Welcome back! Y’all are lookin’ mighty SPARKLY out there. Let’s pretend we’re all dripping with diamonds and not nasty stinky sweat, k???
In addition to today’s Flash! Friday party, we’ve got the fabulous Dog Days of Summer contest going on. Click here or on the Tom Sawyer-esque pic in the sidebar for details and to enter. You’ve got til July 22. (I know, right?! Two whole weeks?! And cash prizes!? DRAGONS GONE MAD!)
Today’s prompt, following hard on the heels of last week’s American Independence Day, rises out of another important, if rarely mentioned, day in American history: the July 11, 1804 duel between sitting Vice President Aaron Burr and former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton (one of the Founding Fathers — this was something like his 11th duel, and he had lost a dueling son three years prior). If you’ve got a minute to read about it, you should. What a tale. Can yours beat it??
We’re thrilled to pieces to have four-time Flash! Friday winner Betsy Streeter taking the judge’s seat today. Her clever writing is matched only by her clever cartooning and the still cleverer judgery we are about to witness. Read about her and her judgy tastes here (hint: she loves powerful word choices and thoughtful use of detail).
Awards Ceremony: Results will post Sunday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Wednesdays. I (Rebekah) post my own unbalanced writings sometimes on Tuesdays or Thursdays. That is, when we don’t have nutty things like Dog Days going on.
Now line up your seconds, and let’s get to 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 flame-written 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(s) unless instructed to do so, e.g. “include the word “bravazzo'”):