Monthly Archives: January 2018

Wednesday Words #160 (1/17/2018)

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 blanket
a path
a talking picture

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

 

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Halfway to Nowhere

The fifteenth? Already? The month is half over already? And my goals for the month are… not halfway done. Not even halfway started.

*sigh*

I do have two days off in a row coming up, though, and then I’ll be starting to work some night shifts so I’ll have time to write with minimal interruptions.

(Now, if I can just convince gmail to let me access it from a strange computer. I appreciate the added layers of security, but sending a secret code to my cell phone when I work in a jail where I can’t have said cell phone isn’t very helpful.)

Anyhow…

That “sort of” plot bunny is growing by leaps and bounds. I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing, given the current state of my pile of projects, starts, and novels I’m ignoring.

Another major (although not as high priority as the Academy of the Accord stuff) is to organize all of those projects, starts, and novels I’m ignoring. I think I’ve settled on putting them all into a three ring binder, organized alphabetically by title, working title, or some kind of word combination that will give me some sort of hint as to what it’s about.

I think that’s going to be another good project for downtime at work, maybe on evening shifts, at least until I find the concordance for The Academy of the Accord so I can get back to work on it.

(Some people need to find themselves. I just need to find my stuff.)

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, January 14 2018

Picking up from last week.

Dakkas watched as Kashrya’s breathing grew stronger and easier, and finally pulled his eyes away to look up at the man standing at his shoulder.  An Elf?  He looked at Marlia and felt a wave of despair. Two Elves.  Once they found out what he was… He swallowed hard.  He didn’t care what they would do to him, as long as they took care of Kashrya.

Pashevel put the flute away and touched his shoulder lightly and he glanced up at him again.  Pashevel gave him a reassuring smile. “Marlia is a Paladin,” he said quietly.  “If anyone can help her, she can.”

Dakkas nodded, turning his attention back to the women, watching as pain began to fade from Kashrya’s face.  She was going to be all right, but his relief was tinged with sorrow, knowing that he would lose her to the people that were saving her.

 

 

 

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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 1-13-2018

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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. It’s kind of a UFO (UnFinished Object) that is sort of turning back into a WiP. We’ll see.

 

Picking up from last week, and Doll’s memory/flashback to her meeting with the woman with the boots and bullwhip.

…she owned the room simply by walking into it.

She wore black leather boots – fashion, not fetish. Beneath her long black leather coat, she wore a grey wool skirt that fell to mid-calf and a white blouse, probably silk. She had no jewelry other than a silver and black watch that I saw a glimpse of as she handed me her coat.

There was nothing about her that said she was part of the scene, and yet…

I felt her gaze on me and I shivered. I was used to men looking at me, used to their stares and appraisal, but she was different; it wasn’t my body that she was appraising, but my soul, my submissiveness, my willingness to please. 

It was that willingness – that need – to please that made me tremble, made me pray to be found… not worthy, but acceptable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cause… and Cure?

No, I didn’t forget that today was Friday.

All day I’ve known I needed to write a blog post, but I couldn’t seem to come up with something to write about.

Then while I was down in the kitchen watching my dog eat (seriously, he won’t eat unless someone – preferably me – is there with him) and I was thinking that I was tired but it was way too early to go to bed. I was kind of staring at the dry erase calendar on the refrigerator and realized that in a little over a week I’ll be starting to work the night/evening rotation at work.

And I realized that I was looking forward to it. (This from the person who was so nervous about working the night shift when first asked.)

And then I realized that the reason I’m looking forward to working the night shift is that I work it alone. I’m the only nurse there. (And being the only nurse there was why I was so nervous about it to begin with.)

Now, understand, I’m an introvert. I covet alone time. I need alone time. And as much as I love my new job, I have very little alone time on it. There are two of us pouring meds and working out of one small room.

And along with that realization came the realization that I may have figured out why I feel so… physically tired all the time and blocked on a creative level. (I’ve been saying for a couple weeks now that I really need some time home alone to just chill, and it finally all connected in my head.)

So, now that I have (hopefully) figured out the source of the problem, I figure I’m halfway to finding the solution, which means that hopefully things will turn around now and get moving again.

And I’ve decided that the best project to work on writing will be the prequel to The Academy of the Accord, so that’s what I’ll work on until I find the concordance to the series.

That is, of course, unless the semi-plot bunny (which now has a third “good guy” character – who actually has a name, which is a nice change) gets too pushy and demands to be outlined or something.

(By the way, if any of my readers are psychic and have any ideas where the concordance might be, lay ‘em on me!)

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #159 (1/10/2018)

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 lizard
a mug of cider
a broken box

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

 

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I “Plumb” Forgot

Even with a planner I forgot that Friday was Friday. In my own defense, though, I was more focused on the weekend and getting water back in the kitchen, since we haven’t had any since around Christmas.

That got fixed on Saturday (major all day project) but in the process something happened to the drain pipe so he had to come back on Sunday and fix that (another major project).

Seriously, I’m lucky to remember that today is Monday.

Not much writing has been getting done. I did start on a flash fiction piece for a contest but it hasn’t gotten very far and I have no idea where it’s going.

And there’s a new plot bunny of sorts nagging me.  (“Of sorts” means “Two main characters without names, an antagonist without a name, and no plot other than some background info on the three nameless characters.”)

So, yeah. It’s not going to be an actual WiP for quite a while. (She says with hope in her heart, but a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach.)

Of course, that brings me back to trying to figure out how best to sort and organize all of my projects and ideas. I think it’s going to work best to have a three ring binder with lots and lots of pages. I’m not sure whether I should alphabetize them by title (or working title) or just number the pages and set up an index, though. Probably alphabetizing would be best.

I still haven’t found the concordance for The Academy of the Accord. I keep finding places that it isn’t, so sooner or later I should find the place that it is. (Shouldn’t I?)

So, so far I’m not doing well at all on monthly – or yearly – goals. I need to buckle down and do stuff.

Do: my word of the year.

 

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Sunday Snippet, January 7 2018

Returning to Song and Sword for a while, until I decide on something else to torture you with and picking up from last week.

 

“What happened?” Pashevel’s voice was gentle as he took in the scene, noting her bruises and his back.

“She’s dying.” His voice was hoarse, the tone dead.

“No,” Marlia said. “By the will of Arithen, she will not die.”

Pashevel saw her starting a prayer for the power to heal, and he put his flute to his lips, playing a familiar song, a song to sanctify the area, to make the healing flow more strongly.  It was a song that he had played often for her in the past few months.

Marlia’s eyes were closed and she seemed to glow as her hands hovered gently over the woman, finally resting lightly on her, oblivious to everything except the pain of the young woman before her and the presence of Arithen.

 

 

 

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 1-6-2018

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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. It’s kind of a UFO (UnFinished Object) that is sort of turning back into a WiP. We’ll see.

 

Picking up from last week, and Doll’s memory/flashback to her meeting with the woman with the boots and bullwhip.

Until I saw her.

It was a Friday night, still early; the regulars hadn’t begun wandering in yet. I was sitting at the bar talking to Victor, the owner’s sub, regular bartender, and occasional bouncer, when the door opened and an icy blast of wind came in.

“Who’s she?” I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the woman who had entered with the wind, nor could I wait for an answer; I slid off of the stool and approached, stopping at a respectful distance, my eyes carefully lowered.

“May I take your coat, Ma’am?”

I could almost see Victor’s amused half-smile but it didn’t matter: nothing mattered except being near her, being of service to her. I had never met anyone with a presence like hers; she owned the room simply by walking into it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #158 (1/3/2018)

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 icy road
a new day
a hat

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

 

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