Only Peace: #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all, or pick a few like leftover holiday memories….

And, if you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

Things are falling more into place this week, although there have been a couple of surprises that are like ripples in the flow of life, in a good way. After the marathon of story creation and revision, and a deadline met, I’m delighted to be finding little glimmers of ordinariness.

One part of my ordinary life is Eight Sentence Sunday, where I‘m sharing A Splash of Red” in its entirety. This surreal fantasy story the child of my own life and dreams, with a generous dollop of imagery and a big dash of creative license…

More on the story after the eight-sentence snippet.

Context, such as it is…A woman is attempting to win the trust of a little girl in a red dress, while hawks wheel above…but just who are these two to one another? And what about those hawks?

When we left last week, the little girl had run off into the woods, and the woman is threatened by the hawks’ attacks….

Given the surrealism of the story, punctuation is a bit creative, so be warned!

Only Peace

I must find her. If I don't, and she's lost – or if she's dead – 

If she's lost, she'll never heal – and she must, before I can.

Panic closes my windpipe.  No. Flow.  Let the air flow; let my energy flow, in peace. Only peace 
can stand in the path of those cruel talons and shredding beaks.

Previous “A Splash of Red” snippets (chronologically from beginning):

Will peace be enough?

Will the woman escape the hawks?

Will she find the little girl?

Can they heal together?

Come on back next week to find out more!

Did you like what you read? “A Splash of Red” was originally published in the 2014 inaugural edition of World Unknown Review,  which is edited by L.S. Engler. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my own initial self-publishing experiment.

That being said, I’d love any and all input and criticism you’re inclined to offer!

Want more #8Sunday?



  1. Glad you made your deadline- it’s always nice to get back to normal after the rush and panic (In my case at least!) Lovely, poetic snippet.

    I had the same issue as Veronica- the snippet shows in a window, partially concealed, with a slider bar.

    • Normal was short-lived. Now my Accomplice is on vacation, and we’re in home-improvement and decluttering mode, because we’re on a long-range plan to relocate closer to his family in Oregon.

      I didn’t EXACTLY panic – I had a draft I was more or less satisfied with a week out, and I’m part of a critique group that helped me see the flaws I knew were there, and some I hadn’t noticed. While it took nearly to the deadline, I’m very satisfied with the piece I submitted, and it really does feel good to get back to some of the other things I was neglecting, like answering blog comments. Still trying to get back into a good visiting rhythm, but it’ll come (and I’ve got a couple of months lead time for my next projected contest entry).

      I’ll have to take a look at the post – don’t know why the snippet did that!

  2. Another interesting excerpt in this story. Curious why it showed to me as if it was in a separate window with a slider bar? (Was it just me and my browser???) Hard to read….BUT I enjoyed the connection between the girl and the woman, and the self talk about breathing was chillingly realistic. Great excerpt!

    • Something weird was going on with WordPress. I’m not sure what; I’ve tried to fix it manually, but no luck. I might go back and look at the code; but, then again, I might not.

      At any rate, I’ll double check to avoid that, this week!

      Thanks for your lovely comment. Hope to get around to make my own visits in the next day or two.

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