Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ginger's Six Sentence Sunday

Welcome to Dishin' It Out.  I appologize for not making my usual rounds last week, but I got to spend a few unplanned days in the hospital.  I'm back this week with another six from my WIP, Chugiak Moon.  Remember, this is a first draft and I'm researching as I go until I get back to Alaska to learn more about the Tanaina tribe.

Set Up: Nasnana  is trying to fall asleep after working hard all day with those who have gathered along the caribou migration trail to repair the fence and surround in order to replenish their stores for the coming winter.  During the day, she came face-to-face with someone of another clan who stirs an unusual interest and she can't seem to get him off her mind:

She snuggled down and scrunched her eyelids together. Still thoughts tumbled through her mind, but she steeered them away from his hauntingly handsome face.  Each day, the weather turned colder. Winter white lingered in the gray clouds that masked the sky. Soon, snowshoes and heavy parkas would be necessary to combat the icy months ahead. She much preferred the long summer days, even though hours of continuous daylight called for the sacrifice of the beautiful northern lights.

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21 comments:

Paula Martin said...

Like the way she's trying to think about anything except him.

Michelle Pickett said...

Great six. She sounds a little melancholy.

Good job,
Michelle :)
www.michelle-pickett.com

Joan Hall Hovey said...

The reader is already caught up in her story, living it vicariously through her. What a fine descriptive writer you are.

Joan

Glad you're home, Ginger.

karysafaire.com said...

Descriptive six--I could picture her clearly.

Hope you're doing much better. I hate those unplanned hospital visits. :-(

patonlorraine said...

I love how she is trying to think of anything... even the weather... so she doesn't think about him. :)

Hope you are feeling better!

Veronica Scott said...

Interesting use of weather to try to distract herself from thinking about "him". Good luck with that! Enjoyed the excerpt, great six.

Sandy Nachlinger said...

I love stories where the weather is an important "character." Seems like that's the case with Chugiak Moon. I can't wait to read more, because I'm already enchanted with this story.

Lisabet Sarai said...

Glad you're back in the proverbial saddle, Ginger!

You've taken on a real challenge, trying to write a book from the perspective of an Alaskan native. I think the weather would be a major force in the life of someone in her position. The cycles of the earth tend to be at the core of societies like hers.

Hugs,
Lisabet

diannehartsock said...

They had such a hard life. I hope she can find a little happiness with her mystery man.

Sue Ann Bowling said...

The weather is CRITICAL in Alaska. Ginger, what latitude is she at? If she's anywhere near where Fairbanks is now, check out my blog on Mondays, when I give current weather including sunrise/sunset.

Ginger Simpson said...

Thanks, Paula. I'm a day late and a dollar short again making my rounds. Thanks for stopping by.

Ginger Simpson said...

I suppose she is. Now she's seen him and has to find a way to get him to REALLY notice her. :)

Ginger Simpson said...

As usual, you do my ego good. Thanks for the visit and positive enforcement, Joan.

Ginger Simpson said...

Thanks for the visit and the positive comments.

Ginger Simpson said...

Lorraine,
It's slow going, but I'm getting there. Thanks for dropping by.

Ginger Simpson said...

The weather definitely plays a big part in this story. Thanks for the visit, Veronica.

Ginger Simpson said...

I"m glad I've hooked you. Come back often. :)

Ginger Simpson said...

I love a challenge, but this one is going to take a while because I really need to do a lot more research. Thanks for coming by. Love ya!

Ginger Simpson said...

They really did have it hard...even compared to the tribes in our neck of the woods. I'm excited to get to the part where the Russian Orthodox influenced a change in their lifestyle. :)

Ginger Simpson said...

Sue Ann,
My best friend lives outside Anchorage in Eagle River. Our six-week visit there last year is what stirred my interest in writing about the Tanaina. I get frequent updates from my pal, so I know how critical the weather is there. While I was there, I also had the opportunity to meet several authors from the area.

Cate Masters said...

Oh, seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list. Great insight into the hardships she faces.

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