Saturday Snippet 14th of February

Saturday SnippetWelcome to the Saturday Snippet! This is a bi-monthly column, normally posted every other Saturday, where I and others post bits and pieces from whatever we’re writing at the moment, at various stages of completion. If you would like to join us, there’s a linkup at the bottom of this post, where you can add a link to your own blog post, or post in the comment section. There are only three rules: Link back here, only post your own writing, and have fun!

Apparently the Saturday Snippet has become more of a Sunday Snippet of late, but better late than never, right? Since it’s Valentine’s day and everything I guess I should include a romantic snippet. Buuut… Turns out I don’t have much of that. Pretty much the only romance I write is so dark and twisted that I don’t really want to share it here on the blog.

The current snippet is a piece of dialogue from the current draft of Rogue Sorcery, and if I remember correctly it’s from a section that won’t make it to the next draft. It requires a bit of setting – basically, in that world, if you don’t use your magic at least a little, it will consume you and you die. Very traumatic incidents can, however, cause you not to be able to use that magic, which predictably has caused several sorcerers in the past to die rather spectacularly. But the character in question is able to use a tiny bit of magic when healing people (she was trained by the village healer, so it’s mostly potions and herbs with a dash of magic thrown in). At the time of the conversation she is discussing where she can go and what she can do.

“I should forcibly heal people? That’s a good way to get thrown out of villages.”

I am not sure how much sense it makes for someone who hasn’t read the story, but it was the best I could do this week. I have been absolutely swamped in work, and haven’t had the time to look.

Others who wrote a Saturday Snippet this week:

Saturday Snippet 31st of January

Saturday SnippetWelcome to the Saturday Snippet! This is a bi-monthly column, normally posted every other Saturday, where I and others post bits and pieces from whatever we’re writing at the moment, at various stages of completion. If you would like to join us, there’s a linkup at the bottom of this post, where you can add a link to your own blog post, or post in the comment section. There are only three rules: Link back here, only post your own writing, and have fun!

Well, well, well. Look who’s posting a Saturday Snippet for the first time since… October. Gah, that’s far too long! But since nobody came here to read apologies (I presume), I’ll get right to it.

I originally wanted to post a snippet from Rogue Sorcery, from a section that might be cut from the story, but decided against it. Instead I decided on a section from The Revenge, one of my NaNoWriMo stories from last year. Basically the main character has come to a rather special market to look for a certain person, but he turns out to be difficult to find, and he is not alone in looking for him. This is a longer snippet than I usually post:

“Why are you looking for him?” the vendor at the other stall asked. “Come to save him from his creditors?”
“Hardly,” the man replied drily. “Why, are there many of those?”
“Quite a few,” the vendor snorted. “He can hardly set foot in town now. Pity when his main port of trade is here.”
“He could always go north,” the vendor’s assistant suggested.
“Ah, he says he has enough danger in his life without adding monsters and scary fairies to the mix,” the vendor said and rolled his eyes. “Anyway, you might join the queue if you want to get hold of him. He is a hunted man, and as soon as his creditors get hold of him…”
“How does a man collect all that debt anyway?” the man asked. “I would have thought they would eventually stop loaning him money.”
“Well, he has certain convincing skills,” the vendor said, “and services they need. Besides, it’s a common tactic nowadays. Give them a strong enough hold on him, and they can demand whatever they’d like of him. Plunges him into all sorts of problems, but for the creditor everything works out rather nicely.”
“I see,” the man said thoughtfully. “Well, they might have to wave those money and services goodbye.”
“You don’t intend to wait for your turn?”
“Hardly,” the man said and smirked. “I’m not looking for money, nor services. I’m in another queue.”

 

 

Others who wrote a Saturday Snippet this week:

Saturday Snippet 17th of October

Saturday SnippetWelcome to the Saturday Snippet! This is a bi-monthly column, normally posted every other Saturday, where I and others post bits and pieces from whatever we’re writing at the moment, at various stages of completion. If you would like to join us, there’s a linkup at the bottom of this post, where you can add a link to your own blog post, or post in the comment section. There are only three rules: Link back here, only post your own writing, and have fun!

This time I’ve looked through my old notes and found a scene that I’m rather fond of – but it was more of a character building exercise than anything else. At least I’ve never been able to use it for anything, and it was never part of an actual story. While Chuevo as a character doesn’t exist anymore – at least not in any of my current projects – the scene says quite a bit about Shanni. Shanni is the main character of Rogue Sorcery and Forgotten Sorcery, and while she doesn’t really have a habit of being overly optimistic nor extremely friendly, she can also be quite fond of people. Even if she does find them silly now and then.

”It seems so pathetic,” Chuevo said.

“What’s pathetic?” Shanni stood up and joined him by the window, looking out.

“All those silly, little people living their silly, little lives when so much is happening right on their own doorstep – things that will turn their entire lives around. But they do not see. All those small problems – what do they matter?”

“Perhaps the world needs silly, little people,” Shanni commented. “To keep the world going while people like us are changing its direction. To keep the world from going mad.”

 

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