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I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season and is ready for another year of photo prompts and flash dog magic. Once again I’d like to say thanks to every single person who has submitted, judged, or voted in Angry Hourglass story polls. You all are amazing.

Our runners up for FLASH MASTER FACE OFF ROUND 3 are:

David Shakes for Knight to King’s Bishop 3


Sal Page for Kite Children

Each of these writers will receive a $25.00 gift card for Amazon.

And the winner of FLASH MASTER FACE OFF ROUND 3 is:

Marie McKay



For her winning story, Marie will receive a $50.00 Amazon gift card.

Congratulations to the Flash Master Face Off winners, and congratulations once again to all the writers who topped the podium this past year. Here’s to 2016 and another year of fearless flash!

Just in case you missed it, here is Marie’s winning story one more time.

photo courtesy Ashwin Rao

photo courtesy Ashwin Rao


by Marie Mckay

He checked the timepiece he kept tucked inside his waistcoat pocket: 6 am on the dot.

His shoes polished to a reflection, the knot of his bow-tie a point of symmetry, he began the climb.

The climb was the best part. She was splendid on the approach, beautiful, not despite being utilitarian, but because of it. The latticed blades stretched out from their source; embracing their task, their readiness, shooting an electric energy through his veins.

Her strength gave him back the vigour the years had robbed him of. Her razor straight simplicity made him walk taller, made him think clearer.

As he reached the last step, he looked at her, as he always did, and marveled again at sheer purpose. The coil of his own complexity unraveling to make him sharper.

Inside, he shook out his umbrella, hung up his jacket, went through the basic mechanics before securing himself in the seat. Pulling the lever towards him, he felt the rumble of the giant vanes as they launched her through the sky.

He smiled as he felt her rising, rising writing circles in the wind.

Greetings! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday. It’s been a great year here at The Angry Hourglass, and it’s time to take a look back at all the wonderful fiction that it inspired. Below you’ll find a poll listing each story that took home the FLASH MASTER title this past year. Your job is to go revisit each of these tales, and then vote for your favorite. You can vote once every six hours, and voting will be open until noon on January 2nd. The top three stories’ winning authors will each receive an Amazon gift card.

Thank you for everything that you do, and we’ll see you all in the new year.



I trust everybody had a wonderful holiday and rang in the new year surrounded by loved ones. I spent the final moments of 2014 dancing in the glow of black light at a wedding reception, I hope yours was equally as magical.



We have a brand new set of months and prompts, but before we kick off year two this weekend, let’s take a moment to look back on what was accomplished in year one.

48 weekends of Flash Frenzy.

17 Flash Masters.

Hundreds of unique stories.

And a new hashtag to rule us all – GO #FLASHDOGS!

I can’t say thank you enough for all the work this community has put forth in writing and in judging and in the simple but priceless act of mutual support and respect. You are all amazing. What I can do, is offer a small token of appreciation to a few of the talented Flash Masters here at the Angry Hourglass, and because I can’t chose a favorite, I left it up to the community itself to decide.

First are our Runners Up:

Image Ronin with The Tinkerer


Amy Wood with LoveStruck

Each will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Amazon.

And our Flash Master Face Off 2 winner is…



Alive, Alive, Oh

Voima will receive a $50.00 gift certificate to Amazon for her winning story.

Many,  many thanks to all who participated. I’m looking forward to seeing what 2015 has in store for The Angry Hourglass as well as the #flashdogs. This weekend, Flash Master Face Off runner up Amy Wood will be acting as our 2015 inaugural judge. See you on Saturday.

And just in case you missed it, here is Voima Oy’s winning story one more time. 🙂


photo courtesy of Ashwin Rao

photo courtesy of Ashwin Rao

Alive, Alive, Oh

by Voima Oy


Here she comes again, my little mermaid, my pearl diver in her tight black suit.

She is the only one who comes out this far, far beyond the seabeds where the oysters sleep, forming their little moons. She is beyond beds, now, and that domestic routine. Oh my love, let me show you oblivion beyond your wildest Hokusai dreams. To me you are Botticelli on a half shell, you hair flowing like seaweed. I remember those days. Do you?

Of course, I can pick up what you’re thinking. I wish you could understand me. No screams of snails in a saucepan, I whisper between the stars. Can you get the picture? Look, the colors I flash just for you, for you! I am beautiful. How can you resist? Come closer. Let me hold you.

Still, you hesitate? I know you are intrigued. You dream of me, don’t you, I know. We’ve met there, before, did you know that? And you have heard me mentioned in the sailors’ songs, the stories they whisper in crowded bars. Yes, they know me, too.

You know me, yes you do. But we haven’t been properly introduced.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m way, way, older than you. I come from somewhere else. This place, this shape suits me, here. The dark, the pressure of gravity. The skeletons of fallen whales. This is what they call the Twilight Zone–where the light from your sun doesn’t reach. My eyes have seen many different suns. Look into my eyes and you’ll see.

