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A-Z Name Prompts – G

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Today’s prompt is going to have to be a very quick one due to time reasons (I’ll explain everything on Friday…It’s very exciting/terrifying!).

Thank you as always to everyone who voted for today’s prompt! The winner is…

As always, if the prompt speaks to you feel free to use it. If you do and publish it, please link back here so I can be nosy ^-^

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Garner

(m.; gathers grain)

“What do you say in your defence?”

I didn’t look up. I’d really fucked up this time. What could I say? The failure of our colony was my doing. No amount of ignorance, no matter how much hope I’d felt at my find, would change that.

“Speak up, Garner!”

I forced myself to do as Jackson, our leader, said, but it was hard to make eye contact with the five council members before me. Their faces were red, covered in pustules, and gaunt – my doing. All of it. Even my Jenna had died because of my mistakes. Our youngest was too weak to move.

“I have nothing to say in my defence.”

We were the first human colony on this planet. It was a small colony, only one hundred people strong, but that made my job all the more important – to scout our surroundings for edible fruits, nuts, and any seeds I could find. The seeds I had brought back a month ago had scanned as save. Why had everyone fallen ill? They had been supposed to save us, not destroy us.

Jackson sighed. “I’m sorry, Garner. You know the sentence. You are to be hanged at dawn.”

I knew I was missing something, but I hadn’t figured it out since the first people had fallen ill, and my mistake had become obvious. I had eighteen hours before dawn; eighteen hours to figure out what had gone wrong. Could I figure it out from behind bars? I had to try.

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Big Promotion with Goodkindles next Thursday! (26th January)

Exciting news, everyone! On Thursday next week, as a birthday gift to myself, I’m doing a big promotion with Free and Bargain ebooks | Book promotion site for authors. I’d really appreciate it if you shared the hell out of it on the day ^-^ If you can’t find the links, take a look at my social media pages – I’ll pin everything to the top for that day 🙂

(No banner because it’d take up more space than the writing)

I’ll do another (proper) post on the day, too 🙂

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“Growing up homeless and orphaned in a town that hates her, Rachael must assassinate the king of Rifarne to become queen to a people who once wanted her dead.

Rifarne is a country opposed to magic. When its people demand harsh action, King Aeric sees himself with no other choice but to outlaw those with the gift. Rachael, who possesses the rare gift of a Seer, soon finds herself with visions of her own violent death. When her escape goes wrong and she ends up in the clutches of a vicious Mist Woman lusting for her blood, she finds she is the only person who can stop the war against people like her – and assassinating the king to take his throne may well be the only way to do just that.”

 

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Review: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (Discworld #1)

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“Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different. Particularly as it’s carried though space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). It plays by different rules.

But then, some things are the same everywhere. The Disc’s very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the world’s first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. Unfortunately, the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard…”

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I have no idea what I’m doing! 😀 Honestly, I don’t how to review this. You’ve either read this already, or, if you haven’t, you still won’t need me to tell you that Terry Pratchett is kinda a big deal in the magical word of fantasy stories. This isn’t the debut novel by someone nobody knows yet, it’s Terry fudging Pratchett!

So I’ll try to keep this short and save us all some time 🙂

I’m pretty sure that I’ve read The Light Fantastic some time last year year, or maybe it was the year before that… But I thought I’d start at Book 1. When I read the second one we didn’t have The Colour of Magic in my library, but we’ve recently ordered the shiny new copies which create a lovely rainbow on the shelf, and I really needed something mad and magical! And that’s precisely what I got – a bit of magic sprinkled with rather a lot of madness. It’s not often that Death is your favourite character, but the chap is a cat person, so there.

Picturesque meant – he decided after careful observation of the scenery that inspired Twoflower to use the word – that the landscape was horribly precipitous. Quaint, when used to describe the ocassional village through which they passed, meant fever-ridden and tumbledown.

