Saturday, January 21, 2012

Timed Writing: 1/21/2012


Time: 10 minutes
Prompt: Please note as we go along
Source: Damon Knight, Creating Short Fiction


"Please notice, as we go along this treacherous path, that painted on the wall to our right, is a series of symbols. We do not yet know what they signify, but we have identified seventy-three unique characters. All of them are employed multiple times, and a number of short sequences are employed with relative frequency; we like to think that these correspond to words or phrases of the ancient tongue." The guide stopped and indicated a particular region of the seemingly unbroken string of figures. Like all of the others, these appeared to have been painted with a several bold strokes of some crude brush. In the green glow of the guide's lumiwand, the figures appeared black against the gray granite wall. He continued, "These six symbols, in particular, are repeated, in this exact sequence, over four hundred times along the eight and a half kilometers of the inscription." We walked on, somewhat awkwardly, as we all attempted to watch the symbols passing to our right while maintaining appropriate caution with regard to the gaping chasm to our left.

(about my timed writing exercises)


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