Friday, February 14, 2014

#ThursThreads - Week 108 All Forms of Love Theme - Winners

Week 108 of #ThursThreads had some terrific tales and an amazing turnout. I'm honored to see all of the new (to me) writers and read your stories. Thank you for coming. It was also wonderful to have some of my regulars come for the event. Thanks so much! Great thanks to Kate Richards for judging this week. And next week continues our month-long Month of Love Themed #ThursThreads Event. Male/Male interactions are next week.

  • PT Wyant
  • Doris O'Connor | @mamaD8
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil (poem)
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil (prose)
  • Olivia Starke | @OliviaStarke
  • Leigh Ellwood | @LeighEllwood 
  • Lizzie Koch | @Lizzie_Koch
  • Anastasia Vitsky | @AnastasiaVitsky
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Jessica P West | @West1Jess
  • Anna Lund | @AnnaLund2011
  • Eric Martell | @drmagoo
  • Cate Derham | @Cate_Derham
  • Anne Odom | @AFOdom
  • Ruth Long | @Bullishink
  • Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
Kate says: First of all, what struck me was the level of writing ability displayed by everyone who participated. Usually when a group gathers like this I don't see everyone good! The effort displayed to present a clean, nicely self-edited piece alone made my editor's heart sing.

Winners Announcement:

Honorable Mentions

Anne Odom | @AFOdom
Kate says: For her very realistic portrayal of a man who really does know how to please a woman. The male POV is not always so well done!

Olivia Starke | @OliviaStarke
Kate says: I found myself close to tears with her elegant prose as she shared a woman's life-changing decision

Anastasia Vitsky | @AnastasiaVitsky
Kate says: Her easy style for this piece,  was appealing on a whole other level. Made me feel as if I found a whole new Anastasia to read, one I like as well, but in a different way, than her usual carefully crafted words.

Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
Kate says: For her poem which was touching, with a note of wistfulness throughout. Made me want to read more of her work..

Week 108 Winner

Kate says: The tale of a grandfather in the hospital, waiting to die, and the granddaughter who knows a better way. I had a very hard time selecting just one story to win, but the pacing of this piece pushed it over the top. It's difficult to establish such a complete scene, show so many facets of a person's life, and make the reader care so much about both of the main characters in such a short piece.

Alan had heard the rush of oxygen from the pump and the beep of the IV so many times over the last few months that he’d almost forgotten that somewhere people walked under the sun and breathed air that hadn’t been processed and sanitized for their benefit. He mostly dozed now, or talked with doctors or nurses or aides younger than his granddaughter.

Molly’s visits were the only thing that he still looked forward to as his life faded. She was early today. Probably hoping to catch his doctor on rounds, although what she hoped to hear he couldn’t say – his fate had been written in his blood months ago.

“Hey you.” Alan wasn’t one to focus on the negatives, despite the circumstances. That was his wife’s role, and she hadn’t been by in more days than he could remember.

“Hey Grandpa.” Molly leaned in for a hug, and he lifted his one free arm to hold her. She wasn’t afraid of the wires or the tubes, and her hugs lingered longer these days. He knew she was worried that one of these would be the last.

But she wasn’t crying, though her tears were as constant a companion as the beeps. Not today, though. Today she was smiling.

“Do you want to stay here?”

Alan coughed, and Molly wiped the phlegm that came up with it. “I don’t think I have much of a choice, sweetie.”

“Ah, but there you’re wrong, Grandpa. There’s a better way.

“Please. Trust me.”

Congratulations SIX TIME WINNER Eric, Anna, Olivia, Anastasia, and Sheilagh! Don't forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!

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