A to Z Challenge

Saturday, February 22, 2014

WeWriWa - The resounding stupidity of prejudice


WeWriWa Sundays are hot diggity amazing.  Don't know what they are?  Just click the link below, and it will take you to the site where all the ins and outs of participating will be explained.  You'll also find a list chock full of clever writer's who are sharing 8 lines of their work, in lots of wonderful genre's.

 
Last week, we left off with cannonball's falling back down onto the ships, and a lone ball falling down into the cargo hold...

     The sailors began leaping from the ship.  The young lad in the crow’s nest, scrambled out onto the yardarm, hurling himself into the cold dark sea.  A loud explosion blasted Medina with angry heat, and she flew off toward the fishing hut on the shore, chuckling to herself. 
     She laughed until tears streamed from her eyes, blurring her vision.  She’d learned nothing from her talk with the young lad, except for the resounding stupidity of prejudice.  Those stupid fools following blind along a path that could lead to their death.  For what?  To save the most evil…

Well it is February, and many of you have been deluged with snow and chilly weather.  I am going to enjoy my next couple days of sunny 70 degree weather in your honor.  We have been unseasonably warm here in Cali, and though I anxiously await some rain to decrease our drought, I might as well enjoy the sun since it will shine regardless : )

As always I love your comments and suggestions.  I'm sort of addicted to them, to tell you truly.



32 comments:

  1. I wondered what Medina was up to this week. ;-) Now I wonder if she'll save the boy from cold dark sea. And your second para is full of wisdom. Now I wonder, will Medina grow in this story? Will she move beyond laughing at the stupid fools as they perish? Or, is this simply her character since she's a dragon, and that;s how dragons are... So much to wonder about. :-) Great 8, Millie! Enjoy your sunshine, and I hope you get rain. We had 50+ yesterday, and sunshine. My son went skiing and has a sunburn on his face. Today, we're back to being cold, and aren't expecting to go above the mid 30s through March 4th. ~dramatic sigh~ ;-)

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    1. Miss Medina will likely not move beyond laughing at the fool's below...they were stupid enough to shoot at her after all. Serves 'em blanket-blank right (Medina wanted me to throw that in there for her, but I could not in good conscious repeat her word for word). I'm jealous of your son's skiing escapades. Snow has been in rather short supply out here...not sure I'll get in any snowboarding days this year,

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  2. Lots to wonder about as Medina doesn't first rescue the boy. Save the kid, I'm thinking before you spout wisdom or wisdom thoughts while saving the boy. Love the scene.

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    1. I think our dear harpy has had enough of these fellows from Rasport. She's evolved a bit since she met Princess Ravyn, but I don't think she's feeling to sympathetic toward the kid at the moment. He is leaping into the ocean...I'm sure there'll be some flotsam and jetsam for him to grab hold of.

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  3. Oh my, so much going on around here! How will she get out of this? Way to cut off the last line! You've got me wondering how it finished. Enjoy that warm weather. I forgot that you live in Cali. I have a good friend who lives in Santa Monica and works for the LAPD. My ex-wife was also from LA. Funny, huh? Great snippet!

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    1. She got out just fine...flew away while the havoc below ensued, hence her chuckling. Went for a bike ride along the river today, it was beautiful!

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  4. Isn't Medina a Harpy, not a dragon? and unfortunately very few actually know what the results of their fighting will be.

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  5. I was also wondering if she was going to save the boy, interesting choice she made to leave him behind. Another great snippet!

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    1. Medina has very little patience for stupidity. I think she gave the boy a chance...and he blew it!

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  6. Very insightful and powerful words at the end. This is a very well-written excerpt, Millie! I'm also curious to see if she'll still save the boy.

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    1. Thanks Evelyn. So much of what we think is right and wrong is built upon our perception...he has been taught magic is evil. He's never experienced it, but he's been led to believe it is scary and harmful. So, he'll fight to eliminate it, even though in reality he knows nothing about it.

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  7. Great writing! I really enjoyed this.

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  8. Exciting, powerful and beautifully written! Great snippet Millie!

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    1. Thanks Gemma, this story has been so fun to write. Now if I could just finish the last few thousand words...

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  9. She may be on the side of right, but she's still a harpy! And we love her for it! :D

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    1. Sarah, I'm so glad you appreciate her, she's a hoot and a holler!

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  10. Maybe she'll still scoop him up out of the water! She's suffered the slings and arrows of prejudice, but she's not a cold-hearted harpy, really .... right???

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    1. Hmmm, yup. The boy will be just fine in that water...I'm sure they have row boats...besides, this is the enemy we're talking about here, as he so rudely demonstrated by pulling the alarm bell.

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  11. I think Medina feels the boy turned on her, but hopefully she will look to save him after all. This piece is very good as it certainly leaves the reader wanting answers.

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    1. Boy you are roomful of soft hearts : ) Maybe Medina will cross paths with the boy later...we'll see.

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  12. She's not so nice, but she's got her reasons. It sounds like they're not too far from shore, anyway.

    I think you've got an extra comma in the second sentence. It should read "The young lad in the crow’s nest scrambled..."

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    1. Thank you for that catch! Yes indeed, I had edited my rough draft a touch before putting it out there, but sadly, I left that like that. So much for editing after cocktails : )

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  13. Ha. She's something else. Great snippet.

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  14. I really like the hard edge to her personality:)

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  15. Hell hath no fury like an unhappy harpy.

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  16. LOL! Lesson to be learned - don't piss off a harpy! Glad I scrolled down to read the previous snippet, at first I couldn't fathom how they'd have been able to see the cannon ball drop into the hold. Makes sense now.

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  17. Wow, what a scene. Don't piss off the harpy. lol

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  18. Love that quote! Great snippet!

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  19. I wish she stops them! I wonder what kind of powers she has.

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  20. Terrific excerpt, Millie, one of your best yet!

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