Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 28 February 2016 (Character interview: Yasmin-3)

Each Sunday, Weekend Writing Warriors offers a selection of eight-sentence excerpts from writers in multiple genres and forms. Check out the full roster here.


I miss Phila, of course, but with the years — now I am twenty-four — the recollection fades. I still wear the silver dagger pinning the white shoulder-cord.

On the second anniversary of his death, the mourning-token went into the bonfire at dawn.

I take the traditional advice to busy myself. It’s not as if there’s any shortage of things to do. Now I am conversing with cadets at the airship-parties, and I’ve already recruited a few to the cause. Some of them have flirted with me; I may feel ancient but I’m not that much older than they are.

It will be more than a while before I venture such an attachment again.


Speaker is Yasmin-3, Full Clone of the Great Shipwright (Naime). She’s the minor villain of the Ship’s Heart trilogy. Thanks to my writing comrade Lev Mirov, she’s getting her own novel. “Minor villain wreaks havoc on major villain when she discovers she’s been played; finds redemption through love of sex and fried dumplings.”

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10 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 28 February 2016 (Character interview: Yasmin-3)

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Only 24 and so much has happened already. I’m definitely curious to read more. I love clone stories! 🙂

  2. I have always been a big fan of your world building, and this week’s except is no exception. Bravo!

  3. Enjoyed the excerpt, always such wonderful writing, and I like the pin detail, as well as the mourning token ritual. Another excellent snippet for us from this fascinating world you’ve built.

  4. A great low key description of her sadness.

    • epbeaumont says:

      Fried dumplings are one of this character’s authentic pleasures, as opposed to something she’s been told she’s supposed to like. For the record, I totally blame Joyce Chng for the dumplings. Her down-home werewolf family novels are full of delicious food.

  5. A very melancholy snippet. Powerful in its simplicity.

  6. I think a cultural ceremony for mourning would be a nice thing–to help remind you to heal–so long as it didn’t force things. Funny how old younger people can make you feel!

  7. You can really feel the loneliness the character is trying to hide. This is a great snippet. 😀

  8. bonniegill2 says:

    I’m curious about the cause. Great excerpt.

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