Sunday, November 25, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: November 25

Six Sentence Sunday is a weekly blog hop where participants post six sentences of their writing. You can find out more about it by clicking on the image, but hurry, it is only running until the end of January.

Last week, I posted the opening sentences from my current WIP, Tiamat's Nest.

The opening is meant to tease you a bit. Some people wondered why Charles was unhappy at billions of people failing to die. No, he's not a master villain, he's a university professor trying to understand history. The uncooperative billions exist inside his computer simulation.

This snippet gives a small clue about the nature of the history that Charles is trying - and failing - to recreate.


Charles clattered down two flights of stairs to a dim hallway at street level. Faded wallpaper, antique lamps, and the worn wooden staircase with balustrade polished by centuries of use, jarred with the gleaming plastic of the inner porch door at the end of the hall. The door swished open as he approached, and sighed closed behind him. Sand crunched underfoot as he crossed the few meters to the street door. He ignored the row of storm capes and face masks hanging from pegs on the wall and stepped out into the street.

The mid-morning heat of Oxford gripped him. 



  1. Hi Ian .. if it's set in Oxford I shall enjoy reading it .. loved this snippet. Re the billions - you've certainly hit something in my brain - then I'm (now) interested in history and various aspects that are not obvious ..

    Interesting - cheers Hilary

  2. The premise of your story sounds more and more intriguing all the time.

  3. Hilary, you know Oxford so I hope you'd get the references early on in the story, but it is a much-changed place.

    Susan, thanks!

  4. I found your blog through Susan ^ and I really enjoy your writing style sir! GREAT blog.

  5. Many thanks, Optimist. Hope to see you back again soon.

  6. I like your descriptive style, I lack a lot in this area. I suppose Balzac would be proud of your craft :).

  7. Hi Ian,

    "Six Sentence Sunday" is a bit of a tongue-twister. Try saying six sentence Sunday six times fast...

    Ah yes, nice one. I remember a Friday night in an Oxford pub. My goodness, those Uni students know how to party!

    All the best, eh :)

  8. Well, there's a comparison to be proud of, Unikorna :)

    Gary, ain't that the truth! And to think, I was one of them students once.


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