Sunday Snippet April 26, 2015

Posting a few excerpts from a UFO (UnFinished Object) that is in my “Novels I’m Ignoring” file.  It’s a rough draft of a science fiction novel called The Onyx Sun and I just reread it and I don’t hate it anymore so it might get edited and finished someday.  Keep in mind this is a very rough draft of something that I haven’t even looked at since last August or so and which has probably been a victim of creative editing.

Summary:
Taliya Swann has been away from home negotiating a mining contract on another planet.  When she called to advise her mother (head of House/Company) that they had a contract, Maureena informed her that her grandmother had died the day before.  All that was left to look forward to was being reunited with her lover, Luzita.

Returning home, she was met by Regino, the butler, who told her that her grandmother’s funeral had been held the day she died.  She had just asked where Luzita was when her mother entered and dismissed Regino.

 

“I would have liked to have gone to the funeral.”

Maureena shrugged.  “There wasn’t one. I felt that the expense was unnecessary and had her body sent straight to the crematorium.  By the way, you are needed at Aelind’s office at precisely 9:00 tomorrow morning to be given your inheritance.” 

Taliya struggled to maintain composure: her mother’s uncaring attitude was already beginning to punch holes in her emotional armor, and coupled with grief over her grandmother’s death and Regino’s hesitancy to answer her questions Taliya was on the verge of losing control.

She nodded: she would not break down in front of Maureena.  She would not give her the pleasure of her tears, would not even draw the deep breath that her lungs were screaming for.

“And Luzita?” she asked. 

“Gone.”

“Gone?  Gone where?”

“I don’t know.  I sold her.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Math and Words

Okay, so I am 8000 words behind where I should be, and I’ve become somewhat obsessed by mathematics lately.

I’m kind of like that FaceBook meme about insomnia, where you spend the night calculating how much sleep you would get if you fell asleep right that minute.

I’m 8k behind now.  If I get another 5k written today I’ll only be 3k behind, but I’m working the next 3 days and at 2k words per day that puts me 9k behind by Monday night and 11k behind by Tuesday after midnight, but I can usually get at least 1000 words written on work days so that leaves me at 8k behind on Tuesday…

(Yeah.  It’s confusing.  I made myself a chart to keep track.)

And then I check my math looking for loopholes.

And when I can’t find any I panic.

And I only have Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and then the month will be over…

But if I write 5k on Tuesday I’ll be 5k behind on Wednesday and if I do 5k then I’ll be caught up and will only need 2k on Thursday…

Next month’s 1K-a-Day is going to look like a walk in the park.

And you know what the really sad thing is?  Next Camp I’ll be doing the 2k a Day challenge again.   And again in November.

I tell myself that it will be easier when I’m not also doing a poem a day.

It’s either that or I have to believe that I’m a masochist.

 

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Wednesday Words #17 (4 – 22 -15)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

trees
a ring
a mother

 

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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Sometimes You Just Need To Take A Break

So, as I was going to bed at 1:30 this morning I had an awful thought:

“Oh, hell, it’s Monday.”

Now, considering that Monday is my Friday, that shouldn’t have been a bad thing, right?

Well, it wouldn’t have been except that I had no blog post and no idea what to write about.

I’m still about 10k behind on Camp but now that I am more or less pain free I hope to make a huge dent in that the next two days.

And I should be able to.  The story is flowing really well right now, which is surprising because one of the reasons that it’s been sitting for so long is because I was having so much trouble getting it moving.  But apparently I just needed a break from it.

Oh, it’s going to need a lot of editing.  For one thing, there’s a whole scene that I think I need to move to later in the book and a lot that is probably going to get cut, but, hey, it’s a first draft and at least I’m going to have something to edit.

Speaking of editing, I think next month I might start poking at The Onyx Sun a bit. It’s been sitting in my “Novels I’m Ignoring” file (yes, that is the actual name of the file) since at least August because I thought the whole thing sucked. I recently reread it and it isn’t as bad as I remembered it being, so I think I’ll see if I can polish it up a bit.

Apparently I just needed a break from it, too.

 

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Sunday Snippet April 19, 2015

Posting a few excerpts from a UFO (UnFinished Object) that is in my “Novels I’m Ignoring” file.  It’s a rough draft of a science fiction novel called The Onyx Sun and I just reread it and I don’t hate it anymore so it might get edited and finished someday.  Keep in mind this is a very rough draft of something that I haven’t even looked at since last August or so and which has probably been a victim of creative editing.

