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Note: the original post here got corrupted and I had to recreate it, but I haven't added in the list of prompts yet because holidays and dialup internet.

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This worked pretty well the last few years, so let's try it again! Join us as we count down the days to 2017!

This is sort of like one of those advent calendars full of chocolate, except it'll carry you to the New Year, and instead of cheap chocolate you'll get tasty, tasty gourmet prompts each day. What could be better?!

Here's how it works:
This thread will be updated every day* of December with a new prompt. Some will be serious, some will be silly, but all will be sensationally fabulous**.

Here's what you do:
If you wish to participate, start a new thread with your own name, e.g., if your name is jschmoe, call your thread jschmoe's countdown thread. When you see a new day's prompt (open that little tiny imagination door!) you should write and post a piece inspired by the prompt in your own thread with the subject Dec. 1st, Dec. 2nd, etc. as matches the calendar countdown day. There is no specific time limit, unlike the regular Flash Fiction Challenge. If you miss a day -- pesky holidays, peskier relatives -- it's okay to catch up on another day, but don't lag too far behind because the prompts will build up fast! Microfiction and poetry are entirely acceptable, as are novellas and sweeping odes to the awesomeness of the FFC mods.

Participants and non-participants alike should feel free to read and comment on each other's pieces. If your piece includes triggery content, put a warning in the subject line.

Good luck, and good writing!
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* except when it isn't; I have dialup internet, and sometimes it just doesn't load well for me and I'll be late with a prompt. Apologies given in advance.
** fabulousness in the eye of the prompt-giver, natch.
 
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For an explanation, instructions, and the full list of prompts so far see post #1.

Today's (Dec. 1st) prompt: the north pole

 
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Today's (Dec. 2nd) prompt: the long wait*

(*because I forgot it was December today, sorry.)
 

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Today's (Dec. 3rd) prompt: the feast we planned
 

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Today's (Dec. 4th) prompt: darker days
 

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Today's (Dec. 5th) prompt: the light ahead
 

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Today's (Dec. 6th) prompt: madness at the mall!
 

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Today's (Dec. 7th) prompt: a most intricate bow
 

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Today's (Dec. 8th) prompt: the deep chill
 

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Today's (Dec. 9th) prompt: a room of candles
 

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Today's (Dec. 10th) prompt: another office party
 

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Today's (Dec. 11th) prompt: candy
 

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Today's (Dec. 12th) prompt: first snow
 

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Today's (Dec. 13th) prompt: cookies everywhere!
 

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Today's (Dec. 14th) prompt: the visitors

(Sorry, really thought I'd posted yesterday. Currently deep in the throes of the plague. Again. Yay relatives with germs.)
 
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Today's (Dec. 15th) prompt: cheer
 

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Today's (Dec. 16th) prompt: Over the river and through the woods.
 

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Today's (Dec. 17th) prompt: snowbound
 

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Today's (Dec. 18th) prompt: all sales final
 

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Just going to throw in here a note about Zanz's awesomeness for doing this for us.
 

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Heh. It's mostly fun, other than deep anxiety I'll accidentally get repetitive. Didn't originally think beyond doing this for a single year. I just wish I was able to keep up with everyone's threads, but I've been wicked sick all month. From what I've read you guys* are all doing awesome!

* New England traditional gender-neutral "guys", natch. :)
 
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Today's (Dec. 19th) prompt: one size fits all?
 

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Today's (Dec. 20th) prompt: a surprisingly large box
 

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Today's (Dec. 21st) prompt: the tale of the ugly holiday sweater

(aka jumper, for UK people. Also, sorry prompt is late, internet probs all evening.)
 

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Today's (Dec. 22nd) prompt: reunion
 
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