Thanks to all of the contributors to this week's Monday Mixer. It makes me quite happy to see not only the central core of returning contributors but also some new entrants. Although I've once again missed the time frame for publishing these results, I'm getting closer. So, please bear with me and stop back next week for more fun. I promise, if nothing else, to provide you with more opportunities to extend your vocabulary.
drmagoo for his untitled story. With three prompt words used, this allowed for a more unrestrained tale. While I found it enjoyable, without the additional reading the story suggested it left me wishing for a bit more context to wrap everything together.
Ruth Long (bullishink) for her story No I In Team. Always a strong competitor, Ruth stepped up to the task nicely again this week. Incorporating six of the prompt words with effortless ease, the story left me with a slightly disjointed feel and wishing for a bit more back story/context to stand all by itself.
Sarah (reraveling) for her story Time To Fly. Sarah always provides me some well-constructed stories and this week's was a thing of wonder to behold. I purposefully make the nine prompt words ones that would be exceptionally difficult to work into a single story given the word count restrictions and yet Sarah managed to do so. I'll admit pluralizing one prompt word and turning another into a proper noun were stretches of the rules but the flow of the story and its completeness displayed an exceptional effort.
Lisa McCourt Hollar for her story The Caged Bird Does Not Sing. Each week, Lisa takes it as a personal quest to prove me wrong and shoe-horn all of the prompt words into a single coherent offering. While some weeks are better than others, this entry was downright fabulous. From beginning to end, the story lives up to its title, expanding into a somewhat perplexing but sufficiently contained flow. Only requiring a slight manipulation of the prompts to achieve the use of all nine words, it was a very skillful job, indeed.
Kayla West for her untitled story. This is her first appearance in Monday Mixer and certainly a superb introduction it was. The story was, more properly, what I would consider free-form poetry and, as such, constitutes the first entry to ever be presented in that format. The required prompt words were woven into a piece combining smooth flow, an earthy simplicity and even works in a philosophical message as well. Complex in its simplicity, it was a joy to read.
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.