What a captivating and enjoyable mixture of stories you folks provided me this week! I feel badly for letting them languish so long unheralded, but once again reality had to go and mess with my fiction. Rest assured Monday Mixer will be back in all its glory next week, so keep those dictionaries handy and your thinking caps to hand.
Snellopy for his story Sunset. This tale picked me up and swept me away to the seashore with consummate skill. I could see, smell, hear, feel and even taste the scene painted in words. While the main character might doubt his qualifications to be called an artist, Snellopy certainly earns the title with this piece. If not for the most unfortunate accident of a prompt word being altered, I think I'd be close to calling this the best of a tight crowd this week.
Ruth Long for her story Outta Options. This was a comically freaky little tale that makes a good case for the importance of getting a complete job description in advance. While I always like a twisty ending, this seemed to end just a bit too abruptly for me. I suspect this would have worked better with a more generous word count to wind it up.
Moondustwriter for her story It's Never Been Done Before. Five prompt words were woven nicely into this whimsical tale of magic and the mundane. With a contest to win, sometimes anything goes, eh? While I thought the re-use of one prompt word several times detracted a bit from the story flow, all in all it was a concise, well-thought premise that ended with just enough uncertainty to stir the readers' imagination for an ending of their own choosing.
Sarah for her story Secrets In Suburbia. Seven of the nine prompt words found their way into this delightful tale that serves to reinforce the concept of "more than meets the eye". The story had an interesting flow to it being presented almost entirely in present tense. It had something of the feel of being a fly on the wall observing the scene unfold in live time. Masterful storytelling is mixed with masterful manipulation to produce a most enjoyable read.
Steph for her story City Of Lights. As a first-time entrant to the Mixer, Steph delivers us a decidedly sinister tale of a man's rather gruesome obsession and his wife's stoic acceptance. The piece seethes with an undercurrent of suspense and uncertainty that left me chilled and wanting more. Excellent maiden voyage through the rocky waters of the challenge!
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.