NaNoWriMo: The Islands Beyond, Day 9

Day 9


Today my wife returned after the better part of a week of travelling, and so I happily traded an afternoon of writing for an afternoon of spending time with her. A good trade any day, but all the better after many days apart.

I did wriggle off a few hundred words, however, and ended at precisely 15000 words. Here’s an excerpt:

Henry only shook his head. “This boat has a keel that is loaded with ballast, a heavy weight that will keep the boat from tipping, or ‘heeling’, too far over. Imagine yourself holding something heavy, such as—”

He searched for a comparison, casting his gaze about the deck.

“How about an anvil?” suggested Pete.

Henry smiled. “Very well, an anvil. Imagine yourself holding an anvil. At first, you are letting it hang straight down, like this.” He pantomimed clutching the heavy weight in his hands. “But slowly, you lift your arms until they are pointing straight out from your chest. Tell me, which is the easier way to hold the anvil? Straight down, or straight out?”

“Definitely down,” said Pete.

“Correct. It is the same for keeled sailboats.” A moment later, he added, “Also, as the boat tips, the sails lie closer to the water, and so the wind just spills over them. Trust me, it would be very hard to capsize this boat.”



About jackfrey
Jack Frey lives somewhere in Northeast Asia with his wife and two young boys. He finds the letter K to be the most aesthetically pleasing of all the consonants, in both its upper and lowercase forms. Like many of us, he is currently seeking publication of his first novel.

2 Responses to NaNoWriMo: The Islands Beyond, Day 9

  1. frenchc1955 says:

    That is impressive! your were able to enjoy some time off with your wife and still produce good writing. Well done!

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