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Dragon Writing Challenge
Color Doodle
Tl;dr: I'm looking for short writing prompts about dragons. Feel free to post one in the comments.

Here's how this will work:

You, whoever you are that is reading this, can, if you so desire, post a comment on this journal entry in which you will offer up a basic description of a dragon character - somewhere between a couple of sentences and a short paragraph. You can include a physical description, abilities, name, personality, hobbies and interests, setting, situation (if kept reasonably vague,) brief mention of supporting characters, or anything else you think might be interesting. Dragons can be eastern or western, traditional or unusual, calm or ferocious, reclusive or sociable, whatever you can think of that still arguably qualifies as a dragon. 


This is something I wrote for someone else that never got used. It's about the maximum length that I'm looking for.

Appearance: 20 feet tailtip to nostril, mottled green scales with a brown and yellow diamondback pattern. Pale belly scutes, short, delicately curved horns. Snout is long and caiman-like, scar on the tip from when you were a hatchling and your egg-tooth didn't fall off properly and got infected - it long since healed, but no amount of shedding has removed the mark it left. Short, stubby ear-frills, eyes have orange irises and slit pupils. Build is narrow and sinuous. Tail ends in a hard keratinous knob. You wear a harness around your neck that supports a streamlined pack between your wings, for carrying personal possessions when flying. You also have two bands on your upper fore-limbs for carrying tools, kind of like a work belt.
Your mate is similar in appearance, but slightly fatter. His scales are a deeper shade of green, patterned with white instead of brown, and his eyes are red. He habitually wears a magical charm shaped like a purple diamond from a short chain around his neck. He left just before you laid your eggs - he has been working with a team of fellow dragons to create a device to allow them to travel to the moon, beyond where the atmosphere is too thin to support your wings, and he has been appointed its pilot. You are immensely proud of him, except he should have been back two days ago, and you're getting extremely worried. He didn't even know that there were hatchlings on the way.
Both of you can breathe fire, but only a very short, focused jet.

You don't have to go into that much detail, but you can if you want.

You should NOT attempt to describe a previously existing character, for the broadest possible definition of "character". Not a published character, nor your own character or draconic persona, nor anything else like that.  Make something up. The only exception is if you're describing some kind of existing archetype - for instance, "A guardian dragon," or "A princess-kidnapping dragon who is being attacked by a knight." In fact, I encourage that sort of thing. I think it would be interesting to address a bunch of those draconic archetypes. (Well, maybe not the princess-kidnapping one. That's kind of straddling the line between "archetype" and "annoying cliche." Even the parodies of that scenario have been done to death.)

I will take the comments I get and write short pieces of fiction about those dragons - maybe a page or so. I'll make up my own plot and so forth, so expect me to deviate wildly from whatever you had in mind. I have a vague notion that I'm going to do one a day or something - thus "Challenge" - but I'm pretty busy these days, so we'll see what happens. In any case, I'll try to let you know about it if/when I use your description, whoever you are, if I can figure out how to contact you.

Finally, this account isn't exactly a bustling social hub, so if you think this sounds neat, feel free to spread the word. I'm not expecting a lot of responses (or necessarily any) but I'd love to be pleasantly surprised. The more the merrier! Complete strangers are welcome. And if this post has been sitting untouched for months, or even years, go ahead and throw in a comment anyway. Who knows, I might see it.  


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