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 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 21, 2017

It’s been a busy week so I’ve managed to get some more flash fiction written and wrote the piano part for a short clarinet piece (it needs editing), but that’s about it.

Well, I started the next chapter of Relevé and realized that I need to type this story. So now I have to figure out when I’m going to be able to do that (logistical nightmare when you have a two-year-old). I’m sure I’ll get it sorted out soon; in the meantime, I’m going to be focusing on The Wolf & the Bear and try to write as much flash fiction as I can.

I really enjoy writing flash fiction. Writing short stories (really short stories!) is challenging, but it’s a lot of fun, too! I’m able to write funny stories, dramatic stories, exciting stories… and the entire thing is wrapped up in around 500 words (give or take). How fantastic is that?

Here’s another flash opening from this week:

Alaina wrinkled her nose and frowned across the cubicle divider at Terri. “What’s that smell?”

Before Terri could answer, the fire alarm began to blare, eliminating all possibility of conversation.

The women grabbed their purses and followed their co-workers toward the nearest stairwell. As they passed the CEO’s office, they could hear someone calling for help.

Alaina paused. “Should we help them?” she asked.

Is there actually a fire? Who’s in the CEO’s office? Just more questions that are answered in the story!

Progress April 14, 2017

Alas, I haven’t had a chance to work on my music this week. I also have had to postpone my Camp NaNoWriMo participation until July. I’m looking forward to using this idea, at least!

What have I been up to?

Well, I’ve managed to get through the difficult bit of Relevé, and while the next chapter will probably be annoying as well, at least the first hard part is done. I’ve also been whittling away at The Wolf & the Bear, and I only have three chapters to go until this pass is over and I can start the next stage of the process.

I’ve also been writing flash fiction. I’m trying to plan four stories each week, and then write four as well. So far this week (at time of writing) I have two stories finished and seven plans to work from for the rest.

On top of this, I’ve been working on something exciting that I hope to unveil by the end of this month, so keep an eye out!

Your excerpt today is the opening of one of the flash stories I wrote this week.

I was early to work that day. I unlocked the staff door and started the opening procedures. Kara and Chris joined me right on time. We got the doughnuts and other baked goods out on display in short order and opened up for business a few minutes early.

A couple of hours into our day, Kara came up to me with a worried expression on her face.

“There’s a goat.”

“A what?”

“A goat. In the restaurant.”

I looked out across the sea of tables. A grey goat gazed back at me, calmly chewing something.

How did the goat get in? How do they get it out? Can they get it out? Those are the questions answered in this story. I think it’s a funny little story, and I hope you will agree when you read it in its entirety!