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Rainbow Snippet for 7-27-2019

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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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Rainbow Snippet for 7-6-2019

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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.

 

Both of Trebor’s hands were full when the knock came. “Luthen,” he said. “And he’s really feeling overly pleased with himself.”

D’Laron chuckled. “I’ll let him in.” He was already on his way down the hall to the front door when he spoke.

Luthen came in with a burst of cold air and rush of joy and laughter as he and D’Laron greeted each other.

“What are you planning?” D’Laron murmured as he embraced him.

“Oh, no, little brother. If I tell you, Trebor will know and it’s a surprise for him.”

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Editing Bag

Well, what have we here?

No, you’re not seeing things. It’s a real, live blog post.

This is the last weekend before Camp NaNoWriMo starts so I thought I’d talk about my editing bag.

For July Camp, I’m going to be doing some editing and revising of Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. I probably plan to finish it at least one Camp session every year, but this year is different. This year I have figured out how to solve a major plot problem and I’m eager to get it fixed and get the book wrapped up. (I think it is mostly “finished” except the end was buried somewhere in the middle.)

So, anyhow. My editing bag.

And the reason why I need one.

I’m a nurse, currently working for a staffing agency, riding a school bus with a special needs child with multiple health issues. I have two hours between dropping him at school and getting back on the bus to pick him up again.

That’s almost two full hours of writing and/or editing time.

But since I live too far away from there to go home, the editing stuff has to come with me. Thus, an editing bag. It’s kind of a portable office.

First, there’s the bag itself.

I got it at Michael’s years ago. I had a coupon but it was on sale so I couldn’t use it, so I gave it some random person that was in the same aisle I was.

The main compartment is big enough to hold a three ring binder that has my printed manuscript in it. It also holds a spiral bound notebook for random thoughts, things to check elsewhere in the book (or trilogy or series).

The smaller compartment holds all kinds of good stuff. (Those are paper clips and binder clips. Kind of hard to tell with the reflection, plus I’m a writer, not a photographer.)

What else goes in there? Glad you asked!

Pens and highlighters in a variety of colors.

The scissors and tape and stapler (and extra staples) are for when I move whole sections somewhere else. I’ll cut them out, tape them to a piece of scrap paper and put them in their new spot. (Or I’ll tape them to the page they’re being moved to. Think of it as the original version of “copy (or cut) and paste.”)

And sticky notes of various sizes, shapes, and colors. (And, no, I do not have too many sticky notes. Bite your tongue, child! In fact, I think I need to add another large pad to the bag.)

And, yes, all of that fits in there, with plenty of room to spare. I had some of it pulled out into a “mini bag” and haven’t reassembled it yet – that’s one of my projects for this weekend. By Sunday night it’ll be ready to grab and go so I can get started on Monday.

(I’ll be breaking my tradition of staying up to start NaNo at midnight – my alarm goes off at 5:00 and sleep is a thing.)

 

 

 

 

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Downs and Ups

It’s been an interesting couple of days.

Due to some confusion at the garage I got my new muffler Wednesday afternoon instead of Thursday morning, which freed up all of Thursday for a trip to a town (DuBois) about an hour and a half away to go to a craft store (Pat Catan’s) that I’d heard great things about but had never been to.

And a trip to DuBois isn’t worthwhile without a trip to Dutch Pantry for lunch – and an Apple Fritter Sundae for dessert.

Only it wasn’t.  Horrible service there this time. Definitely not the norm but definitely beyond bad.  Sort of ruined the day.

Which means that I wasn’t in the mood to explore the craft store.  Which means that I’ll have to go back to the craft store another time. (Such a sacrifice!)

My Work Box 3.0 was, according to tracking, scheduled for delivery today but apparently that only means to the freight carrier’s hub, so I’m not getting it until Wednesday, which means I have to take another (unpaid) day off work. I’m not a happy camper because I was looking forward to getting it today (since I was already off) and having all weekend to get it assembled.

