Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 24

HAAAAAAAAAAAPPY FRIDAY! After today, each of our valiant judging teams has just one more round of stories to judge! I can hardly believe how fast the top half of Year Three is going; makes one a bit dizzy, in point of fact. Or perhaps that’s the sleep deprivation? In any event, each team has done a marvelous job, and I hope you’ve stocked up on tissues in preparation for the next four weeks’ worth of DRAGON-LOVIN’ MADNESS!  That’s right: SENTIMENT ALERT! SENTIMENT ALERT! 

Ring of Fire! Have you submitted stories three times in May? Don’t forget to contact us (details here) so your name can go (or stay!) up on the Wall of Flame. And if you’ve got a minute, we invite you to pop over to gawk at the Wall, because WOW. Note: there’ll be a drawing at year’s end for prizes for all y’all cool RoF bearers. The more badges you’ve earned, the greater your chances at loot!

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DC2Judging today is Dragon Team Four: Captains Sinéad O’Hart & Pratibha. They want what all judges want, of course: namely, The Perfect Story. To accomplish such a thing, Pratibha suggests delving deep into the human mind; similarly, Sinéad adores complicated characters and dialogue, glorious dialogue (especially if tinged with bittersweet).    

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Awards Ceremony: Results will post Monday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Thursdays.   Now let’s write!

* Word count: Write a 200-word story (10-word leeway on either side) based on the photo prompt.

HowPost your story here in the comments. Include your word count (min 190 – max 210 words, excluding title/byline) and Twitter handle if you’ve got one. If you’re new, don’t forget to check the contest guidelines.

Deadline: 11:59pm ET tonight (check the world clock if you need to; Flash! Friday is on Washington, DC time)

Winners: will post Monday.

Prize: The Flash! Friday e-dragon e-badge for your blog/wall, your own winner’s page here at FF, a 60-second interview next Thursday, and your name flame-written on the Dragon Wall of Fame for posterity.

AND HERE IS YOUR TWO-PART PROMPT:

(1) Required story element (this week: conflict. If you want your story to be eligible for an award, your primary conflict must be “man vs nature” (not gender specific; see here for a description.) 

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(2) Photo prompt to incorporate:

Victoria Falls. CC2.0 photo by Tee La Rosa.

Victoria Falls. CC2.0 photo by Tee La Rosa.

Sixty Seconds with: Ashley Gardana

Ten answers to ten questions in 20 words or fewer. That’s less time than it takes to burn a match*.

(*Depending on the length of the match and your tolerance for burned fingers, obviously)

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Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Ashley GardanaRead her winning story here. Then take one teeny tiny minute to get to know her better in the super quick interview below.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece? It had rained earlier; I added the Chief and saw a spiritual journey. The drug use came into play without thought: I’ll blame my fingers and keyboard for that one!

2) How long have you been writing flash? I started a few months ago as an exercise to keep practicing during my work breaks. I quickly became addicted.

3) What do you like about flash? In one sitting I can create a complete story. Pressing “submit” and knowing its done is such a wonderful feeling.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? There are little stories everywhere. My advice is to observe them play out around you and put them to paper.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? I am so new to the community I feel as if I’m learning about new writers every day!

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I do. I recently discovered Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Finish That Thought (Editor’s Note: which you’ve also just won this week!), and MicroBookends. I’m always looking for more as well! (Editor’s Note: Here’s a list!)

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I participated in NaNoWriMo. After 3 years of legal writing, I felt free. Since then it’s been only fiction!

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Stories about the day-to-day life of fellow human beings. Also fantasy because I can play with the rules of reality.  

9) Tell us about a WIP. 2050s Miami when climate change is irrevocably affecting the coastline. How will the world react?

10) How do you feel about dragons? Favorably; however, if one decided to fly over my city, I’d probably run for the hills. Seems safer that way

Warmup Wednesday!

Directions: Write a scene or an entire story of 100 words on the nose (no more, no fewer), inspired by this photograph. No judging. All fun. (Normal Flash! Friday guidelines regarding content apply.)
Don’t forget to add your Twitter handle & link to your blog, if you please.

And a few words on how your week’s going would be marvelous!

 This week’s Warmup Wednesday challenge: Include a broken rule.

Circus. CC2.0 photo by net_efekt.

Circus. CC2.0 photo by net_efekt.