Well, I was hugely impressed with the wide range of imaginative and wonderful entries that you all came up with. We had gripping narrative, lyricism, crisp dialogue – and themes from the dark and the violent, to real life shenanigans abroad. I enjoyed every single one. In fact, the standard was so high that I couldn’t just settle for one winner; I went for an overall winner and two joint runners up as well.
Pseu’s story dealt with the vicious relationship between a nurse and her abusive patient. This cleverly controlled narrative wove deftly between brutality and nonchalance, giving us plenty of crisp dialogue and a neat, sadistic twist at the end. It was pithy, insightful and chilling.
OZ gave a hilarious real-life tale of ex pats and their struggles with rearing chickens. It was packed with colour, hilarity and witty anecdotes. And I loved the Stalag Loft of fox proof wire fence, OZ. In fact, can I have some for the garden, please? 🙂
Cyanide Bunny plunged us into the mind of the serial philanderer. I was impressed with the vivid character building of this story; it was so effective that by the end, I didn’t just feel I knew him, I almost felt I was him.
Jaime’s story was a beautifully multi layered tale of a biologist who is torn between total absorption in his work and his pregnant wife. I loved the exquisite imagery of this; for me, it created a sense of conflicting levels of consciousness, perceptions and shifting realities.
Janus’s humorous take on election fever was great; this was fabulous in a kind of Hobson’s Choice meets Corrie way. The verse was fast and witty; the dialect real and engaging. All in all, it war lak bee yin ah- ooahme luv…
Janh gave us dark, hard hitting tale about the after effects of domestic violence on children. This was forceful and uncompromising, juxtaposing flashbacks of past instances of brutality with present avoidance and denial. What can I say? Chilling stuff; a powerful message.
I also enjoyed Araminta’s tale of duplicitous lovers and the art of self deception. I thought that this was told with casual elegance and seductive ease, with a very effective twist.
It was very hard to pick a winner, but, in the end, I chose Jaime’s story as the overall winner – for its breathtaking lyricism and utterly beautiful imagery which created a sense of altered perceptions, expanding dimensions, universes too perhaps – who knows…?
And as joint runners up, Janh’s original story in comment 52, for its potent message, and Pseudonym’s entry, for its cleverly controlled brutality.
However, it was a very hard task to choose between them because the standard was so high. Well done to everyone and thanks for creating such a varied and wonderful range of stories.