So I Wrote A Thing…

So I Wrote A Thing…

I’m taking an online writing / marketing course called Write To Publish by Joe Bunting et al and one of the things I did this week was write a short story which I called THE ROBBERY – A TALE OF THE BLUE GOLEM.

The story is a scene adapted from my Fantasy / Noir novel, THE BLUE GOLEM, which I’m finishing up this fall for publication. In this scene, Clay Golem, the city’s only rickshaw driver, has been minding his own business but the situation gets dicey when he drops an elderly couple off a quiet pharmacy in a bad part of town and two ruffians show up to rob the place. Here’s a snip from the story:

I was lounging outside waiting for the fisherpeople to complete their business when two rough men stepped out of the shadows and stopped right in front of me. In unison they pulled bandanas up to cover their mouths. The smaller one strode across the street, punched the door open with his shoulder, and quickly rolled inside. The larger one faced me and pointed the business end of a rather large wand in my general direction. 

“Mpf oo cee mfythmph!” 

He was probably six-four but I run eight feet easy and this wasn’t the first wand I’d had pointed in my direction. I was the city’s only mana-activated clay golem and I eat magic for breakfast. 

“I didn’t catch that,” I said. 

“Mspt ou zee nyghming!” he repeated, louder. 

I shook my head. “Nope, still nothing.” 

He pulled the bandana down with a jerk and I got a good look at his face. I may not remember who I used to be nor how I came to be in this city but my clay memory in indelible and I never forget a face. “Hey, bulky—you don’t see anything,” he said. 

These weren’t my people and this wasn’t my fight. I casually held up my dinner plate sized hands. “I just pull the rickshaw,” I said.

The story is a rough draft but it’s short and moves fast and is a lot of fun. If you’d like to check it out, you can read it here. The password is the second word in the title.

I’d love to know what you think!


6 Responses

  1. Karin Weiss says:

    This is absolutely captivating. I’m taking the same course on TWP and look forward to following yours. – Karin

  2. Marloes says:

    Great job making this post. Reading this part of your short story asks for more. So well done.

  3. What made you decide to take this particular course, as opposed to other creative writing courses (there are so many of them available online)?

    • Johne says:

      Hey, Lucian,
      I’ve been reading Joe Bunting’s writing blog posts for years and this course was the right thing at the right time. I learned some good stuff, completed some important assignments to move my career forward, and met some really cool up-and-coming writers.

      After this course, I went on to take the 100 Day Book course, where I completed editing a Draft of my novel, which currently weighs in at just over 100k words.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *