Icarus the Innocent

Who said the sun was life, and grace, and green?
That fire, so attractive from afar,
Burns fierce; and fiercer when from closer seen,
Blinds lying eyes, that hid what fools we are.

You melt beneath the pain of layers lorn
When light peels back your face, and then your skull.
To bare, beneath your bones, the words that warn:
“This ship rots from the captain, not the hull.”

An instant in that hot, actinic glare
Brings clarity monks vow their lives to learn,
Then terror at a broken world. Despair.

Then all is white,
And there is no return.

Looking back on Q4 of 2016

You can’t see either end of the corridor.

Whoever had the torch has ducked into a side room, and the only light is the flickering reflection of the doorway on the opposite wall.

Sounds echo out of the darkness. The drip of water. A skittering of claws on stone. A drawn-out creak ends with a thud, and you are suddenly aware of the weight of the mountain above you.

Air moves on the back of your neck. You turn around, but see nothing.

Someone points and yells. Other convicts rush towards, then past you. A hand grabs your arm, and you are part of the charge before you know what you are charging at.

Aside from writing that (just now), what did I do over the holidays?

Caught up with my family, cooked, travelled, and various other things that weren’t part of my goals. In retrospect, I probably should have realised those two weeks of leave weren’t going to mean lots of work on projects.

That said, I did get a decent amount done on each of my five goals:

Finish collecting data for my Mary Sue project

I got sick of all this scoring fairly early in the piece, so I’ve got seven comics still to score. I’d like to finish all of them by January; but for now, I’m focusing on doing a little each day, to avoid pushing myself any harder than necessary.

Add editing of doors to Aeldardin Rooms.

This is half-way done. I did get back to it over New Year’s, but I spent all my time editing old code and didn’t program in anything new.

Write a couple of things a week

Again, about 50% successful; I wrote about one thing a week, although a lot of it was half-formed ideas that didn’t get very far.

Keep posting updates

Nope.

Finish my roleplaying project (added mid-December)

I’m counting this as a success. I managed to collect all the rules I needed, write up a scenario, and then actually run the game (on New Year’s Eve, just creeping in before the end of the quarter). That’s what inspired the snippet above.

What I’ve got is still very much a draft, but now I know where to focus next. Step one: plan monsters in advance. Step two: remember to print everything out.


I’m also looking at joining another writing group, but I don’t think it will show up in my goals until mid-February or so.

Good luck and happy writing!