Monthly Archives: December 2017

Sunday Snippet, December 31 2017

More from Song and Sword for a while, my first finished novel, picking up from last week.

The unicorns picked their way carefully up the trail, the slow pace maddening to Pashevel who was eager to find out what it was that they were being led to.  Neither unicorn seemed to feel there was any danger ahead, and even Marlia relaxed slightly, although she still remained alert for an ambush, her ice-blue eyes scanning every boulder or crevice for signs of an enemy.

Thus it was that as the trail opened onto a boulder-strewn plateau, Pashevel was the first to spot the figures on the top of the rise.  “There!” he cried, sending Sonata past Justice at a gallop.

“Pashevel!” Marlia sent Justice after them, fearing for the Prince’s safety. 

The kneeling figure barely looked up as the two unicorns thundered up the hill.  He merely glanced at them and then turned his attention back to the woman in his arms.

 

 

 

Song and Sword cover

Blurb:
Pashevel: a simple Elven Bard — and the Crown Prince

Marlia: a Paladin of Arithen, the Elven God of Justice – seeking vengeance for the destruction of her village

Dakkas: heir to the Drow throne — if his father and elder half-brother don’t kill him first

Kashrya: raised among a tribe of nomadic Humans, she is unaware of her true heritage — or of the prophecy that made her mother an outcast

Their goal: build a bridge between the Elves and their outcast brethren, the Drow, reuniting them and undoing the damage caused in a time so far gone that history has become legend and legend has become myth.

But first, they have a problem to solve:  how do you stop a war that hasn’t started?

Available for Kindle at Amazon

and at Smashwords for everything else

 

Find more great reading
at the Sunday Snippet group.

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-30-2017

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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 posting excerpts from Doll, a little F/f BDSM story that I started back in January of 2014 for Siobhan Muir’s Thursday Threads Flash Fiction Challenge. It got a little over the word limit, but I liked it, so decided to keep it as the start an eventual novel. Maybe.

This follows from last week – sort of. It’s the start of a flashback to Doll’s first meeting with the woman who would come to be her Mistress. (And, hey! It’s actually exactly six sentences this week!) (Courtesy of some changes from the original, but hey… Six sentences!)

I had never given any thought to being owned by a woman; actually, I had never given any thought to being owned by anyone.

Until I saw her.

Until I saw her I was perfectly content with casual scening at Restraint, a local BDSM club. 

I was a regular there and knew just about everyone, having scened with most of them at one time or another. I was a popular bottom: experienced enough at most forms of play to be useful for demonstration and training and always willing to scene, but not seeking a permanent relationship.

Until I saw her.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #157 (12/27/2017)

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:

stranded in a strange place
dust
a cookie

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

 

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Only 364 Shopping Days Until Christmas

Okay, that has nothing to do with the blog post but I’ve been annoying people with that line all day so thought I’d inflict it on my readers, too.

Anyhow…

I just finished three night shifts at work and may ask to change my schedule from a day/evening rotation to evenings and nights. I think that will work better sleep-wise (at least, once I adjust to evening shift hours again) and will also (hopefully) lead to increased productivity as far as writing goes. (Night shift has very little in the way of med pass, and I had all of the other shift responsibilities done by 12:30 last night. There is also only one nurse on nights so I had about five and a half hours all to myself.)

So, last night (in the wee morning hours) I pieced together a schedule for finishing the current edits on The Academy of the Accord by the end of next year. Now, let’s see if I can stick to it.

I need to see if I can get some other projects worked in around it. Maybe if I finish a monthly goal early I can work on something else? Or use 750words.com to work on other projects daily throughout the year?

I’ll figure something out; there’s still a week before the new year starts and I lay out my impossible goals.

I do know that I’ll be using the Camp NaNoWriMo sessions to work on editing.

(Okay, I know that I’m planning to use Camp NaNoWriMo sessions to work on editing. We all know that plot bunnies happen, though.)

Is the series still coming out in 2020? Ehhhh… Maybe. I’d like it to, but I don’t want to rush it. there are still a couple books that I never actually finished/wrapped up, and here are a lot of inconsistencies to work out. There are also some side stories that I’d like to write, either as a bonus for readers or for a side publication.

