Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 16

HURRAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!  Friday is here again, and I can finally stop that nasty itchy annoying impatient feeling the rest of the week offers. It’s been a tremendously fun week here at the lair. Did I mention I got to meet  Maggie Stiefvater? One word: The Scorpio Races: Wow. (Yes, yes, you pickies. The one word is Wow. Aren’t I sneaky???) Here’s the first line of TSR, in case you needed convincing: It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die. 

WALL OF FLAME: Don’t forget!!!! Have you submitted stories here at least three times in March? Be sure to claim eligibility for your MARCH badge. Prizes at calendar year’s end from among those with the most badges in 2015! Details and the names of our fabulous Ring of Fire badge holders here.


DC2Judging today is Dragon Team One: that’s the fearless, globe-sandwiching team of Image Ronin and Joidianne. If I were you, I might worry less about their judging abilities (which are stellar) and more about how the two of them sandwich the globe.  No wonder alien invaders have steered clear of Earth!*

* As far as we know    


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

Now, all eyes on the prosecution, and 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.


(1) Required story element (this week: conflict. The below conflict must be your story’s central conflict {note: for an explanation of this internal conflict, see here.} Note: “man” as used here is NOT gender-specific):



(2) Photo prompt to incorporate:


First Woman Jury, Los Angeles, Nov 1911. PD photo by Library of Congress.

First Woman Jury, Los Angeles, Nov 1911. PD photo by Library of Congress.

Sixty Seconds II with: Taryn Noelle Kloeden

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)


Our newest Flash! Friday winner (for her second time!) is Taryn Noelle Kloeden.  Read her winning story here. Then for fun!!! read her first #SixtySeconds interview (from July 2014) here. Then take another minute to get to know her better below.

1) What about the prompts inspired your winning piece?  I was struck by the juxtaposition of old and new. I thought a story of reincarnation would reflect that.

2) Do you outline, or are you more of a discovery writer? I outline longer projects, but tend to “pants” short fiction. Although, even when I do outline I tend to stray…

3) How has your approach to flash changed since your last win (in July)? Back then I saw the constrained space as an obstacle; now I try to tell stories that are enhanced by it.

4) When did you begin writing fiction? The first story I wrote was “Snail’s Special Day” when I was 5ish. It was about a snail’s birthday party.

5) Introduce us to a favorite character in one of your stories. Kellan from my fantasy series is fun, he seems carefree but isn’t. I love discovering what’s actually going through his head.

6) What books have influenced your life the most? The Call of the Wild, The Sight, The Prydain Chronicles, LOTR, Narnia, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Harry Potter, and more.

7) What are you currently reading?  The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, I dig the snarky narration.  Plus a couple writer friends’ manuscripts.

8) How do you combat writer’s block? I free-write about anything, not necessarily what I want to be working on, but something to destroy the dreaded blank page.

9) What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? How about the worst? To not judge myself while I’m writing, that’s what editing and revising are for. I can’t think of any terrible advice I’ve been given though, probably because my writer buds are all so talented and lovely! 

10) What do you admire most about dragons?  They have many admirable qualities, but I rather adore their independent spirit and ceaseless wit. That and the wings.

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 nice.

 This week’s challenge: include some sort of magic (interpret “magic” as you wish).


Oh Venezia! CC2.0 photo by Jose Maria Cuellar.

Oh Venezia! CC2.0 photo by Jose Maria Cuellar.