Summary:
Taliya Swann has been away from home negotiating a mining contract on another planet.  When she called to advise her mother (head of House/Company) that they had a contract, Maureena informed her that her grandmother had died the day before.  All that was left to look forward to was being reunited with her lover, Luzita.

Returning home, she was met by Regino, the butler, who told her that her grandmother’s funeral had been held the day she died.

 

“The day–” Taliya’s mind froze, replaying the conversation with Maureena:  Your grandmother died yesterday.  “She… She didn’t even tell me until the next day.”

“I am sorry, Miss Taliya, truly I am.”

“I know, Regino, but it’s not your fault.”  She took a deep breath and let her gaze travel the room, searching the doorways.  “Where is Luzita?”

Before he could answer Maureena entered from her private office.  “That will be all, Regino,” she said, her voice as cold as the clacking sound of her dress shoes as she crossed the marble floor.

The man bowed and left them, but not without casting a sympathetic look to Taliya.

Taliya watched him go and then turned to her mother, her face a well-practiced mask:  Maureena did not approve of any sort of emotional display.

 

 

 

 

 

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Camp Ramblings

Well, I didn’t get caught up.

I did make it to only being 9k behind, but then midnight happened.

I’ve learned a few things though.

1) Pain is not conducive to writing.  Fortunately, a great chiropractor and three days off work have done wonders for that.  Now if I just don’t fall apart during the next four days at work, I’ll be all set.

I hope.

2) Smaller chunks of writing help me a lot.  Instead of focusing on writing a couple thousand words I need to just write in sets of two or three hundred – more if I’m on a roll – and then add it to the main doc and take a break for a couple of minutes to sort through the next bit of dialogue or whatever.

3) I am apparently immune to 5 Hour Energy Drinks.  I wanted to pull an all nighter Wednesday into Thursday, but after a lengthy battle to get the outer seal off of the bottle, and steeling myself to drink the stuff, I got a brief rush and an hour later was ready to crash.

4) I really like detailed outlines and wish I had one and I swear that whatever I write for next camp session will have one.

Actually, I did have one.  Well, I had an outline, at least – not very detailed, but an outline nonetheless.

But that was for book three of the name-challenged trilogy, and I finished it on Wednesday.  (Yay!  Now it gets to sit for a while before I start editing.)

And that brings me to a summary of progress made.

The nameless trilogy is done, although I am still going to write the alternate version of book one.

When I finished the trilogy, I gave myself a break from novels by writing a short side story for The Academy of the Accord series. It’s really rough and needs work, but it was a fun little diversion.

Then I skim read what I had written for Book Two of  The Other Mages trilogy and couldn’t believe how much I’d forgotten.  I’m currently working on it and it’s flowing pretty well, considering that there is no outline to speak of.

This is what is currently passing for my outline for the rest of this book. I’m not even sure what I was thinking when I wrote some of it. (The part in italics is actually an excerpt from the current version of Book Three and I have no idea why I put it in this outline.)

 

OUTLINE

  1. Journey to Besembe

          — Go to see Marnetta’s tower. [WHY?]  It turns out to be the one that Katheri knew as Kelennor’s.  [WHAT HAPPENED TO MARNETTA?]

[ALSO, NEED TIME LINE AND AGES.]

          — Undines?

 

III. Besembe

Aithen and Zari not there.
Luthen is.
Sidden is.
Kaeriya is.
Enisha is.  Recognizes Katheri.

 

Time there spent:

Learning more about her Gift

Learning about their path

“They’ve all pulled out of Besembe, then,” Katheri said softly.  “There was some talk of it when I was there, but no decision had been reached.”  She frowned. “They must have done it pretty quickly.”

“I cannot imagine Besembe not being there,” Trebor murmured.

“I know,” Zaren said.  “I was only there this once, and then just briefly and there weren’t any others there, but still, it… It’s home.”

Katheri nodded.  “I got the sense that there were fewer people there than normal when I was there.  And the ones that were there — they were still discussing the best course of action.”

Final test

Initiation

Role of a Priestess (Priestess training)

[STILL NEED INITIATION AND ROLE OF PRIEST IN BOOK ONE]

Still having trouble accepting her own Power
          — advised that she will grow into it and come to terms with it.

Meeting X can be the catalyst that triggers it?
          — or should that wait until Book Three when she has to defend Zaren?

 

Some of that is no longer even applicable, or will need to be moved and rearranged, and something I totally didn’t plan on happening is going to happen in Besembe which will probably mess with book three.

But book three is already such a mess that I doubt I’ll even notice.

