Random Image SciFi Writing Contest #2 progress:
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Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4,
With a shaking hand Amaleia took the paper from her uncle. He didn’t wait for her to read it but turned and silently left the room, leaving her alone with the documents, the letter and her nurse.
My Dearest Amaleia,
As your father I want you to know that you have grown to be nothing less that the living visage of your departed mother. How I loved her, and how I have always loved you. Over the next weeks I may be coming and going a lot, my business keeps me from you at times but do not think that I ever stop thinking about you. I’ve hired a nurse to be with you through this time of coming and going. Her name is Nan, and I expect her to arrive any day. Please make her welcome and obey her like the good little girl I know you are. I will return from Marosea soon, and we will have a picnic among the scarps as soon as I return, I promise.
With all my Love,
I just posted the 4th part to the Random Image Science Fiction Writing Contest #2! The 5th is already written and posting scheduled for later today. If you find that part 4 doesn’t have enough action for you just wait till this afternoon 😉
I was feeling the ‘seasonal affective’ yesterday and blasted out over 1,200 words in an hour or so as therapy. Despite being inspired by a handful of random images this is turning out to be one of my favorite stories. I’m going to give it its own page on here so that it is easier for newcomers to follow. Be looking for that too!
Random Image SciFi Writing Contest #2 progress:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,
“Amaleia!” cried her uncle in surprise, “What are you doing here! And un-covered!”
A moment ago Amaleia cared nothing about custom or decency. But face to face with her suitor, Duke Baragen, her inhibitions began to undermine the rage that impassioned her.
“I- I’m sorry Uncle,” she replied making some attempt to conceal her face with the wide brim of her hat. Her fiancé likewise looked away and covered his face with his hand.
“I’m sorry- but I demand to know what this business is about selling my estate, my home!” Continue reading
Part 1 Part 2
“I’m so sorry I’ve been away,” Amaleia sobbed into the creatures neck. “Everything just gets so different when you grow up.”
The horse snorted in comfort and began to lead her away from the pool. She followed with her hand on his back walking silently through the caves. The lantern she brought cast a warm light on the walls and made the shadows sway as it dangled by her side.
At first she merely enjoyed the presence of her friend as they walked in silence. But soon she found that they were in an unfamiliar part of the cave. Amaleia had thought that they had explored every nook and cranny of the expansive tunnels together. She slowed with caution, but the red horse continued its steadfast pace. Was he leading her somewhere? With a brief jog Amaleia rejoined her friends side.
I’m still working on this entry to the Random Image SciFi Writing Contest, but its getting so long no one will read it in one go, so I’m breaking it up into parts. Here is the second:
“Child,” she said softly in her crackled voice, “give me your ear.”
Amaleia felt the delicate touch Nan’s soft knobby fingers on her ear, a sign that she had learned in her youth meant Nan had something important to say.
“You have not walked in a long time, and the future is never clear.”
“Oh Nan,” corrected Amaleia, “I shan’t be gone long. We will return once the honeymoon is over.”
“Walk today child, your friend misses you. You cannot tell how things will change.”
Amaleia started. Did Nan know that secret from her childhood? Her long walks in the wild parts of the estate were no secret to the servants of the household. They had begun when her father died. She found solace in the solitude of the wilderness, but that was not all she had found. How could Nan have known?
I’m way behind for my entry in my own contest. Besides time constraints from ‘real life’, I’ve been struggling with motivating the main character properly. Another issue I’m finding is that even though I have a solid intro, climax and resolution, I’m having trouble building the conflict.
To deal with these, I’m borrowing heavily from a particular popular TV character (may be rather obvious who) to start with, hoping she develops on her own as I write. For the other problem, I’m just going to push ahead and write the thing through, hopefully the build up of a proper conflict will come to me in the writing. The first 450 words or so are below, with more to come later. I’m also planning on overshooting the 1000 word goal be a few thousand words…
“But what if he looks like an absolute dog?” The girl in the frame giggled and laughed as she chattered.
“He’s not I assure you,” replied the young woman, as she continued combing her long dark hair.
“But Amaleia! You’ve never even seen him!”
“It doesn’t matter, I am the daughter of the duke and it is my duty to protect our estate. Father would have wanted it this way. And besides, I have it on good authority that I shan’t be disappointed.”
I think this one is going to be a little harder than the last. Let’s see what we can come up with in two weeks.
Using a Random Word Generator I collected five words. I then used Google Image to find five inspirational images based on those words.
Your/my objective is to write a 1000 word or less story inspired by the five images seen above. Comment with a link to your story on your own blog. Due date March 3rd 2013.
On your mark, get set, GO!