This prompt was inspired by a prompt we saw in the very popular Flash Fiction Month held by Flash-Fic-Month
, and considering it's a perfect fit for a Fantasy group, we're upgrading it a little.
so read on for the new challenge, and for the lucky winner of last month's challenge!
Poetic warrior, I'm like Achilles fighting smarter.
I'm Ares in the flesh so the lessers wanna fight me.
-- from Fairytale Mythology
The Gods of Tomorrow
In the days of old, gods were beings capable of commanding the seas, ripping the skies in two, bending nature and Destiny to their will. Of course, the gods back then had gifts inspired by the necessities of the day, right? The tasks and parts of the everyday life that men and women relied heavily on, the worries and needs of the time.
What about now, though? What would the God/Goddess of Fertility look like when we have so many "aids" to get a woman pregnant (or not)? And with all the technology and advancements in society, what kind of deities would rule our world... or the future's?
Odin sits on a sidewalk bench,
with bare brown ankles
bobbing. His hair is made
of cigarette smoke; his eyes
are the color of mountains.
There are many unthinkable, surprising things about this future... the rapid technological improvements, the incredible breakthroughs in all fields of science, the changes in our lives that all of these cause. And who do we have to thank for? Where are the temples to worship the God of Phones Never Out of Battery, or Wi-Fi Always Working? I can almost picture them, the Twin Goddesses of Vaccines and Anti-Vaccines bickering day after day, sitting on a marble balcony, sipping green tea and tweeting lazily.
of the children? I muse,
They giggle - full with purpose.
are most lost of all, toys
of the gods.
-- from The Gods Are Fishing
Your prompt, either visual or written, is to portray a modern-need divinity, and their story. In a world where gods seem to matter less and less, where the space in our hearts for faith has been steadily replaced by other "priorities", who do we really need to ask for guidance, support, and favours to?
Your deity can be any gender, any ethnicity, any make
... as long as what it protects and represents is a 19th-to-21st century invention (or an invention to arrive in the future!)
. It can be steampunk, sci-fi, or maybe they like to wear cowboy clothes? We don't care, as long as it makes sense with your context!
Maybe you'll tell us of the birth of the Goddess of Giant Robots, protecting the pilots and keeping those armor plates shiny and proud?
Or show us the rise to the Olympus of the Lord of Jukeboxes, slowly beaten into oblivion by the harbingers of portable music devices?
The possibility are endless! Just please keep in mind that we don't accept WIPs, so submit finished works. And writers, please keep your works under 3000 words!
Harder Challenges, for Strong Hearts
Your first harder challenge is...
- both for visual artists and writers, your artwork must contain some form of HUMOUR. Make it funny! It can be just a detail or the key note of the work, as long as it's there. You'd think we'd go for horror, it being October, but we are sadists. Sorrynotsorry.
And if you aim for the over-9000 level of holiness, try this:
- visual artist? Your divinity must have animal characteristics. Is it whiskers, or a full-on coat of fur? It's up to you, be creative and think outside the box!
- writer? Use an unreliable narrator. What is that, you ask? Well... "Whether due to age, mental disability or personal involvement, an unreliable narrator provides the reader with either incomplete or inaccurate information as a result of these conditions." So, an unreliable narrator is a narrator who, for a reason of your choice, doesn't exactly tell the truth... show us how you implement that with the "humour" element of the first challenge!
amid a field of blank stars
on her meta-throne
-- from Goddess III.5.9
by lombregrise Participate to get a chance to win a spot in the super-exclusive Art Challenges Winners folder, and a 1 month Core Membership gifted by TheMaidenInBlack !
You have time until October 31st to create your deviation! Link us in the comments of this journal to your work to enter the competition. Winner will be announced when the next journal is released!
Which reminds us...
Please congratulate the winner for our very first Art Challenge, Gi1t
, and the deviation they submitted! I was really impressed with all the art that was submitted, it's really incredible how varied and skilled you guys are.
thank you all for participating and I hope you will keep on doing so this month too.