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Trying to Recover (Myself)

Something ROW80-ish


Sunday (Photo credit: _bobi + bobi)

Another missed Something 4 Sunday post this week.  Only minor excuses…  it was Mother’s Day, I spent most of it in bed sick, and …  I’m processing a pile of research I’ve done on child abuse, cults and sexual … well, almost sexual everything and how it relates to the first topics.

Beyond May being an insanely busy month at Chez Mabee, my head has felt crammed as a result of this research time.  I keep remembering things about my childhood that are direct parallels to these things, experiences that might not have been on the same scale, but are also frightfully similar…

Green Tree Frog    Litoria caerulea

Green Tree Frog Litoria caerulea (Photo credit: Stephen Barnett)

As a result, my grand plans for a Sunday check-in or even a minor blog update just flew out the window.  I’m tabling the blog redesign for summer when I can stay up late and listen to the treefrogs peep outside my office window without the “must get up early to send the Boodle to school or camp” deadline.  I mean, I do it happily enough, especially since it’s what the Boodle says he wants and it seems to be working for him, but….  it hurts my head.  On so very many levels, it hurts my head.

ROW80LogocopyUntil then, you can check out my goals list in this older post.  I’m on track for pretty much everything except the Sunday posts these past two weeks.   Short one Twitter sprint/chat for last week.  The writing has been steady; however… all of it has been escapism writing, nothing actually involving my research yet… and, it’s all been long-hand.

The long-hand thing is significant, and I’ll definitely be writing more on that later.  For my sponsor post…  yeah, I’m behind on that too.

Let’s move the ROW80 (hosted and created by Kait Nolan) to the…


Two paragraphs* which follow directly on last week’s post.  For now, I intend to continue with this “Unnamed Story” (you can find the earlier eight installments following this link):

He marveled for a moment at her, at her sexuality, at her ardency. Then he growled deep in his throat and, finding secure footing, wrapped his arms around her lower back and stood up, holding her pressed against him.

She surrendered her hold on his lips with a gasp. Her eyes widened. “‘Listii! What–“

* Taking out fives …  May (5), 14 is 1+4, 2014 is 2+0 and 1+4…

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Five Random Words

After skipping Sunday’s post (intentionally…  see my ROW80 check-in for why), let me welcome you all back today for a different:

WIPpet Wednesday

Today, as a break from the normal WIPpet ,  I decided against convoluted maths or short sentences out of context.  Instead…

Random Words - 23I decided to choose five words out of context.  😉

Amelia mentioned in her WIPpet interview about creating her own language for her stories.  Not new news because we’d chatted a bit about it last year.  But it did remind me that I have a bad habit in my WIPpets of using terms from the world of the Swan Song series (as well as my fan fictions and Release) as if everyone knew the world as well as I do.

So, to help make things as clear as sludge, here are five random words (and phrases) from my story worlds:

Calls (also called tianei)
— a physical/psychic connection between people; there are three main Calls the varia, talia and filia (body, soul, kin) and though most people believe they are divine gifts of guidance, some histories suggest they are remnants of spells that have passed from parent to child generation upon generation, effectively cursing young people to bad marriages, thus the adage “Calls draw together, but contracts bind.”

— a family of quasi-royalty in the Antia Vale; the name means “quick handed” and was taken on by the family intentionally to poke fun at the other High Houses who considered them to be upstarts and vagrants.  It holds a second meaning for a few; a common threat in the Vale is “May the Hastor find you on a dark night.”

— a royal family in the Antia Vale; name means “Fair Winds lord” which probably comes from their history as rulers of the seacoast and the number of weather mages in their bloodline

K’via estau meil dorme
— a polite greeting from a minor to a lord wishing good health and the blessing of divinity on the receiver.  Variations in phrasing depend of the speaker, receiver etc.  The most polite form would be K’via meil estau spoken with gaze directed at the ground before one’s feet.  In Courting, Alanii meets some distant cousins who greet him more casually despite the fact they are definitely not friends.  

— actually a phrase in the “old language” of tinsii used as a curse meaning “blacksouled bastard (biological sense)bled out of a witch forbidden death”

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ROW80 Check-in

90/365 - Just feel better *EXPLORED!*

Not much has changed since last week at about this time,  Still, here’s the overview.

  • write every day; at the minimum, do 5 sentences  good progress here
  • finish a complete (rough) draft of Courting the Swan Song   whole new scene take developed and drafted
  • make twice weekly blog posts (WIPpet Wednesdays and Some Thing 4 Sundays) I intentionally blew off Sunday; after reading all the amazing Beauty of a Woman Blogfest posts, commenting and even writing one of my own (plus plotting out a second for the #Girlboner thread), I felt burnt by blogging; I chose to let go for a few days–I gave myself permission to break a rule and just enjoy myself; it was wonderful
  • maintain active sponsor participation behind one check-in
  • energize myself with more physical activity  was home and flumpy and feel flumpier now 😦
  • reclaim my writing space  tossed a bunch of old marked-up drafts
  • go through some piece of my electronic home (desktop, laptop, server space, Dropbox, etc.) backsliding here; I even added a new (old) game
  • laugh more, hug my family more, share myself with friends more…  all’s well on the Westerlo front
  • attend chats and sprints on Twitter (at least one of each) nope; I’m thinking of taking this back off the list; my head is the wrong place for a lot of online stuff now

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  • Random Words – 23 (Photo credit: pkdon50)
  • 90/365 – Just feel better *EXPLORED!* (Photo credit: bp6316)
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