When it's just right, you barely even notice it. But shift it just slightly to one of its many extremes, and it can be the most noticeable thing about any trip or event. Of course, I'm talking about Weather, which is our theme for September. It is the natural background of every story or art that takes place outside. This month, we ask you to bring it to the foreground: is it sunny or cloudy, hot or cold, does it rain or snow? Thunderstorm, hail, draught, hurricane? Bring it on! There is a saying (which could very well come from the Rangers) that there is no such thing as "bad weather" - only badly dressed people. It may be true most of the time, but there are certain types of weather that are unpleasant or dangerous even with the best clothing.
Not only is the weather important for travellers, but also for events. Some - like weddings or ceremonies - are planned long time in advance, and if they are taking place outside, everybody just hopes that the weather will be nice. Such events can be quite ruined by an unexpected storm... but maybe saved as well, at the end. How? That's just up to your imagination.
So be it nice or bad, dry or wet, just remember that weather has to play an important role in your story or picture.
The deadline for this challenge is September 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!
For writers: send your stories to email@example.com mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.
For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired http://arda-inspired.deviantart.com/ at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.
Happy writing and drawing!