Shivering on the mountainside

I haven’t trusted myself or my writing at all this month. Just before six I put on my sweatshirt and hat, walked outside and laid in the driveway. Two clouds like Chinese dragons came up on either side of the moon, and I thought about the times I worried I’d never get warm.

Colorado, the first time we went camping with a borrowed tent that leaked. It was mountain dark. The sleeping bag was getting soaked and all I could do was tremble. I crawled inside the car, but the cold still came and sleep didn’t and all I wanted was the sun.

As the sun moves up and over mountains it creates great shadows above the tundra. Shadows like blimps, hot air balloons coming down, giant floating cities in the sky.


About E. Victoria Flynn

E. Victoria Flynn is a mother and a writer living in Southern Wisconsin. Published in a variety of venues, Victoria is currently writing the first in a series of three fantasy novels based on Cornish folklore. When not taking part in a shrieking dance party or engrossed in her own little fictions, Victoria is keen on art, the natural world and people unafraid to explore their own brilliance.
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12 Responses to Shivering on the mountainside

  1. Beth Hoffman says:

    And this is PRECISELY why you should never doubt your writing. Gorgeous prose. I felt like I was right there with you.

  2. Beautiful. Poetic. Like Beth said, we were lying beside you. And thank you for sharing what we could not see.

  3. Chinese dragons are a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. There you go, missy. You’re all set. And, I never doubt your writing.

  4. kario says:

    I love that even when we doubt our writing, it never doubts us. When you are meant to write, it keeps coming back. And even if it only comes in brief bursts like this (which is absolutely breathtaking, by the way), it comes the only way it knows how – with a need to be written and shared. Thank you for sharing.

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