Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ink Blot

This week I'm joining in on the "I'm Hearing voices" blog fest. Hosted by Cassie Mae and Live to Write... Edit when necessary.




I’m Hearing Voices


The Challenge for today is a follows:

Dialogue Introduction: Have two characters introduce each other using only dialogue—no backstory, no internalization, just dialogue between the two. Max 250 words.

And here is my best shot --
 
"Why are you holding that Quill?" Irving said, pointing at Marda's ink-stained dress

"I'm writing, why do you think I'm holding it?"

"Yeah, but what are you writing?"

"A Fairy Tale."

Irving huffed. "It's so typical of you to be lost in your own imagination. When are you going to come back to the real world?"

"And live life like you? No thank you. I'd rather have my stories."

"Of course you would, because you don't want to deal with the fact that our parents are dead."

Marda slapped down the ink bottle in her left hand blackening the parchment where her story was taking shape. "This is how I'm dealing with it. At least I'm trying to live life with a smile on my face. Look at what your reality has done to you. All you do is mope. That's not living to me, and I think mum and dad would want us to be happy, no matter what."

"You know what dad told me just before the sickness took him? He told me I was the man of the house. 
Men do not have time to be dabbling in ink speckled stories."

Marda was on her feet now, quill still in hand. "That's good then, because Mrs. Mcallister just told me we are being given to separate homes. So why don't you just go be a man by yourself?"

Irving reach out his hand, but Marda turned her back. "I'll fix this," he said, "because that's what men do."


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27 comments:

Tara Tyler said...

loved that slice! you told me their dire situation so eloquently with their fumed discussion.
way to go!

Joanne said...

It's amazing how just a few lines of dialogue gives us a clear picture of identity. Well done!

Danielle B. said...

I love fairy tales. This told me a lot about them as characters. Thanks!

Sarah McCabe said...

I used to write stories for a similar reason. It helped me cope. I hope everything turns out all right for them. :)

Anonymous said...

Irving's kind of a dick, isn't he?

Anonymous said...

Or he's just angry.

alberta ross said...

Nice one there:) just dropping by to say hi to fellow campaigner - in your group- hope to get to know you better by end of month

Angela Cothran said...

This is fabulous :) I feel like I learned tons about them from this short piece. Great job!!!

Emily R. King said...

I love Quill. He escapes to his fantasy land, and if I were around Irving, I'd do the same thing.

Hope Roberson said...

You have beautiful writing! I'm attached to your characters already :)

Cassie Mae said...

Wow! So amazing! I feel like I know your characters just from this little bit :)

LadyJai said...

Great to see you again!
Just stopping by to say hi! I'm in short stories, Sci-fi, fantasy and YA of Rachael Harrie's Writers' Campaign. I've been a part of Rachael's campaign for a while now. It's amazing how we can network like this and meet some many awesome people.

cherie said...

What a fun concept! And you did a great job fleshing out your characters through dialogue. :)

Ruth Josse said...

Wow! Great, great job! Love them already!

Jessie Humphries said...

This looks really hard! I dont think I could do it...but you did great!

Gwen said...

I do the same thing Marda, don't let your brother stop you! Great dialog here!

Leigh Covington said...

Oh my goodness. So much emotion! You can't leave me hanging like this!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I love people who live in imaginary worlds. Great job with this!

Anonymous said...

That was cute, and sad. I hope there's a happy ending somewhere in there.

Ashley Nixon said...

Aww. :( I hope they aren't separated. Great names! Irving is so funny, trying to be the man of the house!

Komal said...

This was cute. :)

Thanks for stopping by and following! I'm following you back!

I look forward to getting to know you during the campaign!

Kelley said...

Here you are! I forgot to pop over from your old blog!

This is great. I'm with The Capillary. I hope there's a happy ending...

Emily Moir said...

You're characters are very interesting. Can't wait to read more.

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Cute picture at the bottom of this post! I hope there's a happy ending somewhere in there.

Kyra Lennon said...

Beautifully written dialogue! Looking forward to hearing more about your characters during tomorrow's challenge!

Sara said...

wow! I really felt the tension there.

James said...

Hi, I'm a fellow campaigner and found you on the sci fi group. Nice to meet you.