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So, the week before last I had a pretty awesome week, writing wise... and managed to get the first five chapters of the book written.  Those of you also following my Wordpress blog will have seen the 'sneak peek' that I posted there, but for those that done follow, you can find it...


...of course the week after wasn't quite so successful.  I got the outlines down for maybe the next ten or fifteen chapters, but I didn't actually get the writing done, and so far this week I haven't managed anything at all.... but things have been a bit insanely busy one way or another, and it's not necessarily always chorse that keep you from writing.
cedar_grove: (Use'ara 13 Stars)

I have posted an update to my Writer's Blog. Follow the link to read my thoughts on the character Nikolai Rhostov, from the Use'ara Series. Feel free to share the post with others you think might find it interesting.
cedar_grove: (Use'ara 13 Stars)
From The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have.

Just trust yourself,
then you will know how to live.


To be willing to envision what we need is powerful and real, and just as crucial is the confidence of spirit to know that it will work...

One of the component parts of making (or casting, if you'd rather) spells is the visualisation of the intent, the outcome, the envisioning of what is needed. It is communicating that need into the Universe in a form that can be understood.

One has to feel and see, and hear and clearly project the thought of those needs into the etheric template so that it can be received by the universe. That's the theory anyhow.

As with any working, as discussed before, it takes a collected wholeness to be able to do this and feel this and achieve success. There's also a matter or timing. We who do not see the 'big picture' may have those wants and needs and desires at precisely the wrong time, so of course then we do not appear to be having o ur wishes granted (or our spells remain unsuccessful).

Then of course there is the necessity to do for yourself what you can toward achieving those goals. If you don't do anything, what you want is not going to just fall in your lap.

Truth is though when you /do/ (as I have been doing) all those things, take all those steps, and what you want still doesn't materialse, or come any closer, or move within reach, then it gets to be very frustrating, and that's when it's important not to give up I guess, not to allow the frustration to turn to be disheartening.

I'm feeling a bit like that myself today. Don't know why really. I wanted to get some work done. Well, I have a constant envisioning of the work finished in all it's clarity, I allowed for the other things that I needed to do (apart from the dishes - as I'm writing this, they remain waiting in the sink), and I used the other computer today for hours, the one that doesn't connect to the internet wirelessly, so that I could work without distraction. You'd think that I'd have been all right, wouldn't you... got lots of work done?

Well, I got one thing out of the way, and into the hands of my beta, but I still didn't get to the rewrite of Use'ara first chapter. Since I realised I need to write Hunt into the scene on the bridge I haven't one anything to make it happen (or should that be 'make it so'?)

So I'm guessing tomorrow is another day, and I'll turn on the big laptop, and work away at it before I do anything else. No store runs tomorrow (I did it today), no nothing else. just working.

I see it. I feel it. I will do it.
cedar_grove: (Use'ara 13 Stars)
From The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have.

Another name for God
Is surprise.

-Brother David Steindl-Rast

It seems that any moment of interest or pain or adversity can surprise us into the larger totality of life, breaking our current limits and allowing us the chance to redefine ourselves in regard to the larger sense that is upon us.

(From 21st April)

I was finally able to sit down and finish the treatment for Use'ara: Thirteen Stars today. In actuality I set myself the challenge. There would be no getting online until after I had done it. It had been 'almost finished' for far to long and today it would be finished.

I was stalling, and the reason I was stalling is that the ending, as I had currently had it set out through the outline, felt a little too much like Deus ex Machina to me... and that just wouldn't do. I mean I know (because I know the backstory of what happened 'off camera' so to speak in the original outline) that it wasn't even approaching anything close, but... because it happened 'off camera' the reader was not privvy to that information. I decided that it needed to be told as a part of the ending, but worried that this would a) further complicate matters and b) make the story too damn long. Surprisingly, far from complicating matters it allowed for a much more ordered approach to the climax and denouement of the novel, although it does add quite a chunk of story. As it's sci-fi/fantasy, this isn't necessarily too much of a handicap, but we'll have to see how it all turns out now that I"m in a position to start writing.

The second 'surprise' of the day came in the form of another 'germ' of an idea, which I've put into the 'development' file. It came in part because I was thinking of Option C the short that I had thought to send to Daily Science Fiction. It provides a key point of the premise behind the backstory for one of the characters... a woman being punished for her continuing use of a forbidden faculty - her imagination. What happens to this woman after that revolves around the future of humanity, and the 'help' (or hindrance) of an immortal (be that angel or demon is up for debate right now), but anyway, the working title for the project is In Humanity, yes, a play on words, and we'll just have to wait and see what comes of it.

Lastly, Mir and I went to see Black Swan today. Actually we went out on a date (a really nice date with way too much chocolate cake and popcorn), but the last part of the date was a trip to the Varsity to see the movie... and while it was a good movie, and one I enjoyed a great deal, I'm afraid I just don't see what all the fuss was about. I found myself getting proufoundly irritated at the mother, but that was about the most visceral reaction I had through the whole of the film. It was well acted, though a little too 'arty' in some places for my taste, but I certainly don't understand, or didn't experience, the deeply disturbed or thoughtful experience it gave to others. Does that mean I lack couth?

cedar_grove: (Use'ara 13 Stars)
Very quick flyby posting as I have so very much to do in the early part of this evening. I've been thinking about it for a long time. Whining and complaining about it for longer still - well now I've actually done something about it, and I'm proud to unveil the site over at Wordpress where I'll be posting things concerning my original fiction.

The Blog and associated site can be found by following the link. Please remember it's still under construction - there's only so much one can do in an hour or so, but at least it's a start, and something to build on.
cedar_grove: (Use'ara 13 Stars)
Thought I'd just share this with folks, as the writing progresses, not fan fic, but all my own madness :D

This from Chapter 1:

Her lungs ached for lack of breath as the last few precious drops of air escaped from her nostrils. The many points of light from the glowing rocks blurred together into a single blue brightness.

…find the sh-tho you need…

Her mother’s words echoed into the empty calm the waters had given her. Light headed, dreaming a peace she did not truly feel she closed her eyes. A face swam into view… a strange but invitingly beautiful image. Nothing about the face was at all what she had expected to see. Not the full, long rounded face, not the strange, light-coloured skin, nor the eyes devoid of their outermost light mauve band of pigment. The eyes that looked upon her were a deep, rich brown. The full lips relaxed into an almost gentle smile, rosy against the olive tan that was as different from her own hazy, wine tanned skin as a drop of water from the sandy ground.

are you him? )


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