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Quote: Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest of hearts. --Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

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July 30, 2011

Legend of the Shwiyaer: Prologue

Here is an excerpt from the prologue of my novel Legend of the Shwiyaer. I was working on this today and managed to write 793 words (pitiful, but it's a start!) so I thought I'd share some. The entire prologue is 2251 words...here's a portion of that.


Allewyn looked out over the burning village of Vwelyaen. It will never be the same, she reminded herself. Just hours before, it had been a peaceful land inhabited by loving country folk. Now look where you've got us, Catya, she thought bitterly. The smoke from the fire choked her lungs and the screams of the dying people rent her heart, forcing tears to her eyes. It wasn't supposed to be this way. She shouldn't be feeling sorrow or compassion. Blinking back the tears, she turned her midnight black war horse towards the rest of the Drizhal. Her delicate face pinched tightly with stress; her hands quavered against the reigns, strained from the use of magic. As she approached, her companions gazed upon her fair face and features. Allewyn was, undeniably, an excellent addition to the Drizhal. Her light blonde hair and green eyes accentuated her petite features and made her appear trustworthy, although her companions knew this was far from the truth.  
However, in her heart, Allewyn dealt with a far deeper danger than shifty companions. Her heart was changing; she felt it shifting within her very being. The things she thought she believed firmly in were wavering before her very eyes and she was scared.  
The clomp of her steed's steel-clad hooves resounded atop the small hill, bringing her back to the present situation.  
"Shall we go down?" she asked the Drizhal. Her voice rang out loudly, drawing her men to attention. 
Dael, her right hand man during these last few weeks, as well as the tallest on the crew, nodded his head, "Of course." 
Allewyn exhaled and led her contigent towards Vwelyaen. The rumbling sound of their steeds hoofbeats on the hills soothed the Drizhal captain's taunt nerves. She pressed her heels into her mount's side, urging it faster. The wind captured the free strands of hair that poked out from under her helmet, tossing them back and forth along her shoulders. 
The gates of Vwelyaen loomed ahead. Once, not too long ago, they had stood tall and proud, defending the civilians within their walls; now they were war torn. A battered and broken heap of smoldering rubble. No longer would this village be considered beautiful for the magic of the Drizhal had scortched it beyond recognition. The magic of Catya, thought Allewyn as she brought up her shield around herself and her mount, signaling to Dael and the others that they should follow her lead. Flickering energy hissed in her ears as she stared out from the secure inside of her shield; the outer world was tainted green, the same mysteriously vibrant green that coloured her eyes.  
The company entered the gates in pairs of two. Dael let his horse have its head as it fell into step beside Allewyn's steed.  
"She did an excellent job." he stated. His head swivled back and forth as he took in the destruction. Allewyn nodded; she strengthened her resolve as she stared out into the wreckage. Her horse carefully picked its way over the broken cobblestone and crushed remnants of wagons. They passed the bakery, its sign, which would have once pushed proudly out onto the street, now hung on a broken beam like some decrepit beast. It squeaked in the wind as it arthritically wagged back and forth. 
The company was silent as Allewyn lead the way. She clenched and unclenched her gauntleted hands, the spikes on her knuckles chink-ed with each motion. Ahead was the city square, the place where their mission would begin. Allewyn bit her lip and guided her horse around a burning street vendor's cart. The square looked nothing like it once had; she remembered coming here with Catya before it was destroyed. The place had been brimming with activity; little children were running here and there, crossing the streets with little care for safety. Each horseman and vendor looked out for one another, each making way when possible and all putting self last. Putting self last, Allewyn thought to herself. I wonder what the world would be like without so much hate and self concern. 
Reigning her horse to a halt, she dismounted and signaled for her men to do the same. Her mount snorted and pawed the ground, anxious to get away from the smoke and silence. Dael wrapped his reins with Allewyn's and tethered their horses to a piece of wood protruding from a collapsed house. He then turned and rejoined Allewyn at the center of the square; the glow of her shield flickered around her body making her appear pale.  
Once the men had found a place to leave their horses, Dael acquired their attention and Allewyn addressed them in a loud voice,  
"Drizhal, you are the finest men in the land. I have hand picked you for this task, for I know you alone have the senses sharp enough to detect what must be found." Allewyn clenched her hand, "We look for the Mark. As you know, it is medallion worn by the Shwiyaer. Embedded in their palms, to be more precise. According to Catya, this village was a location of their illegal gatherings. Now that every man, woman, child, and beast has been destroyed, we shall search the bodies for the Mark. Should one of you find it, send for me and our mission will be complete and we may return home." 
Allewyn paused and then continued, "If the Mark is on the body of the deceased, we shall remove the part that we require. If, by some chance, the Mark is on the body of the living, you shall not sever the hand from the arm. Instead, we will take the entire body with us. Have I made myself clear?"  
The men nodded their agreement; their energy shields crackled as their excitement pulsed through their bodies.  
Allewyn allowed herself to smile, "Then be at it. You are dismissed."  
With that, the contingent of men broke off into pairs and began the tedious search for the Mark. Allewyn sighed and, taking off her helmet, rubbed her forhead with a finger and thumb. Dael furrowed his brow as he looked at her,  
"Are you alright?" he asked. The blue energy from his shield gently collided with hers as he stepped closer.  
"I'll be fine." she said as she returned her helmet to her head and gave him a reassuring grin, "I'm just not used to wearing all this armor. Catya trussed us up like turkey's before feasting day. If I didn't know any better I'd think she was nervous about our well being."  
"Perhaps she is."  
"I hope not. It wouldn't be like her at all." 
Dael stepped away from Allewyn and motioned to the town, "Such things we can debate about another day. Let us leave the philosophical for the halls of Zyehyr and complete our mission while there is still sunlight."  
Allewyn pursed her lips and nodded, then fell into step beside Dael as they crossed the square to the northern side.


