Excerpt: Selkie’s Choice

Kerrin swam quickly through the water, the cold not affecting her at all. Her grandmother’s last words echoed in her head, “Find someone worthy, Kerrin. Find someone worthy.” The bottom of the ocean began to slope upwards as she continued on her way. She swam to the surface and looked towards the distant shore. The beach was empty this time of the night. A few lights twinkled inland, but the shore was dark.
She dove back under the waves and looked behind her. As far as she could tell, she hadn’t been followed. She resisted the urge to turn and return to her clan, to her grandmother hidden in the underwater cave. She had a job to do, however. She had to find someone among the land dwellers to save her clan.
The water was getting shallower. When she could touch the sand with her flippers, she stopped. She closed her eyes and concentrated. Her sealskin slipped away, and she took on her human form. As she transformed, the amulet around her neck glowed a bright green. In her human form, she could feel the cold water surrounding her. She hurried out of the chilly water onto the beach. A ramshackle hut stood on a nearby outcropping. She looked around as she picked her way over the rocks, making sure that she had not been seen. Certain that there was no one else around, she slipped into the dilapidated building and closed the door.
Kerrin pulled up a loose floorboard and pulled out a waterproof bag. She pulled a white robe out of the bag, and put it on. It helped to cut the chill of the night air, but not much. She took a brush from the bag and ran it through her hair. Green and purple streaks stood out starkly against the blond hair. She put the brush back into the sack along with her amulet. She removed a second amulet from her neck and held it in her hand. “I will find someone to take your sealskin, Selin. The prophecy will be fulfilled. I promise you that, brother.” She placed the second amulet in the bag with her own and replaced it under the floorboard. She replaced the board, and dragged a nearby crate over it. Steeling herself, she stepped out into the chilly night.

NaNoWriMo 2015

Well, today kicks off National Novel Writing Month, and I’ve decided on my project for this year. I will be doing something different this year. For 2015, I’m writing Science Fiction instead of Fantasy. My working title will be “Atlantis Lost”. As usual, I am pantsing instead of plotting, so I have an idea where I’m starting, and where I’m going. It will be the usual adventure finding out how I get there. We’ll see where I am with the story at the end of the month.

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Forgotten Dreams, New Ideas

I’m sure it’s happened to all of  you. You wake up from a dream, and if you’re a writer, you reach for the notepad next to the bed to write it down. But as soon as you open your eyes, the dream slips away, leaving just a few random fragments. You feel that the dream would have made a great story, but you simply can’t remember what it was about, you can only remember a few bits and pieces, maybe a few images from the dream. That isn’t always a bad thing. Those seemingly unrelated images can spark a whole new story idea. This happened to me just last week. I woke up, thinking I would write down the dream and create a story around it, but all I could remember was two images… knights, and a car driving by. Even with just those two images, my mind started imagining a new story which probably had nothing to do with the dream. If this happens to you, don’t worry if you can’t remember the full dream. Take the images that you have, and put them together into a whole new story.

Active Imagination: A Blessing or a Curse?

You would think that as a writer, an active imagination would be a good thing wouldn’t you? After all, this is where story ideas come from. In that respect, an active imagination is a good thing.

What if too many ideas flood your mind at the same time, though? When you have so many story ideas running through your head at the same time, it can be hard to know what project you should start working on next. It can be hard to stay focused on a work in progress when you have other story ideas jump to the front of your mind.

This happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I was looking at the story idea generators on Seventh Sanctum, and one of them jumped out at me. Seeing the possibilities for one particular idea, my mind started racing. I started seeing ways I could expand on the idea, and make it an original story. Then, while this idea was running through my head, another totally different story surfaced, a story based on nightmares and bad dreams.

When this happens, a dilemma comes up. Do I continue with my current work in progress? Do I choose one of the new stories and start on it? Do I attempt to work on several stories at once? Time will tell. What actually gets done, and what gets set aside for later? I’m sure more ideas will crop up while I’m working on these projects.

It’s Almost Time

So, here it is Halloween already. For many writers that means that NaNoWriMo starts in just a few hours. For those of you that don’t know, NaNoWriMo is a challenge to writers to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Obviously, the point isn’t to have a polished and completed novel, but to have a first draft that you can work with, edit, and polish.

For this year’s challenge, I had planned to pick up where I left off last year, when I only got about 8,000 words or so written. But I was thinking and brainstorming, trying to come up with a backstory for one of the secondary characters, when I had the idea to expand her story into its own novel. So, instead of continuing last year’s project, I’ll be writing the story of Victoria Raven.

Unfortunately, I’ll be at work at midnight, when NaNoWriMo starts. Fortunately, I can bring my tablet, and start my writing during my breaks. Although I didn’t complete the challenge last year, I am determined to finish my novel this year. I’ll be posting my progress and excerpts as the month goes on.

A Fresh Start

Well, it’s up and running now. I decided I needed to restart my blog to help myself to restart my writing. I’ve been putting things off for too long, and I decided it’s time to get off my butt, and get some stuff written and published.

I’m hoping that posting regularly will help me to stay motivated to write, and to let people know where I am with my writing.

At this point, I have a couple of novelettes in the works, one of them ready for editing, which I hope to have done soon. The other one, I am in the process of writing. The first one, “Arrow Of Vengeance” I hope to have published in a couple of weeks. The other one, the one that I’m currently writing, I hope to have published in 3-4 weeks, with more to follow.

Late last year, I set myself a goal of 650,000 words for 2014. So far, I’ve barely scratched the surface. Although 4 months have gone by, I still don’t plan on reducing that goal. I still plan on having 650,000 words written by the end of the year. It’s just a matter of getting motivated and staying motivated.