Sunday Excerpt — August 17, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel (still being edited) with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.  I’m picking up from last week with Kaen’s first meeting with Constin, the first of his people (other than Gregor) that he is meeting.

And pay no attention to random punctuation and run on sentences as I try to squish this bit into the limit.

 

“Master.”  Constin’s voice was a choked whisper.  His right hand fumbled at his belt for a moment then he drew out a small ceremonial dagger.  His eyes never left Kaen’s face as he pulled back his left sleeve and made a quick cut.  Blood welled up in the wound and Kaen inhaled deeply. 

“I offer freely that which you need.”  He raised his wrist to Kaen. “Drink deeply of my life, my lord.”

Kaen gently took his arm and wrapped his lips around the wound, closing his eyes as he savored the taste and power of the blood, freely given, blood which seemed to have been waiting just for him – blood which had been waiting just for him.

 

 

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Sunday Excerpt — August 10, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel (still being edited) with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.  I’m picking up from last week, with Gregor is escorting his uncle, Dr. Constin Vladescu, on board the Sanguine.   Kaen is watching and listening through the ship’s security feed.

And pay no attention to random punctuation and run on sentences as I try to squish this bit into the limit.

Constin has commented that it has been a long time since either of them was home, and Gregor told him that he had the feeling they would be going there more often now.

 

“Is that where we’re heading first?”

Gregor nodded.  “That’s our shakedown cruise.  Master offered me the chance to go home and see my family, but I think I’m more excited about taking him there to meet his people.”

“Speaking of, where is he?” Constin asked. “I was hoping…”

“He’s waiting in your cabin:  we thought it might be best for the two of you to meet in private.”

“Probably a good idea,” Constin agreed. 

“So,” Gregor asked casually, barely suppressing a grin. “Do you want a tour of the ship first or do you want to get squared away and meet the Captain first?”

“Don’t make me hurt you, boy,” Constin growled and Gregor laughed, savoring the teasing from his uncle:  he had missed his family more than he had realized.

 

 

 

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Camp NaNo Recovery

So I am slowly getting my life back from Camp NaNoWriMo, or will be when I’m done feeling like I was dragged behind a runaway rhinoceros.

I’m still doing the page a day writing challenge, usually using 750words.com to get my pages done, unless I’m too tired when I get home from work, in which case I just babble.  (Crazy night at work last night so my 750 entry was all over the place, jumping from subject to subject to squirrel! back to a previous subject to a squirrel! to… Yeah.   No sense trying to write when the mind is working like that.)

My days off will be focused on editing Sanguine, and I’m off for the next three days, so here’s hoping I can make it through at least one more round those days.  (I suppose I should try to do a chapter of it every day before work, too.)

Actually, tomorrow may be dedicated to writing, cleaning the rat cage, and working on making a path through my room, unless I take my editing bag and go hide in a library, but that requires leaving the house so I might just get some other stuff done instead.

See, I don’t normally have trouble finding time to write (or edit, if I have to):  it’s finding a balance between writing and everything else that seems to elude me.  Things like work (well, I do find time for it), housework, shopping, etc, all just seem to take a back burner in my life.  I think it’s time to get a kitchen timer and write a page, then clean for 15 minutes, write a page, clean for 15 minutes, etc.

Anyhow, by Friday I hope to have finished another run through of Sanguine – and to have a room I can more or less walk through.  We’ll see…

Meanwhile, does anyone have any tricks for balancing it all?

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Sunday Excerpt — August 3 2014

Missed last week in the push to get Camp NaNo finished. (Plus, I was feeling guilty at not being able to visit and comment the week before. I know not everyone does, but I try to.)  Anyhow, that book took an unexpected twist with an unplanned relationship forming – I think I’m just going to have to start saying I write M/M.

Anyhow…

Moving on from Murray (mostly because I was having trouble making ten sentence snippets about him that made sense) to Constin – Gregor’s uncle and the ship’s physician.    He is the first member of the family that Kaen is meeting in person.

