WriteWorld: The Country of Hell

write world december

Art by Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe. Click the image to get to his DeviantArt.

In case anyone is wondering, I have, officially, over 1000 likes on my Tumblr and I found a whole host of potential WriteWorlds there, so here’s one for size. It involves me building the country of Hell featured for a bit in my book.

Writer’s Block
(Artist’s DeviantArt)

A picture says a thousand words. Write them.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!

Mindy’s POV

They told us were going to Hell. The last time I saw it was several years ago on television and with the amount of shit that’s happened in the last few years, I expected it to look different. I expected either the human lore of decrepit dungeons and crumbling mansions, or just shards of a former metropolis sprinkled throughout the land. Spending time in the Undyrgrund without a phone didn’t help much either. The entire Undyrgrund could have been demolished in the time I’ve gone missing, but that clearly wasn’t the case. There were Demons on wings and Demonologists on flying machines, patrolling the skies for blimps.

Travelling by road was safe enough, as long as we avoided the ambient light of the Oginistiy River, the giant flaming river that I totally thought was made of lava, until one of my compatriots waded in it without consequence. I wasn’t letting myself get anywhere near it.

Someone in our group had developed a map of the townships of Hell, but not their precise locations. I wasn’t even sure which of the seven states we were in. Our cartographers were not that good, plus it’s a ton of ground to cover. Looking at the towns from far away, they were these shiny obelisks of obsidian going up, up, up, into the ceiling of the cave system. Those next to the river light up in a kaleidoscope of orange, red, and yellow. The first time I had seen it, I worried the city was on fire, but no, it really was just the color of the landscape. The cities could still be aflame with all the shit that’s gone down.

I’ve been up to pitching my novel all week for the different Pitch Madness contests and work has been insane. I’ll try to do another post before Christmas, so keep an eye out for that.


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