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Rainbow Snippet for 8-12-2017

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Picking up from last week.  Ayess thinks he has found the source of the strange random energy flux and ni and Taliya are on their way to the cryo chambers.

“But they’re empty,” Taliya protested, following ni.  “They shouldn’t be drawing power at all.”

“Even empty they will draw some power.  Just enough to maintain their circuits and the integrity of the field. But for some reason, one of them is drawing more than it should, but not all the time.”  Ni frowned.  “It’s actually drawing more than it should even if it was in use.”

“Is it going to blow up?”

“Probably not,” ni replied as ni opened the door to the room that housed the cryogenic units. The coffin-like chambers were dark, an array of dim lights indicating that they were empty but had power. 

 

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Who Ya Gonna Call?

Have you ever just been bopping along, doing your own thing, and suddenly one of your novels (or a character) just walks up and slaps you in the face?

That’s what happened to me earlier today.

I was scrolling through Face Book clicked on a link someone had shared and found this article.

My first thought was of Marsden from The Academy of the Accord because that is soooo something he would do.  (If, of course, he was a cop in today’s world, but that’s a minor trifle.)

The part with the hand on the shoulder and “Easy… I’ve got this one, son” is what really made me think of Marsden. That is something he would say and do and the description is spot on too, although he’s not quite that old – at least, not at the start of the series.

So, while it was really cool to come across that, now I want to get back to work on The Academy of the Accord.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but Onyx Sun is still supposed to be on the front burner.

I think maybe I need a staff of ghost writers…

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 8-5-2017

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Picking up from last week:

“My eyes?  You’ve seen them every day since you bought me.”

She shook her head impatiently.  “They were… glowing, sort of.  Not bright, but just kind of … glowing.”

Ayess started.  “You can see that?”

“Yes, why? What does it mean?”

“I’ve never heard of a human being able to see it before.  You said this isn’t the first time?”

“That day in the restaurant on Florris Five.   What is it, Ayess?  What is it that I’m seeing?”

Before ni could answer the power flux alarm went off and as ni turned to the console Taliya got the distinct impression that ni was glad of the distraction.

“The cryo chambers.”  Ayess grabbed a small monitoring unit as ni rose and started for the door.  “I think I’ve finally found it.”

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-29-2017

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Picking up from last week’s snippet.

“I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t found her.” 

“Do you really mean that?”

She considered the question for a moment. “Yes and no.  On the one hand, I have freed another slave, but on the other…”  She closed her eyes for a moment and when she opened them she looked into the Araxian’s eyes.  “On the other hand, I liked it a lot better when it was just the two of us and I wish it still was.”

Taliya sat up straighter, staring at ni. “I’m seeing it again.”

“Seeing what again?” 

“Your eyes.”

“My eyes?  You’ve seen them every day since you bought me.”

She shook her head impatiently.  “They were… glowing, sort of.  Not bright, but just kind of … glowing.”

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-22-2017

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“Yes,” she replied, her voice barely audible.   She drew a deep shaky breath and swallowed hard. “Thank you, Ayess.  You’ve just said what I felt but couldn’t quite grasp.  Luzita would have had no qualms about doing the same to me.”

“Are you afraid that she will try?”

She shook her head. “She can’t.  The collar works only for me and she’s smart enough to know that I’m the one taking care of her, and that if anything happens to me…”  She looked up at Ayess.  “If anything happens to me, the ship is yours.  It’s already recorded,” she added to forestall a protest. “The ship, my accounts, everything.” 

“Nothing is going to happen to you.”

“I hope not.  But if it does, I want you to know that you will not need to worry about your future.  And don’t worry about Luzita, either.  I told her that if there’s trouble I would know where it started and she would be the one leaving the ship, not you.  I wouldn’t put it past her to try to tell you the exact opposite just to try to create discord, play us against each other.”  She took a deep breath and let it out slowly.  “I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t found her.”  

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-15-2017

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Picking up from last week.

And some… some have sex just because it feels good and some… some use it to get what they want.” 

A sickening feeling washed through her as she realized that that was what Luzita did, a thought that she tried – unsuccessfully – to push out of her mind.  “And those people, they… they play on the minds and emotions of others, even pretending to be something they aren’t to get what they want.” 

Like Maureena, she realized. Maureena and Luzita were cut from the same bolt of Numali silk. Maureena had no doubt recognized herself in Luzita and that had been the real reason she had sold her – she couldn’t risk the competition for control of Taliya.

Taliya closed her eyes to fight back the tears that were threatening to spill over.  After a few deep breaths she continued. “For me… sex… love-making… I have to have an emotional bond with the other person.  It’s not a matter of them being male or female or whatever, it’s… I have to have some sort of connection to them.  And with Luzita… that is broken.  I…  When Maureena, my mother, sold her, she told her that I said to do it, and Luzita believed her. She believed that I would do that to her.”

