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Progress and Plans

It was strange being home this weekend.

Normally I work on weekends and am scrambling to keep up with Rainbow Snippets before I go to work on Saturday, then scrambling to catch up with it and Sunday Snippets when I get home Saturday night – and again Sunday morning and afternoon before work (I work the 3 – 11 shift), and Sunday night after work, and Monday before work…  But I was able to stay caught up on both all weekend, and it just feels… weird.

And not only did I stay caught up on the blog hops, I also reached the halfway point in making changes to Book Two of The Academy of the Accord. Now that I’m on a roll with it again I’m hoping to finish it in the next couple of days, definitely by the end of the week.

Barring any more snags, that is.  At one point I needed to get more pages out of my binder and my “oh, so not spoiled” rat was in my sleeve and I couldn’t do it without disturbing him so I had to wait until he moved.  (Nope.  Peter isn’t spoiled.  Not at all.)

Anyhow, if I can get it done by Tuesday there’s a chance that I can get Book Three’s changes entered before I go back to work.

(No, I don’t know when that will be.  I have a follow up appointment with the surgeon on Tuesday the 23rd so I’ll probably find out then.)

I also need to get back to work on the paper edits of Book Four, and I really need to get back to work writing Book Six so I can get it finished. (At the rate I’m going I’ll be ready to edit it before it’s ready to be edited.)

But we’ll see.

At least the weather is going to cooperate and help me out on the editing goal.  It was supposed to be in the 40s tomorrow and I was planning on getting out and running some errands (which always takes longer than planned) but now they’re calling for snow starting this evening and devolving into freezing rain through Tuesday afternoon, so I’m thinking it’s going to be a better day to stay inside with lots of hot tea.

However…

My fingers are itching to stitch (counted cross stitch) or crochet, and I still haven’t figured out how to balance everything. (Or how to stitch with my hands and type with my toes.)

And, of course, the kitchen still refuses to clean and declutter itself.

 

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Sunday Snippet February 14, 2016

Continuing with Book Two of the Academy of the Accord series, and picking up a few sentences after last week’s excerpt.  Marsden has been following the boy who stole the skewer of chicken.

“I said leave him alone!”   The voice was angry, not frightened, and Marsden diverted into the alley to see what was going on. 

The boy he had been following stood defiantly facing two older and larger boys, both of whom were better fed and better dressed.  Most likely merchants’ sons come down to the wharves for a little fun, Marsden thought, even as his attention was drawn to a still figure that was crumpled to the ground behind the boy, curled up in a fetal position, his white robes dirty and bloody. 

“Gonna make us, whoreson?” one of the others sneered.

“If I have to.” 

The younger boy’s voice was calm, unafraid, and Marsden’s experienced eye examined his stance – light, balanced on the balls of his feet, alert, but not tense – and he smiled;  he’d make a fine fighter.

One of the older ones lunged for the boy and jerked back, howling in pain, clutching his stomach as bright red blood spread out from a knife slash. 

“That’s enough!” 

Marsden strode forward and for a moment all three of them froze, then one of the older ones shouted, “It’s the Guard!  Run!” and bolted, followed more slowly by his injured companion.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-13-2016

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Continuing from Disturbed Magic (until or unless a better title comes along) but skipping ahead a bit.  Tirza has convinced Kel to join her for supper – her treat – as a thank you for saving her life.  Tirza is looking for her father, who is rumored to live in the Eastonesse Barrens.  Kel has advised her to book passage with a caravan.

 

“I don’t think that I care much for trade caravans,” Tirza replied. “Or at least, not for the men who guard them.  I think I’d be safer on my own than with men like those.”

“If you were part of the caravan you would have nothing to fear from them. The guards are usually mercenaries, but most mercenaries honor their contracts.”

“Are you?”

“Am I what?”

“A mercenary.”

So, Kel, are you a mercenary?  Guess we’ll find out next week.

