Nano 2015!

Nano is fast approaching. This year, my friend and I are going to try something a little different. Since we’re both busy with various things and this is her first official try for Nano, we’re going to go halfsies. Yep, she is writing one half and I am writing one half–in the form of a penpal letters back and forth. I’m looking forward to it. I think we’ll put together a cohesive tale between the letters. 🙂

Good News, Everyone!

Well, the good news is that Haru’s lump (see previous blog post) has gone down by a lot. I noticed it was shrinking but today I couldn’t even find it! The vet thinks it might have just been a swollen lymph node. The antibiotics really seem to be doing the trick, so I think he’ll be just fine. Yay! Color me relieved.

Anyway, as I mentioned a while back on Facebook, I am currently in the planning stages of my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) book. I’m going in a very different direction this year. Rather than go with fantasy again (I don’t seem to connect to fantasy the way I want to), I’ve decided to try my hand at horror. This will be ah, interesting, to say the least but I have a couple of really fun ideas percolating. I guess you’ll have to wait until November to see which idea I end up going with! *wink*

I’m actually looking forward to this.

That being said, I’m probably going to take down my current novels soon because they’re both amateur drivel and I don’t believe I’m going to be continuing either of them as a series. The Lightning “series” is actually a standalone novel that I’ll be editing and compiling soon and it will see a new release sometime next year. My experiments proved less than fruitful and I have several suspicions as to why. As for the Calydon series, while popular with friends and family, I also believe it received less than stellar editing so I’m going to have to revisit it again in later years.

For now? Let’s see how I can handle horror, shall we?

Transient

The following is for a character prompt exercise. I was given five words to use in two paragraphs. I might have cheated a little with the one word dialogue paragraph. Shhh.

 

My words: School, tropical, glass, benefit, hands.

 

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Creak. The chair groaned and squeaked beneath him as he leaned forward, hands wrapping slowly around the glass sitting in front of him. How long had it been? Two whole years. Sobriety never did agree with him. I’m not getting drunk, he told himself. It’s just one drink. Amber liquid swirled as he lifted the glass to his lips, finishing off its contents. Ahh… He closed his eyes, head bowed. Clink. He pushed the glass back and away.

 

“Rory?”

 

He opened his eyes, tensing. His gaze darted to the side but he didn’t see anybody immediately in his field of vision. He did, however, scent something tropical in the air. Frangipani? Lucy used to school him on various flowers, tucking them behind his ear while her lips curved up in that knowing half-smile. He remembered frangipani because the name sounded so ridiculously made up. The only benefit? Frangipani happened to be one of Lucy’s personal favorites. Rory narrowed his eyes and turned to look over his shoulder.