I’m sorry that I’ve seem to miss the last round since I was eliminated; it’s not really fair to the others who continue on. As it is, I think the last bracket was a forfeit due to one of the author’s being unable to complete another story in time. This week we have Andrew Nienaber and Peter Salomon. Their secret ingredient word is “spawn” and if you don’t think that doesn’t give an opportunity for some icky body horror, you just don’t know these guys. As always pop on over, vote and comment to have a chance to win a valuable prize.
I found a dead hummingbird on the sidewalk of my office building Monday morning. It is embarrassing to admit how much the sight of an emerald-green corpse the size of my thumb affected me. After all, there are people in the greater world being raped, murdered and beheaded on a regular basis. There is something about something so rare and beautiful dying from a headlong impact with the window of a bastion of corporate America that has a whiff of augury.
Normally my bird of omen is the hawk. Many times, I have been considering a plan or idea and a hawk will appear as if Nature were giving me a thumb’s up. Most often, this a sparrowhawk. These little raptors have a magickal habit of hovering in mid-air while looking for tender mousies in the grass. That’s probably why they are called merlins.
There was one incident last week which I hope is a true omen of good luck. I was talking to my friend Sheldon about a project I had been working: a horror/comedy screenplay about killer squirrels. I had gotten halfway through it when I was shown a pitch trailer for Timur Bekmambetov’s “Squirrels”. If the director of “Wanted” and “Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter” was working on the same theme, mine would be dead in the water. But I had done some checking and found that there had been no activity since last summer. As far as I could tell, the project had gotten as far as the pitch trailer and no further. As I was driving along, Sheldon told me that he thought I should just buckle down and finish it, no matter what.
I was passing the MaConnell Arts Center at that moment. A large Red-tailed Hawk was standing in the front lawn. As far as I could tell, it was eating a squirrel.
Though I was eliminated in the last engagement, I want to support those who continue to compete. This week Andrew Nienaber and James Chambers go to the word processors with the writer’s prompt “lucky”. Pop on over and vote early, vote often.
This is what we’ve all been waiting for: my second appearance in the tournament. My gruesome story “Head Full of Worms” goes up against Mike Strom’s gruesome story “Severance”. I’m encouraging everyone to pop over to vote so that I might win or lose by larger margins than the last time. Thanx and watch out for the worms!
I’m not sure what happened to round 10, but I blinked and I missed it. Number 11 is live with a competition between Peter Salomon and C. Bryan Brown. The secret ingredient is “curtains” and neither author took the easy route of a Wizard of Oz pastiche. So fans, pop on over and vote early and often. My second appearance in the tournament will be next week.