Thanks to all of the contributors to this week's Monday Mixer. You folks provided me some very inventive and skillful entries to choose from. I am hoping to get my schedule better organized so these results don't take me so long to post, but reality keeps wanting to get in the way of my fictional life. I appreciate the continued support of the return participants and am especially glad to welcome some fresh faces.
Lisa Shambrook (Last Krystalos) for her story Like Magwitch. This was a great job of incorporating all nine of the prompt words into a single story. I wanted to like this story more, but it left me with a feeling I'd been dropped into a tale already in progress and dropped back out not quite privy to all the context.
Sarah (re-raveling) for her story The Woman In The Cloche Hat. This was a delightful little story about dealing with the complications life sometimes presents. While I had some idea where this was heading, it tied things up in a very detached and cold manner that made the tale truly worthwhile.
Snellopy for his story Silver Tongue. Using the required three prompt words only, this story is an excellent example of "sometimes less is more". This tale of rebellion and bloodshed flowed nicely and provided me the ability to fully visualize the battlefield and all of its gore. If not for some other truly inspiring offerings, this story would have garnered higher honors.
drmagoo for his untitled story. No stranger to this challenge, drmagoo brought me another story that works all of the prompt words into an interesting tale that crossed genres between sci-fi, thriller and just a suggestion of horror. This story nearly took Over-Achiever and missed by only the narrowest of margins.
Ruth Long (bullishink) for her story At Last My Lonely Days Are Over. Ruth's story was an excellent example of art imitating life since she has more than a passing knowledge of things mortuary. I was delightfully creeped out by the concept of her main character turning an autopsy into a first date opportunity.
Lupus Antropos for his story Hunter, Chef And ... This was an exceptionally case of incorporating the prompt words so well I had to go back and search for which were used even when I picked the words and so ought to have no problem. I'm not sure if Lupus, like me, is a closet foodie or merely did good research but his culinary terminology was spot on and lent the story a very polished feel.
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.