Friday, 12 November 2010

Lily's Friday Prediction

Oh for a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a plate of Eggs Benedict for breakfast, but instead - with a stewed cuppa char and dry cereal too close to its sell-by date, I give you ... Lily's Friday Prediction.

Congrats to Sue Harding for winning last week's Friday Flash Prediction challenge with her moving poem In Memorium, and also to runner-up Erin Cole for her fast and passionate Love and Hate, and Somewhere In Between.

I'm liking this week's words - a lot. It still amazes me that in a huge encyclopaedic dictionary of 80,000 words my finger falls on such good ones. So:

  • Kestrel
  • Bed-chamber
  • Uriel [the Archangel]
The list contains no verbs/adjectives/adverbs this week. Interesting - freeing, or limiting? We shall see.


The rules are: 100 words max flash fiction or poetry using all of the words above. Please add your entries in the Comments box below. You have all week until 9pm UK time Thursday 18 November to enter.

Winner will be announced next Friday. If you can, please tweet about your entry, using the #fridayflash hashtag, and blog if you feel like it.

Is it possible to outdo last week's fine delectations...?

Prediction Winner

As I read each one of last week's Friday Prediction entries I was struck, as always by how much talent there is out there, and knew I was in for a hard time again in judging.

Your comments are all really valuable and are appreciated by everyone. So please - don't stop!

Let's summarise the offerings:

  • R. S. Bohn kicked off with a gorgeous, earthy bit of slap and tickle tinged with regret.
  • Chris Allinotte smooched onto the stage and drummed up some ghosts of music past with Midnight at the Bluenote Lounge.
  • Bill Owens' neighbour wrote a diabolical note that sent out a terrifying message
  • Sue H's chilling poem In Memorium screamed of the waste of war, and the pride we should feel in our dead.
  • David Barber cleverly tricked us into believing his character was a poor, forgetful old boy in A Dark Past.
  • Erin Cole's brutal fight of passion and anger spat out the hopelessness in so many love affairs, in Love and Hate, and Somewhere In Between
  • My Waste Away found an ignored and neglected woman taking her final breath of revenge
  • Antonia Woodville doubled up, causing us to applaud when Ted has enough of the gossiping, nagging Flora and then shudder as grave robbers unearth their decaying treasure
  • AidanF whisked us away to a magical land of warted and clawed battling gremlins
  • AJ Humpage sang a sad song of sweet regret as rain poured down on an addict's escape into oblivion, in One Last Look
  • Pixie J. King's narrator in Broken Dreams turned her back on the boss and lived the dream. One day...

Honestly, this was so difficult; I loved each one for different reasons, but the winner is Sue Harding's poem In Memorium because its subject is so tragic, so poignant, so timely. It touches us all. In Memorium is beautifully written - and reads so well out loud too. Congratulations Sue.

I also have to give a runner-up statue (big silver thing) this week, to Erin Cole, because Love and Hate, and Somewhere In Between truly left me breathless.

Well done everyone. The Prediction will be back with three new words for breakfast in the UK, maybe a late supper (?) on the other side of the Atlantic.

Lily Childs is a writer of horror, esoteric, mystery and chilling fiction.

If you see her dancing outside in a thunder storm - don't try to bring her in. She's safe.