That's all for now! This section has been edited once :) (yay for editing! lol)

Signed with spice and everything nice,

Squeaks.

Another Questionnaire (for me? really?)

I picked up another random questionnaire while browsing various blogs...this one (which doesn't have a title) I came across over at The Poetry of Lost Things (which is a rather enchanting blog, by the way). Anywho, some of the questions were really...odd...and I had to change one of them since I didn't think it appropriate (even though I didn't have to answer it). Anywho, that being said, I'm going to dive in! These questions are answered for my novel Legend of the Shwiyaer. You can read an excerpt of the first chapter by clicking the link back there <--.

1. What’s your word count? 6,852. We’re talking Legend of the Shwiyaer here so it’s not really that far along…not far at all.

2. How long until you finish? A loooong time. I can’t even see the end of the road yet :P

3. If you have finished, how long did it take you? Haven't finished ;)

4. Do you have an outline? Nope. I don’t write with outlines…or at least, very rarely.

5. Do you have a plot? Yes, every novel should have a plot :P that’s the skeleton of the novel!

6. How many words do you typically write a day? It depends. I used to write anywhere between 2K and 7K a day, but as of late I’ve been writing nothing :P

7. What was your greatest word count in one day? Hmm, somewhere around 10,500.

8. What was your least impressive word count in one day? I don’t know for certain, but probably below 50.

9. What inspired you to write? I’ve always been a dreamer and a hopeless romantic…and I’ve always had the desire to capture the images I see in my mind and the daydreams that I have. Someday I’ll get it right :P Authors that inspired me when I was well…young…include C.S. Lewis and JRR Tolkien :)

10. Does your novel/story have a theme song? Not yet. I’m not that far along lol.

11. Assign each of your major characters a theme song. They will :P but just not yet!

12. Which character is most like you? Even though I’m just beginning this novel, I’d have to say that Allewyn (name might be changed) is most like me.

13. Which character would you most likely be friends with? Not certain at the moment…maybe Dael.

14. Do you have a Gary-Stu or Mary Sue character? I have no clue who those people are lol.

15. Who is your favorite character in your novel? Not certain yet…maybe Viola. I don’t know my characters well enough yet.

16. Have your characters ever done something completely unexpected? Not yet, but I know they will…from experience ;)

17. Have you based any of your novel directly on personal experiences? Yes, but we’ll get more into that later :D

18. Do you believe in plot bunnies? I haven’t exactly heard the term before…but I suppose I do :P

19. Is there magic in your novel/story? Yes. The two religious factions are the Drizhal and the Shwiyaer. Black magic of the Drizhal is referred to as Krahl; white magic of the Shwiyaer is referred to as Aaeya.

