Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[writing] Tourbillon progris riport, day 18

Today’s wordage: 3,800
Today’s writing time: 2 hours, 0 minutes
Total wordage: 68,200
Total writing time: 41 hours, 30 minutes


The way of dreaming opened with a pallid crocodile swimming as in deep, rushing water. Its body twitched like an armored eel. The great legs snapped back and forth, propelling the beast forward. She rode along beside it, much as her wa rode along beside her, watching in the sun-bright depths of the beast’s gold flecked eyes.

The waters opened before her like clouds, and Gashansunu understood the crocodile had been swimming not the pelagic depths but through the argosy of stars, never sighting land for its eyes had always been trained on the heavens. This was a hunter of souls, an eater of spirits, and the medium where it pursued its sport was the Silent World.

Using the Precepts of Dreaming, she stepped away. The crocodile grew smaller, then smaller still, then tiny, until it was a pale silverfish swimming against current, a tiny chip of fire in the eyes. Gashansunu reached out and crushed it between her fingers. The swift searing of her flesh she accepted, for in truth it was only a pinprick.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

Tags: book, tourbillion, wip, writing

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened