Another superb turnout for this week's Mixer. Welcome to those first-time contributors as well as my hardcore returning players. I set an especially high bar with this week's words. They were a bit more obscure than of late and didn't lend themselves especially-easily to being mixed together. I have the utmost respect & gratitude to those intrepid souls who came out and tried so hard. You guys rock!
M L Gamella for her Untitled Story. I have long been familiar with Miranda's writing and was very excited to see she'd chosen to come out and play. This was a very nice little job of world building. It embodied a perfect mix of exposition and anticipation. While I suspect this is intended to be part of a larger endeavor, it still did quite nicely as a stand-alone piece.
Prathiba for her The Land Of Innocence. Another first time entrant, Prathiba delivered an enjoyable tale of childhood, innocence and innocence interrupted. I enjoyed the descriptive phrasing and images the story conjured up very much. I did find the pacing of the story a bit off but experience is an excellent teacher of how to get a good flow to a flash fiction piece. Trust me when I say I know how hard that lesson is to learn. I look forward to watching Prathiba's writing evolve.
K.R. Smith for his story Overkill. This was an excellent piece of speculative fiction with some tones of humor worked in most subtly. The prompt words chosen fit into the whole seamlessly and without any sense of not belonging. The feelings of tension and concern over the use of untested technology was palpable and I definitely got a grin imagining whomever got to explain to the powers that be what became of the remainder of the moon. The technological terms used seemed applicable and did not strain believability. Nice!
Last Krystallos for her story Cell Mates. I had significant doubts about anyone's ability to work in all nine of the prompt words this week, but Lisa somehow managed to do just that with style. This humorously wry story of the...difficulties inherent in these fellows doing whatever is necessary to engineer their unscheduled release had me laughing all the way. I can, with no doubt, state I certainly don't want to be the fellow who has the job of handling that screwdriver. Bonus points to Lisa for teaching me a new verb: to gurn.
Kayla West for her Untitled Story. It was nice to see Kayla back in the Mixer and she really brought a fine story with her. This story had, what I can only describe as, a smoky, smoldering quality to it that drew me in. Though the main character wasn't described in great detail, I, nevertheless, found my mind conjuring up an image of her based on the scene laid out around her. The story seemed to...stroll to an ending that could just as easily be the prelude to a much larger work. That is a very nice balance to strike in a piece of this length. Well done indeed!
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.