Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 31 May 2015 (WIP: Ship’s Heart, character interview)

The Shipwright never had a child, so far as I know, but when I was twelve and lonely–for I’d been close to my mother, physically close (her conjoined offspring, some of the traveling-circle joked)–she spoke to me. I didn’t know it was Her at first. Certainly I knew I spoke to an Avatar, a twelve-year-old like myself, only dressed in archaic tunic and leggings, barefoot in sandals. An exotic planet-sider, an imaginary friend.

We played chess, among other games, swung upside down by the handholds of the Heart-Ring (for all parents there want their children to be strong, build muscle and bone against the pull of gravity), danced the elements in the Sarronny fashion, built puzzle-palaces of rigid linkages in imitation of the crystal structures too small to see, told stories.

Eventually, from her stories, I realized she must be much, much older than I. She didn’t tell me who she was. She let me figure it out.


The narrator is Taryn the Outlander. From character interviews for the Ship’s Heart universe.

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6 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 31 May 2015 (WIP: Ship’s Heart, character interview)

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Cool excerpt. I learned a lot about the girl and the avatar of the Shipwright, and the passage was entertaining, as well.

  2. daezarkian says:

    Deft world building blended with nice subtle characterization. I always love reading your excerpts, excellent as always!

  3. I LOVE it! I can’t wait to read more about the Shipwright’s avatar. Excellent excerpt!

  4. A fascinating glimpse into their culture.

  5. Incredible world-building! I’ve never read anything quite this like this world. Nicely done!

  6. Eden says:

    So many things to reflect on here… I did feel a bit lost as to whether the Avatar our narrator speaks of is his mother or the Shipwright’s child or… but the childhood games, the sense of a more mature child… a child who isn’t a child…. Huh!

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