The Wild Child

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At the top of the valley, crags and ferns frozen in mist watched as she climbed onto the boulder, an island almost wider than the stream that rushed around it, heading towards the plunge.  The boney bottom of a scrawny nine-year-old girl, naked and cold on the slippery surface, she surveyed her surroundings.  A surefooted thing, she stood on the ancient thrust and held her arms out, wide, as if to call down the sky.  Long stringy wet hair, dark on pale, clinging to her back, snaking under her arms and making squiggles on her shiny damp torso, hugging ribs and looping around birthmarks and flat nipples.  She was by herself, but not alone in this place.

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The Writer’s Circle posted a “story starter” (pictured above) and this is what I came up with.  I actually want to know more about this girl, even if nobody else does, so maybe I’ll write more later.

Fairy Tale Fortnight Event and Giveaways

I posted a few posts back about an event by The Book Rat and A Backwards Story – Fairy Tale Fortnight.  It’s pretty much just an awesome online celebration of fairytales.  Please go by and see what they are featuring, which by the way includes some contests for free stuff.

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Which also includes a contest to give away five e-copies of my book Red August, which is coming out in August.

Go directly to that part of Fairy Tale Fortnight HERE.  That page features a Safe For Work excerpt from Red August that can only be found at the Fairy Tale Fortnight page.

Below is the book synopsis or blurb.

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