Welcome to Friday! Er — it is Friday, isn’t it? I’ve never been terribly good at calendars. If it is some day other than Friday, I hope you will indulge me and write something splendid and/or obnoxious anyway.
Regarding my little calendar problem, by the way: turns out that as of today (not last week!) there’s still ONE WEEK LEFT to toss your name in the hat as a judge for the next round. I’m very nearly literally doing actual cartwheels for joy at those who’ve stepped up so far. But we need a few more. Join us, won’t you? Details here. The deadline’s still Nov 13 at midnight; I’m just counting better today. Thank you!
Last but not least: don’t forget tomorrow is Pyro! Thanks to everyone who turned out last week to sharpen their critique skills on a story. Come again tomorrow! (Note: we could use more stories, too. Please send them here with a note it’s for #Pyro. <500 words, please.)
Judging for their second to last time, it’s Dragon Team Seven up today, which means clever IfeOluwa Nihinlola (by the way, did you read his amazing Spotlight interview about writing in Nigeria?) and the equally clever Nancy Chenier. Check out their judge pages if you’d like to know what they look for in a winning tale.
Awards Ceremony: Results will post Monday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Thursdays.
* Today’s required word count: 150 words +/- 10 (140 – 160 words, not counting title/byline).
* How to enter: Post your story here in the comments. Be sure to include your word count (min 140, max 160 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:
Winding down our novel prompts (just four more after today!), it’s Gone With the Wind, of course: Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping American Civil War drama starring a proud and rather snotty plantation owner’s daughter who does everything in her power to survive the war and hold on to her family home.
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, man v society (not gender specific)
* Character (choose at least one): a plantation owner’s daughter, a racketeer, a beautiful woman who never does anything wrong, a noble soldier, a hot-tempered child, a slave whose cruel situation is never acknowledged, a pair of mischief-making twins
* Theme (choose one): desperation, determination, slavery, society/class, women’s rights
* Setting (choose one): the American South during the Civil War, a war-torn city
OPTIONAL PHOTO PROMPT (for inspiration only; it is NOT REQUIRED for your story):