Alternative Prompt: You know what I love? Traitors. Turncoats. Unexpected opposition from within your own team.
But I also love redemption plots. Heel-Face Turns. Unexpected allies or help from the group you expected to harm you. Doesn't even have to be a full redemption -- in Harry Potter, at a crucial moment, a worried mother on the villain's side simply gives the villain the wrong information. Were it not for her deception, Harry wouldn't have won the day.
So the alternate prompt for August is to write a fic where a "good guy" turns against the group, or a "bad guy" turns good or somehow offers aid. For those interested in storytelling decks, this is one aspect of the Sycophant card from TheCards.com, which deals with false praise but also surprising allies.
Also acceptable: Unexpected help from a random guard, bystander, or similar character who is not a villain but normally wouldn't be expected to help.
Last month, I forgot to sum these up, but:
May's prompt is still unfulfilled. I know it's tiny, but the concept of a disrupted routine seems like it could lead in any number of directions. (It doesn't, technically, need to use the same phrase I created: “It shouldn’t be a big deal, it’s just that… well… I’ve gotten so used to doing it the other way.”)
June's prompt… aw, man! I really thought I made an interesting prompt that time (John drugging Harold, reasoning up to the author). I'll extend the deadline for two more months (end of September). I'll be writing up at least a page of follow-up, because I did get a fill for the Alternate Prompt from oddgit, but it'd be nice if at least a couple people crafted something from the main prompt as well.
July's prompt is, of course, ongoing, and has a longer deadline than the rest, though if you get a project done by my birthday (August 31st) then it counts double. Filling the prompt grants you the right to propose a fan art prompt and a short podfic suggestion, as well as voting on which of my projects I should focus on in the upcoming months. There's already one fill, from lisagarland, so I'll be weighing her votes a little heavier (The Toll and Nippitaty are her favorites at the moment).
My birthday? Oh, right, it's my birthday again! And it's the one that everybody makes a big deal out of (40), though I don't feel that much like it's a big deal for me. I do feel like I've gotten a lot done in the past year, so that much pleases me ^_^
Last year, I was thrilled to receive five presents in the form of fills for my Birthday Prompt, which I posted on the 17th. This year, look for my prompt somewhere between the 15th and the 17th. It's gonna be a little fluffier than last time, but the principle still holds: I want to wake up on my birthday to see a bunch of variations on the same idea. But you'll have to wait until halfway through the month to find out what the prompt is!