Monthly Archives: May 2016

Promise You Won’t Laugh?

I obviously didn’t recover any sanity over the weekend.  In fact, I think I lost more.

Yesterday  I made a list of everything I want to do and work on (writing-wise) in the next two months.

And there’s a lot.

But at least I’m recognizing that I’m not going to get everything done that’s on my list.

On the other hand, I have to work today but am off tomorrow and Wednesday, and surely in that amount of time I can do all of the following:

finish entering changes to Book Four of The Academy of the Accord
enter the changes to Book Five of The Academy of the Accord
write a guest blog post
finish the revisions to Onyx Sun
find a cover artist for Onyx Sun
write a blurb for Onyx Sun
(Hey! You promised not to laugh!)
format Onyx Sun
release Onyx Sun
set up Wednesday Words prompts for July and August (June is already done)
set up Rainbow Snippet posts for June, July, and August
set up Snippet Sunday posts for June, July, and August
write 5000 words for JuNoWriMo (never mind I have no outline)

You all can stop laughing now.  Seriously.  It’s bad for morale.

And, hey, that’s not even the whole list — just the stuff that I think I can get done on my days off.  (And that doesn’t even take into account the usual day off stuff, like cleaning the rat cage.)

Really.  Please.  Stop laughing.

And after my days off there is:

finish a short story to submit to an anthology (it’s my first JuNoWriMo project)
edit said short story
finish Book Six of The Academy of the Accord
hit 50,000 words for JuNoWriMo
write another 50,000 words in July for Camp NaNoWriMo
get the concordance for The Academy of the Accord caught up through Book Five — or maybe Six
edit Book Seven of The Academy of the Accord

There’s more on the list, but I think I’ll let them wait until August.

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Sunday Snippet May 29, 2016

Picking up from last week’s snippet:

(Note: first round edits of this book are still in progress.  As Charley says, “Squint.”)

 

“Please, sir,” Draethlen said.  “I – I’m sorry.”

“Sorry for what?” Marsden asked, perplexed.

“I – I drew my sword…”  He looked up at the warrior, desperate to please him and even more desperate to stay with Senzu.  “Please, sir, don’t send me away.”

“Send you away?  Why would I send you away?”

Draethlen looked down to hide his tears.  “Because I drew my sword and… I…I won’t… It will never happen again, I promise.  Please let me stay.”  He looked up at him again, his eyes begging for another chance.  “I promise I won’t be any trouble.”

“You’ll be the first cadet who wasn’t, at least, the first one who was worth anything.”  Marsden’s chuckle was warm and he reached out and pulled both of the children against him.  “You are not going to be sent away, Draethlen. What you did… Son, I didn’t realize it, but you are a Natural Warder.”

“My Warder,” Senzu added.

