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Rainbow Snippet for 12-31-2016

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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.

I’m still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but now that NaNoWriMo is over I’m going to be diving back into work on it.)

Skipping ahead just a little.  Taliya and Ayess have reached her ship — now named the Onyx Sun.

 

As Taliya and Ayess boarded the ship she felt a sense of curiosity from it, along with a mix of things that she couldn’t sort out: fear? horror? anguish? terror? guilt?  All of those seemed to be involved and she wished she could talk to the ghost and find out why. 

“Welcome aboard, Ayess.”  She smiled.  “Come, let me give you a tour of the ship, and if you have any questions feel free to ask them.”

“May I ask…?” He hesitated, not sure what his boundaries were.

“Ask what?”

“You mentioned a ‘mystery cargo.’  Is it something real?”

“I’m not sure. The ship belonged to a smuggler before he was arrested and I bought it from a broker.  A whole lot of people think there is still something on board but no one will tell me what it is. And the ship has been gone over by the broker and at least two different law enforcement agencies and no one seems to have found anything.”

“And that is the danger that you face?  People wanting the cargo that isn’t here?”

 

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January 2017 Goals

Yay! I have a new (well, refurbished) monitor so I have my PC back.  It’s a smaller monitor, and square instead of a rectangle, but at least it stays on. On my days off this week I’ll be making sure that I have backed up all of my files though.

So, anyhow, now that I have access to all my files it’s going to make my goals for 2017 a lot easier to manage.

Actually, I don’t have overall goals for the year, other than releasing Onyx Sun at some point. (I’d like to make it through first round edits of the rest of the Academy of the Accord series, but I’m not holding myself to that as some of these books are a total mess.)

Anyhow, instead of setting a bunch of goals for the year, I’m going to just do one month at a time.

So, without further ado, here are my January Writing Goals:

  • finish the first round of revisions of Onyx Sun
  • enter the changes
  • get it printed for round two
  • enter changes made to Academy of the Accord Book 5
  • do the 1st round paper edits of Academy of the Accord Book 6
  • Add 5000 words to the Elven Bard book I’m working on
  • set up my traveler’s notebook that is dedicated to writing stuff
  • inserts will include:
  • notes for current WiPs
  • notes for new ideas/stuff not started
  • stuff that’s in progress but not currently being worked on (I need to find a way to track where each project is in the writing process.)

That looks like a lot more when it’s typed up than it did when I wrote it down… I’ve probably over-committed myself again. As usual.

But I’ve set smaller deadlines than “by the end of the month.”  I want to have Onyx Sun‘s first round revisions done by the 13th, for instance, and the changes entered – and the file ready to print – by the 27th. Meanwhile, I’ll be entering the changes to Book 5 of The Academy of the Accord with a goal of having them done by the 13th, and then I’ll work on the paper edits of Book 6.

So it looks like a lot, but with smaller deadlines and alternating modalities (paper edits of one while entering changes of another) it should be doable.

And the 5K words?

Piece of cake. I can do them with 750words.com and not have to worry about cutting into editing time.

So, there’s January.  That’s all I’m worrying about right now.

 

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Wednesday Words #105 (12/28/2016)

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!

a return
an encounter with a former friend
a single snowflake

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

 

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Due to…

Well, since I can’t cancel the rest of the year due to technical difficulties, can I cancel it because…

I don’t know. Think of something.

Lack of interest?

Too much to do and not enough time to do it?

I’m still recovering from the back to back doubles of the weekend and have one more shift to go and then I’m off for two days. (“One more shift. Just one more shift.” has become my mantra for the day. I’ll be switching over to counting hours soon.)

On my days off I have to clean the rat cage, clean off the back porch, clear off my desk, and set up my goals for next year.

And on the goals front, this month of a nearly enforced hiatus from writing and editing has done wonders for me. My mind has shifted back to wanting to write and revise and edit. I’m running through scenes in my head, and every plot bunny that ever existed is screaming for attention. (No wonder I have a headache!)

It’s going to be really hard to decide what to focus on first. (And nearly impossible to start on the 1st unless my new monitor arrives early so I can access everything on my PC.)

Hm. I wonder if I can use that as an excuse to start working on something new?

I should just use it to work on paper edits of Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord

Or maybe I’ll use it to work on Book 2 of The Other Mages.

So much to do, so little time.

Suddenly 2017 is too close… and too short.

