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Where Was I?

It’s been a few weeks since my last post.  I was on vacation with my family and…  surprise (even to me), I decided to really take time off.  And yes, before you ask, it was….


Looks like playtime is over. The first clue was my husband heading back to work Monday. I took a few days to myself (YES!) after that. And now.. I’m here with my ROW80 check in (I did close to nothing with my stories, but I read, I made notes, I watched a bunch of TV, went on walks in the woods, daydreamed, saw cool places….  in general, I took a real vacation) and my WIPpet.

As for the WIPpet, I took to heart some of the commentary I received (and haven’t answered…  my bad) to my last post.  Since I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to do, I guess I really was looking for some validation that I wasn’t messing with things too much.  The heart wants what the heart wants, but it’s nice to know that giving in won’t hurt others, so to speak.*

That said, if anyone is interested in continuing to read my Unnamed Story as a beta reader please let me know.  I’m in the last two chapters of the piece, and having something of a crisis of direction.  I’d love some serious input.

And now, onto the…


I’m jumping back in the Swan Song Series, into the third book I’ve planned out and back into Atyr’s head…  Atyr as a girl, not the mature grandmother you’ve gotten to know her as in the Unnamed Story.  It’s the beginning of her section in this third book; she thinks she’s dealt with all the problems that could involve her and that, mild nausea aside, she’s about to close out the journey of her youth and become one with her spiritual leader.

Yeah…  like I’d let that happen.

So here you go, 14 sentences (I’m posting this on Thursday, so you get a bonus for the day) from Swan Song Refrain (working title):

Atyr didn’t know how long she’d been tied in her seat; she was just glad that this stretch of the journey seemed to be ending.

The side to side waddle of the riding beast’s stride became abruptly short and jerky, an almost spinning sensation as the beast seemed to start forward and then rest back. From beneath the heavy cowl of her robes, Atyr caught bright glimpses of blue and white, tan and brown. Lots of brown… Brown feathers, brown clothes…

Even her hands were brown now.

At least the dusty color was soothing to the eyes. She gazed down at the shishtriara’s feathered neck and let herself fall into a moment’s tranquility tracing the waves of caked dirt with her eyes. Here and there some of the beast’s true cream-colored down peeked through.

The pattern rippled as the beast shifted, its serpentine neck twisting as the beast turned its head to her. Heavily lidded eyes peered under the covering of her seat frame up to her, a faint glow of the day beyond reflected in them.

Despite the warnings she’d been given, Atyr felt herself start to inch back from the beast. The flaps over the creature’s nostrils vibrated faster; a trill escaped its fanged mouth. Its jaws opened in a parody of a grin.

As always, thanks to Kathi Schwengel of My Random Muse for maintaining the WIPpet challenge.  Please feel free to comment, critique… praise 😉 the group of us.  We’re a pretty friendly bunch.

*Yes, hyperbole.  I know that no one will be hurt if I change my WIPpet story.  Nor will any shistriara… much.

Quick apology post

Road blocked by landslide

Road blocked by landslide

I was going to try to make up my last Friday post for my Roads to London series of photoblogs, especially since, now I seem to have gotten my computer mostly under control.

That was when I realized, I won’t be home for the next week (that also means no ROW80 check-in on Wednesday or WIPpet post).  So I decided to wait and make this quick apology post.  I would rather wait a week to post and be available for comments and discussion than ignore people, even accidentally.

I’ll see everyone on Wednesday the 24th for a new WIPpet and ROW80 check-in (with hopefully lots of great writing news).  Fellow ROWers will hear from me even sooner, but only as a visitor to their blogs and ROW80 sponsor post writer as I believe Kait has my post scheduled for the 22nd.  That’s also when fellow JuNoWriMo moderator Margaret McNellis will be posting her interview of me.

Until I see you all, have a great week and happy words!

Until we get back...  Have fun!

Until we get back… Have fun!

A Pause of Sorts But Not Really

A PauseI’m here, but I’m not…

I’m writing, but I’m not writing blog posts.

Blogging, while it is a wonderful way to share events and discussions, has taken a backseat to many other things in my life.  Yes, I have challenges and check-ins to make.  Mostly they are occurring on Facebook lately.  I actually made one there five minutes before I realized I should at least write a “this is why I’m not posting much” post.

So I’m making two check-ins for the day…just so I can say I won’t be posting on either of my blogs (not that I’ve posted at a Garden of Delights for months) for the rest of August.  Whee!

Here’s what I am doing so everyone is as up to date as I’ve been (which isn’t much, btw):

  • I’ve increased my “test mile” back up from 500 words a day to 750.  Oddly, I found that with the smaller test mile I was actually writing less and less each day.  When I reached this Monday and I had missed two days, I decided to try pushing myself instead of codling.  We’ll see how it works long-term, but by today I’m back to three days in a row and making my 750 for two of them.
  • I’ve added a physical activity to make my body suffer–Budokai karate...  The actual technique is comforting and reassuring.  The calisthenics before and during the classes (which are over an hour each) are proof of just how out of shape I am.
  • Included in the above comes another “monthly challenge”…  50 sit-ups a day.   I’m not up to even that, not with doing smaller sets throughout the day.  Partly it’s this cold I’ve had that has kept me from sleeping at night; mostly it’s my lack of conditioning.  I managed 38 of them yesterday and made up the missing 12 as curls.  Today, I’ve managed 2 curls total so far.
  • I’ve started the August CampNaNoWriMoIt may or may not work for me this time, given that I will be offline for a good portion of the month, but there is something about the challenge that makes me write.  And write, and write…
  • Writing, I have decided, may NOT be a good thing.  I love to write and to create stories, but I also have a mess in my desk and computer and I have stories that need to be fixed.  A LOT of stories that need to be fixed.  I also need some beta readers…  I’ll wait until the end of the month for those however.

This list, of course, is hardly inclusive.

  • I have to finish some paperwork for my college application so I can go back to school (I’ve decided to head back part-time, not full-time as I’d planned before).
  • I am still working on books for the Bookmark Break Challenge and the Telling Tales Challenge (though both I have been abysmal at updating my progress on).  And for the Literary Classics reading challenge, I am slowly working my way through Great Expectations….mostly because I find myself so very annoyed at Pip and his self-importance.
  • And of course, I cannot forget the ROW80 for which this whole check-in was truly written for…  Yes, I am writing, and I am adjusting so that I can keep writing and keep making progress.

That’s about it.  It’s enough, don’t you think?