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Friday Five-Hundred: Midsummer Sun
comment 17 Written by on June 25, 2010 – 6:30 am

Hooray, it’s Midsummer!

Except… for all extents and purposes, Azeroth is a world without electricity. Which means it’s probably a world without universally available air conditioning. (Of course, gnomes are a likely exception) Fortunately, Azeroth is also a world with “climate controlled zones”… but that doesn’t mean we can’t add a little seasonal flair to our Midsummer celebration.


As such I propose a Friday Five-hundred! If you choose to take the challenge, write a 500 word (or fewer) ficlet that addresses the following prompt in some way:

A record-breaking heat wave hits Azeroth just in time for Midsummer.

When you’re done, post the fic (on a forum, on your blog) and leave a comment so I can go read them!

Questions to get started: How does your character deal with the heat? Do they try to “stick it out” in the city? Take a trip to the beach? Maybe go visit Winterspring or go hang out in the Library in the Storm Peaks? Is your character an engineer, attempting to find a way to cool buildings or rooms or people? How is your character doing health wise, and will this affect them? What about plate armor wearers? Does your elemental shaman cut a deal with Air? Maybe your frost mage keeps himself cool with a small, portable blizzard?

I’ll admit, this was prompted by both my own reality (which has been sauna-like for the last few weeks), and by a wonderful image, suggested by the Panzercow, of Aely sitting in front of a running Gnomish fan with her hair draped over the back of a chair, eating frozen grapes. We’ll see if the fic ends up being publishable 😉

Happy Summer!


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17 Responses to “Friday Five-Hundred: Midsummer Sun”

  1. “A Record-Breaking Heat Wave Hits Azeroth Just in Time For Midsummer” or “Anna’s Gone Bananas”:

    Also: I think I accidentally posted this on ANOTHER topic on here… Whoops!

  2. Yva whines. Then she whines more and drinks lemonade and fans herself. Then she goes and finds Fells, whines to Fells about the heat, probably listens to Fells whine back, and proceeds to cover the walls with ice, effectively creating a nice refrigerator for them to laze around in.

  3. I took just the prompt part when I wrote my little bit of fiction (which to me meant heat wave + fire festival = really really warm fire festivals). It must be a pain to stand around those bonfires all day if it’s already 90 degrees or more!

    Also, writing only 500 words is a little harder than it seems. I had to go back and edit a few times, which is probably good! Hooray!


  4. This sounds like a fantastic business opportunity for Tif and Adel.

    By Tif on Jun 25, 2010 | Reply
  5. As a reminder – the questions are there only to spark creativity, they’re definitely not the only options for this (very open-ended) fic! There’s not really a wrong way to do it 🙂 (So no apology necessary if you ignored all the “questions”!)

  6. Done! And…sorry, Aely. >.>


  7. @Arrens – oh, it’s on.

  8. Hi Anna! I’m a first time commenter, though I’ve been reading for a little while. I really like your posts! I wrote a response here: http://onsilversagemountain.blogspot.com/2010/06/trip-to-lake.html

    I’m still figuring out what I’m doing, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had swimming around and taking screenshots for my post. 🙂

  9. Everything must be done in true Meg style: http://www.thatdamnrper.com/ic-megaly-too-hot/

  10. And Gentlewind said she’s too hot too: http://www.thatdamnrper.com/ic-gentlewind-too-hot/

  11. Ringo and Beli’s response to the situation goes live at 2 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday morning: http://www.flinthammer.org/2010/06/29/coolant-heads-prevail/

  12. Took a bit for mine, but here’s Pitch and Lark- http://spiritbond.blogspot.com/2010/06/ficlet-challenge-midsummer-sun.html

  13. Thanks for the inspiration, Anna! It’s winter here so I needed a little reminder of summer. Here’s my ficlet 🙂 Hope you like it!


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