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Whoops, forgot *again* to pot this yesterday so here it is today, backdated.

Tessani sat, his back hunched, his head in his hands, and the shadows on his arms writhing. They moved freely now, only staying still when he willed them to do so.

If you listened to us, you could have your answers. Everything you want, if you accept what we offer.

Tessani pressed his hands against his ears, knowing full well it wouldn’t drown out the insidious whispers. The voices, the shadows, they were in his head, in his skin, everywhere; he couldn’t escape them.
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There are more players in this game than previously thought. In fact a whole faction developed itself in a way I hadn't quite expected and am a bit irritated at myself for not realizing sooner. I may have to tweak a few major characters for this but it pretty much needs to happen.

This...means very little to anyone not living in my brain. Never mind; here's the Friday Five!

Tessani opened his mouth to say more, but Zara didn't so much as pause before she swept out of the tavern. "I still don't trust her," he commented darkly.

"Me either," Jindra agreed, "and I assume that's why you didn't tell her about the secret passageway. That aside, I don't know that she will be there when I go to meet her tomorrow."

"And what will you do if she isn't?" Tessani asked the question, curious about Jindra's answer.


Stuff!

Sunday Six

May. 6th, 2013 09:11 am
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So I pretty much didn't do much on the computer yesterday and thus didn't get around to posting my Sunday Six Seven. Better late than never! You get seven today because it would have cut off weird otherwise.

At the end of the hallway, there was a door, ordinary and plain from this side. Tessani paused in front of it and listened. He heard voices on the other end, a small collection of them, but it was muffled enough that he couldn't make out a word anyone was saying.

Carefully, he eased the door a crack open and peered at the room beyond.

The first thing he saw was a crest hanging on above the opposite wall. It was the crest of the Sages Guild, the nonmagical guild of intelligence gatherers, historians, academics, and more.

Lord Kadel's bedchambers lead directly to their hall.


Dun dun DUNNNNN! Though really, this probably doesn't mean much to anyone but me at the moment >.>
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I don't have a lot of time - today is suddenly crazy busy at work, but here's my Friday Five!

A slow smile spread across Naj’s face. Soon, he’d be out of this place soon, out of the academy with its thieves, its sneaks and liars, of which he was admittedly one. But he’d also be away from the backstabbers and traitors, the ones who smiled with one side of their faces and told damning lies and rumors with the other. Soon, he’d have a mage to draw from and balance power with and he’d have the strength and means for his revenge.

Soon, everything was going to change.
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I'm trying to catch up on last week's Vikings before tonight's episode. So just going to post this quick and then skedaddle.

"We shouldn't have agreed to this," Jindra muttered as she darted behind the shadow of the outer wall of the manor house, landing beside Tessani before the guard walking the front perimeter saw her pass. "We could be arrested for this. Or worse."

Tessani managed not to roll his eyes at her. "You agreed; we both did. There no sense in complaining about it now, so either we get the job done or we return to Zara and tell her we couldn't even work together enough to get inside. Which would you rather?"
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TGIF people! I am so, so happy it's Friday, I cannot even tell you. Here's my Friday Five, and then it's back to work for me!

The tavern was loud, but not so noisy as the market place had been. This was the sort of din created by men and women who'd eaten hearty dinners and then forgone dessert for ale and wine instead. A bard towards the back played on a makeshift stage and some out the rowdier patrons sang along in coarse voices. A barmaid moved from table to table, taking orders and tips, her prettiness working very well in her favor, money-wise. Twice before Tessani could head for the bar, he saw someone pull her over to slip a coin into the pockets of her apron, to which she always responded with a quick grin and quicker sidestep to continue her job.


I'm debating whether this as yet unnamed barmaid is of any real importance. Knowing me? She will be.
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I haven't had a chance to write today which saddens me but at least I still have something to post so here we go!

The full light of a gibbous moon hit him and he stared upward, first at the shining near-full disc and then back at the shelter. He turned his gaze back heavenward and briefly sank to one knee. "Lady of Night, if it was by your hand that I was saved, I thank you and promise you that your sparing me shall not be in vain. I will seek out my friend's murderer. I will rid your guild of a true traitor and I will do this in your name."

He remained there for several heartbeats, as if hoping the moon might give him some answer, but none came.
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I love posting Friday Fives because that means it's the end of the work week! I have some more chapters/scens to outline this weekend and do some more hardcore sessions, so hoping I'll have a couple hours this weekend to do just that. In the meantime:

Tessani awoke to the sounds and the warmth of a crackling fire. He slowly came to, disoriented and no longer thirsty. Cautiously, he surveyed the room as best he could without moving more than his eyes, anxious to determine where he was and whether he had company without alerting them to the fact that he was awake. He could see small shadows dancing about, thrown about by the light of the fire. He lay on a pallet placed on a blanket, but beneath him he could feel the packed sand that told him this shelter was still in the desert.