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Writing, Sort Of

You know, I really shouldn’t be left unsupervised for long periods of time; I get into far too much trouble when left to my own devices.

I had my gallbladder removed on Monday, and managed to convince my surgeon to let me go home that same day.  (I’m a nurse (LPN) and my roommate’s a nurse (RN) so there really wasn’t any valid reason to keep me overnight.  I mean, it wasn’t like I was going to be overdoing things.  All I did was sleep all day and all night, and in the brief moments when I wasn’t sleeping I wasn’t exactly conscious and coherent, but anyhow…)

So, I’ve been home since Monday, conscious since Tuesday.

My roommate was home Tuesday (and I still didn’t feel like doing too much) but she went back to work Wednesday, just in time for me to be feeling well enough to see what kind of trouble I could get into.

About half a lifetime ago, I had a lot of pen pals.  But then life happened and I kind of drifted away from it, although not without regrets, and part of me wishes I could find the addresses of my old pals and write to them again.

But anyhow…

(You all do see where this is going, don’t you?)

I joined a couple pen pal groups on Face Book.

And then I Googled…

Uh-oh.

I’m trying to be good, really I am.

I mean, writing (novels, not letters) is my first priority, but I miss having pen pals.

And letter writing will give me a break from novel writing, and expose me to new ideas and…

See?  Anything can be rationalized and related to writing.

Hey!

I wonder if there’s a group for novel writers looking for pen pals?

*wanders off in search of a cup of tea and the answer to the question*

 

P.S. Me of the illegible handwriting ordered a fountain pen, too.  This should be… interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #59 (2/10/16)

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:

sword
a piece of lace
a fancy restaurant

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

 

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Progress, Plans, and Problems

I had an awful thought.

Well, two awful thoughts.

The first one was the realization that I’m going to need to write blurbs for all twelve books in the Academy of the Accord series

The other is that I’m going to have to come up with actual titles for all twelve books.

Forget free lance editors. What I really need are professional blurb-writers and book-namers.

(Anyone want to apply for the job?)

In less frightening news, I finished the first round of paper edits of Book Three of The Academy of the Accord.  I put it back into its regular binder last night, and moved Book Four into the flex one so I can start work on it.

But I’m kind of torn.  Yes, I want to work my way through these first edits, but I’m getting way ahead of myself when it comes to entering changes to the Word doc, which makes it hard to interpret my handwriting. (I’m only a quarter of the way through Book Two on that part of the project.)

(But on the other hand, I’m going to be off work for at least a week so I have a good chance of getting caught up.)

The other issue is that I really don’t want to get too much further into this until I start work on my concordance.

I think I’m going to do Book Four, and maybe Five.  Or at least most of Five.  Then stop to work on the concordance, get caught up on entering changes, and finish the revisions to Onyx Sun and get it published.

Book Five is a good place to pause and regroup before forging ahead, because there is sort of a shift in the story starting with that book. And the end of Five and the starts of Six and Seven sort of run concurrently so I need to be able to sit down with all three of them and spread them out in a row and flip back and forth between them.

(And how did I get myself into this mess?)

Plus, April is coming, and with it NaPoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo.

So, yeah.  I’m going to work through Four and maybe Five and then put paper edits on hold until May.

And I’m going to try not to think about blurbs and titles.

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Sunday Snippet February 7, 2016

Book One of The Academy of the Accord is safely in the hands of a brave beta reader, so I’m going to post from Book Two this month.

Marsden is searching for an apprentice wizard who’s gone missing from the Wizard Guild House in Moinacheem while Vinadi is tied up in meetings. (This is set a few years after Book One.)

 

A quick motion caught his eye and he turned just as a slight, dark-haired figure detached itself from a shadowed alley and darted forward and snatched a skewer of chicken from the edge of a street vendor’s grill.

