Weekend Writing Warriors (Sunday 23 October 2016): The Clone’s Complaint (character interview)

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Who was Phila, anyway?

What a question to ask, after I’ve spent two decades working my way through the available records, learning all the things I never bothered with when I was told to do so as Naime.

I’m not Naime.

He nicknamed me Chaika, seagull, and laughed at my appetite (in all senses) and my bright flashing manner. If only one still wore dueling makeup outside of operas, he said. He’d flash in the sun for me, and I for him.

Like the soaring glittering love of winged raptors, I thought. Dive from a thousand feet to snatch a fish out of the water — not the eagle, though, but the opinionated gull.


Two decades into the revenge quest, vistas of mystery open. Character interview for NaNoWriMo 2016 project The Clone’s Complaint. 

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8 Responses to Weekend Writing Warriors (Sunday 23 October 2016): The Clone’s Complaint (character interview)

  1. historysleuth1 says:

    Interesting analogies in this snippet. Especially the last paragraph. Good job.

    History Sleuth’s Mysteries

  2. naomi shaw says:

    Chaika must have learned an awful lot in that time. I’m intrigued to read more

  3. Beautifully worded snippet!

  4. Karen de Lange says:

    I love the imagery you use here, and the character’s voice is beautiful.

  5. I love the reference to the dueling makeup – such a neat bit of world building. Another excellent excerpt!

  6. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    “Like the soaring glittering love of winged raptors…” Nice phrase.

  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Beautiful use of imagery — very vivid. I love the phrase ‘opinionated seagull’ because it’s so apt. The way they screech all the time they do seem like gossipy, opinionated birds.

    BTW, Effing forgot to link my blog post to my WeWriWa (watch out, cat, or you’ll be replaced by Twiggles the dog!) but here it is.

  8. The imagery in this piece is very vibrant and expressive. Well done.

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