WELCOME to you, and so long to 2013! We’re already three weeks into Flash! Friday’s Year Two, and now 2014’s showing off by starting new too. Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it. What better way to end the year than with the best kind of hope! AND, while we’re at it, Happy New Year to all of you, and heartfelt wishes for a wonderfully writerly 2014. Here’s a little poem to kick it off:
May your next year burst with writing
May your Muse-breathed dreams run free
May your Fridays be exciting–
Dare to write them all with me!
(Yes, I like my day job. Thank you for your kind suggestion I keep it.) MOVING ON. It’s a great pleasure to introduce to you the third judge on our brand new, fantastic rotating panel of judges: Erin McCabe! She’s a two-time FF winner and brings a great deal of talent to the judging table. Check out her judge page (especially if you want insight into her judging process) and give her a friendly welcome!
A reminder, Dragonlings! Don’t forget we now have a required extra challenge with the weekly prompt, called the Dragon’s Bidding. The element (inscribed in the dragon’s own bejeweled pendant) changes 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 ‘cheimatophobia'”).
Also remember: Results post Sunday evenings. Flash Points, a feature in which a particularly outstanding FF story is highlighted, posts on occasional Mondays. Noteworthy #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.” This week I’m steeping this amazing green tea with sorghum and brown rice. Marvelous stuff. Drop by anytime and let me pour you a cup.
* Word limit: 150 word story (10- word leeway) based on the photo prompt. NOTE: the prompt may be used figuratively.
* 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):
***Today’s Prompt (may be used figuratively):