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Prologue


So this is entirely raw. I looked at it, and my writing prof read it, but the rest of the story isn’t written so I don’t want to get into rewrites; that way lies madness through perfectionism. What’s the point of a perfect first chapter if there isn’t anything to follow it?

I’m gonna hammer this sucker out, then I’m headed to the grand opening of the second gay bar in my city. Maybe some of the small-town mentality will diminish with a gay hangout that isn’t hidden away in the skeezier side of town.

I’m still not solid on how to format this so it looks like the way I have it in my computer’s file, but whatever. Instead of indents, I’ll mark new paragraphs with an extra space. Here goes!

Chapter Zero
The Prologue, or an Introduction to Our Narrator

The colossal man stumbled along the sidewalk, eliciting strange looks and whispered comments. He resembled a primordial bear lumbering about on its hind legs, with a truly vile odour of rotten meat and sweat to match. His vacant stare, thick neck-beard and the aforementioned smell, combined with the impression he made of a mobile mountain, parted any crowds he happened to wander into.

 This is not the story of that man, thank goodness. I don’t quite know where I might fit in that guy’s story, aside from stuck underneath his foot if he stepped on me. I just saw him shambling past my building earlier while moving the last of my boxes into my dorm room. Definitely made a lasting impression, if you know what I mean. It took me a shot of the brandy Gramps stuck in my suitcase to clear my sinuses of that smell.

 Hi, my name is Emma Sinclair, and I’ll be your narrator for this journey into my first year of university. I’ll try to keep the commentary on things that don’t actually affect me, the people around me, or the story to a minimum, but I’m not noted for staying on track. What idiot said that ‘brevity is the soul of wit’ anyway? Because I’m pretty sure that guy wrote a three part play about some intermittently insane king no one has cared about since the seventeenth century.

 In any case, this is supposed to be my story, but will no doubt be occasionally hijacked by whoever I become friends with over this year. I sincerely hope I can keep out of Ocean’s way. She seems like the sort of queen bee that I detested in high school. Speaking of which, I suppose I ought to fill you in a bit on my life up to this point.

 Er. Basics? My parents are pretty normal people. My dad does something undoubtedly important at his job involving computers and snore-worthy things of that nature. My mom teaches six year-olds, and consequently assumes that her two children – my older brother Brandon and I – are just as incapable of tying our own shoes as the kids she works with day in, day out. This is entirely untrue, as I have been able to tie my own shoes properly since the second grade, I cook food for myself without burning it most of the time, and I haven’t been to the hospital since I finally escaped gym class in high school.

Okay, I should explain that last part more. Whoever thought up the bright idea to arm hormonal teenage girls with big sticks with nets on the ends and assume they’d use them exclusively for their sports-related intended purpose was ignorant to the true nature of teenage girls: they are vicious and competitive. They are also not above faking tears so the teacher looks the other way so that another one can whack a completely innocent person on the forearm ‘by accident trying to get the ball’. The fact that, earlier in the class, I may or may not have expressed doubt about that particular girl’s heritage being entirely human could have had something to do with it. In case you were wondering, calling someone’s mother a goat-banging skank and reminding them to wax their mustache-goatee combo will more than likely get your arm broken in any culture or language.

 In any case, I managed to graduate from high school with good enough grades to get to university. Thankfully, the combination of an actual college fund (bless my father’s frugal heart), a couple of scholarships and my ‘indentured servitude by another name’ part-time job meant that I didn’t have to borrow money from anyone to pay for this year, and potentially next year if I keep my marks up.

 After all, university doesn’t seem that hard so far. How bad can it be?

© Bridget Noonan, 2010, 2011.

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There is a Ghost


Hey fellas! I’m ba-aack…

Well, this one certainly got dug out of the deepest part of the archives! I wrote this so long ago. I was in such a different place, physically mentally emotionally spiritually grammatically… It was very loosely based on things in my brain. You know how they rattle around in there sometimes. Oh university. How things have changed!

There is a Ghost

There is a ghost who walks the streets
He does not laugh, he does not weep
Nor dance or sing, or anything
But blows across this empty town.

You see him here, you see him there
You see his walk, you see his stare
And not a sound you hear him make
And yet he haunts you just the same.

There is a ghost inside the house
Creeping quietly through the crack
Around the door, across the floor
And windows that are cold and black.

You see he was a quiet boy
Who knew no laughter and no joy
He casts no shadow on the floor
He casts no shadow through the door.

Instead he haunts your tired mind
Flitting image, fleeting horror
Smoky, seated at your bedside
No expression, hands intertwined.

You do not know his sorry tale
His woes, his fears or lively brain
His hair was bright, his eyes were dull
Secrets dogged his waking nightmare.

There is a ghost beside your door
But do not worry anymore
He comes to bring you to your sleep
Go with him now; your time has come.

© Bridget Noonan, 2007, 2011.

Well that was wonderfully weird!

You know, I must be truthful; I took the time off to give my brain a break. Summer is a great time to read a boatload of books.  I didn’t write much, aside from character sheets and things for my novel, which is still untitled. I’m not concerned. It’ll come to me when it comes, and not before.

Excerpt of what may be part of my novel coming up.

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Thoughts at 3am


A butterfly cinquain, just for you! Posted at Poets United.

thoughts at 3am

the smoke
drifts up from my
wreckage into the fan blades
dispersing my thoughts into air
the smoke
from my ruined body floats on
over the city lights
into darkness
softly.

© Bridget Noonan, 2011.

So I was going to wait until July 1st to break it to you guys. But I had better do it now.

I’m taking a break from poetry. I need to work on my novel, that neglected beast.

But fear not! It’s not like I won’t be around. I’ll check in on things; if you leave a comment, I will respond to it. And if you leave me a link to a poem you have written, I will be sure to read it, and likely comment upon it as well. I’m just not great with multi-tasking, especially when it comes to writing.

I’ll likely be back at the beginning of August to drop off some things I have been working on, and perhaps even an excerpt of the novel. But again, I’m terrible at multi-tasking, so I can’t really put 100% of my effort into both outlets. Things tend to go a bit pear-shaped when I do that.

But as far as a return to poetry full time… I can’t give a time-line on the thing. Perhaps September? Later? Earlier? Que sera, sera. I just hope you don’t forget me 🙂

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