Another Rainy Monday

I know it’s kind of trite, but today’s weather really does match my mood. Or maybe my mood matches today’s weather?

No, definitely the first option. Six glorious days of (mostly) being home, and tomorrow it’s back to work. Gloomy, rainy, snowy, cold weather definitely matches my mood.

Not even chocolate holds the cure for the back to work blues.

Writing-wise, I did miss one day of the 100 words a day goal because I wasn’t feeling well, but I wrote 200 the next day and have been back on track since, although my focus has currently shifted from Song and Shadow to Wild Worker. I’m sure it will shift back soon enough, but meanwhile I really need an outline for Wild Worker since it has to mesh with an already started second book in the… trilogy? series? And having just looked at the other book (to try to figure out what season it is) I’m thinking there’s going to be a lot of fixing needed.

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Sunday Snippet, April 17, 2022

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Picking up from last week’s post from a fantasy WiP tentatively titled Wild Worker.  By the way, if anyone has missed previous posts and is curious, just use the calendar in the upper right over there to navigate to them.

She frowned. “Isn’t there a cult that says the same thing about women?”

“Yes, there is,” her father replied with some annoyance. “But they at least feel that women have a place.”

Ciana snorted. “Yeah. At home, cooking, cleaning, and raising their children. Isn’t there a happy medium somewhere?”

“I didn’t say I agreed with them, just acknowledged that they existed.” He sighed as he opened the back door to the shop and motioned for her to enter and go up the stairs to their home. “Just promise me that you won’t talk about the Cult of Shenaria, not even in passing, not even in jest, and especially not at The Lucky Hammer.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-16-2022

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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 picks up from last week’s, from my still unnamed FF vampire novel. It’s also extremely raw (as in I’m pretty much writing this for Rainbow Snippet posts until I get the first draft of a different novel finished) so never mind any head-hopping you’ll see in any snippets.

“Not too horrible,” Sam decided, was definitely a matter of opinion. Still, she had to admit that the final choice – made by Linda over some objections from Celia – at least suited her personality.

“What do you think?” Linda asked as Sam studied her reflection. Black work-type boots with silver buckles, black leggings with holes, a black leather mini skirt that looked like something a gladiator would have worn, a white t shirt with black sequins around the collar, and a black leather jacket.

“Well, it’s not something I’d wear often, but it’s better than the frou-frou miniskirts that Celia tried to put me in.”

Linda laughed. “You and your sister are two entirely different people. I could see that the minute you walked in.

 

 

 

 

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Not a Real Blog Post

This isn’t really a blog post because I have nothing to write about. At least, nothing that isn’t a major downer.

I’ve kept up with NaPoWriMo and my 100 words a day, but that’s been about it. Maybe Monday will be better.

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Wednesday Words #381 (4/13/2022)

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:

a leather-bound book
a fever
a fishing pole

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

 

 

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“Rainy Days and Mondays”

Yeah, it’s been another of those days. Rainy and miserable. And not much change in store for the week. But for a brighter note there was a cardinal in the (still leafless) maple tree in my back yard this afternoon, and his song was just the cheery counterpoint I needed.

Only one more day and then I have six days off. My staffing agency called this afternoon to see if I wanted to work on Wednesday, even if only half the day. (Wednesdays are my scheduled days off.) I have a doctor’s appointment first thing in the morning, though, and an “exercise pulse oximetry test” later in the morning, and since I don’t know how long that will take I had to turn them down. I’m not sure what happened to the nurse that is supposed to be there on Wednesdays, but not my problem.

Writing in 100 word segments is still working well for me, except that sometimes I feel like I’m losing the thread of the story and going off on a tangent. That can be fixed in editing, I suppose, and as long as I remember to trust the process it will all turn out all right. Who knows? I might like the tangent better than the planned version.

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Sunday Snippet, April 10, 2022

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Picking up from last week’s post from a fantasy WiP tentatively titled Wild Worker.  By the way, if anyone has missed previous posts and is curious, just use the calendar in the upper right over there to navigate to them.

Her father frowned. “True. They were outlawed and have been gone for much of your life. Still, the very mention of them, let alone joking about restarting the cult, is dangerous.”

“Why?”

“Because they were outlawed.”

Ciana shook her head impatiently. “Why were they outlawed? And what happened to the followers of Shenara?”

“Killed, most of them. Wiped out. The few that survived scattered, but if they’re found they’ll be put to death as well.”

“Why? What was so dangerous about them?”

He snorted. “They wanted to change the natural order of things. Live independently from men. Thought that anything touched by a man was profane.”

She frowned. “Isn’t there a cult that says the same thing about women?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-9-2022

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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 picks up from last week’s, from my still unnamed FF vampire novel. It’s also extremely raw (as in I’m pretty much writing this for Rainbow Snippet posts until I get the first draft of a different novel finished) so never mind any head-hopping you’ll see in any snippets.

Linda shook her head again. “Anyhow, into the dressing room with you. Strip down to bra and underwear so I can see what sort of figure I’m working with and we’ll see what we can find for you to wear.”

“Don’t I get to choose?”

“No,” Celia replied.

Linda laughed. “We’ll give you choices.”

“Will I like them?”

“Probably not,” Celia said. “But you really should wear more than jeans and t-shirts and sweatshirts.”

“Why?”

“So when you get invited to the hottest club in town you don’t end up in a panic with nothing to wear.”

Linda winked at her. “Don’t worry. I’ll rein Celia in and we’ll find you something appropriate and not too horrible.”

 

 

 

 

 

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I Spoke Too Soon…

Remember on Monday when I was bragging about staying upright for an entire weekend? Well…

Tuesday got too warm for my jacket so I took it off. Carrying it into the house, I hung it on the porch rail for a moment as I climbed the step – only to catch my foot on it, trip, and face plant on the front porch.

*sigh*

When I was a kid I earned the nickname “Crash.” It seems to have come back to haunt me.

Writing continues slowly. Working on three stories at once is challenging, even though two of them only get worked on one day a week. I kind of like them as a break from the main one. (And my accountability partner is currently seriously hating the FMC’s father. I love it when people hate characters that deserve it. And she doesn’t even know how much he deserves it yet!) (And the conspiracy theories she’s spinning in the main WiP would make Q-Anon look tame.)

So, yeah, I’m having much fun writing.

And I have to admit, though, that without an accountability partner, a lot less writing would have been getting done lately.

And I’m still (somehow) staying caught up with NaPoWriMo.

I kind of miss doing Camp NaNo this month, but I really think that not doing it was a good decision. There’s just too much going on health-wise at the moment and some days it’s all I can do to keep up with the 100 words.

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Wednesday Words #380 (4/6/2022)

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:

old clothes
a sword
a stray goat

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

 

 

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