arid earth; arid days

Today the Daily Post’s one word prompt was ‘arid’:

                  1. (of land or a climate) having little or no rain; too dry or barren to support vegetation.
                  2. lacking in interest, excitement or meaning.

1. The Port Hills fire is still burning;   Yesterday we drove into town, and you could see where the fire had blackened the hills. It was completely burnt, the plants withered down. Just fields of charcoal – it’s a real contrast to the bright greens and yellows you usually see up there. If you look up at the hills, the ones that haven’t been burnt, you can see how dry the grass is. It’s a relief that there has been rain for the past couple days, but it still hasn’t been enough to put out the fire.
2. As of late a lot of things have felt arid to me, but I’m working on ignoring that feeling and keeping busy. Writing things for the sake of writing, watching movies, listening to a new song and really focusing on the words – anything that shifts my focus or distracts me. It’s difficult to be proud of doing any of those things when most people don’t see them as productive or useful. Thing is, they’re a lot more productive and useful than what I’d be doing otherwise. It’s better to invest my time into things that won’t matter in a few weeks than to sit and worry about how things are getting drier and drier. The fire could spread at any moment, but I can’t control that. Nobody likes to focus on a sense of impending doom, now do they?

a dystopian hideout

Daily Post’s one word prompt today was ‘hideout’ – this reminded me of something I need to work on for a creative writing piece I’m working on currently.

I started a story on Wattpad yesterday called White Sun. In true Wattpad fashion I have written the first chapter with absolutely no idea where the story is heading, and basically I’m just going to make it up as I go along. I’m not very confident about how good it is, but it’s the most creative writing I’ve done in months, so it’s definitely worth it.

White Sun is written in a dystopian setting – the story is relying quite heavily on setting at the moment as I really do have no idea what I’m actually doing with the plot. It’s set on a disaster zone of an island – White Sun Island – which serves as a place for the trademark YA dystopian Evil Government to banish anyone who threatens to disrupt their dastardly evil dystopian plans.

The main character, Myrtle, has been banished to this island, and is currently living in a shelter with a handful of other convicts. I’ve been having fun with deciding exactly why the island is so perilous. The other inhabitants of the island probably pose the most danger, but I’m brainstorming other dangers I could include.

Having radioactive bears on an island probably isn’t the most believable idea now that I think of it. Does this mean I’m going to can it? Nope. Radioactive bears sound awesome.

The Daily Post prompt made me stop to think about the next chapter of White Sun, where I want to further establish part of the setting – Myrtle and her company’s hideout. I want it to be well-concealed, so perhaps the basement of a building? Or a bomb shelter maybe?

I’m considering rewriting the first chapter as if the island as is dangerous as I’m saying it is, living in the city in the centre of Danger Island probably isn’t the best idea. To the west of the city there is a rather thick forest, and beyond that the ocean. Having a hideout in the forest, maybe on the edge of the city, might make more sense.

A hideout in the forest, then. Perhaps a shelter the convicts have built themselves. Perhaps a treehouse! A tree fort would be the ultimate hideout, and depending on how well-hidden it is, it would be a pretty safe place to live. I’m guessing the radioactive bears mainly hang out in the forest though, so I’ll have to work that out too.

I might write some more updates here on if White Sun progresses anymore. In the meantime, here’s a link to the current story! I’m keen to hear any feedback people might have for it. It’s not perfect, and there’s a lot of room for improvement and ideas.