20. Are any holidays celebrated in your novel/story? Not yet, but maybe.

21. Does anyone die? Yes.

22. How many cups of coffee/tea have you consumed during your writing experience? None yet :P that’s cuz I’m just kinda starting the story.

23. What is the latest you have stayed up writing? Probably 10 or 11 at the latest. It’s been a while though.

24. What is the best line? Well, I can’t say which line is best, especially since I’m just beginning this journey, however I might say that I do enjoy this particular one: Snow softly danced downwards through the tall, well spaced trees of the Taalbane Forest. They alighted up on the droopy boughs and slowly melted their way down the silver icicles that clung to the limbs with ferocity. The ground was moistly covered with a thick white sheet of fluffy snow; small tracks, perhaps rabbit, traced their way in meandering circles around the trucks of the tall giants. A low moaning wind whirled through the branches, lifting the snow up in a frigid embrace and setting it down only to bring it back into its arms for another twirl.

25. What is the worst line? Well, since it’s all unedited, I’d have to say there are many bad lines…one of them could be: “You make me ill inside,” whimpered Trilla.

26. Have you dreamed about your novel/story or its characters? Nope.

27. Does your novel rely heavily on allegory? I wouldn’t exactly say “heavily” but I admit that there is some allegory within the lines.

28. Summarize your novel/story in under fifteen words. Oh gosh…ok, well, here goes: Allewyn is given a child to care for and as a result must choose between the Drizhal and Shwiyaer. (*grimace* that was 20)

29. Do you love all your characters? Almost…except for Catya, although I’m sure I’ll grow to love her (or at least pity her) as the novel progresses.

30. Have you done something sadistic or cruel to your characters specifically to increase your word count? Nope and I hope I never will.

31. What was the last thing your main character ate? She hasn’t eaten for a while :P I wouldn’t quite know lol.

32. Describe your main character in three words. Well, I don’t really know her that well, but I’d have to say: Charming. Dangerous. Haunted.

33. What would your antagonist dress up as for Halloween? Well, I don’t do Halloween…so I’ll skip this one.

34. Does anyone in your story go to a place of worship? The Shwiyaer are allegorical to Christians, so they gather together and worship the Creator. On the other hand, the Drizhal do not worship…well…at least on Allewyn’s level. I’m sure there’s some nasty stuff going on when you get higher up in the ranks, but I haven’t thought that out yet.

35. How many romantic relationships take place in your novel/story? I’m not sure…maybe 2.

36. Are there any explosions in your novel/story? Not yet.

37. Is there an apocalypse in your novel/story? Nope. Unless the plot throws me for a loop, I don’t intend for there to be one.

38. Does your novel take place in a post-apocalyptic world? Nope.

39. Are there zombies, vampires or werewolves in your novel/story? Nope.

40. Are there witches, wizards or mythological creatures/figures in your novel/story? Yes, there are wizards, phantoms, and probably some mythological creatures…but I haven’t gotten that far in yet (as I’ve repeated like…a billion times lol).

41. Does anyone die and come back to life? I haven’t a clue.

42. Is anyone physically ailed? Trilla is recovering from the effects of the Drizhal attack on her hometown (Vwelyaen).

43. Is anyone mentally ill? Maybe :P I have yet to find a place to stick a jokester figure in my plot. Gotta have one of those…maybe he/she’ll be mentally … ill? But I don’t really like to use that word.

44. Does anyone have swine flu? Definitely not.

45. Who has pets in your novel and what are they? Haven’t gotten there yet.

46. Are there angels, demons, or any religious references/figures in your novel/story? Yep, since it is Christian fiction! Although, I don’t think I’m going to have literal angels/demons in my book. Although that could change over time.

47. How about political figures? Well, the only political-type figure in my book is Catya at the moment (she’s one of the lead Drizhal peoples).

48. Is there incessant drinking? Nope, but my characters do enjoy spiced ale and such every now and then. Helps warm the inside…although I have warned them that too much is not good for their health.