I just need to get Tessani into the city where he'll meet the rest of the major players and really get to the bottom of things. Yessss.
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Today's Sunday Six brought to you by Google calendar reminders. Otherwise I probably would have completely forgotten to post.

Just like that, it was over: Tessani's sham of a trial, his sentencing, and now, his expulsion. Tessani kept his head high, refusing to look beaten or guilty.

Only once before had Tessani seen someone expelled from the guild for a crime as severe as the one he himself had been convicted of. That man too had been released at dawn, but he'd been unshackled and conscious. Tessani had no reason to believe he'd be treated any different.

That was the last thought he had before the guard on his right slammed the hilt of his sword into Tessani's skull and everything went dark.
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It's that time again! I wrote a lot this week, probably a good 5000 words spread across a couple hours. I didn't have a lot of time to write, but I made the most of the time I had. I had one day where I wrote 1600 words in a half hour, which was pretty epic. Anyway, here is part of one of the scenes I wrote this week.

The small council presided over the trial. Led by Council Leader Kalim, the council was made up of one mage for each talent represented by the Tenebrous Guild. Kalim, leader and blood mage, sat in the middle chair of seven. Beside him on his right was Mirith, the ritualist who was supposed to have been leading the tyro summoning ritual that night, the ritual that was now postponed for Tessani's trial. The hall echoed with the susurrus of the gathering crowd exchanging greetings and theories about the upcoming trial.

Four guards, nameless to Tessani, led him past the rows of watchers, and they fell silent as he passed by them, their whispering picking up again when he'd gone. He was led to the very center of the chamber, two of the guards pulling back to leave him guarded only by the same two who had come to arrest him.


I finished up the first three chapters this week, which means now that Tessani's out of the guild, the real adventure can begin. I'll be introducing new characters in the next few chapters, ones who will figure much more strongly that the ones mentioned so far. Honestly I'm just trying to write as fast as I can so I can get to Tessani finally meeting his tyro and it not being anything like what he expected.

I've got a few days off soon so I'll be setting aside some time, maybe on Saturday or Sunday morning (or even Mon/Tues as well) to blast out a few more scenes, maybe a good chapter or two. I'm hoping to keep up the crazy good words-per-hour I've been pulling. If I can make this the standard rather than the exception, imagine how fast I can finish this novel! I can do NaNo while working? I can enter the various calls for submissions I've been snooping, all while working my full time job. HOW EXCITING!

Sunday six!

Apr. 7th, 2013 02:58 pm
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The other day I managed to write about 1500 words in less than an hour after taking some advice from the 2k to 10k book and plotting out the scene I wanted to write before I started writing it. Totally boosted the hell out of my word count. If I get a chance to actually do like a good 3 hour writing chunk, (next day off yes?) I'd love to see how much I could churn out then.

I was tooling around some more in Scrivener today, adding some notes, other random scenes and the one I wrote the other day, and just generally organizing when I remembered it was time for the Sunday Six. So here you go, some from that scene I was talking about.

A trickle of sweat made its way down the back of Tessani's neck as he turned slowly, his eyes focused on the shadows in the room. Ilossa hid in one of them and she was biding her time, waiting for his guard to go down so she could spring. Tessani closed his eyes and reached out with his senses, coaxing curls of shadows from those cast about to him. He tested their shape and size, weighed them to feel extra density. He paused at one corner, feeling an unnatural depth there, one that might account for a person concealed in shadow. Tessani opened his eyes in time to see a dark shape flit from the corner he'd focused on to another and he grinned.

"Found you," he called, and he twisted both hands, yanking hard on the shadow in that corner as if tugging a blanket off a sleeper to reluctant to wake. It came easily, sliding toward him and revealing...absolutely nothing.
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I'm hoping to find some time this weekend to bang out a few more scenes. For now, here's this:

Once Tessani had put some distance between himself and where he'd awoken, he sank to his knees, bowed his head and started whispering. The tattoo that circled his left wrist shivered, then lifted from his skin, twisting its shape to become a thin and solid tool.

As he continued to weave his magic into the spell he cast, the shadow pick floated around behind him to insert itself into his shackles. He concentrated, visualizing the shadow pick opening the locked shackles. He was sweating lightly by the time he succeeded, the hot desert sun beating down on him, but the soft click before the shackles fell from his wrists was the most satisfying sound he'd heard in days.
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Next bit!

