Welcome To My Madness

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So I took the plunge after all.

I know I had been debating and debating over doing it and then my fingers suddenly decided for me at the last possible moments of October 31st that I was going for it despite everything. (More like an hour after midnight, because that’s when I finally set the book up on the site.)

And ya know why?

Because, dammit, I want to finish this book this year. I want to be able to say I finally accomplished an actual goal I set that did not have a deadline I couldn’t change. I may not get through all the notes for my concordance like I wanted to within the final month of 2016, but if I can say on New Year’s Eve that I finished the first draft of this novel, that’ll be good enough for me.

Ultimately, that was my biggest goal of 2016, to finish this novel so that next year I could edit it. Of course, another one of those big goals was to have my license, but, well, I got half way to that goal so far.

So yes, I took the plunge into madness for another month and have signed myself up for NaNoWriMo. And ya know what else? I know the holiday season in retail is hard to begin with, and I know it was going to get harder with one of our stores going out of business January of next year and everyone else is refusing to help them, leaving only my store (mainly me because I’ve done it before thanks to an ex-boss requesting me to help that transferred to said store, though ex-boss is now gone) to help that one out, but I’m not doing it this time.

I’m putting my foot down this time.

Yeah, I feel bad for that store and its struggles right now, but I’m not comfortable enough to be dealing with their madness when I don’t know what their madness is. I know my madness at my store, I know how to deal with my madness, I don’t know theirs. I’ll do maybe one or two days to help if they don’t find a solution before Christmas rolls around, but I will not do it in November, and I will not do it during Black Friday.

And frankly, NaNoWriMo is important to me, writing is important to me, finishing this novel this year is important to me, and I will not let work ruin that for me this time. I don’t want to be stressing over a store I’m not very familiar with to deal with their madness on top of my own store’s madness and on top of writing.

Not this time.

I haven’t quite figured out how I’m saying any of this to my boss yet tomorrow, but I will figure it out. (I’m horrible speaking my mind face to face unless I have totally lost it in the pissed off or upset department. That’s the introvert in me speaking, and probably my father’s work ethics and genes as well. Oh, and if anyone has a suggestion for how I tell my boss this, I will not dispute dropping a comment below.)

Anyways, now that you’ve listened to me ramble on for 500 words of self talk and epiphanies let’s talk about NaNoWriMo!

This month, like every other NaNo month I’ve done for the past two years, I’m working toward finishing Fated to Darkness. (I swear, I write more words in three NaNo months combined than I do in the other nine non-NaNo months put together. This is why I need more NaNo’s, then I might have finished this book awhile ago, or maybe more than one.)

After looking at the Word doc yesterday, I have broken 400 pages and I’m probably now about 1k away from breaking 200k for the whole novel. Like I did in April’s Camp where I somehow managed to write 63k in one month, I’m aiming for a personal goal of 5k on my days off, and 1.5k on days I have to work. I know I probably won’t have nearly as many days off this month as I did back in April, but it’s a good rule of thumb that seemed to work for me so I’m sticking with it. 1.5k is actually less than par for each day (1,667 words is par for each day) but this is just a nice round number to go by, and it also is a little more manageable for the crazy work days. My days off and whatever other cushions I build in the feverish moments of writing will make up for that 200 word difference.

I’m praying this novel doesn’t take another 50k to finish — I’m thinking it won’t, but one never knows with my characters — and if it doesn’t I plan to jump into an older novel depending how many words left I have to write. It’s probably going to be Breaking Point I jump into, but it’s also been a long, long time since I looked at that novel so it may not be the best choice. If I don’t jump into Breaking Point, well, then I’m not sure what I’m finishing the month with. Perhaps I’ll start something new, or just turn a flash fiction work into a story.

Or I could write the sequel story to The Black Lake. I could expand on The Beast, too, or turn Shapeshifter Wings into the novel it’s supposed to be. I only have one chapter of that written so it wouldn’t be hard to catch up on it and totally pantsy the rest of it. That could work. But I won’t worry about that until — if — I finish Fated to Darkness before I hit 50k for the month.

