Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sunday Excerpt — September 8, 2013

So last week we left Vinadi trying to get up enough courage to tell Marsden a secret that he is afraid might destroy their bond.

This week we’re picking up from where we left off.  (This is from my current WiP, Book 4 of the Academy of the Accord series.  With any luck I’ll be working on Book 5 by next week, but I’ll keep on with this one until the secret is revealed.)

(A bit of creative punctuation has been used to get down to an acceptable number of sentences.)

Vinadi is the first speaker:

“It’s personal, and it… it’s going to be hard to explain.” 

Marsden’s steady brown eyes gazed into his.  “This has to do with the rumors about you, doesn’t it?”

Vinadi started. “You knew?”

Marsden shrugged.  “I’ve heard people talk — doesn’t mean much.”

“What if the rumors were true?” 

“Are they?”

Vinadi took a deep breath, steeling himself, but holding Marsden’s gaze as he answered, his voice barely audible:  “Yes.” 


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Song and Sword cover

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Yet another new plan…

I’ve been doing more stitching than writing this week.  Procrastination? Maybe. But at least it was something creative and productive, which is more than I can say for my writing for the last month.

I’ll admit it.  I’ve been avoiding my novel.  I have been struggling with it for over a month, and every time I thought that I had indentified and solved the problem I was just slightly off the mark.

But this time away from trying to force out words gave me a new perspective on things, and a realization that just because Senzu is the main character, in that she is central to the story:  it pretty much revolves around her – her struggles to fit in, an attempt made on her life, etc.

But most of my problem has come from trying to write from her perspective or POV. (Point of View)  Oh, I can manage it for a little while in a few places, but for the most part my writing seems to go better if I’m writing from the adults’ POV.

And since the book starts with the adults, it makes sense to stay with them most of the time.  The problem seems to be that I’m trying to interfere with the natural flow of the story. And that is leading me to tell, not show.

This time away from writing was also recharging.  Re-energizing. I think I’m ready to tackle it again.  I know I’m feeling less overwhelmed.

Sometimes the best cure for writer’s block is to step away for a bit.

So, I’m going to go back to what was working before I changed what I was doing right.  It may create a bit of additional mess in the edit/rewrite phase, but you know what?  That’s okay.  Because I can’t edit and fix what isn’t written, and this new insight should at least get it written.

I hope.

So, batteries recharged, a new (old) strategy in place – I foresee a good writing weekend coming up.  And maybe an actual finish to this story so that I can go on to the next, as I’m already way behind in my schedule for the year.  (“I love deadlines.  I especially love the whooshing sound they make as they go by.”)

Find out on Monday how it went…








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I Have Decided…

that I need to hire someone to make decisions for me.

Seriously.  I hate making decisions, especially if they involve other people because no matter what you decide someone is going to not be happy.  (This even applies to “Where do you want to go for lunch?”  How can such a seemingly innocuous question lead to a thirty minute debate and no lunch?)

I don’t even like making decisions that only involve myself because what if I make the wrong one?  I’ve been in that situation for the last couple of weeks and it finally came to a head on Friday, with a final decision reached on Saturday.  Was it the right one?  Only time will tell, but I am feeling a lot less stressed now that a decision has been made.

One of the main differences between real life and novels is that real life can’t be edited:  once you’ve made a decision, you are stuck with it, for better or worse.  At least in writing you can edit and delete and rewrite it to get the ending that you want.

But decision-making… Yeah, I hate it.  Even in novel writing. And, let me tell you, in most definitely affects my writing!

I hate naming novels.  This is especially bad as I’m working on a 12 book series and a trilogy.  That’s 15 titles that I need to come up with.  (I should start a pool on how many times I change my mind on the titles.)  Working titles are one thing, but the final title, the final decision?  You’d think a life depended on it!

Another problem is that many of my novels have multiple versions of the same scene: this is going to be a major pain when it comes time to edit.  (Yes! I am looking at you, Book Two of the Academy of the Accord series!  I have completely lost count of how many versions I have of the scene where Wellhym’s secret comes out.)

Lack of decision making ability also makes it hard to decide what to write. (I’m currently heavily focused on finishing rough drafts off all the books in the Academy of the Accord series, which makes this one not quite so bad at the moment, but once those books are done I’m in trouble!)  This problem once led me to write two books in one month for NaNoWriMo… not the sanest thing I’ve ever done, although it was fun in a twisted and demented sort of way.

And then there are the Sunday Snippets.  I really enjoy doing them and reading what others have posted, but trying to decide what to post is not as easy as some of the participants make it seem.

Editing, of course, is its own decision-making nightmare.  Move this scene or leave it where it is?  Cut it out completely?  Does it really serve a purpose?  Who would be the best character to say/do this?  When should XYZ be revealed?

I have the same problem in other hobbies as well.  Deciding on wallpaper for a dollhouse?  Decorating a real house would be easier!  And don’t get me started on deciding on floss and fabric colors for counted cross stitch.  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve started the butterfly by Alessandra Adelaide only to change my mind on the fabric or floss or both.

AAN butterfly


They’re everywhere.

And they never get any easier.


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Sunday Excerpt — September 1, 2013

Another snippet from my current WiP, which is Book 4 of the Academy of the Accord series.

This week’s lines are from the opening of the book.  (A bit of creative punctuation has been used to get down to an acceptable number of sentences.)



The warrior smiled and turned, raising a hand in greeting to his wizard, but his expression darkened in concern when he caught sight of him:  Vinadi’s movements were quick, almost abrupt, and his characteristic smile was gone, replaced by a look that hovered somewhere between anxiety and worry. 

“What’s wrong, Vinadi?”  Marsden put a hand on his shoulder and gave it a reassuring squeeze. 

“Do you have a moment to walk with me?”

“Always, my friend,” Marsden said, easily falling into stride with his wizard.  He said nothing, merely kept his hand on Vinadi’s shoulder, feeling him relax beneath his touch.

Vinadi studied Marsden out of the corner of his eye:  they had been through a lot together over the years, but this — this might test the bonds of their friendship. He shook his head:  Marsden was his Warder and he was Marsden’s wizard – there was nothing that could destroy the bond they shared. 

He hoped.  



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Song and Sword is currently available for Kindle and all other e-readers. 

Song and Sword cover

Available for Kindle at Amazon

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