I have taken the challenge up once more (my paragraph in Italic) after being inspired by the photo and paragraph below from
My fingertips reflect the world back to me. What I cannot see, I feel, smell, taste, and hear. I feel shadows as I reach for the sun and smell the coming weather on the wind. I’ve never felt deprived of sight even though I’m blind, but sometimes my fingers have a mind of their own. At first, I felt nothing. There would be periods of my day missing; people actually accused me of drawing. At first I didn’t believe them, now I’m awake when I draw. Despite feeling shoved to the back while something else controls my movement, there’s a wave of serenity that keeps me calm. Am I crazy, or just weak? Everyone else has their magic under control.
She allows my hands to move, gesturing languid movements across the page, as if skimming finger tips over tranquil water. My eyes are open, staring to the distance, yet darkness is all that I am able to see. I ask though what is darkness, if I have never witnessed light? She awakens the part of me that has slept since birth, encourages me, whispers that I can. I take hold of the charcoal, I draw. Am I the only one who shares with another? Those that cannot see the one that lives within, surely in their own way are also blind. For she talks to me and I answer gathering strength and together we face the coming weather on the wind.
I have not read this story – Blind Sight this is just my take, continuing from the paragraph read.
Lovely and poetic, Jen xx
Thank you Gabs very much xx
Interesting take on Odette. DID is something I didn’t really get from the stories, but I can see it as an explanation from the blackouts.
Hi Anne, I have not read any of the story or anything about Odette. I simply took the photo and the paragraph written and gut instinct on what to write, or how I thought it would continue (of course the story line is probably vastly different ) than how and what I wrote. Thank you for your critique and hopefully it made a little sense to the reader, the position I wrote it from.
Ermi and Elia left it somewhat up to the readers to decide what actually caused Odette’s drawings, at least for the first books. I thought dissociative was a good observation on your part.
This is amazing!
Thank you Bo.
Thank you Anne, I think because of this line – I’ve never felt deprived of sight even though I’m blind, but sometimes my fingers have a mind of their own, led me to believe that you had another personality that was ‘making/allow her’ to draw. Appreciate your feed-back 🙂
Sure, and also, “periods of my day missing”, and “shoved to the back while something else controls”, could both describe dissociative behavior too.
Dun dun dun! Not telling you what’s causing the blackouts. Ana thinks Odette is being possessed, Leo thinks she’s having premonitions. Even reading both books leaves you questioning who is right. I will tell you it’s magic related as it’s a fantasy novel, but that’s all I’m giving. I hope you read the books if you’re at all interested in that genre.
I wasn’t reading it as Odette, but I enjoyed your spin. In writing her, I discovered there are indeed blind people who draw, sometimes using the texture to paint, other times having spacial reasoning left over from when they could see or what they feel now. Interesting writing; I hope you continue to participate in our event. Thanks for the link back to the Blind Sight page.
Nice take on the prompt!
Thank you Joe very much – appreciated.
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