Well, I’m back and slowly getting closer to finishing the first draft of Enchantment’s Endgame: Book Two, The Hunt. Yes, I know, such an imaginative title. But it’s short and pointed. It’s a new story, but the characters did appear in Magic’s Guardian in a couple scenes, so there is a connection. I think I might like this story better, partly because I love stories about the Wild Hunt and they’re pretty rare. So far I like the way the story is going, and the outline of where it’s going. Of course that can always change, and usually does, so even I will have to wait to see what happens.
Before then, here is a sample from the first chapter. I still feel like I’m cheating when I use excerpts as blog entries, but here it is anyway. Maybe seeing this in a new format will give me some ideas. I’m afraid I’ve made the lead female come off as weaker than I intended, less independent and capable.
For he comes, the human child
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand
From a world more full of weeping than
he can understand “The Stolen Child” W B Yeats
Aidyn Forrester’s heart wasn’t broken, it was shredded. White hot fire and burning cold streaked alternatively through her chest, leaving a numb void in their wake. She felt half-erased, like her limbs floated through a dark quagmire of pain that shrouded her perception. Reality was skewed on its axis, unbalancing her. She watched through a sickly green fog as the world spun slowly, leaving her behind. Exhaustion pulled at her yet she couldn’t sleep. Every time she tried to lie down and close her eyes, she envisioned Seth with her.
A fresh, prickly sob burned in the back of her throat but Aidyn refused to let any more escape. She was lost and alone, yes, beaten and betrayed, but she still had herself. Setting her shoulders straight and square, she raised her chin high, facing her future with a façade of resolve. Maybe herself was all she needed, was all she’d ever need. Yes, that felt right and good. She didn’t need to open herself to hurt; alone was the best way to be, locked away and untouchable . . .
The self-made stiffness in her spine wilted away before she reached the next street light. Why, oh why had she agreed to relocate with her fiancé? Dumb, dumb, dumb move! Perhaps she was as innocent—make that gormless—as her large, doe-brown eyes made her look. Seth had said more times than she could count that he loved her. Then along came that slut Jen. Beautiful slut . . . Aidyn shook the thought away. Just because the girl was model-lovely, possessed of perfect hair, perfect cheekbones, a perfect body, and huge blue-green eyes to go along with everything else, didn’t mean she was a better person. Nor did the fact that she’d open her legs at any opportunity to any man available, especially if he wasn’t available.
Aidyn had wanted to wait for their wedding night, only two months away. Seth decided not to
wait with her. She tugged hard at her shoulder-length cherry wood-colored locks, trying to use physical pain to drive away the memory.
And then there was that bosom . . .
The street was deserted, all its resident businesses closed for the night. Aidyn welcomed the solitude. Her vision swam and her face felt flushed, and tight, and wet. She paused, scrubbing angrily at the damp streaks before stumbling on, too mired in depression to hear the bay of hounds ringing loud from every direction.
Aidyn was surrounded before she even noticed them. A pack of gigantic, wolfish dogs swarmed the sidewalk, scruffy fur, lolling tongues, and gleaming teeth pressing close and hot to her legs. Aidyn stopped in mid-step, her heart lurching painfully when one of the animals whirled on her, snapping. Its teeth were long and shining white, its eyes reflecting the illumination of the streetlights like fire, giving them a reddish, flickering glow. Then she heard the hollow clatter of hooves on pavement and felt the impacts under her feet as they came closer, but she couldn’t take her eyes off the snarling, milling pack long enough to dare a peek at whatever else was coming.
“The witching hour,” a deep voice intoned somewhere to her left. “Not a good time for little girls to be out alone.”
“I thought the witching hour was midnight,” Aidyn whispered haltingly.
The speaker’s laughter was a pleasant, almost musical sound. “Only to the, how shall I say, magically illiterate.”
