July 6 “Off the Cliff” (FYI I didn’t like todays’s exercise, so I’ve gone back to one I missed):
Describe an elegant hotel room from the point of view of a character who is having a psychotic breakdown.
The sea is calm tonight, like Dover Beach was on the night Matthew Arnold described it. Turning from the balcony, I retreat to my rented room, content to spend my last evening in such a lovely, comfortable space. The beach lies fair below me; inside it’s cool, dark. I creep beneath soft blue covers, pulling them up to my nose. Propped on a luscious pillow I can still see the ocean and the full moon as it threads itself across the water, glimmering and bright. I know below the glassy façade, lay the skeletons of a hundred men. Men like me, who walked out on an evening like tonight until the water crept up into their ears and over their heads, drowning out the voices.