The Ferrets’ Fantasy Cover Flashfiction Challenge . . . Continued!

Well . . . in a manner of speaking, anyway! We’re not writing another series of our own interpretations (yet), no. (Although of course we Ferrets are always open to inspiration. . .) However, we absolutely invite you to do so – and let us know if you do! In service to that, here are a few more covers – and Ferret commentary – from the shortlist we voted over for the focus of this last one!

This first one was actually tied for Ferret votes with Song of the Saurials, which was of course our final choice for the flashfiction challenge – at least this time.

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The Temptation of Elminster

In the assortment I presented for voting, it was captioned “Righteous sorceress stalks moron who touched something he shouldn’t have.” (As agreed by Michelle: ‘I mean if that’s not an “oh shit what have I done” look, I don’t know what is.’ It really is, complete with a background ‘oh yes, your ass is toast‘ look from the sorceress, don’t you think?)

The above cover was also my personal favourite from the voting list, to be honest, and I may well write something from this cover (as well as one that did not make this shortlist) in future!

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Serena’s Tale – The Sun’s Sorceress – Flashfiction Challenge

Song of the Saurials
(Note: we have not read this book, we were just really snagged by the cover’s craziness.)

 

 

 

Flash Fiction Title: The Sun’s Sorceress
Word Count: 900
Cover Challenge: Song of the Saurials

 

 

 

 

“Why do you insist on carrying that thing about when you cannot even play it?”

“Why do you insist on wearing that glamour all the time when you aren’t even remotely some sort of . . . saurial sorcerer hybrid?”

“This is my true form!”

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The Ferrets’ Fantasy Cover Flashfiction Challenge!

You know the feeling of finding a really awesome cover on a fantasy novel – or an incredibly mad-looking one? Especially if you’ve been reading fantasy for a while, or have ever wandered into the shelves of a secondhand book store or library where the ‘70s speculative fiction novels dwell . . . I’m sure you’ve seen more than your share.

You know when you find one of those covers, either insane or fascinating or both, and you read the book, and somehow nothing on the cover even remotely happens in the book? (Or when you look at a book and just know . . . there’s no way that scene is in the novel itself.)

Rebekah and I were having a conversation about such books as we sorted through them at a secondhand book sale a few years ago, and hit upon the idea of this challenge. Take one such cover, study the art, and write a short story that shows or fits that scene.

The other Ferrets were equally tickled by the idea, and we decided to take it to our blog! On our last Ferrets on the Town excursion we visited Boarding House Books in Claremore (which is really a lovely place) and while we shopped, we also looked around for some wonderfully crazy book covers and snapped photos.

Over the next few weeks, we Ferrets will be writing short stories inspired by this, our chosen (by popular, internal Ferret vote) cover!

Note: we have not read this book, we were just really snagged by the cover’s craziness.

Flashfiction pieces will be no more than 2k words.
Probably they will remain in the fantasy genre, but if one of my fellow Ferrets can make that into another genre, more power to her for it!

I’ll be honest with you, I have no idea what I’m going to do with this cover as inspiration myself, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what the others do with it! We hope you enjoy the results.

(And if you have any really fun, crazy, or intriguing book covers to show us . . . we’d love to see them!)

Required Reading – The Rants: Grendel by John Gardner

I didn’t exactly love every book I read for ‘school’ purposes, no, but it was rare I was left with the ‘I want to set this book on fire’ reaction.

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The book for my Required Reading Rave came to me immediately when we Ferrets were discussing this series. As it happened, a few minutes later when I was trying to think of required reading books I utterly loathed . . . this one came to mind almost as quickly.

 

A Classic I Loathe:
Grendel, by John Gardner

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Grendel, by John Gardner

. . .oh, the irony. I actually wasn’t going to choose this book for this post, much as I hate the dratted thing, but . . . well, among other things, Michelle encouraged me to do so. After the third time since our Ferret Meeting in January that she has heard parts of my rant about this bloody godsforsaken book

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The Ferret Libraries – Serena’s Collection

 

Prepare to be welcomed on a tour of my dragon hoard of books! (I always did like the term ‘bookwyrm’ more than ‘bookworm’.)

