Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 28 June 2015 (WIP: Ship’s Heart, character interview)

We fear annihilation, of course, in spite of the plain fact that I-Elsewhere, We-Elsewhere will continue, even if this instance dies.

We’ll just not rejoin Ourselves, and whatever we learn will be lost.

So — beyond that, We fear that we will fail in this mission. Much is ranged against us. Much could go wrong. And they’re all so damned young, from Yasmin Ship’s-Heart to Martisset, from Hernan yr Astok down to little Arna, who by Our standards is scarce out of the earth-womb.

But that’s what we have to work with, and much has been accomplished by the young.

“They don’t know any better,” Taryn says, “so they dare everything.”

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The narrator: Naime the Shipwright and Phila Ship’s-Heart, sharing Phila’s Avatar-Ashore. (Naime is around 700 years old, Phila around 400, Taryn in her 50s). From character interviews for the Ship’s Heart universe.

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Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 21 June 2015 (WIP: Ship’s Heart, character interview)

Desire is the ancient root of suffering, in its double face of attraction and revulsion. What we’d prefer, what we reject — doesn’t matter, in the face of What Is. Make effort, let go of the outcome; know that the energy you set in motion will far outstrip and outlive you, traveling outward in the tide of cause and effect like radio signals from a dead world.

Some from the Outposts have crossed paths with transmissions from the Original World, several Jumps away. Voices and pictures, drama and would-be fact, trace actions long irrevocable, just as the light of the spangled Road of the Stars left its sources millions upon millions of years before any of us were born, not only long before we were thought of but long before our species took shape.

Yet ancient voices in dead languages still stir our feeling, might still spur us to act: to avoid, at least, the path they took, into vainglory and mutual annihilation.

Some have caught the signals of Lost Colonies, where the same dramas play out, part of the archaeological record, still traveling outward at the speed of light in a wavefront that left long ago the dead who set it going.

Let this be our boneyard sermon then: look upon your own face, mortal, and see the face of war, see the face of the enemy; whom you choose as your foe is a mirror of what you fear in yourself.

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The narrator is Naime the Shipwright. From character interviews for the Ship’s Heart universe.

Weekend Writing Warriors offers a selection of eight-sentence excerpts from many different writers. For the full selection, see here.

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E. P. Beaumont at CONvergence: Panels

Thursday, July 2, 12:30pm

Welcome to Camp NaNoWriMo (Description: E. P. Beaumont)

Camp NaNoWriMo–the bubbly April and July sisters of November’s National Novel Writing Month. An information session for anyone interested in getting started with the fierce (but fun!) goal of 50,000 words in 30 (…31!) days! Panelists: Samma Johnson (mod), Tania Richter, Becca Patterson, Eli Effinger-Weintraub, E. P. Beaumont

Saturday, July 4, 9:30am

Inclusivity in Fandom (Description: E. P. Beaumont)

Are we representative of the diverse community at large? How can we have a more inclusive community? Panelists: E. P. Beaumont, Devin Harnois, Cynnthia Michaels, Jen Manna, Hal Bichel

Saturday, July 4, 11:00am

Getting Over Artist’s Block (Description: E. P. Beaumont)

What do you do to get past artist’s block? Let’s share our tips and techniques as well as our insight into the most common triggers. Panelists: Patty Templeton, E. P. Beaumont, Amy Roth

Link to the full list on the CONvergence site here (note: doesn’t work well with mobile–takes you to full schedule).

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