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.”