(I’m really, really praying I finish FtD within 50k words though. If not, I’ll be pushing over 250k for the whole novel and that means it won’t be done this month and I’ll have to find another way to push myself to write in December. At least with NaNo months I have something I push myself for: the win and the badge that says I did it. Okay, and the self accomplishment, and the fun of it, but the badge is a real seller. LOL)

Anyways! I had taken the first day of NaNo off so I went for my 5k goal. I would have loved to have done way more, but since I started late in writing and only got 500 words before bed, I have to settle for this. Actually, I would have settled for just 2.5k today because I FINALLY finished the horrid Chapter 28 I’ve been stuck on since July’s Camp. (See what I mean about the NaNo months and non-NaNo months productivity?) I’m ending the day with a total of 5,430 words, but I also work the next four days (that I know of, not sure about Sunday yet) and they are all morning shifts. Which is half nice, it’s better than the afternoon to close shift that I get absolutely nothing done on those days because I have literally no time for anything. But that also means I might be pretty tired from staying up and writing at midnight.

I’m kind of hoping to do 1k after midnight before bed every night so it helps to cushion the loss of writing time for whatever I have to work the next day. Except for Wednesdays… Wednesdays are going to be real pains in the asses this month. If you follow this blog you know I do a Wednesday Word flash fiction piece from P. T. Wyant’s blog, and I still plan to do those through NaNo. But Wednesday is also horseback riding day, so there’s a chunk of…two to two and a half hours of time out of my day already. And of course, most Wednesday’s  I still work some awful morning shift which takes away any of that time, leaving me with not much left to work with for the day. Which sucks monkey balls. (Don’t ask, I’ve had sugar.)

What I plan to do is write my Shard before I go to bed and have it up and posted everywhere I put them, then I can sleep and go to work in the morning if I have to, then come home and go straight for riding, then finally that night perhaps I’ll have time to crank out at least a thousand words for NaNo. That’s gonna be how I have to do it. Unless I go for doing the NaNo writing of 1.5k at midnight instead and do the Shard after riding since that’s less words to write, but I’m also pushing the clock on those posts sometimes when I do that soooo…

I think I just have to play around with it tomorrow and see what works.

Okay! I really need to end this or I will just keep going, and going, and going, and going. (Friends did used to call me the Energizer bunny when I was a kid for a reason.) So that’s the plan for NaNoWriMo this year, along with keeping up with Snippet Sunday’s and my other weekly sharing post, and my flash fiction, and of course work and the holiday…

What is sanity again?

It’s going to be an interesting month how I pull this off, I can say that much. There’s a method to the madness in my head for it but I’m not sure I could explain it without looking crazier than I already do. LOL.

Right! Yes! I need to be signing off, because I need to finish setting up Sunday Snippet posts for this month that I did not do last week, and in an hour I’ll have a Shard to write.

Welcome to my Madness for the next four weeks, followers! I promise it’s going to be an interesting ride if you stick around, and I hope I don’t scare any of you off.

October Goals and NaNoWriMo

Last Friday I talked about my un-accomplished goals of September and how, much like at the beginning of September, I still did not have any idea on what my October goals were going to be. No surprise there.

So you know what that means? I get to figure them out by rambling on and basically talking to myself here! Hooray!

(Don’t ask, I’ve been in a very strange mood and I am dreading working at 5am, which is only the start of my five day work week and another 5am shift on Monday to boot. I am not a happy camper. If I’m a walking zombie by Tuesday’s post, just hand me caffeine, a blanket, and a pillow, and back away slowly.)

Now where was I? Oh, right, October goals.

Yeah, I’m not sure what I want them to be. I mean, obviously there’s going to be writing involved, but I don’t know how much writing. NaNoWriMo starts up in three weeks and three days and I still don’t know if I’m going for it.

I want to. I want to finally do the big daddy of them all and go for it after three years of Camp sessions, but I’m afraid to. I’m afraid of failing since I can’t choose my own word count goal, and I’m afraid of not having any time or energy to write because…retail, and the holiday season.

I’m still debating with myself on it.

I really should do it. (If I could do 63k in a month for a Camp session, why the hell can’t I do 50k for November, right? Wrong when it comes to retail.) If I do it I’m almost certain I will finish the first draft of Fated to Darkness by the end of November. It probably won’t even take the 50k to finish depending how much I write this month. I’m worried I won’t finish this draft this year if I don’t go for NaNo so I probably should just to push myself and actually make one of my yearly goals this year. I can’t remember half of the other ones right now.

So I should go for NaNo, and if I finish Fated to Darkness before I hit 50k, well, then I’ll either start Book 2 of this series (doubtful) or I’ll add some more words to my neglected first ever novel, Breaking Point.

