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Rainbow Snippet for 1-19-2019

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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 one of the books of the Academy of the Accord series, showcasing two of my favorite characters. (Okay, yes, they’re all my favorites, but Yhon and Bry – especially Bry – hold a special place all their own.) I was going to skip ahead and show you an older Brythel, so you could see the changes in him, but decided to finish this bit instead, so I’ll get to that next month.

For those joining late:

Yhonshel is a Tuanae, both wizard and warder. He is a captain, one of the three seconds in command at the garrison of the academy, and he is also a Master wizard and one of the three deputy headmasters at the academy. He’s quiet and gentle and soft-spoken but I don’t recommend ever making him truly angry.

Brythel is one of the cadets. He is timid and nervous and very unsure of himself. (One of the reasons I love Bry is that he probably grew and changed more than any other character I’ve ever written.)

The students were introduced to Yhonshel on their tour of the castle and he invited any of them who were interested in music to come find him during free time. Bry has taken him up on his offer.

Picking up from last week’s snippet:

 

Gradually he became aware of another instrument playing with him and he opened his eyes:  Yhonshel’s fingers were floating effortlessly over the strings of his own lute and Brythel smiled, relaxed and at ease for the first time that he could remember.

“You taught yourself?” Yhonshel asked as the song ended.

“Yes, sir.” Brythel felt tense again, a sick feeling gnawing at his stomach as he waited for the words that he feared – and that he expected – words telling him that he was not good enough, that he should never have wasted the Tuanae’s time.

“You have a good ear,” Yhonshel said softly, and Brythel looked up at him, startled. “What were you thinking, before I said that?” Yhonshel asked.

Brythel looked down. “That you were going to send me away, tell me that I wasn’t good enough and…” He stopped at the feel of a warm hand on his shoulder and hesitantly raised his eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-12-2019

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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 one of the books of the Academy of the Accord series, showcasing two of my favorite characters. (Okay, yes, they’re all my favorites, but Yhon and Bry – especially Bry – hold a special place all their own.) I was going to skip ahead and show you an older Brythel, so you could see the changes in him, but decided to finish this bit instead, so I’ll get to that next month.

For those joining late:

Yhonshel is a Tuanae, both wizard and warder. He is a captain, one of the three seconds in command at the garrison of the academy, and he is also a Master wizard and one of the three deputy headmasters at the academy. He’s quiet and gentle and soft-spoken but I don’t recommend ever making him truly angry.

Brythel is one of the cadets. He is timid and nervous and very unsure of himself. (One of the reasons I love Bry is that he probably grew and changed more than any other character I’ve ever written.)

The students were introduced to Yhonshel on their tour of the castle and he invited any of them who were interested in music to come find him during free time. Bry has taken him up on his offer.

Picking up from last week’s snippet:

Hesitantly he began to play, Yhonshel watching him with a gentle intensity.

“Relax,” he said softly. “Pretend I’m not here.”

Brythel wanted to protest that he couldn’t do that, that it was Yhonshel’s presence that he wanted almost as much as he wanted music, but he swallowed the words and nodded.

“Close your eyes,” Yhonshel said. “You are safe here. There is nothing to fear.  Just close your eyes and breathe deep and easy and imagine that you are in the safest place you can think of.” He smiled as he saw the boy relax in response to the sound of his voice. “You are safe,” he murmured. “Now, play.”

Brythel began playing, hesitantly at first, then with growing confidence as the music began to weave its magic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 1-5-2019

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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 one of the books of the Academy of the Accord series, showcasing two of my favorite characters. (Okay, yes, they’re all my favorites, but Yhon and Bry – especially Bry – hold a special place all their own.) I was going to skip ahead and show you an older Brythel, so you could see the changes in him, but decided to finish this bit instead, so I’ll get to that next month.