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Sunday Snippet December 25, 2016

Twelfth month, twelfth book of The Academy of the Accord series, bringing us to the end of a year of The Academy of the Accord.  I’ll still be working on editing, but probably not posting much from it until it’s ready to release.  That was going to be 2018, but don’t anyone hold your breath – there’s still a lot of work to do on this series and I’m now rather optimistically hoping for 2020.

I had a really hard time deciding what to post from this book.  Parts of this book have several different versions, so I have no idea if this will make it into the final version or not, but…

Just skipping a few lines from last week. Iprain sent Jorsen out to help with Autheren.

 

“Brythel said he was convulsing,” Dovrek said.  “So when I end the stasis spell be prepared to hold him down.”

Torlew nodded and Wellhym drew Jorsen over to the bed.  “We’ll hold him,” he said. 

Dovrek nodded, not really paying attention, his energy focused on the spells running through his hands.

Wellhym’s strong hands kneaded Jorsen’s shoulders for a moment.  “He’s going to be all right, Jorsen.  Dovrek would be a lot grumpier if he wasn’t.”

Jorsen choked back a laugh.  It had never occurred to him to rate the severity of an illness or injury by the state of the head healer’s attitude, but the description was so fitting he was surprised he hadn’t thought of it.

“That’s better,” Wellhym said at Jorsen’s barely concealed snicker.

Jorsen turned to face him.  “It’s my fault,” he whispered hoarsely. “It’s my fault he got bit.  I’m supposed to protect him and I didn’t see the web in time and…”  And Jorsen wished he was ten years old again and able to cry and be comforted.

Wellhym smiled and shook his head.  “Protecting your wizard from himself isn’t always possible, son,” he said.  “Sometimes they go out of their way to get into trouble and sometimes, well… We’re only human, too.”

“Does this mean you’ve finally forgiven yourself for Vinadi getting attacked by that troll?”

“No. I should have protected him. It was the troll I was fi–” He broke off as Kordelm burst into laughter.

“Pay attention, Jorsen,” Kordelm said.  “Not only is it not always possible to protect a wizard from himself, and it’s also not possible to forgive yourself for not doing it.”

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-24-2016

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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.

I’m still posting from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel that is currently in revision. The revisions are turning out to be more complex than originally expected so the release date is, um, to be determined. (I’ve given up trying to predict one, but now that NaNoWriMo is over I’m going to be diving back into work on it.)

Following on from last week.

 

“Yes, Ma’am.   Do you want us to unchain it, too?” he added, nodding toward Ayess.

Taliya bit back her anger.  “Yes, please,” she replied. “It would make it much easier to get him to my ship that way.”

“I suppose it would.  But this one is an ‘it’ not a ‘he’ – its race doesn’t have sex.”  He undid the wrist cuffs that had held Ayess – and the others – to the table. 

“I’m sure they do,” Taliya replied.  “Or else there wouldn’t be any new Araxians and the race would die out.”

The man flushed.  “I mean they don’t have male or female parts.  The boss can explain it better.”

“And I’m sure Ayess could explain it even better than she can,” Taliya replied coolly.  She waited until the others had been escorted from the room and when the door closed she turned to Ayess, wanting to apologize for the man’s behavior. 

He had risen, and she got her first look at the rest of him.  He was tall and unclothed save for a brief work apron.  Powerful legs surrounded by a skirt of tentacles terminated in large flat webbed feet, but it was the look of humor in his large dark eyes and at the barest hint of a smile at the corner of his mouth that caught her attention, and she tilted her head at him curiously.

“I have never seen anyone put them in their place so well,” he said.   

 

 

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Due To Technical Difficulties…

…the rest of the year has been canceled.

Well, okay, not quite, but it sure is tempting.

Wednesday night when I shut down my computer all was well. Thursday morning when I booted it up my monitor wouldn’t come on. I turned it off and back on and it lit up for a few seconds – long enough to see the screen – and went dark again.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

So, I set up my tablet finally and got it and my phone connected to my WiFi. (I’ve only had them both for a month…)

Then at work yesterday I remembered that I have a laptop. (DUH!) (But in my own defense I was running on maybe four hours of sleep.)

The monitor did not miraculously heal itself while I was at work, so it looks like I’m going to be shopping for a new one.

Anyhow, my laptop is now plugged in and connected to the router. (It still needs to go to the shop for a wireless card – and a new battery). The keyboard is strange and for some reason it refuses to acknowledge my mouse so I’m using the wireless one, but at least I’m up and running on something other than phone and tablet.

I’m really glad that I email my novels to myself as backup so I can at least pull excerpts to set up snippets for next month.

Meanwhile, I’m working doubles both days this weekend so won’t have a lot of time to miss having access to all of my files.

