More on my renewed efforts at writing. Here's a brief excerpt from the current work-in-progress, tentatively titled "Alice In Zero":
"There are no wonders in this world," said the Zero King.(Not, as is probably obvious, from the beginning of the story. But sometimes you start writing from the middle, or the end, to know where the beginning will come from. I know, now, where the beginning begins, and where the end will end.)
"Oh, sir," Alice replied. "I believe you are much mistaken. I have met a cat that consumes itself in fire, and is born again. I have spoken with eagles, and they have spoken back. I have sailed with pirates on a sea of mirrors, and fished for the reflections of shadows. I have outplayed the Crooked Man with his own deck of cards, and won an Unbreakable Promise. And, sir, you yourself live in a palace carved from a unicorn's horn a full mile high."