“Hey!  Get back here, you!”  But the boy had disappeared into the throngs of people and the man sent an impressive string of curses after him.  “Slimy wharf rats!” he muttered, angrily flipping another skewer so the meat wouldn’t burn.

“A problem, are they?”

He looked up, suddenly smiling at the customer in front of him.  “That one is.  Only hits any of us when we don’t have any help so we can’t go after him.”  He shook his head, saddened as he calmed down.  “Probably doesn’t have any parents.  Most of ‘em don’t.”

Marsden smiled and bought a skewer of chicken, then reconsidered and bought a second, dropping some extra coins. “To pay for the boy’s,” he said. “Do you have any idea where he lives?”

The man shrugged.  “Probably in the corner of a warehouse or an unused back room he’s broken into. If any of us knew where to find him, trust me, we would have hauled him to the guards by now.”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 2-6-2016

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

Continuing from Disturbed Magic (until or unless a better title comes along) and picking up with the aftermath from last week’s post, in which a group of half a dozen guards from a merchant caravan were harassing a woman in an alley and somewhat recklessly challenged Kel to make them stop.  Kel is now trying to assure the woman that she is in no danger.

 

“You – You’re not just a warrior,” she said, staring at the bodies.

Kel shrugged. “A very well trained warrior, then.”

She pulled her gaze away from the bodies to study her rescuer.  Kel was young and slender, with a graceful, almost delicate, build; long blond hair was pulled back in a tight warrior’s braid, and a simple blue leather band encircled his head.  Loose fitting dark blue trousers were tucked into black boots, and the dark blue leather tabard worn over a lighter blue shirt was devoid of any insignia, marking the warrior as a Free Blade, a sword for hire.  For a moment she was almost afraid again, but the gentle warmth in Kel’s voice and the humor and compassion in his blue eyes won out.

“I’m Tirza.”

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Packing and Planning

It’s going to be a crazy busy weekend.

Work, of course, and the snippet blog hops.

But in addition to the usual, this afternoon I find out what time my gallbladder surgery is on Monday, and once I know that I can start planning when to do all the stuff that needs to get done before then.

Yes, I already have a list of what I need to do and pack, but knowing when I have to have it done by will help a lot.

As to what I’m taking, oh, just the usual…

a change of clothes
my phone and charger
my Kindle Fire and charger
a notebook or two
a few pens
possibly a manuscript to edit
colored pens, highlighter, post it notes, and paperclips for the editing process

I’m also going to take a counted cross stitch project or two

What?  Doesn’t everyone pack like that for an overnight hospital stay?  What is wrong with people?

Actually, I’m hoping for an early surgery with a chance of talking the surgeon into letting me go home that day.  After all, I’m an LPN and my roommate is an RN and will be home with me so…

But just in case he doesn’t see things my way, I’ll be prepared.

And since I’ll be off work for a week, maybe two, I should finish entering changes to Book Two of The Academy of the Accord next week.  I’m a fifth of the way through it now.  I still need to finish the paper edits of Book Three, though.

And I think I’ve come up with a way to start organizing a concordance for it. (Muse knows I need one!)  The current plan is to start with a Bullet Journal to get all the information in one cross-referenced place. Then I can go from there to build an actual concordance or writer’s bible which will eventually move into a three ring binder, I think.

(Adds a blank book to start the Bullet Journal in to the packing list.)

(Yes, I know it would have been much easier and made much more sense to have started tracking all this from the beginning.  Had I known how much this was going to grow, I would have.)

Oh, and if you don’t know what a Bullet Journal is, check out this video:

 

And if anyone else has a Writer’s Bible for a series they’re writing, please feel free to share your organizational tips and tricks here. I have the feeling I’m going to need all the help I can get.

(Some wonderful people from a Bullet Journal FB group have given me suggestions for apps and software which I’ll check out next week while I’m off.)

 

 

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Wednesday Words #58 (2/3/16)

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:

She could no longer see the tower.

 

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

 

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