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“I Find It Fascinating”: Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles Volume 1) for WIPpet Wednesday


Welcome to WIPpet Wednesday, a weekly blog hop which encourages writers to move WIPs (works-in-progress) to publication by posting excerpts related to the date.We’re led by the capable fingers and nimble mind of Emily Witt.

Happy Wednesday once again!

Holy cow – April is less than two days away, and that’s no joke!

Fortunately, I’ve finished plotting my April CampNaNoWriMo novel project, A Rising Tide (Kifo Island Chronicles #4). Yes, there are a few things I’d like to do before the drafting commences, but it’s not necessary to finish them in order to start writing.

The Blogging From A-Z Challenge preparations are another matter. Because I love challenging myself (and because I just might be going slightly mad), I’ll be offering 26 alphabetical fan fiction vignettes, AND (at least hopefully) extended stories based upon these little treats. I’ve moved forward from last week:

  • Instead of a rough copy of a post template, I’ve got a finished draft.
  • I‘ve added Week Two’s vignette revisions to Week One’s.
  • My A post is roughed out; still waiting for embellishing and that extended story link, but getting there. That should be done sometime today, and then I can start on the B post with some idea what I’m doing. It’s my hope that I’ll get faster as I go along.
  • In addition to the two extended stories I already had because the originals were too long to be vignettes. I’ve drafted and begun revisions on the A story (nearly 4K words; they won’t all be that long!).
  • I now have open-ended outlines for 19/26 stories, so moving right along there…

By the way, Zootopia was wonderful, full of jokes on a variety of levels, all while providing some very relevant social commentary. Well worth the time spent not writing.

But none of that’s really what we’re here for today, which is another snippet from Donovan Nash‘s opening scene in Sea Changes.

Donovan is one of my favorite Kifo Island characters. He had a major supporting role in both of my previously drafted Kifo stories. Now, he gets his own (well, shared with Karina, and maybe Ava, but still, he’s finally the star he was always meant to be!)

For those who’ve forgotten, or are new to this story, here’s the premise:

In advocating for a dying girl seeking emancipation from controlling parents, can an overburdened young woman and a lonely young man find a future together?

Note:

This passage is NaNo rough. Mygoal is to have a revision plan within the next few months. That said, any input is gratefully accepted!

WIPpet Math:

  • Today is March 30, 2016
  • I‘ve got the next three paragraphs of Donovan’s story today. Why three? Well, it’s the third month, and, using the date, 3+0=3. Also, three just happens to be my favorite number.

Context: Donovan has just met Ava Garcia – a small and as-yet indistinct form in a darkened room. She’s recognized that he’s albino, in a way that puts Donovan at ease. Now, we get a better look at Ava.

“I Find It Fascinating”

“You don’t need to keep your hat and glasses on, if you don’t want to,” she said, as he crossed the floor to where she was sitting. He was rather startled to realize that he’d been talking to a young girl – maybe twelve or so.

“Some people find my appearance – off-putting, without them.” He settled himself in the other chair. “But, if you’d rather -”

“If we’re going to work together, we should both be comfortable. I’ve spent a lot of time in hospitals the last three years- most of it, in fact. I’ve met four other albino people; I’m used to the way you’re colored, and, to be honest, I find it fascinating.”

Why is Ava all alone?

What type of work are they hoping to do together?

Why has she spent so much time in hospitals?

What’s next?

Some of these questions may be answered – and others will certainly be posed- next week, so be sure to come back then to learn more of Donovan’s story.

To read Donovan’s scene in its entirety, follow the links:

Want more WIPpets? You can find them, and even add your own date-related excerpt if you’re so inclined, by following the little blue froggy from WIPpet to WIPpet to WIPpet!

“Fascinating” quotes: Because I couldn’t resist!

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Travel Thursday- Red Rocks & Waterfalls

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might know that my Accomplice and I were engaged in a fern-draped grotto somewhere below Mooney Falls, and that I’ve always thought he picked that spot because he knew I needed his help to get back up the cliff!

Here’s a bit of what made the place so stupendously magical….

