Another character sample–Jenestra of Drake’s Hammer & Elise di Michaux

Okay, these two are from my first book (third in the trilogy but first written). They are friends and traveling companions. Both are majii; Jen picks up on languages, both spoken and written, unusually fast, while Elise is considered “twice-favored” as she is both a healer and an empath. They are also of different kindreds. Jenestra is a dwarf (called dwermer in my story) and Elise is human.

Jen protects Elise to some extent. She is a fighter, handy with a glaive, and keeps Elise from wearing herself out healing–or tries to. Elise hates to see anyone in pain–partially because she feels their pain–so she’ll do what she can to alleviate it, even to her own detriment. They travel in a well-equipped wagon pulled by creatures who look like pangolins. Elise was originally a character I developed for a role play I participated in and she’s pretty much stayed the same from story to story. (It took me a long while to settle on what kind of story she would work best in. I started with her in a current day Earth and branched out from there.)

So, here’s a little bit from Knights of the Hex.

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A little fangasm!

Within just a day, I’ve had the pleasure of hauling out my Thunderbirds knowledge (with all the attendant books and other paraphernalia) to help a couple of fellow fanfic writers and personal friends. It was certainly fun, especially all the stuff about Alan Tracy’s educational background. Add to this my posting the first chapter of one of my short stories (Burning Muses) at AO3 and uploading a new post to my RP, and I’m full of Thunderbirds at the moment. It’s given me quite a hunger for fic and for writing or editing what I already have up. I edited the first chapter of Burning Muses, making it tighter. In many respects it was like my edit of the little scene I wrote a few days ago. The changes I made brought forth Brains’s voice and made him less … poetic. (Because if Brains is anything, it is NOT poetic.)

Then, there was the chatter at the dinner table. We went from Gosford Park to Downton Abbey (which we have not seen) to Acorn (which streams Downton Abbey), and then to Netflix – where movies are more plenteous in DVD than in streaming. This led to BBC America (and how we could get it on cable), to other premium cable services, to Game of Thrones and whether or not the TV series matched the novels. That particular thought brought out movies that didn’t match their source material – Boy #2 brought up the Percy Jackson movie (The Lightning Thief). This brought the whole shebang back to … Thunderbirds! The Girl’s comment: “I knew there was another kids movie like that! ” Hubby brought up that Frakes had said in an post-film interview that he directed the movie that the producers wanted, even though he knew the fans would be “annoyed by it” (Hubby’s words, not Frakes’s.) I promptly chimed in. “Annoyed? Annoyed?” Which, of course, is far too mild a term to describe the old guard’s intense hatred of the film.

Maybe if he’d stayed closer to the source material, we’d have had another Thunderbirds movie. After all,  there will be another Percy Jackson film, coming out this year.

Some fandoms get all the luck…

The World filter – someone doesn’t like it

Someone has left a couple of anonymous reviews on The White Winds, as well as on my friend TimeGuardian’s latest story, excoriating me for putting my movie-verse story in the TV-verse section using the World filter. I think I know who it is: someone who has very recently returned to the fandom after several years away, and who thinks the movie sucks. She’s also someone who I went head to head with at a fandom RP. Because she’s been out of the fandom, she obviously doesn’t know the history of the movie section and the World filter.

And other than TimeGuardian (who I encouraged in a review to move her story to the TV section using the filter), I’m the only author she’s gone after, and The White Winds is the only story she’s “reviewed”.

I’ve removed the reviews, explained the whole thing on my profile, and discussed it with TimeGuardian on the Classic Thunderbirds Forum. I’ve also disabled anonymous reviews. I don’t need this kind of crap, nor will I put up with it.

A quiet little milestone

The Girl got her beginner’s permit today. She needed it by tomorrow for Driver’s Ed, so when she got home from school, we boogied on up to the Dept. of Motor Vehicles so she could take the "Knowledge Test". I’d already printed out the necessary forms and had filled in (with typing where possible) the information. Before we left, we double-checked all the identification she had to bring with her: Social Security card, birth certificate, and proof of residency (in this case, her school ID card).

She had 22 minutes to take the test; she did it in 16. Missed 5 questions, which was good enough to pass. So now she has another picture ID (which looks pretty good) in her wallet. It’s good for a year.

And, oddly enough, everybody at the DMV pronounced her name properly. The lady at the counter that we dealt with did mention she had to be careful to get the "unusual spellings" right, but that was all. (Her name was Ianthe.)

In other spheres, the RP is going great guns for a change. People are excited about it again, and we’ve even got a new player. We zipped through five days or so of game in the corresponding amount of real time, and are now working on the long-awaited Halloween party. Rain has done some art for various people (including a wonderful scene of my character dancing with her SO!) and I think is working on more. She also put up a really heartwrenching series of posts with her character visiting his mother’s grave. Wonderful stuff!

The White Winds is calling me, and I worked on Overtures a little as well. Need to keep it up and get these stories finished!

I hate it when my muse goes wandering off….

