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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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Monday Maybes

I had a post all ready to go on Friday but my internet never came up. It’s down as I’m writing this between bus runs, but I’m hoping it will be up when I get home this evening so I can actually post it.

(It was up for a while yesterday so I finished scheduling my Wednesday Words, Rainbow Snippets, and Snippet Sunday posts for the month, and got started on the Rainbow Snippet blog hop before it went down.)

Yesterday morning I had a town cop knocking on my door. Apparently they’d received a 911 hang up call from my phone line. The same phone line that I can’t get internet through. And which doesn’t have a phone attached to it. He said they get a lot of calls like that when it rains. Seems to me that Windstream needs to do some upgrading or something…

I have three weekdays off in the first week of April and I’m going to have to get a tech out here on one of those days to fix the problem with my internet. (They insist that there needs to be someone home because he’ll have to come inside. Um… I told them that there’s only a problem when it rains, and I’m pretty sure I’d have noticed if it rained in the house, so I don’t know why they think he’ll have to come inside, but whatever.)

Anyhow, that gives me a week to make the front room and my bedroom not look like the aftermath of a medley of natural disasters. I’m not quite sure where to start… Maybe I should write an outline?

Speaking of outlines, writing one for Song and Shadow might not be a bad idea. And I should probably detail the last bit of Hedge House before Camp starts as well.

Why is that? Well, it’s because I announced my Camp project on the NaNoWriMo website: 25,000 words on both Song and Shadow and Hedge House. I’m still not sure that it’s going to take that many words to finish Hedge House but if it doesn’t I’ll just add whatever’s left of that 25k to the goal to Song and Shadow.

Unless I change my mind between now and Thursday.

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Ten Days…

We have a new toilet!

(No, it hasn’t been ten day since the leaking toilet saga started, although, come to think of it, it might be close to that. It’s just that the new toilet was the most exciting part of my day.)

The bathroom still needs to be put back in order but that can wait. I’ll do a little bit tonight and probably finish tomorrow but I’m too tired and sore to do much tonight. (Hopefully that won’t take ten days.)

In ten days Camp NaNoWriMo starts, as does NaPoWriMo. I’ll be doing both, as usual.

For those who don’t know about it, NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) is based on but not affiliated with NaNoWriMo. It’s a challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days and post them on a blog. I actually find it easier to write 50,000 words than 30 poems.

As for Camp… I haven’t quite decided what I’m working on.

I should work on edits, preferably of Onyx Sun or The Academy of the Accord, but I never do well on editing goals, so it looks like I’ll be writing again. I’m just not sure what. I’m torn between Song and Shadow or Hedge House so I’m kind of thinking of maybe doing both, adding 25k to each.

Ah, well… I have over a week to not come to a decision…

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Sunday Snippet, July 28, 2019

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this month is yet another attempt to get a handle on Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy. (Yes, I know I’ve tried to finish this in other Camp sessions, but this time I’ve had an “ah-ha!” moment on how to fix a plot issue so I actually have hope…

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.

This follows from last week.

The hour passed in a whirl of emotions for Trebor and he was more relieved than the students when D’Laron released the class. He watched as Katheri hesitated, then she left the room and he felt the tension flow out of him, leaving him drained and tired. He looked up to see D’Laron looking at him in concern, and he managed a smile. 

“I sincerely hope you have a bottle of brandy or something in your office,” Trebor said, wearily pushing himself up from his seat. “We’re both going to need it.”

D’Laron raised an eyebrow but said nothing until they were both back in his office with a tumbler of brandy. 

“Well?”

Trebor sighed and ran a hand over his face. “Where do you want me to start?”

“Does she have Potential? I thought I caught a flicker when I looked, but had to focus on teaching…”

Trebor nodded. “It’s there, barely. It’s… it’s like it’s been extinguished. It’s dying. We need to reach her before it does.” He paused, taking a deep breath. “And there’s more.” He took a sip of brandy as he waited for D’Laron to absorb what he’d said so far.

“More?” D’Laron prompted at last.

“She knows.”

