I cruised past the 36000 line this morning. This week will be tough with the holidays, a trip out of town, and family coming home. I plan to do some solid pushing ahead this evening to see if I can’t get ahead.Â I have changes and rearranged, plot, point of view, tense and now have a mishmash to wade through after November. I tried to keep it in labeled sections and if they are rewrites, I marked the version. I think I might need to invest in software designed for novel writing. After November I will be researching what is available and see what would be a good fit for me. Something that lets me keep track of characters, places, versions, and lets me reorder pieces that I write out of sequence.If anyone has experience and is comfortable with a particular piece of software (preferable one that doesn’t have a huge complicated learning curve) I would love to hear about it.
Creative copy Challenge 195: fail, trivia, master, dirt, swerve, memory, drive, bed, touch, right
We had been at it for hours. I was exhausted and more than a little pissed right now.Â Aedan had my motherâ€™s spell book in his lap. I had tried and tried to commit the words to memory, the actions as habit, and I just couldnâ€™t seem to meld the two. I never had been able to do two things at one time. â€œYou donâ€™t have to drive me so hard. Iâ€™m tired. I want to take a shower and go to bed.â€ I sounded petulant even to myself. That just managed to irritate me more.
â€œThis isnâ€™t some kind of trivia game, Jae. If you donâ€™t learn to control your power you will not be ready when Lucia comes back. You can master a few moves for defense, you have the touch. If you fail, you die. I will be with you all I can, but what if we get separated?â€ Aedan stood and placed the book on the chair. â€œTry it on me. Maybe that is the problem. You have no clear vision of where to aim the magic.â€
â€œWhat? No! What if I hurt you? I have little control.â€ Now he was just being stupid. I was mad at him but it wasnâ€™t his fault. He was just trying to help. I didnâ€™t want to hurt him.
Aedan snorted. â€œYou havenâ€™t been able to cast enough to give me a pimple! You fade in and out as you shift and as a wolf, you try to swerve and run into a tree. It takes you forever just to shake it off and pick yourself up out of the dirt. From what I read in her book, your mother would be embarrassed. I am not worried. â€œ
â€œOh you did not go there!â€ I felt cold anger take me over.Â My mother would be embarrassed? My hands were a blur of motion in the air and words I didnâ€™t know were in my head poured out of me. I saw nothing, not Aedan, not the cabin, just red like blood. I felt it all, pouring through me, out my fingers and then a bright flash and I crumpled. My heart was pounding and my head throbbed. The cold receded and something whispered in my head. Aedan was lying on the floor a few feet from where he had been standing. I tried to make my limbs work and managed to drag myself to him.
â€œAedan? Oh my god, Iâ€™m sorry. Iâ€™m sorry. Please wake up!â€ I knew this was a bad idea. Aedan moaned and turned over. Holy shit Jae. You trying to kill me? His words sounded funny, as though he had a bad case of laryngitis.
I started to cry. â€œYou idiot! I thought you were dead! Why did you do that?â€Â I fell back on the floor next to him, shaking uncontrollably. “Guess I am stronger than I thought.”
Aedan reached for my hand.Â â€œLooks like we found the key to your magic. Remind me never to really piss you off.â€
I hate it when he is right.