I’ve been a little busy lately, what with the hubby coming home, and preparing for my upcoming trip to my new job. I was subjected to a drug test on Monday (always fun), and had to take my Construction Safety course yesterday, so this is the first time I’ve really sat down at my computer since before hubby came home.
Regularly scheduled updates will resume at some point, but for now I thought I’d share another drabble. This one comes from a small collection of Harry Potter fanfic drabbles that I wrote a while ago. I was attempting to write a drabble for each important character in the book. I stopped at 18, but maybe I’ll get around to finishing the series someday.
Anyway, here’s the one I did for Harry:
It was quiet for a moment. Then a earthshaking howl echoed through the house. Harry cringed and sunk himself deeper into the space between the bath and the sink in the washroom.
He couldn’t understand what he’d done…one minute the cookie jar was on top of the refrigerator where it always was, the next it was on the floor, spilling out more cookies than logically could have fit in it. There must have been a hundred chocolate chips all over the floor.
There came another howl and thundering footfalls up the stairs.
Uncle Vernon didn’t like chocolate chip cookies.
For those who don’t know, a drabble is a “story” of exactly 100 words. It sounds easy, but you might be surprised. It’s more difficult than it seems to create a concise, stand-alone piece with only 100 words. You want the 100 words to have impact; you don’t want them to simply be an excerpt plucked from the middle of a greater story. The drabble can lead to a greater story, but ultimately you want it to be able to stand by itself, to get a point across, and to capture the reader’s imagination.
A while back I came across a challenge that a friend was doing. The idea was to write 100 drabbles in 100 days. I took up the challenge, and ultimately failed because of the “100 days” part (I’ve never been one to be able to force myself to write daily…though I should probably work on that). Regardless of my failure to complete the challenge as dictated, I did continue to write drabbles. I believe I have somewhere in the order of 50 of them at this point, and when I eventually reach 100 I plan to publish them as a short collection.
This is one of my favorite ones so far, mostly because I think it would be interesting to actually write the story that it implies. Perhaps, sometime in the FARaway future, when I’ve finished the other dozen novels I have begging to be completed, I’ll do just that. 🙂
The name Aishira originates from old Atlantean lore. ‘Ai’ is a gentle word meaning ‘to love’, ‘shi’ is a royal word which means ‘to do great deeds’, and ‘ra’ is warrior phrase which means ‘for the people’. The name was established and bestowed only once, according to the legends. It is said that it was given to a newborn princess about whom a great prophecy was made. An old, wise woman proclaimed that the child would become a powerful queen and bring about massive change in the land of Atlantis.
I imagine you can see where I’m going with this.