Monthly Archives: July 2016

Sunday Snippet July 17, 2016

Posting from Book 7 of The Academy of the Accord this month.  Things are a bit tricky since some of this book runs concurrently with the end of Book 5 (and the start of Book 6) but focuses on a different student: Brythel.  Like Yhonshel, Bry is a Tuanae, both wizard and Warder, and Yhonshel is his mentor and partner – they share a bond like that of a bonded wizard and Warder pair.

This hasn’t been edited yet so just pretend it’s good, okay?

Brythel (age 14 or 15 – I need to get a timeline together) went home for winter break. Unfortunately, his father caught him playing his lute (not a “manly” enough activity to suit him) and beat him severely. Brythel is trying to get home to the academy.

Picking up from last week, Brythel has made it to the school’s grounds.

 

He drew a deep breath and coughed, nearly gagging at the taste of blood in his mouth, but ignoring it as he stared around him, getting his bearings on the campus that he knew and loved. 

The castle was up the hill ahead of him; it looked dark and foreboding but he knew it would be full of warmth and love and… And the hill seemed impossibly steep and he dropped to his knees with a sob, turning his gaze to the tower that he knew held Yhonshel’s rooms.

He blinked and shook his head, rubbing his eyes.  It looked like there were lights on there and he struggled to his feet.  Yhonshel would help him.  And even if he couldn’t, he would give anything to feel his arms one more time…

He stumbled onward, blinded by the wind that drove sleet and freezing rain into his face, barely feeling the icy needles that struck his skin.  He was so close.

And so cold.

He raised his eyes to the tower again – it didn’t seem to be any closer and despair gripped him.  He would never make it up the hill to the castle.  He wasn’t even sure he could make it around the hill to the orchard.

A dark shape loomed to his left.  The bathhouse.  He stumbled toward it; it was always warm and he could rest for a bit until he was warmer and strong enough to make it to the orchard…

A wall of heat and humidity met him as he stumbled through the outer rooms and into the room with the pool of hot water, where he collapsed against the wall, clutching the lute. 

He would just rest here, just for a little while…

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-16-2016

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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.

Posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision and which I’m hoping to publish next month.  (Those of you who participate in Sunday Snippets may remember parts of this.)

Taliya has just found out that her mother sold her lover (Luzita) into slavery.

There may or may not be some creative punctuation involved in the following text.

Taliya stared at her, stunned, her mind numb even as her thoughts whirled and spun out of control.

“She didn’t have to pay room and board.  Grandmother–”

“Your grandmother is dead.”  Maureena’s voice was cold. “This House now operates under my rules.”  Maureena’s smile was colder than her voice. “And under my rules, everyone pulls their own weight.  I don’t believe in charity.”

“You sold her…”  Disbelief still softened Taliya’s voice.  “You sold Luzita…”

“You’ll find someone else.  Someone more suitable.”

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Camp Update July 15 2016

I am 4073 words below par.  I was down to 2460 but midnight happened.  Midnight is going to be happening a lot this week.

Let’s see.

Thursday after work I dropped my car off at the garage for its inspection.  I have no idea what time they’ll do it today, but until I hear from them I’m going to be worried about how much is wrong and how much it’ll cost to make it right.

Anyhow, I’m meeting a friend for lunch today and then home for a bit and then to work. Not much time to write until I get home after work and how much I get done then depends on how tired I am.

Plus I have no idea when or how I’ll be getting my car back, but I definitely need it by Saturday.

And speaking of Saturday, that’s when the blog hops start.

So, yeah, good luck staying within 5000 words of par!  There isn’t enough caffeine in the world.

But on a brighter note, I finished the first draft of Book Six of The Academy of the Accord and have it loaded onto my thumb drive so I can get it printed.  It still needs an epilogue but that’s going to wait until I’m doing the first round of edits and revisions because it needs to reflect back on stuff from the beginning of the book and I changed things a lot as I went, so…

My current project for Camp NaNoWriMo is to write the fight scene that is the finale of Book Ten because I kind of abandoned the book when I got confused with who was where doing what.  I was hoping to have it done so I could get it printed too but that’s not going to happen. At least, not for today.  But then, if I don’t have my car back before I have to leave for lunch nothing will get printed anyhow, and I’ll be making another trip down there on Tuesday.

