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Weekend Writing Warriors / #8Sunday

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Hello everyone,

Since Six Sentence Sunday ended, I have not shared or posted in quite some time. My friend Teresa Cypher *waves hello, told me about the Weekend Writing Warriors. It is fun and easy to join in and share what you are working on!!

The Rules are simple ~ Every Sunday, post 8 sentences from a current writing project, published or unpublished. Visit other participants and offer opinions, critiques, support. Writers hanging out with writers, a good time with a great group of people.

My first post for the WWW begins in Starlight Cove at the end of the prologue that will launch the reader into my first novel, Awaken.

 

Tori pleaded, “Daddy please don’t leave me.”

Dark hair whipped around her face as she struggled to reach him. What was happening?    

“Magic won’t let him stay Satori. We have to say good-bye”  

Good-bye? Magic was a gift.

Daddy walked into the pool of moonlight and blew her a kiss. Her eyes continued to spill tears as the father she adored evaporated into a thousand slivers of light, spun into a vortex, and spilled into the pond.

Daddy was gone. Magic took him.

Please make sure to visit all the wonderful authors this Sunday by clicking the banner above. It’s so much fun and I’ve made so many amazing friends!!!

Thank you to everyone that reads and comments, I appreciate it!!

Six Sentence Sunday #16

 

 

Hope you are enjoying a beautiful Autumn Sunday!! I must say, this is my favorite time of year.

Last week Tori relinquished Janine’s keys to Otis and prepared to go into her mother’s house. I’ve had a few emails and comments concerned over Otis driving back into town. Hopefully, this snippet will reassure you that Otis is on top of everything in Starlight Cove.

 

The overnight bag was heavier now as she hefted it over her shoulder. She took a step toward mom’s home and then turned on her heel.

“Otis, it’s so dark out tonight.” Her heart pounded. She couldn’t leave him stranded. “How are you going to get back into town?”

“Satori, what has Seattle done to you? Don’t you know how a taxi service works?” he walked to her and held out his arm like Cary Grant.

“Of course I do…but…”

He pointed to the crowd inside her mother’s house, “When this is all over, those pretty ladies inside are going to need a ride into town.”

“Yes, yes they are.” A smile warmed her face as she looped her free arm through his.

“Good thing I’m here then isn’t it?” He winked. 

 

Please make sure to visit all the wonderful authors this Sunday by clicking the banner above. It’s so much fun and I’ve made so many amazing friends!!!

Thank you to everyone that reads and comments, I appreciate it!!

 

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Six Sentence Sunday #15

 

 

Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! Thanks so much for taking a few minutes of your day to visit and read my snippet from Starlight Cove. I appreciate your visit and every comment posted. Especially while I am in the intense editing stage at the moment…

Last week, Tori was thinking about what ‘family’ meant to her as she sat in the taxi with Otis.

 

The key slid easily from the ignition. Tori grasped it tight and smiled. Janine was her first taste of freedom, whether it was sneaking into the old drive-in out on Lakeshore Drive, or parking by the cove and watching the asteroid shower. Relinquishing the key to Otis revived those old memories. Happy memories of this place.

Tori caressed the steering wheel. Thanks sweet girl. She stepped out of the taxi and walked around to the trunk. Otis met her there and popped the trunk. 

 

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Six Sentence Sunday #11

 

 

 

I hope everyone is having an amazing weekend! Thanks for stopping by for another Six Sunday post.

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Last week Satori was driving through the woods at the end of Main Street to her mom’s house…

The top of Main Street circled around an ancient tree.  A rusted bike frame was gobbled up by one of the oldest cedars in the forest about fifty years ago. Main Street circled round the bike/tree out of respect or perhaps out of fear. You never knew in this town.

Tori gripped the steering wheel and glimpsed over at Otis. He winked and it gave her the nudge she needed to continue. This was the last glimpse of civilization before she circled left toward mom’s house on Firefly Lane. 

 

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The ‘Look’ Challenge

 

 

 Cindy Nord tagged me in the LOOK Challenge and then Kathleen Rice Adams ‘encouraged’ me to post soon and share!  The Look Challenge reminds us to be aware of overused words and replace them with something more appropriate as well as a chance to share our current WIP.

