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 12th of September

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!

From last time’s song adventure I return to a more typical snippet. It’s from a story called “The Unnamed” (which would make it named, I assume?) which currently has half a chapter. Well, really, it has half a monologue and not much more. The title got stuck in my mind, and I have some vague ideas of what it’s about, but I don’t know when or even if I’ll actually write the thing. Still, I like the idea – it might be my NaNoWriMo story (one of them) this year.

The basic premise is this: The main character is on the run from something or someone. He has been for quite a while. And when the story starts, he is evidently musing about life and being on the run. This is towards the end of his little monologue:

“The only benefit of being on the run is that it teaches you not to be overly sentimental. You cannot get to know anyone, because sooner or later you will have to leave. You cannot acquire a whole lot of things, or keep things just for the memories, or get attached to any place, person or thing, not even the annoying dog next door.

Of course, when you aren’t burdened with an overabundance of sentimentality to begin with, this isn’t much of a benefit.”

Others who wrote a Saturday Snippet this week:

Saturday Snippet 8th of August

Saturday SnippetWelcome to the Saturday Snippet! This is a bi-monthly column, normally posted every second and fourth Saturday of the month, 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 week my snippet is another beginning – one that I started writing many years ago. I am thinking of writing a story to upload on Wattpad, and this will most likely be it. I like it. I like the combination of scepticism and sheer enthusiasm (the main characters are a young boy who loooves dragons and everything else his village considers “imaginary”, and his older brother who is everything his family wants in a son – practical, down-to-earth and, most importantly, a firm non-believer in the strange and magical creatures his younger brother is so fond of). Here’s the snippet:

Imagine a society based on logic, hard facts and common sense. A society that, in their own eyes, was an oasis of reason amongst villages and cities ruled by superstition and old beliefs. A society where a bad harvest was explained by bad weather, ill-tended soil and vermin, instead of the whims of a supposed witch, lambs born on the wrong day of the week or the miller’s daughter getting pregnant out of wedlock. A society where the magical creatures so familiar to the rest of the world were considered the sign of an over-active imagination, or possibly too much strong drink.

This was the place the dragon decided to make its home.

 

Saturday Snippet 25th of July

Saturday SnippetWelcome to the Saturday Snippet! This is a bi-monthly column 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!

NB: Since we only just started, we are posting a bit more often now. From next week we will start with the regular schedule, where we post every first and third Saturday of the month.

So, over to my snippet! This is an old snippet that I’ve had for years. I sometimes get ideas for beginnings, without a corresponding story. Sometimes that’s all I get, and sometimes I get a story out of it. In this case I got a very important character and what will most likely be a story later. I won’t say any more than that. It began with the first sentence back in 2010 or even earlier, and then I added more to it later.

I am Inadhra. Whatever you may have heard of me is not true. A number of people might wish that it was the stories that were true, but the past cannot be changed. In any case I harbour no regrets. Kuoli says I am a cold, contemptible hag, but Kuoli says many things and I take none of them to heart.