Monthly Archives: August 2014

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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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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