 

The rules of the Challenge require the tagged authors to find the first occurrence of “look” in their work in progress. We then post that ‘look’ and the surrounding snippet of that scene. Next we have to tag an unspecified number of friends. Here’s a short snippet from my current WIP, Awaken.

 

This WIP is the one I have been posting in my Six Sentence Sunday posts the past few weeks. Satori Winters must return home to Starlight Cove to help find her missing mother. The first appearance of ‘look’ is in the prologue, the next in the 1st chapter/1st sentence! I’m posting both snippets since it took me so long to post for this challenge.

 

Prologue:

 

The night exhaled through the fresh leaves. Tori twirled through the tall elderberry hedges eager to play with her garden friends. The white petals of the jasmine stars fluttered open and awakened the moondrop fairies from their nests, their giggle glowing in the night sky.

 

A cool ethereal mist dropped down from the face of the full moon and swirled over the mirrored surface of the pond. It lingered, dancing in the moonbeams.

 

Mom’s golden light blinked off upstairs. Tori couldn’t wait to see what magical gifts were going to be offered to the garden tonight. Mama and she always looked forward to this special time together when they could share the full moon gifts. Tori couldn’t wait to sing to them. The window bellowed open.

 

A swarm of puffy blue dragons descended into the garden and hummed like fuzzy bumble bees all around her.

 

 

Chapter One:

 

The purple stained cells looked like spilled tears. Tori Winters eased back from the microscope and rubbed her eyes. Twelve-hour days were exhausting. Make that five twelve-hour days in a row.

Wouldn’t you know a five year old would offer the most challenging case to end the day? Lord knows they stick everything in their mouths. And then they refuse to talk about what they stuck in there, which means running a plethora of tests. And now, even his poop wasn’t talking about what was making him sick. Why couldn’t he have swallowed a quarter or eaten a bug? Five year olds and their darn imaginations. What was making this kid sick?

 

Now I challenge ~

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Six Sentence Sunday #9

 

 

 

Last week Tori had just arrived home. Otis met her at the ferry in his taxi cab. As Tori was driving the taxi up Main Street, Mayor Carver jumped out in front of her wearing a miner’s hat.

 

Tori rolled down the window and heard chirping before she uttered a word.

“New peeps.” Otis said.

Not exactly certain why hearing those words out of Otis’s mouth felt uncomfortable, Tori giggled. “I don’t see any people Otis.” He really did need to wear his glasses.

“Not people, Satori. George and Gracie hatched a clutch of peeps just last week.”

A little line of fuzzy yellow balls stretched across the road following behind one of the wild chickens that called Starlight Cove home. Gracie’s copper feathers glowed in Janine’s headlights as she led her kids across the road. Other towns had stray alley cats, this place had stray chickens and the occasional stray egg. 

 

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“The Next Big Thing” (TNBT) Challenge

 

 

Yes, it is another challenge 🙂

I’ve been tagged in”The Next Big Thing” (TNBT) Challenge not once, but twice, by my friends Cathy Givans and Jen Wagner.

So here is how it works:

  1. Answer the ten TNBT questions listed below about your current WIP.
  2. Tag five other writers and link to their blogs so we can hop over and read their answers! ~ this part I will skip, it is a holiday weekend after all 🙂

 

What is the title of your book/WIP?

I have it narrowed down to either ‘Siren Song’ or ‘Awaken’.

Where did the idea for the book come from?

Ever since I moved to the Pacific Northwest I have been hypnotized by the Native American culture and mythology. Soon it blossomed to the Pacific Cultures and mythology. Asia, Russia, Alaskan tribes, BC Tribes, Northwest tribes and Hawaiian cultures intrigue me. I created a magical world based on these myths and legends. It exists within our reality, only the magical can see it. Siren Song is the first story and gives the reader a glimpse into this world.

What genre would your book fall under?

Young Adult / Paranormal with a taste of adventure, mystery and romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is such a difficult question. The best visual representation can be found on my ‘pinterest‘ board titled character reference. I use pinterest as a visual storyboard, character reference tool. Satori is the lead character in Siren Song and the 1st pin on the board. If Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth)  had green eyes, she’d be the 1st actress of choice for the part!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Satori Winters is forced to return home to Starlight Cove when her mother vanishes, only to uncover a magical world she forgot.

Is your book published or represented?

I’m Indie!

How long did it take you to write?

