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  • 04:35:43 pm on October 31, 2012 | 3 | # |
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    Tuesday Tales WINNER 64!

     

    Challenge #64

     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: 

    @caramichaels

    Ruler of #MenageMonday flashfiction challenge
    & SIX time winner of #tuesdaytales

    HONORABLE MENTIONS!

    @hlpauff /  Shades of V for Vendetta and Equilibrium… A man silenced for his convictions. Love the final moment of knowing the son will carry on his father’s work.
    @lissajean7 Alissa / “I need something incendiary to feel real again.” Love this line, and the overall sensation of life and reality fogged by a lack of certainty and direction.

     

    WINNER

    JM Filipowicz / Persistence in the face of hopelessness. Loved your Incendiary Man, especially his closing line: “Still I feel as dry as yellowed grass and live in fear of the spark…”

    @jmfilipowicz

    Author of Wardroids, an ebook coming in 2013 from Double Dragon Publishing.

    J M Filipowicz lives in a quiet condo on the surface of the moon.

     http://www.jmfilipowicz.com

    TUESDAY TALE:

    Incendiary Man

    The shower is the safest place for an incendiary man. Like my father, I might spontaneously combust. His ashes were taken by the autumn breeze leaving nothing for my mother to bury. She waits by the window, imagining him alive. I cannot leave her that way. Each morning I wash until my skin shrivels. At work, I keep a case of water at my desk, excusing myself every fifteen minutes to moisten my face and hands in the washroom sink. Still I feel as dry as yellowed grass and live in fear of the spark that will mean my end.

    @jmfilipowicz
    100 words

     

    Everyone spread the word of the HMS, WINNER and @caramichaels for the awesome judgemastery!

    I would also like to invite our winner  @jmfilipowicz to be a judge for Tuesdaytales on November 13th,  please let me know if your available 🙂 you can view the judgemaster guide here

    You can check out all the rest of the entries of Tuesdaytales week 64 HERE

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

     
  • 02:26:37 pm on October 30, 2012 | 24 | # |
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    Tuesday Tales 64!

    Challenge #64

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

    For all discussions about this challenge use hash tag #TuesdayTales

    Please give a shout out to this week’s Tuesdaytales judge:

    @caramichaels

    Ruler of #MenageMonday flashfiction challenge
    & six time winner of #tuesdaytales

    Secret Word:

    Incendiary -adj

    1.

    used or adapted for setting property on fire: incendiary bombs.
    2.

    of or pertaining to the criminal setting on fire of property.
    3.

    tending to arouse strife, sedition, etc.; inflammatory: incendiary speeches.

    4. tending to inflame the senses

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    ON WITH THE TALES!

    Go ahead and check out the archive of all the tuesdaytales or escort you to your tuesdaytales needs HERE

     
  • 03:47:04 pm on October 24, 2012 | 1 | # |
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    Tuesday Tales WINNER 63!

     

    Challenge #63

     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: 

    @SampsonWriter

    Writer of fantasy with a purpose, editor of almost anything,

    professor of English, wife to an amazing husband and mommy to an adorable daughter.

    · http://onemoreleaf.blogspot.com/

    HONORABLE MENTIONS!

    @Nsisifo – I was expecting zombies but not the aftermath of a pub crawl! Very fun take on the possible reason for characters to look like our prompt’s lovely lady. And of course the twist of her being bait was delicious. Funny with a gasp at the end.
    @klingorengi – Ah, the problems of raising a hormonal, blood thirsty niece. Lovely set up with the typical scolding but not so typical in the girl’s response. Blood stains? No worries. But juice? Hell hath no fury… I could see this as a larger piece where the girl must be tamed/curbed/matured by someone hired (?) by her uncle. Nice work.

    WINNER

    @WakefieldMahon

    He writes. Sometimes, and even get paid. He runs a web site to encourage you to Keep writing, his friends!

    Also the Madman behind #MotivationMonday Challenge

    http://www.wakefieldmahon.com

    @WakefieldMahon – This short piece can be viewed from so many angles. The layers of emotional, psychological and of course paranormal factors are interesting. Is she real? A manifested memory? A ghost? Then there is the question that we all ask ourselves “Can we ever forget or forgive some of the most life changing/horrific/emotional moments of our lives? Can we move on?” In the white space at the end I kept feeling there was an echo from the prom girl – “Why should I?” A haunting piece to say the least.

