Monthly Archives: May 2015

Tie On Feathers


Yep! It’s another WIPpet Wednesday

Last night while I was planning my writing/blogging/tweeting schedule for June, I made one of those arbitrary “It’s my Blog and my Story (my characters insist on the caveat that they do not believe this is true at all) decisions.  I want to really concentrate on Courting the Swan Song for June.  I also want to indulge my fondness for my fanfictions.  The compromise?  All my writing sample blog hop posts for June (both the WIPpet and the WeWriWa) will be excerpts from the Was Long Variation.

And even though it’s not quite June yet, I thought I would start early.  This excerpt is one of the oldest pieces of the fanfiction I still have (I did spruce it up some), written somewhere around high school graduation or slightly later.  I give you 15 sentences of the Was Long Variation.

WIPpet Maths:

(5+2+7) – (0+1+5) = 8 x 2 = 16 sentences (15… one removed for “reasons”)

IMG_4479“So this is the ship you towed in, Keith.” The woman looked to the dark-haired male that had arrived with her. He nodded back; a smile warmed his features. A glimpse of mischief crossed the woman’s face, making her seem more a young girl than her own daughters. “Perhaps it would help if you tie on feathers for when she lifts off, yes?”

Jayce listened with pleasure to the woman’s soft soprano. It felt like a mother’s voice, one that reached deeply to something in him till now unknown. Yet as he stared at the elf who looked at the ship with an expression that might be either awe or shock, doubts grew in his mind (though not his heart) that this childlike woman could be his mother

Finally the she finished her review and turned to the party that patiently waited her. Their deference seemed expected, and her smile felt now less welcoming and more indulgent.

“So these are our guests.” Her voice carried though she spoke in a murmur. “May I be introduced or do you intend to just stand there and stare at me?” she chided but not without humor.

“Mom,” groaned Lyarr. The boys echoed her.

If you liked what you read, why don’t you head over to the WIPpet linky and visit some our other awesome members.  A cookies and chocolate milk toast to KLSchwengel for hosting the sprint and putting up with all our silliness. 😀

Her Weathered Body — 3rd #WeWriWa


It’s a bloghop!

Good morning, and welcome to my third Weekend Writing Warriors installment.

The rules are simple enough:

  • Add your name and genre(s) to the most recent post on the WeWriWa site
  • Post a link to the WeWriWa site on your blog/Sunday post
  • Keep your excerpt 10 sentences or less (8-10, no more!)
  • Visit other WeWriWa authors and experience their work

(There’s a complete set on the WeWriWa page for anyone interested in joining, as well as links to pages of all the authors involved.  Check it out.)

Knife Training (Getty Images)

Knife Training (Getty Images)

Today, I give you nine sentences from Courting the Swan Song, my main WIP for the next month.

Alanii blinked. “You spar for your Nooning devotions? But the raising of blades—”

“That’s Isana for you,” Val grunted. “We eat our Nooning feasts with our knives alone. Knives serve the Hearth Maid after all, and She wields them in the service of her faithful.” Then Val smiled wryly. “Or so the old wives try to tell us when we’re little enough to not know better. Only a soldier would pray to a goddess with chimney soot and blade scars along Her weathered body.”

Nothing like two friends debating religion, is there?  🙂

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this piece.   Coming up for WIPpet Wednesday, we will return to the Was Long Variation, so I may outline changes and scenes I need to work on during JuNoWriMo for CTSS.

An Actual Sunday Check-in!

As I write this, I hope you all don’t mind it being disjointed somewhat.  I’m not in the best of places right now and constantly need to get up and hurry away for this and that…  and, well, I’m distracted, and I don’t feel all that good either.

That said, I had a great day yesterday.  The hubby, Boodle, and I went to see Into The Woods, up at the Saratoga Music Hall, as a friend’s son was playing The Baker.  It was… wonderful!

Friday was pretty good too.  After beginning with that “sinking feeling” in my gut, it ended on a comfortable note of…  “we’re in an okay place now, and we have lots of options”.

Neither of these involved much writing, however.  My characters are still kind of ticked at me.

ROW80LogocopySo what does this all mean for my ROW80 update?  Well…

  • Writing — not much; I managed the One Minute Writer challenge almost every day however and used each minute for story development*
  • Time with characters/storyworld — not as much as I would like or even as much as I feel would help; of my characters, Kieri has been the most social, and while I like him–I’m not at the point where I really feel I can work on his story.
  • Pushups/general fitness — Thursday was a walk with the homeschool group from Yacon Village; Friday was karate class; Yesterday was a lot of driving and sitting…  :-/
  • Camera time daily — missed yesterday unless you count the pics I took on the iPhone
  • French and German daily 10 minutes — German has suffered.  French, however, is improving greatly as the Boodle and I work together on it.
  • MOOCs — no progress

That’s it for me.  If you’re feeling up to it, check out some other ROWers and cheer them on.  We love to hear from you.

*A note about the One Minute Writer posts:  I average well over my Five Sentences test mile using the prompts on this site (Thursday I fell short, and Saturday posts are only six words long anyway).  So for people who tell me they have no time to write, please…  please try this site.  Have the page as your homepage…  open your browser and go.  It’s one, maybe two minutes out of your day, and it will help you get writing.