Hello, is this thing on?

Oh, boy! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted anything here or on FF.net. To be brutally honest, I just didn’t feel like writing anything. Life has dealt some major challenges my way and I’ve been preoccupied by other things. I wrote about one of the most difficult obstacles here.

However, I’m happy to say, despite life trying to get in my way, I’ve finally returned to my writing. I’m almost done with Summer Solstice and am furiously editing away. I can’t promise that I’ll post by the end of the month, but I’m certainly doing my very best. To reward your patience, dear readers, I present you with a small excerpt from the next chapter:

‘Jareth, what’s wrong?’ Sarah asked. Though all she emitted were growls and grunts, he could still understand her perfectly through her thoughts.

“This missive says that we have to appear before the High Court immediately,” Jareth explained. His brow furrowed and he massaged the bridge of his nose. He could feel a headache coming.

Sarah tilted her head at him. It would have been amusing in any other circumstance. ‘Do you think they know about last night?’

“Well, why else would they summon us?” Jareth snapped. With teeth bared, a deep growl told him that she didn’t appreciate his curt tone. “I’m sorry.”

Her snort was his only answer. Pacing the floor, he tried to think of a way out of this mess. If only he’d told his father about what had happened. They would still be in trouble, but at least his father would have been able to give him a little warning. To face him now, in disgrace, was going to be tremendously difficult. He didn’t like this feeling of fear and, to be honest, he didn’t wear it well. There was no way he could lose Sarah now that he had finally found her.

Sarah waddled back and forth in her own version of a pace. Her fear was just this side of panic for an entirely different reason. For the third time, she had tried to return to her true form and came across a block. Her heartbeat sped up as her new body entered into instinctual fight or flight mode. Jareth was so absorbed in the problem at hand that he didn’t notice the changes until she reared up on her hind legs with a roar.

“Precious?” he asked, trying to get her attention. When that failed to get a response, he began to feel a real sense of fear. Without meaning to do it, she could seriously injure him in this form. His voice took on a soft tone. “Precious, it’s ok. We’ll figure this all out. Please, darling, come back to me. Love, look at me. I need you to listen to the sound of my voice. Let it calm you.”

Sarah began to come back from the ledge. Though she was still stuck as a bear, she felt her essential self again. ‘Jareth?’

“That’s it, precious thing. I’m here.”

‘I’m scared.’

Jareth slowly approached her, mindful of her new body’s natural instincts. He began to sing, “I’ll be there for you.”

‘As the world falls down,’ she finished. His soothing voice calmed her, but she was still unable to transform back into her true form.

“I won’t let anything bad happen to you,” Jareth vowed. Once he felt the danger had passed, his mind returned to the scroll in his hand. “Now, why don’t you transform back and we’ll go face this head on.”

‘I can’t.’

“Come again,” Jareth replied, beginning to understand her sudden panic.

‘I’ve been trying to since we got the news, but it’s not working.’

“Have you tried swyn-ganeuon o trawsffurfiad?” (roughly translated as transformation spell)

‘Of course,’ she replied, indignantly. Did he think she was stupid?

Before he could determine what to do, the parchment burst into colorful flame. Jareth dropped it to the ground and stomped it out with his boot. His father certainly had a flare for the dramatic, but, then again, so did he. It was apparent that the High King and Court Elders were getting impatient. They would just have to go to court and hope that his father could help. After informing Sarah of their predicament, she reluctantly agreed. What other choice did she have?

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Another Video

After finally finishing Labyrinth’s Queen, I decided to take some time off from writing. I’m back from my break and working hard on getting a new installment of Summer Solstice out soon. In the meantime, please enjoy a video I created for one of my lovely readers.

 

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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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