    What You Remember
    By Wakefield Mahon

    “You’re being difficult.” Robert sighed, running his fingers through what remained of his gray hair.
    “The word you are looking for is recusant.” Amanda half-smiled. “Funny the things you remember. Anyway you’re not my father. Don’t tell me what to do!”
    “Listen my grandchildren are coming over and you frighten them. Please go.”
    She smoothed out her blood stained prom dress “I’m not leaving until my date gets here.”
    Robert wiped a tear from his eye. “I did. It took me years to get over the accident but I’ve moved on and it’s time for you to do the same.

    100 Words
    @WakefieldMahon

    Everyone spread the word of the HMS: the winner and to @SampsonWriterfor the awesome judgemastery!

    You can check out all the rest of the entries of Tuesdaytales week 63 HERE

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

     
  • 01:48:36 pm on October 23, 2012 | 14 | # |
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    Tuesday Tales 63!

    Challenge #63

    HELLOOOO TuesdayTALIANS!


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

    For all discussions about this challenge use hash tag #TuesdayTales

    Please give a shout out to this week’s Tuesdaytales judge:

    @SampsonWriter

    Writer of fantasy with a purpose, editor of almost anything,

    professor of English, wife to an amazing husband and mommy to an adorable daughter.

    · http://onemoreleaf.blogspot.com/

    Secret Word:

    recusant

    \REK-yuh-zuhnt\, noun:

    1. A person who refuses to submit, comply, etc.

    Picture:

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    ON WITH THE TALES!

    Go ahead and check out the archive of all the tuesdaytales or escort you to your tuesdaytales needs HERE

     
  • 06:45:40 pm on October 22, 2012 | 0 | # |
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    I had the pleasure of reading S&D (Sex and Death in the American Novel) by Sara Martinez.

    In one sentence I would describe this story as: A new age romance delved in layers of self discovery, intellectual discussions, and the continual influences a loved one can make on life, even after death.

    The novel starts off with the line, “Call me Vivianna.” In the first page you discover the protag is a strong female writer and you get to read her creating what she writes best, gay erotica, until her thoughts are interrupted by the disapproving voice of her mother. the main character is witty, entertaining and full of snark, humorous despite the seriousness of the context. Her words often harsh to those around her are a brilliant display of Sara’s ability to add depth to Vivi as you discover her underlying anger towards her father. S&D gets a 4 out of 5 review from me because I love it and as long as you aren’t bothered by the literary warnings of strong language, sexual content, erotica, gay/three-some relationships then THIS book IS A MUST read!

    GO GET IT! 4 out of 5

    Sex and Death in the American Novel Available now on Amazon, B&N, ect ect.

     
  • 01:40:14 pm on October 18, 2012 | 0 | # |
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    Tuesday Tales WINNER 62!

     

    Challenge #62

     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: 

     Ruth & Rebekah’s comments: What a fiery riot we had judging this contest together. We take special pride in noting that our top three picks were identical–not one smidge of negotiation required!–confirming our long-held suspicions that we are Dragons of Excellent Taste.

    HONORABLE MENTIONS!

    And without further ado, on to the winners!

    Special Award given by Rebekah: Sparkly, jewel-encrusted props to my valiant co-judge Bullish for offering up such a deliciously compelling dragon!!!! This one’s going on my actual wall.

    Reba @rrkovar – We love how seamlessly this story incorporated both prompts in unexpected ways. The juxtaposition of good fortune and ruination is wonderfully surprising. The story voice is so engaging and the characters and storyline so compelling it’s hard to believe it’s contained in a mere 100 words!!

    Miranda Kate @PurpleQueenNL: This story’s great writing and humor practically knocked our claws off. We loved the setup of creatures permitted to change form on Halloween and the way you expressed the MC’s dragonish voice–at once violent and vain–in such a tight space without making it feel tight. Really well done!

     

    WINNER

    @caramichaels

    Ruler of #MenageMonday flashfiction challenge
    & SIX time winner of #tuesdaytales

    Cara Michaels @caramichaels: Dragon dreams perfectly framed this powerful, emotional piece. We loved how the dancer’s dreams and private rebellion set her apart from the rest of the chorus line. The vignette is wistful and so very beautifully crafted—abundantly worthy of the top dragon award.

    Tuesdaytale

    I dreamed of dragons. Thousands of silver sequins hand sewn on my costume reminded me of nothing so much as scales. And as we girls danced across the stage in synchronous motion, I pictured a serpentine form rousing.

    “Cut!” the director bellowed. “Girls. Darlings. You’re a chorus line, remember? The next one who steps out knows where to find the door. Now from the top, please.”

    I ignored the nervous twittering of the other dancers and focused on the music. And when the men joined in, when they lifted me to the sky, soaring high… again I dreamed of dragons.

    @caramichaels
    100 words

    Everyone spread the word of the HMS: the winner and both @postupak & @bullishink for the awesome judgemastery!

