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    Tuesday Tales WINNER 41!


    Challenge #41

     By entering, every contestant agrees to shamelessly promote and praise the winner on twitter.

    For all discussions about this challenge use hash tag #TuesdayTales

    I am happy to have this week’s Tuesdaytales Judgemasters take over: 

    Rebekah Postupak


    Writer, teacher, executive assistant, and believer that coffee is a moral imperative.

    JUDGE’S COMMENTS: I’m not sure who needed more courage this week–you all, for plunging into madness with me for a day, or me, for daring to pretend I’m competent to judge such outstanding efforts. Your funny, horrifying, clever, desperate, imaginative stories (and poem) drove me to the depths of deliberative agony tonight, by which I mean you forced me to steal M&Ms from my sweet, sleeping children’s candy stash to help make my final decisions. (Full disclosure: more than once.) Welcome to the new faces, and thanks to all of you for taking time to weave your stories here at #TuesdayTales.

    100 words

    @postupak, signing off


    Miranda Kate


    A writer, slowly coming into focus and gaining clarity of mind….

            Netherlands (but from London)

    “I’m a sucker for irony and understatement, and this terrifying story’s oozing them both. What I particularly loved about this scene was its light touch, how the seeming rational observations of the MC jar so sharply and brutally with the horror of her crimes, turning lunacy on its head. I also really loved the cadence of the final two sentences. Grotesquely wonderful, all of it.


    On her tiptoes she could just see out of the tiny square window, and see the fence with a leaf stuck in it; something real, something tangible to ground her, amidst the lunacy of her situation.

    She couldn’t stay on her tiptoes long though, not without use of her arms; she fell. Although having done it countless times now, she knew the soft white padding in the cell always softened it. It was a good workout, cleared the mind; tiptoes, window, fall, roll, sit, stand. Like the workout that had landed her here; seduce, ravish, stab, skin, cook, devour.

    99 Words



    1) Wakefield Mahon, @WakefieldMahon. If Michael Crichton were alive, first of all, and reading this contest’s entries, he’d probably wish he’d written this one. I love the balance of real danger against the witty tension of the characters’ relationship, as well as the anachronistic blooming of the leaf in the story’s center. Every word feels purposefully incorporated to great effect. Excellent storytelling.

    2) Ray Morris, @iwrites. This piece’s expression of suffering is painfully gorgeous, from the life-sucking heat framing the story to the MC’s tragic decision which is made, strikingly, during a period of relief. Beautifully designed and written, from desperate beginning to haunting end.


    @NicoleWolverton, for stopping to eat chocolate in the midst of insanity. That’s just classy.

    Everyone spread the word of the HMS: @WakefieldMahon , @NicoleWolverton, @iwrites , the winner MIRANDA @PurpleQueenNL and @postupak REBEKAH for the awesome judgemastery!

    I would also like to invite our winner  MIRANDA to be a judge for Tuesdaytales on June 5th, please let me know if your available 🙂

    Remember next Tuesdaytales is judged by @TERRILCOOP you can check out her blog HERE . See you next week!


    BIG NEWS!!!!

    I’m going to start doing AUTHOR INTERVIEWS/ GUEST BLOG POSTS on THURSDAYS!!!!


    Get the inside scoop on her processes and OF COURSE… A Chance At a FREE copy of her YA- book!


    You can check out all the rest of the entries of Tuesdaytales week 41 HERE

    OR check out the archive of all the tuesdaytales to escort you to your tuesdaytales needs HERE



  • Miranda kate (@PurpleQueenNL) 7:11 am on May 23, 2012 | # | Reply

    Oh Gosh!! Am bowled over I won, there were so many excellent entries!! It was totally organic, although the padded cell was what first came to mind when I saw the photo (after concentration camps, which Jeff Hollar did much better than I could have!) And the ending, well I had to have a kicker, I did first think much tamer but then I thought, what the hell!! LOL Only a lunatics mind would see that as the same sort of workout as trying to look out of a window in a straight jacket!! THANKS! And very happy to judge on June 5th!! – although gosh, I’m not sure I feel ‘qualified’!!! LOL Hope I do everyone justice!

    • Susi Holliday (@SJIHolliday) 7:47 am on May 23, 2012 | # | Reply

      Well done Miranda – love your story, clever, dark and also just a little bit funny 🙂

    • glitterlady 4:46 pm on May 25, 2012 | # | Reply

      Great, thank you so much! And So happy to see you week after week here, well deserved win and GL on judgemaster for June 5th!

  • Rebekah Postupak 1:03 pm on May 23, 2012 | # | Reply

    Congratulations, Miranda, along with Wakefield, Ray, and Nicole. I need a nap.

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