The Colour of Magic follows Rincewind, a failed wizard who knows but one spell (when I say he “knows” a spell… It’s there, somewhere, at the very back of his mind but it’s shy, I guess?) and Twoflower, a tourist with the incredible ability to not recognise danger when it punches him in the face. He also has this awesome little luggage which runs after him and eats people who threaten him. Rincewind shows Twoflower around, who has a long list of dangerous things he wants to see and do – the kind of situations no sane person would want to place himself in on purpose. Twoflower is oblivious to any form of mortal danger and confuses it with adventure on a regular basis, while Rincewind is a massive coward, so there’s a lot of natural conflict between them.

“But you’re a demon. Demons can’t call things weird. I mean, what’s weird to a demon?”

“Oh, you know,” said the demon cautiously, glancing around nervously and shifting from claw to claw. “Things. Stuff.”

Also there’s dragons. Not real ones, as such, but imagined ones, who can get a little see-through when the imaginator’s focus wavers. It’s fine, though, they’re perfectly save to fly. Unless you’re terrified of hights, like Rincewind, and remember an event from the future where you fall from a great height, like Rincewind.

If you haven’t read this already by some miracle, please do. Even if fantasy isn’t your usual genre, even though this book was like nothing I’ve read before in a good and very mad way, I think it should be on everyone’s tbr list. Terry Pratchett isn’t the Father of Fantasy for no reason. This is a must read for everyone!

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Have you read The Colour of Magic, or would you like to? Get some cookies, drop me a comment and let’s get this book club going!

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The Rapid Fire Book Tag

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I was going through my posts looking for… something (my memory is short and selective), and guess what I found instead of the thing I actually wanted? Two forgotten tags! From way back last year! So, I thought, why not have a little fun (and, admittedly, be lazy) and do one while I wait for last week’s poll to close? (if you haven’t voted yet you can still do so now here, but it will close in a few hours!)

I found this tag over on Donna’s lovely blog chocolatenwaffles, which I highly recommend you visit and follow if you love books and, well, tags!

eBooks or physical books?

Heh. Right to the point, eh? I like that in a tag! I prefer physical books because they’re pretty, they sound amazing when you leaf through the pages, and New Book Smell is a perfectly real thing, but my bookshelf is small. If it’s a book by an author I love, I prefer to get the paperback. If it’s a book I’m not sure about or a book by an author I’m not yet familiar with, I’ll get the eBook. Also, because my tiny bookshelf fills up rather quickly, I’ve vowed to make my next book-buying binge an electronic one. Just you watch as I fail miserably!

Paperback or hardback?

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Paperbacks all the way! As awesome and amazingly beautiful as hardbacks are, paperbacks are just as awesome and beautiful, and I may have mentioned this already briefly in passing, maybe, but my bookshelf is small (not as small as the picture makes it out to be). Hardbacks take up more room. Decision made! (Ignore the one hardback sitting on my shelf)

Online or in-store book shopping?

I like online shopping because it’s fast and easy. I adore in-store book shopping because I’ve found many treasures that way, and because bookstores are my happy place. So it’s a draw!

Trilogies or series?

Who cares? If it’s awesome and I enjoy it, I’ll read it!

Heroes or villains?

Both, if they’re written well! A well-written villain is just as much fun to be invested in than a great hero.

A book you want everyone to read?

Mine? *awkward cough* *it’s Rise of the Sparrows* Right, I’m gonna cheat and do two 😛

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This, because everyone who’s ever spent any time working in retail will laugh/cry reading this. Don’t scoff at this book if you’ve never been behind the till before and dismiss these as fake. They’re true. Even the disgusting ones.

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The duology counts as one, right? *ahem*

Shame on you if you still haven’t heard of these! (Where have you been hiding??) Go read them NOW!

Recommend an underrated book.

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I chose this one because for some reason I can’t find anyone who’s read her books. I know lots of people who’ve read Six of Crows, The Night Circus, and all those wonderful reads, but when I mention Karen Miller everyone stares at me. Click the picture to be taken to its Goodreads page, and add it now! I want to talk about these!!

