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fire results

Two entries for fire, in order of appearance:

Summary by Elihu Zee
Salvation Has Come by Pooka

And now, from previous winner RubeRad …

Two entries this week, very different (but both involving the rising sun, and also fire)! Pooka has crafted a poem about Salvation with some fantastic imagery. I love the idea of an immediate sunrise: “No twilight ‘ere the morn / has beset us in riddles and fear”.

But the winner I choose is Elihu Zee. He captured my heart with the clever technique of suffusing his piece about an execution by firing squad with essence of ‘fire’, and nodding to The Rules by including the word as a throwaway, a feint to distract the eye while the real magic happens elsewhere.

Good job both of you. Mr. Elihu Zee, I look forward to your word of the week!

Congratulations, Elihu Zee!

And now, a time to reflect.  Our participants are strong in spirit but few in number.  Is it time to close up shop?  Suspend until next summer?  Shift to a once-a-month format?  Please chime in using the comments below.

shell results

Two entries for shell, in order of appearance:

Dad was furious when they asked by Lady Joyful
Before the Dark by John Dutterer

One additional entry self-disqualified based on length, but is an enjoyable read nevertheless:

Gone by RubeRad

And now the winner, chosen by Joe Cool …

John Dutterer’s Before the Dark wins this week.

Congratulations, John – our first repeat winner!  You get to pick this week’s word prompt (please post as a comment below).  You also get to select a winner among this week’s entries.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your shellish thoughts.  Please consider writing another 200 this week, and don’t forget to invite others!  Also, the comments for shell entries are still open if you’d like to offer feedback.

gossamer results

Four  entries for gossamer, in order of appearance:

This tingling at the tips of my fingers by Pooka
Containment by John Dutterer
Unclean by yesleklb
The metal bands chimed by Joe Cool

And now, from RubeRad …

My favorite was The metal bands chimed from Joe Cool, who found a gossamer moment in what might otherwise be seen as a clinicial, scientific exercise of tagging and releasing. I especially enjoyed the image of the bird escaping from a hard nylon mesh to a softer, gossamer net of caring hands — certainly better than escaping from the frying pan to the fire, which is what you’ve done, Joe Cool, as you now have to give us a word for next week, and judge what we come up with!

(RubeRad remarked on each entry here.)

Congratulations, Joe Cool!  You get to pick this week’s word prompt (please post as a comment below).  You also get to select a winner among this week’s entries.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your gossamer thoughts.  Please consider writing another 200 this week, and don’t forget to invite others!  Also, the comments for gossamer entries are still open if you’d like to offer feedback.

gray results

Five  entries for gray, in order of appearance:

I want to forget a photo by Joe Shlabotnik
Would someone mind writing about waking up one morning by Willow
A Southern Melodrama: the Director’s Cut by John Dutterer
Wrung of every last drop by Peregrine
Grey is the Color of Between by RubeRad

And now, from Amy W …

Winner is: RubeRad’s Grey is the Color of Between.

RubeRad couldn’t let that pass without nodding at another entry:

I demand a recount!  I’m pretty sure Joe Shlabotnik’s I want to forget a photo should have won. It was so haunting, I didn’t even want to submit anything …

Thank you, RubeRad – we’ve pinned a second-place ribbon on Joe Shlabotnik’s entry.  Congratulations to both writers!  RubeRad, you get to pick this week’s word prompt and select a winner among this week’s entries.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your gray thoughts.  Please consider writing another 200 this week, and don’t forget to invite others!  Also, the comments for gray entries are still open if you’d like to offer feedback.

feverish results

Five feverish entries competed this week.  In order of appearance:

Pennant Feverish, Perhaps by John Dutterer
Feverish beavers swirling around and around by Sam W.D.
Car, baby, highway by Amy W.
Feverish by Ninjasushirat
About a week after the birth of our first by Ruberad

And now, from Pooka …

Amy W.’s Car, baby, highway is this week’s winner with a frantic thread of chaotic dodges and spins that almost stammer feverish on every line. That was a good one for sure!  (Pooka remarked on each entry here.)

Congratulations, Amy W!  You get to pick this week’s word prompt (please post as a comment below).  You also get to select a winner among this week’s entries.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your shallow thoughts!  Please consider writing another 200 this week, and don’t forget to invite others.  Also, the comments for feverish entries are still open if you’d like to offer feedback.

shallow results

Nine shallow entries for the third week!  Writers treated us to philosophical depths and heart-numbing distractions, a stony beach, a dirty pool, poor health, poor choices, a poor friendship, a romantic starting point, and a point of isolation/discovery.  In order of appearance:

Shallow, being the depth at which nothing particularly reaches any depth by Pooka
It was there within by Gwenette Writer
Shallow by pmayhew
In Praise of Shallowness by Michael W. Hobson
Children splash their toes – and chins – by learningtowardheaven
Beyond the twisted paths, so narrow by Tiwary Saumik
Nonstarter by John Dutterer
Shallow Kills by RubeRad
Shallow by Sing & Bake

And now, from hmr …

Surfacing from the all-but-shallow pool of writing as this week’s victor is Pooka’s Shallow, being the depth at which nothing particularly reaches any depth.  In its contemplative and somewhat lofty deconstruction of “shallow,” the piece carefully uncovers a truth in language – that it is ever sliding.  Well done, all.  I had a blast reading all of your writings and agonizing over which one should “win.”

Congratulations, Pooka!  You get to pick this week’s word prompt (please post as a comment below).  You also get to select a winner among this week’s entries.

Thank you to everyone for sharing your shallow thoughts!  If you haven’t won yet, please don’t give up – we’re absolutely delighting in your originality.  It’s the gaggle of unique voices that makes a writing forum like this one come alive.  So please consider writing another 200 this week, and don’t forget to invite others!  Also, the comments for shallow entries are still open if you’d like to offer feedback.

swell results

Another fantastic set for our second week!  In addition to some peachy-keen swells, we saw a slew of other sorts of swelling: sickly/injurious, pregnant, dysfunctional, tidal, promising, and hyper-reproductive.  In order of appearance:

Swell by hannahreadfilms
Gosh, that was swell by Blue
Once swollen, few things actually render goodness by hmr
Trevor Swells by Michael W. Hobson
The morning air has a chill by Sarah B.
i want to walk out by Elise Gibson
purple tipped barb by hillofbeans
Two Hundred Years of Duggar Math by Dr. S Love

And now, from John Dutterer …

This week’s winner is hmr’s Once swollen, few things actually render goodness, whose piece delves deeply into the concept of “swollen.” I appreciate the philosophical approach she took, and the last paragraph provides an uplifting twist.

Congratulations, hmr!  You get to pick next week’s word prompt.  You also get to select a winner among next week’s entries.

Thank you to everyone who shared their inspiration!  The comments for swell entries are still open if you’d like to provide feedback on the entries.  Please consider writing another 200 for the next prompt, and invite a friend to join in the fun!