(I say it’s doubtful I’ll start Book 2 because I want to work on my concordance for Book 1 before I start writing Book 2 so I have everything sorted and together, and my original plan was to finish the first draft and the concordance for Book 1 by December 31st so that I could spend 2017 editing the book, and then starting Book 2. I’m starting to think I might use the first Camp session in 2017 to start Book 2, and just work on Breaking Point until then in between editing to give myself a break. It’s sounding like a good idea now that I actually talked it out with someone earlier.)

Anyways! I’m getting really off topic here from October goals by talking about NaNoWriMo and now 2017 plans. And I’m also inwardly freaking out that I can write Book 2 into my plans because that’s insane that I’ve gotten this far, and AH!

Okay, okay, I’m cool, I’m calm. Just a mini author happy moment to think of finishing this book to start on the second book. *Tiny squee*

OKAY! Back on topic!

So, October goals, again.

I would love to actually finish Fated to Darkness this month and then wing NaNoWriMo or not even worry about it with the holiday. But I am a NaNo addict now, and I think I’ll need the push of NaNo to finish it. So the question then becomes how much should I plan to write for Fated to Darkness this month?

I wasn’t quite sure on that at first, but I’ve been thinking about it and I believe I’ve put the goal of 20k into my head again. It’s a reasonable amount without making myself stress this month since I’ll no doubt be stressing with NaNo next month — if I go for it, probably will have to.

Right now the Word doc I was using to write in to keep easier track of my word count has about 5k words, maybe almost 6k words in it. In my head I’m aiming to see that number between 25-30k by the end of the month.

Now that my writer’s block and pulling teeth seems to be getting out of my way in the chapter I’m on too, I shouldn’t have any trouble reaching that as long as I sit my ass down and write. It shouldn’t be hard, especially now the weight of getting Embermyst ready for publication is off my shoulders. The only things left I have to worry about with Embermyst now that it’s been released are trying to promote yet and figuring out what the hell I’m doing for the Halloween Facebook party in which I am a co-host to for Victory Tales Press’ Halloween Bash.

That stress is mostly off my shoulders now — which is good — and it leaves most of October open for me to focus on whatever once more.

Which, that really means I should plan for a lot more than just writing for this month, but for some reason, I don’t want to stress myself this month. I’ll be stressed next month, and December, I don’t want to die early in the season.

I could be doing all my camping notes, and I could be aiming to write the entries, and I could be aiming for some other things, but I’m leaving them off the plate this month. If I do some, great! If I don’t, I’m not stressing over it. I have three months left to complete my goal of finishing the first draft and concordance of Fated to Darkness, and goddammit I want to make that goal.

So yes, other than focusing on Fated to Darkness, NaNo, and the crap I have to get rid of from the yard sale before Thanksgiving, I’m not stressing on anything else. Those are the only three things I’m worrying about this month, and next month.

At least 20k to Fated to Darkness, be decently ready for NaNoWriMo, and whatever I can knock out on the yard sale crap are my actual goals it looks like. That’s it for October. No more.

The Smallest Movement (Snippet Sunday 9.25.16)

Welcome to Snippet Sunday on Darkling Dreams!

Where writers come together to share a few sentences (8-10) of their current project — whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.

snippet sunday

For a couple months — August and September I’m thinking — I am switching back to sharing from my adventure novel, Breaking Point. In October I might switch back to Fated to Darkness as I hope to have the first draft finished by then. (Yes, finished. I can hardly believe I’m saying that.) Should that happen, I’ll be posting to celebrate completing my first ever novel manuscript. Until then, enjoy more horses and mysterious bad guys!

Previously on Sunday Snippets: Our main character, who has yet to be named, has taken a ride through the forest on her horse Midnight, and has found herself racing a buck through the foliage. Midnight and his rider have veered off the path somewhere and have now found themselves in a uncharted part of the forest they have never seen before. They have run into a band of armed riders who seem threatening, and are surrounded now. After making a run for it, my MC was knocked out and both her and her horse were captured.

Picking up right where I left off from last week’s snippet.

(Some sentences may have been creatively edited and punctuated to try to fit the ten sentence limit. I’m over, again. Can we just agree that my snippets will always be a little longer but not too long?)

~*~*~*~

I pounded on the glass, yelling his name over and over. As much as I hated to say it, I hoped the four men on horseback would get a rope around Midnight soon. At least then I wouldn’t have to worry about my horse hurting himself. Of course, there was always the possibility of them hurting him, but my gut told me they weren’t here to hurt either of us. And I wasn’t stupid enough to ignore my gut.

