Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 15 May 2016 (character interview)

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 know Naime is alive still, six hundred years later, for she underwent one final transformation.

She’s one of the founders, one of the Hearts of the Heart-Ring that links the Free Commune of the Outposts. She has spoken to the Others, the Inhabitants of the worlds beyond the Outposts.

But that’s another story, and more hers than mine. 

Mine is completed, in time and eternity, even as I take up the drink offered in flames every midsummer by name-line and gene-line and patron-line, my name forever linked with Naime’s, cousin and twin.

Mine is completed, as every year the city of Karisalay-Prime, once Landfall-on-the-River, refuses landfall to the false face of courage and warrior virtue. 

We strive, still and yet. Even in eternity, it’s not finished.


Character interview for the Shipwright cycle, which is set about 600 years before the time of Ship’s Heart. The speaker is Phila, cousin to Naime the Shipwright. This interview draws on collaboration with poet-scholar Lev Mirov, who provided questions from sociology of religion to help me understand the cult of Martis-Mortis, the war deity to whose cult Phila belongs.

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8 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors: Sunday 15 May 2016 (character interview)

  1. Beautiful prose, elegant and somewhat melancholy. I always love your snippets! So much rich history hinted at so expertly.

  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Very autumnal and poetic. I especially like the line about the drinks in flames

  3. Very poetic and also, somehow epic. Beautiful snippet.

  4. Nancy Gideon says:

    What a lyrical history. I’m intrigued!

  5. Completed, yet eternal and never finished. Intriguing.

  6. Whitney says:

    Very intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Great snippet and a really powerful final line! 😀

  8. I wonder how he managed to reach eternity. It sounds like infinity is too close for him.

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