Sere Genesis #FridayFictioneers

It began when I climbed the low basalt hill at the edge of town.  I found a cave halfway up the side, you see. The weird thing is, now I keep having to go back. And I just can’t shake the feeling that when I step inside, someone else joins me from the depths.   To top it all off, I found a notebook filled with words on the night stand this morning.  The handwriting was mine.
Here’s how it began:
“In the beginning, the world was without form, and void; brilliant light shone across the desert.”


When I have an hour or so to myself, I run from my front door to the row of volcanoes on the west edge of town.  This particular one is the closest, and it really does have a cave in the side.  It’s a small lava tube, and the entrance is under the bump on the right side of the hill.  On the day I took this photo, storm clouds were all around and the light was unearthly.  There are no atheists in the desert, I suppose.  Anyway…Every Friday, writers from all around the world write 100 word (or thereabouts) flash fiction based on a photo posted that Wednesday on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.

I welcome constructive criticism; without it I cannot grow as a writer.  The weekly photo that inspired this story is below.  It’s mine, and in the creative commons:



About glossarch

The word "glossarch" doesn't exist. At least, not yet. But let's pretend it does for a second. The first part is "gloss," a word that comes to us from Ancient Greek via Latin and English. It means "language." The second part also comes from Ancient Greek and can mean "having power over." So "glossarch" means simply "language controller." So what am I doing making up words? Well, I made up an entire language once. It's called Angosey. So I'm the Glossarch of Angosey. I'm currently a doctorate student in volcano seismology (a branch of geophysics). I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, launching balloons, programming, and hanging out with my lovely wife! Follow me on Twitter! Writing and language creation: @glossarch Balloons and science: @bovineaerospace
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13 Responses to Sere Genesis #FridayFictioneers

  1. A mystical mystery indeed! From whence cometh your character’s notebook?
    Your last line is a little confusing: it the earth was without form and void, then there was no desert. Or what?

    • glossarch says:

      Thanks for reading! I see where you are coming from. In Genesis, the next statement was “and darkness was on the face of the deep”. I have often wondered what is “without form” and “void” about a dark ocean as opposed to say, a bright, featureless desert. Perhaps it’s in the eye of the beholder?

      • It’s not so much in the eye of the beholder, methinks, as in the tongue of the explainer. In this case the explainer tries to describe in human terms a scene before shape, light or texture applied — a situation impossible for human beings to visualize.
        In one sense you’re right; a bright featureless sand-sea is as hard for us to visualize as a dark, formless sea. However, I believe the words describe the reality God saw and explained to Moses.

  2. Jelli says:

    Thank you for the photo. I really enjoyed your story. A bit of a cosmogony tale you’ve started to write, too. My hubby and I love spelunking in the caves and caverns around Kentucky. You’ve inspired me to think what would happen if I ever found a notebook hidden in the depths… and what it would say. Would it be another volume of Qaran (“Q”) scrolls, or maybe an alien journal left behind…. 🙂 ❤ Thanks for the inspirations.

  3. This has a cyclic feel, seeing the past, over and over, but not the future. I like the title. Is it a play on the word seer, or is that coincidental? 🤔

  4. granonine says:

    I’m with Christine. I loved the voice in your story, but that last line confused me. Of course I recognized the biblical reference, but if the earth was formless and empty, why was there a desert? And there was no light yet 🙂

    • glossarch says:

      Thanks for reading! In this case, rather there being “darkness on the face of the deep” there was “brilliance on the face of the desert”, which has seemed rather equivalent to me. I definitely could have done a better job emphasizing that’s what I was after, instead of making it sound like I was talking about a desert in the (dark, oceanic) pre-creation world described by actual Genesis. You rightly point out that that makes no sense.

  5. This is a wonderful piece that I think could be a start of a fantasty novel. A creation of a world is a great beginning

  6. Sarah Ann says:

    I get a feeling of groundhog day about this. Love the ethereal nature of the piece. There is so much unsaid that leaves us to wonder.

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