Tag Archive | Beth Peterson

Flash! Friday # 51

** 10 Days Until the Flashversary!! The party runs Dec 2 -6: YES! YOU HEARD RIGHT! FIVE WHOLE DAYS to write & submit your stories for hold-the-prizes-in-your-hands glory. And global (minor) adulation, of course, and the envy of dragons everywhere. Don’t miss it!

WELCOME TO FLASH! FRIDAY!  I’m feeling a bit contemplative this weekend: I am attending a get-away-from-it-all retreat sans internet and cell phone. While some days I’m not sure whether it’s possible to survive such a deprivation (meeting me now, you would never believe I grew up barefoot in a tiny village without telephones at all!), part of me is curious to see how three full days away will change my perspective. So I thought it only fitting to share that contemplation with you today.

(Find the meditative contest rules here.)

You will be accompanied on this week’s thoughtful stroll through the Muse Garden by outgoing SVW judge and Thinker Extraordinaire Beth Petersonwho suggests using the senses may be an effective way to catch her judgy eye. Be sure to check out her judge page to learn more.

And now:

Word limit: 150 word story (5- word leeway) based on the photo prompt. Short but powerful, see? 

* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (145 – 155 words, exclusive of title) and Twitter handle if you’ve got one. 

* Deadline: 11:59pm ET tonight (check the world clock if you need to; Flash! Friday is on Washington, DC time)

Winners: will post SUNDAY NIGHT 

Prize: A decidedly NON-introspective e-trophy e-dragon e-badge, a partyingly pensive winner’s page here at FF, a subdued yet mysteriously mischievous 60-second interview feature next Wednesday, and YOUR NAME grown in the elaborate hedges of labyrinths around the world (so to speak). NOTE: Winning and non-winning stories alike remain eligible for selection for Monday’s as-often-as-I-can-get-to-it Flash Points. 

* Follow @FlashFridayFic on Twitter for up-to-date news/announcements/cell phone deprivation survival tips. Oh wait. need the tips. SPILL!  And now for your prompt:

Monk (Thailand). Photo courtesy of Shuco.

Monk (Thailand). Photo courtesy of Shuco.

Flash! Friday # 44

CLOSED! Y’all are seriously hilarious. And awesome. Thanks to everyone for coming out–we’ll see you Sunday with results!

Welcome to Flash! Friday!  What a blast we have every week, and I’m tickled pink that Friday’s dashed right back ’round again. Y’all are the bee’s knees, the icing on the cake, the jalapenos on the nachos. And as thanks, did I ever pick a fun photo for you today, all the way from Pataskala, Ohio, in southwestern Licking County, population 14,962 (and two!!! McDonalds!). What you’re going to do to the poor kids and this perfectly innocuous fountain, I don’t even dare imagine.  

(Find the mischievous contest rules here.)

This week’s up-to-no-goodness is judged by the Queen of Shenanigans, SVW member Beth Peterson, who every day comes up with seventeen Nefarious Plots to Take Over the World, and that’s even before she wakes up (which means your own mischief-making this week better be gooood). Be sure to check out her judge page to find out what else she looks for in a winning piece.

And now:

Word limit: 150 word story (no leeway this time) based on the photo prompt. Yep, keeping it short ‘n’ sweet again. (PS. Don’t get comfy there.)

* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (150 words exactly, exclusive of title) and Twitter handle if you’ve got one. 

* Deadline: 11:59pm ET tonight (check the world clock if you need to; Flash! Friday’s on Washington, DC–the capitol of troublemaking–time)

Winners: will post SUNDAY 

Prize: An troublemaking e-trophy e-dragon e-badge coming your way, a misbehaving yet frolicsome winner’s page here at FF, an impishly personalized 60-second interview feature next Wednesday, and YOUR NAME accompanied by three checkmarks written sternly on classroom chalkboards around the world (so to speak). NOTE: Winning and non-winning stories alike remain eligible for selection for Monday’s Flash Points. 

* Follow @FlashFridayFic on Twitter for up-to-date news/announcements/dragon detention hall survival tips.  And now for your prompt:

Drinking fountain, Pataskala, OH. Photo by Kenn Kiser.

Drinking fountain, Pataskala, OH. Photo by Kenn W. Kiser.

Flash! Friday # 36

CLOSED! Thanks to everyone for sharing in the mischief-making. Our brave judge will have results on Sunday (note the new results day).

Thirty-six weeks today. THIRTY-SIX! Count ’em! That’s a whole lotta weeks –  right about NINE months’ worth, if my math’s right. And NINE months makes a person think of babies, and babies make a person think of mischief… and now you know how we wound up with this marvelously grinning prompt for today. 

(Need the contest rules?)

This week’s contest is judged by SVW member Beth Peterson whose own marvelous grin is probably Hiding Something. Be sure to check out her judge page to find out what she looks for in a winning entry. Short version: she loves stories that “push past the ordinary.” And she has a rather worrisome obsession with properly placed commas. 

And now:

Word limit: 99 word story (no leeway–it’s all about NINES!) based on the photo prompt.

* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (99 words, exclusive of title) and Twitter handle if you’ve got one.

* Deadline: 11:59pm ET tonight (check the world clock if you need to; Flash! Friday’s on Washington, DC time)

Winners: will post SUNDAY (note new posting date)

Prize: A youthful e-trophy e-dragon e-badge, a personalized and puerile page here at FF, a juvenile 60-second interview feature next Wednesday, and YOUR NAME engraved on silver spoons in nurseries everywhere (so to speak). NOTE: Winning and non-winning stories alike remain eligible for selection for Monday’s Flash Points. 

* Follow @FlashFridayFic on Twitter for up-to-date news/announcements/dragon baby feeding schedules.  And now for your prompt:

Nurse with babies. Photo from Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-13429 / CC-BY-SA.

Nurse with babies. Photo from Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-13429 / CC-BY-SA.