(And even as I was writing this post another development/layer to the series appeared. I like it. One of the books is a little light on plot and it’s going to help tie it into the overall series arc a little tighter.)

So, while I’d like 2020 to still happen, it may not happen until 20201. We’ll see how 2018 goes.

On a brighter note, if I hold onto my 2018 goals, 2019 looks like a fairly easy year, just doing final checks and such, which means I can maybe work on other projects then too. I have a bunch of stuff that is close to being ready to publish. Or at least, a bunch of stuff that is written and ready to begin getting ready for publication.

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, December 24 2017

Returning to Song and Sword for a while, until I decide on something else to torture you with.

Last week Marlia received a message from the god she serves that they were supposed to “follow the trail.” They’ve traveled a little ways since then.

Pashevel looked over at Marlia, and she nodded. “This is the trail we are to follow,” she said. “I know that much, but I don’t know what it leads us to.”

“Apparently it leads us to where we need to be,” Pashevel replied lightly and turned Sonata toward it.

“Please,” Marlia said, and he stopped, looking at her. She looked embarrassed and was having trouble meeting his gaze. “Please, m – Pashevel. Let me go first.” 

She looked up at him and it was all he could do not to chuckle. She seemed so serious and so worried. He shook his head slightly at her desire to protect him, but accepted it as something that he would have to live with. “Very well, my lady, if it will set your mind at ease.”  He moved Sonata to one side so Marlia and Justice could pass. Leaning forward, he whispered in his unicorn’s ear, “Someday I’m going to have to show her that I do know how to use a sword.”

 

Song and Sword cover

Blurb:
Pashevel: a simple Elven Bard — and the Crown Prince

Marlia: a Paladin of Arithen, the Elven God of Justice – seeking vengeance for the destruction of her village

Dakkas: heir to the Drow throne — if his father and elder half-brother don’t kill him first

Kashrya: raised among a tribe of nomadic Humans, she is unaware of her true heritage — or of the prophecy that made her mother an outcast

Their goal: build a bridge between the Elves and their outcast brethren, the Drow, reuniting them and undoing the damage caused in a time so far gone that history has become legend and legend has become myth.

But first, they have a problem to solve:  how do you stop a war that hasn’t started?

Available for Kindle at Amazon

and at Smashwords for everything else

 

Find more great reading
at the Sunday Snippet group.

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-23-2017

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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 posting excerpts from Doll, a little F/f BDSM story that I started back in January of 2014 for Siobhan Muir’s Thursday Threads Flash Fiction Challenge. It got a little over the word limit, but I liked it, so decided to keep it as the start an eventual novel. Maybe.

I don’t normally write in first person so I have no idea how this happened.  I’m blaming the writing prompt.

I also don’t normally write non spec-fic.

I also have no idea where this is going. It was and will probably continue to be) written in snippet form. (I was writing a few lines a week back then for another snippet group.)

Picking up from last week which ended with our narrator, Doll, being pulled to her feet with the end of a bullwhip wrapped around her throat.

Gentle fingers tangled in my hair and lips – soft but firm – captured mine and I yielded to them with a soft hungry moan.  I couldn’t help it; I was trained not to hide my emotions or my responses — hiding them was a form of lying and my Owner demanded truth, accepted nothing less than truth. 

I was led a few steps away from the others and pulled close, into a warm embrace.  Those same lips teased my ear.

“Mine,” she whispered, and I shivered in pleasure at the word.  “Tell me about the others.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Working and (not) Writing

Ha!

Remember on Monday when I said that the new job would probably increase my productivity as far as writing goes?

Um…

It hasn’t.

Tuesday and Wednesday I worked day shift, which starts at 6:00 in the morning, and since I hate to be late I leave home at 5:00, which means getting up at 4:00 or 4:30 which means being totally exhausted.

I was off yesterday but was wiped out from the two day shift, plus we went to see The Last Jedi, so that left me feeling kind of dragged out, too.

And tonight I’m going to be orienting on night shift (yay?) because they are desperately in need of someone to cover it on Sunday. (I was hired for the day/evening combo, but since I’m relatively hating the daylight hours I might switch to evening/nights if I like evening shift which I won’t orient on until after Boxing Day.)

