I voted for this because it was so unexpected, so well done and quite frankly stood out in its uniqueness in this months competition. I know there are mixed thoughts on here for adapting existing material or using existing characters but I take everything on its own merit and judge it initially by asking if I enjoyed it? Which I obviously did.Congrats @Mad Alice.
Thanks for the votes @mosaix, @Peter V and @Karn's Return plus the mentions folks.
As soon as I saw the theme all that came to mind was The Raven. Poe's piece has some fun self-imposed rhyming rules and the last but one line gave me quite a headache even to get it to flow well.
As a useless fact, the only city that fit was Baltimore. Unknown to myself, this was where Poe was found walking delirious wearing someone else's clothes and died shortly later in hospital.
I thought the same thing, Parson! If Teresa writes that story, I would like to read itOuch! Once again we've written a whole lot of dark stories. It seems that the more happy and upbeat the topic the darker we go.
@elvet Rudolf's Legacy .... For giving us hope in the middle of despair.
@Karn's Return Rudolph The Protective Reindeer .... for a line I want to forget.
@drmatteri Rudolph of the Red Nose .... for a mythic poem in 75 words.
@stormcrow Natural History .... for a truly grim and dark story.
@Peter V Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts .... for a grin and a wonderfully twisted classic
@LittleStar Why Change With The Seasons? .... For the best philosophical question of the month.
@Joshua Jones The Red and Green Eyed Monster .... For a perfect title and a new worry in home owning.
@Teresa Edgerton Sometimes There’s Magic .... In my opinion this is a story without peer this month, and if TE has a bit of inclination this would be a wonderful beginning thought for a children's fantasy. It really sounds perfect for that to me. (I have made good calls on these things before.)
Thank you for liking mine, too!Fine month, everyone. Throwing 'Horror' into the genre pool opens things up a fair bit.
Lots of stories I liked, and here are my lists:
elvet, subtletylost, Teresa Edgerton, drmatteri, The Judge, Perpetual Man
D.A. Xiaolin Spires, johnnyjet, Scookey
Peter V, Ivy Moser, Mad Alice
Mad Alice for a beautiful tale, beautifully told.
Thank you, Ivy Moser, for mentioning my story.
@Peter V thank you for the feedback. It's left me a touch speechless.I voted for this because it was so unexpected, so well done and quite frankly stood out in its uniqueness in this months competition. I know there are mixed thoughts on here for adapting existing material or using existing characters but I take everything on its own merit and judge it initially by asking if I enjoyed it? Which I obviously did.
After that I narrow it down by deciding if it is well written, imaginative, clever? Or maybe it provokes an emotional response or resonates on a personal level? I certainly think The Reindeer was clever because it is not an easy piece to adapt. I narrowed my choice to four or five and would have given some feedback had time not been so pressing but the deciding factor was the stories difference to anything else submitted (other than mine of course )