Archive | January 2013

Flash! Friday # 8 — WINNER!

THANKS, everybody, for coming out to play yesterday and to support each other on our writing journeys. What a riot to see gargoyles finally getting a little bit of (overdue, perhaps?) attention. Your wild tales took us to romance, adventure, mystery, death, and deep into the past–in fact, to the edge of madness (as @bullishink pointed out) where, I suspect, some of us linger still. Many thanks for strutting your stuff in such magnificent form. (Btw, if you’ve got a minute and haven’t read or commented on yesterday’s stories yet, please do so–you know how valuable feedback is to a writer!)

How this week’s judge Maggie Duncan chose her winners is a wonder. But she painstakingly managed it somehow, and here are the sizzling results.

Honorable Mention

Jaz Draper. Maggie says: Though this needs a better connection that Jinn is the “raven-haired nymph,” I liked the premise and the imagery. The closing “…wanting, for all eternity” was very evocative and reflected the prompt well. I did think “raven-haired nymph” was a bit of a cliché, but the story, overall, was original.

First Runner Up

Cara Michaels (@caramichaels). Maggie says: I got a genuine chuckle from this one. There were several, similar stories, but this one was definitely a unique take. The only suggestion I’d make is a dialogue tag, just to clarify the speaker of the final line is the gargoyle. An excellent take on the prompt, and, again, very original.

and…. today’s SMOKIN’ HOT WINNER….

BETH PETERSON!! (@PotterBeth)

Maggie says: This was a totally unique take on the prompt—no romance novel clichés, no obvious gargoyle clichés, either. As an historian, the title grabbed me, but the thing that made this the winner was it made me want to know what happened on Walpurgis Night, 1305. But the editor in me has one suggestion. I’d open the story with, “And this is the one that your…etc.” I think that would give us a breather from the somewhat lighthearted reference to Grannie Mattalie and would make the last sentence more impactful. Overall, a great, little story.

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Beth! Beth, pick up your eMedal below and flaunt it with pride! Here’s Beth’s SECOND winning tale:

History Lesson
© Beth E. Peterson 2013

Lucinda patted the sun-warmed stone of the gargoyle’s shoulder, then pointed out the engraved “M” low on its backside. “And this is the one that your ever-so-many-times-great-grandmother Mattalie turned to stone on Walpurgis Night, 1305.” She glanced lovingly and with approval on her own daughter and granddaughter. “Never forget, no matter normal human prejudice or actions, it is our historic and sacred duty to protect them, and ourselves of course, from those from Outside.”



Welcome to Flash! Friday Week 8


Good morning! As you can see, Flash! Friday has its own, jewel-encrusted lair now. If you’re a #flashfriday winner, be sure to check out the winners pages–you have your very own sizzling trophy page! We’ve also got judge pages (today’s exciting judge is Her Ladyship Maggie Duncan), a tidy place to read the rules, the history of #flashfriday, and a list of regular ongoing contests.

Something missing? Got ideas? Tell me!

Be sure to bookmark this new site, follow the contest on Twitter, and come back at 9am for today’s Super Smokin’ Hot prompt. See you in a few!


IT’S TIME! Allow me to welcome you Most Giddily to Flash! Friday Week 8. Today’s prompt is another photo…. and a burning 75 word story limit (5 word margin this time–anywhere from 70-80 is permitted; be sure to include your word count and Twitter handle if you’ve got one). Read the rules if you haven’t already, and then…. GET WRITING!

To sum up:

* Word limit: Write a 75 word-story (with a 5-word margin) based on the photo prompt below. Post your entry in the comments on this post. Include your word count and Twitter handle so we can promote the heck outta ya.

* Deadline: 9pm ET tonight

* Winners: will post tomorrow (Saturday) morning

* Prize: A fabulous, sparkly e-trophy badge, your own winner’s page here at Flash! Friday, and WORLDWIDE FAME AND ADULATION!!!! (or at least as close as we can get ya to it!)

* Follow @FlashFridayFic on Twitter for the latest news/announcements/dragon breath.  (Whoops. Sorry about that last one. I’ll go ask about toothpaste.) And now for your prompt:


This contest is now closed to entries (but always open to comments/feedback!). Thanks to everyone for coming out to play today–hope you had as much of a riot as we did! The decision by our fabulous judge Maggie Duncan will be posted by tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

Flash! Friday Week 7 Winner

FIRST, a couple of special mentions. These ones didn’t quite place, but were compelling enough our noble judge Kinza wanted to point them out: Maggie Duncan @unspywriter (because it was Kinza’s husband’s first pick!) and Josette Keelor @josettekeelor (Kinza says: I really, really loved it. It would probably make the best first paragraph in a novel, probably ever. It was mysterious and exciting. I wanted to keep reading it and was sad that it only had to be 100 words long).

And now…. on to the winners!

CONGRATS to our two honorable mentions: 

Cara Michaels @caramichaels. Kinza says: The imagery was haunting. I got so interested in the meaning of the gathering, of whether or not they were ghosts and the implications of the bones and what not that I really loved it. I’m amazed at how much of a scene you created from just 100 words.

Jeffrey Hollar @klingorengi. Kinza says: It was very technically well done. Everything felt like it just dropped out of that period of time, and the character seemed very very real. The voice was very in character and I almost felt like I was watching ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou?’


drum roll, please…… our BIG SHOT WILDFIRE WINNER for Round 7 is:

MARK ETHRIDGE @LurchMunster.

You are the crazy WILDFIRE winner of this week’s Flash! Fiction competition. Kinza says: It had a discernible theme that stuck with me and caused me to feel personal emotions. The characters felt real, and the scene was described in such a way that I felt I could be there. I just felt it was good writing and anything that strikes a chord, must be good, I think.

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Wear your electronic badgery with pride, Mark! –and everybody else promote the heck out of him on your blogs, Twitter, Facebook (and skywriting, of course, if you’re friendly with any dragons). Here’s his tale:


Momma wanted a family picnic every Sunday after church. Even though Daddy hated them. He always stood off to the side at them. But every Sunday after church, Daddy drove us someplace different in the countryside. Momma sat with us and we gossiped about who was dating whom, who was going to marry whom and who slept with whom.

Poor Daddy endured it all. We and Momma knew he loved us and would do everything he could to make us happy, but we all knew the one thing he’d asked for that God hadn’t given him.

A son.

Loads of thanks to Judge Kinza Carpenter Shores. We’ll see y’all again next week–Friday the 25th at 9am. Get ready!