I think the world was against me posting this morning. First, a nightmare scared my son, and I spent extra time snuggling with him, consuming most of my morning me-time. Then I got a 403 Forbidden message when I tried to access the admin section of my website. That seems to happen yearly, so I no longer panic and freak out. Then my laptop wanted to run updates and pester me while I write. And before I made progress, my old puppy emerged from his sleeping quarters, and he’s old enough that I can’t delay in letting him out or I’ll be cleaning up after him. On top of that, several inches of snow covered my car and the roads, meaning I had to leave for work early, also cutting into my time.
It’s been quite the morning.
But here we are! Insecure Writer’s Support Group day!
Writing wise, I haven’t accomplished much in the past month. I got stuck on a scene and it’s taken me a while to figure out how to tackle it. I’m going to have to sprinkle a bit of the magic I’m using for it throughout the rest of the book so it doesn’t look like it comes from nowhere, but I think I have my way forward.
They are redos of 2019 versions of the same characters–my POVs for book 2 and the voices that often occupy my headspace. I also scribbled a scene from chapter 1’s opening lines:
Landing in the river hadn’t been planned. He’d been aiming to materialize in the clearing. At least he’d undershot the cliff by a half-mile—that’d given him time to drag himself out of the water before the falls swept him over the edge and into the next province.
“Just envision yourself there, she said.” Derek squeezed his shirt out onto the bank. Droplets splashed against the grasses and low-hanging palms. “Trust in the Drethamir, she said. They’ll see you safely delivered.”
Except the elemental gods had yet to place him precisely where he wanted.
IWSG Question of the Month – Have you ever read a line in novel or a clever plot twist that caused you to have author envy?
I know there have been quite a few zingers in books I read, but it’s not so much author envy I experience, but an admiration of other people’s skill. I’ve enjoyed several lines from the Locked Tomb, Lady Sherlock, and the Parasol Protectorate series. But again, it’s not envy, but sheer enjoyment and awe. I applaud these authors for entertaining me and aspire to achieve the same with my own work.
Has March started out well for you? What are some of your favorite lines? Is there an author who continues to impress you with their word play?