Marsden chuckled. “Let’s let him get used to one concept at a time, little lady.  Now, come on, let’s go sit down and have a chat, shall we?”  His voice was gentle but firm, and Draethlen found himself obeying, yielding to the warrior’s will as Marsden put a hand on each of them and guided them across the square to a small café. 

 ~~~~~~~~~

Marsden put a plate of cookies on the table, along with three tankards of milk. “Here we go,” he said as he sat down.  “Now, first things first.  Draethlen, you did exactly what you should have done.  You responded to a wizard in trouble.”

“A… a wizard?”  Draethlen looked at Senzu, awed.  She was a wizard?

Marsden chuckled. “Yes, Senzu is a wizard,” he said, as if reading his mind. “She is one of the apprentices at the school.”

Senzu smiled shyly as Draethlen stared at her.

“I – I never met a wizard before,” he said.

Marsden chuckled. “You’ll meet a lot of them at the Academy once the new term starts, but for now you and Senzu will be the only two there.”

Draethlen nodded, slowly pulling his eyes away from her to look back at Marsden. 

The warrior took a cookie from the plate and nodded to the other two.  “Eat up.  Just don’t tell Vinadi I spoiled your appetite for dinner.”

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-28-2016

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Skipping ahead a bit from last week.

Kel was gone before breakfast.  Maresh used magic to locate her and told Tirza that Kel had returned to Antion, the city where they met.  Tirza went after her, and fouond her in a cage in the city square, on public display until being executed as a confessed Sword Dancer in the morning.

It’s late, and the square is deserted.

 

“That – that’s why I followed you.  To – to find you and… and tell you… Kel… I love you.  It doesn’t matter – nothing else matters.”

“Oh, Tirza.”  Kel felt her heart breaking.  Long slender fingers curled behind Tirza’s neck, holding her as she bent to kiss her.

Tirza permitted the kiss, but Kel could feel the tension in her muscles, feel her forcing herself to accept it, and she slowly withdrew her hands.

“Thank you for trying, my lady,” she said softly, stroking her cheek again.  “But it’s all right.  I understand.”

 

I think this might be the last excerpt from this — at least for a while.   I think I might switch gears to a science fiction novel that I’m hoping to release next month.

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Spinning

Sometimes things just spin out of control.

Things like time.

Time is very good at spinning out of control.  Just look at this month.  I can’t believe it’s nearly over – less than a week left.

And my list of things I wanted to do by the end of the month? Yeah. Not gonna happen.  Not by a long shot.

But that’s okay.  Well, not really, but it sort of has to be because “it is what it is.”

(On the other hand, I do still have five days (counting today) and I am nothing if not an eternal optimist.)

Then of course there are the new projects lining up.

It looks like Song and Stone is going to be happening, probably in July.  (If not, then definitely in November.)  The outline is coming along nicely although I still have a few (rather large) plot holes and logic problems to sort out.

The interesting thing, though, is that as I was skimming through Song and Sword as a refresher I found a couple lines that are going to tie in nicely to Song and Stone.  One I thought meant something else at the time (Palora leaving a legacy in Pah’sh’parra) and the other I didn’t put much thought into at all, thinking it was something really straightforward, but apparently I was wrong.

And there’s still the untitled prequel with Pashevel and Hierik which now has a tentative title.

And there’s a new one in between Song and Sword and Song and Stone, which, now that I’m thinking about it, I should probably write first because some of the things in Song and Stone may very well arise from it too and I’ve learned my lesson about writing out of sequence.  (The Pashevel meets Hierik story predates Song and Sword by quite a few years so no worries there.)

Speaking of things spinning out of control, how did my stand alone novel turn into this mess? Again. I’d say I was having flashbacks to The Academy of the Accord but I’m still working on it so I’m not sure “flashback” is the right word.

And now I’m toying with the idea of doing JuNoWriMo because, you know, back to back 50k challenges are fun.  Especially when one starts in five days and there’s no outline in place.

Of course, I could use JuNoWriMo to finish some existing stuff.  That might work.

But what about the editing and revising I’m supposed to be doing?

Spin. Spin. Spin.

How much caffeine is there in the world?

Stop back on Monday to see how much sanity I recover over the weekend.

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Wednesday Words #74 (5/25/2016)

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 river
a costume
a shadow

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

 

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Sequel or Prequel?

So, the hermit got dragged out of her cave on Friday to go to brunch with a friend.

I was wearing a Camp NaNoWriMo t shirt and she asked me when the next NaNoWriMo event was. (It’s July, by the way.)

