Rally the Troops

Though it is a day late, here I come,armed with my Powerful Platoons of Pidgeies, my Wary Weedle Warriors, and my Raging Ranks of Rattatas to… present you with another WIPpet and ROW80 check-in. It’s Wednes–Thursday after all.

First off, the WIPpet

Breaking from the tradition of recent posts, I’m taking something from my Swan Song Series today as opposed to the Unnamed Story.   Alanii has his very first command as a member of the Royal Guard, intended as a bit of a cake run to get him used to things…

We have thirteen sentences here today, close to NaNoWriMo raw (I corrected any obvious spelling errors, but not much else..  sorry).

Alanii shook his head. “I’m fine, Maurush. Simply thinking about what we’ll find when…” He stopped speaking when all around him the men flinched. At first he could think of nothing to say in place of his grim thoughts, then he sighed. “We’ll find what we find, I guess. W will greet them with appreciation and honor… and carry them home as best we can. And for those who cannot return, we will sing their names to the night skies until the stars ring with their praises.”

Those who marched around him seemed to brace themselves, standing a little taller in their saddles. Heads that had begun to hang low only moments ago were now erect and eager. Though Alanii had not realized or known what he’d done, he was glad he’d done it.

Next to him, Jkesri nodded, adding in an en soto voice, “Well done, sir. Thank you.”

Now with EXTRA sugar

Now with EXTRA sugar

If you enjoyed that, why not head  head over to the WIPpet linky and visit some our other awesome members for variety and fun.  An extra helping of sugar-coated Sugar Puffs (now with extra sugar) to Emily Witt for her willingness to keep this bloghop going week after week.

Next, we have a…

ROW80 Quickie

Except for sleep (and that sponsor post), I’m on track.  I even took the chance to indulge myself last night by getting to bed before midnight.  Of course, it was one of those hot sticky nights that made the sheets feel like I should wring them out before sleeping, so…  I might have been better off staying up and writing.  I might not have…

Slowly I am finding my way through all the chaos of my commitments.   Over-scheduling is…  I need to work on the fine art of knowing my limits.  I still don’t have a good eye for that yet.  I am working on it.

16 responses to “Rally the Troops

  1. Alanii gave a good pep talk without realizing it and off to war they go. 🙂
    His men are ready to lay down their lives.
    Shalom aleichem,


    • Well, not exactly. Alanii’s father wouldn’t see his son in command of a troop headed off to battle. They’re on something more like a diplomatic mission…. But there is bad news waiting for them in the wings.


  2. Oh, nice speech Alanii!

    Finding limits is so trial and error. >.< And always changing, so a limit that works for a while, won't be enough or will be too much later on. :-/ I wonder if we all started charting limits if we could find some kind of equation that will predict our limits for any given day. 😛 Wouldn't that be an app that sold well? *Since you entered blablabla on days 1, 2, & 3, your probably limit on day 4 will be x." 😛


    • I would SO buy that app! Hmm, my hubby is a programmer. Maybe I need to suggest something like this to him? 😉

      Alanii has a flair for speeches when he tries. Usually he’s not trying…

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  3. ahhh the pep talk before marching into whatever they’re about to face, though I do have my doubts that Alanii had no clue what he was doing in all of that, even as a new commander.


    • In this particular case, he’s feeling a bit out of sorts… He just got some news about his very best friend since childhood. He’s having a bit of trouble processing anything… and yet, he even made himself feel better with his little speech.


  4. It’s a lovely speech, though a bit heartbreaking. Sounds like the words are as much for Alanii himself as for the others.


  5. I’m very curious to know what’s next, and I hope I wasn’t one commitment too many on the stack that faced you this week. It’s still something of a novelty to get to spend any part of either of our birthdays together, even after so many. I had a lovely, just-enough-but-not-too-much time. I hope it was worth it for you, as well.

    Perhaps the rampant volunteerism in your DNA exerts a powerful pull….


    • Spending your birthday with you was fun… it was an excuse to just relax and let go! (though I wish the movie listings has given us options for the theatres a bit further south) And… you are one of the few people I can spend time with and stare into a notebook (or, in my case this time, a stylus) without feeling like I’m not doing what I should as company. YOU understand! Do you know how very restful that is?

      There IS some rampant volunteerism in my family. I know of stories involving my own great-great-grandparents, so… the pull is a strong in this one.

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      • I’m glad. I do know how peaceful that is; you never need to apologize for writing, since I’ve always got things that I can write, as well.

        It would have been nice to have been able to meet up in Clifton Park….but I hadn’t been to the Bowtie in Saratoga, so that was something- and it is a pretty drive.

        BTW, if you have a spare charger for that iPhone, Miah would love to borrow it and explore things more carefully.


        • I already sent Miah a Skype note to say I’m bringing a charging cord with me tonight so he can use the phone more “normally”. And we’re going to check and see if that phone can use the network that Deacon Lynn would need for her charity (because it does her no good overseas if it can’t use the GSM network… some 4s can’t). If she can’t use it, Miah can keep it. I’ll just factory reset the device for him and he can’t set it up for himself.

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