The last book you finished?

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Easily readable in one sitting! I did it in half an hour.

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

I don’t think I’ve ever used anything weird. I’ve always had bookmarks handy, and when I didn’t I used paper strips. While those technically aren’t bookmarks I wouldn’t call them weird, so… BUT I work in a library and I found a book with naan bread stuffed between the pages once! (also, don’t do that.)

Used books, yes or no?

Of course! For £2 I can’t think of a single good reason not to!

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Top three favorite genre?

Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Young Adult. (consider all sub genres of fantasy included)

Borrow or buy?

Usually buy, but since I work in a library it’s too convenient not to borrow books on occasion! I don’t borrow often, but I’ll likely borrow the entire Discworld series since my poor bookshelf would fire me as its owner otherwise.

Characters or plot?

Both. While awesome characters you’re rooting for can drag an underdeveloped plot along, I don’t see why writers wouldn’t make an effort to ace both. I know different readers will enjoy different aspects, and one person will hate a plot another adored, but from a writer’s perspective I say both are equally important.

Long or short book?

That depends entirely on what my last read has been. After I finished The Wise Man’s Fear (which I read immediately after The Name of the Wind) I was in the mood for something short, but I’m now reading the Grisha trilogy and each of those books is quite short, so I’ll go for something longer next time.

Long or short chapters?

I don’t care. Each chapter is different, and I’d rather have a mixture of long and short chapters than see short chapters lengthened and drag, or long chapters be cut and lose important information to match the rest of the book.

Name the first three books you think of.

The Name of the Wind, Six of Crows, and GAH, SO MANY! – The Making of Gabriel Davenport!

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Well, most books do that! It doesn’t take much for a book to make me cry, so if you want a full list you’ll be here for a while! I love both. If you’re asking whether I pick books because they’ll make me laugh or cry then that’s a no. I don’t know before I read a book what it’ll do to me, so I’m not sure how I could choose a new book based on that.

Our world or fictional worlds?

I’m happy with either as long as it’s done well. If a book is set in our world then the information in the book needs to be accurate, and if the world is fictional it needs to have been built well.

Audiobooks: yes or no?

I’m not against audiobooks but I’ve never listened to one.

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Constantly! A book’s cover is the first impression a potential reader has. Most people decide whether they’re interested or not in the first few seconds of looking at a book, and if the cover doesn’t convince them they’ll walk away and pick up something that appeals to them more.

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

Oh God, please, no. Neither. Most of the time this just doesn’t go well. I know there are exceptions, but most of the time it’s a wreck! I’m still shivering from The 5th Wave movie adaptation 🙁

A movie or TV adaptation you preferred to the book?

I can’t think of one! Harry Potter worked pretty well, obviously, but can I say that I preferred the movies to the books? I don’t think I can!

Series or standalone?

Both! I’ve read more series than I’ve read standalones, but I’ve read a few fantastic standalone novels, too!

If you’ve visited Donna’s post you may have noticed that she published it way back in October, so I won’t tag anyone. If you want to do this, go ahead – you’ve been tagged!

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Review: Surrender by G. R. Thomas (The A'vean Chronicles #2)

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“Sophia Woodville’s life is anything but ordinary. You can’t be ordinary when you’ve discovered your’e an Earth-born Angel. Alone and suddenly powerless in the stinking heat of the Daimon realm, Sophia has been betrayed by the one person she trusted most. She must find a way to escape and continue her quest to unravel the clues left for her eyes only, fighting the Zombie-like Rogues to preserve the prophecies of Enoch. Only then can the Fallen Angels return to their homeland and humanity be released from the grip of Yeqon and his evil horde.”

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What I thought:

I really enjoyed Awaken (Book 1 in the series) and fell in love with Thomas’ writing then, so I knew I had to have this one, too! I was especially chuffed when she offered me an ARC (or rather, I begged for one), so my repeated thanks to the author! ^-^

It was really nice to be back in Thomas’ world. Her writing has this odd familiarity to it, which made this read just as smooth as the first book in the series.

