This week of Monday Mixer marked the highest turnout to date and I could not have been more overjoyed or dismayed. There were so many enticing stories to choose from that it took considerably longer than I would have liked to narrow the field. Please believe me when I say this was an incredibly painful bit of decision-making for me since only half of the entries could achieve mention. I assure you no slight is intended to anyone. That being said, I hope everyone continues to enjoy the challenge and comes back to play again next week.
Kate for her story The Carousel. This time is county fair season throughout the area where I live and this story took me back to the carefree days of childhood summers. The sights, the sounds, the smells and, of course, the rides were all brought back to me in wonderful clarity. I liked the way Kate employed a series of long sentences to set a pace that rushed me through the read much as young children rush hither and yon to not miss a single thing...especially the carousel.
drmagoo for his Untitled Story. Maybe it's the Ferengi in me, but I am ever a fan of stories that embrace trickery, dirty dealing and scams. This tale gave me that in plenty with a gypsy fortune teller running her game and never suspecting she was, in this instance, the mark and not the one running the game. The prompts flowed very easily to a most unsuspected ending.
The Last Krystallos for her story Bound And Free. This tale had a wondrously magical and ominous feel to it. The imagery and descriptive phrasing Lisa used only intensified and deepened the impact. I liked the mystery of the story and couldn't help but wonder where the poor fellow happened upon such an evil adornment or what he was doing toting it about on his wedding day. Add in the fact that all nine prompt words appeared in the telling and that is a nice bit of work.
Sarah for her story Arabella And The Refulgent Fandangle Incident. This had to be, without question, both the longest and the most imaginative title ever given to a Monday Mixer entry. I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable and humorous story of young love gone awry. While I applaud Arabella for her intense need to feel empowered and not taken advantage of, I can't help but feel she gave poor Freddy a bit more grief than he deserved. It is incidents like this that can scar a lad's enthusiasm for love for life. Sarah worked all nine prompt words into her effort and did so while maintaining a very natural ebb and flow.
K.R. Smith for his story Meaghan's Revenge. This story had a very Charles Dickens feel to it with Meaghan cast in a role somewhere between the Dodger and Oliver. It made use of some nicely descriptive phrasing and imagery that practically allowed me to see the entire scene in my head. The gritty, matter-of-fact way in which she took her revenge was superb. The final line of the tale brought it to a very satisfying conclusion, almost suggesting no other outcome had ever been possible.
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.