Wednesday Words #329 (4/14/2021)

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!

rain
stones
an empty flower pot

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

 

 

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Another Day, Another Bunch of Words Not Written

Cold rainy day here. Well, not really cold – cold is subjective. But it was near 80F over the weekend and never made it out of the low 50s today, and it rained, so, yeah, “cold” works, especially since I can’t get warm. (Not even the old standby of a grilled cheese and heavily peppered cream of tomato soup helped.)

But I’ll live, and tomorrow is another (supposedly drier and warmer) day.

Writing is still crawling along. I’m having trouble focusing for some reason. I want to write, and I can see the scene I’m working on, but the words just don’t seem to want to make it to the Word doc and then I get distracted… (But I’ve managed to stay off of ancestry.com, so that’s a plus.)

Ah, well, tomorrow is another (hopefully more focused and creative) day.

On the other hand, the second MMC in Hedge House is turning out to be pretty awesome. I mean, I knew I liked him for his skills and strengths, but he’s turning out to be more than a great body and a pretty face. He’s intelligent, sensitive, funny, confident, and most definitely not a chauvinist. (I love it when characters begin to develop beyond my expectations.)

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Sunday Snippet, April 11, 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.

“Tell me more about this traveling that he has to do.”

“It’s a tradition for the Crown Prince to travel the lands and get to know the way the world works so that he will know how to rule it. But that one.” He spit onto the cobblestones. “Maybe it’ll do him some good, but no one is holding out much hope for him.”

Pashevel frowned. “You almost make it sound like there is a way for him to fail.”

“It has happened,” he said. “But no one is ever sure what has happened to the ones that did not return, if they chose not to return or fell to some illness or met with foul play, but the law of the land is that if they do not return on their eighteenth birthday they are mourned as dead.”

“They travel alone for two years?”

The man nodded. “They leave the morning after their sixteenth birthday and must return by sundown of their eighteenth.”

“And if they do not?”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-10-2021

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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.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help. This picks up from last week’s snippet, in which Taliya filled Josul in on what’s been happening since she bought the ship,and now they’re discussing getting her ship — and her — a new identity.

She shrugged. “I never thought it would happen either.” She stared down at the table top, idly drawing on it with the rings of condensation from their drinks.

He reached across the table and gave her hand a squeeze. “It’s going to be all right, Tal.”

“I shouldn’t have come here, shouldn’t have gotten you involved.”

Josul’s laughter cut her off. “This is going to be fun and don’t even try to pretend that you didn’t know I’d say that.” He shook his head, sobering. “And no one out here will even blink at the changes. How do you think this backwater colony got so wealthy and doesn’t have to worry about the pirates? We have no law enforcement here – the pirates are the law enforcement and this colony is absolutely neutral and protected.”

“Even from each other?”

“Especially from each other. Now, let’s get down to business. We need to rename your ship and your business and then I can get your new professional identity set up. Any suggestions?”

 

 

 

 

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Rabbit Holes and Other Shiny Things

Every once in a while I get curious about my family history. Lately some friends have been talking about genealogy and their family histories and I’m afraid I’m about to go down the ancestry.com rabbit hole. I’m trying to resist, at least until this month is over, but I made the mistake of opening the website this evening and playing around a bit and…

Well, let’s just say that I can resist everything except temptation.

Fortunately, I have to get up early for work tomorrow morning so I won’t be diving in any deeper tonight as I have a lot of work to do between now and bedtime.

Writing-wise I’ve made a tiny bit of progress, but not much. Still, any forward progress is good, right? I wonder if I can write 20,000 words on Sunday to get caught up?  I could take my laptop with me tomorrow and do some writing at work as there’s a lot of down time, but I do have a notebook in my crochet bag that I can use to hand write for hieroglyphic transcription later. And I know from experience that I’m unlikely to use my laptop if I take it, so I think it’s going to stay home.

I’ve been fending off a new-ish plot bunny that is so far nothing more than a title, but the pushy little thing is growing fast. And another new plot bunny popped in this evening based on a comment that a friend made. (I’m thinking it may go Steampunk, whereas the first one is probably going to be urban fantasy or paranormal. Maybe.)

I don’t have time for this! Just keeping up with my ever-changing work schedule is a full time job. (The joys of agency work – my schedule for this past week changed at least four or five times and it’s already had two changes for next week.)

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Wednesday Words #328 (4/7/2021)

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!

a duck
a headache
a bucket

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

 

 

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Good News!

