§ Rebekah says: Surgery is a funny thing. A bit like writing, in a way: the prep (fix the hair to make sure it stays out of the surgeon’s way; tidy the bedroom & make sure last wishes are written up clearly somewhere just in case), the procedure, the recovery, the scar. OK, I didn’t say it was like the fun part of writing. 😀 Still, in past medical procedures I’ve sometimes heard echoes of writing’s intentionality; its hard work; the fears it requires I face; and the catharsis it often brings. And then there’s the way it insinuates itself, carves itself permanently into the different me—hopefully a better me!—I now am as a result.
By the time Sol 11 shimmers to a close tonight, I should be contentedly recovering from my latest surgery (and story 😀 ). I dislike talking about it here (or at all). But 2020 seems to be an especially ripe time for fear-facing and truth-speaking, doesn’t it? So here, today, is a little piece of mine. Thank you for bringing your own wonderful, fear-facing, soul-sharing, tears-and-laughter-evoking writerly selves to Fire&Ice, and for walking through this brief shadow of time with us. How glad I am you’re here.
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 Tamara Shoemaker and Eric Martell. 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 11/19
Fire dragon option: Include an unexpected joy
Ice dragon option: Include an unexpected sorrow
Today’s word count: between 185-195