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6/11/2015 Thurs Threads - Week 171 Honrable Mention - "A Day in the Life"
 What the Judge Said:

Veronica says: Hilarious and as an author, I could totally relate to the premise. Sometimes those dedications really induce writers’ block LOL. And we won’t even discuss doing blurbs…


6/11/2015 Midweek Blues Buster - 3.01 Winner- "Walking Away with Death by My Side"
 What the Judge Said:

I love the feel of this story, the starkness and the wry humor that comes out as the narrative moves along. Very crisp, and I’m a sucker for good, crisp prose.

6/5/015 FlashMobWrites 1x15 Under Boss "Letting Go"
What the Judges Said:

Cara Says: I love this twisty little tale, and to be honest, the only reason this didn’t snag top honors for me is because it’s more of a “telling” piece than a “showing” piece. The concept is so intriguing, and this is something I would love to see expanded, with all that wonderful ghostly noir developed.

Ruth Says: This is a great piece and I’d love to see it in novella form. There is so much to chew on here and I love that she is able to confront her betrayer. Wonderful concept! :)


6/5/2015 Thurs Threads - Week 170 Honrable Mention - "Ember and Ash"
 What the Judge Said:
      Subtle and lovely. The ending and realization of this short tale provided chills.

5/29/2015  FlashFriday - Volume 3-25 Honorable Mention  "Double Edged"
  What the Judges Said:

J: This left me with so many questions. Who wrote the letter? Were they the ones who had been defeated or were they truly the victors? And the letter in itself was so haunting that I was unable to get it out of my head. Brilliant take and I’d love to have read more.
IR: Please, please, please let me get what I want! Answers, resolutions, something to calm this itch that refuses to be narratively scratched. An intriguing take on the prompt, that left me as beguiled as bewildered.


5/24/2015
FlashMobWrites 1x13 UnderBoss "I'm Not Biter and These aren't Tears in my Eyes"
What the Judge Said:

She really explains the feeling of loss, and the acknowledgement of it, yet aware of the unwillingness to compound it with more. The anger keeps what little is left alive. I loved the understanding in this tale. Really hit home for me.


3/20/2015 FlashMobWrites 1x04 UnderBoss "Common Ground"
What the Judges Said:

Cara Says: Holy cow, this was a tough call. The solid character interaction and writing almost put this tale on top this week. I laughed out loud at Evans’ c’est la vie acceptance of his role in the coming undercover operation. Nice job!

Ruth Says: I love a good detective story and the twist of the ‘cool’ guys really just being enthusiastic about the job and bringing in the ‘not-so-cool’ guy was fun to see.



3/9/2015  
Flash Friday Vol 3-13 Special Mention-“Malappropirate"
What the Judges Said:

Title That Most Demanded a Dictionary Check: M.T. Decker, “Malappropriate.” (Still confused even now.)

12/15/2014  Flash Friday Vol 3-1 Special Mention-“With an Empty Cup and an Open Heart"
 What the Judge Said:

Pulling at the Heart Strings: MT Decker, “With an Empty Cup and an Open Heart.” For making me begin to write the IR offspring sage, albeit bad, advice.

12/11/2014 Thurs Threads - Week 147  Honrable Mention - "It just takes longer"
 What the Judge Said:

It took me a couple of readings to suss out what was going on, but once I did—BOOM! There were so many unanswered questions, though. I spent way more time than is probably wise to admit trying to puzzle out the answers in the words given, but ended up tying my brain in knots and coming up with still MORE questions! If there was a “Made Me Think” badge, this would win it.

12/04/2014 Thurs Threads - Week 146 Honrable Mention - "For the Hell of it"
 What the Judge Said:

Kirsten says: You did an amazing job tying in a lot of detail with a minimal word count. I could totally see this as a more in depth story, but it works as a short too. You focus on the details of the character's actions and their mission without compromising the quality of the piece. Great job. I would love to read more about this adventure.


12/07/2014  Flash Friday Flash Versary 2 - Semifinalst - "To the Victors"

12/01/2014  
Flash Friday Vol 2-51- Special Mention-“At the Edge"
 What the Judge Said:

Great Twist: MT Decker, “At the Edge.” The reading process for “At the Edge” went something like this: Nice. Good day at the beach. Sweet description. Nice sense of longing. Good coming of ag—ACK!!! We love reading experiences like that at Splickety.


08/24/2014 Flash Friday Vol 2-37- Honorable Mention -“Alone"
 What the Judge Said:

M. T. Decker, “Alone.” At first glance, this story stands on the strength of its surprise ending. We get the drama of the experience of being marooned, the introspection that goes along with it, only to have it both undermined and strengthened by learning Nox is actually looking at a painting. The use of the palindrome is quite interesting as well, both tying this story to exile (in Elba) and warning us that everything’s about to be flipped.

