One for Wednesday

So, here it is, the first of May. Numero Uno. One. Single. Singular. And, oh, how it pokes at the evil in me. What do I give you for today’s WIPpet? One page? Something from Chapter One? One paragraph, one sentence or . . . one. Single. Word?

Okay, I wanted an image here so did a search for “evil maniacal laughter” and came up with this:

Call me weak, but I really can’t pass Colin Farrell by. Even if he does need to wipe his chin and really, no one’s laughing here.

What I really wanted was something like this:


Admittedly, you’ll want to scroll back up to gaze at Colin Farrell. I know I did.

Moving on. I need to mention there are currently TWO GIVEAWAYS involving First of Her Kind, which is awesome and I’m fine with the fact it blew my idea of doing a Guess the One Liner Giveaway. So, to plug those giveaways, here are the links: Stop by Alana Terry’s Blog Lightly Salted, read her thought-provoking post on A Christian’s Response to Fantasy Novels, and enter the giveaway. Then, visit the wonderful site Silk Screen Views where they’ve posted both an interview with moi and are hosting an Evil Villian Contest wherein you can win an e-book version of First of Her Kind. Go. Now. I’ll wait.

Back so soon? Okay, well, here you go then, the next 11 paragraphs of the nonWIP WIP just to finish off this section. I’m not sure if I’ll give any more of this out. I may, or may not, have plans for the boys. Maybe. Cause, well, that second picture? That’s me. Quite ’round the bend.

Last week we ended with Quinn asking Ballis why he ran. You’re getting a bonus line or two as I’m going to give you a lead in from last week. But it’s all out of potential Chapter ONE, so it’s all good.

Quinn rubbed his chin. “Then why did you run? Why hide here in some hovel in the Farwood? And if you didn’t take the stone, who did?”

“I didn’t say I did not take the stone. Of course I took it. Who else could have, hmm?”

Quinn ran his fingers through the thick waves of his light hair, massaging the back of his neck. “I’m tired, Master. We have been on the road for the better part of a cycle looking for you. I feared for your life. I fear for your life now if you don’t turn over the stone or tell us where it is. I can only protect you for so long.”

“You need not be concerned with protecting me, my prince.” Ballis patted the hand still resting on his knee. A strong hand. Firm. As his had been once upon a time. “Who protects your father in your absence?”

Quinn’s head snapped up and his eyes narrowed. “His guard, as always.” He studied Ballis’s face. “Are you suggesting my father is in danger?”

“A king is always in danger, Quinn. You would do well to remember that.”

“What have you done?”

Ballis touched his fingers to his chest. “Me? Nothing. I am not your enemy. I have ever been faithful to the First House of Shadonn and will remain so until my death.”

“Which will be sooner than either of us would like if you –“

A figure blocked the light from the doorway. “We have company.”

Quinn’s brow furrowed. “You wouldn’t know anything about this, would you, Ballis?”

Ballis clenched his jaw and shook his head. Sometimes letting the bones lie where they landed proved to be the best course of action.

WIPpeteers rule. Just sayin’. Now go have fun. Write, read, play, dance, sing, meditate…feed your soul. It’s that kind of day.

ROW80LogocopyDang, almost forgot. ROW80 update: I am rocking Emergence. *happy dance, happy dance* I’m through some rough patches, found my stride, and am making great progress toward the end of the first draft. HOWEVER, in light of certain comments and reviews wherein readers were not pleased with my cliffhanger ending in First of Her Kind, I am now considering ending the series after Book Two, which will mean altering the end of Emergence. Because, seriously, if readers are ticked at me for how I ended Book One, I’ll be drawn and quartered for my already written ending of Book Two. I’m still deciding. I can use the ending, but finish it with a bow on top. Or . . . not. Remains to be seen.



  1. First, I love the phrase – ‘Sometimes letting the bones lie where they landed’ was just great!

    So glad Emergence is coming along well, although getting nervous about the ending (in an anticipatory way) if you are…

    • Thank you, I rather liked that myself. πŸ™‚

      Oh, I’m not nervous about the ending . . . just about getting strung up for it. *cue maniacal laughter, because it is the theme for the day*

  2. “Emergence” by David R Palmer is one of my favorite books! Is your “Emergence” similar?