Midnight bucked, reared, kicked, and screamed as I continued to watch in agony. My nose was pressed tight up against the glass and my nails bit into my palms as I pounded on the glass. Just as the men were about to get a rope around him, he would spin out of their reach. My chest was in knots as I prayed silently he wouldn’t get hurt. I couldn’t bear to see my baby hurt.

The seconds ticked by into minutes, each one more painful than the last. My anxiety and fear mounted with the minutes, I was almost too afraid to breathe. Small beads of sweat had started to roll down my hairline and I could feel my limbs shaking. I couldn’t stop the terror from gripping me, and my voice was going hoarse from yelling to my horse.

Then Midnight stumbled.

I saw it before it happened. The jerk of his left hind hoof as he reared: the smallest movement that set him off balance, threatening to fall over backwards.

An action that would surely snap his neck when he landed.

~*~*~*~

I can’t watch! *Covers face* And I think that is going to leave you guys on a cliffhanger! I know, I’m evil, we’ve established this already. LOL. Next month I’ll be switching off to something else, not sure what yet though.

Breaking Point 3

This story is not yet on Wattpad either as it is another unfinished work and unedited as well. I refuse to put up anything that is unedited. One day I hope to finish this book, but my focus this year is Fated to Darkness.

However! If you wish to read anything else that I do have finished, you can hop on over to  my profile on Wattpad and check out what I have to offer. I love to hear any and all feedback on my work as well. Comments are greatly appreciated, as are the reads.

And if you’re looking for some other great snippets of fellow authors,
hop on over to Facebook and check out Snippet Sunday!

Thick Black Lines (Snippet Sunday 9.18.16)

Welcome to Snippet Sunday on Darkling Dreams!

Where writers come together to share a few sentences (8-10) of their current project — whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.

snippet sunday

For a couple months — August and September I’m thinking — I am switching back to sharing from my adventure novel, Breaking Point. In October I might switch back to Fated to Darkness as I hope to have the first draft finished by then. (Yes, finished. I can hardly believe I’m saying that.) Should that happen, I’ll be posting to celebrate completing my first ever novel manuscript. Until then, enjoy more horses and mysterious bad guys!

Previously on Sunday Snippets: Our main character, who has yet to be named, has taken a ride through the forest on her horse Midnight, and has found herself racing a buck through the foliage. Midnight and his rider have veered off the path somewhere and have now found themselves in a uncharted part of the forest they have never seen before. They have run into a band of armed riders who seem threatening, and are surrounded now. After making a run for it, my MC was knocked out and both her and her horse were captured.

Picking up right where I left off from last week’s snippet.

(Some sentences may have been creatively edited and punctuated to try to fit the ten sentence limit. I’m over, again. Can we just agree that my snippets will always be a little longer but not too long?)

~*~*~*~

I bolted out of bed and made a beeline for the window. “Midnight!” I screamed, hoping like all hell my horse would hear my voice and come towards me. I just needed to see that he was alright.

Upon reaching the window, I banged my head against the glass in my haste, causing the ache to turn to another severe pounding, but I hardly paid it any mind. The panic of seeing my horse was all that I could think of at the moment. When I looked out the window, everything was broken up into parts set by thick black lines. My focus zoned in on the black lines only to be dismayed by the sight of iron bars surrounding the glass window on the outside.

I frowned. Well, if I had any doubts of what happened, they were certainly all up in smoke now. I had definitely been kidnapped and these guys meant business.

Another yell and scream from my horse brought my attention back to spotting him. In the center of a yard were four guys on horseback with lassos racing after and trying to corner poor Midnight as he bucked and reared in fright. Even with the distance between us I could see the whites of Midnight’s eyes as they rolled back into his head. I was suddenly very afraid my horse was going to get himself hurt. Or worse.

~*~*~*~

Poor, Midnight. Must be so scared…

Breaking Point 3

This story is not yet on Wattpad either as it is another unfinished work and unedited as well. I refuse to put up anything that is unedited. One day I hope to finish this book, but my focus this year is Fated to Darkness.

However! If you wish to read anything else that I do have finished, you can hop on over to  my profile on Wattpad and check out what I have to offer. I love to hear any and all feedback on my work as well. Comments are greatly appreciated, as are the reads.

