Monthly Archives: December 2014

Wednesday Words #1 12-31-2014

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:

Write a short story about a New Year’s Resolution.
Include the following things in the story:
a door
a locket
a beam of sunlight

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Catching Up

So, here it is: the last blog post of 2014.  (Well, except for the first ever Wednesday Words post coming up on the last day of 2014, which I’m kind of excited about, even though I haven’t actually finalized the prompt yet.)

I’m looking forward to 2015, and my 1K-a-Day writing challenge. With luck I’ll finish a novel or two or three.  (In the “Unrealistic Expectations” department, I find myself fantasizing about finishing ten novels and editing eight. You can stop laughing now — I said I knew it was unrealistic.)

And when I finally make my way out from under the mountain of current WiPs (which, if I continue the 1K-a-Day challenge might take me a couple years — or three or four) I hope that I remember that staying focused on one project at a time is far more productive than having a bunch of half-finished novels sitting around in their underwear nagging me to make them a sandwich and get them a milkshake.

But who am I kidding?  I’m not even certain that I can finish one year without starting something totally new and unrelated to my current projects.

In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that something else will show up and demand to be written: for every one of my works in progress I have at least another half dozen plot bunny sleeper cells lurking in my brain, just waiting for my muse to signal them to attack. (Attacks usually come when I am working on an outline for NaNoWriMo, and since I do that three times a year…)

*sigh* I’m never going to get caught up.

It’s sort of like those nights at work where it seems like the more I do the further behind I get:  sometimes I think I just need to stop until I catch up to myself.

 

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Sunday Snippet December 28, 2014

This is an excerpt from this year’s NaNoWriMo novel, which is still a WiP and which doesn’t have a real title yet. (The Word doc is called “T&A” for Ta’elsin and Arrek, the main characters, but I gave it a working title of Betrayal for NaNo and Wattpad purposes.)

This excerpt picks up from last week’s post.

(This is a very rough first draft and may or may not have been creatively edited to fit the 10 sentence limit.)

 

“What’s with you?” Berrebren demanded.

“What – what is this place?”

Berrebren frowned and glanced at the building.  “The Temple of Misdem. You were imprisoned here, weren’t you?”

Ta’elsin swallowed hard and nodded:  he was still shaking and he willed his muscles to stop but they ignored him.  “I know it was a long time ago, and it shouldn’t still bother me, especially as I don’t have any really clear memories of it, but I can’t help it, I…”

“It wasn’t that bad,” Berrebren snapped.   “You survived.  And you met Sagyl because of what happened, became a wizard because of what happened.”

“No, it wasn’t all bad,” Ta’elsin agreed softly, but it wasn’t Sagyl’s face that he saw, but a pair of warm brown eyes, a hand holding his own, wrapping a blanket around him. He closed his eyes, holding to the memory of the blanket.

 

(The prologue is available on Wattpad if you’d like some background information.)

 

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It’s Friday?

How did that happen?  I really think I need a job with a set schedule so I know what day of the week it is.

Anyhow, first things first: the free books from yesterday are still available. The coupons are good through today as well, so check out yesterday’s post if you’re so inclined.

I’ve been doing a lot of writing in my head. Unfortunately it’s been mostly in my head and hasn’t been the stuff I should be focused on. (But on the other hand, I now have an awesome scene for Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord series for when I get back to it – one which not only relates to Brythel (the main character of that book) but also to the overall arc of the story.  So, yay me! Gotta love bathtub mental wanderings.  (Although I have no idea how my mind ended up on that book.)

The other unintended scene is from Book 2 of my current project. I started out to work on the outline and somehow ended up jotting down a scene.  That’s all well and good but not really on my agenda at the moment.

But on the other hand, my muse does seem to be back from vacation, even though she seems to have a touch of ADOS. (Attention Deficit Oooo! Shiny!)

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A Christmas Gift

Yes, I know, this is not a normal posting day.  But it is Christmas so I decided to give a present (or two) to anyone who wants one.

Both of my books will be free through Smashwords on December 25th by using the links and codes below.

Song and Sword (Coupon Code: DM96C) is a fantasy novel that is probably safe for all readers.

Sanguine (Coupon Code: QA73A) is a science fiction novel with elements paranormal M/M romance and includes explicit sex scenes.

You can check out more info on them by clicking on their pages in the header.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Not Gonna Make It

So, I had hoped to finish the alternate (original) version of my current WiP before the end of the month. (The version that I had planned, the one that I was writing before my plot took an unexpected sideways jump on me.) It’s not looking like it’s going to happen.

Part of it is that I’ve been getting full time hours at work which equates to less time off, a situation which is going to continue through the end of the month. (I don’t know my schedule past the 3rd yet.) So, what is “yay” for the paycheck is “boo” for the word count. I do have another Word doc set up for it, but that is about as far as I got, other than thinking about how to forget what I wrote so that I can focus on what I intended to write.

The other part of why I’m not going to get it done is that I think I figured out how to fix the logic flaw that has been driving me insane, so I’m writing those scenes instead and inserting them into the version that I finished.

(Well, “finished” may not be the most accurate word for it, all things considered…)

And even better, these scenes will probably (with very minor tweaking) work in the alternate/original version as well, so it’s sort of a two for one deal.

