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Today I've decided to share a snippet from my novel, The Watchers of Moniah. This scene appears about two-thirds of the way through the book. I hope you enjoy. (And maybe someday you'll get to see the entire work in print!)
Adana pondered this new piece of information.What did Glume already know?She shot a warning look at Ambrosia, the order to not share her current thoughts blazing across the link.The giraffe lowered her ears, an indication of submission.Calm floated back through the connection--Ambrosia trusted Glume.
“Please forgive me if I’ve offended you,” Glume said.
Adana tilted her chin upward at the man.“We will discuss this further, but right now I need to try to communicate through Maltute.
He bobbed his head.“You need to warn the young king.”
Adana raised an eyebrow.“Is there anything you do not know concerning our link?”
The flush that spread up Glume's cheeks caused Adana to swallow hard.
The stoic man bowed his head and said, “Your majesty, in your absence, the little king and queen have been more talkative than their ancestors.I assure you, though, they don’t tell me everything.Maltute just told me you needed to warn the king of something.I know not what.”
“It’s alright.I had planned to share this information with you in case King Kiffen misunderstands the message.As you already know,” she glared at the two giraffes, and shook her head when both straightened their necks to avoid eye contact, “you will be leaving for the Border Keep with Maltute quite soon.”
“Yes, your majesty.”
“And I will share the knowledge of your special skills with Montee and Kiffen.Maybe even Kassa.”
The man paled, but nodded.
OK. That's it. A sneak peek into the world of Moniah. What did you think?
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For those of you looking for my post on National Buy A Book Day, scroll down below this post (after you read it). In this post, I'm responding to the first challenge in the Platform Building Campaign. Here are the guidelines followed by my story: Write a short story/ flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count. If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count) Absence The door swung open, creaking on unused hinges. Rachel leaned forward and studied the man slumped in the chair across the room. “Sam?” Her voice croaked. She swallowed and tried again, a little louder. “Sam?” The balding, elderly man jerked awake, snorting. She giggled at the memory of the sound. H
Last week’s post celebrated several conflicting interpretations of a flash fiction piece I wrote. Unfortunately, we rarely experience miscommunication issues with joy. When I speak, I want synchronicity of understanding with my audience. Is that hard to achieve? Yep! An incorrect interpretation creates a miasma that fills in the lacuna in our words. Did you understand that sentence? You might try to interpret what I meant through context, or maybe your mouth oscitated in shock, while you thought, “Barbara's talking about communication issues, and she tosses difficult words in the mix?” A simpler version of my sentence above might be: An incorrect interpretation creates a stinky mess that fills in the gaps in our words. (FYI, oscitated means gaped .) Simpler words increase the chance you’ll mirror my meaning, but they don’t guarantee it. We bring our own experiences to the conversation, throwing everything off because the significance of a word for me is different