Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Actually Finishing Something July 2013 Part 2

The second set of questions for Actually Finishing Something July, hosted by Katie at her blog Whisperings of the Pen.

1. How time flies! Did you reach your weekly goal?
For Betrayal, yes.  For Quara, not quite.

2. Is this challenge pushing and encouraging you to write more often?
Yes.  Now if only my schedule would cooperate.  *glares at Life*

3. Did you accomplish most of your writing in the morning, afternoon, evening, or at random intervals during your busy day (i.e. waiting for your neighbors to go inside so you can jump on the trampoline without disturbing them)?
Random intervals.  I did a fair amount of my writing while I was waiting for food to cook.  (I'm on cooking duty in our house right now.)

4. Any particular musical tracks inspiring your prose?
The Land Beyond the Sunset- not particularly, though I have been listening to a lot of Owl City.
Betrayal- Josh Groban's song You Are Loved, which a dear friend sent me.

5. Share a snippet (or two) of your writing!
The Land Beyond the Sunset:
Jothadon was making tiny paper birds out of scraps of paper from his desk and trying to hit Elsheba with one.  Instead it hit Debarri.  She looked around, guessing instantly who had thrown it.  She frowned at him and he stuck his tongue out at her.

Footsteps sounded in the hall.  "It's Martolph," Davardi hissed.  The boys bent over their papers, looking like busy students.

A slim young man stepped forward.  He was tall and had shaggy black hair that was pulled back.  He appeared to be one of the leaders of the band.  He kept his hands in the air but met my eyes with his.
"We understand.  Were any of us to be betrayed as you have been, we would be just as wary."

The outer door was of reinforced steel.  Ted pushed it open a few feet; just enough for him to step out.  I was right behind him, pistols trained on the newcomers.

6. Share your three favorite bits of dialogue.

"You can put your hands down now," she said, a touch of amusement in her voice.     

"Ben," Davardi whispered.
Benjamorn looked up, "What?" he whispered in reply.
"Are you done with your page?"
"No.  It is dead boring."
"I'm not done either.  It's stupid.  Pages of letters and numbers all the time.  Martolph says it is pre-algebra, whatever that is.  Do you really think we need to learn pre-algebra to be proper princes?"
The Land Beyond the Sunset

Ariana waved her hand toward her younger siblings, "Do you remember my siblings, Admiral?"
"I do, your majesty.  The princes and princesses have grown much since I last saw them.  And the kings and queens are just as lovely and handsome as ever."
Davardi saw Rickfred make a face and tried not to laugh.  He knew how much Rickfred hated being called handsome.
The Land Beyond the Sunset

7. How are you going to move forward in this challenge? Are you changing your word-count goal, or other such battle plans this week?
Just keep pushing.  I do have to write more than 2,500 words on The Land Beyond the Sunset this week to stay on track.

Miss Melody Muffin


  1. Hurray for getting writing done! It is hard, any time, but even more so in the summer.

    I LOVED the snippets! But especially the one of the boys in the class room and the one making paper birds. For some reason, I like them already 8-D

  2. Hehe. I don't have enough get-up-and-go for this July thing. *sigh*

    But it's cool reading your stuff. You have some great descriptions, m'girl!!! :D

  3. I like the name Rickfred. Sounds like it belongs to a handsome young man.

  4. Jack,
    Indeed it is. I'm glad you liked the snippets! Ah, yes, those princes of the Royal Family are certainly troublesome boys but great fun to write.

    Thank you!!

    *grin* Thank you! I won't tell him you said so. For some reason, he detests being told he is handsome. Ariana tells him he is one of the most troublesome boys of her acquaintance.


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