You may have noticed that keeping track of time and being all regular aren’t, at the moment, qualities I possess. I’m working on it…
So, microcosms. Despite the patchy updates regarding this weekly competition, I do love this place. If you’re trying writing out and need a community to help, support and guide, then this is the place. I’ve learnt a lot…just by reading what the other writers offer and from their comments, and in a wider context–e.g. Twitter–the writers are always helpful. Give it a go.
Microcosms 88 was a homage to Dr Seuss and KM’s wonderful prompt. It was a fantastic round! Valita had the dreaded and delightful job of judging. Thank you, Valita!
Honourable Mentions went to mirandats with Last One Standing and Carin Marais with What the Ether Let Through
Both of these were delightfully creepy and scary. I loved the flowing style…building you up to the endings whilst also keeping you in the dark.
Runner-up was Kelly Griffiths with Color
This was excellent. The scene was beautifully written and the use of colour was very clever. The image stayed with me long after the story was over.
Community Picks went to Eloise with The Draw Off and Michael Emerson with Today I Learned
The former really captured some of the mad manicness of Dr Seuss’ world and the writing was highly engaging and the story an excellent read. The latter poem was a great tribute. I learnt some new words. And the image was lovely.
Judge’s Pick was Bill Engleson with Hurricane, Schmurricane, Hide Me in My Box of Sugarcane
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this poem. It was fun and manic, but with a hint of darker things and warnings that Dr Seuss put into some of his stories. Great read, fantastic flow.
My entry was fun to write, and I had some help, which explains why it’s better than normal…possibly.
I know why he grins
Despite wet stockings
And sitting all smug
As it rains on his mug
He`s waiting for me
To suddenly agree
That what’s done by men
Has changed the season
But sodden underwear
And water everywhere
Won’t get me to say
As we float away
That this climate change
Is not deranged
But reasonable clues
Of how we abuse
It’s all balderdash
Not a whitewash
And fending off sharks
By Marks and Sparks
Is just happenstance
Not a consequence
Flawed policy gaps
Didn‘t melt the ice caps
And as we scull past the palace
He describes the madness
Of Trooping the Colour
Needing scuba gear
And I do realise
That fish with three eyes
And crabs that glow green
Aren’t normally seen
And maybe those trees
And the buzzing bees
Should have been spared
And we should have cared
‘Cause the blooms are dead
And the birds all fled
And nowt without fins
Or otherwise swims
Can get past the fact
We just failed to act
So she’s wiping her face
Of the human race.
Microcosms 89 was a real treat! The prompt used Rory Story Cubes (think I need a trademark symbol here…maybe, but not sure how to do that, sorry). I’d never seen them before, but they were fun. Each die had a unique image on each face, and you rolled them to get a framework for your story. It was fun. The image from Geoff’s casting of the dice was:
Hope that copied okay….looks like it did.
Steph Ellis judged the round. Thanks, Steph!
Special Mentions went to Angelique Pacheco with The Shillelagh Wielder and His Shenanigans
This was a lovely! I loved the descriptions and the tone of the piece, which added a richness to the story…and the ending was lovely and complete.
Honorable Mentions went to mirandats with Rory’s Memories and Laura Besley with Late Bloomer
Great stories from these two. The former had a lovely uplifting feel to it of someone getting their well earned reward, and the latter was deeply unsettling with vengeance and biding of one’s time….very atmospheric and beautifully written.
Second Runner-up was Jeff Messick with Personal Battles
This was a poignant read, and I was struck with the strength of it as it talked about this quiet and unseen battle…or maybe because the battle was so quiet and often fought alone which made it seem all the worse. Great read.
First Runner-up was Nancy M Beach with The Illusion of Happiness
I adored this! Nancy used the romance of the scene to twist the knife in so deeply with only the smallest effort: clever! The imagery was beautiful.
Community Pick AND Judge’s Pick was Steve Lodge with George Luvvy’s Cookbook: Recipe #31
This was just awesome! I really enjoy reading Steve’s writing….and envy his way with words and comedy. The set-up here was just delicious. Well-deserved Community Pick and Judge’s Pick winner!
My entry was fun to write, and challenging! Trying to get all the cubes into it…
How The Vicar Got Away With Murder But Still Got Stung
I knew what he’d done!
The lightbulb moment came during an amateur theatrical performance, which also caused the audience to glare pointedly, but crimes like this trump everything. The group were consummate professionals and waited politely for me to gather up my walking stick and coat and hobble determinedly from the church hall. There were groans and exclamations, but I’ve long said the rows are too narrow for the current fashion of open-toed shoes.
It was the perfect opportunity, though, with everyone transfixed by the play. It didn’t take long to cross the road to my cottage, rummage in the tool-shed and withdraw my torch. Contrary to a sense of drama, it turned on without issue or risk of faltering. From there, it was short work to the vicarage.
The torch was welcomed, as the late Autumnal evening was dark and damp, and the drizzling rain caught the light in a series of rainbow flashes, like trout dashing in shallow rivers. This was still an old village, and the vicarage door required no key, so slipping in presented no dilemma, either practically or morally…so long as my motives weren’t put under a magnifying glass. Besides, at that point, I was enslaved to my purpose, as an iron needle is to a magnet.
Despite the performance, I doubted I had much time so headed for the kitchen: the crime scene. People suspected the vicar of recently killing his wife, but hadn’t felt inclined to push the issue, as no one had really liked her. But…and yes! There was his weapon of choice—wallpaper scraper—with evidence still curled along its sharpened edge; and there, in the drawer, his handwritten labels, and in the cupboard, shop-bought honey. This was so much worse than murder. No wonder he’d had to bump her off.
The prompt set by KM was:
Today is Native American Day in the US. The history of the establishment of the US, particularly in regards to the treatment of Native Americans, is quite storied, indeed. Much of what happened is quite sad, but I’ll let you research that on your own.
It seems like almost everyone I meet in America is 1/16th Cherokee, lol, and I am no exception. So, I thought we’d use Native American fairy tales as a prompt. At any rate, I hope you enjoy this week’s options, most of which have been inspired by this collection of folklore.
A really interesting prompt, which yielded excellent stories. This site spoils me.
Steve judged this week. Thank you!
Honourable Mentions went to Jeff Messick with The Purchase; Kelly Griffiths with 1 Thessalonians 5:2; and Liz Elliott with The Water Fairy.
The Purchase was a stunning read…a parable. I loved the wisdom of it. Kelly’s story was like a snippet from a much larger piece, which made it mysterious and engaging. The Water Fairy was lovely to read, another story with a fable or parable quality to it. And it’s lovely to see new and talented faces.
Runner-up was Bill Engleson with The Man Who Walked Under the Moon
A beautifully written story. I really enjoyed how the story flipped perception on its head, and the last line was just a great way to round it off.
Community Pick was Bill Engleson, which was well-deserved for this lovely piece.
Judge’s Pick was Steph Ellis with Mercury Rising
Horror! Yes! A slowly building story, which kept me guessing as to its direction. The title is especially clever, as it reflects the scene and the mounting pressure. Fantastic read!