49. Are there board games? If so, which ones? Nope.

50. Are there any dream sequences? Probably will be; I tend to enjoy adding dreams into my writing.

51. Is there humor? At the moment the scenery is so drab and dim that humor has been greatly suppressed, however once my jokester character enters the scene will be uplifted :D

52. Is there tragedy? Yes.

53. Does anyone have a temper tantrum? Allewyn gets mad, but no major tantrums as of yet.

54. How many characters end up single at the end of your novel/story? I don’t know yet :P

55. Is anyone in your novel/story adopted? Not that I know of.

56. Does anyone in your novel/story wear glasses? Haha, no; glasses weren’t invented.

57. Has your novel/story provided insight about your life? Perhaps not yet.

58. Your personality? Nope.

59. Has your novel/story inspired anyone? I hope it does, in the future…when it’s actually written :P

60. How many people have asked to read your novel/story? None yet, since few know of it :P

61. Have you drawn any of your characters? I would but I can’t draw anything worthy of looking at :P

62. Has anyone drawn your characters for you? No, but my heart would leap from here to the moon if someone did :P I would totally be ecstatic :D *ahem* (you can tell I really wish I had the gift of art lol…pity, I’ll stick to drawing with my words).

63. Does anyone vomit in your novel/story? *wide eyes* Errm yes.

64. Does anyone bleed in your novel/story? Yes.

65. Do any of your characters watch TV? Nope. Who’s ever heard of TV in a medieval/magic setting?? lol

66. What size shoe does your main character wear? I have no clue :P

67. Do any of the characters in your novel/story use a computer? Definitely not.

68. How would you react if your novel/story was erased entirely? Well, it wouldn’t bother me too much, seeing as I only have some 6K written. I’d be able to recreate it…although there is one scene I’d really hate to see gone.

69. Did you cry at killing off any of your characters? I haven’t had to kill any that I’ve grown close to yet, but I’m sure I will :P

70. Did you cheer when killing off one of your characters? Not yet…and hopefully not ever.

71. What advice would you give to a fellow writer? Write from the bottom of your heart and don’t be afraid to express yourself on paper. You can always go back and edit later, just let the words out while they’re there.

72. Describe your ending in three words. I don’t know.

73. Are there any love triangles, squares, hexagons, etc.? Hmm, not yet…but I’ve been thinking of it :P

74. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the least stressful, 10 being the most) how does your stress rank? I don’t have stress to deal with at the moment, which is rather nice :P but that comes when you’re at like…the 40,000 mark…if not a bit earlier. Experience *shakes head*

75. Was it worth it? I don’t know.



And that's all for now!! I hope you enjoyed :D

Signed with peach pits (o.O), 

Squeaks.

July 28, 2011

If You Really Love Books...

...then I hope you like this post :D

I saw this over at Thoughts of a Shieldmaiden and Seek Him First and found these quotes to be utterly enchanting :P Here's a load of em for you along with my *ahem* running commentary :P

So true! It never ceases to amaze me :P This is a way that I can tell whether a book is good or not...if I'm still aware of what's going on around me by the 3rd chapter then it probably is a boring book :P

True true! Well...it used to happen, now mom simply doesn't take me to the bookstore to buy new books :P I'd go to the library but ... well ... I prefer to own a book than have to give it back :P

Something like this, however I'm pretty picky when it comes to taking care of my books. No folded pages, no bent spines :P however SOTK read The Door Within series soo many times we had to tape the spines because they literally fell apart! :( so sad.

*chuckles* I love doing this, however I found it to be rather therapeutic right before my university exams. I'd go into the library, while waiting for the bus, and just stare at all the old books, sometimes picking a few up and leafing through them. 

Haha, yeeup.

Totally! This happened with Bryan Davis' Dragons in Our Midst and Oracles of Fire series (now Children of the Bard is out!! *squee*) where he mentioned Dante's Inferno so I went and bought the book :P and read it all. Very good stuff! There have been other times when I've done this too lol.

Gah! Yes! It's so frustrating too, especially when you misplace a book from the series :S

Definitely describes me :P I love talking about books haha.

*grin*

*hugs quote* this is one of  my faaavourite quotes ever! Book love folks :P I think the worst that can happen is when you fall in love with one of the characters from a great book and end up crying because they're only real in your heart :P *tear*

:P that explains it all lol

Definitely describes me :P of course, this only applies to books I deem worthy of protecting (in the case of Twilight or any other junky *ahem* book that isn't good for you well...I'm prepared to exterminate them :D)

*brain fuzzles* AL;IASD;FAHSDGLJASD It makes me *frustrated*!!

