No Kiss Blogfest and Birth of a Novel 2012 Edition

Today (Jan 2nd) is Frankie Diane Mills 3rd Annual No Kiss Blogfest. Visit her site to read the rules and find Mr. Linky to find all the other participants. So, here is a snippet from Faerie Wings. I’ve posted it before, but since I joined this blogfest yesterday it’s the best I can do.

If the symphony had been planned for my enjoyment, the dancing was for Heather. She and Scott took to the floor leaving Carter and me sitting in a corner. The music was too loud to talk, but I learned you can say a lot without words.

Carter traced the same circular pattern on my hand over and over. I leaned over and spoke close to his ear.

“Why the circles?”

He turned until his mouth was next to my ear. “Circles have no beginning and no end.” He drew another one on my palm. “There are many other meanings, but that’s my favorite one.”

The warmth of his breath on my skin spread. In the dim lighting of the club, a new boldness came over me. I flipped our hands over and drew a spiral on his palm. We sat so close that I felt his body tense. 

“Ma Cherie?” He exhaled into my hair.

“Did you know that in Celtic symbols, the spiral represents growth, balance, and creativity?” I spoke into his ear.

“It also means awareness and surrender.” He nipped at my ear, and a delicious tremor ran through me. “Please don’t tempt me more than I can take.”

His other hand closed over mine, stopping it’s motion. He didn’t pull away but pulled me closer. I couldn’t hear his breathing, but I felt the quick rise and fall of his chest so near to mine.

When it slowed he pulled back and looked into my eyes.

“Shall we dance?”

And now for the first Birth of a Novel post for 2012

Oh how the holidays derailed all my glorious plans.

Instead of working on Faerie Wings on the drive, I started a new WIP tentatively titled To Win the Game.

Current Word Count: 2,153
This is the story I’ve been terrified to write. I know I won’t be able to do it right, but something moved me to start it. It’ll probably sit in the background and get written in sporadic spurts. We’ll see. If you are wondering it is contemporary women’s fiction. Not a romance either. Totally different from my normal stuff.

In Faerie news, some big decisions WERE made, even though writing did not take place. First off, I made a huge discovery when I was telling my sister about this story. The story I explained to her–very concisely and quite good enough for a pitch btw–was not the story I had started writing. It sounded much better than what I was writing. It was the original idea that somehow I veered away from. I need to get back to THAT story.

Second, with that in mind, I figured out who Ryanne is at the beginning and who I want her to be by the end. I listed several ways to incorporate the changes into the current wip without having to rewrite everything.

I also started listing things that are in Ry’s room. This will help me get deeper into Ry’s head and then it will be easier to continue her journey. There are all these little things she’s held onto from her childhood that show glimpses of her character, what she lost, and what she is searching to gain once again. It’s been fascinating. She’s finally talking to me!

Next up is Carter. I’ll get to him soon I hope. He’s still a bit flat in every instance but the romantic side of his roll. That part I’ve got. It’s the rest of him I need to find. 😉

Current Word Count: 32,167

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About charitybradford

Science fiction and fantasy writer and blogger. My first novel is now available--The Magic Wakes (WiDo Publishing, 2013)

Posted on January 2, 2012, in Birth of a Novel, Blogfest, Faerie Wings, Personal Journaling, Plotting, To Win The Game. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Don't you like it when your concept changes horses midstream? Hey, if what you pitched your sister sounds better, go for it.

  2. Hooray for new Wips!!I love the imagery in your no-kiss scene of the characters drawing on each other's hands. 🙂

  3. YAY for new WIP's ^_^.And your no kiss scene is just so…mmm… 😀 Fantastic.

  4. Good new on your WIP's. Writing is a creative process and constantly changing. And that's okay! I also like the descriptive passage of drawing circles on their hands. Very nice

  5. I loved the imagery in your no kiss. The drawing of circles on their hands gave me shivers. 🙂

  6. What a wonderfully creative mind you have. All of these stories are just bubbling through you and into the world as if you were a medium to a fascinating other place filled with the future voices of award-winning fiction.

  7. Love the drawing on each others' hands in the no-kiss scene. Great job!

  8. Thanks everyone. I know I love it when my hubby draws things on my hands. Funny how something so simple can bring about interesting results. And as for the new WIP, my fingers are crossed. Which is making it hard to type. The restructuring of Faerie Wings is going to be exactly what the story needs. I should listen to myself talk more often. LOL.

  9. a nip on the ear is a nice surprise in that moment of indecision and intimacy!

  10. Ahahahaa. Your fingers are crossed? Hehe. I am very gald to hear about this new WIP though in all seriousness!And the drawing on each others' hands was wonderful. I think you really caught the moment!<3

  11. *glad Bahhh. Excuse the typo.

  12. Whew. Nice piece. I was waiting for the kiss. 🙂 Love it. Good luck!

  13. That was very nice! And good luck on your WIP! Here's to an awesome 2012 for you. Thanks so much for participating!

  14. Hi Charity nice to meet you.Like the 'No Kiss", dancing is OK too.Some other great news. Keep writing no matter what. the only way to lose in this game, is to stop.I'll be back.

  15. I loved the drawing on the hands thing too. It was very visual and put me in the scene right away. Good luck with the new project. Sometimes it's best to write the stuff that scares us while we're also working on something else. It keeps me from panicking, at least.

  16. The drawing on the hands was neat. And that was really sweet!

  17. Carter, you smooth dog you! Nice way to play the game. Question is, do you really care or are you a player jerk?;)

  18. portrayaloftichwi

    This: "“It also means awareness and surrender.” He nipped at my ear, and a delicious tremor ran through me. “Please don’t tempt me more than I can take.”" is one of the best lines ever. I hope I get to read the whole story some day!

  19. Very authentic tension between the two of them 🙂 I love the last line! So cute!!

  20. My favorite line: “Please don’t tempt me more than I can take.”Oooo la la!

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