Next up will be a scene I need to write for Book One, mostly because I need it for a scene in Book Twelve that refers to the incident and I think it would kind of be cheating to have it mentioned but never actually shown.

So, two more scenes for The Academy of the Accord and I think I can count it as done, at least as far as the first drafts are concerned.

And after that? I don’t know yet.  I just want to get through my work week with what’s left of my sanity intact.

 

 

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Wednesday Words #81 (7/13/2016)

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:

an octopus
a brass band
a curtain

 

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

 

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Camp Update July 11, 2016

I wrote myself into a corner yesterday before work, but figured out how to get out of it while in the bathtub this morning.  (Wizards can be really hard on plot lines.)

So, anyhow, now I’m really eager to get back to it.  (Amazing what a little inspiration can do, isn’t it?)

So, here’s a quick camp update before I get back to the writing tent.

As of this moment I have 11,173 words written.  Par for today is 17,741 which means I am 6568 words behind where I should be.  I’m obviously not going to get caught up today (I have to leave for the Evil Day Job in a couple hours) but I should get to at least 12K before then.

I hope.

I mean, I really hope.

Because par for tomorrow is 19,394 and that sounds like a whole lot of words away.

Not taking the first day of Camp off really hurt me, I think, but on a brighter note, the main event in November starts on a Tuesday, and Tuesday and Wednesday are my days off from work.

When I was writing Friday’s blog post I was 6222 words behind, so at least I haven’t lost too much ground.  And I haven’t written anything yet today so I might even actually be a little bit ahead of that by the time I leave for work.

I could (I suppose) do some writing at work in odds and ends of downtime, but I’ve been using that time to play with my traveler’s notebooks. By the start of August I want to have a couple tracking systems in place, one for word count and one to track where I am with each individual project. (Or at least, each individual current project. Stuff that is sitting on the back burner probably won’t be added into it.  Or maybe they will.  Depending on how many pages I have in the tracker I might put a couple of m favorite back burner projects in there too.  We’ll see.)

I’m off tomorrow, and in addition to cleaning the rat cage (my usual Tuesday morning project) and writing, I need to do some serious bedroom cleaning.  I’d also like to make some more inserts for my traveler’s notebooks – just practice ones to work out trackers and the like.

But that’s tomorrow.  For today, I have a corner to write my way out of, and characters to torture in the process.

 

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Sunday Snippet July 10, 2016

Posting from Book 7 of The Academy of the Accord this month.  Things are a bit tricky since some of this book runs concurrently with the end of Book 5 (and the start of Book 6) but focuses on a different student: Brythel.  Like Yhonshel, Bry is a Tuanae, both wizard and Warder, and Yhonshel is his mentor and partner – they share a bond like that of a bonded wizard and Warder pair.

This hasn’t been edited yet so just pretend it’s good, okay?

Brythel (age 14 or 15 – I need to get a timeline together) went home for winter break. Unfortunately, his father caught him playing his lute (not a “manly” enough activity to suit him) and beat him severely. Brythel is trying to get home to the academy.

Picking up a few paragraphs from last week’s snippet, with a badly beaten Brythel trying to get home to the school.

 

Cold water jolted his eyes open and he floundered, his numb fingers nearly losing their grip on the broken lute and he sputtered, floundering in the icy stream, the sharp edges of the ice he had fallen through slicing his torso. 

He was in a pool in a stream, the water black against the ice that covered most of it.  Dark skeletons of trees rose on both banks, but beyond them a stone wall marked a well known boundary and he sobbed in relief as he pushed through the water, breaking through the ice on the far side and clambering clumsily up the bank. 

The wall was the dike that protected the grounds from spring flooding. 

He had made it.

It took him several tries to make it over the low wall, hindered by wet clothes, his lute, and muscles that were as numb as his mind, but finally he slithered across the top of the rocks and fell down the other side with a sob of relief. He was on the grounds.  Now all he had to do was make it to the orchard…

But he was so cold…

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-9-2016

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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.

Posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision and which I’m hoping to publish next month.  (Those of you who participate in Sunday Snippets may remember parts of this.)

I love how much you all are hating on Maureena.  It makes my little authorly heart happy.

