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I really have no idea of what to write for today’s WIPpet. Extra distractions… I really want to write something about birthdays today instead of story excerpts.

Happy Birthday, Punkin!

Happy Birthday, Punkin!

Today’s the Leader of the Opposition Party (aka my husband Dan)’ s birthday.  (The title is a joke his father made once that I just get a giggle out of using… every time.)  I’d really like to post something for him (though I know he’d be thrilled if I something I’ve written and posted became published as a result).  So, despite wishing to post the poem I wrote for him a few months ago, I’ll stick with Courting the Swan Song and give you three paragraphs (for the month) from the 19th Scrivener scene I’ve written out:

Brooklyn Museum - Courtesan and Maiko - Torii ...

Brooklyn Museum – Courtesan and Maiko – Torii Kiyonaga (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lady Gizsel chuckled. “Ah, yes, later. I’m sure it can wait that long. After all, it seems he has nearly more at stake in this than you.” She picked up her wine and took another sip. “Still, it’s a big choice you make. I know I was requested for you because I have a small enough talent to hold my mind still.” A small cough of disgust escaped her. “The very thing that kept me from being worth marrying now is the skill that made me too useful to send off when I got pregnant and is now the very skill I was given to you for.”

Alanii tipped his head thoughtfully. “I had always heard that mageborn women were too valuable to sell off.”

She shrugged. “Depends on the skill, I would imagine. My mother was kept in an iron collar, but she was a strong witch. It was her fault that Gisza was harmed by her birth and left deformed. My oldest sister was also strong enough to earn her collar. I escaped because I could hide. At my testing they told my father I had no talent of value. It wasn’t true. Mother had taught me how to trick the testers. I could close my thoughts away from the priests, sit and play with my dolls and they would think I was nothing more than a simple child. Even when pressed, I could usually hide things. Mother taught me a small song to think to myself that kept me focused and allowed me to keep the walls up. If she’d lived to see what Father eventually had to do to me, maybe she would have chosen differently, but then maybe she wouldn’t have. At least here I’m somewhat free to be who I am.”

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Rollercoaster Jumble

Rollercoaster Jumble (Photo credit: Thomas Euler)

Some progress yet again…  I feel like I’m riding a rollercoaster.  Where’s my seat belt?

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences  progress…  short one fiction sentence yesterday, but progress
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song   hmmm, well, most of the new fiction is on third book
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) check
  • maintain active sponsor participation all good here
  • energize myself with more physical activity mostly home stuff
  • reclaim my writing space still seeing that solitary clear spot
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) not nearly enough time spent here
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more… a very social week so far; I could use some downtime
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) one so far this week
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24 responses to “No Ideas

  1. I love the goal of hugging your family more! Monday was my daughter’s 15th birthday and a lot of my concentration has been there and in catching up with teaching commitments. I do have a writing space…although it will have to be temporarily relocated when my parents visit this Spring.

    And then there’s the Dropbox… Oh, how I LOVE my Dropbox! But I need to clean it out and make sure I’m only using it for current stuff, not hoarding files. And oh…I do hoard files lol!

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    • Hoarding files is just so easy to do these days…. I totally get you.

      The hugging my family goal has been good for me. Sometimes I need a reminder to “step away from the computer”. 😀 Of course, both my hubby and son need that reminder too lately. 😦

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  2. That was a great scene. Lots of interesting information in there. I think this is my favorite line: “At least here I’m somewhat free to be who I am.” That strikes me as a weighty statement.

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  3. Jam and butter toast. Hurray! 😀 Very interesting piece. Makes me wonder what her father had to do to her. Also, why the mageborn woman are treated that way.

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    • Jam and toast is an awesome treat. 😀

      Well, maybe not so much what her father had to do to her, but for her, and why… Being a witch in this society is a hard life.

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  4. Ah, sounds like your gal has some very useful talents and the smarts to go with them! I like that. 🙂

    Congrats on your progress. You should see my desk. *g*

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    • She’s quite a capable lady. 😀 Glad you liked her.

      I can imagine…. my desk goes through stages of horrific and tolerable. It’s just in tolerable right now.

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  5. Great except! I’m so intrigued by her hiding her skills and they way you write. I wonder what’s going to happen next!

    Birthdays are precious, I hope you all had fun celebrating.:)

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    • Glad you enjoyed it. It is interesting what people can (and will) do to better their lot in life, ne?

      It was a quiet evening; hopefully this weekend will relaxed enough to spend some time together doing “us stuff”

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  6. Good excerpt here Eden. The hints you give of the trauma your character has suffered are visceral. It’s quite intriguing to me how exactly this woman fits into the wider story you’re telling and what her place is in it. 🙂

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    • Gizsel is actually a fairly minor character, but the lessons Alanii learns from her are pivotal to the story at large. Of course… she did kind of steal the stage when she stepped onto it. I may have to write more about her later, so I’m glad you liked “meeting” her.

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  7. How sad! Ie sounds like women are treated pretty badly in the society you’ve created. Is that going to be one of the conflicts?

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    • Definitely one of the conflicts, yes. It’s certainly not the main focus of Courting per se, though seeing how women use the power they do have has a lot to do with how the plot unfolds.

      Though in general, it’s less a fault of her being a woman that one might be forced to wear an iron collar than she’s got psychic talents.

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  8. Oh, I so want context around this snippet. It’s like a wave that – almost crests….then falls.

    Or when Mr. M. would call, “Cut!” right before the crescend-

    Yeah, like that.

    The family desk in the family room is very tidy, courtesy of Annalise (her new computer is pretty big, and she wanted to use it there!).

    My Hoosier cabinet desk? Oh, yeah, that’s in the study. I’ve been into the doorway to sort old pictures and postcards. The desk? Covered with books and assorted detritus formerly on top of the hutch. And seeds. Seeds I may actually get to plant, because I saw buds today…

    Guess what?

    I’m buying that pretty chair for my study! =D

    I’m thinking I’ll be in there more, to make space and to enjoy. I needed a place to just sit quietly and be in there, or for someone to come visit…

    By the end of the year, it will be a sweet little writing cubby – three steps forward, two back style!

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    • Good for you! You really seemed to love that chair.

      The rising and collapsing sense of the scene was both intentional and not… as in the whole scene it’s drawn from emulated that effect, but it also was just the 19th scene. And the day was one of “those” days as well. Context? This woman is going to teach Alanii something that will change his life forever. It’s not what he went to see her for. And I’m not saying that because she’s a courtesan. 😀

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  9. Ooh, this Lady Gizsel sounds like a very intriguing character with an interesting story. In fact, the whole system that seems to be in place around these mageborn women sounds intriguing but horrifying.

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    • All the mageborn in this world have some interesting strictures placed on them. I’m trying (hopefully succeeding too) in putting together a society with multiple social castes and layers within those groups.

      We’ll see how it works once it’s done. 😉

      Thanks, Emily.

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  10. I tend to love characters that trick the system. Tell me its okay to love Lady Gizsel. She seems awesome.

    Good job on your goals! Hope you end up happy with your progress once the round ends.

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    • She doesn’t get hurt by what happens in the story. If anything, some good comes of her time with Alanii. And yeah, she IS awesome.

      Thanks, Gloria. You too.

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