Rainbow Snippet for 7-28-2018

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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.

Still posting from Book Five of the Academy of the Accord (fantasy) series that I have been (and will be) working on for forever.

I’m picking up from last week, where Draethlen asked Wellhym if he and Kordelm were lovers.

(For those just tuning in, Kordelm and Wellhym are warriors, captains at The Academy of the Accord, and they are lovers. Draethlen is a 10 year old cadet rescued from an orphanage where he was sexually abused by the headmaster.)

“Of course it’s all right that you didn’t like what he did,” Wellhym said. “We don’t like what he did to you either.”

“In fact,” Kordelm said, “that’s probably the reason that we are here instead of with Marsden and our wizards.”

Draethlen tilted his head questioningly and Wellhym chuckled. “Kord got a little… agitated… when Marsden told us what had happened. If we’d gone, I’m sure that your former headmaster would be dying a slow and gruesome death.”

Draethlen glanced at Kordelm: his eyes were flashing in remembered anger and his jaw was clenched, his muscles tight. Seeing Draethlen looking at him, he let out a slow breath. “I did fly off the handle a bit,” he admitted.

“A bit? Marsden thought you were going to turn his chairs into firewood.”

Kordelm shrugged. “I didn’t, though.”

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #187 (7/25/2018)

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 ceramic village
a pickle
sunburn

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

 

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Sunday Snippet, July 22, 2018

I’m posting from Hedge House, a nearly completed first draft. Finishing it is going to be my project for Camp NaNoWriMo this month. I’m not quite sure whether to classify it as paranormal or urban fantasy; the two of them tend to blur together a lot for me.

I’m picking up from last week.

The room was moderately clean – if you didn’t look in the bathroom – and briefly Cara considered returning the key and driving another half hour to Clairville, a slightly larger town with better accommodations. Instead, she pulled her phone out of her pocket and called Jacob.

“I’m here,” she said when he answered.

“Where are you?”

“I have a room at the Starlight Inn, number 106.”

“Get out of there,” he said tersely. Something in his voice sent a chill tingling through her spine. “There’s a whole house here for you where you’ll be a lot more comfortable,” he added more gently. “And a lot safer.”

“All right.” The relief in her voice surprised her. “To tell you the truth, I’m not feeling too comfortable with this place.”

“As well you shouldn’t. Do you need directions? I know you were just a little thing when you left here.”

“I think I can find it. I remember it being on a hill just outside of town.”

“It’s still there,” he said dryly, and she smiled at the humor.

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-21-2018

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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.

Still posting from Book Five of the Academy of the Accord (fantasy) series that I have been (and will be) working on for forever.

I’m picking up from last week, where Draethlen asked Wellhym if he and Kordelm were lovers.

(For those just tuning in, Kordelm and Wellhym are warriors, captains at The Academy of the Accord, and they are lovers. Draethlen is a 10 year old cadet rescued from an orphanage where he was sexually abused by the headmaster.)

“There’s something else to consider, too,” Kordelm said, his voice unusually serious as he joined them and sat down next to Wellhym. “You’re young yet, Drae. Some know early on that they are different, and some don’t discover it until they are older.  You have been forced into a position where you had to do things you weren’t even ready to think about yet.”

Draethlen looked at him uncertainly, not sure what he was saying. 

“In short, you are too young, and too… unaware… of what you really want.” Kordelm’s smile was warm and understanding. “It would be very, very wrong for us – for anyone – to take advantage of your confusion.”

Draethlen nodded slowly, turning their words over in his mind. “So, maybe I really don’t…  It’s all right that I didn’t like what he did?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #186 (7/18/2018)

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:

demons
a pizza party
a missing key

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

 

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Sunday Snippet, July 15, 2018

I’m posting from Hedge House, a nearly completed first draft. Finishing it is going to be my project for Camp NaNoWriMo this month. I’m not quite sure whether to classify it as paranormal or urban fantasy; the two of them tend to blur together a lot for me.

I’m picking up from last week, with Cara checking into a somewhat unsavory motel.

 

“I’d like a room, please.”

“How long do you need it for?”

“I don’t know. Maybe a week, maybe just tonight.”

“You alone?”

“I’m here for my grandmother’s funeral.”

“Grandmother’s funeral?”He seemed confused for a moment as he reoriented his opinion of her. “Belle Hawthorne?”

She nodded. “I’m Cara Hawthorne.”

He handed her a key, his demeanor changing. “The room on the end. I’ll make sure not to put anyone in the room next to you so you won’t be disturbed.”

“Thank you.” She pulled her wallet out of her purse and handed him her credit card but he waved it off.