 

 

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Wednesday Words #104 (12/21/2016)

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!

It was the longest night of my life.
(Feel free to change POV.)

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

 

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New Projects

Guess what I did!

I started putting together a new blog, because, you know, I’m kinda crazy.  It’s on Word Press (of course!) and it’s going to be about our Boxers, Jazzy and Riley.  (And any future wiggle butts that wiggle into our hearts and home.)

I say “going to be” because there’s no content there yet.  I need to get some written, for one thing (it’s started) and I need to get a good image for the banner. Hopefully by Friday I’ll have something up and running on it.  My roommate is going to be helping with content on it so it won’t be all on me.

While deciding on a template for it I found another that I really liked (but that isn’t appropriate for it) and I want to play around with it when I get some time (maybe this week) and see what I can do with it.  I won’t be changing this blog’s template – I like the format and think it’s easy to navigate (would love feedback on that, by the way – do you all think it’s an easy blog to find your way around on?) – but I will be maybe doing yet another side project because that template just looks like way too much fun not to use. It will (I think) be writing related – or maybe crafts.  I’ll keep you posted.

(See what happens when I don’t set myself any writing goals for the month?)

In other odd news, I wanted one of my traveler’s notebooks the other day and it wasn’t in the case I keep them in. Most of the rest were missing from it as well.  For some reason that I don’t remember I had taken them out of there and put them into one of my messenger bags. Apparently I was planning to take them somewhere for some reason? Maybe to work so I could set them up in my downtime? I have no idea but I think they’re going to go back to their case while I search for my mind that I seem to have lost.

(I also found the debit Visa that I use for online purchases. I thought I lost it while cleaning papers out of my computer hutch but apparently I put it in the back of my checkbook so I wouldn’t lose it.)

*sigh*

I’m hopeless, I’ll admit it.

 

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Sunday Snippet December 18, 2016

Twelfth month, twelfth book of The Academy of the Accord series, bringing us to the end of a year of The Academy of the Accord.  I’ll still be working on editing, but probably not posting much from it until it’s ready to release.  That was going to be 2018, but don’t anyone hold your breath – there’s still a lot of work to do on this series and I’m now rather optimistically hoping for 2020.

I had a really hard time deciding what to post from this book.  Parts of this book have several different versions, so I have no idea if this will make it into the final version or not, but…

Skipping ahead a bit from last week. Brythel has brought Jorsen and Autheren back to the school to get Autheren’s spider bite tended to.  Brythel has gone ahead to alert the healer on duty, Jorsen following more slowly, carrying Autheren.

 

The infirmary was flooded with light and Jorsen’s heart sank as he saw Dovrek  standing next to a bed.  He couldn’t deal with the healer’s attitude tonight, but he took a deep breath and tightened his grip on Autheren as he crossed the room; for his wizard, he would try.

“Brythel tells me it was a murti bite?”

“Yes, sir.  And a poultice of democ didn’t help,” he said, lowering the apprentice gently onto the bed and brushing his hair back to show the bite.  “He’s been feverish and getting weak.  Bry said he was starting to convulse so he put him under a stasis spell.”

“Boy’s got a good head on his shoulders.”  He frowned, observing the bite mark.  “When did it happen?”

“The day before yesterday.”

Dovrek nodded and reached out his hand.  A small knife floated to it and he made a quick cross cut in the bite mark and squeezed.  A thick vile-smelling blackish green pus oozed out.

“Iprain!” he bellowed.

The red-headed healer stepped out of another room.  “The drawing poultice is almost done,” he said mildly.  “It needs to cool a bit.”  He gave Jorsen a wink. 

“We need some tincture of bernisen too,” Dovrek said. “He’s had a bad reaction to the venom.”

Iprain nodded and motioned for Jorsen to come to him.  “Keep stirring this,” he said, nodding toward a bowl.  The stewed herbs in it didn’t smell much better than the pus that Dovrek had squeezed from Autheren’s wound and Jorsen made a face, but picked up the wooden spoon.  

Iprain chuckled and clapped him on the shoulder.  “Welcome to the wonderful world of Healers,” he said with a wink.  “Just stir gently, bringing the stuff from the bottom up to the top to help it cool. I’ll be right back.”

Selecting a bottle from a shelf he turned and left the room.  Jorsen ached to be out there too, holding his wizard, but at least now he was doing something that would help him.

He heard voices from the main room and nearly sobbed with relief as he recognized Wellhym’s.  The captain had been the first person to ever fully believe in him and knowing he was there made him feel as if everything would finally be all right.

 

 

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