Come out with me, beyond the seabeds, past all traps under this moon. Your little life is so limited, here, rounded as it is with sleep and death. I can feel the longing in you, the empty spaces yearning to be filled. Come out with me beyond the human. Let us be together, mind and mind.

Let me show you what it is to be alive, to swim in the bright fluid of electrons moving. To dance to the songs the quasars sing.

Come closer. Let me hold you. Your tears taste of blood and the sea.

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday filled with joy and love. Week after week the flashdogs give their all to create stories for The Angry Hourglass, and now it’s time for me to give back. Below is a list of the winning stories from the past 22 rounds of Flash Frenzy. You have until Dec 30th to vote for your favorite (get your friends to vote, too!).

You can vote once every 12 hours, and the three authors with the most votes will win Amazon gift cards. So, return and enjoy your favorite stories again, and stay tuned for the winners. 😀


Hello again, Friends!

Wow. Just. Wow.

It was great going back and re-reading all these winning stories. Personally, I was hard pressed to pick a favorite, but fortunately I was allowed to vote more than once, so that eased my conscience somewhat. 🙂 The readers have spoken, but before we get to that, I’d just like to say thank you so much to everyone—judges, photographers, readers, and of course, the writers—for making The Angry Hourglass such a success. Without your efforts, it would be just a sad, lifeless, little blog.

Time for the main event!!!

We have two runners up: drmagoo for his round 10 winning story  untitled and  Voima Oy for her round 22 winning story “The Lady Grey

Both runners up have won a $25.00 Amazon gift card. Well done!

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

The winner of the Flash Master Face Off, $50.00 Amazon gift card, and ultimate bragging rights is Round 14 (and rounds 16 and 24)  champion:


for her story “Le Moulin”


Winners, please use the contact tab and send me your preferred email addresses to collect your prizes.

Thank you once again to everybody who participated and voted, and thank you for showing up every week and contributing your talents to the Flash Frenzy Family. You guys rock. Can’t wait to see you all again this Saturday for a brand new photo prompt and a brand new round of Flash Frenzy to be judged by none other than Flash Master Face Off winner herself, Beth! 😀

And just in case you missed it, here is Beth’s winning story again.

Cheers! ~R

Photo by TheShakes72

Photo by TheShakes72

Le Moulin

by Beth Deitchman

“I don’t remember this one,” Doris said.

Betty leaned over to see which picture Doris held. “Le Moulin,” she whispered. The blush surprised her. At least fifty years had passed, yet Betty could still feel the heat of that day.

“What was that?” Doris brayed.

“The mill,” Betty replied. “I took it that summer I spent in Rouen.”

“I never was good with languages like you,” Doris said, her voice clipped. “I never got the chance to travel.”

Betty shrugged, letting Doris have her sulk. She picked up the discarded picture—faded after all these years—and studied it. Around her the cold dining room shifted, faded; the picture fell from her hands.

She stood at the edge of that lazy river, warmed by the June sun, inhaling the scent of water and summer and something else—the rich, loamy earth near the old mill. Le moulin. Despite the day’s warmth, Betty shivered, the sensation radiating through her body. She held up a hand and gave a little cry. Her skin was smooth, taut, and clear, her fingers straight and free from pain. She touched her face, marveling at the softness, glanced down at her body, stunned by the firmness. “But how?” she whispered.

From behind her came a rich voice, familiar though she hadn’t heard it in more than fifty years. “Bonjour, mademoiselle.”

Betty closed her eyes, gave a silent prayer, and turned around. When she opened her eyes, she smiled. “Jean,” she said.

He held out his arms. “I have been waiting.”

Betty rushed into his embrace, remembering the sweetness of his arms wrapped around her, the earthiness of his smell, the heat of his body. For a perfect moment Jean held her.

“What about this one?”

“What?” Betty said, looking up at Jean. He smiled at her then kissed her forehead.


A cold hand grasped her arm, and Betty’s heart fell.

“What about this one?” Doris said.

“I’m not sure,” Betty replied. The winter chill settled again into her bones though the faint scent of summer, sun, and Jean clung to her skin.



Six months and twenty-six rounds of Flash Frenzy? Where does the time go? You have all been amazing participants and I think it’s time to celebrate your awesomeness.

So, this week I’m launching the first Flash Master Face Off. 

What’s a Flash Master Face Off? I’m glad you asked. Each of the winning stories from the past 26 weeks will go head-to-head in a battle of popularity with the best story to be decided upon by readers. The winner will receive (in addition to ultimate bragging rights) a $50 Amazon gift card.

Voting will be open until Tuesday evening. You (and your friends) can vote once every 12 hours. So return and enjoy your favorite stories again and stay tuned for the winners. 😀