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Bits and Pieces

Of paper, that is.

I need to clean out my computer hutch because it’s a total disaster area in there, everything keeps sliding out, and I think there may be some sort of new civilization arising from the papers that have ended up behind my computer monitor.

My current solution to the problem is to drag it all out and put it in a box and then go through the box, sorting it into categories like:

important papers
novel notes
plot bunnies
character names
and so on

Why don’t I just sort as I pull it out?

Good question.

For one thing, not everything in there is paper, just the majority of it. Getting the paper all out of the way lets me see what else I’m dealing with.

And a box is a lot more portable than my computer hutch. I can take it all someplace where I’ll have more room to sort it all out into piles. This is especially important because I have no idea how many piles I’ll need.

Plus, currently, every time I pull out one piece of paper half a dozen more avalanche along with it.

The ultimate goal (aside from pretending to have an organized life) is to move some of my writing stuff over here instead of having scattered wherever it currently is. I especially want my Plot Bunny/WiP binder over here so I can just write ideas in it instead of on scraps of paper (which is part of what led to this mess).

I’m also seriously considering not replacing my PC, but just getting a new laptop. That would free up a great deal of space. I’d have the slot where the PC sat before its power supply went kaput (fortunately the hard drive was salvageable), I could get rid of the monitor which give me more room in the hutch itself, and I could get rid of a lot of cords, the PC’s speakers, etc.

I think I just talked myself into it. (See? Decluttering space helps declutter the mind. And it helps clear up creative blockages too.)

So, that’s one current side project. If anyone has any great ideas for taming paper clutter, I’d love to hear them, especially if they’re ideas for keeping it tamed once it’s conquered. Meanwhile, if anyone needs me, I’m engaged in an archaeological dig in my computer hutch.

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Sunday Snippet, January 17, 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.

Picking up from last week’s snippet.  Pashevel has just taken the stage in the tavern to try to lighten the mood.

“It’s too quiet in here!” he called cheerfully as he picked up his lute. “What would you like to hear?”

A few people called suggestions and he began play, drawing the crowd into the songs until he could stop singing and merely provide accompaniment, a feat which let him listen to the conversations as he left the stage and worked the floor, playing, singing, joking, and listening. 

Especially listening.

And what he heard – and saw – disturbed him.

“I’m worried about what’s going to become of this kingdom when King Kurtzen dies.”

“Yeah, Prince Hierik is no fit replacement.”

“Yeah, the boy’s too soft, too weak. He’ll never make a ruler. We’ll be overrun by barbarians.”

“Barbarians? We’ll be overrun by our own criminals, first.”

“Yeah. He can’t even decide what he wants for breakfast, let alone what kind of punishment to deal out.”

The speakers – all of whom were from the Palace Guard – made no attempt to lower their voices or hide their contempt for the Crown Prince, obviously fearing no repercussions for their words. 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-16-2021

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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.

Picking up from last week. Taliya has been talked into having dinner with her friend Belyn.

“Honey, what you need right now is to let go of that control and just… let go.”

She felt tears welling in her eyes. “Not yet, Bel. I know I need to, but just… not yet.”

“All right. Tonight, after dinner, at my place.”

“Your place?”

“You do need a place to stay, don’t you?”

“Belyn, no. I can’t.”

“Of course you can. I won’t take no for an answer. See you at Curtey’s.”

Belyn cut the connection before she could reply and she laughed, shaking her head. She had known Belyn Weaver her entire life and she never had been able to say no to him and make it stick.

 

 

 

 

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What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

I’ve been rereading the first couple books of the Academy of the Accord series to start working on its concordance again and…

Ugh.

Just… Ugh.

I’m not even to the end of Book One yet and I’m finding so many threads that I let drop that need to be picked up and woven into later books. (And possibly the prequel, too.)

And so many explanations that seem to have evaporated or been changed to something completely different.

And so much repetition of stuff! *sob* I think I’m going to have to get it printed and start all over with a paper edit again.

And then there are twelve more books that are probably in worse shape.

I’m starting to ask myself how badly do I want to actually finish this thing and have it see the light of day.

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Wednesday Words #316 (1/13/2021)

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!

setting: a kitchen
characters: a young man and an old man
situation: dinner prep and an overflowing trash can

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

 

 

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Okay, Goal Time!

Yes, I am finally getting around to listing some goals for 2021 and putting them out there for the world to see. I hope that the ones for 2022 are ready to go by the end of this year instead of a third of the way through January.

So here we go.

