Chapter Five of The Emblem
The Emblem is told in two time periods, the 1930's and the late 1880's. Here's a passage that follows one of the first Black miners to Roslyn, WA. His name is David Ward. 1889 When David saw the letter left on Bella Johnson’s kitchen counter, he sought the privacy hard to come by in the boarding house. Bella’s husband, Gerald, offered him a bowl of soup, but he couldn’t hide the fact that Georgina’s words were to him more satiating than a hard-earned meal. He set the bowl dow
The Emblem: Chapter One
Chapter One: March 1889 When he emerged from underground after hours of toil, David couldn’t deny the protest of his back any longer. But two years over thirty, his body gave him pain that he didn’t think he’d feel until he was an old man. He knew the men who worked below ground beside him felt the same. Not all tried to hide their cursing; others couldn’t hide deep, throaty coughs that demanded relief from the brisk mountain air. He shook his head. He’d long since realized t
Write What You Know?
Write what you know.” I believe it’s the most common writing advice an aspiring author will hear. It’s a worthy consideration, but it’s seemed hollow at times and not always helpful. While it’s important to write from what one knows of life: its wonder, joys, triumphs, and heartaches, that one-liner stopped inspiring me a long time ago. In realizing those four words can mold and bend (where the writer draws from her own experience of disappointment to identify with a characte