Funny how an upcoming vacation can be so much work. As I predicted recently, in the last few days, I’ve had very little time for writing. Instead, I’ve been writing emails to vacation rentals, printing out Google Maps directions, putting together a folder with all the info we need in hard copy, making last minute arrangements here at home, that kind of thing. I made a big dent in my to-do list today, but I’m still not done. And until now at least, there was simply no time for writing today.
So my progress on A Wasted Land so far this week is a modest 1200 words. I will get back to experimenting on myself once vacation and family time is over.
I ran into many intriguing excerpts last week, so I thought I would give Wippet Wednesday a shot myself. Here are 17 lines from page 7 of A Wasted Land:
Horses, a Pendragon, a bard: they needed all of that and more, preferably yesterday. Repressing a sigh, Kustennin wheeled his mount around — and caught sight of a rose bush in full bloom against one wall that had escaped the conflagration. The bright red of the roses were an incongruous splotch of color in the midst of the blackened ruins. But once he’d noticed the rose, he saw other signs of life among the ruins. A shoot of ivy snaking up one wall. Patches of weeds and grass pushing up through the dark earth here and there in the courtyard. Yellow dandelions a stark contrast against gray and black.
Life always found a way. But would it be the life Kustennin and his family and allies wanted to live?
As he began to ride out of the ruins and back to his men, he felt something like a tickle of awareness at the back of his mind. He pulled up his gelding and turned in his saddle.
A lone figure appeared in the ruined gateway leading to the blackened orchards to the north, casting a long shadow across the courtyard of what remained of the outbuildings. A man, a bag over his shoulder and a lute slung over his back.
And just as I added that quote, our Internet went out, which means I will be posting Thursday rather than Wednesday. 😦 This has happened a couple of times recently. If it keeps up, we’re going to have to look for a new provider, sigh.
The fantasy blog hop I’m doing this week now has a few more blogs to visit now, if you are so inclined:
Chrystalla, the lightbulb behind the blog hop, expounds on elves who are hotter than most.
Ryan Sullivan expounds on the magik system in Valkia.
Annette Gisby talks about Fantasy and Faerie.
Tiffany Turner expounds on elves being more than they seem.
Anna KYss has posted her Top 5 Faerie Lovers list.
Keese has posted nearly everything you need to know about the Ecology of the Tresolmi Elf (excellent guide, should you be entering that dimension soon).
And yours truly talks about the inspiration for the Feahd Ree magic system in Yseult.
This will probably be my last writing-related post for a while. When next I show up in the blogosphere, I’m more likely to be sharing pictures of fjords and waterfalls. 🙂