The Richness of a Simple Life

This is the first time I’ve written a post that isn’t scheduled ahead in a while! I’m off today and still woke up at 5:45 am. I decided to write my post but got distracted and now it’s 7:40 and I’m just getting to this. May I be quick so I can have this written by the time the girls wake up!

Before you read any further, can you take a look at the image below and guess where this is? When you look at it, what country do you think it’s in? Tall mountainsides, sparse but beautiful greenery, red rocks and dusty sand.

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Wrapping Up the Present: March 27, 2016

Yes, I know: Round One is in the books. But the thing is, I’m still writing, and I made some progress between midnight Tuesday, my normal cut off for midweek updates, and midnight Thursday, which officially capped off the round. I also set monthly goals, because my mind tells me to. I’ll be working on these goals for the remainder of March, and probably updating and adapting them for April, as well.

All that to say that you get an extra update from me, to account for the tail ends of the wrapping ribbon, so to speak….

Are you a ROWer, either current or lapsed? Never ROWed, but want to learn more? Come join us next month, for Round Two!

Writing:

Plotting:

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 26 stories. Draft Post Template. Revise all 26 stories; draft Week One and Two expansion stories; post to fan fiction site. Set Up Week One and Two posts; polish and schedule Week One. 15/26 plot/pinch complete: (O; end of Week Three). Vignette 4/26 revised vignettes in progress. (D). Moving along, finally!

  • April CampNaNo: Create a planning schedule; complete all planning and plotting for A Rising Tide by the end of the month. 24/24 Master Scene Profiles completed. All that’s left is organizing the remainder of the Scrivener binder, and a few finishing touches.

  • Sort all existing poetry into broad categories for future projects. Saving for Round Two.

Revisions:

  • The IDIC Romance: “First Contact, With Jazz”: Submit to crit group; assess and apply suggestions as indicated; read revised version aloud. Tweak as needed; and offer to at least three betas. Not as far as I’d hoped to be, but good progress made.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Will revisit later in the year.

  • Answer blog comments and make visits, at least thrice weekly. I may not get to them all; but I will get to some. 3/3.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round Two Sponsor Post. Still brainstorming and simmering my sponsor post.

  • Prepare and submit bio for A-Z, where I will be a part-time minion for Holton’s Heroes – my first time volunteering in this challenge! =)

  • Change one thing weekly in my blog layout. Badges! I have new badges!

  • Clear out Inbox and Archive twice weekly; Weed through Transactions in Progress, keeping only currently useful items. Better than it might have been.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and begin adding to them.
  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. General maintenance; organization; decluttering. 4/5. On target for the week.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Write-in for me; Zootopia with the kids.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group. Kept current with crit group; read through novel beta.
  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.
  • Complete 6 pending book reviews. A big focus for Round Two!

Selftending

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate seven times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice. Journaling 5/7; meditation: 5/7.

  • Tai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. This was shaky, but getting better now.

  • For March: Swim twice, at least 500 meters (10 complete laps at Y pool). Didn’t happen, but there’s still some month, so I might get there once.

  • Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, twice monthly. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Tai chi was strenuous; 2/2. Also walking, dancing, and hometending this week.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”, and offer at Triaxian Silk and/or FanFiction.net. Find a beta reader or two for “Mission” at one or both sites prior to submitting. Second pass for “Scavenger” revisions in progress. “Mission” beta in progress.

  • Begin beta reading of Stained by Ashes; aim for 1 chapter/week this month. I’ve gotten the email with the story file; haven’t opened it yet.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80  

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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Foundation-Building Presence: ROW80 2016 End of Round One Update

March isn’t quite over yet, but Round One of ROW80 2016 is. So it’s time to take stock of my goals and progress for the round. It’s a foundation building month, full of preparations for novel drafting and fan fiction indulgences…

  • My 2016 Goals

  • March 2016 Goals (Still in progress – updating soon.)

Writing:

  • Draft “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. 

  • The IDIC Romance; Blogging from A-Z April 2016: Revise existing stories and create expansion versions of each. Vignette 5/26 in revision (E). 2/26 expansion stories previously drafted (M,P).

Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest.

  • The IDIC Romance: Complete plot/pinch points for 25 stories. 16/25 complete (P).

