SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT about Sesskia’s Diary

I started writing Sesskia’s Diary as an experiment in epistolary form. It very soon grew out of control. While I was publishing one or maybe two entries twice a week, I was writing well ahead of schedule. The diary is now complete, and I’ve just been posting excerpts on that twice-weekly schedule. The plan has…Continue reading SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT about Sesskia’s Diary

Sesskia’s Diary, part 208

11 Seresstine, evening Back to work. Cianan and Kerkessa both killed, Cianan by a lucky rifle shot, Kerkessa by a lightning bolt created by one of those battle mages. I don’t think it was on purpose, or rather I don’t think the mage knew what Kerkessa was, or we’d have had several more bolts to…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 208

Sesskia’s Diary, part 207

10 Seresstine, after dinner Some kind of cease fire so the armies can collect the dead and wounded. I can’t tell how things are going and I don’t want to go to Mattiak for fear he’ll think I’m weakening toward him. No casualties among the mages. Dinner tasted like sand, not the fault of our…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 207

Sesskia’s Diary, part 206

10 Seresstine, afternoon We’ve been fighting for seven hours now and we’re all exhausted. The battle mages were, as I predicted, prepared for our assault. They have defensive kathanas now, shimmering pale shields that protect them from missiles, and while they can’t defend against fire, they can dismiss it before it does too much damage.…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 206

Sesskia’s Diary, part 205

10 Seresstine, too early (continued) We passed one of the other war wagons, and I saw an unconscious battle mage on the ground and another one perched on the seat, painting rapidly and swearing (I think; it was too loud to hear). The war wagon was silent. I stopped and circled around to where I…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 205