Getting the words down for the first draft is a major accomplishment. I have to admit a certain amount of satisfaction in knowing that I have FINISHED not 1, not 2, not 3, but 5 full manuscripts! Red Wine & Roses; Kiss of the Dragon (which still needs to be revised), Faere Warrior (which needs more revisions and expansion based on 3 beta readers), Valkyrie’s Curse: The Awakening and VC: Trial of Aegir.
Big Deal right? For me it is HUGE. Finishing a project, this has been the bane of my existence. I have a full file drawer, an external hard drive, and two flash drives full of partially completed projects. I’ve been writing for a long time.
Last week I mentioned that in the middle of the debris lies the occasional gem, right? I guess in part it has to do with my excitement for the full story. I can only hope that my readers will find the bits and pieces interesting and will pique your interest for the bigger picture.
I started this a couple of times in 2015 and agreed with a few writing friends to carry it through as a regular feature for 2016. Keep in mind that this is during revision and prepublication. I shared a snippet from Chapter 1: The Viking HERE. This is the prologue.
Discovering our true destiny is revealed
by our deepest passions.
My second snippet gives you a feel for the main character, Helena Eskildson. You can find that snippet from chapter 2: The Journey Begins HERE.
This week as my editing and revisions continue I am sharing a nugget that introduces you to my leading man, Mr. Scott Thompson. It may just be that I find the intellectual man sexy, but I prefer a man who has a lot going on upstairs to one that doesn’t have an original thought in his head.
Scott made his way to Leroy’s office. “Leroy my man.” He stated as he knocked. “You in here?”
Slowly Leroy’s head rose from behind the workbench. “Do you have any idea what a pain in the ass you are Scott?”
“Me? What’d I do?” He moved to the stool next to the oscilloscope that he hoped would be his for the summer.
“This list! The equipment that you’ve ordered. Do you have any idea the acquisition forms, red tape, the bullshit I had to wade through to get this stuff? And if you so much as bring it back with one scratch, I’ll fine you the full price of replacement.”
“Umm, well no but if anyone can get it I knew it would be you.” He flashed his brilliant smile at Leroy.
“Oh stop it. That doesn’t work on me as it does the chicks. I’ve been in the bathroom after you douche-bag. By the way, we need to wash those towels. Major funk.”
Scott made a disgusted shrug. He picked up one of the Helium Vector Magnetometers, turning it in his hands.
“No fondling without proper introductions.” Leroy crossed the small area and grabbed it from Scott’s hands. “Scott Thompson meet the divine Gaussmeter. Manufactured by the same company contracted to NASA and our United States NAVAL FORCES. This baby can be used as a metal detector, can detect variables at .001, can practically map your site for you. Combined with this little number.” He set down the HVM and picked up the ground penetrating radar. “You should get every read out that you can possibly dream up.”
I know there isn’t a physical description in there yet, that comes a little later in the chapter. I hope that I’ve piqued your curiosity at least a little bit.
You can skate on over to VL Locey’s sinful pleasures with hot hockey players on and off the ice at VLLOCEY where she is sharing her latest novella in progress and then skip on over to Cathy’s Romance, where you can find your next book boyfriend. You know, since you can’t have mine yet.
Write on my friends, write on!