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I Want To Have A Party!

Okay, so I’m maybe (definitely) getting a little bit ahead of myself here, but in a year or two, when The Academy of the Accord series is finally written and has gone through a rewrite and an edit and another edit and finding beta readers crazy enough to stick through the whole mess and more edits and…

Ahem.

In another year or two, when The Academy of the Accord series is finally ready to be unveiled to the world I want to have a party for it.

I’m not really ready to issue “save the date” announcements yet, considering that it’s probably not going to happen until at least 2017, but I can start planning, yes?

I’m not much of a partier, or party giver, so I have a steep learning curve ahead of me.  (Learning curve? More like learning mountain!)

But I have ideas… Not so much for the party but for giveaways, goody bags, whatever you want to call them.  And some of those ideas are going to take some research and planning and…

And I have no clue what I’m doing.

So…

I guess I had better start making a list or three or forty.

But first, of course, I have to get the books written.

But before that I have to finish the two trilogies that are in process. I’m on the last book of one and the other… The other needs book two finished and book three rewritten, and then I can tackle the four unwritten novels in the series, along with sequels to the two already published novels…

All while fending off other plot bunnies, one of which has grown very persistent lately.

So, yes, I’m planning too far ahead.

Or maybe I’m giving myself a dream to work toward.

Who knows?

All I know is I want to have a party!

 

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Wednesday Words #11 3-11-15

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:

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There’s a story in that bicycle, I think…

(Picture from Face Book)

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

 

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Writing Helps

I think I am too tired to be alive.

For those who don’t know, I’m a nurse at a long term care facility.  I work evening shift (3 to 11) part time (four days a week) and my schedule varies: this past week I was off on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

On Friday I dragged myself to work and found out that one of my residents had deteriorated rapidly since Monday.

Friday night into Saturday I stayed up too late.  And by “late” I mean that I went to bed around 4:00 in the morning.

Saturday I dragged myself to work.

Saturday into Sunday was the time change, and on top of losing an hour I didn’t sleep well.  I woke up two or three times and when I did sleep it wasn’t deep and was more like waking dreams.  Weird dreams.  The kind of dreams that make you doubt your sanity.

Sunday I dragged myself to work and found out that another of my residents had gone downhill since the night before.

And in the course of my shift I found that another had done the same.

A long time ago I coined a phrase that describes me right now: “pemmed out.” It stands for Physically, Emotionally, and Mentally exhausted.

And I get to drag myself to work again today.

I’m half tempted to go to bed without doing any writing, but it is times like this that writing is needed.

I need to lose myself in the world I’ve created, interact with the people who live in it, let my emotions color the story.

And the emotions fit the scene that I’m writing.

One character is dead: another is mourning him and trying to come to terms with his death and his part in it.

One character is critically injured: another is watching over him and trying to come to terms with his injury, the death of the other, the turmoil of another, and a few other things as well.

One character is pragmatic enough to know that he can’t do anything about any of the above so he’s going to sleep so at least one person is able to function the next day.

One character is reluctantly going to go lie down but will spend what’s left of the night awake and worrying.

And in the morning they all have to explain to a five year old what happened.

It sort of puts my problems into perspective.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet March 8, 2015

Picking up from last week with another snippet from one of the books in The Academy of the Accord series.   (The series is still a work in progress and so is this scene.)

A few notes first because regardless of where this scene ends up it’s dropping you into the middle of a book in the middle of a series.

The Academy of the Accord is a school that trains both wizards and warriors.

Wellhym (and Kordelm) are in charge of the first year cadets and are the seconds in command of the school’s garrison.

Jorsen is a first year cadet – roughly 10 years old. He is… sort of a laughing stock, picked on by kids that are more coordinated.

Marsden is the commander of the garrison. Vinadi is the headmaster of the school.

A Warder is a warrior with an instinct to protect wizards. (And I need to find a different word for “Warder” because it’s kind of hard to pronounce.)

The usual rough draft and creative sentence structure warnings apply.

We pick up from last week — Jorsen was startled by Wellhym’s approach and nearly fell from the top of the dike.

 

“Easy, son.”  Wellhym caught his shoulder, steadying him with touch and voice. The boy’s eyes were red and Wellhym’s heart ached at the tear streaks on his face.   “Have a seat,” he invited.  He sat down on the top of the rock wall and hesitantly Jorsen joined him, the two of them sitting in silence until subtle shifts in Jorsen’s body told Wellhym that he was starting to relax.

“This is a nice spot,” Wellhym commented. “A good place to get away and think.  Everyone needs a place like this.  I had one.”

“You did, sir?”

Wellhym nodded, suppressing a smile at the disbelief in the boy’s voice. “Sometimes you just need to get away and be by yourself for a while.”

“Yes, sir.”  Jorsen agreed, and a comfortable silence fell over the two of them as Jorsen relaxed further, soothed by Wellhym’s easy manner.  

“Jorsen?”

“Yes, sir?”

“I couldn’t hear what they said to you, but I can guess.”

 

So, the secret is out.  But is this the only “secret” that Wellhym knows? 

