- Turn to page 35 in your current read.
- Find sentence #3.
- That’s the first sentence of a little piece of writing! It doesn’t matter if that’s a short story, a poem, the introduction to something bigger… anything creative counts. Bonus points if you make it a totally different genre to your original read!
Ships are coming into St. Peter Port harbor every day to bring us things Guernsey still needs: food, clothes, seed, plows, feed for animals, tools, medicine - and most important, now that we have food to eat, shoes.
Our colony was still so new that when the interstellar battle started, we were completely unprepared. The terra-forming had only just been completed and the ground broken to grow the first crops. We were so busy trying to get the crops to grow that we missed the ominous signs from Brighton, when their ships began to make incursions into Islington space.
Not only were food stocks low, it also turned out that we were missing some key industries, like weaving and shoe-making. While the battle ranged on in the stars, our supplies began to dwindle and the colonists starting looking like refugees from some pre-lightspeed historical play. By the time Brighton surrendered, there wasn't a decent pair of shoes left on the planet.
Now, after being dormant for so long, the space port was a hive of activity with ships arriving hourly and the supplies divided up into load to go by ship, train, car or even wagon to enclaves all over Guernsey colony.