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+R.J. Blain and i took a 30 minute break for play time.

here's today's snippet from Dark Lord in Training:

     I squinted my eyes against the morning light, a horrible twitch-inducing itch creeping between my shoulder blades. Rubbing my back against the rigid chair did nothing to help, only made the girl next to me give me a dirty look. Of course, her mother hadn’t forced her to wear clothing woven out of some horrid mixture of burlap, straw, and grass burs.
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feeling better today after an i-don't-feel-like-working monday and a blargh tuesday. hopefully i can keep it together long enough to get a lot done for my editing clients. i was hoping to finish everything by the end of this week, but i don't think that's happening now. bleh

in other news, +R.J. Blain and i made a pact to have fun-work breaks. whenever we do a good job on our daily work, we're allowed to take breaks and work on something fun for a short time, 100 words minimum. i chose to work on Dark Lord in Training. pretty sure she's working on A Horse Named Corn.

anyway, yesterday, as a mood-lifter, i wrote nearly 200 words on Dark Lord in Training. it helped tremendously.

here's the first page:

     Before I go any further, I want to get one thing straight. There seems to be this misguided perception that Dark Lords are inherently evil, that they’re born out of some weird ritualistic union between a demon and a—never mind that. But you know the stereotype: dressed all in black, so many sharp, jagged edges attached to their clothes that you wonder how they manage to keep from cutting themselves when they move; the deep, grating voice that booms over your head and sets you to cowering though you’d much prefer to run at that point; and if you dare to look beneath the clothes—which, honestly, I don’t know why you would dare to if you’re in that situation. I mean, c’mon. Anyway—if you do happen to catch that particular Dark Lord removing his gauntlets, or laying his thorny, iron helm on the table for a buffing and sharpening by one of his deformed minions, you imagine his skin to be a pallid gray, mottled, probably wrinkled with hate, and the eyes—the eyes are always red. Of course they are. He has the kind of face that you have nightmares about, and let’s be honest, he’s probably not even fully human. You know the type.
     Spiky helm.
     Black cloak.
     Red eyes.
     Human ancestry questionable.
     Ladies and gentleman, you might be facing a Dark Lord.

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it's going to be an attempt at something silly and for kids. after the seriousness of The Wizard's Heart, i need something lighthearted to play around with now and again.  first interesting thing about this story is the first-person pov. that's unusual for me, but this story calls for it. i think it will help with the silliness. second unusual thing: i'm not going to plot. i have a basic idea of where i want this to go, but because i don't want this to be work, i'm not going to plot it, just write a little bit at a time and see where it goes. ought to be fun.
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so, if it actually is Shakespeare's dictionary, that would be soooooo cool. my inner English nerd is getting a little emotional at the very idea that it could exist.

h/t +Karen Conlin 
 
Booksellers Say They Bought Shakespeare's Personal Dictionary on eBay.

Scans of the book are available online.
But scholars say the handwriting in the margins may tell a different story.
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Really, I'll love to get my hands on it!
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since i really don't want the week to start today, i'm declaring it an extended weekend. you can all go home now.
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That's wonderful. I'm going to bed.
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i always enjoy figuring out something for a story and the gleeful giggling that follows. it's like i'm high off my own ideas. 

i seriously love being a writer sometimes. :)
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I love being a writer also, how we can work together.
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i am never going to see my daughter roll over. she's going to learn to crawl before i witness it.
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Yayyy! I was going to say, careful what you ask for, one of my Twitter buddies had her kid fall out of her crib yesterday. Scared the crap out of both of them, from what she was saying.
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 someone decided she wanted a mugshot instead of mommy
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She does take after you, doesn't she? ;)
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24-hour allergy medicine, my ass...

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Sorry Brooke! Hope you feel better and fine something that works for you.
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dried cranberries in the fruit smoothie was not as good an idea as i thought... lots of dried fruit bits to chew between sips. :/
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i don't mind seeds usually. the dried cranberry bits were just big enough that they slowed down when they hit my tongue, so then of course, i had to separate, swallow the liquid, chew the cranberry bits, and then take the next drink.
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just finished reading/proofing +R.J. Blain's Inquisitor.

you guys, amazing book. i can't wait until it's out so that i can spam all of you with buy links. it's fan-fucking-tastic.

and it has a pretty cover :) 
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I would read this simply because it has the work wolf on the cover.
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Writer of YA Fantasy and Steampunk
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January 30
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word wizard. published author. steampunk and history geek.
Introduction
I am the author of The Clockwork Giant and Le Theatre Mecanique, part of the Chroniker City books, a steampunk series for young adults. I have several other projects in the works, which I often talk about here on the G+. You can find more information about my books and where to buy them on my website.

Between a geeky fascination with mechanical science and a lifelong love of history and mythology, I was destined to write both steampunk and historical fantasy. Whether it is a world of gears and pinions or one of myths and folklore come to life, I love creating new worlds, writing of places only accessible through the imagination.

When I’m not writing, I divide my time between too many hobbies—drawing, painting, paper-craft, sewing, and baking—a jack-of-all-trades, master of none, in true bardic fashion. In that vein, if this were a world of dice and game miniatures, I would be the studious bard of the party, with my husband as the fiercely-bearded paladin, our dog the cowardly wizard with only a sleep spell in his spellbook, and our daughter, who will certainly choose her class once she’s old enough to roll dice.

We currently reside in Northwest Arkansas, but once we earn enough loot and experience, we’ll build a proper castle somewhere and defend against all manner of dragons and goblin-kind.

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I once ate a caterpillar. True story.
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  • Arkansas Tech University
    Creative Writing, 2007 - 2010
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