“And Luzita?” she asked. Ordinarily she would have been waiting to greet her, to welcome her home.

“Gone.”

“Gone?  Gone where?”

Taliya was gripped not by grief now, but by fear.  Had Maureena run her off?  Turned her against her?

“I don’t know.  I sold her.”

“You sold her?”  Taliya was certain that she was hearing things.

“She could not pay for her back room and board or even for her current upkeep. I sold her to a slaver to recoup my losses.”

 

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Word Count Woes

I am 6222 words below par on word count for Camp.  Pretty sure I’m not going to get caught up before work and am equally as sure that I’ll be even further behind by the time I’m writing Monday’s post.

But on the other hand, while I may be behind on word count, I am making progress.  I finished the additional scene I was working on for Onyx Sun and wrote a new ending for the book.  I also consolidated the two extra scenes, the new ending, and a couple pages of beta reader notes into one Word file which is now on my thumb drive so I can get it printed next Friday when I’m where Office Max is.

And Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord will definitely get finished this month.  (Barring something drastic happening.) I’ve finally managed to pull off the kidnapping I’ve been struggling with for a couple months and my outline is actually looking useful again. Things are moving faster now, charging toward the climax and those magical words: “The End.”  With any luck I can get it printed next week too, along with Book 7 which has been sitting on the thumb drive for months, waiting patiently.

Finishing Book 6 is not going to get me anywhere near 50,000 words, though.  I’ll be lucky to hit 20K with it, which is going to leave me with 30K to use for something else.

But what to write?

I do need to write a final fight scene for Book 9. I kind of abandoned the ending of that book because I was getting confused as to who was where, and I’m pretty sure that I have several people in two different places at the same time.  (Oops!)  So, I think when I finish Book 6 I’ll write the final fight scene and wrap up of Book 9, then when I get to the editing portion I can fix the mess that I made of the rescue.

But that fight scene and wrap up shouldn’t be much more than 5000 words, leaving me stranded halfway to my word count goal, and not sure where to go next.  Hedge House is a possibility, or Book 2 of The Other Mages because I really would like to finish that trilogy some year.

Or maybe I’ll just write all my WiPs on little pieces of paper and draw one out of a hat.  That sounds like a good plan except for one thing:

I don’t have a big enough hat.

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Wednesday Words #80 (7/6/2016)

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:

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(Photo by @kellydelay    Found on FaceBook.)

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

 

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1776

So, I need to write 1776 words per day to finish on time.  Appropriate number for the Fourth of July, don’t you think?

But never fear! It will be worse by tomorrow.

Today I’m going to finish the blog hops (Rainbow Snippets is done, Sunday Snippets haven’t even been started) and trim my fingernails so I can type without being annoyed by them tomorrow.  (I seriously don’t know how people with long fingernails can type.)

Tomorrow I’m going to clean the rat cage and write.  And drink a lot of Mountain Dew to try to stay focused.  Wednesday will be pretty much the same, minus the rat cage cleaning. I’d like to have a two or three thousand word cushion by the time I go back to work on Thursday.  And with any luck I’ll be able to maintain that until the weekend strikes back.

Other than getting caught up and getting ahead, what I’d really love to do on my “weekend” is finish the bits I need for Onyx Sun.  Then, once I get a bit of breathing room in my word count, I want to figure out where the two scenes (one already written plus the one I’m working on) need to go in the manuscript and insert them, put the new ending in place, and get the whole thing ready to print for another round of editing to start either when I hit 50k or the beginning of August.  (I’d love to be able to get it printed on the 15th when I meet a friend for lunch, but we’ll see.  Word count comes before editing and such this month.)

By the end of the month I want to be able to print Book Six of The Academy of the Accord. (And once school is back in session in September I want to be able to take Books 5, 6, and 7 to the library to spread them out and work on continuity between the three of them.  And maybe Book 8, too – I’m not sure yet.)

I’ve been posting snippets of Onyx Sun in the Rainbow Snippet blog hop on Saturdays, and it warms the cockles of my little authorly heart to see how much people hate Maureena.  (This is actually the second group to hate her – the Sunday Snippet crew was forming a lynch mob.)

And that’s about all the news from NaNoLand.

Well, almost all the news. The rest will have to wait for another day.

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