And if you’re looking for some other great snippets of fellow authors,
hop on over to Facebook and check out Snippet Sunday!

Get That Horse! (Snippet Sunday 9.11.16)

Welcome to Snippet Sunday on Darkling Dreams!

Where writers come together to share a few sentences (8-10) of their current project — whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.

snippet sunday

For a couple months — August and September I’m thinking — I am switching back to sharing from my adventure novel, Breaking Point. In October I might switch back to Fated to Darkness as I hope to have the first draft finished by then. (Yes, finished. I can hardly believe I’m saying that.) Should that happen, I’ll be posting to celebrate completing my first ever novel manuscript. Until then, enjoy more horses and mysterious bad guys!

Previously on Sunday Snippets: Our main character, who has yet to be named, has taken a ride through the forest on her horse Midnight, and has found herself racing a buck through the foliage. Midnight and his rider have veered off the path somewhere and have now found themselves in a uncharted part of the forest they have never seen before. They have run into a band of armed riders who seem threatening, and are surrounded now. After making a run for it, my MC was knocked out and both her and her horse were captured.

Picking up right where I left off from last week’s snippet.

(Some sentences may have been creatively edited and punctuated to try to fit the ten sentence limit. I’m over, again. Can we just agree that my snippets will always be a little longer but not too long?)

~*~*~*~

It took minutes for the room to stand still and I was able to open my eyes again. I glanced around me in a panic, wondering where I was. I was sitting on an uncomfortable cot in a small cottage with nothing more than the cot, a table with two chairs, and a bench with some changes of clothes on it. There was one window to the left of me and a door directly in front of me. My eyes grazed over the window, the bring sunlight hurting the constant ache in my head.

Then my eyes latched onto the door. My ticket out of here.

My body screamed to make a run for that door and out of here, but something was holding me back. A nagging, reminding thought plagued me but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was.

“Get that horse!”

My head shot back to the window as I picked up the demanding voice followed by a shrill cry from a horse in serious fright. A dead chill settled in my gut as I recognized the cry.

It belonged to my dear Midnight.

~*~*~*~

Guess it wasn’t part of the dream after all.

Breaking Point 3

This story is not yet on Wattpad either as it is another unfinished work and unedited as well. I refuse to put up anything that is unedited. One day I hope to finish this book, but my focus this year is Fated to Darkness.

However! If you wish to read anything else that I do have finished, you can hop on over to  my profile on Wattpad and check out what I have to offer. I love to hear any and all feedback on my work as well. Comments are greatly appreciated, as are the reads.

And if you’re looking for some other great snippets of fellow authors,
hop on over to Facebook and check out Snippet Sunday!

Dreamland (Snippet Sunday 9.4.16)

Welcome to Snippet Sunday on Darkling Dreams!

Where writers come together to share a few sentences (8-10) of their current project — whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.

snippet sunday

For a couple months — August and September I’m thinking — I am switching back to sharing from my adventure novel, Breaking Point. In October I might switch back to Fated to Darkness as I hope to have the first draft finished by then. (Yes, finished. I can hardly believe I’m saying that.) Should that happen, I’ll be posting to celebrate completing my first ever novel manuscript. Until then, enjoy more horses and mysterious bad guys!

Previously on Sunday Snippets: Our main character, who has yet to be named, has taken a ride through the forest on her horse Midnight, and has found herself racing a buck through the foliage. Midnight and his rider have veered off the path somewhere and have now found themselves in a uncharted part of the forest they have never seen before. They have run into a band of armed riders who seem threatening, and are surrounded now. After making a run for it, my MC was knocked out and both her and her horse were captured.

Skipping ahead a few chapters from last week’s snippet. My MC is now stuck in what could be considered a tiny cabin, and she is whacking up from the drug that knocked her out, believing she was dreaming the whole experience of the kidnapping.

(Some sentences may have been creatively edited and punctuated to try to fit the ten sentence limit. I’m over, again. Can we just agree that my snippets will always be a little longer but not too long?)

~*~*~*~

My mind flashed back to one of the final scenes of the dream. The gun shot going off and the pain of something piercing the skin on my neck.

Then my horse’s scream ringing out loud and clear as if it was just right outside…

My dreamland came crashing down on me hard as I opened my eyes suddenly. The sound of my horse clearing away the rest of the fogginess of whatever drug they had used on me. I sat up in bed too quickly, the room spinning around me. A pounding headache sank in. It felt like my skull was splitting open and my eyes would bulge out of my head.

