Six Sentence Sunday

 

A friend of mine, Kelly, who blogs at Black Wings and White Paper, has recently joined in Six Sentence Sunday – the idea being to share the first 6 sentences of a story. I thought I’d join in too.

The following is the first six sentences of Chapter 26 of my novella ‘Red Sky’. It is around 47,000 words at the moment, and going through a beta reading by several of my writer buddies, ready for improvement… 🙂

 

You undoubtedly have questions about me, about my race.

What happens to the men? Most assume that there are no men – that our species is lacking because we birth only girls. They would be wrong. Those who have delved into the ancient texts will discover mention of our men – strong warriors who defended us against the early humans. But then we women discovered our own weapons. 

 

What do you think she is? And from that guess – what do you think her weapons are??

The Harpist – New Flash Fiction Story

Just a short post today to celebrate another publication!!

The Harpist is a flash fiction piece about a young girl, forced into harp lessons and now a great harp competition, by her overzealous mother. The story shows how she takes control of the situation and finds the positives in something she has been dreading.

Published at  http://1000words.org.uk/the-harpist/

Check it out!! 🙂

Series Review – Stonewylde by Kit Berry

After all the writing of last month I took a few days off at the beginning of this month to catch up on some reading, and gardening (among other things), and to give my brain a chance to rest and recuperate.

About a month ago I came across an interview with Kit Berry and after listening to it I had to buy her series: Magus of Stonewylde; Moondance of Stonewylde; Solstice at Stonewylde and Shadows at Stonewylde.

The Stonewylde Series is set in present day Devon, England – Stonewylde being a community that has been cut off from the rest of society for centuries. Within the walls of Stonewylde life continues as it did during feudal society – the estate is ruled over by Magus who lives in the large Stone House with the remainder of the Hallfolk. Those priviledged to be born into this world, or lucky enough to gain entrance through excelling in studies, experienced the full extent of modern life – being encouraged to visit and even live in the outside world, having access to television and internet. The Villagers however, are the work horses. They are the farmers, woodsmen, spinners, weavers, dairymaids. Each child attends school until he or she is 8, at which point they are tested. If they pass they join the hallfolk, a failure leads to an apprenticeship in skilled labour. The villagers have never heard of television, let alone seen one, nor do they know of the existence of the internet. They work hard, providing for the Hallfolk. All the people of Stonewylde meet together several times a year, at the Seasonal Celebrations, where they honour the old Gods of the land, and take part in the same ancient rituals.

My initial reaction upon reading the first chapter or two of the first book, was admittedly one of disappointment, and a certainty I wouldn’t be able to read them all. Yes I had been warned in the interview with the author that Stonewylde was not the idyllic place it at first seemed, and Magus was harsh. But I had not expected it to be so unfair – with obvious class barriers and discrimination, encountered worst of all in Magus who is a cruel and manipulative man – ever out to improve his lot in life at the expense of everyone else.

But soon enough the characters of Yul- a village boy, and Sylvie – newcomer to Stonewylde whose pale silver-white hair suggests a link with the hallfolk – had me hooked, turning page after page to find out what was going to happen next in their relationship.

And then tragedy struck! I finished Book 2 – Moondance of Stonewylde – and realised book 3 still hasn’t arrived!! I’m left with a cliff hanger – Yul’s life is ebbing away and Sylvie is in mortal danger

Hurry up Posties please – bring me my books!! I’m desperate to know what happens next!!

Roald Dahl Day

Today is Roald Dahl day! A day to celebrate all the awesome stories Roald Dahl wrote over his life time!

http://www.roalddahlday.info

My favourite book – well it’s hard to say, but at the moment it’s The BFG. My son is reading it for his home-reader from school and reads the story aloud to me. I love it.

Here’s one of my favourite quotes from the book:

“Words,” he said, “is oh such a twitch-tickling problem to me all my life. So you must simply try to be patient and stop squibbling. As I am telling you before, I know exactly what words I am wanting to say, but somehow or other they is always getting squiff-squiddled around.”

“That happens to everyone,” Sophie said.

“Not like it happens to me,” the BFG said. “I is speaking the most terrible wigglish.”

“I think you speak beautifully,” Sophie said.

And I agree – I love how the BFG speaks, how Roald Dahl invented words that somehow you know the meaning of even though you’ve never come across them before. And it’s been very educational for my son too – he points out the mistakes in the BFG’s speech and grammar, and we talk about why the BFG doesn’t speak the same way we do.

So – what is your favourite Roald Dahl book?