Friday, April 19, 2013

#ThursThreads - Week 67 - Winners

Week 67 of #ThursThreads had some terrific tales! Thanks to all who came to write yesterday. I'm honored to see all of the returning writers and read your stories. Thank you for coming back again and again to write. And I'm delighted to see new writers stopping by. Great thanks go to Miranda Kate for reading the stories.

  • Kimberly Gould | @Kimmydonn
  • The Imaginator | @theimaginator20
  • Mark Ethridge | @LurchMunster
  • Shyla Colt | @ShylaColt
  • Ryan Derham | @Ryan_Derham
  • Susan Hayes | @capricia13
  • Doris O'Connor | @mamaD8
  • Lizzie Koch | @Lizzie_Loodles
  • Theresa Breaux | @theresabreaux
  • Veronica Jordan | @RevolutionaryVJ

Winners Announcement:

Honorable Mentions
Mark Ethridge | @LurchMunster
Miranda says: Another complete story, a glimpse into the initiation of a new father. I loved that his dad told him it was a way to show that he loved his wife! With great realistic dialogue that flowed really well.

Doris O'Connor | @mamaD8
Miranda says: This piece made me laugh, although I was a little daunted on her behalf. Very nicely done, and very funny.

Lizzie Koch | @Lizzie_Loodles
Miranda says: This was a nice tight piece, with great atmosphere. There was a sense of 'is he catching someone, or is he the predator', so the ending wasn't a surprise, but I liked it.

Week 67 Winner

Miranda says: The story was complete for a flash piece, giving us everything, but contained so much in it that I wanted to know more. It had a unique sci-fi storyline too, which intrigued me. I wanted to know, not only what had happened, but what life was like inside the fortified areas too. Well written and concise, and I found myself reading more than once to try and glean more each time. Would definitely read this as a novel!

ID Please

“You must have been tagged at some point ma’am. It’s standard procedure.” The clerk was looking at me like I’d spawned two new heads.

“I’m telling you I’ve never been here before. I live out there.” I waved back towards the the line of jagged red rock that rose up out of the shattered ground, marking the beginning of the Dead Zone.
“No one lives out there. So please stop being difficult and tell me where you were last assigned living quarters and let me scan your tag.”

“Son, I’m telling you, I’ve never been tagged. Never been to a Fort until today.” Fortified Areas they called them. I called ‘em prisons. The walls and gates might keep the danger out, but they kept the living firmly trapped under the government’s boot heel. I had my share of prison in the before times, I had no desire to go back. But Jessica needed me, so here I was, arguing with an idiot to try to gain entry to a place I had no desire to be.

“You’ve never been to a Fortified Area?”

“Not even once.” I grinned and tugged at my white hair. “Thought I should probably do it once before I die, check it off the bucket list.”

“Uh…right.” Kid had no idea what a bucket list was. He’d been born after the Cataclysm, all he’d know is what the government funded schools had spoon fed into head. It was going to be a long, damned day.

Congratulations THREE TIME WINNER Susan, Mark, Doris, and Lizzie! Don't forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it! :)

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  1. Yey, congrats to Susan, and a high five to us also mentioned :-)

    Thanks, Siobhan for holding this every week. It's such fun!

  2. Congratulations Susan!! Congrats also to those who got honorable mentions. I had fun trying this for the first time.


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