We have a 130-lbs Rottweiler who wears a pink collar and sits with her paws crossed.  Naturally, we call her Princess.  Whether it's irony or simple observation, there can be great power in a name.

The Judge

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Last week's winner and this week's judge is Robin Abess.  You can follow her on Twitter @Angelique_Rider:

"Writer, nature lover, singer, GEEK, eccentric, NaNoWriMo Nut...you name it! I love being in a roomful of people who are singing along to 'Dr. Horrible'!"
[Host's Note: if you haven't seen Neil Patrick Harris' performance in Dr Horrible you should.  Google it!]

The Prompt

They call her Princess

The Rules

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On Sunday night, I learned that one of my best high school friends recently passed away.  This week's contest is dedicated to her memory.

I can't believe she's gone.
It was only yesterday when we were playing around and flirting like teenagers do.  She was one of my three best friends, the ones I called my angels.
She was the quietest of us, her voice a gentle trickle of a mountain stream, but her smile lit up an entire room like a lighthouse beacon slicing through the tumult of a hurricane.
Twenty years have come and gone but I always said to myself "It's okay.  I'll go visit her next year.  I'm so busy, there's so much to do."
Now I'm sitting out on my front porch.  My cigarette burns away while I drop gentle wishes on the wind.  I listen on the wind for her response, but there is only silence.
Still, in my heart, I hear her.  She speaks to me in that same gentle voice. Now my angel has gone to be with her kin, in the bosom of Abraham, in the loving arms of the Father.
Good-bye my angel.

The Judge

Our special guest judge will be here next week.  I apologize for the miscommunication.
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This week's judge is, once again, my favorite lycan, Lupus Anthropus, a regular on the Flash Fiction scene.  Check out his work at http://fulmoj.wordpress.com/
Lupus has a challenge of their own called #TitleTwisters.  Stop by and check it out!

The Prompt

I can't believe she's gone.

The Rules

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We'll be back next week January 9th!

Motivation Monday is taking off.  People are finding out they can find some truly great short fiction here.  You can get your #WIP500 done in one go while showing off and gaining new readers.  Let your writing buddies know that they can join in too!

This week to celebrate the rerelease of Jade Dreams, I'm giving away a free e-copy to everyone who enters this week.  In addition, my favorite entry this month will receive a signed copy of the paperback as soon as it becomes available.  I'm very excited about this book but even more excited about this contest.  Get out the word and let's make this a place where readers come to read the best of the best in short fiction!
 
 

The Judge

_This week's Judge is the talented Cara Michaels, she describes herself as a left-handed, right-brained Gemini with stories to tell who has been writing since childhood.  She's the author of Gaea's Chosen: The Mayday Directive available at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, iTunes and Diesel.
_Cara is also the host of Ménage Monday an exciting three prompt challenge of 100 to 200 words.  Visit her website to find out more about her!

The Prompt

_This week's prompt is inspired by the "Girls with Guns" series (Noir, Madlax, El Cazador del la Bruja) that I have absolutely fallen in love with.  The stories have different styles and locales, but the underlying theme ties them together.  Good luck with this one! ;)
The Prompt is:  Tears streamed down her face as the gun clattered on the ground. "I just wanted to know who I was." _

The Rules

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  1. Story must continue from the prompt. (This means the prompt is the first sentence of the story.)
  2. No more than 500 words (not including the prompt).  No less than 100 words.
  3. Any genre (in fact an unexpected genre will get you more points.)
  4. Entries must be submitted by Tuesday Noon EST
  5. The winner of each week's competition will be invited to judge the following week.
  6. Have fun!
 
 

The Prompt

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_I didn't really know what to think when I saw her sitting on the edge of the bed wearing a pink negligee with a hatchet lying across her lap.

The Judge

This week's judge is once again Siobhan Muir, the reigning queen of flash fiction!  Find out more about her at her website.

The Rules

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  1. Story must continue from the prompt. (This means the prompt is the first sentence of the story.)
  2. No more than 500 words (not including the prompt)
  3. Any genre (in fact an unexpected genre will get you more points.)
  4. Entries must be submitted by Tuesday Noon EST
  5. The winner of each week's competition will be invited to judge the following week.
  6. Have fun!