Said friend is a fan of Song and Sword and is a bit disappointed that I’m posting snippets from (and working on) other books instead of doing more with it, so I told her that the plan for July’s Camp is to write Song and Stone, the sequel to Song and Sword.

And that was the plan.  Maybe even still is the plan.  But…

I was starting to plan the outline on a break at work the other night, and I started thinking that I had already started an outline for it, so when I got home I poked around in my Word docs and I found it.  I also found the scene that I had rough drafted that was sort of the catalyst for the whole “write a sequel to a stand alone novel” thing.

But then I came across something else I had written.  It doesn’t have a name (yet) and was supposed to be a side story about Pashevel and Hierik.  A short side story.  A “short” side story that is at a little over five thousand words and which has what may very well be enough plot to work into a full novel.  (Stuff that I don’t remember having written.)

So now the question is… work on Song and Stone or the prequel?

Song and Stone at least has a title…

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Sunday Snippet May 22, 2016

Picking up from last week’s snippet:

(Note: first round edits of this book are still in progress.  As Charley says, “Squint.”)

 

Draethlen started and turned at the touch of a hand on his shoulder, positioning himself between Senzu and this new potential threat. 

“Thank you, son,” Marsden said, and Draethlen looked up into a pair of warm brown eyes.   “Stand down, now,” he added with a soft chuckle.  “I’m not going to hurt Senzu.”

Draethlen swallowed, suddenly shaking:  he had forgotten about Marsden.

“Draethlen,” Senzu said, touching his shoulder, “it’s all right.  This is Marsden. He’s the Commander of the Garrison at the Academy of the Accord.  Marsden, this is Draethlen, he… he protected me.”  She looked from him to Marsden.  “He’s a Warder,” she said, her eyes wide with the realization. 

“I know he is, Senzu,” he assured her.  “I could tell from the way he responded.” 

Senzu shifted closer to Draethlen, craving the sense of security and protection she had felt from him, a sense different than anything she had ever felt from Marsden or Kordelm or even Wellhym or Yhonshel.  “My Warder,” she added, touching his arm lightly, her voice soft with wonder as she looked at him, the realization sinking in.  She looked up at Marsden, a silent plea in her eyes, and he smiled at her, reaching out to stroke her hair.

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-21-2016

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Picking up from last week, Kel answers the question of why she didn’t tell Tirza that she was a woman.

 

“At first, there was no reason to.  I rescued you, we had dinner, I was nothing more than a warrior to guide you to the Barrens.  My own codes would have forbidden me to just leave you there until I knew you were all right, but even without that, I – I could not have left you. Somewhere along our journey I fell in love with you, and I tried so hard to fight it, to pull away.  But you… you seemed to feel the same way and I kept falling further until I was trapped, with no way to escape my feelings.  And no way to tell you.  And I hated it, because I knew… I knew that when you found out, that you would hate me and would want me to leave you, to stay away from you, and I had to see to it that you were safe first.”  Kel closed her eyes and swallowed the lump in her throat that threatened to choke her.  “In the end, Tirza, I did it as I did everything – because I love you.”

Shaking, Kel turned and entered her own room, closing the door behind her.

“Kel,” Tirza whispered to the closed door.  “Oh, Kel…”  Fighting back tears she stepped back into her room and collapsed onto her bed, sobbing.

 

 

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Happiness Is…

… a new notebook.

I got happy mail yesterday: a traveler’s notebook that I’m going to use for writing related stuff.  (Like working on an outline for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo.)  (Yes, I am planning for it already.)  I used up a few of the billion pages of scrap paper that I have stockpiled to make some inserts for it and I can’t wait to get started using it.  (I didn’t want to use the pretty inserts for stuff that I’m just going to either type up or copy into something else.  I’ll save them for permanent stuff.)

Outside:
TN writing outside

Inside:
TN writing inside

(See why I thought it was perfect?  I would like more elastics to hold inserts but I think I can add them without too much trouble.  It has a loop to hold a pen, too.  Like I said: perfect!)

In other happy news, I did get a little writing done.  I’m not sure the scene will stay in the final draft, but, hey, it was writing!

And in even more happy news, “Paper Arrows,” the flash fiction piece I entered for the Queer Sci Fi contest will be included in the anthology.  I’ll post more details as they become available.

So, all in all, it’s been a good week so far.  Not necessarily a productive one, but a happy one.

And isn’t that more important?

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Wednesday Words #73 (5/18/2016)

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 backpack
a dancer
a sign

 

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

 

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