I owe copious apologies to those who participated this week for the lateness of the results being posted. I'd like to blame it on a combination of working in very unpleasant weather and the malaise attendant with that but I won't. Sorry folks.
The Honorable Mention honorees are presented in no particular order.
Sarah for her untitled story. This was an interesting mixture of prompts both past and present. While the story was well-written and the prompts worked in effectively, in the end, the story really just didn't "grab" me. *shrug*
Lisa McCourt Hollar for her story Gilligan's Revenge. This was another outstanding effort of working in all nine prompts. Were it not for one grammatical faux pas and a slightly forced feeling to a prompt word or two, the story was destined for greater acclaim than it gets.
Lisa Shambrook for her story Impasse. As a first time participant, Lisa delivered a very entertaining mixture of magical and real-world elements. The prompts she chose were inserted into her story with no feeling at all they were contrived. I'd like to know more than this little tale had room to tell.
Ruth Long for her story A Slight Mishap. This week's words were, admittedly, the most trying ones I have yet subjected entrants to and Ruth delivered nicely. Working all nine of the prompts into the word count and using all nine in perfect context was quite an accomplishment indeed.
Lupus Anthropos for his untitled story. This story had me hooked from the beginning, mostly wondering how it was all going to reach a coherent conclusion by the end. I have to admit it gave me a good laugh and was anything but predictable.
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.