Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for Harsh Reality

Harsh Reality is the name of a spaceship in my current WIP, working title Rash and Scarson. I am writing a book with my children, with them helping with character creation and alpha proofing.

Lulu and Old Tom are dogs. Rash and Scarson are twin humans.

I will post excerpts from various writings daily.

While Captain stayed atop with his crew, Rash and Scarson and Lulu followed Old Tom down into the bowels of the ship. He hobbled in front of them, leaning on his walnut cane, favoring his left hind leg, which bent outward, and was knotted below the knee. "Her name's Harsh Reality," Old Tom said, meaning the ship. "We named her that because she was a good awakening for us when we left Earth. Nothing like the harsh reality of a mass extinction, now is there!"

"Extinction?" said Rash.

"He means the dinosaurs, genius," Scarson said. "Remember the meteor?"

Old Tom turned and stabbed his cane at Scarson's shins, striking one of them with such force that he almost fell. "Don't you be a-geniusing me, laddie!" Old Tom said. "Genius, you lickspittle mooncalf, is listening when someone be a-speaking to you! Now let me tell you about extinction."

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Eric W. Trant is a published author of several short stories and the novel Out of the Great Black Nothing. He is currently represented by Debrin Case at Open Heart Publishing. See more of Eric's work here: Publications


Karen Walker said...

What an amazing thing to write a story with your children. You are all very very lucky.

Think Positive, Be Positive said...

Hi...I'm hopping over from the A to Z challenge. Lovely post...good luck with the challenge.

Donna L Martin

Roland D. Yeomans said...

This novel will be an extraordinary experience for you, Eric. To write with your children! When finished, you will go back to it over and over again through the years.

A neighbor, Mrs. Hilton, did the same for me, typing out the short story I did for a GREEN LANTERN adventure while my mother was in the hospital. Mrs. Hilton is a very real reason why I became a writer.

Have a wonderful time of this novel! Roland

~Sia McKye~ said...

I love the fact that you and your kids are writing a book. It's a great learning tool for kids--stretches their imaginations and amps up the fun factor.

My son, my husband, and I had a long running before bed ritual of making up stories about Lobo the Wolf dog. I've tried to recreate some of them. He loved them as did we.

Enjoyed the excerpt.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I like Old Tom. What a character.

Wine and Words said...

Your talent will become a legacy in a far more important way than shelf space. Your children will ingest your passion and mastery of it. It might take seed...spin off into it's own orbit, or sit near the hearth of home. It may only germinate into a memory of a father that shared what he knew and loved with those he knew and loved most. But not a moment shall be wasted. I think it ROCKS! :)