Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Two Sentence Tuesday: 23 December 2008

When I have trouble sleeping, I read from a fantasy anthology from DAW on their 30th Anniversary (2002) with contributors such as Andre Norton, Melanie Rawn, Mercedes Lackey, Jennifer Roberson, Tanya Huff, Tanith Lee and others.

This book is filled with short stories, and today two sentences from Persian Eyes by Tanith Lee:

“The female slaves especially he did not like to chastise unduly. Like flowers, or animals, they looked better, and were a nicer ornament to his house, if well kept.”

And two sentences from my current draft work-in-progress:

“The treacherous reefs along the shore were the hiding places of pirates and brigands: opportunists from age-old families, generation after generation, who continued in their trade of procuring goods from the shipping lanes including humans to be sold as slaves in a variety of ports many leagues from their homes. The brigands were headed by a nefarious individual, one whose true identity was carefully concealed.”

12 comments:

David Cranmer said...

I really enjoyed your lines today and I'm looking forward to the reaction when they read your contribution to Beat to a Pulp.

Charles Gramlich said...

An interesting mystery set up in your two lines.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Barbara,

Absolutely fabulous. What a set-up!

Terrie

Pam said...

Wishing you happy holiday reading and writing (and sleeping!) Barbara! It is always both interesting and fascinating to visit here.

Cloudia said...

A mystery villian! Aloha-

Barbara Martin said...

David, your comments are wonderful for my ego which is undergoing a case of stagefright.

Barbara Martin said...

Charles, I'm practising setting up clues.

Barbara Martin said...

Terrie, thank you for your kind comments.

Barbara Martin said...

Pam, whenever I read I always come across an idea to write about, whether its for my manuscripts or a blog post.

Cloudia, the character has been moulded by circumstances beyond his control.

Sekhar said...

Barbara, WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY & MERRY CHRISTMAS :)

laughingwolf said...

great lines, barbara... the other lady writers i'm fond of, too

Barbara Martin said...

Sekhar, thank you for your best wishes.

Tony, thanks.