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Jan. 2nd, 2017 @ 10:58 am Books read in 2017
Borrowing from rolanni

1. Sword in Winter by Marta Randall, re-re-re-read {0102}
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dialann, siud is seo
Jan. 1st, 2017 @ 12:40 pm Today I spotted a dragon.
Chunnaic mi dreàgan an-diugh.

It's the first day of the new year : I slept too long. I woke at half-past eight.

I ate a sweet roll that I made yesterday and cut coupons out of the newspaper.

That was where I saw the Dragon!

A red dragon breathing fire. It's name is Pom, I guess. That's the name on the bottle anyway.

I also wrote this morning.
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Bernard the Elf
Nov. 29th, 2016 @ 07:57 am Nanowrimo 2016 update
I made 50000 words yesterday. A little over, actually. 50821 words. That completes the National November Writing Month challenge but ... not my personal challenge.

I want to finish Part 2 by tomorrow, preferable also have it typed in, but I won't quibble too much if I don't ... I want to be able to start December with Part 3. So, yesterday I finished the scene - all set up for the big finish that will allow me to jump ahead 2 years to Part 3 when .... when one of Jace's little sisters rang him up on the phone to inform him that she was standing on his doorstep outside. Not even his favourite sister. Susie ... Sue is the middle child and the one Jace considers the odd-ball out of his sisters. Fact is, she's the one most like him and she WANTS to be like him.

I didn't want her there. She complicates the minor harmonic labyrinth - the little finish that will let me conclude Part 2. I didn't see that she had any reason to be there. But ... in my mind, my subconscious insisted that she was there and if I didn't write it down, it would hold the rest of the story hostage until I did. So this morning, bleary-eyed and reluctant, I wrote. And I found out why she was there.

Actions have consequences. Not just immediately. Consequences ripple out, actions and reactions affect others. I found that Part 2 was not just about introducing Sarah, but also about reintroducing Jace after four years of suspicion and harassment. Learning why he is the way I saw him in the later stories, from whence his anger issues spring.

Susie reminded me today that ... Jace isn't the only one affected by the public perception of his guilt. His family ... his mother and father are trying to protect the girls from it all - by asking Jace to stay away. His parents aren't entirely sure that ... well, they think there may have been an accident and that Jace might be responsible for Buck's death.

But as I learned in Part 1, his sisters have minds of their own. They all adore and trust their big brother and THEY have no doubts about him whatsoever. So his absence in their lives makes a difference. They feel that he has abandoned them.

Susie is the one most like Jace. If she feels something has to be done and nobody is making a move to get it done, then by God or by something else, she'll be the one to do it.

The story needed this because things are changing for Jace, and I needed to show that he can be open to change as well.
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Bernard the Elf
Nov. 24th, 2016 @ 11:19 am Dreams of demon lovers
I suppose this is a ghost squad dream ... probably a side story because I wouldn't want this to happen to any of my main characters.

Someone summoned a demon, an incubus - perhaps? Or maybe just a demon ... and set it on an academic woman - a teacher at Bowbridge University, somewhat associated with the Special Response Unit or or someone with the SRU, but not closely. I'm not sure she realized at first he was a demon. Maybe not ever - I suspect he fogged her mind.

He seduced her and got her with child, within months she gave birth to his get, 3 harpies. They had the vuluptuous bodies of full grown succubi, wings of vultures (covered with down), and ... hideous skull-like faces. Harpies, in this dream, are born with teeth - razor-sharp teeth. Stop and think about that.

When the SRU finally arrived at her house, she was in bad shape, but delusional enough that she wanted to protect 'her children'. I observed one of the girls lapping up water from the toilet bowl and the academic ran to stop her, shouting "Helen! NO!"

I didn't hear the names of the other two. I suspect I only remember the name because Helen responded to her name and looked around - such a gorgeous body, name of the most beautiful woman in history, and that face.
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Nov. 22nd, 2016 @ 12:07 pm Nanowrimo 2016 - progress update
As of yestereve, 21 Nov. 2016, I have saved 42139 words to file on the story. (I don't count words that I scribe and do not keyboard into a text file).