For those joining late:

Yhonshel is a Tuanae, both wizard and warder. He is a captain, one of the three seconds in command at the garrison of the academy, and he is also a Master wizard and one of the three deputy headmasters at the academy. He’s quiet and gentle and soft-spoken but I don’t recommend ever making him truly angry.

Brythel is one of the cadets. He is timid and nervous and very unsure of himself. (One of the reasons I love Bry is that he probably grew and changed more than any other character I’ve ever written.)

The students were introduced to Yhonshel on their tour of the castle and he invited any of them who were interested in music to come find him during free time. Bry has taken him up on his offer.

Picking up from last week’s snippet:

“Is that magic?” Brythel asked. “What you did with the chairs and the lute?”

“It is indeed,” Yhonshel smiled. “Levitation spells.”

Brythel nodded, his mind whirling.

“What are you thinking?” Yhonshel asked gently.

Brythel flushed. “I just… I never thought magic was useful.”

Yhonshel’s laugh was warm.  “I always forget what it was like, not knowing about magic.” He smiled and stroked the strings of his lute and Brythel flushed again, fumbling his instrument out of its wrappings.

“Bryth? What are you afraid of?”

He looked up and the warmth and caring in the murky grey-green eyes made his throat close up for a moment. “Nothing,” he said defensively, then his shoulders slumped. “Everything,” he said, his voice full of misery. “I – I’m not supposed to have this,” he said, touching his lute. “It… My stepfather, he…He doesn’t approve of music and he… he burned everything he could find of my father’s but I hid this and some papers… music. My mother said once that they were music but I didn’t understand – I don’t understand.”

“You will,” Yhonshel assured him with a soft smile. “You’ll learn to read music and…”

“And what?” Brythel asked, then flinched away, flushing at his boldness in asking, fully expecting to be hit for the question.

“And so much more than you can even begin to grasp,” Yhonshel replied. He held the boy’s gaze for a long moment. “You are very special, Bryth. Never forget that.”

“Y-yes, sir.”

Yhonshel smiled and touched the back of his neck lightly, his smile deepening as the boy relaxed at his touch. “Play for me.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Goals for January and 2019

Well, hello out there! It’s been a long time since I did anything except Wednesday Words, Rainbow Snippets, and Snippet Sunday posts, hasn’t it?  I’m too lazy to go back and look but I’m pretty sure it’s been months.

I’m going to try to do better. In fact, that’s one of my goals for the year.

And speaking goals, let’s get right to the heart of the post, shall we?

Goals for 2019 are:

Write 100 words a day every day.
I know that’s not much, but it’s better than no words a day, and is actually attainable. And goals should be attainable, right? And I’m hoping to do it every day, not skip a day and make it up the next. I want it to become a habit.

Finish and publish Onyx Sun.
The door to my computer hutch has several sticky notes on it with things to remember to work into the story.  I’d like to get them off of there.  And I’d like to turn Onyx Sun loose on the world.

Finish (and publish?) Hedge House.
I’ve been posting snippets from it so that should be motivating me to get the first draft done.  And I have a couple volunteers to beta read it (one of whom has read a very rough partial draft already) so that’s more motivation.  The de-motivating factor? The fact that I know there’s a lot of revision needed in the form of adding scenes to it.

Finish edits of The Academy of the Accord, Book 5
This book is giving me all kinds of trouble. I can’t get the opening scene to cooperate and there’s some stuff in the middle that is just not cooperating with how the world works.  It’s printed and in a binder and has sticky notes flagging pages every where (it’s quite colorful) and I really need to finish this edit before I can move on in the series. I need to remind myself that it’s not a final edit and I’ll be going back through all the books at least one more time. (Although I’m not sure that last bit is exactly motivating.)

Assemble and edit The Academy of the Accord, Book 5.5
Yeah. After I finish Book 5 it’s on to the patchwork book. I’m pulling parts of this from the original(ish) version of Book 5 and some of it is side scenes that I wrote that didn’t quite “fit” in Book 5, and some bits and pieces may have come from other books now too. It’s a mess but it’s kind of needed. And eventually I’m going to have to renumber it.

