Sunday, May 6, 2012

SSS: First peek at A Midwest Summer Night's Dream

Hey, Sixers! I'm switching it up this week to a first look at my Western historical with a Shakespearean twist, A Midwest Summer Night's Dream. Here's the opening six:


Strange how fast civilization fell away. Faster with each stop, it seemed to Winona Young. No sooner had the Overland Stagecoach departed the last town—its name meant nothing to her—than plains stretched out, framed by the rectangular coach window like a moving painting. So beautiful, even in its emptiness. Like a clean slate.
Exactly what she needed.

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24 comments:

Jessica Subject said...

Love this! You definitely left me intrigued. :)

Lisa Fox said...

Wow, I can feel all the possibilities before her!

Paula Martin said...

Excellent opening, descriptive and also a great hook to keep the reader reading on.

Gem Sivad said...

Great imagery and her last line implies she's looking for escape of some form. Excellent six!

Joanne Stewart said...

Great opening! I'm intrigued as well. I love the last line. So "telling."

Vivien Dean said...

Love the imagery in this. Well done!

Michelle Pickett said...

I love the imagery! And it makes me wonder why she needs a clean slate.

Great six!
Michelle
www.michelle-pickett.com

Kate said...

This sounds great. I love the moving picture description and the clean slate.

sue said...

wow you've taken on a big job here. Love the last line. Sounds most intriguing

patonlorraine said...

Intriguing six! I wonder why she needs a clean slate. Loved your description. :)

Susan Roebuck said...

Lovely description, I can see it in my mind. Wonder where she's going and why?

angelaquarles.com said...

Great opening, combining introspection with imagery and movement... I'm intrigued!

Monica Enderle Pierce said...

Love the 'moving painting'. You've captured the vast nothingness of the Old West so well here. I hope she's prepared for the amount of toil that new start may require.

Sue Ann Bowling said...

Midwest or great plains? Whichever, this is a beautiful visual piece.

Sandra Bunino said...

I love your voice, Cate. Sensational six!

Christine Warner said...

Enjoyed the first six...your descriptions made this so easy to visualize!

Ginger Simpson said...

If you set out to grab interest, you've definitely got mine.

Fairday Morrow said...

I can picture the landscape and the writing has made me curious about the rest! Great section. :)
~Jess

diannehartsock said...

She sounds brave and desperate. It would take a lot to pick up and go somewhere unknown. So curious what happens to her!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

A western and Shakespeare twist. I love it!

Great 6!

Cassandra Dean said...

Wonderful description! Great six :D

Zee Monodee said...

Potent imagery and symbolism in this six! Well done! :)

JoAnne Kenrick said...

lovely descriptions and character development through emotion. We learned so much of Winona in such few words. And I love the concept of this tale. One for the to-read list!!

Pippa Jay said...

Love the descriptions in this. :)