“No charge for you. Your grandmother was loved by just about everyone in town. We’re all grieving with you.”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-14-2018

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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.

Still posting from Book Five of the Academy of the Accord (fantasy) series that I have been (and will be) working on for forever.

I’m picking up from last week, where Draethlen asked Wellhym if he and Kordelm were lovers.

(For those just tuning in, Kordelm and Wellhym are warriors, captains at The Academy of the Accord, and they are lovers. Draethlen is a 10 year old cadet rescued from an orphanage where he was sexually abused by the headmaster.)

Picking up directly from last week’s snippet.

Draethlen forced himself to think. It wasn’t easy when fear seemed to have him paralyzed, but his mind drifted back to the bath house, to the things Wellhym had told him.

“Be-because that wasn’t love,” he said softly. “That was hatred.”

“Exactly,” Wellhym said. “And there’s more.” He leaned forward, looking into Draethlen’s eyes. “Did you want to do what the headmaster made you do?”

 “No. I hated it.” He held Wellhym’s gaze for a long moment. “You – you said that neither of you would ever force someone, that forcing someone – male or female – was wrong.”

Wellhym’s smile was all the praise he needed.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Answer Is

142.

That’s how many words I have for Camp NaNoWriMo so far. And that means I have to write 1572 words per day to finish on time. I can do this! That’s less than the 1667 words per day for NaNoWriMo in November.

Only it’s going to be more than that because I’m not going to get 1572 words written today before I have to go to work. I need to finish this blog post, set up my Rainbow Snippet post for tomorrow, and catch up on last week’s Rainbow Snippet blog hop.

Hopefully I can get some writing done at work tonight. (Maybe even that 1572 words I need to aim for so I’m not falling too much further behind.) I’m going to try, at any rate, and at least I seem to be regaining energy and interest and want to get back to it instead of avoiding it like it’s housework or something.

Outside of that, we’re in for another heat wave this weekend, with temps near 90F so tomorrow we’re going to go look at air conditioners.

Oh, and the grass still needs cut. I just haven’t had time to do it before work. Maybe I can stay up long enough when I get home tomorrow morning to get at least part of it knocked down.

 

 

 

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Wednesday Words #185 (7/11/2018)

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 may need a bit of an explanation. I’ve been playing a very addictive game called GardenScape and sometimes your task is to find a certain number of gnomes. I got stuck on a level because I couldn’t get them all found before I ran out of moves and lives, then I hit a level where I got all the gnomes but something else was giving me problems. It really has nothing to do with a certain dwarf’s phobia — even if said certain dwarf is my favorite brother of my favorite dwarf.)

Anyhow…

This week’s prompt:

For once it wasn’t the gnomes that were the problem.

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

 

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Too Tired

Well, so much for the weekend.

Friday night was a total bust. I didn’t get a chance to sit down and chill until 2:30 (night shift is 10:00 pm until 6:30 am), at which point I couldn’t really chill as I still had over half an hour’s worth of paperwork to do to get caught up on the first half of the night. And the interruptions just kept on rolling until suddenly it was time to get everything ready for day shift.

Saturday night was better but I hadn’t slept very well, had a killer headache, and no focus.

Last night I finally managed to get some words written but in long hand and I haven’t had a chance to type them up yet to see where I stand. I know it’s not much but at least it’s better than it was.

Today? Today has been my only day off until Saturday and it’s been worse than Friday night, as evidenced by the fact that it’s 10:30 pm as I’m writing this.

So far today (after getting up a little after 2:00 this afternoon and running on about 5 hours of sleep, maybe a little less) I have done two loads of laundry, washed dishes, took my dog (and myself) to the chiropractor for adjustments, drove through McD’s (Riley got a cheeseburger), and took Riley to visit residents at the nursing home where I used to work.

Came home, sat down to relax a bit until the temperature dropped a little then went out to mow the lawn which is waaaaaayyy overdue.  (If hay is growing as fast as our grass is the farmers should get half a dozen cuttings this year.) (That’s a bit of hyperbole – three is the maximum I’ve seen.)

Anyhow, I couldn’t get the mower started. Engine was primed, blades weren’t in the grass, engine wouldn’t even try.

Banged mower down on sidewalk. Nope. Blades not fouled.

Checked gas tank.

Empty.

Swore.

A lot.

Gas can was also empty so I went to get gas and by the time I got back it was too dark to see to fill the tank.

So, the grass still needs cut and I still have to type yesterday’s written words and I’m too tired to care.

And there you have it. The life of a nurse: too tired to care.

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