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Flash! Friday # 30

CLOSED! Woooot! What a ride–and so many charming (?) dragons, to boot! Thanks so much, y’all, for coming out for the romp that was Round # 30. Results will post Saturday afternoon ET.

Heeeheheheheeee!!! You all still have me giggling (and sniffling) over your stories of La Gioconda and her adventures. Thank you for displaying such raw courage and creativity with what’s normally such a hands-off work of art. 

Moving on to this week: a bit of easy research will unravel this photo for you, and goodness knows the truth is chilling enough already. But what do you make of these ruins? What happened at this beach? Ahhh, now these are the questions. (Here are your contest guidelines).

This week’s  unraveling is overseen by SVW member Jaz Draper. (Be sure to check out her judge page to investigate what she looks for in a winning entry.)

Ready? GO!

Word limit: 200-word story (10-word leeway on either side) based on the photo prompt.

* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (between 190-210 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 tomorrow (Saturday)

Prize: A stunning e-trophy e-dragon e-badge, a stunning page here at FF, a stunning 60-second interview feature next Wednesday, and YOUR (stunning) NAME over the rooftops of 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/historically questionable journal entries.  And now for your prompt:

Capbreton. Photo courtesy of Makunin, @ Pixabay

Capbreton. Photo courtesy of Makunin, @ Pixabay

Flash! Friday # 23

Flash! Friday Round 23 is now closed. Even the courageous circus kids were no match for your creative storytelling! Thank you so much for coming out to play. Of course, please do read & comment on the stories–your input is such an encouragement to all these fine writers. The judge’s results will post late in the day Saturday ET. See you then!

Welcome to #FlashFridayFic Round 23! Here in the U.S. it’s Mothers’ Day weekend, in which we mommies force our families to make (or take us to) dinner. While purportedly it’s to honor us, the real reason (as any mother would affirm) is to ensure the dear savages actually know how to do this before being lovingly flung from the nest.

And so in honor of Mothers’ Day, I offer up two sweet children. (No, not mine, though thank you for asking.) Let your tales be your tribute, whether it’s the I-love-my-mommy sort of tribute or the kind that comes with threats of armies surrounding your city and cutting off your water supply. Have fun! or not, of course, as you wish. (As ever, here are the guidelines).

Round 23 judgonomy is provided by writer extraordinaire and baby cow-adoring SVW member Jaz Draper. (Be sure to check out her judge page to see what she looks for in a winning entry.)

Counting down from 3…. 2…. 1….

Word limit: 200-word story based on the photo prompt. Ten words’ grace on either side, because mothers are nice that way.

* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (190-210 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 Baltimore time)

Winners: will post tomorrow (Saturday)

Prize: A loving, e-trophy e-dragon e-badge, a heart-warming original winner’s page here at FF, a magnificently maternal 60-second interview feature next Wednesday, and YOUR NAME piped in pink frosting across eight dozen cookies (at least emotionally speaking). 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/tips for making a mother dragon happy.  And now for your prompt:

Jose & Nena Andreu, ca 1906

Jose & Nena Andreu, ca 1906

Flash! Friday # 15 — WINNERS!

As I suspected, you conniving dragons did not find the monks very… monk-like. Thanks a million for coming to play, writing such awesome and weird stuff, and encouraging your buddy writers in the comments (keep it up!). And thanks to Jaz for such profoundly cool judge dragonness.

Remember to check back Monday to see which exemplary story will be chosen for Flash Points.

Judge Jaz Draper says, That I get to judge Flash! Friday #15 on the Ides of March was not at all lost on me. I was such a Shakespeare geek in High School! that all these years later, I never don’t think that March 15th is the Ides of March, the day Julius Caesar was killed. For me this was the perfect prompt for the Ides and everyone wowed me with their entries. Monks! Witches! Viruses! And of course Dragons! But more importantly: thirty-six entries! A Flash! Friday record. What a blast to read and judge and what an honor. 

And now hold onto your hoard, cuz here we go:

Honorable Mentions

Two-timer Fraser (@FraserMcFraze), and Jeffrey Hollar (@Klingorengi), both of whom made me think, Hmmmm, what’s going to happen next??  

Runners Up

Lupus Anthropos (@LupusAnthropos) I started off thinking, Hmmm, women as witches, pretty ordinary, but still intrigued that the writer used the actual sculptress’ name in the piece and then the twist that she was the witch. I thought this was clever and something I would have attempted! Well done.

Betsy Streeter (@betsystreeter). Very clever! I found the dialog completely believable and this piece made me laugh out loud. She must have teenagers in her life! Very funny.

Second Place

Nick Johns (@nickjohns999It wasn’t until the last two paragraphs that Nick lets us know the speakers in the piece are viruses! Totally caught me off guard and made me reread several times to see if I was missing anything in the beginning. I wasn’t. And I want to know more! Lovely suspense!

And our amazing WHOOP-DE-DOO ROCKIN’

 FIRST-TIME DRAGON WINNER….

CHRIS WHITE

(@chriswhitewrite)

“Born of Shadows” was Chris’ first foray into our Flash! Friday contest and I don’t think it will be the last. The first two lines are this piece are beautifully eerie and hooked me immediately. I love his very visual writing style, phrases such as “her eyes would dart, like mad nymphs across the canopy” and “whispers of secrecy, of darkness.” I want to know what wish the character could be wishing for that she hopes never comes true. And what could possibly happen now that the penny never plunked. There’s at least a novelette in there somewhere! Give me more!

Congratulations, Chris! Here are your Winner’s Page, your eBadge (below), and your winning Tale. Please contact me asap so I can interview you for Wednesday’s “Sixty Seconds” feature.

Born of Shadows

Born of shadows, born of night.

Born of stone, they wait. Patient, eternal.

“Ugh, those statues are too creepy,” she would whisper each time we walked passed; her eyes would dart, like mad nymphs across the canopy. Looking anywhere but there. “I always feel like they’re watching us.” Each time I would fling a penny against the cowled masonry, waiting to hear the clink of metal-on-stone followed by its plunk as it sank beneath the water.

Make a wish.

Hope it never comes true.

Every day on my way to work, to the patisserie, to my apartment I would pass them by a dozen times, their cloaks revealing whispers of secrecy, of darkness. Every day another penny.

“I swear I saw one move…” her voice quavered, fearful.

I just laughed, flinging another copper disc their way.

Clink.

The smell of cold, of rain and decay.

The penny never plunked.

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