Friday, February 22, 2013

#ThursThreads - Week 59 - Winners

Week 59 of #ThursThreads had some terrific tales! Thanks to all who came to write in the second year of the challenge. I'm honored to see all of the returning and read your stories. Thank you for coming back again and again to write. And it was also great to see some new 'faces' joining us. Great thanks go to Mellanie Szereto for reading the stories.

  • John Gregory Hancock | @Grokdad
  • Jeffrey Hollar | @klingorengi
  • Kayla West | @bookwormattack
  • Theresa Breaux | @theresabreaux
  • Rebecca Brennan | @bexbrennan
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Lizzie Koch | @Lizzie_Loodles
  • Susan Hayes | @capricia13
  • Robin Abess | @Angelique_Rider
  • J. Whitworth Hazzard | @zombiemechanics
  • Rosalind Nazilli | @vixenfiction
  • Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
  • Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • David A Ludwig | @DavidALudwig

Winners Announcement:

Honorable Mentions
Theresa Breaux | @theresabreaux
Mellanie says: Good use of senses put me in the scene, although I would've preferred third-person POV to mostly omniscient. I liked use of fire to show characterization of King Jayson. The unexpected twist with the prompt was a nice surprise, drawing the king and queen together in a mutual love of destruction.

Susan Hayes | @capricia13
Mellanie says: Excellent use of dialogue pulled me into the scene and into the action. Ellen's reaction to watching the virus spread makes her active and realistic. Jeff sees that she's strong and enlists her help instead of acting like he can tackle the problem on his own. This is a really good opening for a story.

J. Whitworth Hazzard | @zombiemechanics
Mellanie says: Very good use of prompt and word count. The setting is vivid, putting me in the casino with all the lights and sounds. Dan's last lines of dialogue make a great ending hook and make me want to read more.

David A Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
Mellanie says: Good opening action to pull me into the scene. I love strong female characters who can think on their feet and rescue themselves. They're active characters. The dialogue is effective and realistic. Very good use of word count.

Week 59 Winner

Mellanie says: Excellent use of word count and incorporation of the prompt! The writing is tight and concise. I was pulled right into the scene with great dialogue and terrific characterization. Dionysus shows himself to be a typical selfish Greek god, and the first-person narrator is likeable and sympathetic. I want to read more of this story!

“Exiled from seven countries. They—they were small countries!” Dionysus jerked upright, shouting the last words as he woke. “I mean—Macedonia, for Zeus’ sake.” His head bobbed twice before his forehead hit the table with a resounding crack, the impact enough to have him sitting straight and blinking at me. He patted the bar, then reached into the ether and summoned more wine. “Well, maybe not Macedonia. As I recall that one got a little big for its britches. And Alexander—pfffft. War, war, war. Conquer this and that and—oh, oh, remember how he used to say he was Zeus’ son?”

“Hard to forget that one,” I said.

Dio cocked his head at me, any trace of drunken revelry gone. I licked my lips before I caught the nervous reaction.

“Who was she?” he asked.


“I only play the fool, Eros,” he said. “Tell me about the girl you couldn’t unglue your eyes from. Seriously, if she’d seen you instead of my god-induced shenanigans, she’d have been calling 9-1-1 about a stalker.”

“Your speech.” I frowned at Dio. “How long have you been among the humans now?”

“You need to face facts, my primordial friend.” Dio chugged the bottle of wine. “The glory days of Mount Olympus are long gone. Earth is where it’s happening now.” He slammed the bottle down. “You’re too tense. When did you last get laid?”

Pursing my lips no doubt provided answer enough.

“Well,” he said.


“We should fix that.”

Congratulations EIGHT TIME WINNER Cara, Theresa, Susan, J. Whitworth, and David! Claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it! :)

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