§ Foy says: A deliciously chilly sol 10 to you all! Here in the United States, we’re well into the season of specters (not just the political kind), and as is tradition for many, we at the ice dragon
crypt lair are dutifully staying up far too late and hijacking our amygdalas. Thanks to a recent Gothic horror kick (brought on by Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s latest novel Mexican Gothic [read her Flash! Future post here]), Mr. Foy and I stumbled across “The Haunting of Bly Manor“, Netflix’s loose—very, very loose—adaptation of “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James. Without dropping spoilers or delving into a broader critique, what’s most striking to me about the series is how it engages with humans in and proximate to mental health crisis. As characters on screen struggle with grief and trauma, I feel my body brace for the familiar mental-health-shaming-as-conflict device only to have that tension dissipate as characters in crisis are met with unquestioning support and empathy—even grace!—from those around them. Viscerally, it’s unexpected, refreshing. I find that level of acceptance and understanding here with you all at Fire&Ice as every week we pour our words out into the world, embrace new challenges, and generally survive 2020 together. Thank you. ♥
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.
JUDGES: Today’s judges are Voima Oy and A.J. Walker. Check out their bios on the Fire&Ice Judges page.
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 10/19
Fire dragon option: include a student
Ice dragon option (inspired by this): include a roadworker
Today’s word count: 89 exactly