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It’s been a busy week: a mini unschooling conference took up most of Tuesday, and Thursday night, I had the pleasure of attending For The Love of Spock. The rest of the week was filled with homeschool reports – I’m finished with those until mid-December; WAHOO!!! – and writing a story every day.
You know, a happy kind of busy. And so, once again, it’s kind of last minute as I write this, so I guess I’d best get to it so that I can get it ready to post by midnight…I’ve been serialized snippets from “A Splash of Red,” my surreal fantasy story which is the child of my own life and dreams, with a generous dollop of imagery and a big dash of creative license.
We’re getting close to the end, now, so things that have been mysteries will begin to come clear…or as clear as they’ll get, anyway.
More on the story after the ten-sentence snippet.
Context, such as it is…A woman is attempting to win the trust of a little girl in a red dress, while hawks wheel above. To set the stage, here’s the last line from last week’s snippet:
Far above, but drawing closer, the hawks cry out, and we shiver together in our shared fear of beaks and talons and sharp-edged pin feathers.
Given the surrealism of the story, punctuation is a bit creative, so be warned!
With Only Time Between
“Don’t be afraid,” she whispers. To herself? To me? To us both? Is there a difference, or are we the same person, with only time between us?
I open my arms to her, to myself, offering my embrace, offering myself. But she stands there, with the hawks painting shadows on her face – and her lips tremble as she says, softly, “I -I’m sorry.”
I feel her meaning. She blames herself, still, for the hawks’ attacks. She thinks it was her fault, that she deserves it.
Is there a difference between the woman and the child?
Can the woman exonerate the child?
Can they finally find safety together?
Next week may bring more answers – and certainly more questions!
Did you like what you read? “A Splash of Red” was originally published in the 2014 inaugural edition of World Unknown Review, Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my own initial self-publishing experiment.
That being said, I’d love any and all input and criticism you’re inclined to offer.
A weekly peek backwards and a look ahead, in my little corner of the blogosphere…
Notice anything different?
Since June, I’ve been participating in the Sunday Post meme, as an experiment. I like the format; it’s a tidy recap of my week just past, and a little preview of what the week just beginning will hold.
However, the meme just isn’t a very good fit for me, personally. It’s geared toward book blogs; I’m interested in blogging about – well, life. It’s not that I have a problem with book blogs, but, personally, I would rather read books and write books than spend all of my blogging time blogging about books.
So I’ve decided to drop my participation in the meme, and, over the next weeks, I’ll be adapting this space into something that’s a better fit for my own life…won’t you come along and explore with me?
A Shakespearean Stretch:In which we enjoy the Bard in a beautiful setting, and I move some goals along their paths to completion.
Stretching Into Revisions: In which I get cozy with three fascinating characters I haven’t seen for a while, and do some other things, too.
My focus for August and September is on revising my time-travel fantasy novel, Chameleon’s Dish, set in the 1612-13 London area. I’m also drafting another WIP, Perchance to Dream, a Star Trek: TOS/ Enterprisefanfiction novel, and the second half of a duology, And then there’s the ever-present homeschool administration – ’tis the season for masses of reporting and testing requirements.
For Coffee and Conversation, I’ll be exploring how to raise children in a way that nurtures sexual health and empowerment.