Thursday, February 2, 2012

Blogwalk: Up In the Branches

Poised between the cold, empty sky and the hard, dark ground you hold tight to a thick, gnarled branch of a great old oak. There is rain coming. You can feel it on the wind. The boughs of the tree are beginning to sway gently. You consider climbing further upwards. You contemplate making your way back down the tree, down to the earth, to the roots down below your precarious perch.

For a fleeting moment you wonder what it would be like to hurl yourself outwards onto the swirling unseen currents of the wind. Would you find yourself possessed of wings or would you plummet to the rocky forest floor and whatever awaited at the end of such an abrupt and pointless journey? Or would it be so pointless? Perhaps this is all a dream. Maybe you would find yourself with a pair of wings...

It is a seductive thought. But in the end you know in your heart that there is a nagging doubt, a remorseful sense of loss that would have you admit that you do not have wings. To fall from this height would almost certainly be fatal. Do you have the courage to make the leap? Do you have enough faith -- is there ever enough of such a thing --  to tempt fate and to see if you might just have wings?

A cold gust of wind ruffles your clothes. You shiver in the dubious shelter of the swaying branches.

Perhaps it is time to head back down to the ground...

Do you...

Climb back down to the base of the Tree  Blog One   Blog Two   Blog Three
Change your mind and climb on bit farther...  Blog One    Blog Two   Blog Three
Take That Leap...  Blog One   Blog Two

This is a continuation of Porky's Fantasy Blogwalk, a collaborative cross-blog Choose Your Own Adventure narrative that begins at The Oak and expands outwards across the blog-o-sphere as explained by the prime instigator and friendly coordinator of this online collaborative narrative, Porky himself in his 'Blogging Our Adventures' post.

If you have an idea for a scene that might come before, during or after this one, write it, post it on your blog, and link to this post as one of the choices/options available from your scene's post. It's okay to present more options even if those scenes haven't been written just yet. There's plenty of room for everyone and alternative paths are much appreciated and encouraged. If you do write a scene that links to any of the ones at this blog, please leave a link in the comments here so that we can add your scene into the link options here. Everyone is welcome. Make sure you check out some of the other paths that are already available—you might get some ideas for thing to add that none of us have gotten to yet!

To begin your own Blogwalk as a reader-explorer, we suggest going back to the BEGINNING.

If you'd be interested in participating by contributing your own scenes as a Blogwalk writer-blogger then read the Summary and Guidelines at Porky's blog.


  1. Very evocative, with the air and tree movement and the sense of a tangible landscape. The section at the bottom on jumping in is a fine touch, especially so far into the project, so thanks very much for that. And welcome on board!

  2. This is a fun project and we've been planning on contributing, but have had a lot of other stuff to get done. Finally the schedule is under some semblance of control, or at least enough stuff is getting done regularly that we can add this to the mix. We plan to do two Blogwalk Scenes each week.


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