Sunday Excerpt — September 14, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

Again, I’m skipping ahead a bit from last week.  They are on Earth and at the castle.  Kaen has accepted Blood Offerings from all of his people, but Gregor has noticed that someone is missing…

(There may or may not be some creative punctuation involved.)

 

“Where is Mirela?”

“Mirela is…”

“I am here,” Mirela’s quiet voice cut off Gavril’s answer.

“There you are!”  Gregor hugged her tightly.  “Where have you been?  I thought you would be the first to greet me.”

“What are you doing here?”

Mirela turned to face Gavril, defiance shining in her blue eyes.  “I am here to offer my blood to my family’s Master.”

“I told you…”

“You have no say in this.  I am of the Blood – it is my right to make the offering to my Blood Master.”

 

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Sunday Excerpt — September 7, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

Sanguine is back from one of two awesome and brave volunteer pre-readers (thank you so much, Sarah W!) so watch this space for a release date.   And, meanwhile, please vote on a cover

Again, I’m skipping ahead a bit from last week.  They have arrived on Earth and are at the castle.  Anca, Gregor’s great grandmother, is the first to offer Kaen her blood.  (As the eldest, the honor was given to her.)

(Pay no attention to random punctuation and run on sentences – they don’t exist in the big version.)

 

“Anca,” Kaen said, bowing deeply, “Gregor has told me much about you:  it is an honor to meet you.”

She held his gaze for a long moment.  “Master,” she said softly, “I did not think that I would live to see the day you returned to us.”  Then she shook her head.  “It’s about time you came home.”

Kaen laughed and embraced her, lifting her off her feet.  “Yes, yes it is,” he agreed, smiling.  “I promise I will not stay away so long again.”

Gently he set her back on her feet and she smiled, drawing her ceremonial blade, never taking her eyes from his as she raised her wrist and made a cut, speaking the ancient words. 

“I offer freely that which you need,” she said.  “Drink deeply of my life, my lord.”

Kaen took her wrist gently and lowered his head, accepting her blood offering, suddenly overcome with emotion as he began to truly understand – truly know – that these people had been waiting for his return to a place that he could not remember ever having been, but a place that he knew was home.

 

 

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Back to Work…

All in all, it’s been a fairly productive three days off.

First of all, I came up with some potential cover images for Sanguine, so please go vote for one if you haven’t already.

I did some editing of Sanguine using Sarah’s comments, and I fixed a name change that I missed. (Thanks, Danielle!)

I’ve been posting chapters to Wattpad, but I still haven’t tackled Goodreads.  (But I’m blaming that on the fact that it suddenly got too hot to think again. Ugh.  I can’t wait for cooler weather!)

I’ve added words to my current WiP (Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy).  Only a couple thousand, and a lot of them are probably going to be cut, but sometimes the important thing is to just keep writing, because sooner or later something that you write is going to show you the way to move forward.  And yesterday something did so I’m excited about the project again.  I’m not sure how to segue to it, but since this is just a first draft I’m perfectly content to write [SEGUE NEEDED] and get on with it.

And I’m working on outlines for November.

Yes, outlines.  Plural.

No, I’m not planning on doing two novels in November – I did that once and swore to never do it again – but I’m having trouble deciding what to write.   Sarah wants a sequel to Sanguine, but Rowland has been patiently waiting for a sequel to Song and Sword.   And then there is Book Twelve of The Academy of the Accord series that needs to be written (along with Books Six, Seven, and Ten, but they’ve been sort of started so they don’t count).  And of course, there are a few other plot bunnies hopping around nibbling at the edges of my mind…  It’s getting crowded in there and will be worse by the end of October.

Oh, and I got the email from HQ that the 2014 Municipal Liaison kits are ready, so if I hadn’t already been thinking about NaNoWriMo I would be now anyhow.  But now I have to plot and ponder how to use this year’s “theme” for my region.  And start putting together a calendar of events.

But, now it’s time to go back to work at my day (well, evening) job, so…

Other than more work on the outlines, which I’ll print (on reused paper) and take to work with me, I doubt I’ll get much done for the next week or so.  I’m working five days in a row, get one off, work one, get one off, and then will be working at least three days.  (I haven’t seen that schedule yet.)  I’m hoping that during my next run of three days off I can get Sanguine formatted, but I know I’ll be too wiped out to do it next week.

I might also start working on a blurb for Sanguine.  If you hear a lot of swearing coming from Western Pennsylvania it will probably be me.  (I hate writing blurbs.  I would rather edit than write blurbs…)

 

 

 

 

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Just Another Laboring Day…

Happy Labor Day to those in the United States.  It’s just another work day for me, although one that has a better rate of pay than normal.

And I’m in a really good mood and am going to happy dance through my shift.

Why is that?

Well, I got Sanguine back from one of my pre-readers, the ever-wonderful Sarah Wesson.   (Seriously – check out her blog and her books – she’s awesome!)  It made sense to her and her only main comments were regarding description… or my lack thereof.   Easy things to fix, so that’s on my agenda for my day off tomorrow.   (I would do it today, but I have to go to work and don’t want to do a rush job.)

