Abundant and copious thank you's to those returning challengers as well as those trying out Monday Mixer for the first time. As I'd hoped, the end of NaNo stress brought out some previously unseen talent and for that I am quite happy. I still hope some of the flash fiction circuit regulars (and you guys know who you are) will drop by and give their take on my, admittedly, bizarre challenge. That being said, lets get on to the honorees for this round.
The Honorable Mention honorees are presented in no particular order.
LEJamez - Now I always enjoy me some Star Trek fanfic but you lost me with Worf & Dax being concerned overly with table linens. Both were more accustomed to dining where sticking your knife in the table between courses was acceptable. Still and all, nicely done.
drmagoo - As a consistent high-quality Over Achiever, you delivered a great story yet again with seamless incorporation of the prompts. I wasn't sure where this story was headed and the ending left me scratching my head a bit. I would have preferred some indication of a deeper relationship than the last line made me aware of.
Ruth Long for her untitled story. I am, at times, surprised when a story unwinds so naturally and with such flow that I have to double-check to make sure it even qualified. Ruth mixed the words in both effortlessly and skillfully and even managed to entertain.
Lupus Anthropos for his untitled entry. While there were no shortage of aspirants for the Over Achiever crown, this one took the cake for the sheer audacity of managing to work six of the prompt words into a single sentence that, while perhaps not the most eloquent offering, did manage to maintain a coherent and entertaining tale.
J. Whitworth Hazzard for his story: Outsourcing
This week's champ is no stranger to the winner's circle of the various flash fiction challenges out there. With this particular tale, he demonstrates, superbly, two of the guiding rules of writing compelling flash fiction: 1) Sometimes less is more. Using only three of the prompt words leaves 147 words to spin an entertaining tale around. Something to consider when crafting your entry. 2) The story doesn't have to be complete to be completely enjoyable. Flash fiction doesn't allow for deep plot devices, in-depth characterization or extensive back story. Sometimes it's best to let your readers fill in the blanks for themselves. This story did that with consummate skill.
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.