“Because that is the sort of thing that she would do to you,” Ayess said quietly, and she started, opening her eyes to stare at her first officer.

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-8-2017

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Picking up from last week. Ayess and Taliya are having a talk about sex. Sort of.

 

“You have both male and female.  I thought that that was how you mated?”

“It is – to produce offspring.  But some people prefer members of the same sex.”

“And you and Luzita prefer the same sex?”

“No.  At least, it’s not that simple.”  She frowned, trying to find the words.  “Some people…  Some people are only attracted to the opposite sex, and some are only attracted to the same sex, and some are attracted to both.  And some… some have sex just because it feels good and some… some use it to get what they want.” 

A sickening feeling washed through her as she realized that that was what Luzita did, a thought that she tried – unsuccessfully – to push out of her mind.  “And those people, they… they play on the minds and emotions of others, even pretending to be something they aren’t to get what they want.” 

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Unhappy Camper

Well, this hasn’t been going according to plan.

And by “this” I mean “Camp NaNoWriMo” of course.

And by “plan” I mean at least one thousand words a day.

It’s day three and as I write this I have written less than a thousand words.

What happened?

I wish I knew.

Saturday I had every intention (Yeah, yeah, the road to Hell is well-paved. I know) of writing three thousand words.  I managed a little over seven hundred.  (Soraine is being a very uncooperative pirate captain and is trying to do some sort of odd heroic thing that is going to completely mess up other stuff… But maybe I should just scrap the other stuff and let her go and do it.  But anyhow, I digress.)

I did have one hellacious headache all day, though, which didn’t help.

So, Saturday was a bust.

Sunday was even worse – I managed to scrounge up another two hundred words or so, despite the headache that staggered in from Saturday.

And so far today hasn’t been very productive either. I was running errands for a large part of the day, though, so at least I know where some of the time went, unlike the two previous days.

But still… How did I get this far behind already?

I think maybe part of it was the departure from what I had planned. I’m fighting against the natural flow of the characters and story, trying to force it into what I had planned.

Or maybe it’s that I didn’t really have a whole lot planned for this scene, but when it made a 90 degree turn from my expectations I still insisted that it needed to follow along my non-existent planned route.

Either way it seems that the problem is my reluctance to give up control and go with the flow. (Maybe because what I’m writing is an extra scene to a more or less completed (a beta reader wanted more added) novel that I’m trying to finish up?)

At any rate, the solution now seems clear.  Strike through a lot of what I have written (don’t want to lose the word count) and start fresh, letting the characters lead the way.

On Friday I’ll let you know how that works out.

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Rainbow Snippet for 7-1-2017

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Ayess turned when Taliya entered the cockpit and she pulled up short.  “I thought you’d be in bed,” she said as she sank into her chair.

“I could say the same for you.”  Ayess searched her gaze for a long moment.  “What’s wrong?”

She shook her head and sighed. “Nothing.  Everything.  I’m not sure.”  The Araxian tilted his head and she managed a smile.  “I’m all right, Ayess. I just can’t sleep.”

“Then why are you not with Luzita?  She is your mate, isn’t she?”

“No.  She is… was… my lover.  But that…”  She sighed.

“I do not understand,” Ayess said slowly.  “I thought that humans…”

“You thought that humans what?”  She sat up and turned to face ni, hoping for a conversation that would take her mind off of Luzita.

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 6-24-2017

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Picking up from last week’ snippet of Onyx Sun.

And yet she could not quite lose herself in them; she was too hurt, and too mistrustful, and she pulled away.

 

“I can’t, Luz.”

“But, why? I – I thought that’s what you wanted, why you were looking for me?”

“I thought so, too, but…”  Taliya shook her head.  “I can’t.”

“You’re sleeping with that…” Luzita caught herself. “With that… alien.”

“Ni-es name is Ayess and ni is an Araxian and no, we are not lovers.  I haven’t been with anyone since you.”

“Then…”

Taliya shook her head.  “I can’t just do it because it feels good, Luz.  It has to be because I love the person I’m with, and trust them.   And right now, I can’t.  That trust and that love – they’ve been lost.  I don’t trust you.  I don’t feel that I know you anymore.  You believed what Maureena said, believed her lies more than you believed in me, in us.  And that hurts.”

 

Ayess’ race does not have words for he/she/his/hers, etc, because they are (for lack of a better term) hermaphroditic. Their pronouns to refer to other members of their race are “ni” (for he/she/him/her), “ni-es” (his/hers), “ni-en” (they/them) and “ni-en-es” for theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

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