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Flash! Friday # 34 — WINNERS!

Whoooooooooop! What a mad dash of an affair yesterday’s contest was! Thanks to everyone for showing up and playing in such impressively good (and hasty) form. And now, here are the results for Round 34.  Don’t forget all stories remain eligible for dissection by Monday’s Flash Points feature.   


Judge Patricia McCommas says, The stories this week were creative, original, and entertaining, with a few stories leaning toward the dark and mysterious. Narrowing the list down was very difficult–I had to read, reread and, in some cases, rereread. Thanks to everyone who participated, and congrats to the winners!



Lisa McCourt Hollar, “And Then There Were None.” I love the 180 degree change from “Who in their right mind lived on top of a mountain” to “Who in their right mind accepts an invitation to dinner on top of a mountain.” This was a power-packed play on words. You could remove all the other words and still have a complete story in these two lines. What great writing.

The Imaginator, “S’no Goat.” Creative and original. This is a complete story infused with suspense until the end – and you did it all with dialogue. Great job! Now I want to know if they survived the missile. The moral of this story: don’t count your chickens before they hatch.  

MT Decker, “Good Eats.” Excellent, well-written piece. I love its originality and the unexpected twist at the end. I did not expect “good eats” to mean humans as dragon food! Great job.

DoctorMikeReddy, “Ascension.” The story is original, creative, and engages my emotional senses. The trip down is a frightful thought. It made me think of those destined for the highway to hell. Their glimpse of heaven would make hell that much worse, knowing they could never enter. Really good story and well-crafted. With a bit of polishing of the end, this would make a great flash story for publication.


Ian Martyn, “One Last Time.” I love that you tell the story from the deceased’s POVCreative angle told poetically while embracing both sadness and excitement for what lies ahead. 


Pratibha Kelapure, “Untrodden Sorrow.” Excellent, poetic opening line. This is an excellent, romantic piece overshadowed by sadness for the love she will never have. Pure poetry in motion, told in flash style. Love it. 

And a super fast but totally heartfelt welcome to the winner’s dais: our Flash! Friday 



for “Above the Cloud.”  This is an excellent story and a perfect example of showing, not telling. You engage our senses to SHOW Giovanni is blind without actually saying it. Your descriptions are clear and poignant. Well-written with vivid images. Congratulations, Allison, for a spectacular (and moving) story.

Congratulations, Allison! Here are your Winner’s Page, your very own rapidly but brilliantly crafted eBadge (below), and your winning Tale. Please contact me asap (here) with your email address so I can interview you for Wednesday’s Sixty Seconds feature.

Above the Cloud

Giovanni breathed in deeply, filling his lungs with crisp, mountain air. A certain calm silence surrounded him. The only sound was the wind. It whipped around him, mingling the thin air with Ana’s perfume. He smiled and reached out for her arm, his boots crunching the snow as he turned.

“Oh, Giovanni,” Ana sighed. “It’s amazing up here. I have never seen anything so wonderful in my life.”

He didn’t need to see to know how beautiful this place was.


Flash! Friday # 33 — WINNERS!

Thanks for your patience, everyone! Here are the results for Round 33. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the return of Flash Points, in which one of your stories will be torn to shreds (in a good way, of course).   


Judge Anthony Marchese says, I apologize profusely for the delay; I’m sure everyone was biting their nails in anticipation. I regret that I have not had many chances to sit down and add my own stories to the fray in the past several weeks. Nevertheless, I always find a moment to check out the week’s prompt, if only just to gawk at the fascinating photos our hosts find for us. This week was no exception. My mind immediately went to work thinking up ways the picture could be used, and obviously yours did too.



Doctor Mike Reddy, “How to Survive An Argument With a Dragon.” For his clever character who stops to think about the dragon’s place in evolutionary history, as I would.

Erin McCabe, “The Day the World Stopped.” For appealing to my interest in “end of the world” scenarios. What caused the New Ice Age? Comet? Supervolcano? Nuclear winter? No; it just happens. 

James Mender, “A Dragon in the Dust.” For his unbelievable tale – and skeptical audience.

David Hartley“Expedition.” For haunting imagery. 

Keith in RKE“Don’t P*** Off the Host.” For a good laugh.


Craig Anderson, “Flameo and Dewy-wet.” Craig gave us a beautiful tale of forbidden love. At the start I thought the story wasn’t going to appeal to me, and I thought the tale was going to be tragic. But this story won me over. It ended perfectly, and by the final line I knew I had to include it among the winners.

And a roaring welcome to the winner’s dais: our Flash! Friday 



for “Engineering Dream.”  I hesitated at first to pick this one because I know I’m biased towards sci-fi (most of my own writing is in this genre). But in the end I had no choice: I just had to give you credit for this unique take on the prompt. Now all I can see in the photo is coolant and a reactor. That’s talent – in 200 words you completely changed my point of view. Amazing work. Congratulations.

Congratulations, M.T.! Here are your Winner’s Page, your very own electrifyingly crafted eBadge (below), and your winning Tale. Please contact me asap (here) with your email address so I can interview you for Wednesday’s Sixty Seconds feature.

Engineering Dream

Alex waited anxiously as the engineering review board studied his request to preserve a derelict spaceship. The fact that the craft was still functional after a century and a half indicated that studying it could give them a better understanding of how to improve their own craft, which rarely lasted thirty years with constant maintenance.

“This is the reactor core and cooling system,” he said, as the images appeared on the overhead display.

Instead of the customary cooling rods and tanks one would expect, the reactor was made up of a series of caverns. Waterfalls of coolant cascaded down the one wall into a flowing pool that surged past the glowing chamber of the reactor itself only to be filtered through the rocks and recirculated in a perpetual, sustained cycle.

“The design of the HTBD drive is amazingly efficient and self-contained,” Alex assured them.

The board nodded, appreciating both the beauty of the design as well as its functionality.

“I see why you want to study this,” the chairman agreed. “But this note is rather confusing…”

‘Not really,” Alex said. “It’s why we call it the HTBD Drive.”

“Here, there be dragons?”

Alex smiled; this was where things got interesting.