Saturday Stories

I’m going to be completely honest with you right now…I have no idea how much I wrote last week. I know I wrote around 3 thousand (plus) words if we combine the blog posts, short story, and chapter book work. However, most of that was admittedly on one article. I haven’t typed up Paulonious Punk’s wordage for the week so I can’t know what the exact count is there…it isn’t anywhere close to the 2000 I wanted. I’m going to guess that count was less than 500.

So why am I admitting this to you? Well, I want to be truthful and I want to be held accountable for my goals, even if that means telling all of you lovely people that I failed for the week.

What did I do?

  1. wrote 4 handwritten pages of Paulonious Punk.

2. wrote 1 flash fiction story 1st draft for contest.

3. turned in the short story I’ve been working on to the contest for which it was intended.

4. read about 200+ pages in 3 different books…but haven’t completed any of them yet. I’m hoping to change that today.

5. Had a Marvel Movie Weekend with my mother and daughter

How did your week go? Were there any goals you met, or didn’t meet, that you’d be willing to discuss? Leave me a comment and let’s get a conversation going!

On to the Short Story! This week’s excerpt is from Dragon on My Neck, Book 1 of The Stone Dragon Saga (currently available on Amazon)

“I bet that silver will look great with your complexion,” Jane announced, “Try it on!”

“OK, you don’t have to twist my arm,” Arianna giggled and slipped the heavy silver choker around her neck. She jogged through the kitchen and hallway to admire her image in the bathroom mirror.

“Oh Jane, isn’t beautiful?!” Arianna gushed, moving her head from side to side in order to better see the glint of her necklace against her pale skin.

“Very nice,” Jane agreed, “I like the way the silver and stones peek through your dark hair, it’s like you have lights under there.”

“COOL!” Arianna moved her head some more to catch the effect and the girls giggled.

“Nice? COOL?” A tiny but deep voice interrupted, “How about gorgeous? I like that one, or Handsome, since I am a male.”

Jane stared again at Arianna’s necklace as she watched its head move and its mouth open again, “Well…ladies have you lost the ability to speak? I’m sure you were speaking English. Let’s see, how about French? German maybe? Irish?” The dragon repeated himself in many languages, including a clucking noise that sounded like chickens running through a farmyard. When the girls finally answered though, it was in English again.

“What’s going on?” Arianna asked, too scared to try removing her necklace as it moved and chattered on her neck.

“I…I have no idea,” Jane replied, still gaping at the miniature dragon as it finally stopped talking and began to glare balefully at the roommates.

“Ummm…Mr. Dragon sir,” Arianna looked down at the bobbing head under her chin, “How can you talk to us?”

“I can talk any language, including animal and magical,” The dragon rather proudly announced, unlatching his tail and slithering down to the counter.

“Oh, How? I mean, no offense but you’re a necklace.” Arianna grimaced, “Or I thought you were.”

“I am,” The dragon grinned suddenly, a surprisingly cute addition to his features, “I am also a dragon that moves and speaks. I shoot fire from my nose and ice blasts from my throat.” This time he growled and puffed himself importantly.

“Fire and Ice?” Jane asked incredulously, “That’s pretty amazing, especially for a dragon of your umm…stature.”
The dragon snorted a flame in Jane’s direction and turned it to a ice pellet with his breath, wheezing out what sound like a giggle as it hit her arm.

 

“Ok, well…obviously I was mistaken.” Jane took a few steps back from the counter and earned another smile from the creature on the counter.

 

“What’s your name?” Arianna asked, “I hate to keep calling you ‘the necklace’ since you’re alive and all.”

“Thank you,” The dragon nodded his head regally at Arianna, “My name is….Al.”

 

“AL?”

 

“Its short for Aliphonsore,” he shuddered, “My mother saddled me with that name.”

 

“OK, Al…I like it,” Arianna decided, “I’m Arianna and this is Janice.”

 

“Jane, please,” Jane replied, “And I call her Anna.”

 

“Pleased to meet you,” Al answered, happy to finally be getting to know his new mistresses.

 

“Al, how did you become a necklace?” Arianna wondered aloud.

 

“Let’s go find somewhere comfortable for you two to sit, and I’ll tell you.”

 

After gathering hot tea and snacks, the girls settled onto the soft couch in their living room and Al positioned himself on the coffee table, beginning to stretch his wings as he contemplated how to begin his story.

Ink and Bone – Review

I read Rachel Caine’s ‘new’ book Ink and Bone at the beginning of September. Being a huge fan of her writing style and creativity made me both excited to dive in to something new from her interesting mind…and anxious in case the book didn’t live up to my expectations.

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When they released the book synopsis, I was even more intrigued. Because…well I’ll share the Amazon synopsis here and you can see for yourself what had me all jazzed:

Via Amazon.com:

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
 
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
 
When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.

SEE^^^ I know I might be a bit odd, but even after having read the book, I’m still excited every time I read a synopsis of it. Obviously, I liked it. In fact, like is not a strong enough word to convey the feelings I have for this book. It’s been a month and I honestly still have that ache that you get when you’ve fallen so completely in love with a story and it’s characters and then have to come back out of their world. I’ve said it before about this book (and been warned about speaking so highly of a book when I’ve just completed it) but after a month I still feel so strongly about this book that I’m going to go ahead and repeat: The last time I felt this strong of a connection to characters and events in a book was the last time I reread Harry Potter. Yeah, it’s that good. In fact, I believe that this is quite possibly the best thing Rachel Caine has put out to date.

Not only is the story unique, slightly twisted, almost steam punk, and incredibly well written…but the characters come to life. There are a few scenes that could probably have been cut or tweaked without losing anything in the story, but that’s almost everything that’s ever been written. Yes, there are a few things that made me literally scream at my book, throwing it across the couch or bed and wrapping my arms around my chest to keep from going ballistic. But those things did not in any way detract from the overall story.

Typically at this point I would do an in depth study of the ideas in story line, the character development, the grammatical errors, places I feel the story could/should have been changed, etc etc. However, I’m not going to do any of that right now. I am simply going to tell you that this book is one you should check out. The cover is beautiful, the writing is beautiful, the plot is unique and superbly woven together…and those surprise twists will hit you hard in the best way.

I give it 5 dragons out of 5 dragons for synopsis, cover art, and story. This is a book I’ll be reading over and over again and I honestly cannot wait to read the next one!

Have you read Ink and Bone? What did YOU think? I would love to know!

#PitchWars

I am not very happy right now. I’ve been hearing so much about the twitter happenings with Pitch Wars recently and then I get on there and realize…I can’t Pitch my YA manuscripts because I self-published, they don’t want the next one because the rest of the series is self-published, and my only other completed manuscripts are picture books. The mentors are looking for finished manuscripts in MG, YA, NA, and A so if you have one of those ready, lucky you because i don’t 😉

If you’re like me and don’t have anything prepared, or if you aren’t like me and do, there are some great opportunities going on over there! So if you haven’t checked #PitchWars out on Twitter yet…get yourself over there! But first, check out this page HERE that has a bit more information about what you’re looking at/for/around…whatever.

Don’t mind me either…I’m still following, picking up advice, and generally just trolling the #PitchWars while I sob quietly into my tea. Good luck.

If you want to see my non-entries (since I can’t enter these…sob, sob sob, sigh) check out http://www.amazon.com/author/elizabethtyree

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