Tuesday, December 28, 2010

DA Contest; Dead Folks Up On That Thar Mountain

My short story, Flame and Ash, has won first place in the contest of the same name on DA. For the other winners and honorable mentions, go here.

The story is 1500 words, and it had to be based on a specific sculpture. At the end of my story, there is a link where you can see the sculpture and an interview with the artist. I got a one-year paid sub, but the best part? The story now becomes the subject of its own contest, which will be art-related. What a lovely idea! I can't wait to see what people come up with.


Viathis article on climbing Everest, specifically, something most climbers are not prepared for: the open graveyard, which is a stretch of the hike which has killed more hikers than any other.

And their bodies are left there. Trying to remove them has resulted in the deaths of others. You can read more on this here. Titled, "Abandoned On Everest," it will certainly get you thinking about willpower. No one knows exactly why each person stopped, sat down, and never moved again, but theories abound. Mine? They merely stopped moving. Be warned, there are pics. Lots of them.

Unrelated sidenote: Everest has never called me, but the Appalachian Trail has. know I've mentioned it before, but B and I are walking now. Up to four miles a day. Someday, when the time is right, I'm doing it.


  1. Hi Rebecca. Well done, champ!! I tried to leave the following comment but it wouldn't take it...

    "A really enjoyable and "original" story, Rebecca. Full of great imagery and very well written. Well done!"

    That Everset story is unreal. What a waste of some fantastic outdoor clothing!!

    Have a great New Years!!

  2. Congratulations! I KNEW THAT PIECE WOULD WIN! It´s brilliant! Go you!

  3. Thanks, David! And "What a waste of some fantastic outdoor clothing!!" -- LMAO!!!!!

    Thank you, Asuqi!

  4. First prize? That's splendid news - and well-deserved. Congrats! *claps enthusiastically*

  5. The funny thing is that I just finished reading Dark Summit, a book about death on Everest and the morality of survival...

  6. Thank you, Joanne Sheppard. ;-)

    Bryan, that is a rather shivery coincidence. "the morality of survival" -- that's certainly what I've been thinking about since reading the article. Again and again, it seems, it must be pointed out to us how flexible morals become when we were are in situations out of our control.