I received a total of 11 stories (12 if you count a fake-ish one Twin submitted (more on that later)) which was a great number!
Out of the 6 prompts, the favorites seemed to be the diary after the storm and smelling fear. For those who are curious, I most likely would have attempted the inventor one and written a steampunk short. Or perhaps the "It keeps getting worse" prompt.
Here are the stats (since Christi used all of the prompts, I'm not counting her in the numbers):
- After 3 weeks, a lost dog returns home to its master carrying an unidentifiable bone in its mouth
I received 1 entry for this prompt
- After waking from a coma, a woman discovers she can smell fear
I received 3 entries with this prompt
- When a crackpot inventor is killed by one of his contraptions his brother - also an inventor - finds himself compelled to finish the work
2 entries used this prompt
- A man discovers a large sum of money in his wallet and can't remember where it came from
1 entry for this prompt
- Use the quote "I pray every day that it will stop, but it keeps getting worse."
no one used this prompt, except Twin with her fake-ish entry
- After a violent thunderstorm a man discovers a rain-soaked diary among the debris in his yard
3 entries used this prompt
The majority of the entries had exactly 749 words. It was kind of creepy that way.
As I stated above, Twin snuck in her own entry. It had pictures and was about her love of Ninjas.
It contained some beautiful writing, such as this chunk: "I pray every day that it'll stop but it just keeps getting worse. My desire to be a ninja, that is. I mean, check this shit out:"
Followed by these pictures:
Good times, but she will not be winning a prize.
However the rest of the entrants will!
Everyone who participated will receive a copy of Hooked! Which may possibly be the best book on writing I've read in years.
Onto the remaining entries!
Piedmont Writer wrote a piece called The Tornado where a man finds his wife's diary after a storm. This was a sad and touching piece and I loved the line "Now he could see he never gave her the one thing that could".
Courtney from Southern Princess also used the diary in the storm prompt to write a haunting story about immortality and desire. It had a fantastic hook in it's opening line: "Dillon ignores his immortality".
Achinghope was the final entry in the diary in the storm prompt and her story Debris revolved around the ghosts our actions leave behind. It contained this gem of description: "The cloth was wet and faded blue, felt like moldy bread under his fingertips."
Janel's story Miracle Pill was one of the few that used the contraption that killed his brother prompt. A story about a miracle diet pill, one of my favorite lines was "Their mother loved to show strangers 40-year old pictures of her chubby-cheeked cherubs."
Joan Crawford (who doesn't even consider herself a real writer, btw) wrote a fantastic piece about a woman who becomes addicted to smelling the fear of others. Fav line: "She'd gotten herself in trouble, loved a man with ash for a heart". Loved. This. Piece. (also Joan, if you don't want the writing book, I'd be happy to send you an amazon gift card instead. Just let me know)
Susan Fields also used the prompt of smelling fear to tell a story about familial love. Oh, and murder. I loved this description: "All had the sickly sweet smell of decaying fruit".
Please everyone email me your addresses so I can send you your prize.
I want to stress again that for many of these entries it was a very, very, very close call and that everyone did a MARVELOUS job.
Thanks everyone who participated and Yvie will be in tomorrow for our usual Friday Fun Words.