My internet has supposedly been fixed. It’s supposed to rain later this week, so we shall see. The problem turned out to be that there was a cover off up on a pole, so they didn’t need to come inside after all. (I didn’t think they would.) The tech told me that 99% of the time they can fix the problem from the outside.)

He also told me that they can give me a faster internet, but in talking to him he agreed that it would be better to wait until I have a new computer as this laptop is over ten years old so probably wouldn’t benefit from it.

Anyhow, now that that’s all off of my mind, maybe I can finally focus on writing. I sure hope so because all appearances to the contrary, I really am eager to get back to it, and frustrated that I haven’t been writing

Hopefully by Friday I’ll have closed the gap at least a little because I sure haven’t done much any of the other days this month so far.

Of course, it is spring, and the yard is calling…

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Sunday Snippet, April 4, 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.

“… as he begins his Passage to manhood.”

“Manhood my left foot,” someone near Pashevel muttered. “He’s nothing but a sniveling child. Can’t even make up his mind about his travels.”

“Know him well, do you?” Pashevel asked, amused. The speaker was well dressed in fine clothes and he marked him as one of the lesser nobles.

“I do indeed. My father is one of the Royal Tutors and my sons have taken classes along side him since he was big enough to hold a quill.”

The king was still droning on and Pashevel half listened, most of his attention on the man he was speaking with.

“I’ve heard people saying that the young prince is book smart,” he said.

“He is that,” the man conceded. “My father is always going on about how quick he is at lessons. All of the tutors favor him and not just because of who his father is.”

Another piece of the puzzle slid into place for Pashevel: being a favorite of the tutors would not have earned Hierik any friends among the other students.

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 4-3-2021

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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.

Taliya has bought a used space ship, had a few (mis)adventures with it, and has gone to look up an old friend from school for help. This picks up from last week’s snippet, in which Taliya filled Josul in on what’s been happening since she bought the ship,and now they’re discussing getting her ship — and her — a new identity.

Josul laughed. “We’ll find you a better name. Speaking of names…”

“No. I’m not changing mine. Not legally and not illegally.”

“Tal…”

“I can’t, Josul. It would be too complicated – all my money is tied up in this name, and it’s all back on Pendelia Four.”

“And you’re not currently inclined to return to that planet to sort things out?”

“I’m not even currently inclined to return to that system to sort things out.”

Josul laughed. “I’d say we could do it from here but if they are flagging you there’s too much risk of transmissions being intercepted.” He frowned. “I wish I knew what they thought you were carrying.”

“So do I.”

“I’ll bet.” He shook his head. “Of all the people I know that I would have suspected of getting caught up in something like this, Tal, you are at the bottom of the list. Hell, you aren’t even on the list.”

 

 

 

 

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Wasted Days

It’s only day two of Camp NaNoWriMo and I feel like giving up. I wrote a grand total of 243 words yesterday and so far today I’ve written about six.

Yesterday was just a total waste of makeup, not that I wear any. I spent most of the morning waiting for my roommate to get up (she works 3 – 11) to help with a decluttering project that she had seemed all gung-ho about, only to have her not roll out of bed until 12:30, then run off on an errand, then fiddle around on the computer…  It was almost 2:30 before she even started on it (and she had to be at work by 3:00.) Needless to say, it’s less than half finished.

Today hasn’t been much better. My car had to go to the garage because my passenger side headlight and driver side taillight were out. (The headlight wasn’t burned out; it was a wiring issue.) (Note to self: learn how to change the light bulbs in this car; you’ll save a ton of money.) So we dropped it off and then went to my home town to pick up orders from a small chocolate company. They close after Easter so they start a half-price sale a few days before.

Stopped for burgers and ice cream on the way back, then she dropped me off to get my car and I went to the storage unit to grab a bag of dog food. I had to get her to help bring it in though, as my wrist was not happy about trying to pick up a forty pound bag of kibble. (It’s currently wrapped until it stops hurting.) (The wrist, not the kibble.)

So, that and a putting a load of laundry in the washer is my day so far.

And now I’m listening to dogs snore. (Which is somewhat better than telling them to keep their noses out of my chocolate.)

Monday there is someone coming to hopefully fix my internet so it quits cutting out when it rains.

And somewhere between now and then I may (or may not, I haven’t decided yet) cook a ham dinner.

And I have to try to make the house look like it’s inhabited by humans and not a marauding band of Orcs that raided a brewery.

My free time for writing is dwindling rapidly, especially since I picked up a day of work for Tuesday. I’m seriously beginning to consider trying an all-nighter. I wonder if the neighbor would mind if I ran the vacuum at three o’clock in the morning?

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