Writing, Writing 101

Writing 101, Day Two: A View

A piece of writing for the Writing 101 challenge – I am trying to relate all challenges to my novel. This is a new scene which may or may not stay. If it does, it precedes what I have written so far. 🙂 Of course, I am days behind in the challenge.

Writing 101, Day Two: A View

Today, choose a place to which you’d like to be transported if you could — and tell us the backstory. How does this specific location affect you? Is it somewhere you’ve been, luring you with the power of nostalgia, or a place you’re aching to explore for the first time?

Today’s twist: organize your post around the description of a setting.

Love gave Jarryd new eyes.

He couldn’t remember the view ever looking quite this good.

Amusement drifted through the mindpath, and he felt a rumbling laugh vibrating under him. Jarryd patted the dragon’s green neck, grinning to himself. It would take more than his dragon laughing at him to stop his thoughts turning to the girl waiting for him back in Skerby.

He could see his stepfather’s keep ahead, the stone glistening high on the seaward side where the sea pummelled past on its sweep over the rocky island.

Below him the estuary opalised. Blues, grays and yellows, amid swathes of brightly coloured algae, twisted and writhed as the waters ran out to feed the salty behemoth eagerly awaiting beyond.

Jarryd glanced back behind him, tracing the path of the largest river as far as he could see. He couldn’t see the Great Waterfall, but he knew it was there, with its mists clinging, climbing, hanging over the mills and houses lining the shores below. Above the waterfall, he could see the waters of Lake Turras glinting, a vast inland sea, to the foot of the mountains blurring the horizon.

He sighed as he turned to look at his destination: almost home. The view seemed to darken.

He dreaded his mother’s reaction to his news.