Because of everything that happened at the end of Awaken Sophia missed everyone badly, and I did, too. Her characters are so real and human that reading about them again felt like a small reunion.

The fire in my palms burned harder, yet my resolve weakened. I had nothing, I thought I had nothing, but right there on the floor under threat of an excruciating death, I had something. And I couldn’t let that go.

If you’ve spent any time on here at all you’ll know that I love a good plot twist, and this book has a few which packed one hell (… no pun intended) of a punch, especially towards the end. One right near the end specifically hit me hard.

We already knew that there’s someone amongst Sophia’s newly gained family who spied on them and betrayed them, and in Surrender the mystery thickened. I really hoped it’d be someone I knew and loved because that would have hurt more, but I guess I’m just a little masochistic when it comes to plot twists.

The characters developed beautifully, especially Sophia who had to decide between her loved ones and the greater good several times. She has grown a lot in Surrender, and it was great to see how she coped with these decisions.

A place of dread both had only ever heard talk of, and there they were, in the central station of Earth’s very own Hell.

My personal favourite was a scene near the end; a conversation between Koi and Belial. It was such a thoughtful exchange and so beautifully written that I’ll be marking it for future reference.

Surrender is a fantastic sequel to Awaken. It has answered some of the questions from Book 1, and has left plenty others to be answered in the concluding title. If you haven’t read this series already I highly recommend that you do!

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Have you read Awaken or Surrender, or have I tempted you? Get some cookies, drop me a comment and let’s get this book club going!

I don’t review books professionally. These reviews are mainly a small summary and my opinion on books I’ve loved, they are not intended to be anything more. All ‘reviews’ include a picture, title and name of author linking to the book’s Goodreads listing, the blurb from the back of the book and my non-professional verdict.

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WWW Wednesday 11th January 2017

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

Why not join in? Just answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

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Happy New Year, my fellow book addicts! <3 I hope you all had a great, book-filled start to the year 🙂 Would you believe it’s been a year since I’ve started doing this bi-weekly?!? :O

This meme will be categorised together with my book reviews. All links will get you to the book’s Goodreads listing, as always 🙂

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What I’m currently reading

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I’ve been dying to read this trilogy ever since I finished Crooked Kingdom, so I treated myself to all three when I won NaNo last year. I’m still reading The Night Circus as I’m preparing this post on Monday, so I’ll only just have started it by the time this post goes live!

Blurb:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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What I recently finished reading

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This book was magic. And such a perfect way to kick off my bookish year, too! I doubt I’ve noticed everything that goes on inside and away from the circus, so I think reading it again at some point is a must! I’ll hopefully get around to reviewing it this week, so keep an eye on my Goodreads account for that. The review will be live here in a few weeks, too.

Blurb:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

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What I think I’ll read next

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I’m going to binge read this series until there’s nothing left to feast my soul upon <3

Blurb:

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

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Touch

I’ve been meaning to read this play for a while (not only because the author happens to be my editor), so when it was free last week I had to get it! Because it’s so short I’m planning on reading it one morning this week as a break from my edits. I’m thinking a nice cuppa tea, some biscuits and a warm blanket will be perfect with it <3

Blurb:

The Seeker has grown up in a world where deliberate physical contact is a crime, and for most of her life, it hasn’t bothered her. But when some of her classmates are arrested for touching, she decides to try the most forbidden of things and touch another person. When she discovers the power of touching, and how it changes her and those around her, will the Seeker be content to return to a life without it?

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Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!

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What Kind of Post Would be Most Beneficial to YOU?

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As I’m going over my blogging plans for this year, I’ve noticed that a lot of my topics could be put into series of “master classes” (Not that I’m a master or that they are actual classes… I’m just trying to confuse you, to keep your mind sharp *awkward cough*) Since you are the ones who have to put up with my rambling and the information I throw at you, I thought it best to let you choose what you’re most interested in 🙂 I will then publish the series in order of popularity.