Keep up with snippets blog hops!
I’ve been good about posting my snippets on my blog and posting the link to the groups but not so good lately about making the rounds each week.

Monday and Friday blog posts.
If I check in twice a week it will maybe keep me on track for the other writing goals.

Miscellaneous:

There are some other writing projects I’d like to finish this year too, but I think I’m probably already setting up more than I can handle.

Like an urban fantasy that just needs to be a little longer (it’s not novel length and I think there’s a lot of stuff that needs added to make it clearer to people who aren’t inside my head).

And a trilogy without a name that is done but needs a first round of edits.

And a novel that is done but is the first of a trilogy. (It didn’t start that way.)

And sequels to write.

But, yeah, all of those are waiting until I get some of the above stuff done. I’m only one person, I do have an Evil Day Job, and other (non-writing-related) goals to work on.

 

Goals for January:

I’m starting small. As long as I write at least 100 words a day each day this month I’ll be happy. Hopefully I’ll apply those words to Hedge House, and not to the plot bunnies that are hopping out of the magic hat so fast you’d think I was trying to pick a NaNoWriMo project.

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-29-2018

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Continuing from last week.

Hesitantly Brythel sat in the other chair. “Sh-should I call you ‘Master” or Captain’, sir?”

“That depends on whether I’m acting as a wizard or a Warrior, I suppose. So when we’re here call me Yhonshel.” He tilted his head. “What should I call you?”

“B-brythel, sir.  My name is Brythel.”

“I’m pleased to meet you, Brythel.”

Yhonshel held out his hand and Brythel accepted it hesitantly, but as the Tuanae’s hand closed around his he felt a wave of comfort and safety and acceptance that nearly overwhelmed him.

“Shall we begin?” Yhonshel asked.

Brythel nodded, reluctantly letting go of his hand. “I – I don’t know where to start.”

“Start by getting your instrument out of its wrappings,” Yhonshel said. He glanced round the room and held out a hand and another lute left a table and floated to it.

“Is that magic?” Brythel asked. “What you did with the chairs and the lute?”

“It is indeed,” Yhonshel smiled. “Levitation spells.”

Brythel nodded, his mind whirling.

“What are you thinking?” Yhonshel asked gently.

Brythel flushed. “I just… I never thought magic was useful.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-22-2018

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More of Yhon and Bry and the music lesson…

A slight movement caught his eye and he looked up. The Tuanae stood in the doorway of a second staircase.

“M-master Yhonshel,” he stammered, his fear returning. “C-captain.”

The man inclined his head briefly and stepped forward. “Welcome,” he said, his voice soft. “How may I help you?”

“I – I want to learn to play,” Brythel blurted out. “Sir,” he added in a rush of fear.

Yhonshel smiled. “What do you have there?” he asked, nodding to the object Brythel was clutching.

“A – a lute. I-it was my father’s and I… I can play it a little bit but I want to learn, really learn. Please, sir. I – I know I’m not a wizard but you said…”  Brythel’s voice faltered as he tried to regain control of himself.

“I know what I said, and I meant it,” Yhonshel replied. “Come, have a seat.” He gestured and two chairs moved from where they were stacked in a corner and settled in front of a small table.

“Y-you would teach me?” Brythel barely dared to hope.

“I would be honored,” Yhonshel replied as he sat down.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-15-2018

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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.

Switching gears a bit to two of my favorite characters from the Academy of the Accord series. (Okay, yes, they’re all my favorites, but Yhon and Bry – especially Bry – hold a special place all their own.)

Yhonshel is a Tuanae, both wizard and warder. He is a captain, one of the three seconds in command at the garrison of the academy, and he is also a Master wizard and one of the three deputy headmasters at the academy. He’s quiet and gentle and soft-spoken but I truly don’t recommend ever making him truly angry.

