Week 106 of #ThursThreads had some terrific tales and a great turnout. 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 for helping me celebrate these years of flash. It was also wonderful to have some new folks stop by. Welcome! Great thanks to Teresa Cypher for judging this week. And next week starts our month-long Month of Love Themed #ThursThreads Event. Keep an eye out for that.
- Anna Lund | @AnnaLund2011
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
- Cynthia Hudson Keane | @AuthorCAKeane
- Veronica Jorden | @RevolutionaryVJ
- Lizzie Koch | @Lizzie_Koch
- Sandy Layne | @sandyquill
- Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- Charley S | @Charley_001
- Brandon Yusuf Toropov | @BYToropov
- Courtney Jennings
- Wendy Strain | @WendyStrain
- Cate Derham | @Cate_Derham
Teresa says: It was an incredibly difficult decision—choosing a winner. I found reasons I could have chosen every entry. What an amazing and talented group of writers! I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every one of these flash fiction morsels. Thank you all for the entertaining reads. And thanks, Siobhan, for hosting such a fun reason to flex our writing muscles every week.
Kelly Heinen | @aightball
Teresa says: loved the very natural feel of the dialogue, the realness of the slang. Nice little (well, maybe big—and orange) humorous twist at the end.
Silver James | @SilverJames_
Teresa says: Silver wowed me with her character building. And she managed to hook me. I’d like to know what Caleb is hunting; it must be bad since Adele to referred to it as a “demon from hell”. I’m curious if he made it back.
Teresa says: CR did an amazing job of pulling the reader into the scene. It was candid, and I loved how she brought out the intimacy between the two friends, and the MC’s vulnerability as she walked into Cohen’s view.
Brandon Yusuf Toropov | @BYToropov
Teresa says: He kept me guessing. He chose good imagery, especially here: “…her tight red former-jockette-curls shorn nearly to baldness…”. That took me from Orphan Annie straight to a skinhead type cult killer. That added to the feeling of impending doom for the groom. Well done!
Week 106 Winner
Teresa says: It has an outstanding message that I kept coming back to it. She did an excellent job of summing up thoughts in a small number of words. And I loved the analogy of inner strength and a dragon. We all have an inner dragon that needs to show its face when the bullies come out. Well done, Anna!
Bullied, running wildly, it was nothing that you did to make it happen. It just did.
And there they were, waiting for you. No other way out.
Nobody was coming to your help either, you were all alone.
So you sat down. Called that special person within.
Well done. When you are very small you need to choose your friends wisely.
You crashed into strong arms that held you tight. You felt the air as the protective wings spread out.
It was just as they said, “You have to bring the right tool for the kill.”
You brought your dragon.
Congratulations Winner Anna, Kelly, Silver, CR, and Brandon! Don't forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!
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