Friday, January 30, 2015

Writing Prompt Challenge

I thought I'd take up a writing prompt challenge from A Writer's Path .
Here's what I came up with...

My body ached and my head pounded. I opened my eyes.

Why is the world upside down?

The world wasn't upside down, I was. That explained the pain in my shoulders. How long had I been out with my arms hanging over my head? Judging by the stiffness and the fading daylight, a couple hours.

The ground far below me swayed side to side as I moved gently in the breeze. Nausea began to overrule the panic setting in. I inhaled deeply and pushed it down, trying to ignore it before I was sick. What would it be like to puke while hanging upside down? Nope, didn't want to know.

I struggled to see how I was suspended and caught a glimpse of a rope around my feet. 

How did that happen? The last thing I remembered was stumbling down a hill while hiking through the forest.

Okay, another deep breath. Need to think. Don't freak out.

The rustling of trees disrupted my thoughts. Judging by the noise and cracking, something huge was heading my way. I struggled to reach my feet in a futile effort to untie myself. The movement caused me to swing faster and my stomach lurched.

The noise stopped. Something stood nearby. I could hear its breathing.

Abandoning my escape attempt, I looked. Several feet away stood a being as tall as some of the old forest trees, dressed in a mix of furs, deftly sewn together to cover his massive form. When I saw his face, I stared, unable to comprehend what I was seeing.

A single blue eye watched me from the centre of his forehead.

His voice rumbled like thunder when he said, "Dinner time."

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Shout Out To The Support Team

As I continue my writing journey, I know that it would be even more difficult without my support team that helps me along and gives me a push when needed. I am grateful for these people because I may have packed it in without their encouragement. Sometimes even a small action or word is enough to change someone's outlook.

As part of 2015, I hope to show my appreciation more in all areas of my life so I will start here.

My husband gets the biggest shout out. He has given me up to "my people" as he calls them every night after the children go to bed. We don't have anyone to pawn our kids off on (aside from school) so the only time we have to ourselves is after they go to bed. He has been my biggest fan so far, encouraging me to pursue my dream and reading everything from my manuscript (multiple times) to letters to agents to summaries. I'm glad I can rely on him for an honest opinion and to allow me guilt-free writing time. He probably knows more about writing, literary agents and publishing than he ever wanted to.

My girls have also been a pretty good support team. My nine-year-old will inquire what sort of story I'm writing and though the four-year-old doesn't understand the process yet, she is supportive by playing independently when I need to send out queries or work on a summary or letter.

The writers' group I was invited to join has been wonderful. I don't live in an area where there is a writing group that meets regularly so it means a lot to have a place to connect with other people. Thank you for sharing your work and thoughts as well as critiquing my work (looking at you Ray and Andrew).

I also thank my beta readers. My sister has been invaluable in her feedback, though she's still reading. If anyone will find plot holes, it's her.

My friends deserve some acknowledgement as well, even if they don't know it. I've become even more of a hermit as I sit down every night to write. Hopefully they will still be there when I poke my head out of my cave for a week or so when I finish writing this next novel.

It's not a long list but I'm grateful to everyone on it.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bring on 2015

A new year is upon us and like most, I feel it's a new chance for many things. Let's hope it's a wonderful and prosperous year.

Though 2014 was not one of the better years for me, it was the year I pulled out my first manuscript, Shadowed Soul, blew off the dust and finished polishing it. It had sat around for about four years because I was crazy enough to have a second child and am now finally getting my life back, which means doing the things I love again, especially writing.

Last year was also the year I started and finished the first draft of the sequel to Shadowed Soul and started writing a third novel. So overall, it was a good start at getting back into writing.

Looking back, I now see that I wasn't ready five years ago when I finished my first novel. There were still some life experiences I needed in order to make my work better and to reach a better place personally. When I revised my work after my long hiatus, I had a new perspective to draw on and am ready to continue my writing journey. I just hope that I don't need to let the sequel sit for four years before the rewrite.

During a recent Tarot reading I did for myself, I pulled the card Chains (the equivalent in other decks is The Devil) to represent my writing. This card indicates that I'm the one holding myself back, as the card depicts two figures standing with their eyes closed as if they were bound, but the dragon has freed them, yet they do not move. So it's time for me to open my eyes and remove any limitations I'm putting on myself as far as my writing is concerned.

That could make for some very interesting writing this year.