I have 88 handwritten pages of text.

There are 8 days left to write the 7861 words remaining in the November challenge. I figure I have at most 2 chapters left of Interlude (Part 2) of the story An Dannsa Sìth. Part 3 (Crìoch-sgeòil, end story) will be the most difficult to write - part of it will take place in Faerie. And it will introduce a' Bhaintighearna nas uaisle Faileas an Rè ri Aodann Aibheis fo Dhubhar Gèige an Craoibhe-seilich, aka Sally, the Faerie Princess, which I will admit, I'm rather dreading. Hard to get into the head of someone so alien.

Anyway, that's the update and a brief peek at what I expect.

Today I spent my writing time doing some tidying up in anticipation of Thanksgiving preparations. So, no progress today.

Also, I have rosemary sap-tar on my fingertips from harvesting dried rosemary needles. Luckily, it is one of my favorite scents because I don't think I'm going to get it all off anytime soon.
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Bernard the Elf
Nov. 17th, 2016 @ 03:36 pm Nanowrimo 2016 update
A total of 2553 words today.

Some of today's work replaced part of what was written yesterday but I managed to work out what was hindering my subconscious and made it right. And some of that is output FROM yesterday that I couldn't type in because my subconscious was so bugged with me.

Total word count now stands at 32644, an average of 1920 words per day.

Today's writing includes the scene wherein the male and female protagonists meet for the first-ish time.

I am well pleased with it.
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Bernard the Elf
Nov. 16th, 2016 @ 10:10 pm Nanowrimo update
1382 words today in a section titled Iuchairean (Keys) but I'm not entirely pleased with it. Something has my subconscious going "no. this isn't quite right. something is wrong." Unfortunately, while my subconscious has the power to stop my from writing, it doesn't have the ability to tell me why, so I am flailing.

To be fair, I think the problem lies in the output that I did not keyboard into a word document. I plan to go to bed now and hope that dreams will reveal the problem.

to recap
1382 words today for a total of 31473 words overall.
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Bernard the Elf
Nov. 16th, 2016 @ 12:25 pm Thoughts on the holiday approaching
{posted to Facebook}

Thanksgiving is next week. Advent starts the Sunday after that and I expect to see whining posts about putting "Christ" in Christmas shortly there after.

Putting Christ in Christmas doesn't have anything to do with how a person is greeted, throwing a fit because someone says "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" is the exact opposite of the Christmas ideal, in fact.

No, putting Christ in Christmas means behaving like Christ. Being loving and forgiving and forebearing. Accepting what is offered in the spirit it is offered and offering of yourself freely and without bias or hatred.

If you are serious about putting Christ into Christmas, then stay home on Black Friday and contemplate on the true blessings with which you have been graced. Cut back on the great displays of lights and ornaments, the ones you put up to make your neighbours and friends jealous. Give one gift that has personal meaning instead of the most expensive thing you can think of.

Give without thinking about about getting.

If you really want to put Christ back into Christmas, celebrate Advent properly, with prayer and contemplation and a sense of quiet wonder ahd hope.

God knows, as do we all, that this year we need hope more than ever.
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Credendo Vides
Nov. 15th, 2016 @ 08:44 pm Nanowrimo 2016 - an announcement
I do not plan to post any more of the story An Dannsa Sìth, but I will post word count updates, to reassure those who want to read the story that it is still continuing.

Today's chapter is titled "Gaisteag".

I wanted a word that means trap, because the Senator's wife is scheming to mess up Jace's life. To my delight, I found this word, which means "trap, snare, cunning/ sneaky woman".

I made 2488 words today bringing my total word count up to 30091. There are fifteen days left to the Nanowrimo challenge.
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Bernard the Elf
Nov. 14th, 2016 @ 04:34 pm Nanowrimo 2016, Interlude, part 1
An Dannsa Sìth (a dha-dheug)
Eadar-sgeòil : roinn a h-aon: Abhagasan (Hearsay and gossip)

Midsummer Day, 4 years later
Sports Arena
Town of Bowbridge

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