(Well, she also wants a sequel, and she says I owe her a keyboard – and probably a cup of coffee.)

Also on my agenda for tomorrow is figuring out Goodreads.

Yes, I am slowly forcing myself into the self-promotion thingy.  Ugh, ugh, and double-ugh.  Triple-ugh, even.

Towards that end, I set up a Wattpad account and am posting chapters from both Song and Sword and Sanguine on it.  Song and Sword is a bit easier to do because with Sanguine I have to read over the excerpts first to make sure they aren’t too explicit.

I’ve also been making myself a list of things to do on a daily basis, and looking at it tells me one thing:  fall is starting.  I always get a burst of energy in the fall and think I can take on the world.

And that world includes all of the plot bunnies that are hopping around in a folder on my computer.  Right this minute I want to write everything.  Right now! All at once!

I’d better get busy…

 

P.S.  Hopefully by Friday’s post I’ll have at least narrowed down the choices for the cover for Sanguine.  If I have, I’ll have a page for them here for previews and feedback.

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Sunday Excerpt — August 31, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

Sanguine is in the hands of two awesome and brave volunteer pre-readers, so watch this space for a release date.

Anyhow, I’m skipping ahead a bit from last week:  The interior design of the ship isn’t complete, but they’ve decided (after an incident between Murray and the head of the security team) to head for Earth anyhow, taking the work crew with them.  (It’s voluntary – they’re not kidnapping them!)  Gregor is collecting the names of those who wish to go on the trip.

(Pay no attention to random punctuation and run on sentences – they don’t exist in the big version.)

 

Kaen glanced at the chronometer.  “Best get to the airlock,” he said, “their shift should be ending soon.” 

“How did this get to be the First Officer’s job?”

Kaen grinned. “It’s a personnel issue.”

Gregor laughed and stood up, stretching.  “If you say so, Master.”

“Well, I’d scare them and they’d scare Murray and Trini is fussing over her engines being ready and is so excited to cast off that I’m going to have to ask Constin to give her a tranquilizer so she can sleep tonight.”

“She is so thrilled to have her very own engine room, and so scared that she will let you down.  You do have that effect on people:  you make them want to please you – once they stop being scared of you, that is.”

“And do you want to please me?” Kaen teased.

Gregor glanced at the time.  “I’ll be back once they’re gone.” 

Kaen roared with laughter at the non-answer:  he knew the real answer, of course, and couldn’t wait to draw it out of him later. 

 

 

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Back At It

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done my usual posts.  Sorry ‘bout that.  Between my job sucking the life out of me and a concerted effort to make it through the latest round of changes in Sanguine, well… Time sort of got away from me. (Not to mention the fact that I keep losing track of what day of the week it is because my schedule changes all the time.)

Anyhow…

Sanguine is in the hands of a couple brave pre-readers and as soon as I have their feedback (or maybe sooner if I get too antsy) I’ll be formatting it and getting it published.  I suppose I could work on all of the front pages stuff in between now and then.

And, of course, there’s the cover, which is an exercise in indecision.  I’m doing it myself (yeah, yeah, I know – everyone says that’s a bad idea, but money is an issue right now.  Plus, I want something simple – just the title and my name on a star field.  My problem is deciding which star field photo to use.  *sigh*)

Anyhow, I’m now back to working on The Other Mages trilogy.  I’d like to get Book Two finished soon and maybe get Book Three finished before NaNoWriMo.  A lot of Book Three will be copied and pasted from the original, so that should be doable. Then after NaNo (or after I finish the trilogy if it’s not done before then) the editing starts on it and that’s going to be a mess and a half.

And I’ve decided that I need to do more promotion.  I’m a rather low-key kind of person, though, so that’s hard for me to do.   I’m going to start posting excerpts on Wattpad, though, at a friend’s suggestion, so we’ll see how it goes…

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Sunday Excerpt — August 24, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

With any luck, I will have conquered the scene in chapter 14 that is giving me fits and will have this ready to go to some volunteer pre-readers by the middle of the week, which means it could be unleashed on the world next month sometime.

Anyhow, I’m skipping ahead a bit from last week:  Kaen has fed from Constin and he and Gregor have left him to get settled.

(Pay no attention to random punctuation and run on sentences – they don’t exist in the big version.)

 

“Are you all right?” Kaen asked as the ready room door closed behind them.

Gregor nodded.  “It… watching the two of you… it was as if I could feel the bonding happening, and I was part of it, not outside of it.”  He paused, thinking.  “Our family is close, Master: yes, we are scattered and often don’t see each other for years at a time, but there is still a closeness. – somehow now it feels… more intense – I feel… closer… to Constin than I did before.”

Kaen smiled and pulled Gregor to him, holding him.  “No jealousy?”

“I know my place, Master,” Gregor said, his tone dejected: he lowered his eyes, not meeting Kaen’s gaze.

“Gregor.”  Kaen stepped back, preparing to lecture him, but saw the grin hiding in Gregor’s eyes and laughed.  “Constin is right, you are a brat.”  Gregor’s grin spread to his lips and suddenly Kaen was kissing him, hungry for more than blood.  “Gregor,” he murmured, “I cannot wait until everyone is settled for the night.”

 

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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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