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Friday, August 27, 2010

Prompt Friday: "Pins and Wards"

Prompt:



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"Pins and Wards"


It hung, innocently, around her neck. No matter how long it lay against the pale skin of her sternum, the silver remained cold, unaffected by her body heat.

The key was simple: the bow wasn't ornate and the bit showed a few signs of wear. The only indication of the true age of the key was the tarnish that left black smudges on the silver.

She had not been in possession of the key long. When it had been originally entrusted to her, the cool metal of the key unnerved her, resting uncomfortably between her breasts, distracting and disorienting. It was heavier than it appeared, and it took her a long while to grow accustomed to the feel of it. She liked to think that the key was so deceptively heavy because the secrets it protected were so important. It made the ever-present responsibility of guarding the key bearable.

The key was anxious. It could feel the ever-growing, near-magnetic tug. The warded lock it belonged to was close, and growing closer.

nt - 8/27/10
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Notes: I have a bit of a thing for skeleton keys. I like the old-world, gothic romance of them. Thanks for the solid on finding that image, Google.

In other news, I really want THIS.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Question Wednesday

Q: If you could have a way of getting around that isn't car, bus, plane, scooter, etc., how would you get around?

A:
My first, and probably only, choice for non-traditional mode of transportation is dragon.

When other little girls wanted a pony, I wanted a dragon. Because they fly and breathe fire and turn your stupid little pony into barbeque. And I do love me some barbeque.


YOUR ONE STOP DRAGON SHOP!

But think about it: dragons can do it all. They can fly, walk, run, swim and thoroughly defeat all other traffic. Now, when going down the highway, your vehicle is DEFINITELY bigger than the other guy's. (Which means you have the right of way, for those non-drivers or drivers who live in polite areas of the world).

Upkeep may be difficult, however, as it would require a small flock of sheep on a daily basis to keep one's dragon up and running. And I won't talk about how challenging it would be to keep on top of... emissions... standards.

Much to my chagrin, however, dragons are way out of my price range. I am, however, currently in the vehicle market. I wanted a Jeep Grand Cherokee, but apparently they are catching on fire or something else unfortunate, so it's back to the drawing board. Tonight, we shall check out the Nissan Pathfinder.

Also, I am back to work on Harem, for those who were wondering what it was, exactly, that I was up to, in terms of writing. I decided to re-read all the beginning chapters in an attempt to get back into the swing of the story, and have so far ended up editing more than swinging. It's probably for the best, though, since upon 287394th read of my manuscript, I have discovered the following:

1. Pretty heinous sentence.
2. Really terrible characterization.
3. Awful dialogue.
4. Repetition!
5. A small monkey.

Anyway, much to do before I return to the scary world of car shopping!

x-nic

Bitchin' dragon pic googled from the internet and brought to you by Draconika

Monday, August 23, 2010

Status Report Monday (the saddest songs)

Okay, I promise, I am trying my hardest to get work done. Really. I have to work job #2 tonight, and hopefully squeeze some car shopping in, but I'm getting back into the flow of things. I've decided to shelve Anomaly for now because it's pissing me off to no end, so Harem will have a little time out in the sunshine.

Or rain, as it were, since it is blustery here. I love this weather. It's a million times better than the icky summer heat we've been having.

I've also been listening to a lot of sad-ish songs lately. Not sure why, exactly, as I'm not in a sad mood. Sometimes sad music is just more fun to listen to. The gray is certainly helping set the tone as well.

And now, I must away to accomplish the nine hundred things I need to get done in the next five to eight hours.

x-nic