But still, unless I start living on three hours of sleep and five hour energy drinks the alternate/original version is probably not going to be finished in the current year.

That kind of bums me out because I really wanted to start the new year with a new book.

But on the other hand, I am still writing, right?

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Sunday Snippet December 21, 2014

This is an excerpt from this year’s NaNoWriMo novel, which is still a WiP and which doesn’t have a real title yet. (The Word doc is called “T&A” for Ta’elsin and Arrek, the main characters, but I gave it a working title of Betrayal for NaNo and Wattpad purposes.)

This excerpt skips ahead a few lines from last week.   Ta’elsin and Berrebren have taken rooms for the night and will go to the castle in the morning.

(This is a very rough first draft and may or may not have been creatively edited to fit the 10 sentence limit.)

 

The bed was comfortable, but despite the welcome change from sleeping on the ground Ta’elsin spent a restless night, plagued by dreams and fears that he thought he had left behind him.  At last he got up and searched his backpack until he found an old blanket:  wrapping it around his shoulders he laid down again, clutching it around him as he drifted off to sleep.

As they left the building the next morning Ta’elsin glanced back at it and felt a shiver run through him, images of being grabbed and bound flashing through his mind.  He pushed them aside and focused on staying with Berrebren, determined not to be caught lagging today.

His determination fled when they reached a white marble building.  A wide paved plaza in front of it led to a raised portico, tall columns supporting a roof tiled with blue slate. Staring at it he suddenly couldn’t breathe, couldn’t move.  Terror stronger than anything he had ever known gripped him and for a moment he thought he was going to pass out but then Berrebren was shaking him and he pulled himself back from the brink.

 

(The prologue is available on Wattpad if you’d like some background information.)

 

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Coming Soon…

Okay, so because I don’t have enough to juggle, I’ve decided to add “Wednesday Words” to my blog.

What are Wednesday Words?

I’m glad you asked!

Wednesday Words will be a new feature here at Novel Notes that will appear on (are you ready for this? brace yourselves!) Wednesdays!

Starting on December 31st, every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  It 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?

The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

What do you have to do?

Nothing.

You don’t have to do anything.

But if you want you can write a short piece, say 500ish words, using the prompt. If you’d like you can post it here in the comments, or you can post it on your own blog and just post the URL to that post in the comments because I’d love to see what you come up with.

(A pingback to the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

It’s not a contest or anything – just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

Now, you may be wondering how I’m going to manage that while doing my 1K-a-Day Challenge, and hopefully staying on track with posting on Mondays and Fridays and doing Sunday Snippets.  I was sort of wondering the same thing, but I think I have a workable plan.

So there you have it. I think it’s going to be fun but I’d love to hear your thoughts on the idea.

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Too Tired

What do you do when you’re too tired to write?  Especially when you really want to write but you’re so tired that you’re ready to fall off your chair.

That’s the position I’m in right now.  I was on a roll with my current WiP this afternoon but had to stop to go to work. I was hoping to find a few odd minutes to get some words written there, but it was one of those nights where everything started happening at once (and kept on happening for the next three hours or more) and I barely even got my work done.

And then I came home and did laundry and got caught up on the rest of the world and suddenly I’m too tired to write.  I keep hoping I’ll get a second wind, but on the other hand, getting to bed before 3:00 in the morning is a rather novel idea…

(I’m not sure if the pun was intended or not, but I like it so it’s staying.)

So, my dilemma: should I stay up and write or should I go to bed and hope that I have time to do some writing before work tomorrow?

I do know one thing for sure – it’s days like this that make me certain that I made the right choice in deciding to go with words per month instead of words per day in the 1K-A-Day challenge.

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Sunday Snippet December 14, 2014

This is an excerpt from this year’s NaNoWriMo novel, which is still a WiP.  It doesn’t have a real title yet. (The Word doc is called “T&A” for Ta’elsin and Arrek, the main characters, but I gave it a working title of Betrayal for NaNo and Wattpad purposes.)

This excerpt skips ahead a few lines from last week.   Ta’elsin and Berrebren are inside the city gates and approaching what appears to be a mansion.   Berrebren is the first speaker.

(This is a very rough first draft and may or may not have been creatively edited to fit the 10 sentence limit.)

 

“I don’t suppose I need to tell you to be careful in the city, do I?  You’ll be safe enough here,” Berrebren nodded toward the building, “and in the castle itself, but the home base of the Temple of Misdem is here and its clerics don’t like wizards.”

Ta’elsin’s mind shied away from another half remembered memory.  “What is this place?” he asked, searching for safer ground.

“It’s a guest house of sorts, maintained by the Crown for visiting dignitaries – including wizards.”

“But if the Temple of Misdem hates wizards so much why do they allow this place to stand?”

“Because the Crown wants it here and they don’t dare go against the king – yet.  It may happen someday but for right now they follow the King’s Rule.”

Ta’elsin glanced briefly at the older man and then stared at the building before them, not particularly reassured by Berrebren’s words.

“Don’t worry, boy — you’ll be with me and the clerics won’t bother us.”

Ta’elsin nodded: somehow he knew that was true but the memories remained just out of reach – fleeting images that he wasn’t sure were real.

 

(The prologue is available on Wattpad if you’d like some background information.)

 

Want to read more snippets from some really great authors?
Check out Sunday Snippets on Face Book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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