Having seen Ferret Lissa’s collection both in person (before) and in her post recently. . . I’m actually still not entirely sure who owns more books. Definitely safe to say either Lissa or I, of the Ferret cadre, though!

(Note: upon finishing this post, I am still not sure if I have more books or if Lissa does. Either way, though, mine are far less . . . ‘contained’. Also I have spent almost a full day on this project, which amazes me.)

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Welcome to the Ferret Libraries!

There’s not much we Ferrets love more than books!

In our last series, we talked about some classics – and I’m sure we’ve still more to say on that topic. . . – but while this next series is still all about books, it is in a very different way.

In the coming weeks, each Ferret will introduce you to her personal library via her own words and pictures.

Each of us may share what fascinating books make up our collections, how we organise them (or don’t), the way we’ve stored them, how we’ve acquired them, how many we may not quite have managed to read yet. . .

You may even see how much of our space has been simply blatantly taken over by our books. (Which leads us on the never-ending quest for More Book Space!)

“If you have enough book space, I don’t want to talk to you.”
~Terry Pratchett

I kid – we’re happy to talk to anyone about books! But I’m not sure any of the Ferrets have enough book space. . .

Really, what we have to say about our libraries is probably as varied as, well, the libraries themselves! Come back next week and Rebekah will start us off. We hope you enjoy!

Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a half-read book over there just calling my name!

 
What about your own personal library? Is it big or small? Organised or simply . . . organised chaos? 😉 Have you read most (or even all!) of your collection, or do you have a ‘to be read’ stack tall enough to be a structural hazard? We’d love to hear about it!

And most importantly . . . do you have enough book space?

Required Reading — The Raves: Beowulf

When we Ferrets sat down and discussed this series I knew instantly what I wanted to talk about for my post. And can you get much more classic than the oldest (surviving) epic poem in the English language?

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I’ve read many classics over the years, and surprisingly few of them were under the dreaded label of ‘Required Reading’ though that may be in part due to my unorthodox school life. (That may also be why I often didn’t know I was reading a classic or something that might be ‘required reading’ material.) It may also be because I dove into them early.

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A Peek at the Ferret Dictionary

We Ferrets have been recovering from NaNoWriMo – and preparing for/launching into the holiday season now upon us, as it is always a little bit of a surprise after the madness of NaNo fades back into the ‘real world’. . .

So have a bit of silliness from the Ferret Archivist. It’s been several years since I last shared anything from the Ferret Archives, and here are some more words spotlighted from the Ferret Dictionary.

15th century manuscript with original binding

Photo by Erwan Plougonven, used under CC BY-SA 4.0. (Resized. Otherwise unchanged.)

The Ferret Dictionary is a collection of words to refer to concepts or objects that simply don’t have a proper word – or did not before the Ferrets came along to fix things! Their most common source is typos (ones that are entertaining enough to make us think they need an explanation) and often more than one of us will come up with the same meaning for one as soon as we decide a particular word is deserving of it.

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Wrapping Up NaNoWriMo 2016 with the Ferrets!

It’s time for triumph! Right?

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Each of the Ferrets below launched herself into NaNo – with or without a plan, to be quite honest with you, and not all of those plans survived engagement with NaNoWriMo proper – and forged ahead, making progress on her chosen project (or projects).

We attended write-ins, we made ourselves laugh or cry – and that’s just at the process of writing, before we even get to the content – we developed some truly impressive NaNo-fingers and NaNo-brains leading to nifty new and creative typos. . .

Life forgot that there’s supposed to be an allowance for NaNo and threw obstacles in our paths, but we made it through anyway!

Let’s say goodbye to NaNoWriMo for this year with a last word from each of us about this year’s session and our works for it.

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NaNoWriMo Week Three! – Ferret Updates

We’re three weeks in and the Ferrets are fighting to catch up and fighting through the universe’s distractions and to be honest with you while I’m not the only Ferret who is dead tired this (Monday) evening, I am definitely a little frazzled.

Week three is traditionally the doldrums, when momentum slows and things began to tangle even if you had an outline, when the excited launch of week one fades and the word-high of week two gives way to the realisation that NaNoWriMo can be kind of tough, you guys, wait I only have how much time left?

It’s hit all of us Ferrets in different ways, but I don’t think any of us were quite ready to realise we were three weeks into NaNo already, whatever the state of our projects!

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