I grabbed my head with both hands, forcing the room to stop doing cart wheels around me. Squeezing my eyes shut tight, I moaned in pain. Every ounce of my body screamed in protest to my sudden movements. My muscles felt like lead as I tried to work the drug out of them.

In all honesty, I felt like I had been hit by a train.

~*~*~*~

So was Midnight’s scream reality or part of the dream?

Breaking Point 3

This story is not yet on Wattpad either as it is another unfinished work and unedited as well. I refuse to put up anything that is unedited. One day I hope to finish this book, but my focus this year is Fated to Darkness.

However! If you wish to read anything else that I do have finished, you can hop on over to  my profile on Wattpad and check out what I have to offer. I love to hear any and all feedback on my work as well. Comments are greatly appreciated, as are the reads.

And if you’re looking for some other great snippets of fellow authors,
hop on over to Facebook and check out Snippet Sunday!

Sweet Blackness (Snippet Sunday 8.28.16)

Welcome to Snippet Sunday on Darkling Dreams!

Where writers come together to share a few sentences (8-10) of their current project — whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.

snippet sunday

For a couple months — August and September I’m thinking — I am switching back to sharing from my adventure novel, Breaking Point. In October I might switch back to Fated to Darkness as I hope to have the first draft finished by then. (Yes, finished. I can hardly believe I’m saying that.) Should that happen, I’ll be posting to celebrate completing my first ever novel manuscript. Until then, enjoy more horses and mysterious bad guys!

Previously on Sunday Snippets: Our main character, who has yet to be named, has taken a ride through the forest on her horse Midnight, and has found herself racing a buck through the foliage. Midnight and his rider have veered off the path somewhere and have now found themselves in a uncharted part of the forest they have never seen before. They have run into a band of armed riders who seem threatening, and are surrounded now.

Picking up right where I left off in last week’s snippet.

(Some sentences may have been creatively edited and punctuated to try to fit the ten sentence limit. I’m over, again. Can we just agree that my snippets will always be a little longer but not too long?)

~*~*~*~

Midnight screamed in fury as he met a wall of riders. His eyes rolled back in his head and he reared, his hooves slashing out at the horses in front of him. But the riders weren’t fazed by his fury; they pushed forward, boxing my horse in.

I felt myself start to sway and the world blurred, my body slowly sliding out of saddle as I tried to hold on. The sounds of Midnight’s screams started to fade and I lost my grip. I fell off Midnight to the side as I watched multiple lassos landing around my horse’s neck, pulling him away from me as I fell. I hit the ground hard, not bothering to try to brace my fall, the effects of the sedative quickly taking over control of my body.

My vision swam in and out like a flickering, fuzzy TV screen as I watched Midnight rear again and again, throwing his head side to side. He tried in vain to break away from the ropes and the captors, but them and their horses held him tight. I tried to talk, tried to yell to Midnight to stop before he got hurt.

But no sound came out.

I laid there on the ground, the screams of my horse sounding farther off with each passing second and the shouts of men barely audible. Darkness started to creep into my vision and my limbs became heavy as I saw the tips of another captor’s boots walk up to me.

I tried to lift my head to see who it was but it felt like lead. The captor kneeled down in front of me, his hand reaching down to tip my chin up. My eyes caught sight of the stranger from the bay horse crouching in front of me, one hand holding a short piece of rope.

“I told you not to try, my dear. I never liked having to do it this way.”

The stranger let my chin fall back towards the ground. Weariness overtook me more, the darkness swimming around me. I tried to hold out against the sedative but I could feel my eyes closing, my body giving up to the sweet blackness of the abyss. The last thing I heard was the fading screams of my horse trying desperately to get free; and the light touch of the stranger pulling my wrists together followed by the coarse touch of the rope.

Then the darkness overtook me, and I fell into its embrace.

~*~*~*~

Oh now this pair is really in trouble.

Breaking Point 3

This story is not yet on Wattpad either as it is another unfinished work and unedited as well. I refuse to put up anything that is unedited. One day I hope to finish this book, but my focus this year is Fated to Darkness.

However! If you wish to read anything else that I do have finished, you can hop on over to  my profile on Wattpad and check out what I have to offer. I love to hear any and all feedback on my work as well. Comments are greatly appreciated, as are the reads.

And if you’re looking for some other great snippets of fellow authors,
hop on over to Facebook and check out Snippet Sunday!

