A Little Behind

I’ve been busy with my writing lately. In fact, I’ve almost finished another of my long standing unfinished stories. However, i took a nice little vacation up north and didn’t write a word so I’m about a week behind.in posting. That means there will not be an update this weekend, but I promise to get one up next weekend. I’ll also be putting up some more updates to this blog over the next week and answering reviews and messages. Until then, here’s a little excerpt to whet your appetite.

“Oh, Oberon,” Titania cried, clutching her sons’ shirtsleeves in her hands as she attempted to rein in her tears. It wouldn’t be appropriate for the High Queen to wear her emotions on her sleeves, even if it were to grieve for her husband.

Jareth and Eurwyn led their mother to the body of their father for her final goodbye before they sent him off. They could feel her clinging to them and tried to be strong for her. She was always there for them and now it was time to return the favor. Each step that brought them closer to the late king was agony. The weight of everything that had happened had settled on their shoulders and they struggled to bear it.

Eurwyn was first to reach their destination. He knelt by the cold body of his father and said, “ffárwel, fy nhad.” (Farewell, my father)

It was soon Jareth’s turn to say goodbye. In a similar fashion to Eurwyn, he knelt and said, “orffwys heddychlon i dragwyddoldeb.” (Rest peacefully for eternity)

The two sons of Oberon stepped out of the way to allow their mother a private farewell. Like her sons, she knelt by the slain body of her husband. “Nid hwyl fawr am byth, fy cariad.” (Goodbye is not forever, my love)

Titania lifted herself up and, with her head raised high, made her way back down to the bottom of the pyre. Sarah had never seen someone with so much dignity in the face of heart wrenching grief. Her admiration soared for the beautiful queen. With her own husband at her side, she watched as the older woman crept closer to the logs and kindling at the base of the pyre. A complete silence fell among the onlookers as their queen created the spark that turned into a mighty blaze. She watched as flames engulfed the man with whom she shared her life and love.

“Farewell, my love,” she whispered.

On the wind, she swore she could hear, “Until we meet again, beloved.”

 

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FanVid

Ok…I’m such a FanGirl! I’ve uploaded my very first Labyrinth video.

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Behind the Scenes: A Year Without Epilogue

As promised, here’s my behind the scenes look at the final chapter of A Year Without A Goblin King.  I wanted to get this out now as I believe I will be posting again this weekend when I update The Labyrinth’s Queen. Thanks, again, for all of your support!

Trivia:

  • This chapter ended up being a lot longer than I had planned. Originally, I was just going to have him announce their good fortune and then end it. However, Jareth demanded a longer scene so who am I to balk.
  • I tried to get as many characters from earlier in the story, as possible, written into the scene.
  • Caedmon still remains one of my favorite characters to write.
  • If you haven’t already figured it out, Lord Manus and Lady Caragh were in Sarah’s peach fantasy. If you go back and watch the movie, Lord Manus is the one reaching out to his Lady in front of Jareth after he removes his mask.  He has on a mask with a long beak. I like to add little things like this into my stories to tie them together with the movie.
  • I had a lot of people ask me what Jareth said to the boy in the diner. The answer was in this chapter and inspired Scott to make his intentions known to Sheila.
  • In truth, I didn’t know what to do with Rhisiart. Then Edme came along and it was obvious that they had an attraction. At least, that’s what my muse told me. In the end, they were happy with the write-in and I was happy to be done with them both.
  • Lady Vevila was included to show how much alike Sarah was to Jareth. I felt that she needed to get a little hormonal at the sight of some other woman plastered against her man. Who didn’t want to see someone thrown into the bog?
  • When Cuinn is taking to Sarah, he says he doesn’t see any crustaceans present. That’s a direct reference to Chapter 2, when Sarah turns Jareth into a giant crab during her magic lesson.

A look ahead:

Though this story is finally finished, I still have lot of work ahead. The Labyrinth’s Queen has been completed and I will post Chapter 25 this weekend. For being such good readers, I’m posting a little excerpt to whet your appetite.

As the fight wore on, Titania had little time to think about anything other than the present. Around her, the battle sounds melted into a droning accompaniment to her fight. Flashes of light reflected off of her sword as she plunged it into the hearts of her enemy. Her very spirit pushed her onward to the center. She vowed to be victorious. There was no other option.