Slowly, terrified, the girl turned to face her tormentor, not sure she wanted to see what nightmare fantasy her fevered brain had created. When her gaze had travelled the considerable distance upwards, her worst suspicions were confirmed; the sight that confronted her wide eyes was insanity itself. A huge figure, dressed in furs and leather, sat atop a monstrous war-horse. His garments, which put her in mind of something out of the dark ages, or even earlier, were splashed here and there with what had to be blood. A helm that culminated in a pair of tall antlers curving into the night hid the rider’s face, all but his coarse, cruel, wide-lipped mouth. The mount underneath him, a bay with a coat so red it looked like it had blood in the highlights and a mane, tail, and legs the color of burnt gore, was as large for a horse as its master was for a man. Snorting, the titan stallion pranced nearer, exposing teeth that just didn’t look right in a horse’s mouth. He pawed savagely with hooves that seemed big enough to crack the sidewalk, making Aidyn wince with each booming strike.
The picture they presented was so attention-focusing that it took Aidyn a moment to register the other riders gathered behind the horned figure. They were a big, rough-looking lot, wearing bows across their backs and helmets on their heads. Swords hung from their leather belts and assorted dagger hilts jutted from the tops of their heavy boots. The barbarian faces they turned towards her were feral and fierce, their eyes gleaming with the same light as the hounds’ frightening orbs.
When Aidyn’s attention drifted back to the first, most imposing figure, her heart began to slam erratically. He was close, and staring down directly at her. His helm was tilted back to expos his brute face and where his eyes would be, red lights burned like mirrors reflecting hellfire. Her legs went weak and folded under her despite her stubborn attempts to lock her knees. I am not fainting. I will not! I refuse! But she couldn’t convince her body. The hallucinations caused by stress and sleep deprivation and no food were too much. The scene wavered in front of her, mercifully disappearing as she crumpled.
So . . . I hope you didn’t find Aidyn wimpy or annoying. I’ve already been told her name is pretentious, or at least the spelling is, but the meaning seems appropriate and the spelling more feminine than Aiden or Aidan. Of all characters, her name has been the most difficult and has changed the most times, so unless I find something truly awesome that is just too perfect to pass up, it isn’t changing again. But now she needs to live up to the name.
And dear readers, since the temperature is dropping, the floor of my computer room is cement, and I can no longer feel my toes, I will leave it here. I wish you all the best for the new year, in your writing and everything else. Take care and enjoy playing with words, whatever form that play takes.
I really should know better than to copy and paste from Word by now. Oh well, it’s sort of fixed now.
Here are some links, including to the free short story Kingston. I have gotten some good personal feedback for it.
Magic’s Guardian Amazon (print and ebook)
Nook (so far ebook only, should include print copy soon)
Kingston Smashwords (links to multiple formats, ebook only)
So . . . I am preparing to seriously start typing. Not writing, typing, completely different. Though to be as honest and accurate as possible, I will do some editing as I type. I always do, can’t help it. I am addicted to editing. But, as moving the words from paper to my computer is my least favorite, almost (not quite, but very close) disliked part of writing, it takes me the longest of any other task. And no, don’t tell me to just type it in the first place. Too much of my writing is done in places where a computer is not feasible, often not allowed, or liable to get wrecked if I try.
But to make it faster, I’ve finally come up with the most brilliant of ideas. Much of what I loathed about the typing was that I had nothing to hold the notebooks, so typing consisted of a lot of picking up, putting down, typing a few words, starting it again, craning my neck to try and see without picking it up . . . I spent more time wrestling with my notebook than actually moving words. Then today, out of a blank brain occupied not with writing but with helping to make the annual family Chex Mix, the idea explodes. The old music first I then my sister used in school. So my sister dug it out of her closet and handed the battered old thing over. The right size, the right height, it holds the pages. Perfect! And for once, my idea really was perfect, see below.
If any of you are still old fashioned luddites dependent on pen and paper and find yourself with the same problem of nowhere convenient to put your notebook, it works. It really, really works, and a used music stand shouldn’t be too hard on the pocketbook.
So The Hunt shall be out soon. Of course soon is relative when you’re talking about finishing a book, months instead of minutes. Still, the sequel is coming along.
