Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 27 March 2016 (Character interview: Taryn the Outlander)

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 thought this would be a sweet voyage, a chance to have a bit of home life and do our bit for the Outposts. Maia and Tadr and Felip would have done the negotiation, Xen and Zoi provided technical backup, and I would have been the silent outrider and amused Arna when I was on board. Arna and I would have had a chance to spend some leisure time in each other’s company, which Maia thought would be good for both of us.

Arna was looking outward already from the traveling-circle into which she was born. This would have been a fine time to converse with her about apprenticeship, and think about what she really wanted. Some decisions she could begin to contemplate now; others, she could put off to the natural course of things. Plans made too far in advance are just a story we tell ourselves. You can only plan so far.

That story, what didn’t happen, the quiet and calm I savored in advance, are precisely what I miss.


Speaker is Taryn, diplomatic outrider for the Outposts, bomb squad engineer, jack-of-all trades. She appears in my 2013 NaNoWriMo project, Inside the Jump, as well as the untitled Romance with Rayguns.

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3 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 27 March 2016 (Character interview: Taryn the Outlander)

  1. Peter Vialls says:

    The best-laid plans… But we, the readers, are delighted if there’s going to be action and excitement. And I love the title “Romance with Rayguns”!

  2. Amazing snippet, and that last sentence was hauntingly wonderful.

  3. Botanist says:

    Oh dear, what was that about best laid plans? 🙂

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