Gregor is escorting Constin on board and Kaen is watching through the security system.

(The following lines may or may not have been hacked and recombined and creatively punctuated to fit into 10 sentences.)

 

The airlock door opened and Kaen felt a strange thrill as he studied the tall burly man who entered:  Constin’s brown hair and reddish-brown beard were a contrast to his pale blond, clean-shaven nephew, and his eyes were a darker blue than Gregor’s, but his smile radiated warmth and good humor and Kaen found that he was trembling with anticipation.

“Welcome aboard, Uncle Constin,” Gregor said:  he barely got the words out before Constin engulfed him in a bear hug that made Kaen smile.

“It is good to see you, Gregor.”  He stepped back.  “You’ve grown.  Last time I saw you, you were about twelve and you were in trouble for stealing Lucien’s and Viorica’s clothes from the swimming hole.” 

“I was only in trouble with Lucien and Viorica, especially Viorica,” Gregor shrugged, grinning, and Constin laughed – a deep hearty laugh full of humor.

“I remember.  I thought Viorica was going to flay you alive.”  Constin shook his head. “It’s been a long time since either of us was home.”

“I think we’ll all be heading home more often now,” Gregor replied, shouldering Constin’s bag. 

 

 

 

 

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Camp Summary July 2014

I wrote over 15,000 words in three days and I verified with three and a half hours to spare and now I am suffering from the usual post-NaNo let down.

(For those who don’t know what it is, you know how when you finish reading a book that you really liked and were really into there’s this feeling of… emptiness?  of not knowing what to do with yourself now?   Well, multiply that times 30 days of living with the novel and you’ll begin to understand.)

The novel isn’t finished yet – not by a long shot – and I will continue to chip away at it, but it’s just not the same without NaNo.

Plus, I have a life to get back to.  I need to be able to walk through my bedroom again, for one thing.

But still, NaNo is over and nothing can quite fill that void – until November.

And, yes, I am already starting to plan for November.  I want to have a solid outline for it, but first I have to decide what to write.

And while I was working on my July Camp project, a cute little plot bunny hopped into my lap.  It’s cute and it has potential but the more I look at it the less I like it, I think because it’s not something I normally would write.

So, since I’m not likely to use it, I thought I’d toss it out here for anyone who wants it.  I posted it in the NaNo FB group too, hoping someone will claim the thing.

 

BLURB:

What do angels, demons, a secret society, and an ultra-secret government agency have in common?

They all wan the same thing:

Cat Morgan.

Cat Morgan was a poor little rich girl. Given everything she ever wanted, at age twelve she started shoplifting out of boredom.

She never got caught.

By age fourteen she was stealing cars and booze.

She never got caught.

By age sixteen she started breaking and entering.

She never got caught.

By age 18 she was an accomplished cat burglar until one night when she broke into the wrong window.

And now she had better pray that she never gets caught.

BASIC PREMISE:

She breaks into a building not knowing that the window she is entering through puts her in a room designed to hold demons — her entry breaks the salt circle that is containing them, unleashing them on the world.

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Camp Ramblings 7-28-2014

Well, I’ve had a couple two and three thousand word days over the weekend. I’m still behind (way behind) but I’m after today I’m off for the rest of the month so I can still do this.  I’ve kind of gotten myself in a corner at the moment, though, so I think I’m going to leave myself a [NOTE] and skip past this scene since it’s really bogging me down.  (And it immediately follows and relates to a previous scene that I think I’m going to change anyhow, so…)

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Camp Ramblings 7-21-2014

Ha!  I am only11288 words below par, or roughly one week behind where I ought to be.   I’ve found that I can sometimes get two to three hundred words written in odd moments at work.  Not much, granted, but it helps.

I’m off for the next three days and I’m hoping to do at least 3000 words each day.  That will still leave me behind, but not as far behind.  (A couple 5k days would be awesome…)

And the semi-good news is that Book One of the Other Mages trilogy is almost finished.  Finally!  I just need to wrap it up (I suck at endings) and then it’s on to trying to finish Book Two.