    You can check out all the rest of the entries of Tuesdaytales week 62 HERE

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

     
  • 02:07:50 pm on October 3, 2012 | 0 | # |
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    Tuesday Tales WINNER 60!

     

    Challenge #60

     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: 

    Sheilagh G. Lee

    @SweetSheil

    Author of Love’sLaboursWon(paranormal)

    Avid Book Reader&Reviewer-*Blogs http://welllread.blogspot.ca/

     http://sheilaghlee.blogspot.com/

    HONORABLE MENTIONS!

    Honourable Mention @nickjohns999-‘Like The Wolf on the Fold’ an epic tale of human existence from an observer who tries to save them. Very original. A chilling reality of what could happen if we as humans don’t listen.

     

    Honourable Mention @PurpleQueenNL tells a tale of true love and acceptance. A beautiful love story.

     

    Honourable Mention @Angelique_Rider The photograph great nod to the movie “Woman in Black.’ It had a lot of the great qualities of that story and movie.

    WINNER

    So many delightful, well thought out tales making it very hard for me to decide a winner.

                The winner or should I say ‘Winners’ since I couldn’t decide between these two stories as they were both so exceptional and I loved both stories so much.

    Week 60  #TuesdayTales Winners -Tied- @postupak & @bullishink

    @postupak’s  bittersweet story ‘Pollyanna’ of an family missing the glue and not knowing why they are so bereft. Truly heartbreaking.

     

           Pollyanna, they called her, dismissing her smiles as foolishness and her laughs as annoying chatter. If she’d ever felt forlorn, no one knew it or would have believed it anyway.

    She grinned when she and Hank moved into the molding lake house; twinkled when Jenny left for film school and Rascal joined the Marines; chortled outright when doctors handed her the word “cancer.” The more disappointments life brought, the more she glowed.

    Nobody could explain why, at her funeral, they all battled such a deep sense of loss.

    They tried, but just couldn’t figure it.

    Sure wished they did, though.

     

    100 words

    @postupak

     

    @bullishink ’s extremely expressive story ‘Slumbering Embrace’ in only ninety words it tells a tale of love and its effect on the environment before and after they are gone. It was not unlike a fairy tale. Beautiful put.

     

            Forlorn, abandoned, bereft. When he was at sea, she was adrift. The fog was menacing; the forest forbidding; the frigid water a moat hedging her in.

    Sunny, cherished, charming. When he was on land, she was anchored. The mist was a welcoming veil, the woodlands a playground, the river a sinuous embrace.

          Cold, foreboding, deserted. When they were but memories, the island became haunted. The shrouding vapor was an impenetrable shield, the vegetation active barbs, and the chilly water a deathly deterrent, that none should breach their final slumbering embrace.

     

    @bullishink / 90 words

    Everyone spread the word of the HMS: the winner and @SweetSheil for the awesome judgemastery!

    Since there were two winners, unless the two winners wanted to work together to be a judge on October 16th then I will choose either myself as judge or find someone that has something neat to offer the tuesdaytalians

    You can check out all the rest of the entries of Tuesdaytales week 60 HERE

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

     
  • 02:16:43 pm on September 26, 2012 | 2 | # |
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    Tuesday Tales WINNER 59!

     

    Challenge #59

     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: 

    @rrkovar

    Writer, wanderer, and one tough mother

     http://pushcomestoshove.blogspot.com/

    HONORABLE MENTIONS!

    Rebecca Grace Allen – @RGraceAllen The build up is beautiful and the tone nice and steamy, while at the same time being profoundly uncomfortable. It reads like addiction, and I kept going back for another taste.

    Sareese – @SareeseFeet This has a gorgeous voice to it, not easy to do in 100 words. The ending has more interpretations than the one on the surface, which gives it more depth.

    WINNER

    David A. Ludwig –

    @DavidALudwig

    I believe everyone has a story. I have several.

     http://by.davidaludwig.com/

    Outcast: The rhythm is compelling and the single word transitions add a real punch. The progression of her emotional reaction reads true and gives us insight into her character. This is a complete story, but I still want to follow her – both forward and back – to learn more and see what she does with her anger and resolve.

    OUTCAST

    Of course she’d been mad at them. Furious.

    After dedicating her life to the glory of God—twenty years of her life—the Church cast her out without so much as a warning.

    She’d been furious with herself first. Reflex.

    Staggering aimless through the plains gave her time to think. Insight.

    Communion with a demon was a mortal sin, but how could she have known it was a demon—not a holy spirit—there in the heart of the cathedral?

    No matter, the frontier had given her something better. Freedom.

