Welcome, friends! Come in, and let me tell you a Story A Day, all May long…
In June and July, I’ll be drafting two new Kifo Island novels. I know something about 5 of the 6 point of view characters, and I’ve got a sketchy idea of the plots – but I need to learn more about these people and their stories.
So, in May, I explore. Every day, I’ll follow the prompts in A Month of Writing Prompts 2016. I’ll play while moving through my planning efforts. Some of these stories may become part of the eventual novels, but my goal is to invite these characters to show me who they are and what they want – and how their lives fit together to make a novel.
I’ve been writing my story each day, but I slipped behind in my posting. I’m hoping to catch up by the 20th, and finish the month out on time.
I continue with May 6, following the daily prompt, “A story written only in dialogue.” Here, Ubunta and Quincette have their first meeting, in a series of questions and evasions, with a strong hint of trouble on the horizon.
Week One’s theme is Limits.
“What are you doing out here all alone?”
“This is the Death Island.”
“The name. Kifo, it is called.”
“Is that supposed to mean something to me, or are you just stalling so maybe I’ll forget about that knife I saw you slip into your skirt?”
“Kifo is Swahili. It means death. This is the Death Island.”
“And what about the knife?”
“It is no matter to you.”
“What about your baby? Is it a matter for your baby?”
“What can you know about my baby? And why don’t you speak to yourself?”
“I know that if you stick a knife in yourself, that baby’s not old enough to have much of a chance. Next to that, I’m not important.”
“It’s said that all are important. So said my mother, who named me Ubunta.”
“Pretty name. I’m Quincette. So if all are important, I ask you again. What about your baby?”
“What about you?”
“Maybe we both need help.”