Progress June 23, 2017

I know, I know, I’ve been a bad girl and didn’t post last week. In my defense, it’s been a pretty busy month. My paid work has been trying to take over my life, and until this week I wasn’t able to do much writing!

Happily that has changed, however, and I did manage to write a flash fiction story this week, work on the revision to The Wolf & the Bear, and get a bit of music written. Pretty productive! I was also able to get some writing-related things finished last week, so now I just have one more tiny thing to get sorted out before I unveil my surprise! If all goes well, you’ll have my announcement next Friday.

So, let’s see about an excerpt, shall we?

Hm… it’s been a while since we had anything from The Wolf & the Bear, and I did just finish some work on the first two chapters. Have a bit of a scene from that:

The round, full moon stood sentry over the small long house. Wudurose, sitting in the branches of a nearby tree, watched the smoke rising through the vent in the roof. The Snow Moon was appropriately white this year. Soon the ice on the riveer would begin to crack, and she would again be fishing for meat rather than trying to hunt small game.

She sighed and wished that Fæder would return. It was long since the day he had promised to be back. She wondered what was keeping him.

Footsteps crunched loudly in the snow, and Rose turned her head swiftly to mark the passage of a male figure through the trees.

It had been a full month since Wulf had brought them Bera to tend, and he visited them twice weekly, bringing larger game to supplement the small animals Wudurose was able to provide her family. She was torn between gratefulness for his generosity and resentment that he could do something for her mother and sister that she couldn’t.

She sighed and turned to climb silently down from her perch in the tree.


Progress May 19, 2017

This week I got some more themes written, and I started the next step in revising The Wolf & the Bear. I’m hoping to have that finished by the end of the month. I’m also making progress on a special project I hope to unveil next Friday, so stay tuned!

Your excerpt this week is a computer-generated recording of a bit of a short piece I wrote for beginner clarinet, with piano accompaniment. It’s not very long, but I hope you like it!

Progress May 12, 2017

This week has been pretty good. I am nearly finished collecting themes for my music project (just 18 to go). I’ve also made good progress on my clarinet quartet piece.

I was not able to start working on that new revision stage for The Wolf & the Bear, but I did acquire the items needed to do it. I also was able to finish another flash fiction.

This week’s excerpt is from that flash fiction. I’m just giving you the opening, and I hope you enjoy it!

Daniel hoisted himself up over the windowsill of the kitchen window and crawled through. It had taken about 15 minutes to get the screen off, but the effort was worth it.

He crawled over the counter and dropped lightly to the floor, then padded softly to the door.

Sam and Jake were still standing under the window when he opened the door. “You guys!” he hissed. “Get over here!”

The trio made their way through the kitchen into the living room. It was well-appointed and looked lived-in. There were framed photographs on the mantel and the walls, of a pretty woman with long brown hair and a little boy with bright blue eyes.

“This is just a normal living room,” Daniel said. “We should just go. Peter saw us go in, we won the bet.”

Sam shook his head. “No way!” he replied. “He said to get a head, so we’re getting a head!”

head?!? What are these boys doing? Where are they?

You’ll have to wait and read the finished story to find out.

Progress May 5, 2017

I have finished that step on The Wolf & the Bear! I can now move on to the next step, which I am sure will take me a while. I think it involves index cards.

I am attempting to do StoryADay May, but so far have only written one story, to the first prompt. I will try to get caught up over the weekend. The second prompt needs more than a flash story (and could end up a novel, so I’m going to sit with it a bit and try outlining) but the third and fourth prompts will be great for flash once I sort out my angles.

This is supposed to be a month for capturing themes again, but haven’t been able to get to that yet either. My goal is to finish collecting the themes I need for that special project, and to finish the first draft (on paper) for the clarinet quartet I was working on in March.

Now, for your reading pleasure, I present the first (unedited) draft of “The Immortal Companion” [working title]. It clocks in at 637 words. I could probably cut it a bit, too. This was a fun story to write, and I have a few ideas of other places I might take these characters. What do you think?

You can see the prompt this is based on over here.

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Progress? (April 28, 2017)

Alas, this week has been not very good for writing-related pursuits. I did manage to get through another chapter in The Wolf & the Bear, and I edited a flash fiction story a couple of times, but that’s it. No new words written this week, no music written. Granted, the furnace went out on Saturday and we had a busy weekend, so I suppose I have some excuses, but still.

Nothing I’ve written lately has tickled me enough to share it in an excerpt. I will, instead, tell you a little about the main character of the flash fiction story I was working on this week.

Cody is in his early twenties and lives in a group home—he has a disability, but it’s not stated in the story (on purpose, and I’m not going to tell you here, either). Through the edits I made to this story, I have learned that he really really really likes the Roughriders (Saskatchewan’s pro football team). This required me to research the names and positions of the players, since I am not a sports fan. I quite like Cody. He’s impulsive and gets flustered easily, and green is apparently his favourite colour (since the Roughriders’ uniforms are bright green). He’s usually pretty easy-going, but sometimes things happen and he reacts before thinking things through.

I hope you will like him too, when you get to read his story.