Molten lava

Henry thought of himself as someone with little self-esteem. In school, he was too timid to ask Vanessa to go swimming. At university, he was too afraid to ask Jessica to kiss him, although she spent the evening with him. In his job, he was kicked out, because he was not brave to argue against others.

Finally, Henry realized that he had too much self-esteem. He had been ignorant at work, narcissistic with Jessica, and self-absorbed to ask Vanessa. He broke free from his cell. The obsidian wall, that had served as a distorting mirror of his self, molted.


I wrote this story for the Flash Fiction Challenge at https://carrotranch.com/blog/

Going to the well

Ich lese das erste Kapitel oder die erste Seite von Romanen, die ich in den letzten 27 Jahren gelesen habe, plus einiger Romane, die ich noch nie gelesen habe. Ziel ist es, frisches Wasser zu schöpfen, bevor ich mich wieder an die Überarbeitung meines Romans setze.

Robert E. Howard – The Phoenix on the sword (1932) [menacing, vast world, the text tells me that something is to come]

J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit (1937) [comfortable yet strange]

Christie Golden – Vampire of the Mists (1991) [menacing, question: dark power or the gods guiding the priest? the text tells me that something is to come]

Eric Griffin – Clan Novel: Tzimisce (1999) [how would I write this in the 2020s? how to replace Stoker’s letters with social media from this genre? – The text tells me that something is to come.]

Wolfgang Hohlbein – Indiana Jones und die gefiederte Schlange (1990) [Satzanfang mit Und, nicht nur, Voice klingt vertraut aus first drafts, überraschend ähnlicher Erzählstil]

Tommy Krappweis – Mara und der Feuerbringer (2009) [witzig, paar Wiederholungen, paarmal gezwungen witzig, sympathische Protagonistin]

Umberto Eco – Der Name der Rose

Goethe – Faust

Vorwort

Ein Freund erzählte mir über einen Autor, der folgendes gesagt hat: ein Autor ist jemand, der schreibt.

Also schreibe ich und lasse diejenigen es lesen, die meine Fingerübungen interessieren.

Ich habe montags ein Kapitel online gestellt, und das über drei Monate entlang.