Welcome back! As we plunge our feet deeper into the icy depths of winter, frost dangling awkwardly from noses and chins–oh. Sorry, hold on, let me turn on the space heater. Whew. That’s more like it! As I was saying: a very warm welcome to Flash! Friday! It’s a pleasure and honor having you here, whether this is your 1st or 54th visit (if it’s your 100th visit, please see me after class about borrowing that time machine).
Now that we’re in the first quarter of Year Two, remember we’ve got a fabulous new rotating panel of judges in (mostly) this order: M. T. Decker, Whitney Healy, Erin McCabe, and Nillu Nasser Stelter. Get to know them! (Want to judge for Quarter 2? Apply here. Deadline’s Feb 15.) Today well-known, two-time FF winner Whitney Healy stands at the helm–be sure to head to her page & give her your own toasty welcome!
What’s New, Dragonlings? Don’t forget this year we’ve added a required extra challenge to the weekly prompt, called the Dragon’s Bidding. The element (inscribed in the dragon’s own bejeweled pendant) will change every week. Note that you do not need to include the exact word in your story unless instructed to do so (e.g. “include the word ‘triskaidekaphobia'”).
Also remember: Results post Sunday evenings. Flash Points, a feature in which a particularly outstanding FF story is highlighted, posts on occasional Mondays. Unforgettable #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner will post Wednesdays. I (Rebekah) post my own stuff sometimes on Tuesdays or Thursdays “just for fun.” And remember YOU, the heart of this community, are welcome at any time. I’m waiting for you here with coffee (or tea, if you must); take off your shoes and get comfy!
Now let’s do it!
* Word limit: 150 word story (10- word leeway) based on the photo prompt.
* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (140 – 160 words, exclusive of title) 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 Sunday.
* 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 Wednesday, and your name inscribed on the Dragon Wall of Fame for posterity.
***Today’s Dragon’s Bidding (required element to incorporate somewhere in your story; does not need to be the exact word unless that is specified):