Sunday, 21 December 2014


Saturday, 20th December.

It's around 9:30 PM. I'm sitting there, staring calmly at the TV. The characters from Dragon Age: Inquisition are running across the screen and I'm focusing on nothing more important than which mission to do next. Hell, after a day of battling the entire city for the last of my daughter's gifts and picking her up from a friend's Christmas party, I'm practically half asleep. I may even have dozed off at some point, I'm not certain.


In strides my muse, she came back from her little vacation some time ago and, although I kept her happy pottering with various fan-fictions, she's about had it with my complete inattention to the stories floating around my computer.
Her response to this offence? Dangle a little morsel before me like some damn carrot. A scene for the story I'm still figuring out the bloody world-building for (she doesn't like to think small, I'll give her that).

There's flaming apples involved (literally, the person responsible is a magic-wielder) and one piece that had me turning off the game to go write. Actually write, like pencil applied to paper, which is always a damn mess and a pain to figure out later.

The piece?

"Right in my father's house. Can you imagine? The utter nerve of him." Giving a disgusted snort that was at odds with the elegance of her attire, she unclipped her cape and tossed the heavily embroided fabric over a chair in her usual careless fashion.
The chair tipped back and fell with a dreadful clatter.
Undeterred, Adyia marched across the room, her skirts swishing hypnotically with each step. The shimmering reminded him of the exotic birds in the temple gardens; bright and slightly on the tasteless side. She turned her back to him. "Unlace me."

Yup. That's it. Even better: I've only a vague idea what she's mad about.
I swear, the weirdest things make me sit up and write, but a puzzled me always makes for a happy muse.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

777 Challenge...

Loni Townsend went and tagged me in the 777 challenge. For those unfamiliar with the challenge ... you choose a WiP, go to the 7th page, scroll down to the 7th line, and share the next 7 lines or so.

Now, I've been puddling about with various fan-fiction shorts from the whole Dragon Age franchise, but I can't use any of them for this for several reasons 1) they're not works in progress, but rather already published on various sites, even then 2) only one actually goes beyond seven pages and 3) I went to the seventh page ... let's just say there's a reason I put mature tags on that one in all the places it's posted. *ahem*

So, I guess it's a piece from Dark One's Bride, the sequel to Dark One's Mistress.
Writing it has sputtered for a little while as I've yet to think of exactly how I want the city of Endlight to appear beyond a few details I filled in for the last chapter, but without a clearer picture, I cannot finish my current scene and that needs to happen. I need to go stare at pictures and think for a bit.
On the flip-side, I've all the chapters plotted and they make sense. Yay!

Anyhow, onto the excerpt!

Beside her, the pregnant woman snorted. "Show off." Her hands fastened around Clara's wrist in a grip that threatened to cut off her circulation. "Let us retire to the solarium whilst my girls make the final preparations to your chambers."
Forced to keep up with the woman or let them fall, Clara stumbled her way up the stairs in silence.
"Lucias insisted you have your own space until the wedding," the woman went on, seemingly oblivious to everything else. "It's sparked such fuss with the court. So many wish to know why."
Another woman took her place on Clara's other side, claiming her free arm in a similar possessive grip. "He's got to have somewhere to steal her from."

Not the grandest, I know...

Now, I'm meant to tag someone else, but I've been out of the loop for so long what with my intermittent internet and junk. I barely remember what I was doing let alone who I was following and what they're up to. So ... I may randomly tag people at a future date.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Umm ... yeah ... Hi!

So ... it's been a while since I actually had internet on my computer. A lot of what I've done has involved the limited amount of data my mobile can provide and whatever I do on it that I could stand to do on such a small screen.

My typing productivity dropped drastically, then popped up as November and my excitement for at the nearing release of a RPG... Yes, I'm a geek, what of it?
So far, I've written about 10,000 words in the last couple of weeks. All of it fan-fiction. It's writing. I regret nothing. It gave me some time to explore scenarios I don't see my current characters getting into as well as some more familiar settings. In between those, I've also gathered snippets involving my worlds. Hopefully that'll continue.

On the non-writing side of things:
We're trying out a different broadband method, if this works, it promises to be cheaper. Which will be nice as my car's power steering recently bust a seal and I don't think I'm strong enough to force a two ton vehicle around a corner without it (thank goodness for dad's a their thirsty backup cars).