  • Watch or read transcripts where I’m not sure of events, sequences, or relevant details, prior to scheduling posts for IDIC Romance A-Z stories. Watched Fusion” and “Zero Hour”.

  • Decide on, plan, and plot April CampNaNo novel. A Rising Tide (KIC #4) is taking shape, nearly ready to be born! =D

Revision:

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest.

  • The IDIC Romance: “Slow Jazz Awakening”: Reread hard copy and notate; adapt revision plan as needed; write revised draft; 16 short scenes. Complete revision plan for 16 scenes; offer to betas; polish; and submit to a fan fiction site. Pre-beta revised draft (2.5); 16/16 scenes completed and sent to my local critique group; revisions pending. This is taking longer than I hoped, but the results are going to be so worth it!

  • Complete “Peach Liqueur Love” Deep Revision Exercises;  submit to critique group. Exercise 2/5 in progress, still – no progress here.

  • The IDIC Romance: “Mission Accomplished” and “Scavenger Hunt”: Polish and submit to crit group. Done, and more…I’ve revised “Mission” and sent through a second time, and also to two beta readers. “Scavenger” second revision progressing. Ahead of schedule on these two.

  • Sea Changes (Kifo Island Chronicles #1): Continue offering first 3 scenes as WIPpet snippets. Do hard copy readthroughs, silently and aloud. Scene 2/3 in progress.

Blogging/Social Media:

  • Revise, post, and initiate new blogging schedule; keep all posts current. Uh, no. Plotting and revisions took over.

  • Keep up with all current blog comments and visits, at least twice weekly. Respond to all older comments, with apologies for the delay. Still trying to find a rhythm; up and down.

  • ROW80: Keep visits and updates current; draft, revise, and submit Round One Sponsor Post before January 10.

  • Update my blog layout and pages. Sporadic progress made.

  • Maintain email at under 99 messages; sort Archives and Transactions in Progress folders. More or less as life unrolls.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork. Draft IHIPs and attend to district’s Peer Review issue;create 2015-2016 Flickr portfolios for both kids, and add all current year items to them. Sciences section complete; Social Studies: Patriotism and Citizenship; U.S. History; and U.S. Government; and Economics. Nothing new here.

  • Continue decluttering/beautification projects; in home and/or yard, five days weekly. Continue making improvements to our home and our quality of life. House looking a lot better!

  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Gathered relevant emails, and that’s as far as I’ve gotten.

Lifetending:

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired. Stuff happened.

  • NNWM local group: Attend write-ins regularly, and check in on the Facebook group as inspired. Read and critique both projects I’ve been hanging onto; submit and critique weekly for our small crit group, which is brand-new this year! First project readthrough complete, comments pending.
  • Complete Stained Snow beta read.

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.

  • Complete 6 book reviews carried over from last year, on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

Selftending:

  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Meditate ten times weekly, including one eating meditation. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Will revisit the eating meditation.

  • T’ai chi practice: One class and one at-home practice each week. Back to class twice. Began researching videos.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 40 minutes moderate physical activity 5 days weekly, Focus on sprints of activity daily (hometending, dancing, tai chi, walking, whatever), and more strenuous activities I enjoy, like swimming and hiking, building to weekly by round’s end. Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. Not sure on the minute count, but likely close.

Leaps of Faith:

  • One new story and submission a month. Still at one submission and many new stories. As the revisions wrap up, the submission count will improve.

  • Submit “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest. The deadline is January 31 -aim for January 30.
  • Fan fiction stuff: Polish “Mission: Accomplished”, “Scavenger Hunt”, and “Slow Jazz Awakening; offer at Triaxian Silk. All needed more work than I thought; still in revisions, but getting closer.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Organize all poems into rough categories for future development.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80 –

The Writing Challenge That Knows You Have a Life!

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A Year of Presence: 2016 Writing Goals End of Round One Update

I update this goals list periodically throughout the year, but at least at the end of each quarter. I’ll adapt, change, add, or delete as my life and progress indicate.

My ROW80 Round and Monthly goals will be derived from these goals.

  • Round One goals (updating soon.)

  • March 2016 goals (still in progress.)