I’ve got two small portions of Overtures 7 in the can. That’s it.
I haven’t felt this dry on a story in a long time. I have other scenes in mind for later, and I probably should write them out. I’ve been betaing some things, and need to do some others. I’m going nuts at IR:TNP with one of the writers.
I need to get things going with this fic so I can  get back to The White Winds, too.
I’m thinking of pulling my Bekkah fics off… if any of my writing friends see this, I’d like your opinion on it. I’ve gotten much better, and I’ve found another possible venue for her… in the movie verse. Or I could rework her and make her less of a Mary Sue (though she’s better than roughly 60% of other OCs that fall into the MS category–if she is one at all, and that’s still debatable).
And of course there’s housework and homework and I’ve come down with a cold… or my allergies are flaring up. I need to make appts. with the eye doctor for myself and the Girl, who is complaining about not being able to see the overheads.
Sigh again.
More later.

Finally finished a chapter!

It’s taken so long it seems, but I’ve finally finished chapter 4 of Overtures. My muse has been really stingy on my fanfiction but very giving on my RP stuff. Maybe it’s because the RP stuff is short and the chapters are long, and part of a longer arc, I’m not sure. Now I need to work on The White Winds, which has over 6000 hits.
The Girl is at her cousin’s for the long weekend and I’m happy to have my husband home for two days instead of just one. Don’t know if he’s scheduled for Tuesday, which is his “day off”. Who knows? We might get a three day weekend after all.
More as the muse moves.

Getting a trickle

And I don’t mean rain from now Tropical Storm Katrina, who is supposed to give us some rain this evening. I mean creative trickle, one that sort of dried up in the middle of the rescue scene I wrote for The White Winds. The chapter ended up being very, very short, and I had to rewrite the beginning of it when betareader Liz pointed out what could have been a pretty massive gaffe on my part. Whew! I’m glad she’s my betareader!
Still, I managed to squeeze out enough from my muse to write one or two posts for CIR, at least one for Thunderfan, one for IR:TNP and the chapter from The White Winds and one from Overtures. I promised to do one for our Magician RP, which I haven’t touched in months, so I’d better get going on it. Maybe it will distract me from my feet, which have been predicting Katrina’s arrival since the wee hours of this morning.
More as my muse moves (and as the site allows).
Update: Did the Magician post, and also put up a layout of Wharton as I envision it. It’s at my photobucket account.

Waiting for the dam to break…

I am of the decided opinion that my muse is on vacation. It’s been hard, really hard, to write much of anything over the past few days. A paragraph or two on The White Winds, and more on Overtures, but I had a deuce of a time trying to figure out what was wrong with the rescue venue in the first place! Now I’ve got it, and it’s unique, and I think, will be funny (maybe).  We’ll see. But even writing RP has been a pain, and that’s not normal for me.
Well, tomorrow is Saturday and maybe I can get something done. I have to admit that I’ve felt rather blah all week and had a nasty headache yesterday afternoon. But I’ve been better today physically, just kind of jittery, which tells me that perhaps my hormones are coming into play again. I couldn’t even stand to stay online, which is very much not like me!
The Girl is making friends at school and today was smiling when she got into the van. My good friend, Dragonlady’s daughter is a junior there and is introducing her to some of her anime crazy crowd. Both boys have been very happy with school so far and Boy #1 has made a friend named Travis. Actually saw the boy today; looks like a nice kid.  I’m glad that things are starting off so well.
More as my muse moves… if she’s back from vacation, that is.

I hope I can recover my brain here.

Had my brainstorming session with the gals; it was okay. Created a new timeline for IR:TNP. Posted chapter 35 because C reviewed, then Frankie did. Amanda did, too, but it was a bit of siliness… Don’t know what I’m gonna do with that girl!
The Girl’s gallery has been updated at last. Hubby is sleeping; gotta make dinner for the crew tonight so he doesn’t have to.
The transcript will wait until tomorrow and so will the birthday post. I may be able to eke out more of chapter 36 tonight. We’ll see.
Update: Hubby got up on his own and made eggs and biscuits for us, of which I ate too much. I am feeling rather fried, ekeing is the best word for how things are coming along on chapter 36, though I did manage to edit the transcript, and post on both IR:TNP and CIR. I keep waiting for more reviews… not that any are forthcoming. I have to wonder who is still reading this besides C, Frankie, Becks, Janet, and Amanda… I think I might go to bed at a decent hour tonight, like before midnight.

Masquerade 31 is online

My muse has been smokin’ today! I posted at CIR, Thunderfan, two posts at IR:TNP, and a chapter of Masquerade. The chapter was much shorter than usual, but still, it was important. Now onto chapter 32, but after some sleep…
I felt better Monday. My feet stil tingled some and I was doing the neuropathy dance a bit, but not to the extent of Sunday. Got to bed around 1 a.m. on Monday and couldn’t sleep until I massaged my feet with Aspercreme around 3. Not fun, but necessary.
To bed for now, and in the morning, more laundry and more writing.