let’s test that theory, shall we?”
“Perfect. Lean forward, look towards the sunset.” The only sign that something was about to happen. Looked outside to see the dancing prisms of light as she patted the holster that held her .45.
Screams tore the night, ragged wounds in the still silence.
“Get your ass off the roof and bring me the God Damn firecrackers.” She shook her finger at the Hotel Manager.
“Sorry,” said the voice, “wrong place, wrong time, wrong Moses.”
“I feel in light of your blatant disrespect in this matter, I must resign my post, effective immediately.” he swatted the air in a grand wave.
He flinched, then his dark eyes found mine, “He’s psychotic. We have to do something.”
“Damn, damn, damn!”
“Look out for that bellwether!”
We both knew what came after.
In order of how their words appear in the story:
1) @EmilySaraEvans 2) @jocastalizzbeth 3) @klingorengi
4) @MLGammella 5) @Ravensdragonfly 6) @DRyanLeask
7) @DavidALudwig 8 ) @theglitterlady 9) @nicolewolverton
10) @corpusbookworm 11) @Samatha12Jane 12) @LeslieBRamey
13) @foxfyre 14) @charitygirlblog 15) @THansenWrites
16) @zombiemechanics 17) @MAKozlowski 18) @cindyluewho2
19) @terryism 20) @saraheolson 21) @_rosie_lane
22) @MyMercurialMuse 23) @Vignirsson 24) @caramichaels
Spread the word and join the fun next tuesday!
For all discussions about this challenge use hash tag #TuesdayTales
This Weeks Tuesday Tales Judge has made their verdict and smashed down the gavel:
Give a rounding thanks to :
This weeks judge is a ghost writer, editor and blogger of all things cats in relation to writing.
Yes she uses awesome cat photos to illustrate her points with writing advice.
Check her out at : http://museinks.blogspot.com/
Per the words of the Judgemaster:
“I loved reading these entries. There were so many good pieces that I ended up focusing on writing-craft things to narrow the field. I made myself get nitpicky about things like spelling, grammar, and word redundancy just to help whittle down the contenders. Sadly, this affected some of my first-glance favorites. But it helped me make my decision.” ~MuseInks
“I love the sights, sounds, and set-up here. This piece combines both pathos and humor in a memorable way. It quickly places the reader in the thick of the action. The piece moves. It’s bold, active, and rife with robust, lively words. It also packs a punch at the end that makes the reader revisit the beginning and see it in a different light.
“Furthermore, this piece contains my favorite use of the Secret Word. “You’re no bellwether of fashion” may well become a catch phrase of mine.
“Well done!” ~Museinks the judgemaster has spoken!
Theirs was no balcony scene from Shakespeare.
Harold fired up the briquettes, pretending to host a summer soiree at the precise moment Ruby cleared her stop, bus doors squegeeing shut another grueling day at the diner, white wedgies sponging the sidewalk, leftovers leaking from foil inside her gripsack.
“You should join us, neighbor!” he bellowed, too eagerly.
She squinted upward. Crikes, who said that?
No bellwether of fashion in plaid plum smugglers, he swatted the air in a grand wave, forgetting his grip on the lighter fluid. Sparks snaked into a fireball.
At the shelter, ‘twas a night to remember
Winner has received an edit & critique of the first chapter of their manuscript (up to 20 pages ) and a critique of their synopsis. Please email DM @museinks to claim your prize.
As well as claim to the following nifty badge to spread forth their writerly prowess! Go forth Tuesdaytales minions and sing praises to the winner!
Most Excellent Letter of Resignation: @cindyluewho2
I feel Perseus’ pain here. I really do. I, for one, just hate it when my query letters are ignored and I am relegated to interacting with peons. I have never been a hero of either myth or legend, but the tone and characterization of this missive struck me as spot-on.
Most Enviable Occupation: The Bellwether of Nerdville: @ravensdragonfly
Because, really, who wouldn’t want to create an apartment-sized Tesla coil that took on a life of its own?
Most Admirable Reference to the Photo Prompt: @MAKozlowski
Most Likely to Evolve into a Readable Full-Length Book: @zombiemechanics
I adore the creativity of this piece. I get the feeling that there’s much more of a story here and, frankly, I’d be interested in reading it. Mrs. Locket is a formidable, despotic biddy who castigates harmless Inter-dimensional Energy-beings. I detect shades of Jasper Fforde or Piers Anthony. Intriguing.
Most Memorable Lunatic: @_rosie_lane
I can see this character in words even more clearly than I can see him in the photo prompt. I’m a big fan of the terse drama in this scene. If only some big-budget movie action scenes were this tightly crafted…
Most Readily Enacted by My NeighborsMost Passionate Advocate for Public Libraries: @MyMercurialMuse
I really liked this one. It reads like screenplay or stageplay dialogue, but it’s readily visualized. I like the characterization and the easy flow of conversation with an underlying (and longsuffering) edge to it. I swear, someone’s been listening to my neighbors and taking dictation.
Honorable Mentions have received an edit and critique of their choice EITHER synopsis OR 1st 5 pages of their manuscript. Please DM @museinks to claim your prize.
Check out the rest of the lovely contestants the participated and of the above honorable mentions HERE. There are tons of fabulous 100 word stories for your reading pleasure.
Thank you for participating and stay tuned for next weeks NEW CHALLENGE on Sep 13th . Dun DUN DUN! [mysterious music ensues]
What’s coming up next:
Every Monday of September I will be posting a flashfiction for #dicegames about a demi-dragon named James. Catch up on the first install of this series HERE
Also participating in #writercampaign posting my challenge fiction peices on Sep 7th (later today), Sep 23rd, and Oct 19th.