My main writing goals for 2021 are:

  1. Publish Onyx Sun.
  2. Finish the first draft of Song and Shadow (the prequel to Song and Sword) and make a concordance for the Elven Bard books.
  3. Get the Academy of the Accord series under control (make a list of what needs to be done on each book) and get the series concordance in order.
  4. Organize my Plot Bunnies and Works in Progress.
  5. And, of course, keep up with blog posts and my weekend snippet blog hops.

I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but there are currently thirteen books (and a prequel) in the Academy of the Accord series and pretty much none of it is documented. (I did start a concordance once, years ago, and I’ve found it again (it was lost for a long time) but there’s not much in it.)

And the Elven Bard series currently has a total of four more books planned (counting Song and Shadow) and there’s no concordance of any kind set up for it and the world-building is starting to get a little messy. (Okay, a lot messy. Stupid Humans.)

And of course there will be NaNoWriMo in November, both Camp sessions (April and July), and NaPoWriMo (also in April) along the way. (Although three of them will help with my goals, so there is that.)

So, have I bitten off more writing goals than I can chew? Probably, but maybe not. Time will tell. (Time is lousy at keeping secrets.)

And then there is the Evil Day Job. It eats time, but fortunately my current assignments usually give me a fair amount of down time to work on side projects, such as writing, editing, crocheting, etc.

Which brings me to some of my non-writing goals for 2021.

Which brings me to some of my non-writing goals for 2021.

1. Get rid of at least one 90 quart tub of yarn by the end of the year. I plan to do this by:

A. making one crocheted scarf per week to donate to a drop in shelter for LGBTQIA+ youth who have been kicked out by their parents. If I get brave I’ll try hats and other warm things.)

B. making one crocheted prayer shawl a month for the Pagan Prayer Shawl Ministry I’m starting.

2. Make at least one homemade Yule gift for everyone on my list. (Looks at my yarn stash. People should probably be expecting afghans.)

3. Make some junk journals. (This involves organizing the mess in my craft area. Pray for me.)

But then, organizing the mess in my craft area is part of another goal for the year: conquering the clutter and getting the house to be “company ready” at all times.

I think that should be enough to keep me out of trouble for the year.

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Sunday Snippet, January 10, 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.

Picking up from last week’s snippet. “He” is Pashevel.

“Quiet in here tonight,” he remarked as the serving girl brought him another drink.

“Always is when they’re here,” she replied, nodding her head toward a group of men in uniform.

“Who are they?” He had noticed them – there was very little that he didn’t notice – but he was unfamiliar with the insignia they wore.

“Royal Guard.”

“Trouble?”

She shook her head. “Everyone’s just afraid of saying the wrong thing, that’s all. They make people uncomfortable – no one knows quite what to say to them or around them.”

“Maybe I should see if I can lighten the mood a bit,” he suggested, nodding toward the raised platform that served as a stage.

She smiled. “It would certainly brighten my mood.”

He laughed and raised his tankard in a toast to her before rising and making his way to the stage. 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-9-2021

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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.

Skipping ahead some from last week. Taliya and her mother have had words and Taliya has walked out of her home, with no plans other than to find Luzita, her lover who her mother sold into slavery. She’s also made plans to have her mother’s household staff hired out from under her, courtesy of a friend who owns the best placement agency on the planet. She has just finished telling him what happened.

“What are you going to do now?” Belyn asked, worry in his brown eyes.

“I don’t know yet, Bel, I just left the house.”

“Well the first thing you’re doing is meeting me at Curtey’s. You need a drink and food, and probably more drink than food.”

Taliya laughed in spite of everything; Belyn was hard to say no to and Curtey’s was one of her favorite restaurants, which he well knew.

“All right,” she agreed. “I’ll meet you for dinner. But no alcohol. I need to stay in control.”

“Honey, what you need right now is to let go of that control and just… let go.”

 

 

 

 

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Goals, Migraines, and Reality

I know I said was I was going to post about my goals, especially my writing ones, today, but a sudden onset migraine has pretty much put all of my plans for the day on hold. I might accomplish a few more things from my To Do list but I’m pretty sure that most of the items will be moved to Saturday and Sunday. (I’m working this weekend which cuts deeply into time to do stuff.)

I will still get my 100 words written for today, and get my Rainbow Snippets post scheduled for tomorrow, but outside of that it’s anyone’s guess.

As usual, I was overly optimistic when I made my list, but in my own defense, when I made the list I was expecting the Excedrin to kick in and get rid of the migraine.

I seem to have a problem facing my limitations sometimes. I always seem to think I can do more than reality suggests. (If you read Monday’s post you may have figured out that I have a sort of uneasy truce with reality.)

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Wednesday Words #315 (1/6/2021)

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!

an epiphany
three lost men
a cave

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

 

 

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