Time passed without notice until it seemed as if they had been fighting forever. Marching forward, they battled the enemy with increasing fervor. It was as if they could sense the end was near. Titania wasn’t sure if it were hours or days until she finally could see an opening that would lead her directly to the center of the Labyrinth. Either way, it would all be over soon.

Looking back to her men, she raised her sword to the sky. “Onward, we march!”

 

 

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Can you believe it?

I have finished the final chapter of Labyrinth’s Queen and have started on a brief epilogue to tie up some of the loose ends. There will, most likely, not be a sequel to this story so I hope you enjoy it in its entirety. The last few chapters are now all in my editing process to make sure everything is the way that I would like to present it and makes sense. It shouldn’t be too much longer before they start going out to all of you, my faithful readers.

Until then, a poll for you:

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Squeeeee!

Ok…I got that out of my system. Wait! No, I didn’t. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE! Why am I so excited, you ask (or didn’t, but I’m going to tell you anyway)? The author of the book version of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, A.C.H. Smith, has penned another. This is the first authorized prequel to Labyrinth. Yes, you read that correctly. They’ve authorized a Labyrinth prequel. You can pre-order it here.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.

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Halfway There

I’ve got two of the four final chapters of Labyrinth’s Queen ready for editing. Only one final chapter and a short epilogue left to go. I’ll finish those up as soon as I can and begin posting them posthaste. I’ve also got one chapter of Solstice to start posting after I’ve finished LQ.

I haven’t forgotten to post my behind the scenes of the final chapter of Year Without. I will get that posted before I put up my first update of LQ. Thanks, all my lovely readers, for your patience. Continue to vote on my last poll so that I can make sure to update the story for which you are waiting. If you haven’t already, please drop me a line (or a review) to let me know what you think.

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Finished!

I finally finished A Year Without A Goblin King. If you’ve been following it, please drop me a line (or a review) to let me know what you thought. I appreciate constructive criticism (and compliments, too). I’m working on updating Summer Solstice and The Labyrinth’s Queen and have a chapter of each of them already completed and in editing. If you’re a follower of TLQ, I posted an excerpt at the end of A Year Without A Goblin King so you can check that out. Anyone who leaves a review of that fic and asks for it, will receive a preview of SS.

I will post the newer chapters of TLQ and SS as soon as I have a few in the can. That way I will be able to update much more frequently. It’s my resolution to stay ahead and post at least twice a month in 2014.

Later this weekend, I’ll give you a behind the scenes look at the end of A Year Without.

HappyReading!

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I’m back!

I thought I’d better check back in before I saw my face on a milk carton asking “have you seen this writer?” No, I wasn’t wished away to the goblins (though, to be honest, who wouldn’t think that was cool?). My husband and I recently bought a house and I had to take some more time off to get everything set up in the new homestead. I promise to get the next chapter up for A Year Without by January 1st. I’ve gotten another chapter written and ready for editing for Labyrinth’s Queen. By popular demand, I’ve begun writing the next chapter to Summer Solstice. Hang in there, faithful fans. I’ll be getting things posted very soon.

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Almost there

Hello, my faithful readers. I have some good news, some great news, and some awesome news. The good news is that I have started writing again after a very long hiatus. I’ve got something started for every single one of my unfinished stories (and even one for an original that I hope to start posting soon).

The great news is that I have the latest chapter of Labyrinth’s Queen almost to a finished rough draft. I expect that this one will be posted in October (fingers crossed).

The awesome news? I have a finished rough draft for the final chapter of A Year Without A Goblin King. That’s right. It is now onto the editing stage and should be posted by the end of September (barring any time killers).

My husband and I are in the process of buying a new home. It’s my hope that, once I get a better space to write, I will finish every one of my outstanding stories and start a few new ones. My muse has been extra busy in the last two months. It feels good to be back.

Stay tuned for excerpts from the last chapter of A Year Without A Goblin King.

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Slow going

I’ve been writing very slowly as I find myself with more time, but a terrible block. It’s not that I don’t have any ideas, but that I haven’t got a clue (or the inclination…if I’m totally being honest) as to how to get them from my head to the page.

It’s been so long since I’ve actually had time to write that I’m not sure what to do with myself when I do open up my latest chapter. I’ve tried just freestyling it and seeing what flows, but that hasn’t worked. I’ve written a few drabbles for my epilogue and tried to fit them together and that’s worked…somewhat. I think a big part of the problem is the fact that, when I put pen to paper and write the words “THE END,” it’ll be over.

Hmmmm…now that’s something to ponder.

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