Here's a freewrite I did based on some random prompt words people gave me
The days were long, gloomy and grey. The nights were longer, black and terrifying. The sea was in a bad mood and seemed out to prove that it could destroy the ships that lay on it in a split second, but was gracious enough not to. The men aboard the Dragon no longer cared about the mission. They wanted to know the touch of land again, and to feel the earth beneath their feet.
Lightning exploded above them, and the ship was illuminated in a brilliant white. The captain, the skeppare, loomed above the rest of them, his furs drenched, and his armour shining. Strapped to his side was a large knife he only used when fighting his mortal enemies, to see the life drain from their eyes. It rarely left the sheaf.
Skeppare Geirrod Nystrom bellowed orders, but with the roar of the ocean, and the creaking of the Dragon, his words disappeared into the rain. It didn’t matter, though, they knew what he was telling them. It had been the same instructions day after day. They were hunting for something, but they were not told what. Rumour was it Nystrom’s family was dying and he searched for a legendary berry that could cure them. But no one was sure if this was true, and if it was, if the berry existed. Some said he was looking for a holy weapon of myth. No one was sure. But all of that was so long ago. All they knew, for certain, was that Nystrom’s eyes grew wilder each day. In the scant hours of sleep the men received, he would be seen strolling the deck of the Dragon, idly, watching the endless expanse of ocean ahead of them. It was not long before they could see in his increasingly tired eyes the doubt that lay hidden beneath the glaring, angry confidence.
He told them they were going to uncharted lands, and in his brightest moments, he could even motivate his men into forgetting how long they had been at sea. In those moments of sunshine, the trip seemed tolerable, even pleasant. But the storm had been going for days now, and day was barely distinguishable from night. It seemed it would last this way until they all died.
Nystrom would speak incomprehensibly of freedom, but not to anyone. The crew would hear him mumble to himself sometimes as he watched his men row, but no one would ask him in those times. They would see his hand clutching at the handle of his knife, as if debating whether or not to use it. Who his mortal enemies were on the ship, it was anyone's guess, but nobody wanted to find out. The storm continued and the Dragon fought the waves.
On the worst day, when the waves were so tall they threatened to engulf and submerge the ship completely, Nystrom was nowhere to be seen. The crew battled the rebelling ocean through the night. In the morning, the Dragon drifted ashore. When they went to find Nystrom, they found his knife unsheathed, clutched in his hand, and him sprawled across the table, the charts he had been keeping secret soaked through with blood. It looked like he had tried to write something in the blood, but it was illegible. The crew looked out at the land they had landed on, and for the first time in months, saw sunshine.
I asked for some random words on Twitter to write a story on, I was given Mellifluous, Hobbledehoy and fallopian. Also "the light that burns twice as bright burns only half as long AND less talk more rock",which was damn near impossible to put in there, so thanks Twitter dudes.
Criteria: They say your life flashes before your eyes in the moments before you die. What would you see? What would one of your characters see?
What was it? Gunshot. Yeah. Right through my forehead. I was blinded, very temporarily, by the muzzle flash. It's weird, I actually felt it break through my skin, my skull, and my brain, as if everything was slowed right down. And right there, time stops. My brain is frantically searching for answers, for ideas as to what just happened and what it can do to fix it. I can tell you right now, brain, you've just been shot through. Nothing can help you now. We're as screwed as Keung was, just two seconds before me. They say when you die, your life flashes before your eyes. That's true. The problem is, what good does it do? It's like dreaming. You're in the moment, you enjoy it. Things happen, they don't have to make sense. your memories flood back, and you remember how you felt at the time. Mostly they're good, I think. There was a wedding, maybe mine, maybe not, and then there was the feeling of wine. Then warmth, like Christmas. Thousands of images flash in your brain, too fast to make out, but somehow you recognise each one, and each one makes you feel something you thought you never could. Although, granted, you realise, you never will. Time slowly comes back into proportion. The feelings of the past go, and are replaced with the burning sensation of a bullet passing through my brain. And, in a flash, everything stops.
The feelings never come back.
Here's a short load of paragraphs I scribbled trying to get some ideas down for my new story (to be finished by December, of all things). It's a bit nonsensical but there we have it. Also, have you noticed the new site work done here? I'm quite fond of it, what do you all think?
The world I woke up in wasn't the one I had gone to bed in. Even though it looked exactly the same, and although, at the time, i didn't know the words to express what I thought, I knew something had changed.But maybe that was because I was just a kid. Everything changes all the time when you're a kid. I would wake up a month later, in London, in the huge towering metropolis of the city, with its futuristic light fixtures and taps that went SWOOSH when you put your finger against the small sensor. Living there, after living in the Village was different, true, but I had gotten used to it after a while. Sure there wasn't a witch in the small thatch cottage down the road, and there wasn't a small sweet shop just around the corner from the school, but there was London, and all of its glory. Here the city had been, once, overrun with panic and chaos, six years ago, when the years changed and the clocks didn't work like they were meant to. I don't know, I was only two when it happened. Now, though, in the last six years they have rebuilt everything, whatever scares of bugs have long gone. I miss the Village. I miss the sounds of the forest, and the Green Man who would lumber by. We would never catch much of a glimpse of Green Man, but we'd know he was there.
Here, all we have is the city.
Criteria: "Rant about a world bigger and richer than Asia....make your fingers go numb....think after you create...have fun, namaste!"
They lived in Argandis. It was a supercontinent, floating above the world, stretching for over ten million square miles. It was so big that nobody saw it. It would be like standing in Times Square and asking to point out the Earth. Argandis floated, almost two hundred thousand feet above the world, and it was there. People chose not to see it, because when they did, they realized they never saw sunlight again.In a world so big, where do you begin? The peaceful countries in the east, or the snowy and deadly mountain peeks due south? Argandis was almost its own world, and survived through its own ecosystem which nobody knew how it worked, it just did. There were great lakes and rivers flowing off the edge, plummeting onto Earth, there were huge forests and deserts. Argandis was rich in every mineral, and had mines of gold, silver and every other precious metal. Whatever man was killing itself over on Earth, Argandis had it. But no one could go on Argandis. No one was on Argandis, or at least, nobody that wanted to be seen. At night, if you were anywhere near it and you wanted to, you could see fires and smoke. You could hear chatter, and laughter. But there never was anyone visible on Argandis. No one wanted to believe it existed, and so no one ever got to see it. Occasionally, massive chunks of Argandis fell and crashed onto the planet beneath it, enriching it if only a tiny bit. People ignored that too, and carried on living. And above the world, above the wars and the death, the love and hate, sex, crime and money, Argandis stayed.
Write about a cute kitten and how he dies a gross violent death"