My hair is 40CM shorter


Pfft, you heard me. I said I was planning on cutting it in November and I did. After eight years, I'm currently sporting a chic bob and loving it. It's the shortest it's ever been for several decades.

The rest it? That all went here.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway

What's that? Yes. A giveaway. A fantasy giveaway. How could I miss this? Well, apparently, my internet says I can. -_- But you shouldn't! Not only is there swag to be had, there's a lot of good books. Just check 'em out! Seriously, I can't figure out how to get BookBox to work correctly, but I can say these authors are involved...

Tricia Schneider, Nicole Zoltack, Marsha A. Moore, Mimi Sebastian, Terri Rochenski, Julie Reece, Lori J. Fitzgerald, Debbie Christiana, Georgia Lyn Hunter, M. Pax, Sharon Saracino, Shah Wharton, H. L. Burke, Angela Myron, Jocelyn Adams, James Garcia Jr, Tina Moss, Danielle DeVor, Sharon Buchbinder, April Aasheim, CL Bledsoe, Mara Valderran, Angela Yseult, Kallysten, Juli D. Revezzo, Loralie Hall, Allyson Lindt, Sotia Lazu, Angela Castillo, Valerie Twombly, R.M. James, Shanyn Hosier,Ronesa Aveela, Sofia Grey, Konstanz Silverbow, Jamie Marchant, Brandy L Rivers, JC Andrijeski, Stacey Nash, Scarlett Dawn, Jami Gray, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Tonya Macalino, Christine E. Schulze, Selah Janel, Ash Krafton. Oh, and me. ^_^

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

#IWSG - From Good to Bad to Worst

As always, sign up for IWSG here.

Shout-out to Kristin Smith, Elsie and Fundy Blue for being co-hosts for this month.


I know it's the website’s one year anniversary and most of the entries are likely to be all primed for IWSG anthology of tips and all ... but if my previous posts don't give it away, things here have been a bit of a yo-yo emotionally. One minute, I'm good, everything's going okay, I even got a few chapters done with Dark One's Bride, then ... well, then it's not. It really, really isn't.

And that's when my downhill spiral with all the bad things I've been ignoring pile up in my noggin.

#1 is book related and it's been niggling in the back of my mind for some time. Just one question ... However am I going to get the sequel to The Rogue King actually published?

Mock cover.
For those not in the know, I'm self-publishing this four-book saga that's been seventeen years in the making. Ever since I released the first book this April, the next book, The Shadow Prince, has been waiting for its turn to leap through that editing wringer and get itself a shiny cover (as is The Forgotten Queen, if I'm honest).

To begin with, I was aiming for publishing one book a year.

That costs money. No delusions there. And it was money I was in the process of saving up until the bed carked it and then my car chucked it's toys not once, but twice in the last year. I won't bore you with details of my financial life beyond saying there's just no wriggle-room for what self-publishing another book would cost my family. If I had an extra year or two, I could ... maybe ... sort it myself by ... yeah, 2016 at the earliest. And that's only providing nothing else goes wrong in the meantime.

And don't think I haven't considered Kickstarter (now that kiwis can) to fund the important parts of getting The Shadow Prince published, because I have. It's my only other option besides waiting and hoping no more roadblocks crop up. I've even got a page set up just waiting for me to hit 'publish'. I even tweak it on my good days.
On the other hand, thinking about asking people for money like that is ... let's just say I have trouble asking anyone for anything.

Sometimes, I regret ever writing a word of the whole damned saga...

Monday, 22 September 2014


We lost a family member this weekend...

Nov 2002 - Sep 2014

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

#IWSG - I'm All Good

As always, sign up for IWSG here!

Got to give a shout-out to Laura at My Baffling BrainMark KoopmansShah Wharton and Sheena-Kay Graham for being co-hosts for this month.

And ... hey! It's the three year anniversary of posting! Happy Anniversary IWSG!

Heh, last time I was doing virtually nothing between the last Insecure Writers Support Group and the one before that. This time, I've been so busybusy with new projects, real life stuff and I seem to have lost two entire days to TV Tropes (don't ask), that I don't actually have an insecure post to ... er ... post. In fact, it wasn't until I came home from the weekly food haulage that I remembered it was the first Wednesday of the month!

So, yeah, I guess what I'm trying to say is ... I'm actually all good. ^_^