Thanks again this week to the returning contestants and a hearty welcome to those joining in for the first time. This week's entries were very well constructed and very entertaining. I hope to see you all right back here next week. So, on to the results:
Siobhan Muir for her untitled story. I have long been a fan of Siobhan's writing and enjoyed the ease and skill she displayed in working the prompts into a delightfully wicked and thoroughly complete tale.
Zara for her story Not like the Movies. This story had some very wonderful imagery and a nice flow to it. It's hard to achieve such depth of emotion in such a short space but it was nicely done. If not If not for some technical stumbles (it's vs its, their vs there) this would have been a true contender for higher award.
drmagoo for his untitled story. This gentleman has shown a true depth of skill and precision in previous weeks, as well as this one, at weaving several prompt words into a cohesive, unforced tale. This week was, certainly, no different. This was quite an enjoyable mix of adventure and humor.
Lisa McCourt Hollar for her story Alone. Since the inception of Monday Mixer, Lisa has taken perverse pleasure in squeezing all nine of the prompt words into a single story. Trust me when I say she gets no advance notice of the prompts by being my missus. While with her previous entries I had some cause to quibble, this week's story was masterfully woven into a captivating mixture of humor with Lisa's trademark macabre twist thrown in. (and used all nine words...again)
Tome for her story Eternity Knocking. This story really just blew me away. I read it the first time and thought it ineligible (altered prompt word) which seemed a shame since I like the story a LOT. As it turned out, she'd worked in three other prompt words and used the fourth to stay in context without over-achieving. Nicely played. This story has vivid images, crisp phrases, and a very nice flow that drew me along to its end. The final lines were especially powerful and drew the entire tale to a very interesting philosophical close.
Please bear in mind my decisions are entirely subjective and may not find favor or agreement with all, but decisions are like that. For those writers not mentioned, no slight is intended and I hope next week will find you back for more.
Here is the link to view and read all of the truly inspired offerings for this week. Please show a little Monday Mixer love and make a point of clicking on each entry and checking them out. Remember, each link clicked on takes you directly to that particular writer's page and provides them blog traffic and, hopefully, feedback to encourage them to come out & play next week.