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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Deadline Dames ~ Readers on Deadline ~ Flash Fiction Contest

I keep meaning to post the Deadline Dames writing contest that Dame Rinda hosts every month. This is the picture prompt for this month. This contest starts tonight and ends next Wednesday, August 19, at midnight.

Here is the rules from the Dames' own blog:

The Dames would like to encourage you to think outside of the box and use the 250 word limit economically. Word choice is key when you don’t have a lot of room to work. Long, fancy descriptions can be great in a novel, but when you want to grab someone’s attention quickly, they aren’t the best choice. We want an idea, a story or a character who intrigues us–makes us want to continue reading!

So, there you go. Be creative, have fun. I encourage all those interested to give it a try. It just a fun way to express an idea, a thought, or the premise for a future work. Remember that there is a very limited word count, 250 words is about a page long.

Demons and Angels

I have been trapped in this place for too long. Once, I was magnificent. I walked upon the Earth wreaking havoc; forcing my will upon these weak souls. Man lusted for my body; I lusted for their souls.

The scrabbling sounds greeted my ears and I slowly becoming aware that my warden had returned. How long since my last awakening?

"Azdel, demon, I summon thee." A weak croak reached my ear, stirring my ire and vengence.

"What is it human? I can smell the stink of death upon you. Come, loosen my bonds, I will heal your dying body." I offer, tasting a freedom almost forgotten.

"Azdel, demon, do not mock me. I come before you to pass the chalice. You are right, the Angel of Death soon comes for me, but I leave you in good care."

"No! I, Azdel, own your soul. The Angel cannot take you." I shake with fury, another soul cheated.

"Yes, Azdel you did, but it was your greed for souls that caused your forfeiture and entrapment. I may die, but your existence is doomed for eternity." A choking chuckle echoed around me.

Doomed eternity with lust to sustain me for there are always souls to entice.

Hmmm, 200 words, I thinking this might be my entry. But, I'm still thinking, tweaking, plenty of time to enter.


Amy C said...

Nice, Dottie!

I don't know where I would even begin with that picture!

Lea said...

Very creative Dottie! Excellent writing inspired by that very, interesting picture.

That picture is um, very "torturous", I'm not sure of the adjective or verb I'm looking for, by perhaps "yikes" will serve? lol

Great work!! I hope you share what your muse has produced when you are done. :)


Leontine said...

The first paragraph, wow, that one did it for me!!! Good luck Dottie.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Amy!

I'm thinking tweaking is needed, wrote at 2 am.

Interesting picture, compelled me to write. I like what I came up with though.

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Lea!

It is a very 'torturous' picture, lol.

Suggesting a captive audience?

'Yikes' may be the appropriate verb.

It makes me want to write more, see what happens with my inner 'demon'.

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Leontine!

Still tweaking, but I think this is going to be my entry.

Interesting picture prompt this month, do you dabble in the written word as well?

Dottie :)

Smokinhotbooks said...

I had to do a double take b/c I thought you had inserted an excerpt from a book it was so well written - heck I almost googled your tite to try and find it Amazon. I'm a little sad you only had 200 words...I want to read more!

Cecile said...

Hey Dottie!!! Omg, I love your story!!!! Tweat if you must, but I love love love your story!! You are such an awesome friend!!! Thank you for everything!!!! =)
You are very creative!! I might have to push my own story and see what I get!!!
I hope you had a great night!!! And I know you will have a wonderful tomorrow!!

SciFiGuy said...

Challenging photo. So many possibilities, none of which I would be any good at :) Happy to see you getting into this. Good luck!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi SmokinHotBooks!

Thanks for following!

I encourage everyone to participate, I've only entered this contest twice, but it's fun to try to come up with something especially when the picture tells a story. I'm just trying to share what the picture is telling me, but it tells everyone a different story. Cool huh!

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Cecile!

Awesome entry girl!! If anyone is curious, head over to the Dames and read Cecile's entry. It's great!

Like I said, the picture tells everyone a different story, I would never have come up with Cecile's entry.

Awesome Cecile!

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Doug!

I bet you'd be great at the contest.

Interesting picture though and fun to play with.

Dottie :)

Linda Ellen said...

Ooo, I like what you wrote. This sounds like fun. Maybe I'll write a little something too, but I'm not sure what yet.

Oh, and by the way, I posted up a list of suggestion of middle grade books, and the books can definitely cross over with another challenge. Well, it's up to you. Only join it you want to. =)

Houston A.W. Knight said...


When are you going to write the BOOK!?

Girl you can write! Dang you're good!

Super hugs

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Linda Ellen!

I very much encourage you to give it a try, lots of fun!

Hmmm, still thinking about the challenge, I read a lot of YA, so maybe, I think this is one I would like.

Dottie :)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Hawk!

The word limit is very strict, but I'm liking this direction. Stirred my imagination, wheels turning. I can see more of the story, but it takes a lot of energy, as you well know. I'm considering it though. Maybe, very daunting to think of a whole book.


Dottie :)

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