Her Weathered Body — 3rd #WeWriWa

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Good morning, and welcome to my third Weekend Writing Warriors installment.

The rules are simple enough:

  • Add your name and genre(s) to the most recent post on the WeWriWa site
  • Post a link to the WeWriWa site on your blog/Sunday post
  • Keep your excerpt 10 sentences or less (8-10, no more!)
  • Visit other WeWriWa authors and experience their work

(There’s a complete set on the WeWriWa page for anyone interested in joining, as well as links to pages of all the authors involved.ย  Check it out.)


Knife Training (Getty Images)

Knife Training (Getty Images)

Today, I give you nine sentences from Courting the Swan Song, my main WIP for the next month.

Alanii blinked. “You spar for your Nooning devotions? But the raising of bladesโ€””

“That’s Isana for you,” Val grunted. “We eat our Nooning feasts with our knives alone. Knives serve the Hearth Maid after all, and She wields them in the service of her faithful.” Then Val smiled wryly. “Or so the old wives try to tell us when we’re little enough to not know better. Only a soldier would pray to a goddess with chimney soot and blade scars along Her weathered body.”

Nothing like two friends debating religion, is there?ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this piece.ย ย  Coming up for WIPpet Wednesday, we will return to the Was Long Variation, so I may outline changes and scenes I need to work on during JuNoWriMo for CTSS.

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34 responses to “Her Weathered Body — 3rd #WeWriWa

  1. burnsmillie

    Hey there, nice bit of writing. As a moderator for wewriwa, I’d ask you to make sure your link takes us directly to your post, not just your page. You posted your Row post after and that’s what the linky list brought me to. If I hadn’t scrolled down, I wouldn’t have found your post. Thanks!

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    • Fixed by updating the file… However you might wish to note this on the main blog, since this same thing has happened to me for the past few weeks (which is why I assumed this posting format was not an issue).

      (old reply follows)
      Can I edit the linky? The reason (and I’ve had this happen to me as well for other people’s blogs via the WeWriWa, so I suspect I’m not the only one) this happens is I didn’t get the post written until this morning, but the linky closed yesterday…

      If I can edit the linky, I’ll fix it. Otherwise… the link for the #WeWriWa post actually shows up before the check-in post, just under my header picture. It does mean clicking a second time through… but hopefully that helps.

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  2. Interesting worldbuilding. The conversation read very easily and naturally…

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  3. Interesting story. Write on, Eden. You’ve got me interested.

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  4. These are definitely warrior religions. I sure hope they don’t have peas with their feasts, though. Hard to eat with a knife. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • An old poem my dad used to read to me when I was little…

      “I eat my peas with honey;
      I’ve done it all my life;
      It makes the peas taste funny,
      but it keeps them on the knife.”

      That said… hands are perfectly good weapons and eating utensils too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. I’ve definitely seen people in my family eating with knives, mostly my father’s side of the family. Some nearby family stared at me in the Dobbs restaurant in Binghamton when I was 16, since I put both a knife and fork in my mouth at the same time. Now I’m too old to try something like that in public, the same way I only privately lick my plate the way my grandpap did.

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    • I confess, I still run my finger along a dish if I really enjoyed it, except in the fanciest of restaurants. It’s all about the right actions for the right settings, in real life and in fiction. Right? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Nice, I love the closing. Great work! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. siobhanmuir

    Good snippet, Eden. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Hey, she sounds like a pretty kick-butt goddess. Nothing wrong with that!

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    • She is. Though I have to stop myself from imagining that old commercial with the jingle that goes “I bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan”, because She could, and she’d have gotten that bacon fresh off a wild boar. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. I think that last line is a keeper. Nice!

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  10. Haha… love the description of the goddess in this piece. Great tone as well, you get a sense for who this person is, what s/he values. Well done.

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  11. Karen Michelle Nutt

    Enjoyed the snippet. Intriguing goddess. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Old wives tales – love it.

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  13. Awesome bit of dialogue- highly realistic handling of a fantasy world. Love it.

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  14. Wow Eden, beautiful writing and vernacular!! The flow is perfect, along with the imagery! Wonderful job, as usual!

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  15. Great world-building shown here. Love the religion/mythology of the world already.

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  16. Chimney soot and blade scars don’t sound so bad to me. Great snippet.

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