03:02:50 pm on May 30, 2012 |
Tuesday Tales WINNER 42!
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I am happy to have this week’s Tuesdaytales Judgemasters take over:
Terri Lynn Coop
Lawyer by day, writer by night.
I live with my two Chihuahuas in an 1880s building with a leaky roof and a lot of history.
I also am at http://www.whyifearclowns.net
JUDGE’S COMMENTS: “What does a 100-word flash fiction have in common with a Brick-O-Michener? Both have the four elements of story: character, setting, conflict, and resolution.
This little tale introduces the characters – the narrator and his teddy bear – in a Calvin and Hobbes type setting. There is not a scrap of description, but I can see it perfectly. At its best, flash fiction uses inference to fill in the gaps. It doesn’t matter if it is a bedroom, an attic, a hayloft, or a secret fort down by the creek. In this story, the reader can dress the set with their own imagination. What is important is the duel to the death between the narrator and his teddy bear. The conflict is amusing as they argue and is shown in the funny fantastical horrors the narrator wishes on his furry rival. Then the pay-off and resolution when Rebekah shows us what they have been fighting about. Who won? The boy or the bear? Actually, the answer is the reader. Well done!”
Writer, teacher, executive assistant, and believer that coffee is a moral imperative.
The bear and I eyed each other.
“You first,” said the bear snottily.
“Not a chance,” I said, snottier. I chucked the flower at his head, imagining it turning into a cow.
He caught it deftly and glared at me. “Not a chance is right.”
Not a cow. An entire farmhouse plummeting on his head. “One of us has to go first. Might as well be you.”
“Why not you? You’re bigger. Uglier.”
“And you’re just her beat-up old bear. I want to marry her! C’mon. End this.”
He grimaced but complied. A dainty pink petal fell. “She loves me.”
The Honorable Mention list are those that made the first cut and showcased what is right about well-written flash fiction. They all had the elements of a complete story and are excellent examples of what separates flash fiction from scenes and vignettes.
1. S. Jayanth @sankarajayanth: Total laugh out loud moment that caught me by surprise. A clean freak mom and a little girl trying to get her attention. Flash fiction is the perfect place for a twist at the end.
2. J. Whitworth Hazzard @zombiemechanics: A heartstring tugger with a paranormal twist. Spare and elegant, the writer used the skinny word count well to set the scene. A tormented mother, a haunted farmhouse, a healing ritual, and a message from beyond. All in a 100-word package. Well, heck yeah!
3. Michelle @msmithbooks: And another take on the theme. This time the bear is a messenger of death. We have setting (crime scene), characters (the cops), conflict (finding the bear), and resolution (the meaning of the flower). Personally, I want to read the rest of the novel that lives inside this 100-word tale.Everyone spread the word of the HMS:@sankarajayanth , @zombiemechanics, @msmithbooks , the winner and @postupak REBEKAH, and @TERRILCOOP for the awesome judgemastery!
I would also like to invite our winner @postupak to be a judge for Tuesdaytales on June 12th, please let me know if your available 🙂
I’m going to start doing AUTHOR INTERVIEWS/ GUEST BLOG POSTS on THURSDAYS!!!!
THIS WEEK’s INTERVIEW WILL BE WITH Daniel Koeker!!! Author of Three books and COUNTING!
Get the inside scoop on his processes and OF COURSE… A Chance At a FREE copy of his Fantasy- book- Dream Sanctum!
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