So, no editing has been done this week, although I did start on my (very) short Christmas story. It hasn’t gotten very far, but it has been started.

I’m kind of hoping that night shift will give me enough down time to do some writing (by hand). We’ll see.

Meanwhile, I’m going to go try to sleep for a few hours before work (I woke up at 6:00 this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep). It’s a grey rainy day, and I had pasta for lunch, so that should help. (I don’t normally sleep well during the day.)

And if all else fails I have about a gallon of Mountain Dew.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #156 (12/20/2017)

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:

sunrise
a recipe
an evergreen branch

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

 

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A New Start

Well, it seems that I missed Friday somehow. (I think I need to schedule reminders for what day of the week it is.)

Part of that, though, was because I had a job interview at a jail about half an hour away from where I live. Today I got a phone call with the offer and I start tomorrow.

Or at least, tomorrow I go in for paperwork and orientation. We’ll work out my schedule then, but I know it’s going to be alternating weeks of day shift (6:00 am to 2:00 pm) and then a week of evening shift (2:00 to 10:00pm).

How is this going to affect my writing?

Good question. The answer lies somewhere between “I don’t know yet” and “not much” with a strong emphasis toward “increased productivity.” (At least, after I get settled into the routine, because for some reason I always seem to be more productive if I have less time.)

One thing I’m hoping, though, is that being back to work will keep me on track for blog posts.

So, what have I been doing writing-wise?  Well… I’ve been doing some re-reading of some of the Academy of the Accord books, mostly because I was looking for stuff that I needed to cut from them to put into Book 5.5, and, well, I kinda got carried away. I have been doing some work on 5.5, mostly tweaking some word choices and punctuation. I need to get back to work on the prequel, too.

I’ve also begun thinking about my goals (and a timeframe) for 2018, but more on that later, once I finalize plans.

And, of course, as I’m making my writing plans (which were supposed to focus on The Academy of the Accord) plot bunnies have begun hopping up everywhere. The one I was planning to do for NaNoWriMo has been nudging me with scenes and plot hooks and more info on the alien culture. (But still no name for one of the main characters.)

There’s also a Christmas story (fortunately a very short story) that is begging to be written, so with only a week to go to get it done I think I’d better focus on it.

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Sunday Snippet, December 17 2017

Returning to Song and Sword for a while, until I decide on something else to torture you with and picking up a few paragraphs from last week. The unicorns just saved them from an earthquake (or what felt like an earthquake).

“It didn’t seem natural, either,” Pashevel replied. “It doesn’t seem to have touched the village. Earthquakes are not usually that… localized.”

Marlia nodded.  “Something’s happening,” she said. “I just wish I knew what, or what we’re supposed to do.”

“I think maybe we had better stop here for a bit,” he said quietly, dismounting.   

Marlia joined him, reaching for her unicorn’s horn, reassuring herself that they were safe, at least for now.

Pashevel put his flute to his lips and drew magic into the notes. The air around them seemed to shimmer and they began to feel safer as the music sanctified the area where they sat.  Marlia smiled and sent a prayer to Arithen, asking for guidance.

She shook her head as her eyes opened.  “We’re supposed to follow the trail.”

Pashevel chuckled.  “Well, that’s helpful,” he said. “And I’m sure the farmers would prefer that to us trampling through their fields.”

 

 

Song and Sword cover

Blurb:
Pashevel: a simple Elven Bard — and the Crown Prince

Marlia: a Paladin of Arithen, the Elven God of Justice – seeking vengeance for the destruction of her village

Dakkas: heir to the Drow throne — if his father and elder half-brother don’t kill him first

Kashrya: raised among a tribe of nomadic Humans, she is unaware of her true heritage — or of the prophecy that made her mother an outcast

Their goal: build a bridge between the Elves and their outcast brethren, the Drow, reuniting them and undoing the damage caused in a time so far gone that history has become legend and legend has become myth.

But first, they have a problem to solve:  how do you stop a war that hasn’t started?

Available for Kindle at Amazon

and at Smashwords for everything else

 

Find more great reading
at the Sunday Snippet group.

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