So, there you have it.  One trilogy (that has no name but which was at least written in order) completed.  One very rough draft of a short story.  And book two of another trilogy flowing well and should be finished by the end of the month.

Oh, and I’ve managed to keep up with a poem a day for NaPoWriMo.

Now, if I can just get caught up on word count for Camp.

 

 

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Wednesday Words #16 (4 -15 -15)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

a nervous person
money lost
an official letter

 

And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!

 

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I Think I’m First

As in, “I’m so far behind I think I’m first.”

I should be at 26,000 words today: I have around half of that.

Saturday morning I broke down and called a chiropractor.  Just my luck, they had had a cancellation and could get me in.

I discovered new worlds of pain.  (And I have to go back today.)

I am hurting somewhat less, though.  And moving better.

But I can only sit for about half an hour at a time before I start to hurt and have to get up and walk.  Needless to say, that is not good for productivity.

Or maybe I’m looking at it wrong? Maybe I should make it a challenge: write 200 words, get up and move, write two hundred words, get up and move, etc.

At any rate, this whole thing is severely and adversely affecting my word count, between the pain, lack of sleep due to pain, and chiropractor appointments.

But, I’ve been keeping up with a poem a day for NaPoWriMo (although they seem to be worse than normal this year) and with this blog, so there are some bright spots.

And I have three days off in a row coming up, so we shall see.

I’m not ready to give up just yet.

Nor will I ever be.

You see, I have this stubborn streak…

 

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Sunday Snippet April 12, 2015

Posting a few excerpts from a UFO (UnFinished Object) that is in my “Novels I’m Ignoring” file.  It’s a rough draft of a science fiction novel called The Onyx Sun and I just reread it and I don’t hate it anymore so it might get edited and finished someday.

Keep in mind this is a very rough draft of something that I haven’t even looked at since last August or so.  Oh, and ignore weird punctuation.

This follows from last week in which Taliya learned that her grandmother died while she was away, negotiating a mining contract on another planet.

She has just returned home.

 

Taliya stared at the mansion that loomed before her: maybe it was because she had been called home for her grandmother’s funeral, but her mother’s house seemed overwhelmingly reminiscent of a mausoleum, and she shuddered as the ornate doors opened in response to her presence.  As she stepped into the empty foyer its vaulted ceiling and unadorned walls instantly made her feel stifled, suffocated: it was like this every time that she returned from having been away, as if the part of her that was real couldn’t pass through the doorway, and the part of her that did pass through was little more than a construct, created by her mother — or maybe for her mother.

“Mistress Taliya.”

She winced inwardly — she hated being called Mistress — and turned to face the speaker.

“Regino.”  Her voice was warm as she greeted the butler, even as her eyes darkened with worry: the man was not making eye contact with her, a sure sign that either she was in trouble or that she was not going to like what he was going to tell her.  “Where is Mother?” she asked. 

“She is in her office.  She said she had a few things to take care of.”

“Grandmother’s funeral?”

Regino looked even more uncomfortable.  “I am sorry,” he said.  “It was held the day that she passed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April Camp Update: One Third of the Way Through

I am beginning to think that I have set myself up for failure, setting a goal of 60,000 words plus a poem a day this for this month.

I should be at 20,000 words by the end of the day today.  I am currently at just over 10k.  I might get to 15 by the end of the day – if I can stay focused and keep the pain under control.

(I managed to pinch my sciatic nerve yesterday and there is no such thing as a comfortable position.  I might even have to break down and go to a doctor, except that would require getting dressed and leaving the house, neither of which is on today’s agenda.  I have to work the next three days (then have three days in a row off!) so we’ll see how it goes.)

Meanwhile, the writing is crawling along.

Part of me wants to take a break from my current project and write something different, at least for a few thousand words, but another part of me says to stay with the current project because I am so close to finishing it.  (Well, finishing the first draft, at any rate.)

(And by “something different” I mean “start something new” which I am trying really hard not to do this year as I really want to get some things finished.  But there is this science fiction story that has been around for a few years and it is getting increasingly persistent in its nagging.  Maybe in November…)

So far I am doing well at resisting the siren call of the new project, but I feel my resolve weakening.

“You know you want to,” a seductive voice whispers.  Yes, I do want to. But I also want some finished projects to show for this insane challenge I’ve set myself.

“It will boost your word count,” a rational voice insists.  This voice is harder to deny: working on something new and fresh will breathe life into my creativity, make writing fun again – until that book, too, becomes work.

And then where will I be?
Right where I am now, except buried under yet another unfinished project waiting for me to settle down to work.
No thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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