    How could this power possibly be a curse? Anathema.

    99 words
    @DavidALudwig

    Everyone spread the word of the winner  @DavidALudwig and honorable mentions @SareeseFeet and @RGraceAllen and @rrkovar for the awesome judgemastery!

    I would also like to invite our winner @DavidALudwig to be a judge for Tuesdaytales on October 9th, please let me know if your available and check out the judgemaster guide 🙂

     

    You can check out all the rest of the entries of Tuesdaytales week 59

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

     
  • 06:30:44 pm on September 21, 2012 | 3 | # |
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    Tuesday Tales WINNER 58!

     

    Challenge #58

     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: 

    @klingorengi

    Jeffery Hollar

    Poet, father, husband and Klingon/Ferengi hybrid mix. Voracious reader (been at it for 45 years) and writer of paranormal satire.

    HONORABLE MENTIONS!

    Cindylouewho (cindylouewho2) This story really tugged at the strings of my heart (which is no easy task to do).  It had a very nice flow to it that drew me along from beginning to end. Well done!

    Maureen (@emyrldlady) I absolutely loved the methodical progression of colors in this piece. They built a sense of tension while all the while not letting me know exactly where it was going. This is, amongst a fine crowd, my choice for best use of the prompt word.

    WINNER

    @SweetSheil

    Sheilagh Lee  This was a very captivating demonstration of  “what goes around…comes around.”  It had a good pace to it and built to a very interesting, and unexpected, conclusion. I can’t help but feel Cerise would have been justified in taking joy in the distress of her teacher but she chose the high road instead.

    TUESDAY TALE:

    Cerise considered a dunce by her first grade teacher lived in her own world. Cerise studied the interactions of classmates, and teachers. She was the ultimate observer of people. She didn’t care others thought her mind wandered, she didn’t interact. Cerise grew up and went to college studying behavioural patterns .Cerise bestowed award after award from her peers, for her field of study, but deep down Cerise was still the little girl the teacher said had lost her mind. Cerise went to therapy weekly to overcome her feelings, but never quite succeeded from dimming the voice. One day at the grocery store she ran into her teacher.
    “Mrs.Bertrand?”
    “I’m sorry dear, I taught a lot of students. You are?”
    “Cerise Barillas.”
    “Oh…I remember you. Do you work here?” she asked.
    “No, I am a world renowned behavioural scientist. Do you still teach?”
    “Teach why would I teach? I’m only five. Where’s my mother?”
    “Mother there you are,” said the man then to Cerise he explained. “Sorry she gets confused now. Alzheimer’s.”
    Cerise thought she should feel some justice in that Mrs. Bertrand lost her mind, but instead she felt sad. Poor woman she suffered what she feared the most.
    199 words
    @SweetSheil
    Everyone spread the word of the HMS: @PurpleQueenNL , @rrkovar , @LupusAnthropos the winner @SweetSheil and @klingorengi for the awesome judgemastery!

    I would also like to invite our winner  @SweetSheil to be a judge for Tuesdaytales on October 2nd, please let me know if your available 🙂 You can find the JudgemasterGuide for more info

    ALSO!!!! Upcoming Author Interview

    Next Week, with Jessica Karbowiak  author of These Things I Know

    On Thursday, be sure to come back!

    Also TODAY is my BIRTHDAY!

    I happily accept spreading the word of my blog Heaven’s Fiction or signing up for my newsletter as wonderfully fuzzy feeling presents.


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    You can check out all the rest of the entries of Tuesdaytales week 58 HERE

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  • 01:44:19 pm on September 18, 2012 | 20 | # |
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    Tuesday Tales 58!

    Challenge #58

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

    For all discussions about this challenge use hash tag #TuesdayTales

    AND since this week is my BDAY week, this #tuesdaytales will be extended both with words and time

    Words extended to 200, Time extended until Wednesday at 9am PST

    Please give a shout out to this week’s Tuesdaytales judge:

    @klingorengi

    Jeffery Hollar

    Poet, father, husband and Klingon/Ferengi hybrid mix. Voracious reader (been at it for 45 years) and writer of paranormal satire.

    Secret Word:

     Cerise

    \suh-REES\, noun:moderate to deep red.

    Picture: remember, this picture is for inspiration, it can be used figuratively, or literally. For instance, it could be about a classroom or perhaps only the word classroom is used in the story. It could be about a kid wearing a dunce hat or perhaps a character calls someone a dunce in the story. Do what you will with it, be creative.

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    ON WITH THE TALES!

    Go ahead and check out the archive of all the tuesdaytales or escort you to your tuesdaytales needs HERE

     
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