Writing:

  • Write at least 1 story and submit at least 1 story each month in 2016. Fan fiction and self-publishing are acceptable. Still paused at 1 submission, while I work through several revisions.
  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Write 3 new novels in this series as April, June and July NaNo projects. Write 31 new flash stories for #STaD May; these can be the basis of these or future Kifo stories. Plotting complete for 1/3, A Rising Tide.
  • The IDIC Romance: Write 26 stories for April’s A-Z Challenge; and 30 for #StaD September, using existing threads and ideas with the daily and guest prompts, 2/26 A-Z stories drafted (M,P). Revisions proceeding for post vignettes, 4/26 in progress (D).


Plotting:

  • Plan and Plot “Peach Liqueur Love” prequel story for Chicago Tribune Writing Contest.

  • The IDIC Romance: Plot 25 April and 30 September stories. 16/25 April plot/pinch complete (P).

  • Kifo Island Chonicles: Plan and plot 3 novels and 31 flash fiction stories. Create timeline and ‘series bible’. Plotting completed for 1/3; early exploration of Aeon Timeline; series bible beginning with Volume Four planning.

  • Trueborn Warp/Weft Series:Plan/plot Weft #3 Blood and Breath?) for November. Create rough tinelime, focusing on points where the series’ events intersect. See Aeon timeline, above.

  • Plan/plot other projects as needed to meet writing and submission goals. In very early planning stages for one or more fan fiction sequels to “First Contact, With Jazz”.

Revision:

  • Submit to crit group weekly; critique and beta others’ work to gain insight into my own. Not quite on a weekly schedule, but I have submitted and critiqued regularly.

  • Revise “Peach Liqueur Love” and its prequel story.

  • The IDIC Romance: Revise “Slow Jazz Awakening” and five other stories. “SJA”, Mission Accomplished”, and “Scavenger Hunt”. 3/6 in progress.

  • Kifo Island Chronicles: Complete revisions for Sea Changes; first pass for Transitions; and revision plan for Generations. Currently sharing SC Scene Two as a WIPpet for initial feedback.

  • Poetry: Find information about revising poetry. Experiment with revisions of existing Trek poems. Found one source for poetry revision.

  • Chameleon’s Dish (Trueborn Weft : Complete first pass revision; reread and create plan for revision pass 1.5 (cohesion, consistency, etc.).

Social Media:

  • Blog Maintenance: Adapt and keep to regular posting schedule; answer comments, and return visits at least twice weekly. Clear backlog of comments and spam folder. Well….for the most part. Tentative schedule; not posted yet.
  • ROW80: Sponsor duties up-to-date throughout the year, including four sponsor posts. Simmering my Round Two post.
  • Make regular visitis to others participating in hops and challenges I’ve joined. Some; not as many as I’d hoped.
  • Connect on social media in a natural way that feeds creativity and my passion for sharing thought and experience. Much better!
  • Redesign blog, with a focus on bringing in the various facets of my life in a more cohesive manner. Incorporate the best of The Unfettered Life and shanjeniah’s Trueborn Jottings, and let those blogs go. Slowly making headway with redesign; more ideas than focus, at present.

Hometending:

  • Homeschool Administration: Complete all pending paperwork, testing, etc. Create Flickr portfolios, by year, or roughly so, for both children. All steps in various stages of progress.

  • Complete resets/reorganizations: study, family room, porch/playroom, and kitchen. All well underway.
  • Personal Administration: Clean, organize, and back up all laptop files; sort email folders; delete excess. A little. Ideas for better organization simmering.
  • Yard Beautification: Plant edibles and cutting flowers in season; maintain in a presentable manner; declutter outgrown kid-things and random life debris. Focus on improving salability and preparing for anticipated 2017 move to Oregon. Decluttering ongoing.
  • Photo digitalization: Scan box of travel photos; save in organized files with backup.
  • Go through all online subscriptions; cancel those we no longer need; at least one each week until done. Gathered email files; none canceled yet.

Lifetending:

  • My beloveds: One on one time with each, doing something of value to us both, each week.

  • Continue planning/ attending outings (personal and family) as desired.

  • NNWM local group: Interact regularly, in person and online; participate actively in critique group and beta reading.

