I’m afraid I may not be as eloquent as I would have liked to be for this post, for my brain is a little fried after three days of intensive live blogging over at The Dispatch. But I shall do my best.
You probably saw or heard of the search term writing challenge I set back in September, or, at the very least, had a glance through the round-up of all entries, in which I invited you to vote on your favourite entry.
Sea Song is a journey story through the eyes of Mana Nama, a sea goddess of sorts, captivated by the song of a siren. The writing is highly descriptive, and originally so; I particularly liked the musical conversation between the sea goddess and the siren.
What most struck me about Merrilee’s story is that she managed to include rather bizarre search terms, without sounding the least bit kinky; out of all the entries, hers was perhaps the least disturbing. Sea Song was also the only entry set in the ocean, so kudos for a creative setting.
An excerpt from the story itself:
At the rail stood a tiny wisp of a girl, in a white shift, blinding in the sun. Her shaven head and hollow cheeks made her dark eyes look enormous. Behind her, one hand resting on her shoulder, stood a man in a green coat.
Mana Nama raised her head and met the girl’s gaze. A glissando of joy burst in her mind. No more loneliness, the melody sang. She rested her chin gently on the rail, careful not to tilt the ship and throw the girl off-balance. A tiny hand reached out to rest on the tip of her nose. In the girl’s dark eyes, Mana Nama saw the vibrato note of fear.
“Raise the sails,” said the man in the green coat. “We’re going home.”
What are you waiting for? Go read it.
Of course, Merrilee’s entry was not the only one, and I recommend you check out the writing round-up post and read the others.
Last of all, a big round of applause to all the participants, and, of course, another little badge:
As MCM would say, thanks for being part of the problem.
Want a badge of your own?
I will be running a future search term writing challenge, but it’s currently on hold as I have family over this weekend, am starting a new job on Monday, and, also, it’s my birthday next week, so….
Soon, I promise.