Monthly Archives: May 2021

Sunday Snippet, May 30, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride. 

This month we’ll get to see Pashevel… well, let’s just say that the ways of a Bard are subtle and sharp.

 

“I don’t think you won any points with my father,” Hierik told him later, when the receiving line was finished.

“He didn’t win any points with me, either,” Pashevel replied with an indifferent shrug. He sobered and held Hierik’s gaze for a moment. “From what I understand we leave in the morning?”

“Yes. An early breakfast and on the road before sun up.”

“Can you be ready to leave before sundown?”

Hierik nodded. “Everything is packed and ready. The only thing left for me to do is to choose and name my traveling companion. A-are you still willing to travel with me, Your Highness?”

“Just Pashevel. And, yes. More than ever.”

Hierik tilted his head curiously but Pashevel shook his head. “Another time, Your Highness.”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-29-2021

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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.

More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. Slowly.

Skipping ahead a bit. Josul has convinced Taliya that she needs someone to help her with the ship and she has been talked into buying a slave (but only so she can free him or her). Josul picked out three likely candidates and she is interviewing the third, having already rejected the other two.

Ayess acknowledged her presence with a deferential nod as she sat down across the table. “Mistress.” The voice was soft and sibilant, and Taliya wasn’t certain if it was out of deference or if this was their normal tone. 

“It’s Taliya,” she said, and Ayess looked up at her, startled and uncertain. “My name is Taliya, not Mistress.” She smiled, placing the muting device on the table and taking a moment to study the person before her. Ayess was covered in dark grey scales, and large black eyes glistened in a reptilian head. Powerful arms terminated in short, clawed fingers, and the chest was wide, narrowing toward the hips.

“I’m sorry, Ayess, but I’m not familiar with your race.”

“I am an Araxian.”

Taliya frowned, trying to remember if she had ever heard of the race, and making a mental note to research them later.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #335 (5/26/2021)

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!

leftovers    
a pile of logs
an empty shelf

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

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, May 23, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride. 

This month we’ll get to see Pashevel… well, let’s just say that the ways of a Bard are subtle and sharp.

Kurtzen paled briefly at the mention of the breach in protocol but Hierik’s eyes widened. Pashevel gave him a brief wink and he relaxed.

“Prince Pashevel. Thank you, indeed, for gracing us with your presence. And please, send my apologies to your father. I did not think that something as simple as a birthday celebration would be of interest to his Highness.”

“The successor to our neighbor’s throne is of a great deal of interest, Your Highness,” Pashevel replied. “We had no idea of your tradition regarding the Passage, and I do hope that I may be permitted to accompany him, as I am here to learn about your ways. And I would be honored if he would journey to Alur’va’sia with me.”

“A prince should travel his own lands and get to know his own people, but I see no harm in his broadening his knowledge. There is little enough known about your people.”

Pashevel bowed again to the king; straightening he gave Hierik a quick wink and passed into the castle, leaving a stunned silence in his wake.

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-22-2021

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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.

More from Onyx Sun. The good news is that I finally finished entering the changes I made on paper. The bad news is that there are still giant loose ends to tie up. But I’m getting there. SLowly.

Anyhow,  picking up from last week. (If you missed it and are curious, just click on the date on the calendar.)

“Good, now let’s go shopping. Got a list of what you need?” He shook his head. “Never mind. Of course you have a list. You even keep lists of lists.”

“Okay, one more thing and I think you’ll be all set,” Josul said.

“Oh? What’s that?” Taliya ran through a mental list of things needed while he watched with an amused smile. “What’s so funny?”

“You. You’re going through a mental checklist looking for something you forgot, aren’t you?”

She glared at him and he laughed. “You haven’t changed, Tal. You’re still one of the most organized and efficient people I’ve ever known. If you ever decide to give up the life of a free trader I’ll hire you as my secretary.”

“We would kill each other.”

“Probably,” he grinned.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #334 (5/19/2021)

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 recipe
a play
an old wallet

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

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, May 16, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride. 

This month we’ll get to see Pashevel… well, let’s just say that the ways of a Bard are subtle and sharp.

 

“Father,” Hierik said. “Pashevel is here as my guest, not as a performer, and although he did offer, it would be discourteous to expect an invited guest to perform.”

The king’s displeasure deepened but he could not speak out against his son’s words, not in front of the assembled nobles, so he nodded.  “Forgive me. It was only a desire to hear new music that made me presume upon your talent. That, and having heard many good things about Elven music.”

Pashevel smiled, bowing just enough to claim his place as an equal to the court.

“Your Highness,” he said. “Thank you for permitting me the honor of accepting your son’s invitation to attend his celebration. Rumors of your hospitality have even reached Elven lands, and my father, King Vellindrin, would send greetings and congratulations had he been informed of this occasion.”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 5-15-2021

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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.

More from Onyx Sun, picking up from last week. (If you missed it and are curious, just click on the date on the calendar.)

Taliya hugged him, laughing. “I love you,” she said. “I am so glad to have you as a friend.”

“I’m glad to have you as one, too,” he replied. “Just promise me one thing.”

“What’s that?”

“That if you ever find out what they think you have on board you’ll let me know? I’m kinda curious.”

“It’s a deal.”

“Good, now let’s go shopping. Got a list of what you need?” He shook his head. “Never mind. Of course you have a list. You even keep lists of lists.”

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #333 (5/12/2021)

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 world traveler
an alley cat
indecision

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

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, May 9, 2021

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I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I still don’t have an actual outline for it so it’s going to be a fun ride. 

This month we’ll get to see Pashevel… well, let’s just say that the ways of a Bard are subtle and sharp.

 

“I said he is my guest. He is the Bard from the tavern last night. Surely you saw him speaking with me.”

“And if you didn’t,” Pashevel said, his voice soft but pitched so that the king could hear it, “then you were doing a poor job of guarding your prince.”

The guards flushed and he stepped past them, greeting Hierik with a warm smile.

“Thank you, Your Highness, for honoring me with the invitation.”

“Thank you for accepting it. Pashevel, may I present my father, King Kurtzen. Father, this is Pashevel, a most excellent Bard that it was my pleasure to speak with last night.”

“My son’s guest, is, of course, welcome,” Kurtzen replied smoothly, although Pashevel could clearly read his displeasure at his son’s choice of guests. “Being a Bard, perhaps you would play for us later?”

Hierik caught his breath, wanting to protest, but Pashevel smiled. “It would be my pleasure,” he said. “If the court musicians would do me the honor of sharing their stage with a guest.”

Hierik fought back an urge to laugh as Pashevel smoothly gave Kurtzen a lesson in protocol and manners.

 

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