Sunday, October 25, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors

It's Sunday and time for the Weekend Writing Warriors mini hop! Participants post 8 sentences from a writing project, either published or unpublished.

Today I'm offering another small sampling from Loving Leonardo - The Quest ~ part 2 in the award-winning Loving Leonardo series.
This ongoing Victorian tale is a sexy, polyamorous romp with a touch of reader-interactive art history.

First my 8 lines then the rest after~

    While the play was entertaining and the theme interesting enough, with its occult undertones, the ending had left a bad taste in my mouth. After finding their treasure, AxĂ«l the hero and his heroine Sara fall in love, and then decide their dream is far too magnificent to be fulfilled in the

unimaginative reality of their lives. With no dream to live for, they killed themselves as the sun rose and the curtain fell.
    Apparently unfazed, my companions discussed the story at length as we walked back to the hotel. I couldn’t help but draw a parallel to our lives, although I was certain the dark thoughts were mine alone. It didn’t help that we passed a mortician’s window with the latest embalming on display as a macabre advertisement to the skill to be had there. Beside the door, a glass frame was filled with memento mori photographs. In general I found the practice of posing the dead in life-like attitudes a disturbing one-- especially the staring facsimile eyes painted upon closed lids. 

What just happened~
In Paris following clues in Leonardo da Vinci's book, my trio takes in the Parisian sights. At this time, Nicolas has been plagued by unsettling dreams he attributes to the terrible events at Conte Bruno's villa in Venice. Nicolas has a niggling fear the dreamlike happiness he has with Ellie and Luca will be taken away. 


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  1. This paints a very dark tone, enlivened by the startling detail about eyes painted on closed lids.

  2. Interesting about the dark ending of the play, and then the other dark details on the walk home. Very atmospheric! Enjoying the story, great excerpt...

  3. Absolutely fascinating snippet, Rose! And I really like how you're intertwining interactive art into the fiction. :-)


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