I am the Ship, these fifteen years. I am the Ship’s-Heart, and none but my captains know that I was ever anything else. I am the same as I ever was, think the same thoughts, even dream, but the air I breathe is on the inside of my body, and the outside faces the vacuum. Inside and outside, curious thing. Outside is vast, the star-fields and the suns of habitable worlds and the secret grain that flows toward the points where one can accomplish the Jump.
Some don’t come back even from the first attempt.
We have traversed it successfully many times.
My captains are my half-brother and half-sister.
During the second half of October, I will be posting character interview excerpts for this year’s NaNo novel, Inside the Jump. This week’s excerpt comes from the interview with Yasmin Ship’s-Heart, the ruling intelligence of a sentient starship.
My NaNoPrep is based on the thirty-day character questionnaire. Who are your people? This is a magical tool for finding out! Watch my NaNoFeed posts for more information about ways to use the character interview to generate plot.
Weekend Writing Warriors offers eight-sentence excerpts from a variety of writers; see the other excerpts here.