AS WE SPEAK!!! a pack of #FlashDogs in the UK are assembling LIVE and IN PERSON, which is so very extremely cool, all I have to say is, Wish I were there too!!! and Y’all better be posting pics. And, I’ll admit it, thirdly, Did anyone warn the local authorities?
Thanks again to Holly Geely for taking the time this week to tell us all about her new book, The Dragon’s Toenail, and congratulations to Mary Decker, who won the free copy. (Also, PUPPY!!!!) As I said last week, coming up in the next few weeks look for #Spotlight interviews with a nonfiction writer/editor, a YA book blogger — and I’m thrilled to report that I’ve just added a screenwriter. Because, cool!
This week gives us the other half of our dragon swap, meaning we’re in for the treat that’s Dragon Team Seven: IfeOluwa Nihinlola and Nancy Chenier. Besides how they both love Star Trek, they both look for stories that push back the boundaries of what’s ordinary or expected. “Ground me in concrete imagery and evoke real emotions,” says Nancy. IfeOluwa adds, “Let the prompt soar on dragon wings.” -I’m thinking, Wow! it’s like they’ve already read your work!!!
Awards Ceremony: Results will post Monday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Thursdays.
* Today’s required word count: 150 – 200 words (not counting title/byline).
* How to enter: Post your story here in the comments. Be sure to include your word count (min 150, max 200 words, excluding title/byline), the two story elements you based your story on, and Twitter handle if you’ve got one. If you’re new or forgetful, be sure 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 NOVEL PROMPT:
From last week’s wild fairy tale imaginings, we’re moving into a tougher screenshot of reality: Alan Paton’s profoundly moving exploration of pre-apartheid Johannesburg, Cry, the Beloved Country. Again, a reminder that you needn’t have read the novel to take inspiration from its world and characters (though if you haven’t read it, please add this one to your list!).
Story elements (base your story on any TWO of these elements; be sure to tell us which two you chose. Reminder: please remember the Flash! Friday guidelines with regard to content).
* Conflict: man v man (not gender specific)
* Character (choose at least one): old priest fighting to hold on to tradition, father searching for his son, young man accused of murder, a civil rights activist, a pregnant girl
* Theme (choose one): reconciliation, racism, injustice, repentance
* Setting (choose one): a decaying village, a wealthy city in moral decline
OPTIONAL PHOTO PROMPT (for inspiration only; it is NOT REQUIRED for your story):