    • I’m not familiar with David Palmer’s work. My “Emergence” is the second book in a somewhat dark (depends on the reader) epic fantasy. What is Palmer’s?

  3. I’m enjoying your snippets!!! And yes, I also am glad you’re in a settled place about Emergence. But why are readers angry about a cliffhanger ending in book 1? Many books have cliffhanger endings.

    • I’m not sure. I didn’t even really think of it as a “cliffhanger”. No, I didn’t tie everything up in a neat package, the story was meant to continue.

  4. Yet another good place to stop leaving us questioning just who the company is. I like Ballis and he seems to have more knowledge about things than he’s letting on.

    I’m so glad Emergence is going well – then you’ll be able to concentrate more on your non-WIp WIP? πŸ™‚

    • Oh, you’re funny! πŸ˜‰

      I will say, Ballis is a good guy. Then again, good guys don’t always make the smart choices, do they? Hmmmm

  5. Oooh what has Ballis done? I’m intrigued. Another good post as always. πŸ™‚

  6. Hmmm – I didn’t mind how First of Her Kind ended. I knew it was the end of the series, and I figured there would be lots of cords left untied. To each his own. Love the maniacal laugh. Next time will you also include a sound track?

    • Not *end of the series. I knew it was the FIRST in a series. Read what I mean, now what I write…

    • I’ll have to dig up a soundtrack to that. Maniacal laughter is one of my absolutely favorites. Mwahahahaha. ..ah. . .ha . . . er, sorry.

      I didn’t mind the ending either. I may just be having a knee jerk reaction to several comments in the same vein in, in a short period of time. I’m trying to sort through it in my head. *shudder*

  7. This is fun! We get to read the story as it happens. Weee! Look! Look! I made a sandcastle.

    Did you really get enough negative comments that you would need to change Emergence? I don’t particularly like cliffhangers, but writing series seems to be the best way to make money from writing. I’ve read more than one book that didn’t just use cliffhangers, they didn’t end at all. Like LOTR.

    • Why, that’s a simply delightful sandcastle. I fear you’ve built it a bit close to the water though . . .

      Just a few comments, but all within a relatively short time span so it really brought it to the surface and made ol’ Self Doubt raise it’s ugly head. I want to leave my readers wanting more and wondering what is going to befall our heroes next. At least in a series. Obviously a stand-alone would be all finished up, nice and tidy.

  8. I know I often complain about cliff-hangers, but that’s secretly because I love the series and don’t want to have to wait. I don’t mind them nearly as much when the next book is there and waiting. So I would take the comments as a great sign, and when you have all the books out in the series, it won’t be such a problem. (Keep writing faster, not changing the endings!)

    • Very good point, Buffy! I know there are several series I’ve recently gotten into that I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment. None of them really ended on a cliff-hanger though. I honestly didn’t think mine did . . . maybe I have a different definition of that. But you’re right, if they hadn’t enjoyed the book and cared for the characters, would they really be bothered? Thanks!

  9. Ooh, ending a series on a cliffhanger… I think it depends on what kind of cliff hanger. Certainly you want to have your readers feeling a sense of something having been resolved. You also want them to be close to waiting on their hands ready to jump up and push the “buy with one click” button on Amazon as soon as you publish the next one….

    It’s a fine line.

    Emergence by David Palmer was a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel produced in the 1980s. EXCELLENT story…well worth taking time out to read. Palmer uses some very creative writing styles and it’s not the easiest read if you’re not a sci-fi fan or one to play with words… I think you’ll have no problem. And I think you’ll like it.

    Poor Quinn.

    • I’ll have to look into Palmer’s work. I don’t mind SF as long as it doesn’t get bogged down in science. Huge fan of CJ Cherryh.

      • I don’t mind SF as long as it doesn’t get bogged down in science

        I think you’ll like Palmer’s Emergence then. and Cherryh! YES!

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