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August challenges: school and sleep

August challenges: school and sleep

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Harry Dresden (by realtanala)
The August challenges are: school and sleep.

Ah, school. That place you go to gossip with friends, get yelled at by teachers, and maybe learn a thing or two. There are field trips and homework and dances and tests and sports; clubs and fights and honor rolls and science projects. You learn about math and history at the same time as you learn about yourself. You learn to deal with friends and foes as the same time as you learn to read and write.

Of course, in the Dresden Files, school might mean learning of a different sort. Unlikely teachers and subjects no school (as we generally think of it) would touch. Failure, too, can mean something different when magic is the course of study...

There are other types of schools, too -- the police academy, for example. Or something smaller, maybe a school for martial arts, or cooking, or art.

There might be different "schools" of magic -- that is, different types or ways of thinking about it. There are schools of fish. Or someone may simply "get schooled."

The second challenge of the month is sleep. Sleep, that thing so many of us get so little of. Harry, Murphy, and the rest are likely no exception. Sleep can become a precious commodity when your life is filled with stress and strife. You may be plagued by nightmares or insomnia. Or, like a soldier, you may learn to sleep wherever and whenever you have the opportunity.

Sleep is when dreams take over, sending our minds into an endless landscape of strangeness, wish fulfillment, and terror. Dreams may be warnings or messages from our subconscious -- or from the outside, by people and creatures both good and not-so-good.

We may say that someone who makes a mistake was asleep on the job or at the wheel. Literally doing either of those isn't a good idea, either...

Stay alert! You have until the end of August to post your fics.

As always, if you have suggestions for future challenges, comment here or on any admin post.
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