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Works In Progress – Stars, Blogs, and More

Winter is usually my slow time, but I’ve been fairly busy this year trying to catch up on some creative works. Here’s a run-down on what’s been happening.

The latest projects for Harvest Moon Designs are shown here.  I’ve been working on some variations of  the beaded star necklaces that I initially created last year.  I’ve been playing with colors and bead types and having too much fun with it.  As soon as I can free up a bit of time, I’ll be taking better photos of these so that I can get them posted in the shop.  The earlier versions of these, all in variations of red, orange, and yellow, have already found good homes.
I’ve also managed to get some writing accomplished, although it’s mostly in the form of blog posts.  I’m trying my hand a travel-related blog at the moment, although I haven’t entirely decided where I’m going to go with it (no pun intended, I swear).  If I ever get it whipped into something readable, I’ll post the link here.  I’ve also been busy adding chapters to the online version of At Scythe Point.  That’s more of an editorial/IT project than actual writing and a boring one at that.
In the works are several more wands.  By in the works, I mean that I have the materials purchased, but they’re sitting on the shelf collecting dust.  I thought I’d be able to get through them in January, as I had three long weekends off of work.  Unfortunately, the crisis with my feline and then a terrific cold kept me sidelined the entire month.
More later, as I have time.  Until then, hope that you’ve been able to get some creating of your own done.

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Music To Write By

Those of you who visit this blog with any regularity will realize that I’ve changed my playlist.  For those of you who actually take time to actually check out the playlist, I imagine that you may have been muttering “What the…” as you looked at my choices this time.  To tell the truth, so I am.

Never fear, my eclectic tastes haven’t taken a turn down a blind alley and run smack into the brick wall of bad taste.  At least I hope they haven’t.  When November rolls around and my brain becomes a novel-writing factory, a playlist comes to mind of songs that speak to either the story or the plot line. Sometimes, the choices come together beautifully as a collection. Other times they do battle with each other and my musical sensibilities are the first causalities.

It’s fitting that this time the music for my NaNo playlist should be full of conflicting styles and influences.  After all, this year’s NaNo will tell the story of the Norse end of the times, Ragnarok, a legendary final battle between, well, everyone in which the gods are destroyed.  Since I can’t leave well enough alone and simply tell the myth in my voice, I’ve thrown some strange twists into the plot- the main one is that the story takes place on a Caribbean island in the middle of a blizzard and the intervention of a forgotten but very annoyed island volcano god throws a wrench into the works. Indeed, this is not your ancestor’s Ragnarok.  (And may my viking forebearers forgive me!)

For the record, I do realize that having any song by Brittany Spears on one of my play lists might be the catalyst to start an actual apocalypse, but I really wanted a version of “We Will Rock You” sung in a female voice(s).  Understand, that in my head, this is the voice of a regiment of Valkyries about to take down the All Father of the Norse Pantheon, Odin.  Yes, it’s that kind of novel- all fighting, blasphemy, and irreverence.  It’s also the end of the world, and I feel fine! 🙂

In other some what related news, the story that resulted from my first attempt at NaNo, At Scythe Point,  is posted and available for viewing here.  I’m hoping to get some of my other NaNo novels posted there as well.  You will see mature content warnings on the site, please know that they are there for a reason.  As a general rule, I don’t censor my work for content that might be too risque or controversial for the more sensitive or conservative among you.   Life doesn’t always have a PG rating and neither do I.  However, unlike Life, I will try to give you fair warning if there’s mature content in something I’ve posted.   That said, please come on over and check out the site. Read a story, sip a latte, prop your feet up.  It won’t cost you anything but time.

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Works In Progress – At Scythe Point

For those of you who known me since before this blog was created, I’ve finally gotten back to revising my NaNoWriMo novel from last year.

For those who have no idea what language I’m speaking, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, an annual online challenge to write a novel of at least 50,000 words during the month of November. I really didn’t have the time for this contest last year, but I committed myself to the project anyway because I was in need of the comfy therapy couch that is fiction writing.

At Scythe Point is, at the moment, a hastily written novel about a woman working in the employment of Death. Yes, that’s Death with a capital D, the big guy in black who rides a pale horse. Working for him has certain advantages, like immortality and a healthy bank account. Unfortunately, it also means an eternity spent reaping souls and unfortunately, Death doesn’t offer a retirement plan, unless you count a six-feet deep hole in the ground complete with casket and engraved tombstone. When Viviane Morow wearies of reaping souls, she finds herself in a no-win situation where several lives hang in the balance and where her own future is being held at scythe point. (Wow, this needs to go on the back of the book jacket. The synopsis may be more interesting than the novel, dammit).

I’m in the process of working my way through the second draft now, trying to make sense of my 1500+ word/day writing frenzy. The last few chapters are in desperate need of a complete overhaul and I need to work on developing the characters a bit more. Death is the only character that is, pardon the pun, fleshed out fully right now. Of course, a being whose only job is to make sure everyone dies in the end doesn’t exactly need a complex personality. Imagine what a world it would be if Death suddenly developed empathy and a conscious. Hmm, maybe that would be a good sequel for At Scythe Point. 🙂

I don’t know if it will ever see the light of day, but At Scythe Point has been a joy to write so far. I’m hoping to get the rewrite done shortly and maybe share it with a friend or two. Then I think I’m going to put it away for awhile. After all, November, NaNoWriMo, and the next novel are just around the corner.

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