07/0/2014 Flash Friday Dog Days - Second Place "Bazaar Fun"

06/06/2014   Christian Flash Weekly  #10  Winner -“Ineffable"  
 What the Judge Said:

“Ineffable.” Loved the title—this word is not used often enough, and it is so wonderfully apt for this tiny story. Though part of me will still feel sick for a long time over losing the contract and the celebratory trip to Antigua. J I loved the MC’s determination at the end to bring hope when there was none to be had in what waited for him. What a gorgeous concept! That’s a truth worth holding onto.

WINNER: M. T. Decker, for showing us a company owner’s son who brought hope to a place where he was unwanted and despised. This story is compact, loaded with meaning and crisp writing. What a great job.


06/03/2014 Thurs Threads - Week 123 Honrable Mention - "The interview"
 What the Judge Said:

Reading through this one, I could just imagine myself as Cassia. I some times have two left feet and I'm pretty sure that if I was in that situation, the same thing would happen to me. I could see it all playing out in front of me as I read it, chuckling at what I felt was snark at the end. Snark is good


06/01/2014
Flash Friday Vol 2-25- Honorable Mention -“With Apologies to the Bard"
 What the Judge Said:

“I enjoyed the flow of this one, the first poem I’ve seen at Flash! Friday, and what I read as wry humor. Specifically,

Will we live in a garden of possibilities
Or realize that freedom comes with
12-12-12 fertilizer.

Is there a deeper meaning here- one that mocks those who take freedom for granted? Either way, I liked this Flash Poem, I even got a chuckle out of the title after reading the story.

5/16/2014 Flash Friday Vol 2-23- Honorable Mention - "Shades of Gray"
 What the Judge Said:

This is well thought out, witty, and humorous story. The Grey Lady trying to get the colors into the period photographs is a familiar character of an eager intern. A realistic portrayal of office dynamics!

05/12/2014 55 Word Challenge - Overachiever - "Plans for the Afterlife"

05/09/2014 Flash Friday Vol 2-22-  Honorable Mention - "Destroyer of Worlds"
 What the Judge Said:

Highly entertaining with a twist I love and didn’t see coming. Mary made my day with this one.

05/08/2014 55 Word Challenge - Overachiever - "Injustice"

05/08/2014 Thurs Threads - Honrable Mention - "Zero Day Change"
 What the Judge Said:

Tight, tense little piece of office nastiness. Very effective use of repetition with the prompt.

05/06/2014 Mid-Week Blues-Buster - Second Plade - "Long Time Going"
 What the Judge Said:

Very strong descriptions, such as being kept on file or the reference to smoker’s fingers. Very well hidden twist at the end, but when going back and reading it again, it’s all right there. Very Sixth Sense-y and well executed. Plenty of room for the imagination to fill in the gaps that led her to this course of events, from the attraction they had before to finding them in this state.


05/01/2014  55 Word Challenge - Winner - "Under Your Skin"
 What the Judge Said:

I loved this! Beautifully written


04/25/2014  Thurs Threads - Honorable Mention - "One  More Thing"
 What the Judge Said:

What a delightfully evil twist you threw in at the end. Those are always so much fun.


04/21/2014  Mid-Week Blues-Buster - Second Place - "In the Dark, a Choice"
 What the Judge Said:

Wow, so powerful. At first I thought it was a woman losing her lover/husband to another woman, but the twist of finding her fighting for his life, trying to convince him to stay with her nailed it for me. A deadly game and she’d only won the first round, but there’s hoped. Well done.

04-20-2014 Flash!Friday Vol 2-19 First Runner Up - "Murder on the Marrakesh Express"
  What the Judge Said:

The final line was sheer brilliance. I have to admit, though I read this blind, I had a good idea M. T. Decker wrote this. Hers is a voice easily recognized, as she is a truly unique talent. M on the ME is loaded with conflict, the main character a vibrant personality. I can’t help but wonder where that crow was headed with its treasure. Is there a colony of rogue thieves below-ground? Oh, and that title … perfection!


02-17-2014   Christian Flash Weekly (On hiatus) - Winner (by default)- "A Quiet Kinda Love"
  
02-03-2014   Race The Date- Honorable Mention - "Perspective"
  What the Judge Said:

Again with the ending zinger! Chuck E. Cheese? That is a battle nightmare.


01-27-2014   Race The Date- Honorable Mention - "RE: reason"
  What the Judge Said:

You have a gift for suckering readers into laugh-out-loud moments. I enjoyed the dictionary-fueled REbellion against the reunion, but snort-laughed in a completely undignified manner at Molly’s final line, tossed out so casually, yet exposing the heart of her REsistance.


01-23-2014  ThursThreads - Honorable Mention - "Backfire"
  What the Judge Said:

Oh, man, these guys are in so much trouble, but you know Kevin's not going to like what Sean's going to do to get them noticed and unnoticed. LOL Nicely done, Ms. Decker.