Kalim walked slowly down the steps that lead to the council's platform, around the landing and stopped just in front of Tessani. "Then exile it shall be. You will go you will go at dawn, you will go alone, and you will go as you are, with only the clothes on your back. May the Lady have mercy on you for we will not. Know this: if you return here, if you ever show you face after what you've done, you will be slain on the spot."

Just like that, it was over.


I've been playing with Scrivener lately and I'm totally in love with it. Hopefully between using that and Rachel Aaron's 2K to 10K, I can blast through this novel and keep it organized!
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This picks up right after my last post.

Tessani took his time before answering. He let his gaze roam from each member of the council to the next, to the guards and even the witnesses to his trial. He held his head up high, dark curls damp from sweat and clinging to his face and neck. He answered, his voice quiet, but firm, "Only a fool would choose death when he has a chance to live and prove his innocence. I choose exile."


Also I did some more planning on this series yesterday. I have the first seven chapters outlined (albeit very short outlines) but it gives me a better idea of how this book is going to got. I need to figure out the climax/major plot of book 1 and how it fits into the whole overarching plot of the series. I just need the time to sit down and do it. I'm hoping I can this weekend. I'm also planning to use Rachel Aaron's 2K to 10K so that when I do make the time to write, I'll be churning out enormous word counts. I hope this works.

Hopefully I'll be letting you know soon.
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The plot thickens!

Slowly, with a hint of reluctance in his tone, Kalim continued, "As is our custom, the accused - nay, the guilty - may choose his punishment; a quick and merciful death, or to be expelled from this guild, stripped of his contacts, any possessions given to him a member of this guild, his title and all that comes with it. He may choose to leave with nothing but the clothes on his back and the skills he learned. Should our Lady of Shadows take pity on him, he may survive, though it is most unlikely." Kalim nodded to the guards on either side of Tessani, who hauled him to his feet. "So, how will you choose, Shadowbinder?" Kalim asked, his arms folded into his robe.


Considering that Tessani's the protagonist, we can safely say he survives the beginning of his own story, right?
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Well this was a fun five sentences. This is...pretty much how the story starts.

"Order, please." Kalim's voice was quiet without being soft and its tone immediately silenced the murmurs in the room. He stood, his black robe blending so seamlessly with the ebony seat behind him that Tessani barely saw more than a nebulous form topped by a pale face. "It is our judgement that Tessani Shadowbinder is guilty of the crimes of which he has been accused. The sentence for this utmost treason and betrayal is immediate death."
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Haven't done any more outlining since Thursday but I'll get back into the swing of that later or tomorrow. For now, here's a sampling.

The remains of sunset still left sullen bands of orange low in the sky that faded to bleed into the bruise hues of night. The Tenebrous Guild was coming awake now; shadow casters, blood mages, dark summoners, and the least frightening of their numbers, the ice mages, were the people of the night. Tessani wasn't the only shadow caster in the guild, not by far, but he was one of the best, and he was the only shadow binder. He was the only one who could not only call shadows to him, shape and mold them into dark mimicries of light counterparts, but could also bind them to him. He imprinted shadows on his body like tattoos and where he placed them, they stayed until he called them forth to use. It was a rare and coveted talent.
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I was out all day today so I'm really glad I wrote this yesterday!

Tessani's palms were callous and rough in a way that showed he'd been a street kid, working where and when he could before he joined the guild. His hands were dirty in a way that went beyond what washing them could clean. But even though his hands were dirty and callous, they were unmarked in a way that would soon change. One more night and his left hand would be marked with a symbol only one other would have. One more night and the ritual to call and bind a tyro to him would begin and he would be a full-fledged member of the guild.
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Here's my Sunday Six. Intrigue~

Tessani never thought he'd see such a vicious attack, not from Naj. In fact, maybe he was just seeing things now. It was dark and steadily growing darker. Tessani exhaled, falling back against the wall and slumping downward. His hand was pressed to his side and when he moved it it came away wet and dark, covered in blood. Only then did he understand and by then it was too late. The blooming darkness wasn't made of his blessed shadows; they weren't what was pulling him in.

The last thing he saw before he slipped into unconsciousness was Naj, at the assassin's neck, sharp teeth buried, cutting off the choked sound that was the assassin's last.
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I've been doing more outlining than writing on this, which is nice - I'm starting to get a sense of what's going on in this story and what I'd like to happen. Characters are fleshing out, the intrigue's building. I'm happy with this so far! So here's a teaser:

When Tessani woke, the first thing he noticed was the emptiness. There was something missing, something that made him feel hollow. He looked over at Jindra who likewise was coming awake; her eyes and face looked dull and drained, as well as every bit as empty as he himself felt. In that moment, he knew what was missing.

Naj and Bel were gone.

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