In anticipation, I’ve been playing with cover designs. Here’s the updated cover for Enchantment’s Endgame: Book Two The Hunt. One wishes that one could actually make writing a semi-lucrative career so one could obtain a program with a few more functions, but Printmaster Platinum has done all right for me so far.
And I’ve even started updating the cover for the third, Moon’s Children. I’m liking it so far.
I have been encouraged by several people to let others do my cover design, but for anywhere between $100 and $1000 dollars, I think I will continue on my own. I don’t think they’re terrible. I was even pretty pleased with my first attempt, the cover for Magic’s Guardian. The final result isn’t too far off others I’ve seen, at least I don’t think so. Of course I’m a writer not an artist, so I could be totally wrong and they may want to make you want to tear your eyes out. Please tell me if that’s the case.
Does anyone else do their own cover design? Or is it just poor deluded little unprofessional me?
Ta for now, all you authors and agents and publishers and readers. I wish you all the best, all the luck, and all the profits you deserve. Just remember not to lose all the fun.
As usual, links to other stuff follows.
Magic’s Guardian on Kindle and in print http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B0KHUW0
Kingston (free short story)
Sony Reader Store
Diesel ebook store
Author Website http://llynkc.wix.com/kacie-llyn#
Facebook fan page https://www.facebook.com/EnchantmentsEndgame?
This one is actually about writing. Sorry.
So, it’s real, it’s in print, it is a physical thing not just a nearly random collection of pixels. I considered going through it one more time looking for typos, but the last ten or more novels I’ve read, including novels by my favorite bestselling authors, all had typos, so I felt it was an impossible task. I will always hold to my conviction that the things breed when you’re not looking. And I’m in good company. I’d name the authors, but it would take to long and they might sue me, so I’m not going to.
It’s published! I can hold it! A couple people are even reading it! I am very excited. Wish the price could be a little more competitive–and by competitive I mean way cheaper than other books–but I guess comparable to similarly sized softcovers at the bookstore isn’t bad. $12.50 was the minimum I could price it and not actually have to pay the publishing house if someone bought it. Other books I’ve run across at Barnes and Noble of the oversized paperback variety seem to run anywhere from $10.00 to $13.00, depending on the number of pages, so at 320 pages I’m not as far out there as I feared.
And it’s still out there in pixel form for $3.99.
Anyway, I’m done talking about the green stuff. Funny how it often isn’t green any more but is usually the same kind of nearly random collection of pixels. Kind of unsettling when you really stop to think about it. So I won’t.
By the way, if I ramble it’s because I’m writing this sitting terrified at my basement desk just waiting for the mice to attack. I am really beginning to not like them. They got into the Christmas decorations. Wrong. So, so wrong.
So. As I was saying before my brain derailed.
The long road has come to an end. Or at least a four-way stop for a pause while I finish typing the sequel, The Hunt. I do love stories about the Wild Hunt, but they are too few so I wrote one of my own.
But I can only type it between figuring out how to market my books. I just don’t know if I have the stuff. I really would make a terrible used car salesman. I see book promos by other authors that go something like this:
Read this! Exciting adventure! Beautiful romance! It’s the best thing you’ll ever read!
And I just can’t. I’ve been told it’s a good story by those who have read it, I would read it if it was something I ran across in a book store, I’ve even gotten some enthusiastic reviews, but self promotion is just so . . . not me.
Maybe that’s why I despise mice so much, they remind me too much of me.
Nah, it’s the running across my pillow in the middle of the night while I’m sleeping on it. Not to mention trying to take a shower with one staring at me from across the room.
Okay, enough tension. I can feel beady little eyes on me from every corner. I know they’re just waiting. Dang you to heck, people who sold the neighbors mouse-infested hay.
In parting, here are a few links.
Magic’s Guardian Print
Magic’s Guardian ebook
Kingston (free short story)
Smashwords (you must go here for the Kindle version): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/333840
Any ads listed in the post not related to Magic’s Guardian or Kingston are not mine. Just so’s ya know.
Love and luck to my fellow indie writers, and good reading to all.
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