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.

grabbing lightning, disapproving sorceress

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!”

Why, thought Solana as Errinal protested about his ridiculous triple-flute and Vissander continued to huff and snort, did I ever agree to travel with these idiots? Continue reading

Eris’ Tale – The Usefulness of Bards – Flashfiction Challenge

 

Song of the Saurials

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 Usefulness of Bards
Word Count: 420
Cover Challenge: The Song of the Saurials

 

As soon as the bandits leapt out of their hiding places in the thick underbrush, Gregory the Bard knew he had inadvertently broken the first rule of combat: never bring a clarinet to a swordfight.

“Poop,” he said to no one in particular. He immediately had to duck to avoid a wild swing of a claymore from a bandit.

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Rebekah’s Tale – A Matter of Arrogance – Flashfiction Challenge

Flash Fiction Title: A Matter of Arrogance
Wordcount: 750ish
Cover Challenge: The Song of the Sauriels

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

The Saurial Priestess was not sure how she’d been roped into this… ridiculousness. It was supposed to be a simple Spring Sowing Ceremony, and then these two humans (at least, she thought they were humans. They were some of the ugliest ones she’d ever seen, so who knew for sure) showed up out of nowhere spouting off something about a quest and a prophecy and…  Continue reading

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!)