#NaNoWriMo – Getting started #excerpt

My son’s birthday party was yesterday and I barely got 700 words done.  Today I am  on a bit more of a roll.

The first year I wrote SoGlog.  The second year I wrote WeFair. I had to skip last year because of too much going on in my life due to a personal loss and having to move.

This year I am writing a tale called “A Year on the Concourse”.  It is a departure from my normal book in that it is not a person’s life story.  It is about the missing year from the two above stories when SoGlog went on a quest to get the Chuggers to loan the Rafters a large engine in order to earn WeFair’s hand.  The story was far too much to include in the book so now the book this year is to tell the story of how he accomplished that quest.

I have included the conversation between Shaft and his wife they had right after the offer was struck.

“It’s impossible!” Shaft paced back and forth at the foot of the bed.

“Is it?” Lure pulled back the bedcovers and smoothed the sheet below with a quick brush of her hand. “You know the boy will do whatever he can. I hope he makes it.”

“That’s not the point.” He stopped, arms akimbo. “The point is that it is impossible. It cannot be done.”
“Do you want him to fail?” She sat on the edge of the bed and allowed her slippers to drop to the floor. With her toes she nudged them to align them.
“Of course not. If he succeeds, then it would set us so far forward we would need to tie ourselves to the mast to keep from getting blown off deck.”
“And my father?”
“To the black dark of the bottom with him if SoGlog succeeds.” He stood firmly ensconced at the foot of the bed. “The benefits far outweigh what we stand to lose.”
“We stand to lose my father.” She frowned.
“That man in an arrogant trout.” He hit one hand down on the bed rail. “Stubborn does not even begin to describe him.”
“You want to know what he says about you?” She fluffed her pillow.
“Not particularly.” He turned his back. “I can quite imagine.”
He crossed his arms and stood there for a moment before finally turning around. “What does that trout say about me?”
Lure laughed. “He called you a runaway train with no driver and no brakes.”
“He called me stupid?” Shaft frothed.
“Yes, and stubborn too.” She said in a soft voice. “Now come to bed, there is front coming in and I need someone to keep me warm.”
Shaft turned to the window and listened to the surf for a moment. “There is no front coming.”
“Nevertheless, I want some warmth.” She purred.
“Oh.” Shaft uncrossed his arms. He looked at the lamp light as it shone off Lure’s red hair. “Now?”
She smiled at him.
He smiled and used the toe of one boot on the heal of another to shed his footwear. “Give me a moment.”

Translators are bad with names #excerpt Feldsharp

“What is your name?” Feldsharp went down on a knee and still towered over the little girl.

She looked left and right and then up into his eyes.  “Translator.” She said finally.

“No, that is what you do, what is your name?” Heart knelt down next to Feldsharp.

Translator looked down at the floor and pulled at her fingertips.  She looked up finally.  “I don’t know how to tell you my name.  You have never heard it before.”

“Then just say it.” Heart said.  “Do not translate it, just say it.”

The girl looked down again then over at the sailors.  They all looked away from her.  She looked over at Short One.  He turned away as well.  Finally she looked right at Feldsharp’s face. “Fanyi.”

Feldsharp smiled.

She returned the smile. “No one has ever asked me that before.”

He held out his arms towards her and she ran over to him and he engulfed her in a hug.

“No one has done this either.” She said as she tried to return it but could not even get her arms around his sides.

“Okay. Enough!” Boat Leader said from his place in the room.

“Can you say his name without translating it because I don’t think it is really Boat Leader?” Heart asked.

Fanyi stepped back and shrugged.

Feldsharp stood up and pointed at Boat Captain. “What is your name?” He immediately held up a hand towards Fanyi.

“Bide.” The captain replied.

Feldsharp pointed at Second.

“Bauluo.” Replied the sailor.

He pointed to Third.


He scanned the room till his eyes fell on Short One.


Feldsharp pointed at himself, “Feldsharp Halftall.”

He pointed at Heart. “Heart”

He gestured again towards Fanyi to continue translating.

“That makes more sense.” Bide stated.  “Translators are bad with names.”

“Is there anyone else on this ship that requires the services of Fanyi?” Feldsharp asked.

Bide knitted his eyebrows. “Fanyi?”

“Fanyi is the name of your translator.” Feldsharp stated.  “You would know that if you asked.”

“You do not interact with the translator.”  Bide repeated. “It is not correct to ask it questions.”

“She is a she.” Heart stepped up.

WeFair – Excerpt: Not How He Said it Would Go

Fair let out a deep breath and walked over and reluctantly took her place at the table.

“Where is your father?” WeFair asked.

“He is on the train,” Eddy said offhandedly. “He said this is something I need to do myself.”

Fair nodded.

Eddy swallowed hard.

Shaft gestured to the child to proceed.

He nodded and pulled on his collar.

“WeFair, I have come to bring you a gift,” he told her.

He started to fish around in his pockets in a clumsy fashion.

One of the guards stepped up and held out a hand.

“Oh, yeah,” Eddy said as he took an object from the guard.

The guard stepped back into position.

“I brought you this,” he said, holding out his hand.

Fair reeled at the sight. In his palm lay a small black felt box. She knew that box. Her suspicions where confirmed as he opened the lid, revealing three pieces of jewelry featuring vivid blue diamonds.

“No!” WeFair shouted out involuntarily.

“What?” Eddy said, pulling his hand back a little and looking at the contents.

“I can’t take them,” she said in a panicked voice. “Not those!”

Eddy dropped them on the table and stood back from them with a confused look.

“What is wrong, Fair child?” Lure asked her daughter.

Fair could only shake her head.

Shaft reached out and picked up the abandoned box. “I don’t see anything wrong with them.”

Her father fingered the jewels and passed them to his wife.

Lure examined them closely and pulled the necklace free of the container.

“It is really quite lovely,” Lure told her daughter.

Fair turned and looked at it in her mother’s hands.

“It is,” she admitted. “But I want it gone! Not those!”

WeFair turned to Eddy who bore a very hurt look on his face. “I am sorry, just not those.”

She got down from the table and stormed from the room.

“Well.” Eddy sounded bewildered. “That is not how my dad said it would go.”