Howdoo, and welcome to Flash! Friday! So often on Fridays it feels like the past week was ridiculously amazing, and this week is no exception. So many hysterical Douglas Adams-inspired tales last Friday — what a romp. And then did you read the #Spotlight interview with editor/publisher/writer/speaker Lisa Crayton? Loved her solid tips on publishing, on diversity, and even on making writerly dreams come true. Read it if you haven’t already. Bookmark it so you can come back and read it again (I did!).
Last week also witnessed the launch of our first-ever episode of #Pyro. I really loved reading the story and so many helpful, specific thoughts on it. What a great forum for practicing critiques — and for learning to accept critiques in humility and good humor. 😀 We’re going to keep running the Saturday #Pyro challenge, so please email in your stories (flash pieces under 500 words), with a note that it’s for #Pyro, if you’re game for a shot at being critiqued. And thank you!
Last: hard to believe, but we’re just a couple months away from our annual #Flashversary contest (prizes! everybody put on your googly eyes!) and brand new judge panel. I’ll open up applications later on in October to serve in the first part of Year Four, so keep your eyes peeled! And you can read all about FF judging here. Thanks (in advance)!
Speaking of starting fires, who better to judge today’s round than Dragon Team Six judge and last week’s champ Steph Ellis and her partner-in-flame Josh Bertetta. Glad to have y’all back; with Steph’s penchant for hints of mystery and darkness and Josh’s love for what’s simmering below the surface (and a bangup unexpected ending), we are in for an adventure, every last one of us! PS. However, if the adventure comes in the form of a moving, hungry forest, RUN.
Awards Ceremony: Results will post Monday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Thursdays.
* Today’s required word count: 200 words +/- 5 (195 – 205 words, not counting title/byline).
* How to enter: Post your story here in the comments. Be sure to include your word count (min 195, max 205 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 Douglas Adams to… Shakespeare! And not just any Shakespeare, but the violent, tragic tale that is Macbeth, the story of the Scottish general whose ambitions, willingness to shed blood, and (even more ruthless) wife successfully achieve (albeit temporarily) the royal throne prophesied for him.
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; and remember please do not use copyrighted characters).
* Conflict: man v man (not gender specific, even though pretty much all the women in this play DIE)
* Character (choose at least one): an ambitious general, an overly ambitious wife, a soothsayer, a doomed king, a drunk porter
* Theme (choose one): ambition, dangers of power, fate vs free will
* Setting (choose one): a battlefield; a castle; a cavern; a mysterious forest
OPTIONAL PHOTO PROMPT (for inspiration only; it is NOT REQUIRED for your story):