There is a scene that I missed for Book One (because I didn’t have my outline on hand) and I’m debating if I should write it or not.  I think I will because you never know what useful tidbits might come out of it.  (Maybe not useful for this book, but for the next two.)

I’m also tempted to write a side story or two for it.

No. Must stay focused:  finish this and then attack Book Two.  (I should probably start thinking about an outline for it.)

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Sunday Excerpt — July 20, 2014

First,  thank you (again) to all who commented on last week’s snippet and gave feedback and advice. It’s been jotted down to fix when I get there in editing.  (I’m sorry I didn’t get to reply to posts — it’s been a rough week at work. Again.)

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel (still being edited) with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

(The following lines may or may not have been hacked and recombined and creatively punctuated to fit into 10 sentences.)

Gregor is escorting Murray onto the ship – I’ve skipped a few sentences from last week.  Murray was surprised (and a little shaken) to find Gregor on board the ship.)

 

“Murray.”  Gregor stopped walking and turned the younger man to face him. “You have nothing to fear here, I promise.”

Murray looked up at him and for a brief moment the wary look in his eyes was replaced by a glimmer of hope that disappeared almost before it was there, and he shook his head, slumping forward again.

“You know Trini wouldn’t have asked you to come here if it was a bad place,” Gregor said softly.  “And you know I wouldn’t have let you come here if it was a bad place.”

Murray swallowed and nodded slightly.

“And you know I will protect you.  I will always protect you.”

Murray hung his head and nodded, his face reddening.

 

 

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Camp Ramblings 7-18-2014

I started Tuesday 8966 words behind par.

I started Wednesday 9767 words behind par.  (Tuesday was not overly productive.)

8380 behind par going into Thursday.  Yeah! Progress!

But as of this writing, I am 9993 words behind.  *sigh* And I have spent most of the day fighting with my computer, finally resorting to a total reboot, which seems to have resulted in a slightly more cooperative piece of equipment.

I was supposed to have 4 days off next week but agreed to go in on Monday, so I’ll be working for the next three days and not making much progress. I’m hoping to get at least 1000 words done each of those days, though.  (And I haven’t started writing today yet.)

And on Tuesday I’ll be spending most of my day downstairs where my computer isn’t, waiting for a delivery.  (I ordered a larger cage for my rats and it’s supposed to arrive then. I will then have to assemble it, and between now and then I need to clear space for it in my room.  In the process I will, hopefully, find my wrist blood pressure cuff…)

So, yeah, it’s going to be tough to get caught up this month.   (But on a brighter note, the new cage will be much easier to clean and care for so it shouldn’t take as big of a chunk out of my day as the current one does.)

On the other hand, if I’m where my computer isn’t and I write long hand, I could get a lot of words churned out.

And I finally worked through a rather rough scene so the rest should be fairly smooth sailing.

So, yeah.  I can still do this…

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Camp Ramblings 7-14-2014

So, I am 7353 words behind par as of this writing.  I have about half an hour before I have to get ready for work, though, so I might be able to get down to under a 7k deficit.  I need to find my outline though.

Yes!  Good news!  I managed to wrestle the thing back on track and am back to where my outline becomes effective again.

The not so good news is that a lot of stuff is going to have to be cut out in the rewrite as it doesn’t really pertain to the plot.

The I’m-not-sure-if-it’s-a-good-thing-or-a-bad-thing is that a large chunk of what is being cut is almost a plot bunny in itself.  I just have to decide if it’s going to be bonus side stories on the current secondary characters or if it is lending itself to a whole new novel with new characters, etc.  I’m rather leaning toward the side stories.

Anyhow, I’m off to brave the mess that is my computer hutch to try to find my outline.  Or maybe I’ll just print a new one – and hope that the electronic version has the most recent changes on it…

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