Let me just explain what each of them contains, and then I’ll let you get on with your day 🙂

Beta Reading

I get asked about beta reading and various aspects of it quite often, so I hope this series will be helpful to many of you. There’ll be posts on how to be a beta reader, how to know which changes to apply, when (and how!) to ask for beta readers, and other helpful tips to make it a rewarding experience – no matter weather you’re the reader or the writer.

World Building

This will cover how to create the basics of your world, like its religion and important historical events, why you need a map if you write high fantasy, and how exactly google maps can help you make your world easier to grasp – for your reader as well as for yourself.

Character Creation

This series will include how to make your characters stand out, why your side characters are just as important as your MCs, how to make them human and relatable, and a couple of bits on POV.

Writing

This will explain what it’s like to be a plotster (as opposed to a plotter or pantser), why it’s important to write for yourself, and how to know when to start over or walk away from a project altogether.

Writer’s Block

Here I’ll give you a few ideas on how to beat writer’s block, and how you can prevent it from putting your writing to a stop for months at a time.

Self-Publishing

Since choosing the indie route can be a daunting experience I’m hoping that this series will help you decide whether it’s for you! It will cover topics such as why your book’s cover and editor are important (and how to find ones you like!), how social media can help you, why breaks are important and encouraged, and why you need to write for yourself above anyone else.

Blogging

This will explain how often you “should” blog, why interaction with your readers is important, and how to avoid blogging becoming a chore.  Setting up your first blog – especially when it’s supposed to be for your writing – can seem overwhelming or even complicated. I hope this series will help newcomers relax and create an online home they can be proud of.

Onto the poll! You can vote for as many options as you like if you’re interested in more than one series, but please don’t vote every day while the poll is active. We want this to be fair now, don’t we? 🙂

If there’s anything else you’d like to see, please leave a comment 🙂

Thank you! <3

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(Feast Your Eyes on Another) TITLE REVEAL! *dramatic drum roll*

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As you’ll know, I’ve been using Soul of the Heart as a temporary title for my fantasy duology for the past few months. It took me a while to find the right name for it, but that time has now come! 😀

I thought I had it several times only to discard the title a few hours later. But this gave me the warm fuzzies when I first thought of it, and I’ve been calling it this in my head and my notebooks since then. And as we all know, there’s no clearer sign than the warm fuzzies over a couple of words! *ahem*

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So, without further ado, here’s the title for Book 1 in my high fantasy duology! DRAMATIC DRUM ROLL, PLEASE!

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HERE IT IS:

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Darkened Light will be out later this year. The first draft is resting at the moment, and I’ll begin the edit once Wardens of Archos is with my beta readers. I’m currently looking at September/October but don’t make a note of that just yet – it’s far too early for me to commit to anything! I’m hoping to have a blurb for you in a few weeks, too.

The title for Book 2 will be revealed closer to the release of Darkened Light 🙂 (It still gives me the warm fuzzies!)


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A-Z Name Prompts – F

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Happy Monday, everyone! It’s time for the next bit of writing improvisation! ^-^

This week’s prompt, chosen by you on Twitter, is…

Thank you as always to everyone who’s voted. There may not be many of you, but I appreciate it <3 Also thank you to everyone who pops in every fortnight to read my little prompts!

I didn’t get as much time to edit it this week, so I apologise for any errors I might have missed. Normally I’d try not to publish a first draft, but sometimes life just gets busy. I hope you’ll still enjoy it, anyway 🙂

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Filia

(f.; friendship)

Filia no longer feels the sticks under her feet, or the wet moss tickling her toes. A month ago they bothered her – especially the moss, when it touched the space between her toes – but she’s as used to them now as she is to the old handkerchief she keeps in her pocket.

Her mother doesn’t know she still sneaks out at night. Filia is only eight years old, and too young to go adventuring on her own in the nearby forest at night. But Filia goes anyway, because Filia knows something the grown-ups don’t.

