i have no doubt this is because she got published and she's in a happy home, but ysma decided to tell me more of her story today.
what a relief.
i've been STRUGGLING girls (you know it) to get past any kind of first draft. the last story i was working on has fallen completely flat for me. it has too many questions that i don't want to answer and that aren't forthcoming. it was an exercise to some extent - to see if i could subvert a bit of sword and sorcery into something more edgy and modern and arty. well, screw that. ysma is whispering and i'm listening.
i know there are evil dolphins. i know the ship she sailed away on is empty, but it sails still. and more. and more. she has secrets that are rising to the surface, like so many bubbles from the deep. i know there is salt and bright white light and the dark woman's return.
i know more of a story than i have for a long time. and i have nothing be thanks for it.
ysma, come through. welcome home.