This week featured a wonderful combination of both first time entrants and a comfortable core of returning writers. You all made it exceptionally difficult to sort out a collection of some very high-quality and captivating reading. I extend my deepest apologies for the delay in announcing these results but the real world keeps pushing my make-believe world into the background. I hope to see each and every one of you back for the next round.
Grace Black for her story Unspoken. This was a delightfully romantic tale full of very vivid imagery. As someone who has been in the position of being in a foreign land, unsure of my linguistic skills the story had a very believable and realistic feel to it. Countered with the promise of romance and mystery it was a nicely blended tale.
Robin Abess for her story Evil Genius. This was a very captivating blend of elements of classic suspense and plenty of subtle tongue-in-cheek humor. I especially like the idea of an Evil Genius making his father his driver. The ending caught me totally by surprise which is always a good thing.
J.M. Mendur for his story Fallen. This was a delightfully spooky tale filled with dark magic, betrayal, and curses. Who doesn't love a story with those elements? I enjoyed how the tale pulled me along with absolutely no idea of where exactly it might be headed. The overall tone of somber darkness and sorcerous evil was fully felt throughout. The prompt words were worked so naturally into the body of the piece that I had to double-check to make sure they were there.
This week offered no stories meeting the Over Achiever criteria.
Alissa Leonard for her story As She Lay Dying. Alissa has, in the past, lamented about the difficulty of taking my words and placing them into any "normal-sounding" story. Rather than make note of not being sure what exactly a "normal-sounding story" might be, I will say that with this story Alissa provided an excellent tale. The mixture of short and long sentences (while perhaps unintentional) led me along as if I were the one trudging painfully uphill. The story contains just the right blend of exposition and mystery to leave questions unanswered as part of its charm. Well done!
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.