Rainbow Snippet for 1-4-2020

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

(Apologies for any language usage that’s anachronistic. I’ll deal with that once the first draft is done.)

This picks up from last week.

“Might I borrow your pen, Mrs. Madison?”

“Miss,” she corrected, handing it to me.

I nodded as I took it, not quite sure what to make of this information. She was certainly of marrying age – about twenty three, I’d guess – and more than pretty enough. And her bearing and speech gave her away as being of high class. I supposed she had suitors enough that there might be some difficulty deciding between them. Or maybe the big blue airship in the next room consumed all her time.

But that wasn’t something for me to worry about. My only concern was the job I was being hired for, so I signed my full name – Daniel Matthew McKelvy – and handed the pen and paper back to her.

“Are you free to start tomorrow morning?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #262 (1/1/2020)

Wow! Can you believe that I’ve been doing Wednesday Words for five years now? The very first one was published on December 31, 2014, and the prompt was to write a short story about a New Year’s Resolution and include the following things in the story:
a door
a locket
a beam of sunlight

So, to kind of celebrate – or at least acknowledge the occasion, you have your choice of the prompt above or the one below.
peanuts
a coin
a pledge

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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Sunday Snippet, December 29, 2019

Looks like I’ll be posting from this for a while yet, maybe even long enough to find a cable for my external hard drive, or the hand written part of the story that I know I’ve seen somewhere.

This follows from last week’s snippet.

“Would you like to start from the beginning?” his host asked. “Perhaps with a cup of tea?”

Veren shook his head. “There’s no time.” Fear gripped him as he said it. He shouldn’t have left her alone. What if one of them…

“What is it, my son?”

Veren swallowed the lump in his throat. “Someone came into the courtyard. A woman from the Wilds. She’s answering a Call. I think it’s probably from the one they’ve been looking for. I know I should tell them, but I can’t… I can’t turn her over to them.” 

“Where is she now?”

“I left her in the kitchen with a bowl of stew.” Brown eyes pleaded with the man in front of him. “Please, can you help her?”

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-28-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

(Apologies for any language usage that’s anachronistic. I’ll deal with that once the first draft is done.)

This picks up from last week.

She chuckled. “You’ll be up close and personal with them soon enough, and may well wish you’d never heard of them by the time we’re through.”

She slid the paper across the desk to me. “Employment contract. Take some time to look over it and if there’s anything you’d like to discuss or change, feel free to ask me about it.”

I glanced at the paper, not quite sure what to do or say. I’d never had a job that was much more than day work, certainly not anything long term enough to require a contract, and all I could do was hope to not make myself look a fool. The pay rate was spelled out at the top of the paper, and I relaxed a bit; at least I knew what that was. But below it was a confidentiality notice and I paused to read it; never having seen one before I had no way of knowing if it was something normal or not, but it seemed pretty straightforward. Basically I was not to talk about any of the things I saw or worked on with the airship. That made sense, I supposed; I’d done enough reading about them to know that inventors could be quite secretive about their creations. At the bottom were two lines. She’d already signed on one of them.

“Might I borrow your pen, Mrs. Madison?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #261 (12/25/2019)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

a favorite Christmas memory

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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Sunday Snippet, December 22, 2019

Looks like I’ll be posting from this for a while yet, maybe even long enough to find a cable for my external hard drive, or the hand written part of the story that I know I’ve seen somewhere.

This follows from last week’s snippet, which ended with Veren knocking on a door.

Light spilled into the hallway and the small wizened man looked up at him. “Yes?” His eyes and voice were gentle and wise, and Veren suddenly knew that he was doing the right thing.

“I need to talk to you,” he said, his voice barely a whisper. “May I come in?”

The Gnome said nothing, merely opened the door wider and beckoned him to enter.

Veren stepped inside the room, taking a deep breath. Gundrin had treated him with nothing but kindness since he had arrived here with the Priests, the first person who had ever done so. He hoped he wasn’t reading him wrong and that he would be able to help him – help her. “I’ve never done this before,” he said. “But I can’t… I just can’t do what I know I should.”

“Would you like to start from the beginning?” his host asked. “Perhaps with a cup of tea?”

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-21-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

(Apologies for any language usage that’s anachronistic. I’ll deal with that once the first draft is done.)

This picks up from last week.

“Have a seat,” she said, indicating the chair I’d left my gear next to as she took the one behind the desk. “We’ll get the particulars squared away.”

I nodded and sat down, slightly nervous and ill at ease, not sure what she was going on about.

She pulled a paper, fountain pen, and bottle of ink out of a desk drawer.

“I believe the ad said the pay is ten shillings per week. Is that agreeable?”

“Yes, ma’am.” It was more than agreeable to be honest; it was about four shillings more than the average and for a job I’d’ve taken for half that – and still been ahead on how much I was making doing odd jobs here and there as I could find them.

She started to write on the paper, then paused and looked up at me. “Mrs. Cooper says that you have a great interest in flying ships. Do you know much about how they work?”

“I’ve read everything what I could find about them ever since I was a lad,” I said. “I’ve never had the fortune to be up close to one, though,” I added, my gaze drifting toward the room we had just left. So close and yet so far…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #260 (12/18/2019)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

sheep
a windy night
a murder

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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Sunday Snippet, December 15, 2019

Looks like I’ll be posting from this for a while yet, maybe even long enough to find a cable for my external hard drive, or the hand written part of the story that I know I’ve seen somewhere.

This follows from last week’s snippet.

Veren closed the kitchen door behind him and paused, taking a deep breath, his mind racing. He knew his duty, of course, but tonight it didn’t seem right. He smiled to himself. He could delay it, he supposed, using the excuse of her Call. After all, two Talents were better than one…

His mind made up, he turned and made his way into an older part of the building.  He didn’t need to tell his Masters about her just yet – or maybe ever, he added, surprising himself. He had never disobeyed before, had never stepped outside of the bounds of his duties. Not disobeying. He was not under any direct orders concerning this woman. In fact, they didn’t even know she was here. He was, of course, duty-bound to tell them, but…

But he found himself knocking quietly on a door and stepping back, waiting for it to be opened. 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-14-2019

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Still posting from that “Steampunk Thing.” The first draft isn’t done yet and I’m hoping that this will keep me motivated to keep at it.

(Apologies for any language usage that’s anachronistic. I’ll deal with that once the first draft is done.)

This picks up from last week.

“So, do you have any questions about the position?”

I hesitated for a moment, then shook my head. The only questions I had seemed a bit presumptuous, even to me.

She chuckled. “You’re wondering how a woman came to be building a flying ship.”

I shrugged. That wasn’t really my main concern, but if it made her happy to think that it was, well, then, so be it.

She straightened and motioned for me to follow her as she started toward the front office. “That’s a long story and perhaps I’ll tell you one day.”

As I started following her I faltered for a moment as her words sank in: perhaps I’ll tell you one day. “Does that mean I have the job?”

“If you truly want it and aren’t just here because Mrs. Cooper sent you with a letter of reference.”

“I do,” I said quickly – maybe a touch too quickly but I wanted this job with all that I was. I held the door as she stepped through it, hoping she couldn’t hear my heart hammering as I nearly shook with excitement, thinking that this was too good to be true.

 

 

 

 

 

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