Friday, August 23, 2013

Monday Mixer Winners, Week 26

I am, as always glad to see so many folks come out and take another shot at the outlandish words I give you to work with. The variety of tales and genres you each come up with using the very same words is astonishing. Please keep in mind that while I give each of your stories the same attention each week, time constraints and other commitments don't make it possible for me to provide feedback on every entry. I mean no slight by this and it is something I have noticed in several challenges I compete in myself. Some weeks I write, what I consider, awesome stories that don't make the grade for whatever reason. I know it can be frustrating but please don't take it as an intentional slight on my part. 

drmagoo for his untitled story. I'm always a sucker for a good tale of underground resistance against the state. This story set a very dark and sinister tone with the unanswered questions it posed as to what exactly Alanna's family had done and what exactly she was up to. While I like a story that leaves the reader to puzzle out such things, it left me feeling there were just a few too many things in the dark to feel quite complete. I suspect, with more words to work with, this could be a great prelude to a more lengthy piece.

Rebekah Postupak for her story Schism. Who doesn't like the idea of creatures who are, themselves, believed to be the stuff of fairy tales and legends settling in to tell/listen to a good bedtime story? The story had the perfect tone of grandiose tall-telling mixed with the interruptions of curious children. I read this one over several times, liking it all the way up until the end where I was just left confused as to what was going on with Grandpa. Did he fall asleep himself? The unanswered question disturbs me.

Bullish for her untitled story. This tale made use of some wonderful and descriptive imagery that wound itself nicely around the underlying themes of bones and bad deeds. It had a decidedly eerie feeling to it made all the moreso against the backdrop of largesse and riches. While I did find much about this that I liked, I found the especially-long sentences made it difficult for me to get any sense of ebb and flow from the story. 

Alissa for her story untitled story. I love how nicely the words blended into what Alissa, herself, didn't actually consider to be a story. To that I can only say that the definition of a story can be very subjective indeed. I love the interplay between the characters, one with his wrath and indignation and the other with his platitudes and excuses. It made for a very entertaining read while folding in a very impressive number of very disparate words. Excellent job!

Dr. Mike Reddy for his story Sssivil Sssuit. I have always suspected those of the legal profession were reptiles of one sort or another and so I found this story especially entertaining. Kudos for coming to the notion of employing the sssibilant sssounds so effectively into the tale. It was just the right blend without becoming excessive and overdone. As one who appreciates a good rib, I can understand that being a bone of contention, so to speak. Nicely done!


Kate for her story I Woz Ere. I found this an especially delightful entry since Kate has had some exceptionally poor luck with past entries into the Mixer. I consider it an admirable tribute to her will that she has chosen to learn and grow from the experience rather than becoming especially bitter. As one who writes a LOT of flash fiction and submits a great many things for consideration to various venues, I can appreciate the frustration, doubt and self-flaggelation that are all part and parcel of the writer's trade and how deftly Kate describes it. I enjoyed the laundry list of synonyms as I often struggle to find the right word myself. Congrats on a job most excellently 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.

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