Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday Snippet

It's been a busy week, and now it's drawing to a close, with one last teaser for 8Sunday. I would say I'm going to spend my next couple days relaxing, but let's be honest: Monday and Tuesday are my most productive writing days, and I'll go stir crazy if I'm not doing something. My current WIP is a short story for an anthology called The Steam Chronicles, which I'm hoping to have done today if I'm lucky, and tomorrow for sure. The snippet below is the opening to the story, where my main character Carter is about to meet his employer, Mr. Stone, to recieve a mission he doesn't want...

The moment I strolled into Jonathan Stone’s foyer and saw the dim lights and roaring fireplace at the far end of the hall, I knew I was in trouble.
The man himself sat only a few feet from the blazing flames in a high-backed leather chair, one foot crossed over his knee and a glass of Scotch in his hand. He stared at me from across the hall, drinking and waiting.
Sighing unhappily, I walked to meet my fate.
My boots clicked against the hard stone floor. Intricately carved wooden staircases curled on either side of me, twisting to the massive second level where all of Stone’s slaves lived in supposed luxury.
Sorry, not slaves. Employees.
         I continued to walk under the Gothic archway, beneath the bony chandeliers with drooping candlewax.

The story has been a lot of fun and I'll be excited to send it in. I have a good feeling about it, and once I get through the edits, I know it will be even stronger. I've got a busy day ahead (want to do some more editing and catch up on some promo/blog/marketing stuff), and I want to get as much done before I have to go to the Real Job. Be sure to leave some comments with your thoughts and remember to check out the other talented WeWriWa authors!

Cheers!


Amy

16 comments:

  1. Love the description in this snippet, definitely sets the scene for his reluctance!

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  2. Terrific details, Amy, and a very intriguing opening!

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  3. You've painted a vivid picture of the scene, which seems interesting and chilling at the same time. Very intriguing!

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  4. I love the imagery, Amy. What a compelling storyteller you are! Can't wait to see where this story goes!

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  5. Nice, but a few feet from the fire, I think that is a recipe for a first degree burn, at least. ;)

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    1. Ah, good point, I never looked at it that way before. I was just trying so say that Carter was feeling the heat. ;) Thanks though!

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  6. I love all your sensory details. In describing the scene, you also characterize Mr. Stone very nicely!

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  7. Fantastic, vivid description. I especially liked the "bony chandeliers." Sounds like a very promising story.

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    1. Thank you! I've always found that anything related to candles or chandeliers can be beautiful and creepy, depending on the mood being set. ;)

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  8. Very cool details! I feel like I'm walking alongside your character.

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