  • Paying it Forward: Offer beta reading, reviews, and promotional posts for other writers.
  • Reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in longer than I like.

Selftending:

  • Smart Change: Work through at least one habit change using these methods.
  • Write in Abundance, Intentions, and #onegoodcup journals seven times each week. Gradually increase meditation to ten minutes, twice daily. including one eating meditation daily. Explore one new meditative practice each month. Coloring meditation: 12:12.New practices 3/12 months.

  • T’ai chi: Develop a sustainable independent practice; learn the 24 form so I can do it on my own. I can do the first few moves well. I‘ve watched a video of the 24 form.

  • Get a cumulative total of at least 90 minutes moderate physical activity 6 days weekly, and more strenuous activities building to thrice weekly by year’s end. I’m doing moderately active hometending sprints and various more strenuous activites several times a month.

  • Write twice-monthly health-centered blog posts. 3/24 for the year. Falling behind.

Leaps of Faith:

  • Write and submit one story each month (not necessarily the same story). Writing: several. Submissions 1/3.

  • Submit fan fiction. Moving closer….

  • Self-publish “A Splash of Red”; experimental project. ASOR” is moving through my #8sunday postings, and has been through my crit group. Cover ideas simmering. Much positive feedback.

  • Poetry Chapbooks: Do rough setup for Trek poetry chapbook. This is experimental. One poem submitted to Triaxian Silk; not yet posted.

Kait Nolan’s ROW80

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Saturday Evening Reality: #SoCS

 

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday  – an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: the word ‘real’ – by itself, or as a prefix or suffix.

I haven’t splashed in the stream-of-consciousness waters, these last two weeks. I meant to, both times – went and read the link, and let the word seep into my soul, just as I usually do. Really.

So what happened?

Well…I’ve been really busy. Not in a bad way; my life is still far more relaxed than many Americans’, a fact for which I am grateful. But:

  • After nearly two months, my Accomplice managed to fix the collection of minor issues with my elderly vehicle. (18 is pretty durned old in car years, even for a Subaru. Realistically, this could have been the end, and I’m glad it wasn’t, because I waited decades to have an Outback, and I seriously, really love this car!)  All hail my Accomplice, but the return of automotive freedom coincided with the children and I emerging from the cocoon of our ‘long winter’s nap’, and getting out and about a lot more than we have been.

  • As a result, there have been sleepovers, a movie, two birthday parties and attendant shopping expedition, a Littlest Pet Shop event, and a trip to the New York State Museum – and that was just the kids. I’ve been to t’ai chi and to my weekly NaNoWriMo write-in, which is a lovely year-round gathering where we sprint for 20 minutes, then spend the next chatting about – well, what writers chat about, which is anything and everything, really. =D

  • Which brings me to the biggest, most real reason I haven’t been here (or blogging much at all, beyond the essential four posts I do nearly every week – two ROW80 updates, and two excerpt posts.) I’ve been really focused on preparing for the A-Z Challenge and CampNaNo, both of which kick off April 1 – really, that’s no joke! And, as if that wasn’t enough to occupy me, I decided rather spur-of-the-moment to volunteer as a part-time Minion for Holton’s Heroes – which means I will have some added, first-time responsibilities for the duration of A-Z.

It’s been a somewhat hurly-burly reality. A little lie juggling a jigsaw puzzle, really. Now, though, I’m feeling, if not prepared, at least as though April isn’t going to catch me without my writer britches on (is that really A Thing?) My novel is planned and plotted, and, even though I have some finishing touches to complete (a research list, scene summaries, research, taking a typing test, setting my word count goal, and updating to the latest version of my word processing program), I feel good about the prospects of getting those done before next Friday. I won’t have all the A-Z posts finished, scheduled, and waiting in my blog queue, but I should be able to have the first two (Week One) set up, Week Two nearly finished, Week Three somewhere in the middle, and Weeks Four and Five moving along. It’s not ideal, not what I really wanted, but better than scrambling around last-minute like a beheaded chicken (yes, I’ve really seen one of those, as a child. If you haven’t, don’t ask, just trust me. It’s chaotic and messy. For real.)

