OR: The Post in which I WRITE instead of Write About Writing!
The Blog Hoppery Hoopala
Here's how to participate:
(1) Write a piece of flash fiction, poem or song (300 words or less) using the photo (left) as your inspiration.
(2) Post it on your blog any time between now and when the linky closes on January 30th.
(3) Every entry will qualify for one of several prizes listed here.
And now, without further ado or delay (who me – stalling?!), here is my entry:
BETWEEN THE LINES
Its covers were crafted from tooled leather and the pages edged in gold.
The moment she cracked the spine, darkness spilled into her lap, scurried down her thigh and dashed across the vestibule.
Fiddlesticks. She couldn't catch it, but neither could she let it run free. There was nothing to do but confess.
"Papa," she called from her cushion on the divan.
He looked up from his writing desk. "Yes, Talia?"
No sense pretending. "I opened one of the Vermillion Volumes."
He came to sit beside her. "Which way did it go?"
"And where did it mark you?"
She hung her head and pushed her muslin skirt aside to expose the blister.
He smoothed his thumb over the angry welt until it began to recede. "You must try a little harder to resist the Chronicles of the Forbidden, daughter, or far scarier things than nasty little hobgoblins will escape into this world."
"Yes, sir." She snuggled close. "Papa, why would anyone write a bad story?"
"The stories aren't bad, little love, but between the lines of bad writers lies all their anger and bitterness and discontent. It seeps into their sentences and poisons the pot."
"I don't understand."
"Imagine a story as a forest. The flower are the characters, colorful and enchanting. The trees are the structure, rooted deep and rising to the heavens. The twilit haze is – -"
"That's where the hobgoblins live, right, Papa?"
"Yes, and that is why you must always shine light into a story, so that every aspect is illuminated and every hobgoblin vanquished."
"I promise to be a better reader, Papa."
"I believe you will be, Buttercup, and quite possibly grow up into a lovely writer as well. Now, let's go hobgoblin hunting!"
Update / February 7, 2012 : The Blog Hop winners were announced today and this entry won first place!! Yay!! Thank you, everyone!