About three years ago, it was the summer before my senior year in college and I wanted to write a novel. It was an ambitious project, one that, as I’m sure I’ve spoken about many times, fell to the side as I began working on senior things, like my thesis and other work, all of which, at the time, was dominating my schedule. Since then, the novel I was working on has collected dust and, as of right now, I have no real interest in carrying it forward. It was, in my mind, a great potential story and one I will always love when I look back on it, but with all of the stories I want to tell and with how I’ve grown in being able to tell them, it’s difficult to want to look backward at something I’ve done as opposed to creating something new.
To keep that bit of an unfinished novel alive though, I want to, periodically, post excerpts from what I wrote, which totaled in all close to three full chapters and a prologue. Sometimes this will be in the form of entire scenes, small exchanges, or, in the case of what I am posting here, an entire prologue. Again, as much as I thoroughly enjoy looking back at this, keep in mind everything I am posting was never edited–it was all first draft content–so, be easy. Enjoy! (more…)