Wow – that was a really long intro. Believe it or not, that wasn’t what I planned to post, so now I’ll dive into that. This is my actual journal entry for today, only 3 hours old, as I type this:
March 26, 2016 –

I’ve got my bedroom window cracked open for the cool fresh air. Lots of birdsong and a neighbor playing classic rock(the Stones and ZZ Top, now something I don’t recognize, but which sounds British. I’d probably like it, if I could make out the lyrics…)

The reality is that the loud music tends to lead to an increase in human noise of the less than pleasant variety, because it always seems to be accompanied by drinking. It’s just after 5 now; my guess is that it’s going to be loud enough by 7 or 8 that I’ll close the window.

We’re in the country, so there aren’t a lot of neighbors to disturb – and the town has no noise ordinance (probably tied to having no major industry, a national park, and a good amount of farm and woodland surrounding…)

I’d like it if they turned it down a notch or two; but, really, the music bothers me less than the drunkenness and increasingly angry shouting it tends to bring.

Update:

Ten minutes after I finished that post, the window was closed. There are patterns of behavior – in this neighborhood, really loud music tends to accompany angry yelling. It’s almost 8:30 now, and there have been a few times when the sound has been loud enough to hear through the closed window. It’s cooled off some, though, so things don’t seem to have gotten too far into anger territory. With any luck or providence, the idea of Easter will be enough to keep this predominantly Christian neighborhood calm…

Come join in – there’s just a few simple rules. Check out the #SoCS hashtag, or Get more SoCS right here!

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The Truth of Buffalo: #WeWriWa #8Sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors’ Eight Sentence Sunday!

It’s the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! We’ve got a variety of genres and talented writers just waiting for you to come sample their wordy wares. Come read one, or all, or pick a few like leftover holiday memories….

And, if you’re inclined to share your own 8-10 sentence snippet, follow the link and sign up. It’s a great community to be a part of! =D

I’m nearly finished with my April CampNaNoWriMo novel plotting – and the characters are already informing me that some changes will need to be made. By the time you read this, I should have an open-ended scene by scene outline, and be just about ready to kick off my month of drafting.

I’m not so far along with the Blogging From A-Z Challenge, but that will be my primary focus once the plotting is wrapped up. Want to know what I’m planning? My Theme Reveal will answer all questions, and maybe make a few readers very happy…

But, enough of all that. Right now, it’s time for my next snippet from “A Splash of Red” , which I’m serializing here. This surreal fantasy story is the child of my own life and dreams, with a generous dollop of imagery and a big dash of creative license…

More on the story after the eight-sentence snippet.

Context, such as it is…A woman is attempting to win the trust of a little girl in a red dress, while hawks wheel above. She’s found a talisman of sorts, and wants to offer it to the child. But will the little girl in red let her get close enough to do that?

Given the surrealism of the story, punctuation is a bit creative, so be warned!

The Truth of Buffalo

She whimpers as she watches me come, still untrusting, but she waits for me. I wait for me. It’s long past time to end this waiting, this separateness, when I am grown from her as surely as she grew into me…

I crash-stagger to a glacial boulder, humped and furred in moss like the shoulders of a buffalo. I’ve seen bison, lived amongst them – but she had only the treasured story of Shag, the Plains buffalo, read and reread and imagined and longed for.

I lean on the bison-rock, nothing but air and ground between us now, and she peers at me, still crouched, still protecting all her soft, vital places – so that she can grow, and heal – so that she can become me, and I can grow and heal, too.

“I can give you the buffalo.” I whisper, and put the truth of buffalo in my mind – the way they look, the herd of a hundred, standing in the road, breath steaming in great plumes in frozen air, snow like thick confectioner’s sugar on their faces, their beards, their woolly humped backs, so much like this rock.

What is the truth of buffalo?

Will the little girl allow the gift?

Will there be healing?

And what about those hawks?

Come on back next week to find out more!

Previous “A Splash of Red” snippets:

Did you like what you read? “A Splash of Red” was originally published in the 2014 inaugural edition of World Unknown Review, which is edited by L.S. Engler. Since I retain all rights beyond first publication, I intend to revise the story and use it as my own initial self-publishing experiment.

That being said, I’d love any and all input and criticism you’re inclined to offer. Until then, may your week be delightful! =D

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