“Knows?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-27-2019

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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.

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this month is yet another attempt to get a handle on Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy. (Yes, I know I’ve tried to finish this in other Camp sessions, but this time I’ve had an “ah-ha!” moment on how to fix a plot issue so I actually have hope…

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer. Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor. Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.

Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

This follows from last week:

“I’m glad you feel that way,” Sidden told him, his voice a warm murmur. ‘I’ve missed you too and I might be staying awhile if that’s all right.”

“If that’s…” Trebor pulled back and stared at him. “Of course that’s all right! You are always welcome here, Sid. Did you even need to ask?”

“Well, they say that asking is the polite thing to do.”

Trebor laughed and embraced him again. He stepped back and scanned his emotions. “Is something wrong?”

“Yes and no. But it’s nothing that we’re going to talk about tonight or tomorrow.  This is a time for celebration. And maybe a time for going inside where it’s warmer?”

Trebor laughed. “Luthen hasn’t told me I can come in yet.”

“Fine. Stay out here and freeze and starve. I’m going in where there is warmth and food. And I hear that you and Del have taken on a Qestora*?”

“Katheri. She’s an Empath.”

*Qestora is a female apprentice.
And while I’m at it:
Qestoro is a male apprentice
Qestori is the plural and can refer to males, females, or both.
Mentors/trainers are:
Saj (singular, male or female)
Sajo (male)
Saja (female
Sajen (plural, male or female)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, July 21, 2019

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this month is yet another attempt to get a handle on Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy. (Yes, I know I’ve tried to finish this in other Camp sessions, but this time I’ve had an “ah-ha!” moment on how to fix a plot issue so I actually have hope…

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.

This follows from last week.

Trebor took a front row seat next to the door and opened himself to the emotions of the students as they filed in, mostly so he could filter out everyone except Katheri. He had a description of who he was looking for – a petite, slender brunette with dark eyes and fair skin. 

He recognized her as soon as she stepped through the doorway and his heart stopped. She was beautiful, but it was her vulnerability that struck him. She was so vulnerable and so hurt and so frightened – so deeply frightened. He wanted to reach out and hold her and comfort her and tell her that it would be all right, and it was all he could do to stay in his chair. 

He reached out to check for Potential, and he found it. Hidden, buried, a spark that was almost gone. They had to reach her – soon.

He looked up to meet D’Laron’s gaze and nodded slightly. D’Laron returned the nod and started taking role as the class settled.

D’Laron introduced Trebor and Katheri’s eyes widened briefly when she looked at him, then she turned her attention to the lecture but she remained unsettled.

As class went on, Trebor focused on Katheri. He could feel a tension in her. Tracking it, he realized that she was torn regarding D’Laron. Wanting to talk to him, but afraid. “She knows,” he thought. “She senses his Power, and mine. And it scares her.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-20-2019

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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.

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this month is yet another attempt to get a handle on Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy. (Yes, I know I’ve tried to finish this in other Camp sessions, but this time I’ve had an “ah-ha!” moment on how to fix a plot issue so I actually have hope…

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer. Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor. Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.

Sidden is a Healer and Empath, more experienced than Trebor or D’Laron.

This follows from last week:

Drawing in a deep breath of the crisp air, he [Trebor] took a few steps away from the house and looked up at the sky just as snow started to fall, and suddenly found himself tackled to the ground.

“Not going to say hello to an old friend?”

The voice was familiar but as Trebor reached for his emotional field he found nothing.

“Sid?” He rolled to his feet and turned slowly, confusion in every line of his face and body and flooding his emotional field.

Laughing, Sidden extended his arms and dropped the shields that he had hidden his emotions behind.

“Sid!” Trebor found himself wrapped in a tight embrace, surrounded by emotion as much as arms. “I’ve missed you.”

He was surprised to find that his voice was choked with emotion and he felt his shields slipping, and he let them, let Sidden feel how welcome he was, and how glad he was to have him there. Vaguely he was aware that he was crying and he let the tears flow.

Sidden let Trebor’s emotions flow to him. He could feel a deep hunger within his friend and he tightened his arms around him.