01-20-2014  Race The Date - Winner - "Under Pressure"
 What the Judge Said:

Here’s another winner where the final line sealed the deal. I can almost hear this character in my mind, going on about life in this colony (and going on) and then, BAM! Oh, by the way, did I mention I’m batshit crazy? Unreliable narrator for the win.

12-20-2014  Flash!Friday Vol 2-2 - Special Mention - "Lone Sentry"

 What the Judge Said:
I must mention judge M.T. Decker‘s entry. This piece of writing creates an incredible contrast between what is seemingly innocent/good (the snow and snowman) and what is reality and, in many ways, corrupt (the hidden soldier in the snowman). It was a piece that left my jaw drop


11-22-2013   Flash!Friday #51- Honorable Mention- "Singing a Dragon's Praise"
 What the Judge Said:

This was well-drawn writing, but the crazy humor of the twist had me laughing and then smiling for quite some time! Thank you!

11-15-2013   Flash!Friday #50- Best closing line - "Beyond the Pale"
 What the Judge Said:

“Death may ride a pale horse, but life rides a palomino.” From “Beyond the Pale,” by MT Decker. I laughed long and hard at this great comedic ending.


11-09-2013  Indies Unlimited "Fire Escape" - Winner - "Chicaog Fired"
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11-08-2013  Flash!Friday #49 - Winner -  “Bottleneck.”
What the Judge Said:

I chose “Bottleneck” as the winning story, perhaps more for the surprise and originality than anything. For this story to have been about a battle, the diction and imagery were wonderful, so vivid and detailed. That twist at the end just floored me. It made me realize that all these stories could possibly be seen from a multitude of view points. The story was crafted beautifully, and every line seemed to have a purpose. It was just great writing.


11-04-2013  Race The Date - Winner - "The Universal Truth of Time Travel"
 What the Judge Said:

This. Made. Me. Laugh. Out loud. And it also made me think. This entry starts as a treatise—or essay. But there is a story here and the rhythm of the language, and the idea behind it, is delightful  


10-18-2013 Flash!Friday #46 - Honorable Mention -  “Unbearable Solitude.”
What the Judge Said:

Although I doubt a “not-too-bright” guy would be sent to a research station in Antarctica, this is a well-plotted story with the kind of twist I like, and the title is a great pun.


09-20-2013   Flash!Friday #42 - Honorable Mention / 1 of Best Title Winners for  “Madame Bartholomew’s Bed and Breakfast for the Criminally Insane”
What the Judge Said:  

The first two-thirds of this story you think you’re in Marie Bartholomew’s head as she contemplates a purchase of real estate; then, the twist comes in, and you laugh and cry a little.

 What the Judge Said:  - Title Contest  

This was the first title I saw which really drew me in, and it makes you laugh and yet makes you wonder what’s to come.

08-16-2013  Flash!Friday #37 - Honorable Mention -  “Caprinae Diem.”
What the Judge Said:

This one literally made me LOL. Great use of malapropisms as puns


07-29-2013  Flash!Friday #34 - Honorable Mention -  "Good Eats"
What the Judge Said:

Excellent, well-written piece. I love its originality and the unexpected twist at the end. I did not expect “good eats” to mean humans as dragon food! Great job.


07-19-2013   Flash!Friday #33 - Winner- "Engineering Dream"
What the Judge Said:

I hesitated at first to pick this one because I know I’m biased towards sci-fi (most of my own writing is in this genre). But in the end I had no choice: I just had to give you credit for this unique take on the prompt. Now all I can see in the photo is coolant and a reactor. That’s talent – in 200 words you completely changed my point of view. Amazing work. Congratulations.

07-05-2013   Flash!Friday  #31 - First Runner Up- "Heritage"
What the Judge Said:

This lovely little tale bridges the thematic difference between the honorable mention and the second runner up. There’s innocence. And indifference. There’s what must have been a horrific battle, but with more distance and a greater sense of duty. And then the indifference and distance are overcome as the main character realizes the meaning of honor and sacrifice and bravery. Awesome.


06-21-2013 Flash!Friday #29 - First Runner Up- "A Secret Worth Keeping"
What the Judge Said:

Magical, and reminiscent of so many myths and legends of artists/craftsmen and their works, from Pygmalion to Gepetto and onwards. Good beginning stretching into a lovely, strong climax-of-intent, followed by a very strong ending! The characters of painter and his lady are spare but come across so clearly – and I love the answer you gave for her secret smile.

06-14-2013  Flash!Friday #28 - First Runner Up- "Immortalized"
What the Judge Said:

This one completely took me by surprise. It was really well written with a great twist. Haunting, creepy and took the story in a direction that no one else did. I was quite impressed.

06-07-2013  Flash!Friday #27 - Honorable Mention - "Shooting the Rapids"
What the Judge Said:

Excellent play on words!


05-31-2013  Flash!Friday #26 - Honorable Mention - "Not a Potato"
 What the Judge Said:

When all seems lost, a man finds new hope in his children. Very touching.


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