Don’t Try It (Snippet Sunday 8.21.16)

Welcome to Snippet Sunday on Darkling Dreams!

Where writers come together to share a few sentences (8-10) of their current project — whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.

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For a couple months — August and September I’m thinking — I am switching back to sharing from my adventure novel, Breaking Point. In October I might switch back to Fated to Darkness as I hope to have the first draft finished by then. (Yes, finished. I can hardly believe I’m saying that.) Should that happen, I’ll be posting to celebrate completing my first ever novel manuscript. Until then, enjoy more horses and mysterious bad guys!

Previously on Sunday Snippets: Our main character, who has yet to be named, has taken a ride through the forest on her horse Midnight, and has found herself racing a buck through the foliage. Midnight and his rider have veered off the path somewhere and have now found themselves in a uncharted part of the forest they have never seen before. They have run into a band of armed riders who seem threatening, and are surrounded now.

Skipping ahead just a few paragraphs from last week’s snippet. You aren’t missing anything important. My MC is now contemplating making a bolt for it.

(Some sentences may have been creatively edited and punctuated to try to fit the ten sentence limit. I’m over, again. Can we just agree that my snippets will always be a little longer but not too long?)

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“Please don’t try it, my dear. You won’t get far at all. A mere few feet is how far they normally get,” the stranger said to me. He must have read my intentions in the way I settled into my seat and looked towards the woods. I sincerely hoped he wasn’t as quick as he claimed to be.

I took one last look at the circle of horses and noticed that the riders that did not have a gun, now had ropes in one hand. They were all ready for me to bolt. I knew my odds of getting out of here were slim to none.

But still I had to try.

My eyes caught the strangers once more before focusing on my escape route. “Don’t try it, my dear.”

I gripped the saddle hard and dug my heels in Midnight’s sides. He lunged forward, making a bolt for it. The stranger didn’t even move, his eyes simply followed my movements. Then again, he didn’t have to make a move; every single rider on the side that I was headed for spurred their horses forward towards me.

I prayed I would somehow break through their ranks but deep down I knew I was doomed.

We had taken no more than a few strides before I heard the sound of a gun going off. I let out a cry of pain as I felt a sharp point pierce my neck. I nearly toppled off my horse, one hand flying to my neck to meet the end of a dart.

I was right when I thought the guns were tranquilizers.

~*~*~*~

Well… That didn’t work. Hopefully these guys aren’t too bad. He did warn her.

Breaking Point 3

This story is not yet on Wattpad either as it is another unfinished work and unedited as well. I refuse to put up anything that is unedited. One day I hope to finish this book, but my focus this year is Fated to Darkness.

However! If you wish to read anything else that I do have finished, you can hop on over to  my profile on Wattpad and check out what I have to offer. I love to hear any and all feedback on my work as well. Comments are greatly appreciated, as are the reads.

And if you’re looking for some other great snippets of fellow authors,
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Who The Hell Are You? (Snippet Sunday 8.14.16)

Welcome to Snippet Sunday on Darkling Dreams!

Where writers come together to share a few sentences (8-10) of their current project — whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.

snippet sunday

For a couple months — August and September I’m thinking — I am switching back to sharing from my adventure novel, Breaking Point. In October I might switch back to Fated to Darkness as I hope to have the first draft finished by then. (Yes, finished. I can hardly believe I’m saying that.) Should that happen, I’ll be posting to celebrate completing my first ever novel manuscript. Until then, enjoy more horses and mysterious bad guys!

Previously on Sunday Snippets: Our main character, who has yet to be named, has taken a ride through the forest on her horse Midnight, and has found herself racing a buck through the foliage. Midnight and his rider have veered off the path somewhere and have now found themselves in a uncharted part of the forest they have never seen before. They have run into a band of armed riders who seem threatening, and are surrounded now.

Picking up right where I left off from last week’s snippet. Perhaps he’ll spill the million dollar question of what game he has for them to partake in.

(Some sentences may have been creatively edited and punctuated to try to fit the ten sentence limit. I’m over, again. Can we just agree that my snippets will always be a little longer but not too long?)

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Confusion struck me at his words. “What game?”

“All in due time. But right now I need you to get off your horse.”

