Wednesday Words #367 (1/5/2022)

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:

plans
a messy house
crackers

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

 

 

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So Far, So Good… Sort Of

Admittedly, it’s only the third day of the year and I’ve been off work all three days, but so far I’ve kept up with the 100 words a day goal. I start back to work on Wednesday (theoretically) so we shall see how it goes after that.

I’ve been working on the dragon and rider novel that doesn’t have a title, but I’m running into a problem…

Yes, 300ish words in, I’m running into a problem.

It was originally supposed to be told entirely from the dragon’s point of view, but what I’m writing now… Well, it could be from his point of view, but I’m kind of thinking that I might have an entirely different novel sprouting out of the middle of this story.

(Yes, I have an outline. Yes, it’s already become totally irrelevant.)

So now I’m not sure if I should go with this current bit being an entirely different story and go back to my original outline, or if I should just have some scenes be from the human’s point of view. Right now the dragon is sort of eavesdropping on a conversation, but it still kind of feels like this is either a separate story or… I don’t know. It just feels… off… somehow.

But it’s only the first draft. The “down draft,” as in “get it down.” Next will be the “up draft” as in “fix it up.” The problem is that the more of a mess I make in this draft the less willing I am to fix it up.

Maybe I’ll sleep on it tonight, work on something else for a few days, and see what happens.

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Sunday Snippet, January 2, 2022

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I’m back! I’m posting from a new WiP (very very rough draft so read accordingly) about a dragon and rider — told from the dragon’s POV.

Blaze paced restlessly along the ridge outside his cave, spreading his crimson wings and snapping them closed in irritation. Something was wrong in his Warding and he didn’t know what it was.

Launching himself into the air he spread his wings and stroked upward to catch a thermal, riding it to a height from which he could survey his territory.

Nothing seemed out of place, but something felt wrong. Something was not right; he could feel it in the deepest part of him. Something was missing; it was like the absence of cricket chirps or birdsong.

Swooping lower, he circled the humans’ capital city, and from there he spiraled outward, gliding over fields and farms, studying the scattered outlying villages. It was late spring, nearly summer, and the fields and forests spread out like a green patchwork quilt.

He smiled to himself at the thought of the quilt in his cave. It was the first gift he had received when he had come to take his place guarding the territory of Antano Island. The little girl who had given it to him had said that she wanted him to be warm and comfortable and to know that he was loved. The adults with her had scoffed at her gift but he had been touched and had let them know that it was his favorite of all the things they had brought to welcome him to his new home.

The quilt was, of course, far too small for him, but the meaning was large enough to cover the entire island. Briefly he wondered what had become of the little girl, and thought he should go check on her village.

With a tilt of his wings he changed direction.

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-1-2022

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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.

This snippet is from an as-yet-unnamed FF vampire novel. (Knowing me it will be unnamed for a long time.)

Livi stared at the driver’s side rear tire of her Bugatti and sighed. It was undeniably flat, and no amount of staring was going to make it less so.

She was perfectly capable of changing it herself, had she not been wearing thigh high leather boots and a skirt that barely covered what it should when she was upright. And in a crowded parking lot the last thing she wanted was too many offers of help.

Ah, well. That’s why she paid for roadside assistance.  

Once they were on the way she stared at her phone. She really wasn’t in the mood to deal with Pierce at the moment, but letting him know what happened now would save a great deal of time and annoyance later.

Predictably, he answered on the second ring.

 

 

 

 

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2022, Here I Come!

Well, well, well, look who’s back. I’m going to try to get back to my regular posting schedule this year. I’ve managed to keep with Wednesday Words, but both snippet days have fallen by the wayside, mostly, I think, because I haven’t been doing much writing.

That’s going to change too. My goal is to write 100 words on something every day this year. It might not always be the same thing two days in a row, but I have more than enough WIPs and plot bunnies to get me through the year. Or decade.

How to decide what to work on? I guess it’s going to depend on what calls to me on any given day. Or else I’ll write titles on pieces of paper and draw one out of a jar.

And to keep myself accountable, those 100 words are going to get posted somewhere every day. Either here, or in the 100 words FB group, or on my FB page, or on my personal wall. Somewhere. Anywhere. Since I’m lacking an accountability partner that seems to be the best alternative.

I’m still working on figuring out how to be accountable on editing/revising, and other behind the scenes stuff. I know that I want to get Onyx Sun released this year, as soon as I figure out how to get myself out of the plot hole I’ve revised myself into.

The Academy of the Accord is still my heart project but there is still so much to be done on it that it’s starting to feel like a “never never” project, as in “I’m never never going to get this done.” (The expression came from a college roommate who was tatting a bedspread – or tablecloth, I don’t remember which now.) I am working on its concordance, though, and the plan is to go through one book a month to add to it. (At least the first four or five books – after that things get somewhat iffy and confusing and are in various states of done-ness.)

Kind of like me.

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Wednesday Words #366 (12/29/2021)

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!

This week’s prompt:

POV: clerk at return counter in a department store

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

 

 

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Wednesday Words #365 (12/22/2021)

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!

This week’s prompt:

a log
apples
an empty bottle

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

 

 

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Wednesday Words #364 (12/15/2021)

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!

This week’s prompt:

a game
bedtime
a bag

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

 

 

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Wednesday Words #363 (12/8/2021)

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!

This week’s prompt:

sleet and freezing rain
a pattern
a thank you note

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

 

 

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Wednesday Words #362 (12/1/2021)

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!

This week’s prompt:

a cart
a red dress
a diamond

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

 

 

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