So I emailed work to request the day off (because by that time talking to people was probably really not a good idea). I got a reply (that gmail, for some unknown reason, decided to hide in my spam folder so I didn’t find it until the office was closed for the weekend) stating that I can’t call off via email.

Um… Okay, but I’m not calling off.  I’m requesting a day off, in writing, just like I did for the 31st and first.

So I called and got the on-call supervisor who was as confused as I was and agreed that wasn’t calling off.  I’ll reply to the email (when I get my snarkiness under control) and will also call on Monday when the regular people are in the office.

So, anyhow, I’ve kind of not been in the mood for much of anything creative lately and I swear the universe is conspiring to piss me off. (And succeeding quite well.) It’s enough to make me want to log into Materia Magica and kill things.

But on a brighter note, I have tentative names for the two main characters (and one secondary character) for my NaNoWriMo novel.

And on an even brighter note, I have figured out how to use Asana to manage trilogies and beyond.  Name the project for the trilogy (or series) – The Other Mages, for instance. Then, instead of adding a task, add a section (it’s kind of hidden next to the “add task” button), and then add tasks below that.

This means I have no excuse not to enter the Academy of the Accord series into it now. (That’s going to be a task and a half!)

 

 

 

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Families II

 

Way back at the end of March I wrote a blog post on Families.   It’s about the kind you (well, your characters) are born into and how they shape you/your characters.  And I said that my next post would be about the kind of family that you find or create. That didn’t happen because the next post was for Camp NaNoWriMo and for some reason the topic got pushed aside. But seeing as yesterday was Father’s Day I’ve been thinking about families again so here it is, at long last.

I think that most people have someone (or multiple someones) that they consider to be family, even if not related by blood. For instance, my roommate is my best friend and the sister I never had. (And the person I’m most likely to murder, which I’ve been told is the actual definition of a sister.)  My mother even says she has two daughters: one genetic and one generic.

(I also have someone that I think of as a daughter.)

In the Academy of the Accord series, it is noted that families you “find” are often better than those you are born into. It’s also noted that the school feels like a family, mostly because the leaders have formed their own sort of family unit.  Marsden, the Commander of the Garrison, is the father Kordelm never had and the one Wellhym wishes he’d had.  Vinadi, the school’s Headmaster, is viewed in much the same light by Torlew and (especially) Yhonshel, and as a surrogate father by Caristen. (Kordelm and Wellhym are warriors; Vinadi, Torlew and Caristen are wizards, and Yhonshel is both.)

When the “second generation” starts, they all think of Senzu as a daughter. (Her race doesn’t have families as we think of them so she doesn’t think of them as fathers.)

When Draethlen joins the group, he thinks of Marsden as a father. (He doesn’t remember his own family.)  Kordelm and Wellhym think of him as a little brother, and as the other cadets join their family group they (along with Torlew and Caristen) think of all of them as “the boys” – the same way that Vinadi and Marsden think of them.

(Kordelm and Wellhym do, however, refrain from thinking of Marsden as the boy’s grandfather, mostly out of a sense of self-preservation of their pride; both are relatively certain Marsden could probably still “dust the pit” with them in a spar.)

The family that the characters form is unbreakable, unlike the ones some of them were born into.  They share a common bond, not of blood, but of Honor.

In other not-yet-published (or even completed) novels, I also have families that were found, not born. In Book Two of the Other Mages trilogy, Katheri is confused when a visitor helps with the dishes, thinking that it isn’t right for a guest to be put to work like that. Trebor and D’Laron explain to her that Luthen isn’t a guest, he’s family.

Doing the dishes becomes sort of an inside joke then, and when they later send Katheri to the kitchen to do the dishes (so they can talk about things she’s not ready to be involved in yet) she sees it not as being dismissed, but as being accepted.

And after all, isn’t that what family is?  People who accept you as you?

 

 

 

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