Friday, March 23, 2012

#ThursThreads - Week 15 - Winners

Week 15 of #ThursThreads had some great tales and a great turnout! Thanks to all who entered this week. I'm honored to see all of you and read your stories. And it was great to have some new "faces" join us along with our regulars. Huge thank you to judge Anna Meade for reading through all of them.

  • Lisa McCourt Hollar | @jezri1
  • Toni Wyatt | @Toni1777
  • Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir (first entry)
  • George Edwards | @WritingDystopia
  • Charles W Jones | @ChuckWesJ
  • Nicole Wolverton | @nicolewolverton
  • @LupusAnthropos
  • Nancy Porter | @ModernBard1024
  • Stacy Bennett-Hoyt | @Rowanwolf66
  • Wakefield Mahon | @WakefieldMahon
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • @Phoenixlavan
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir (second entry)
  • Jen DeSantis | @JenD_Author
  • Maureen | @Emyrldlady
  • Kiera Packard | @laststop_intown
  • Kimberly Gould | @Kimmydonn
  • Jeff Tsuruoka | @JTsuruoka
  • Jeffrey Hollar | @Klingorengi 
  • Mark Ethridge | @LurchMunster
  • Jalisa Blackman | @J_M_Blackman
  • Nellie Batz | @solimond
  • Sarah Aisling | @SarahAisling
  • Aurora Lee | @AuroraLee
  • Greg Nance | @acenance
  • Robert Mahone | @Computilizer

Winners Announcement:

Honorable Mentions

Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
Anna says: The description in Cara's story was elegant and yet concise; it drew a picture quickly of a fearless heroine facing down an unknown threat, with a nice twist at the end.

Jeffrey Hollar | @Klingorengi
Anna says: Jeffrey's use of the prompt was offered seamlessly as science fiction; without dumping information, he showed us a man yearning for home, surrounded by failing technology.

Mark Ethridge | @LurchMunster
Anna says: Mark's post-apocalyptic visions were stark, where Facebook is still around, but there is no one to be social. Will we read about the end of the world on social media?

Week 15 Winner

Anna says: Nicole's blend of humor and horrifying results made me laugh out loud. The balance of the plausible and implausible elements was strictly maintained and the end was just right.

Bullshit. That’s what it was, clear and simple. He read the texts and the prophecy, but there’d been nothing in there about this.

Katie’s fingers wrapped around Marvin’s chin, tilting his head right, then left. “Maybe if you wear a hat? A nice fedora will draw everyone’s eyes up. No one will even notice.”

He didn’t even need a mirror to see the large purple horn protruding from his forehead. Oh yeah, it was that big. Good thing Katie was short, or it would have poked her in the ear—she was peering at him out of the corner of her eye now, fumbling with something in the cabinet.

“I’m never leaving the house again,” Marvin said. Sulking and wailing wasn’t becoming of a sixty year old man, but who ever heard of a guy randomly sprouting a horn? All he’d done was light that good luck money candle he’d bought at the market down the street, and that’s when it had happened. Bam! It’d been like someone was shaking his head like a snowglobe.

Katie held a bottle of makeup. “Maybe if we put some concealer on it? We can say it’s just a big zit.”

The doorbell rang. Marvin snarled and stomped to the living room. It was Mrs. Hernandez, the lady from the market.

Katie’s voice called from the bathroom, “You can tell everyone you’re a unicorn!”

“What?” he asked after throwing open the door.

Mrs. Hernandez stared. “My son sold you the wrong candle.”

Congratulations Nicole, Cara, Jeffrey, and Mark! Claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it! :)

Pass on the great news on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, shiny mirrors, Morse Code, and signal flags. Check out all the stories here and I hope to see you all back next week for #ThursThreads. :)

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