 

 

 

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Friday Already?

Back to work for me today.

Why do days off go by so fast and days at work go by so slowly?  Seriously, three days off and I feel like it was only one day.  I’m scheduled for four in a row and they will take three weeks to pass.

As usual, my days off were less productive than I’d hoped.  I did get the rat cage cleaned, and I kept up the thousand words a day, but barely.  I was hoping to have at least a 3000 word cushion by now, but, well, time got away from me.

Again.

As usual.

And to make matters worse, this weekend we set the clocks ahead, so I’ll “lose” an hour of either sleep or writing time.  Fortunately, I work evening shift, so the switch isn’t as bad as it could be, but still, I seriously hate time changes.  They mess with my internal clock and it takes me about two weeks to adjust.

I’ve always been that way with time changes (in both directions) and until recently I just naturally thought that everyone was affected by them.  But a week or so ago I was reading a thread on a cross stitch message board that was talking about the time change, and was surprised to learn that some people aren’t bothered by them at all.

Time in general is weird for me.

I’m good at getting to places when I should: it’s bigger pieces of time that I have trouble with.

For instance, I can tell you when I need to leave to get to work on time, but plan for Christmas? Ha!  That sucker sneaks up on me every year.

Rather like the end of my days off…

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Special Announcement #1

(In case I ever have a special announcement #2 or something…)

Anyhow, I’ve been asked to judge Siobhan Muir’s Thursday Threads contest this week.  It’s a really fun flash fiction contest and was the inspiration for my Wednesday Words posts.

(Yes, this is the Siobhan Muir of centaur fame.)

So stop on over and check out the prompt.  And while you’re there give her blog a follow for more fun stuff.

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Wednesday Words #10 3-4-15

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 stopped clock
a song
a bright sunny day

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

 

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In Like a Lion

March roared in with a snow storm. I shoveled three to four inches of heavy wet white stuff of the sidewalk and out from around my car, and dug a path through the piles the plow left.

Then I still had to clean my car off and go to work.

Aside from the fat that it wasn’t fifteen degrees below zero, so far March isn’t much of an improvement over February.

But it is a whole new month in the 1K-a-Day Challenge.

I made February’s goal – barely – but this is a whole new fresh start – fresh like the snow.

And so far so good.

I got my 1K in for the first and I’ll get today’s thousand words in before I go to bed so I’ll be on track.  And then I’m off for three days and am finally kicking this evil virus so I hope to kick up my word count, too.

I’m rolling again.

I got the whole where, when, and why of the fight scene sorted out, and if I don’t get it written tonight I should knock it out tomorrow.

And then some smooth sailing for a bit and then… another fight scene.

The plan has been for some happy emo stuff for a while, but now I’m not so sure.  I might save that for the end, after the next fight scene, which isn’t just any fight scene – it’s going to be a major battle.

But that’s at the end of the book, which means that the trilogy will be done.

And that is my goal for the end of the month.

Now let’s just see if life will be a lamb and let it happen…

 

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Sunday Snippet March 1, 2015

Switching to something different for a bit and posting something from a long-term project.

This snippet is from a scene in one of the books in The Academy of the Accord series, probably book five but I’m sort of rethinking things so maybe not.   (The series is still a work in progress and so is this scene.)

A couple notes first because regardless of where this scene ends up it’s dropping you into the middle of a book in the middle of a series.

The Academy of the Accord is a school that trains both wizards and warriors.

Wellhym (and Kordelm) are in charge of the first year cadets and are the seconds in command of the school’s garrison.

Jorsen is a first year cadet – roughly 10 years old. He is… sort of a laughing stock, picked on by kids that are more coordinated.

Marsden is the commander of the garrison. Vinadi is the headmaster of the school.

A Warder is a warrior with an instinct to protect wizards. (And I need to find a different word for “Warder” because it’s kind of hard to pronounce.)

 

The usual creative sentence structure warnings apply.

 

 

Wellhym was too far away to hear what had been said, but he didn’t need to hear the words: the mocking laughter and way Jorsen’s shoulders drooped as he hung his head and turned away from the other cadets told him all he needed to know and he glanced at Kordelm.

“Go.”

Anger burned in his partner’s eyes and Wellhym winced: he wouldn’t want to be the other cadets by the time Kordelm got through with them, but he put that thought out of his mind – they had earned whatever befell them – and focused on following Jorsen.

The cadet moved at a steady, measured pace as he passed the castle and started down the hill toward the orchard, but Wellhym could read the tension in his body – a tension he knew all too well – so he held back, staying just close enough to see where he was going:  he wanted to talk to the boy alone but he didn’t want to draw attention to him.   

Jorsen showed no sign of stopping and Wellhym began to worry that the boy was going to leave the grounds, but he finally stopped at a wall of boulders that formed a dike against the spring floods.  He leaned against it for a moment, then clambered up it and sat, staring down at the stream that came down from the mountain.   

Wellhym watched him, waiting until the shaking of his shoulders slowed before joining him on top of the wall.

The cadet jumped and turned to face him, nearly losing his balance as he scrambled to his feet.

 

 

 

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