Brythel is one of the cadets. He is timid and nervous and very unsure of himself. (One of the reasons I love Bry is that he probably grew and changed more than any other character I’ve ever written.)

The students were introduced to Yhonshel on their tour of the castle and he invited any of them who were interested in music to come find him during free time. Bry has taken him up on his offer.

The entrance hall was empty and he sighed with relief as he veered to the right, toward the library. Part of him wondered what he was doing: if Drehmus and Andrek caught him with what he carried… He pulled his mind away from that thought and clung to the memory of the tall blond and bearded wizard – Tuanae – and his offer to teach music to anyone who wanted to learn. The man’s voice still echoed in his mind, warm and soft, as were his eyes – eyes that seemed to understand parts of him that he didn’t even know existed – and his smile that held promises that Brythel couldn’t name, could dare dream of.

Nervously he climbed the stairs and emerged into a large empty room. He caught his breath as he looked around in awe at the instruments that hung on the walls and held down papers that cluttered every horizontal surface except the floor.

There was no one else in the room, however, and his hopes sank, tears of disappointment beginning to burn behind his eyes. It was all for nothing. He had risked being discovered – had risked his most precious possession – for nothing.

A slight movement caught his eye and he looked up. The Tuanae stood in the doorway of a second staircase.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-8-2018

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Picking up from last week’s snippet from Book 5.5 of the Academy of the Accord series.

“Do you know what you just signed?” Wellhym asked, holding the boy’s gaze.

“A contract.”

“But you have no idea what it says?”

“N-no, sir.” Drehmus was suddenly suspecting a trap as the Captains smiled.

“So, for all you know, you’ve just agreed to shine boots for everyone in the garrison during your free time from now until you graduate.”

There was some laughter as Drehmus flushed. Wellhym chuckled as he folded the paper and tucked it inside his shirt as he stood up.

“And that,” Kordelm said, “is why warriors should know how to read and write. And do basic arithmetic,” he added. “Otherwise, how will you know if your pay is correct, or if you get the proper amount of coin returned when you buy something?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-1-2018

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Following from last week’s snippet.

“Do you know how to write your name, or at least make your mark?” Wellhym asked as he wrote, pausing to look up at Drehmus.

“Of course I do.”

Wellhym nodded and went back to writing.  Kordelm, curious, leaned over his shoulder and barely suppressed a grin.

“All right,” Wellhym said as he looked up. “Come here, Drehmus.”

The boy swaggered up to the desk as Wellhym turned the paper to face him and slid it across the desk toward him.

“This is pretty close to the standard wording you’ll find in a contract – the sort you would sign to act as a warder for a wizard, or to join a city guard or even a private patrol. The military probably has something similar as well.” He handed Drehmus the quill and pointed to a line he had drawn. “That’s where you make your mark or sign your name.”

He waited, his silence a challenge, and Drehmus took the quill and laboriously wrote his name, then handed it back to him. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 11-24-2018

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Picking up from last week in my never-never project (as in it’s “never never” going to be finished).

With an effort Kordelm shook off the memory. “That’s a valid question,” he replied as Wellhym started going through Caristen’s desk drawers. “A lot of warriors insist that they don’t need to know how to read or write and some take great pride in not knowing. But…” He stopped and stared at his partner. “Wel? What are you doing?”

“I’m trying to give them an example of why it is a good thing to be able to read and write.” Wellhym closed the last drawer in exasperation. “Where does your wizard keep paper?”

Kordelm laughed and moved to a full length cupboard in the corner of the room.  “Tor’s a lightweight,” he said. “Desk drawers aren’t big enough for Cair’s stash.” He opened the door and reached inside.“How much do you need?”

“One sheet,” Wellhym said, staring at the cupboardful of paper and shaking his head. “I’d say that Cair hasn’t changed since we were the age of this lot but I think he’s gotten worse.”

Kordelm laughed and handed him a sheet of paper as Wellhym sat down at the desk.

 

 

 

 

 

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