Last Friday I entered Microcosms for the fourth time with my tale The New World. For the first time I used the three prompt words they got from the spinner. They were:
- Character: fairy
- Setting: ocean
- Genre: mystery
With these three words I created this:
The New World
You’ll be able to find out more about my story and how I got on below the break!
From the start I wanted to do my take on the changeling myth but the hard bit was working out where to start, especially with a 110 word limit. The spark I needed was to tell the story from the changeling’s perspective so getting me out of a lot of long explanations. It was in the writing that the idea of an Irish family travelling to the USA came about providing me with a neat double meaning to my title. Also it was suitable that a story submitted only a day after St Patrick’s Day should have an Irish family.
Once I knew my main character was a changeling I wanted to get a suitable fairy name for them. A quick google suggested the website FairyName.net and their list of fairy names. Fey seemed a nice mix between a normal human name and something a bit more magical.
How did I do?
The short answer is as well as usual with only one line of my tale getting any kind of mention. Interestingly it wasn’t one of the lines that I thought would but hey ho I’m not complaining. The line in question was:
He hugs her tight. His Irish accent almost lost in the wind.