On any other day, I would quickly define what is in this picture. It’s a snapshot of my street. The snowy sidewalk. The covered curb. It’s a cerulean sky that is remarkably cloudless in a neighborhood that is bound for a quiet day; but, that would be before I found myself consuming 407 pages of a riveting fantasy written by B. B. Alston last night: “Amari and The Night Brothers.” There were talking elevators, flying ships, hybrid beasts and many other magical milestones. It reminded me of why I fell in love with the genre as a little girl across a breadth of nights under the cover, flashlight in hand, voraciously reading.
It also made me want to – try it. Could I bring characters to life in a way that I hadn’t imagined them before? Maybe, just a paragraph? An attempt? Would it make sense? If I haven’t learned anything else from teaching writing to children and adults and being taught by masters of their craft, it’s that the best way to explore what you can do in writing – is to write. In that vein, I’ve decided to look at this wintry layout with a new pair of eyes. Here’s what I see…with my Icy Lens.
Arbora was easily the most picturesque perennial in all of Nevea. Not many knew how to catch the snow in their tiniest branches to capture a crown filled with the delicate flakes. She wore hers like meticulously placed ornaments, her arcs extending to showcase their glistening shimmer. Passersby seldom noticed how diligently she refrained from swaying amidst the brisk breezes.
Those with younger limbs had difficulty holding on to their heavenly gift. Their boughs were often bare; but, the trees with stouter trunks were always more well seasoned, able to retain their posture so as to extend the time which they held on to their icy accoutrements. Not only was she in the forerunning for the Regal Rendezvous, she was most likely to dethrone Tremula, her aspen nemesis.
How’s that for a first shot? I don’t know – but I hope you like it! Cheers to the next 30 days of writing.
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