*inhales deeply* the smell of new books is fascinating. I love opening the pages slowly and sniffing :P I know it sounds weird and probably makes me look like I belong in a mental institute (I don't btw ;) lol) but the smell of new books is awesome. Standing in a bookstore is cool as well :D

jah, definitely

:P most of the time, if it was a really good book then yes. If it was a bad book then I like to forget it quickly :P However I do enjoy taking that time to just hold the ending in my memory...kinda like swishing coffee in your mouth before swallowing, or savouring the taste of a fresh croissant :D

*guilty*

If it's a really good book then definitely...if not then it might hold sway for 15 minutes :P So if anyone wants to put me in a particular mood, buy me a book :P

Old books yes :P it does give them character. But if they're newer books that just got mangled, well, that makes me kinda annoyed.

YES!!! Totally describes it; that's why, when I pick up a good book, I can't put it down. Like...who wants to stop in the middle of a movie? That's just...weird.

:S yep, especially when it's SOTK because he doesn't really have any care for books in that manner...ya know... :S *gulp*

Yes, definitely; sometimes I have to restrain myself from taking a book from the shelf to start reading lol :P

Perhaps "judge" is too hard a word. I definitely get a first impression when I see what books they read, though. I may or may not like that individual later on, but books do help me determine where they stand and whether we'd get along :P

:) that would be so nice :P ya know, if I ever get married, I'm gonna have a list of books that my dude will have to read :P let's hope he's the reading type!

^_^ explanatory

Me again for ya :P Unless the book is ginormous (Binding of the Blade series) then I'll usually finish it in a day :D

Well, now I know what that squeezy feeling in my heart really is :S I'm dying! lol jk

Completely 100% entirely true. I'm against using any form of e-readers o.o

Erm yeah, well....I might use it, just since it's there...but I love REAL books too much :P

It's sad :( however, when you get together with people who love books just as much as you then there's like this bonding that goes one (XD) because you can all identify with this unexplainable thing.

:P sometimes I stumble but generally I'm pretty pro at it

:)

OOoooh yesssss >:| lol, they do come across as snobs...but that's my own opinion, since I think books are awesome :P

precisely ^_^

Oh yes. THOSE moments are few and far between, but *dramatic pause* they do happen.

Well, maybe not every wall, but I would love to have a room dedicated to just books with ceiling to floor bookshelves :)

So true! Words are so powerful that they cause this attachment...it's crazy, almost.

Yeeuup; *remembers LOTR* *shakes head*

Yes! This definitely happened with my many many multiple re-reads of Echoes on the Edge series by Bryan Davis *hugs books* my perception definitely changed with each re-reading.

Oh yes :P I remember seeing a lady reading Jane Eyre once...or maybe it was Pride and Prejudice, anyways, it left me with a glowy feeling because I could connect even though I didn't know her :P 

Haha yep :P *jealous face* the old movies are the beeest ever!

Well, I don't close the book, but I do cringe or blush :P

*shameface*

Not exactly, but it does bug me.

Sometimes :P sometimes...

Oh yes I will *death stare* Think Julian Smith here XD

Haha oh I definitely do!

Yeeuup, books are amazing and I'm definitely a bookaholic :P If someone donated me a bookstore still stocked with books, well, I'd be in heaven. Kinda :P

Anywhoodles, I hope you enjoyed!! I certainly did :) *loves post*

Signed with huggles, 

Squeaks.

July 26, 2011

Mom Drugged the Cat

Hello folks.

Yes, the title says it all. Mom drugged the cat. Three cats, actually. They're all lying around the room in various poses, all looking utterly spaced out and content. What happened? Mom drugged them. How? There is one word to explain this whole case of cat skitzoidness -- catnip.
[all of the following images are from Google Images]












So folks, shall we take the kitties suggestion and vaporize all our catnip supplies? I think not :D I'm a proud supporter of catnip for kitties. Our cats love it and I love watching them love catnip :P They get sooo cute lol. Anywho, that's a random post for you :D

Signed with pencil shavings,

Squeaks.

Note: If you want to check out my recount of the Manafest concert I went to yesterday (Hathaway was there too) then check out Minstrel Warrior, my other blog ;) it's a more personal blog with funny things, lots of songs, and randomness. Enjoy!! Recent posts include: Manafest + Hathaway, Decisions, Confusion, Combat Dreams, and *silly grin* Satisfied!
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