My middle grade novel A Sketch in Time will be published in May 2012 in Catalan by the
I wrote A Sketch in Time while living in
The manuscript is complete at 54,000 words. I would be happy to provide some or all of it for your consideration. While A Sketch in Time can stand on its own, I have also written the first few chapters of a sequel, which I hope to finish in the next few months. I look forward to hearing from you.
A SKETCH IN TIME
One: Celia’s Picture
“Hide this!” Celia tosses something onto my bed and scurries away.
“Where’s the pen? Ce-li-a!” Jamie punctuates each syllable with a shove. “It’s not yours!”
“I found it!”
I pull my door closed to dampen the sounds of the scuffle and look down at an old fashioned pen and small bottle of ink. Where did she get these? I tuck my book under my arm and pick up the bottle. Crusty black ink flakes away from the lid and drifts onto my bedspread like black snow.
When I grasp the pen, its sharp tip stabs into my thumb. I shift my grip to the carved metal handle that encircles the smooth wood of the pen. It settles into my hand, heavy and balanced, poised for the page.
“Micah!” My mom wants me to brush my teeth, but if I hurry, I can try out the pen.
I set the pen and ink bottle on my window sill and open my book to the blank back cover. The stopper comes out of the bottle with a gentle pop. I dip the pen and then study the drop of black ink quivering on the nib. It looks alive. When I press the pen to the page, the ink spreads into a circle, sinking into the imperceptible layers of the paper.