“I’m glad you feel that way,” Sidden told him, his voice a warm murmur. ‘I’ve missed you too and I might be staying awhile if that’s all right.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, July 14, 2019

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this month is yet another attempt to get a handle on Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy. (Yes, I know I’ve tried to finish this in other Camp sessions, but this time I’ve had an “ah-ha!” moment on how to fix a plot issue so I actually have hope…

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.

This follows from last week.

“Potential?” D’Laron was startled. “I’ve never felt it from her.”

“It’s there,” Trebor said. “Along with a lot of other things.”

D’Laron raised an eyebrow. “Other things?”

Trebor sighed. “I …” He closed his eyes and when he opened them again there was a dark haunted look in them. 

D’Laron took a deep breath, somehow suddenly not wanting to hear the “other things.”

“She’s… wounded.”

“Like you were,” D’Laron said softly.

Trebor nodded, swallowing hard. “I want to meet her.”

D’Laron hesitated. “Are you sure that’s a good idea?”

“No.” Trebor flashed him a grin. “But I think I need to.”

D’Laron studied him for a long moment, knowing that Trebor’s grin hid a long history of hurts and fears. At last he nodded slowly. “She’s in my afternoon class. Feel free to sit in.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-13-2019

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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.

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this month is yet another attempt to get a handle on Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy. (Yes, I know I’ve tried to finish this in other Camp sessions, but this time I’ve had an “ah-ha!” moment on how to fix a plot issue so I actually have hope…

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer. Luthen is… Well, an Elder in their tradition, and a mentor, especially to Trebor. Katheri is also an Empath, and Trebor and D’Laron are her Sajen – her trainers/mentors.

This follows from last week.

“Katheri!” Luthen lifted her in his arms and swung her in a circle. “Are you keeping these two in line?”

“I try,” she said. “D’Laron is easy, but Trebor…”

Luthen laughed. “I should have warned you about him.” He let her go and embraced Trebor. “It is good to see you again.”

“And you as well. I’ve been looking forward to it ever since Rajde brought me your note. How is everyone?”

“They are well, and send greetings. And gifts, but we’ll get to that later. For now, I need you to step outside for a moment.” He nodded toward the kitchen door and Trebor frowned. 

“I’m being kicked out of my own home?” he asked.

“Go on,” Luthen said. “It’s just for a few minutes.”

A quick scan of Luthen’s emotions reinforced the impression of barely controlled excitement and Trebor grabbed his cloak and wrapped it over his shoulders before stepping out into the frigid winter night.

Drawing in a deep breath of the crisp air, he took a few steps away from the house and looked up at the sky just as snow started to fall, and suddenly found himself tackled to the ground.

(Rajde is Luthen’s familiar and takes the form of a raven.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, July 7, 2019

My Camp NaNoWriMo project this month is yet another attempt to get a handle on Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy. (Yes, I know I’ve tried to finish this in other Camp sessions, but this time I’ve had an “ah-ha!” moment on how to fix a plot issue so I actually have hope…

Character introduction:
Trebor is an Empath. D’Laron is his best friend and a Healer.

“All right, out with it.”

“Nice to see you too, Trebor. How was your day? Mine? Oh, about normal.” He looked up and smiled as Trebor waved off the sarcasm. “Out with what?”

“With whatever it is that’s been on your mind lately.” Trebor closed the door and sat down, his blue eyes darkening as he grew serious. “Something’s been gnawing at you. I can’t help if you won’t let me.”

D’Laron smiled and sighed, leaning back in his chair. He could feel Trebor’s concern and he let it wash over him for a moment. “It’s not anything serious,” he assured him. “Here.” He sorted through the papers on his desk and pulled out an essay. “Her name is Katheri, and she’s in my Introduction to Philosophy class. There’s something about her…”

Trebor took the paper and read it. “Quite insightful for a first year student,” he said. Then he frowned and shifted his focus, closing his eyes as he opened up…  He gave a low whistle and handed the paper back to D’Laron. “You didn’t tell me she had Potential.”

 

 

 

 

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