§ Rebekah says: Welcome back! Today’s photo prompt takes us to the world’s 5th largest country, Brazil. In fact I sat down to wax enthusiastically to you about havaianas, samba, and Mark Wiens’ mouth-watering episode on Rio’s favelas—only to belatedly notice my coffee mug skittering off the table in anguishing slo-mo (the anguish and perceived slo-mo were mine; I presume the mug itself enjoyed the rush). Coffee spilled everywhere, and not only that, but someone had borrowed the last of the kitchen towels and I had to improvise (don’t ask). It was a mess, I tell you, and I was on the verge of hunting for someone to shout at when I saw a little red cap flitting past the window. OF COURSE!!!!!! I should have known: it was Saci-perere. Watch out, y’all, is all I’m saying. Today is going to be trouble.
§ Foy says: While we’re finishing off our rooibos & cinnamon, and before we bid a fond “til later!” to South Africa, a frost-kissed thank you to Carin Marais for the update. She’s given us several maw-watering reading recs—like Dalene Matthee’s Circles in the Forest, about an outcast woodcutter and a runaway elephant, desperate to save their home from powerful exploiters—so do check them out! And speaking of forests and their protectors, if you’re ever walking in the rainforests of Brazil, keep a watchful eye and a keen ear. You just might stumble upon child-sized footprints leading off the path, or hear a strange, shrill whistle echo down from the canopy. Be careful; the Curupira is watching!
Time: The Fire&Ice contest is open between exactly 12:01am to 11:59pm on Fridays, Washington DC time (check the current time here). Entries submitted outside of this window are welcome, but will be
incinerated ineligible to win.
How to Play: Write and submit an original story 1) based on the photo prompt and 2) including EITHER the fire dragon or ice dragon‘s requirement. Pay attention to the 3) varying word count constraints! Story titles (optional) are not included in the word limit. At the end of your story, add your name or twitter handle, whether you chose the fire or ice dragon’s element, and word count. That’s it!
Be sure to review the contest rules here.
AND HERE IS YOUR PROMPT:
Each Fire&Ice prompt includes 1) a photo, 2) a required element (choose between the fire dragon or ice dragon’s offering), and 3) a specific word count. Your story must include all three requirements to be eligible to win.
Photo for Sol 4/19
Fire dragon option: include a mischief-maker
Ice dragon option: include a protector
Today’s word count: Maximum 200 (no minimum)