It’s simple and fun. Sign the linky list with your name, blog url and email address on Mondays, 8:00 AM EST. Each week, the list remains open until Saturday, 11:59 PM. Then on Sunday, post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Visit other participants and offer opinions, critiques, support. Writers hanging out with writers, a good time with a great group of people.
It’s a chance to share a small snippet -exactly eight sentences – of my current writing. I’m sharing an excerpt from The Earth Doth Move, a Star Trek TOS/Enterprise crossover fan fiction novel. This is a rough draft written for NaNoWriMo 2014.
Disclaimer: Spock, his family, and all of Star Trek are the property of Paramount. I’m not making any money; I only play here.
This snippet immediately follows last week’s post, “Seeking Clarity”. A young Spock is out in the desert, where he has come to gain insight…
Yes, Sarek would begin, and likely end, with that, as if doing so were all the argument that was needed. He would say it, and have no thought of what the words denied – the desire of the one to choose a course for himself. If the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, then it was illogical to speak of what any wanted, as wants were certainly to be placed far beneath the logic of need.
Spock remembered those words, spoken to him, each night, before Sarek took his leave, and again in the morning, as greeting. They were ingrained, now – and that was the intent of the repetition, he suspected – to build into each Vulcan child the belief that their own needs – much less their desires – must ever be suborned, if they came at the cost of denying a greater number what they needed.
Empirical evidence suggested that the method was highly effective, in nearly all cases. Spock paused in his journey, to admire the clean sharp line of a dune, and the way the sudden gusting of chill air from the Forge set off a miniature sandstorm, shifting and obliterating that line…
Yes, it nearly always worked.
Last week, I was welcomed warmly into Eight Sentence Sunday, although one commenter expressed concern, because I hadn’t specified what I intend to do with my Trek fan fiction. The truth is – I just want to write it and share it. I’ve been writing it since I was 13; I’m 45 now, so I don’t expect I’ll stop. I fully intend to get better, and I love playing in these worlds. Ultimately, I will be submitting to fan fiction websites.
What I have no intention of doing is making any money from this writing. I offer it as a gift, a way of sharing my passion for and appreciation of characters and a fictional reality that have, in no small part, shaped my life. I write other things with the intent to earn money – this is what I do purely for love…
And maybe because those Vulcans in my head won’t let me stop…they claim it’s only logical.
They also insist that it’s logical for us all to visit other #8Sunday posts, and comment on those we find agreeable.