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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Goal-Editing

Are we really only four days into the new year? I’m already re-thinking some of my goals, mostly ones related to how much I can realistically get done on work days. (Imagine that! A fantasy writer falling back on reality!)

And since I just picked up three more shifts this week… (Yay for the checkbook; boo for everything else…) Yeah, some things are going to have to change a bit.

I’m pretty sure that the goals for the year (at least the writing ones) will stand as written (more on that on Friday) but the daily ones are going to have to be red-penned. So, it seems my goals are a work in progress as well.

Speaking of a work in progress, I have at least managed to write 100 words a day every day so far. I’m working on Song and Shadow, the prequel to Song and Sword. Some of the dialogue (most of the dialogue!) is pretty cringe-worthy, but it’s a first draft so I’ll forgive it. I’m posting from it in the Snippet Sunday group on FB to help keep me motivated, and I’m posting from Onyx Sun in the Rainbow Snippet group on Saturdays, to hopefully keep me motivated on finishing the current round of edits.

So, anyhow, the point (moral?) of this post (if there is one) is to not be afraid to “adopt, adapt, and improve.” (And can someone tell me if that’s from Monty Python? I’m thinking that it is but I’m not certain.)

I do know that it’s a lesson that I really need to learn to apply to my own life. I tend to have an “all or nothing” attitude toward some things, and a somewhat inflexible attitude toward my goals. That combination means that if I don’t reach a goal I say, “screw it” and go straight to “nothing” mode since “all” didn’t happen.

Something for me to work on…

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Sunday Snippet, January 3, 2021

Yes, I’m back for Snippet Sunday, too! Looks like it’s been even longer than it was for Rainbow Snippets. Hopefully I’ll be back on track for good now.

I’m posting from my current writing WiP, Song and Shadow, a prequel to Song and Sword. It’s a rough draft and I don’t have an actual outline (maybe I’ll make one of those this week) so it’s going to be a fun ride.

Pashevel leaned back in his chair, watching the crowd in the tavern’s common room as he sipped his ale; it was dark and slightly bitter, not unlike the atmosphere in the tavern this evening. Pashevel had been staying at the Red Drum Tavern for the past fortnight, sometimes entertaining, sometimes just relaxing, using it as a base as he explored the Human capital city, and this was the first time he had sensed this sort of tension and reserve in the room.

“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.

 

 

 

Find more great reading
at the Sunday Snippet group.

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-2-2021

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Yes! I’m back to posting snippets! It’s been a few months, hasn’t it? (My last post was the end of August, I believe.)

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.

Anyhow, I’m here with snippets from Onyx Sun, a science fiction novel. I’m trying to get it ready for a second round of beta readers (just have a section in the middle to sort out) and my goal is to release it sometime this year.

“We’ve reached an agreement on the contract.”

“When are you coming home?”

“Station morning, as soon as the freighters have set down.”

“When you get back I have another assignment for you. Oh, and your grandmother died yesterday.”

“Pendelia Four is now visible on the monitor.”

The automated voice snapped Taliya Swann back to the present long enough for her to silence it and turn off the view screen. She had neither the need nor the desire to see an image of the planet; not even the thought of being reunited with Luzita could kindle any enthusiasm for her return to her home world.

For the first time since she had received her license she turned control of the company ship over to the port’s computers. The ship had been on autopilot for the entire trip from the Roseeba Sector, and so had she.

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

Time to dust off the blog and get back to regular postings other than Wednesday Words. I have no idea how I got out of doing them, but it happened, and now I’m going to make it unhappen.

Hopefully.

I’m making it one of my goals for this year, so we shall see.

Ah, yes. New year. Time for the annual new goals list.

I have some (don’t I always?) but they aren’t really solidified yet with steps needed, etc, but I thought I’d list them anyhow.

 

Non-writing goals:

Improved health.
Which means losing weight and building strength and stamina.

Cleaning up this disaster area of a house.
I’d like it to be “company ready” at all times, but I’m a packrat and so is my roommate, so you can take a guess at what the house looks like. Add to that that I’m an expert avoider of housework (so is she, but at least I own up to it) and it can be a little overwhelming even deciding where to start. I can’t do it all on my own because at least half of the mess is hers so I have no control over it, but I can work on what I can control.

New Job?
I’m starting to get frustrated with working agency (I’m a nurse, for those new to the blog) so I’m starting to look for something permanent. I don’t want to go back to long term care so I’m watching for other options that look interesting.

Creative Pursuits
Other than writing, that is. I want to do more with crochet and counted cross stitch and paper crafts (Junk Journals). I’m just not sure how to fit those things into my schedule yet. I do know that I want to make a shawl a month for Mantle of Apollon, a Pagan Prayer Shawl Ministry. And a scarf a week to donate to a drop in shelter for LGBTQIA+ youth who have been turned out by their parents. Fortunately, most of my current assignments give me lots of free time during my work day and scarves are easily transportable and fairly fast to make.

Writing Goals:

Publish Something!
I mean, seriously! It’s been years since I released Sanguine. It’s more than time to get something else out there.
Onyx Sun is almost ready to go to beta readers again, so one goal is to release it this year.

Organizing
Then there’s the somewhat overwhelming task of organizing my WsIP (Works In Progress) and Plot Bunnies. I have that project started somewhere. Actually, I have that project started in a couple different somewheres, one online and one in a three ring binder. I just can’t seem to come up with the “perfect” method, but “perfect is the enemy of done” so I need to just dive in and do it. The other part of the problem is remembering to add to the lists when a new one pops its head up.

Write!
I also want to write at least 100 words (of a novel) every day. I’ll probably write more than that but 100 words is a manageable no-excuses number, even with my somewhat erratic work schedule.

The number of projects waiting in the wings is part of the problem with writing 100 words a day. What do I pick to focus on? The Academy of the Accord series, which is near and dear to my heart? The other books in the Elven Bard series, which a friend is trying so hard to be patient for? The Other Mages trilogy which grew out of my first ever NaNoWriMo?
Sometimes I think it would be easier to just put every project on little slips of paper and pull one out of a jar every day, except I’m pretty sure that that method would ensure that nothing would ever get finished.

 

So, I think that about sums up most of my goals (and dilemmas). Am I trying to take on too much? Probably, but when don’t I?

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #314 (12/30/2020)

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!

memories
a pebble
a shard of glass

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

 

 

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Wednesday Words #313 (12/23/2020)

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 message ignored
a last minute gift
a lucky break


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

 

 

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Wednesday Words #312 (12/16/2020)

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 upset stomach
unfinished chores
sunlight through clouds


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

 

 

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Wednesday Words #311 (12/9/2020)

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 old woman talking to herself
a recently released prisoner
a cinnamon roll

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

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Wednesday Words #310 (12/2/2020)

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 small gift
a squirrel
a snow storm

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

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