I owe an immense debt of gratitude to all of the returning as well as new contributors who came out to welcome Monday Mixer back to the flash fiction challenge circuit. I offer my sincerest apologies for allowing it to lapse for so long and for leaving the prior challenge un-judged but my reality life kept getting in the way of my fictional one. I promise to do my very best to keep this challenge fresh, frequent and fun-filled. Now, on to the good stuff.
Alex Brightsmith for her story Resolutions. This tale was an excellent example of why resolutions simply don't work for me. Like the male character, I am quite incorrigible. One hears of marriages made in Heaven. This is clearly not one of those. Nice!
Beth Avery for her story Garage Sale of the Gods. This was a great combination of mythology and the absurd. While I'm not a real garage sale sort, I appreciated the humor in the piece. One never knows what treasures might be out there, eh? Cute!
Pratibha for her story A Good Shot. This was rather a gritty little foray that left me quite disturbed. While I'm not much of a sports enthusiast or liable to wing a beer bottle at my wife under any circumstances, I've known plenty of guys this story represented in all of their caveman ways. Chilling.
Abbi Knight for her story Sally O'Mally and the End of her Day. Firstly, this is without question the longest-titled entry in Monday Mixer history. Secondly, it is the one and only time someone has chosen to frame their entire entry as a series of haiku poems. The story was tight, cohesive and painted an excellent mental picture. While this work could have easily garnered other honors, the inventive incorporation of so many of the prompt words so artfully placed it firmly into this niche. Outstanding effort!
drmagoo for his untitled story. i have good reason to know Eric is a master story teller and this little ditty clearly reinforces that reasoning. The dialogue was a delightful example of character interaction and the exchanges led the story along clearly, logically and in an entertaining manner. That Eric managed to do this while muscling in no less than seven of the prompt words is testament to his overachieving manner. I only managed five words in my own tale so most impressive indeed. Bravo!
Lizzie Koch for her untitled story. Poor Pim was such a comfortable and maligned character I could imagine myself having such a day in the imaginary kingdom. The inclusion of the five prompt words was done almost effortlessly and did a spectacular job of contributing to the story without seeming at all forced. The tone, pacing and overall impression in my mind was flawless. If Pim is not already a keystone character in an existing work-in-progress, this story demonstrates to me how richly he deserves to be. Pure enjoyment reading!
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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.