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Progess : LitAs an exploration of how much my writing has changed over the past (almost) nine years, here is a snippet from a story that I wrote when I was fifteen, followed by that same snipppet rewritten very recently.
Suddenly there was a loud and vicious snarl. Everyone jumped up and stared at the door, which seemed to be the only barrier between them and the whatever it was. Jason searched his pockets for a few moments and retrieved a large rock. Before anyone could protest, he dashed to the door and opened it.
Gasps and utterances of disgust and surprise heralded the unveiling of the gruesome creature in the doorway. It looked like a pile of blue ooze with flecks of red and orange. It had no claws or teeth, or even eyes for that matter. But the stench of the beast was staggering. It smelled as though someone had gathered together every offensive odor in existence.
A vicious snarl cut through the happy chatter in the room like a knife dropped onto a glass floor. No on
ReflectionsVal's pursuit led him to the foul beast's domain. The hollowed-out cavern reeked of blood and rancid meat. The dim light he had seen as he charged through the tunnel after the monster could now be identified: torches. Rows of mysteriously lit torches lined the walls of the huge cave. At its center was a substantially large labyrinth of mirrors.
He spotted the beast entering.
He spun his silver broadsword in his hand and hurried in behind it.
His garb was a simple blue and white crusader's leather with thick armored pads and reinforcing steel studs. Lightweight and flexible, but quite effective defense against blunt blows and – in a pinch – the slashing claws of the unholy spawn of the earth. All monster-hunters wore a similar variety in Val's experience. It would serve him well in these close quarters of the mirrored maze.
Right, left, forward, left, right he turned, always catching a glimpse of the beast's tail as he wove his way through the corridors. Every so often he sp
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