Out of breath, she comes to a stop at the clearing. A small pond takes up most of the space, surrounded by wild flowers and even some mushrooms.

She breathes in through her mouth, hoping it will help her catch her breath faster, but all it does is make her exhale in squeaky tones. Her asthma makes running difficult, but Filia doesn’t mind. Not when she comes here, under the moonlit sky.

“You should be more careful,” says the tiny voice behind her. She sounds giggly tonight, and Filia laughs as she turns around. She likes it when her friend is giggly. Her fairy is more fun that way, and will likely play with Filia for a couple of hours.

“I am careful,” says Filia. She rummages around in the small bag she has strung across her shoulder, and pulls forth the cheese crackers she took from her mother’s pantry. Her mother only prepared them early that day. They still smell fresh, and of strong cheddar. “Here.”

Her fairy friend reaches out with her tiny arm, and takes the too-big cracker into her tiny hands. Her small wings flutter harder from the effort.

“It smells funny.”

Filia laughs. “That’s cheddar. My Mum puts it into everything these days.”

Her fairy – the creature never introduced herself to Filia; or rather, she did, but her name was so long Filia couldn’t pronounce it – sniffs the cracker some more, then gently gives it a lick with her green tongue. Her forehead wrinkles, but moments later her bright turquoise eyes widen even more.

“Do you like it?” Filia asks. They are her favourite, but her brother doesn’t like them. Cheddar isn’t to everyone’s tastes, her mother insists. She thinks her brother is just stupid for not liking something so tasty.

Her fairy friend inspects the cracker as she rolls the bite around inside her mouth. Finally, after a moment of intense thinking, she nods. “I do! Do you have more?”

Filia shakes her head. “No. Not tonight.” She has to be careful when she removes them, or else her mother might notice and then Filia would have to explain what happened to her crackers. Filia knows instinctively that her mother wouldn’t believe her about her fairy friend. Grown ups never do. “I can bring you more tomorrow, maybe, if I’m careful.”

“No.” Filia has never heard so much force behind her fairy friend’s voice. It frightens her, and the little hairs on her arms stand uncomfortably. “I’m sorry. You can’t go back tonight. I can’t let you.”

“Why not?”

“It’s not save, you see.”

“No.” Filia doesn’t like her father very much. He hits her, and the threatening look he sometimes gives her when her mother isn’t watching terrifies her. But she doesn’t want to run away.

“Have you ever had a sleep-over before?”

“No. Daddy doesn’t allow them.” Filia thinks for a minute. Her father isn’t here now, and as long as she’s back in her bed by 7am he wouldn’t find out. She’s sure of it. “But I’d love to have one!”

Her fairy friend smiles, her eyes glint with the promise of mischief in the moonlight. “Then think of it like that! Like a long sleep-over! Come with me.”

“Where are we going?” Filia is excited. She has wanted to have friends stay over for years, but she is too scared of her father to suggest it again. But her fairy friend is made of magic, and can make anything possible.

Her fairy friend smiles, and disappears behind a rose bush.

“You’ll see.”

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The Indie Writer's Brownie Break

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A few months ago I asked Twitter if there were any good Facebook groups for writers. While the post had a few likes and even a couple of retweets, no one had any recommendations for me – in fact, the only person who did comment had the same question!

I gave up for the time being because NaNo was just around the corner and, well, we all know how little time that leaves!

More recently I’ve realised how much I love helping writers get self-published and get that first draft written and edited. While I can’t do much only having self-published myself last year, I wanted to do more and create a friendly community for writers to ask questions and get the help and support they need.

This is why I’ve created The Indie Writer’s Brownie Break! (See a theme there? Cookies, brownies – I’ll take whatever as long as it’s got sugar in it and can be eaten while I write/edit/pull my hair out) I want Brownie Break to be a place where you can find beta readers, critique partners, ask questions, give advice, and generally feel loved in your indie writer awesomeness.

Take a look, grab a brownie, and make yourself comfortable! ^-^

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