I shook my head, tightening my grip even more. Midnight pranced to the side, backing farther away from the approaching stranger. The minute Midnight made a move I heard the distant click of multiple guns being loaded. I yanked back on the reins and darted my eyes around the pressing circle of riders. Every other one of them held a gun in their hands. The same gun that the mysterious stranger had. In better view now, I realized it wasn’t your traditional shotgun. It almost looked like a tranquilizer gun, and that set off warning bells in my head.

I tore my gaze back to the approaching horse, tears freely spilling down my face as terror mounted inside me. “What do you want with us?!” I screamed.

The stranger continued to advance on us, Midnight backed away another step with each step the stranger’s horse took towards us. I didn’t make a move to stop Midnight, I was too frozen with fear to register his movements.

“I told you, my dear. You’re going to be a piece in my game. Don’t make this any harder on yourself or your horse. You know that kind of stress isn’t good for Midnight. Slowly, get off him, will you?”

Midnight snorted at his words, registering his name being used. My eyes widened in shock and I stuttered, “How…how did you know his name? Who the hell are you?”

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Another million dollar question! Just how does he know her horse’s name, and does he then know her name? Tranquilizer guns aren’t a good sign either.

Breaking Point 3

This story is not yet on Wattpad either as it is another unfinished work and unedited as well. I refuse to put up anything that is unedited. One day I hope to finish this book, but my focus this year is Fated to Darkness.

However! If you wish to read anything else that I do have finished, you can hop on over to  my profile on Wattpad and check out what I have to offer. I love to hear any and all feedback on my work as well. Comments are greatly appreciated, as are the reads.

And if you’re looking for some other great snippets of fellow authors,
hop on over to Facebook and check out Snippet Sunday!

An Important Piece (Snippet Sunday 8.7.16)

Welcome to Snippet Sunday on Darkling Dreams!

Where writers come together to share a few sentences (8-10) of their current project — whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.

snippet sunday

Welcome to August, Darklings! For a couple months — August and September I’m thinking — I am switching back to sharing from my adventure novel, Breaking Point. In October I might switch back to Fated to Darkness as I hope to have the first draft finished by then. (Yes, finished. I can hardly believe I’m saying that.) Should that happen, I’ll be posting to celebrate completing my first ever novel manuscript. Until then, enjoy more horses and mysterious bad guys!

Previously on Sunday Snippets: Our main character, who has yet to be named, has taken a ride through the forest on her horse Midnight, and has found herself racing a buck through the foliage. Midnight and his rider have veered off the path somewhere and have now found themselves in a uncharted part of the forest they have never seen before. They have run into a band of armed riders who seem threatening, and are surrounded now.

Since I left so many of you on a rotten cliffhanger on my last snippet at the end of June, I am going to be nice and pick up from there with what happens next. Feel free to check out that snippet to familiarize yourself with what was going on first!

(Some sentences may have been creatively edited and punctuated to try to fit the ten sentence limit. I’m over, again. Can we just agree that my snippets will always be a little longer but not too long?)

~*~*~*~

My heart sank as I realized I probably wasn’t going to make it out of this alive. But I was more afraid for the safety of my horse than I was for myself. Midnight was my baby, and I couldn’t stand to have something happen to him.

I looked back to the stranger and felt a tear roll down my cheek. “Please, don’t. Let us go,” I choked out.

The stranger urged his bay horse towards us. “Do you think I’m going to harm you, my dear?”

I nodded forcefully, too afraid to speak.

The stranger’s face fell at my response. He looked genuinely concerned, but I knew better than to fall for that facade. “I’m not going to hurt you, or your horse for that matter.”

“Then let us go,” I spluttered, my shaking hands gripping the reins. Midnight pranced beneath me, feeling my anxiety and fear mount by the second. He repeatedly pawed the earth and bobbed his head. His message was clear: he wanted to bolt now, no matter the odds of outrunning all of them.

“Ah, but I can’t. I need you. You’re an important piece to my game.”

~*~*~*~

Dun dun dunnnn! What kind of game could this stranger be talking about?

Breaking Point 3

This story is not yet on Wattpad either as it is another unfinished work and unedited as well. I refuse to put up anything that is unedited. One day I hope to finish this book, but my focus this year is Fated to Darkness.

However! If you wish to read anything else that I do have finished, you can hop on over to  my profile on Wattpad and check out what I have to offer. I love to hear any and all feedback on my work as well. Comments are greatly appreciated, as are the reads.

And if you’re looking for some other great snippets of fellow authors,
hop on over to Facebook and check out Snippet Sunday!