The world has been building in my imagination ever since I moved to Seattle. This story is still being polished. I’d say a year so far.

What other books within your genre would you compare it to?

Harry Potter meets Gilmore Girls!!

Which authors inspired you to write this book?

I think the biggest influences are of course, J.K. Rowling, Meg Cabot, and P.C.Cast’s Partholon books.

Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

These books will open your eyes to a magical world that has been here all along, if you only believe! I have a huge affection for animals, I used to work at 2 local zoos. That affection will be incorporated, hopefully, in surprising ways.

I love comments and questions!! Thanks for visiting.
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Mythic Monday ~ Dragons

English: Chinese dragons at LongyinTemple in C...

English: Chinese dragons at LongyinTemple in Chukou, Taiwan Français : Dragons chinois au temple de Longyin à Chukou, Taiwan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Dragons have always been popular icons. Games, cartoons, plush animals, tattoos, you can find dragon items everywhere. Ask any two-year-old and they will tell you all about their favorite dragon.  Where did it all start?

China is probably the oldest culture that began incorporating the dragon into their belief systems. Their culture sees the dragon as a symbol or power, prosperity, and good fortune.  Dragons are an essential power of nature. A dragon’s breath, ‘chi’, bequeaths the four elements, rain, earth, sun, and wind. Emperors surrounded themselves with images of the powerful creature in their palaces, swords, and clothing. Even today, the dragon is a revered mythical being.

Cross the ocean and the respect changes to fear. Dragons become fire breathing evil creatures that need to be conquered. Open the pages of most fairy tales and there is a dragon that must be conquered by a brave knight.

I hold reverence for the dragons of the Chinese belief system. My world building incorporates the Northern Pacific cultures, so this fits in. I’m creating several types of dragons, like the mythology of China where dragons can be covered in feathers or scales and an array of colors and sizes.

What dragon do you most remember from childhood? Do you have a favorite Dragon story?

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Mythic Monday ~ Chiron the Centaur

 

Centaurs have always fascinated me. They live the best of two worlds, that of a horse and a human. Similar to satyrs, they are infamous for being boisterous, wild and lusty, and spending much of their time getting intoxicated.

Chiron was the exception to this stereotypical behavior. He was ‘sired’ by the god and 1st generation Titan, Kronos and Philyra. (Gods tended to take whatever shape they wish, and this time he chose a horse.) The resulting child was the centaur Chiron. Philyra was so horrified by her child she abandoned him.

Through all that hardship, Chiron still became a leader, teacher, and master of the healing arts.

In my stories, I thought about changelings and chimeras as jumping off points for several characters. Chiron kept calling out to me!  I wanted to create half human, half animal shapeshifters. One of the families in my story world has a family legend that they are descended from dragons. I love the concept 🙂

Do you think it is plausible for me to utilize accepted world mythology and bend it to my world and story? Or is that going too far?

If you could be half animal what would it be?

Chiron and Achilles in a fresco from Herculane...
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Mythic Monday ~ The Siren, Goddess of Transformation

 

What kind of imagery comes to mind when you think about a siren? Do you think of their beautiful voices singing to you or do you imagine gorgeous mermaids brushing their hair and swimming in the oceans?

Typically, sirens are supernatural creatures with beautiful voices, a seductress of souls, sea nymphs luring their lovers to the bottom of the sea. Some of the earliest stories portrayed these mystical creatures dwelling over the soldiers that perished during battle, escorting their souls to cross over into heaven.  Sirens were first mentioned in 800 BC in The Odyssey and are now found in every culture around the globe. These creatures are ingrained in our society from the local coffee shop logo to the masts of wooden sailing ships.

What makes this myth so hypnotic?

When I was in Paris, I spent hours in Le Louvre. There was a funerary monument there that I can remember vividly. A beautiful siren carved in stone with majestic wings and bird feet. When you distill all the myths and folklores from around the world down to its essence, sirens were meant to guide you from one world to the next.

When I sat down to create my world, I needed a creature to guide magical creatures born among the humans to the magical world, a gatekeeper of that magical portal. Someone my magical creatures would be drawn to, someone they would innately trust, to help them make this important crossover…. A siren was the natural choice.

But in my novel, the little siren grows up in the human world. The world of science and logic. She has forgotten magic.

What happens when a siren loses her song?

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