Last night I ate sea urchin. It tasted of the ocean. The body soaked with the tears of whales crying for the loss of their children. The warm fur of a white seal pup before it meets its end at the hand of cruelty. The plastic embrace of a shopping bag around the throat of an arctic tern. It cried for its fish brothers that nevermore would dart between its feelers searching for food. It whispered to me of lost porpoises trapped in nets raping the sea. It told of sharks too fearful to leave the sunken ships of death’s folly. I heard the boasts of old sailors swapping trinkets for lives. I stopped a moment and put the chopsticks down. Then ordered another item from the menu. One without the bitter taste.
This came about after going to a restaurant and trying sea urchin for the first time. It got me thinking about how we abuse the sea, the plastics and rubbish littered there, and the depletion of fish numbers as well as other mammals.
Whilst swimming in the ocean you meet a strange girl. You follow her under the water. You go deeper and deeper. Your head aches and your eyes blurry. You pass out! When you wake up you find yourself in an underwater city with the girl. What is the city like? What do you do there? What happens next?
STUCK? Try this story starter: Jamie dived off the rocks into the warm viridescent ocean. How he loved swimming in the sea. He dipped his head under the gentle waves only to come face with a beautiful girl with emerald eyes and dark hair. For a moment he was captivated.
‘What’s your name?’ he asked.
She just smiled and dived beneath the water. Not wanting to lose her, Jamie took a deep breath and kicked after her. He could make her out just ahead. Downwards they went. Blimey, she could move fast.
What happens next?
DID YOU KNOW? There is an old film about an underwater city. It is called Captain Nemo and the Underwater City. Captain Nemo is a famous character from a book.
What is Write – 30? Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.
The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.
Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:
Always sit/work in the same place
Always use the same writing tools
Always turn the TV off
No talking – it distracts thinking
Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.